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An allergy is an exagerated immune responce to a typically benign trigger. You can have allergic responces to many things like pollens, animal dander, foods, medications, among other things. Symptoms may be bothersome, but benign, or can be fatal. Not all reactions to exposures are allergies and if you think you may be allergic , i recommend being evaluated by ...Read more
Capecitabine: It may cause fatigue/weakness, nausea, vomiting, change in taste, supression to blood counts-anemia, low white blood cells, low platelet, rash/dryness/peeling skin of plams and soles, oral sore, infection, etc. Discuss further with your oncologist. Read more here http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a699003.Html. ...Read more
MAGIC MOUTHWASH: Mouth sores can be a sign that your white blood cells have dropped. Get labs drawn. For relief of symptoms while discomfort resolves several combinations exist. My favorite: nystatin/maalox/carafate - very soothing. Other include: benadryl/nystatin/maalox - can burn and viscous lidocaine/nystatin/maalox - will numb your entire mouth/tounge. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
An Oral Chemotherapy: Xeloda (capecitabine) is an oral chemotherapy drug, the most common side effects are diarrhea, nausea, hand-foot syndrome (redness, swelling, cracking of palms/soles) and like any chemotherapy may bring down your white blood cells. To prevent this you may take an anti diarrheal, anti emetic, b6, use a skin moisturizer and check your blood frequently. Not everyone experiences one of these symptoms. ...Read more
IgE antibodies : Theoretically, one would expect monoclonal IgE antibodies to be very effective in blocking the allergic response. In the US, this has not been rigorously tested to establish its effectiveness. It is not FDA approved therapy at this time. However, it is approved for IgE mediated asthmatic disease and can concomitantly help allergic rhinitis in those patients. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What would be best chemo / treatment after irinotecan n Xeloda (capecitabine) failed for colon cancer with mets?
Difficult to answer.: recommended chemotherapy regimens change regularly depending on the results of studies. Your oncologist should keep on top of those studies and will be able to recommend the next approved therapy or any experimental trials which may be available. I would talk further with your oncologist before making any plans. Good luck. ...Read more
Nasal steroid sprays for rhinitis/thick PND, give me perioral dermatitis. Tried antihistamines, montelukast, ipratropium, PPIs as alternative. Ideas?
Helps: Xeloda, (capecitabine) is an orally-administered chemotherapeutic agent used in the treatment of numerous cancers including colorectal Ca. Capecitabine is a prodrug, that is enzymatically converted to 5-fluorouracil in the body and is employed as a form of adjuvant therapy that may help to enhance survival. In the face of metastasis, with combination drugs it may prolong survival by months. ...Read more
Gem for taxotere (docetaxel): Short answer is no. It cannot be substituted. Now depending upon the underlying cancer whether lung, breast, pancreatic or any other primary solid tumor, one can use taxol, Abraxane or Navelbine (vinorelbine) (they are taxanes like taxotere). If we want to move to a different agent altogether, then Gemzar or a no of other drugs would be available depending upon what the primary tumor is. ...Read more
Yes, if u need them: Having lupus is not a contraindication for you to get allergy shots, if you need them. If you are on certain medications such as prednisone/high dose immunosupressives etc..The shots may not work well, but otherwise you can get them. I am sure your allergist will inform you of the benefits/risks of the injections. Consult your doc... Good luck to you... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can montelukast become an alternative of allergens immunotherapy for perenial allergic rhinitis ?
Not really: I suggest 3 steps to controlling allergies : 1) avoid the things you are allergic to. 2) take medications to control the symptoms. 3) get 'allergy shots' (immunotherapy) to teach your body to not be "allergic" to those things (immune tolerance). Using a leukotriene antagonist control the symptoms some, but it is not the most effective medication, and is not an equal alternative to immunotherapy. ...Read more
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
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