Questions About NasalCrom®
NasalCrom® goes to work right where nasal allergies happen: in your nose. You can get the full story elsewhere, but basically NasalCrom® stabilizes cells in your nose called mast cells, which stops them from releasing the histamines and other irritants that cause nasal allergy symptoms. That’s a lot different than most allergy medicines—nasal sprays and otherwise—which only try to treat your symptoms after they’re already bothering you.
If you want to avoid experiencing nasal allergy symptoms (and who doesn’t?), you should start taking NasalCrom® a week or two before you know that you’re going to be exposed to your allergy triggers. If you’re not sure when that will be (like when ragweed season will start), begin taking it at the first sign of nasal allergy symptoms. The good news is that NasalCrom® will provide relief while it builds up full protection against further symptoms.
For best nasal-allergy-prevention results, you should use NasalCrom® three to four times a day for one to two weeks before you expect to experience allergies, and then keep up that three to four times a day every day that you’re in contact with the cause of your nasal allergies—even if you’re not actively experiencing symptoms.
NasalCrom® is safe to use for children and adults ages two and older. However, for younger children, only an adult should administer the spray. And make sure you’re careful inserting the nozzle into those little nostrils.
NasalCrom® can safely be used up to six times a day for up to 12 weeks, so it should be able to get you through an entire allergy season. If you need to use it beyond 12 weeks, you should speak to your doctor. The same holds true if your symptoms don’t improve after two weeks of use, or if your symptoms worsen. Your doctor can make sure that you’re not dealing with another underlying condition.
Nope. NasalCrom® contains no steroids whatsoever.
Sure! NasalCrom® is safe to use with other medicines, including other allergy medications.
If your symptoms don’t improve after two weeks of using NasalCrom®, or if your symptoms worsen, call your doctor to make sure that you’re not dealing with an underlying condition.
If you think you may be allergic to NasalCrom® or any of its ingredients, don’t mess around—stop using it immediately. Some people do experience a bit of minor stinging or sneezing when they use NasalCrom®. But if you experience more serious symptoms—shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, hives, or swelling of the throat—be sure and contact a doctor immediately.
Questions About Allergies
Basically, an allergy is your immune system’s reaction to any of a variety of substances called allergens. Nasal allergies are most commonly caused by outdoor allergens such as airborne pollens from trees, grasses, or ragweed. If you’re inside, allergens include things such as mold, animal dander, and dust mites. If you suffer from allergies, your body reads these substances as threats, and goes to work to rid your system of them—which causes those obnoxious symptoms: sneezing, a runny, itchy, or stuffed nose, watery eyes, and more.
It’s estimated that between 40 and 60 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of nasal allergies, what many people call “hay fever” (or, if you want to be techincal, "allergic rhinitis"). Sufferers can be young or old, male or female, and they live in cities, suburbs, and out in the country. Allergies can also start at any time, so even if you’ve never had symptoms before, you may not be able to avoid them forever. Allergies are also different for everyone, so a treatment that may work for one person doesn’t necessarily work for someone else—but maybe they just haven’t tried NasalCrom®.
While some symptoms may seem the same, there are several clues that you’re suffering from nasal allergies and not a cold. Colds are caused by viral infections, with symptoms that often include fever, body aches, discolored nasal discharge (that’s yellowish snot to you and me), and/or a cough.* It’s rare for nasal allergies to produce these symptoms. If your mucous secretions (again, snot) are clear and runny and you’re sneezing a lot, but you’re not experiencing fever or muscle aches, your condition is likely allergies, not a cold.
*If you have these symptoms, please call your doctor before using NasalCrom® nasal allergy spray.
Seasonal allergies, also known as outdoor allergies or hay fever, happen at roughly the same time each year and are linked to plant pollens or mold spores. The severity of symptoms depends on a bunch of factors, including the pollination seasons of different plants, the weather, and the presence of other allergens.
Allergies that occur year round are referred to as “indoor” allergies because they typically are connected to microscopic particles found in common household matter, such as dust, pet dander, or indoor molds.
Fortunately, NasalCrom® nasal allergy spray can help you prevent nasal allergy symptoms that happen both indoors and out.
Because our nasal passages work to filter the air we breathe before it enters our lungs, many allergic reactions start the same place NasalCrom® works: in our noses. "Allergic rhinitis" is the fancy medical term for the most common type of allergy, derived from the Latin and Greek words "rhinos" for nose and "itis" meaning inflammation. Nasal allergy symptoms include a runny or itchy nose, sneezing, and nasal stuffiness. Everyone’s symptoms will vary in intensity, depending on how strongly their immune systems react to a specific allergen.
Of course using NasalCrom® would top our list. Beyond that, knowing what triggers your allergies is the first step in prevention. But the truth is, many allergens are just unavoidable. Here are a few simple tips that can help minimize your exposure—and your reaction.
If you’re allergic to pollen and outdoor molds, keep your windows closed to keep spores out and use an air conditioner as much as possible.
It also helps to take proactive measures to remove pollen and other allergens from your skin and clothes. Washing your hands often and showering when you come in from outdoors can be a great start.
Many people are allergic to the dust mites that live in carpeting and bedding. Putting mattresses and pillows in airtight covers and, if practical, getting rid of all carpets (who doesn’t love hardwoods?) can be an effective deterrent.
As simple as it sounds, cleaning the air can help considerably. Use an air purifier with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter for best results.
People with nasal allergies to animals should remember that it’s the animal’s dander (flakes of skin) that causes allergies, not the length of their hair or fur. The best defense is to limit your contact with these animals. And maybe consider a pet goldfish?
Keep the moisture in your home (and office if you can get away with it) to a minimum to help inhibit the growth of molds which can trigger allergies. A dehumidifier can help. So can using fans (built in or otherwise) to vent cooking and shower moisture outside.
Your doctor or other healthcare professional may have more advice on how to allergy-proof your home, so be sure and ask.