Read Kathi's previous post on Anaphylaxis Medications are given to us to help ease symptoms or battle a health condition. They are meant to be helpful, not harmful. However, any time you place a foreign substance into your body, you run the risk of triggering negative consequences, along with the positive ones. In most cases, these negative effects take the form of mild, bothersome, but ultimately short-term, side effects. For instance, a common side effect of taking antibiotics is stomach upset and/or diarrhea. A common side effect of taking pain medicine is constipation. But some side effects can be more harmful and longer lasting. For instance, a common side effect of taking a type of arthritis medicine called a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (or NSAID for short) is severe stomach irritation, including ulcers of the digestive tract. In these cases, doctors and patients must weigh the benefits of the medicine versus the risks, or side effects. In...
In this post, I will talk about the various types of pollen allergy and how to manage them. Pollen allergy is probably the most common type of nasal allergy, resulting in symptoms such as runny and stuffy nose, sneezing, wheezing (if you have asthma too) and even eye allergy symptoms like itchiness, weeping and burning.
But What IS Pollen?
First of all, let me define the term "pollen". Pollens are tiny, egg-shaped cells in flowering plants that are necessary to fertilize the plant. The average pollen particle is too small to be seen with the naked eye-it's less than the width of an average strand of human hair.
And here is something else. Pollen is not really a harmful substance in many people. It's just that when you have allergies, your body's immune system interprets the tiny pollen particles your breathe in as dangerous invaders and mounts a defense system that results in your allergy symptoms.
Pollen counts vary greatly through the year and ther...
Allergic reactions happen when your body is sensitive to a specific substance. The reaction can happen when you swallow or inhale the substance or when it is applied to your skin or injected or transfused through an IV into your body.
Allergic reactions can take many forms.
Mild allergic reactions include:
runny or stuffy nose
watery, itchy, red eyes
Moderate or severe allergic reactions include:
swelling of the face, eyes, or tongue
wheezing or difficulty breathing
nausea and/or vomiting
passing out/becoming unconsciousness
Severe allergic reactions are known as anaphylaxis.
Any breast cancer medication can cause an allergic reaction:
Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole)
Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Evista (chemical name: raloxifene)
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
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