The beginning of summer kicks off the camping and hiking season, anxiously awaited by those who have endured a long cold winter. This year will likely prove to be one of the busier camping seasons as many Americans bypass more expensive vacations that involve pricey airline tickets or gas guzzling road trips. Emergency department staff will probably see a greater number of people with contact dermatitis caused by exposure to poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac. Many people have never seen poison ivy , or perhaps wouldn't recognize it if they saw it. Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac belong to the plant genus Toxicodendron (previously referred to as Rhus ). Toxicodendron means "poisonous tree." These plants have an oil-based substance in the resin on their leaves and in their stems and branches called urushiol that causes a delayed skin reaction in about 50% of people that contact it. Urushiol may cause severe contact dermatitis in people that have previousl...
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...
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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