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)
I had an opportunity to talk with Robert Fisher, professional travel writer and editor at Frommers.com. Bob and I could have been separated at birth we have so many allergies in common, but most inspiring is how he's safely traveled the world for the past 30 or so years with allergies. For anyone who has allergies or is the parent of a child with allergies, you know how frightening it can be to eat somewhere new, leaving your safe home base. Below, Robert tells me some of his experiences, both the good, the bad and the itchy. SLOANE MILLER: What are your allergies? ROBERT FISHER: I'm anaphylactically allergic to peanuts and legumes like green peas, as well as having asthma and the usual environmental allergies to pollen, dust , dogs and cats. SM: Wow, just like me! Do you have your Epi-Pen and Benadryl with you? RF: Yes and prednisone as well. SM: We're like twins! I have the same medications in my purse and I always carry th...
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