After my column on natural allergy relief last month, I received some feedback that has made a major difference in what I do for my allergies and the amount of relief that I get, so I thought I would pass it on to you.
When I brought my allergies to the attention of my D.O., he prescribed fluticasone propionate (aka Flonase) but warned me that it could cause nose bleeds so suggested that I use it sparingly. Shortly after that, it was recommended to me that NasalCrom, an OTC nasal spray was very effective with almost no side effects to speak of.
I ended up getting the generic equivalent of the NasalCrom from CVS (the only generic of the NasalCrom that I am aware of) and within a week I observed a world of difference in my allergies even though the counts are still at near-record highs here in Arizona. It does take a while for it to start working so do not expect instant results, but I am as close to being without symptoms as I ever have been.
So my current regimen for allergies is a teaspoon of local bee pollen nearly every day, one spray of the NasalCrom generic in each nostril at bedtime daily, one Heel Allergy tablet (homeopathic) each night, and one spray of the Flonase generic in each nostril two times a week. When I go outside for a while or the wind is blowing, I use the nasal wash as described last month. I feel better than I have felt in months!