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How do mast cell stabilizers work to treat allergies?

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Mast cell stabilizers work by preventing the release of histamine from mast cells (cells that make and store histamine). Some of these drugs also have important anti-inflammatory effects, but typically they are not as effective as steroids.

From: Allergy Medications WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

FDA. News release.

Sanofi-aventis U.S. News release. 

UpToDate.com. “Patient information: Allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies) (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on May 3, 2017

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American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

FDA. News release.

Sanofi-aventis U.S. News release. 

UpToDate.com. “Patient information: Allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies) (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on May 3, 2017

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