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Allergic Rhinitis and Mast Cell Inhibitors

Read more about Mast Cell Inhibitors.


Mast cell inhibitors for allergic rhinitis come in the form of nasal sprays that have anti-histamine effects. Intal (cromolyn sodium) is an example of a mast cell inhibitor, and it is unique because it can be used to prevent symptoms from developing.

Effect of Mast Cell Inhibitors on Allergic Rhinitis

Cromolyn changes the body's immunological response to allergens, possibly preventing the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

How to Use Mast Cell Inhibitors

Cromolyn is most effective when used before coming into contact with substances that cause allergies or before allergy season. It may be used alone or with other medicines.

Types of Professionals That Would Be Involved with This Treatment

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Side Effects and Warnings

Possible side effects include:

  • Burning, stinging, or irritation inside of nose
  • Flushing
  • Increase in sneezing