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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
Anything is possible: But the manner in which we use vincristine in typical chemotherapy regimens is not myelosuppressive. You are far more likely to experience its neuropathic side effects, such as pain, parenthesis, foot drop, jaw pain, constipation, etc. Anemia, at least as a consequence of marrow hypofunction, would be highly unlikely, so much so that i would look for another cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Immune regulation: Allergy shots have been around for just over 100 years and have proven to be effective for most people who are allergic. They work through improved regulation of your immune system to reduce to allergic aspect. The most important thing is that many people continue to do well without the shots after having received them for 4-5 years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vincristine ...: Blockscell cycle progression. Vincristine is a vinca alkaloid originally purified from periwinkle. It binds tubulin and prevents microtubule elongation. As such, t blocks the mitotic spindle and causes mitotic arrest in dividing cells. Its primary side effects are neuropathic in nature, a reflection of the important structural role played by microtubules in neuronal projections, particularly axons. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?
There are a few: Not one medicine is better than another....Everyone's system is different...Some people get better with allegra..Others with zyrtec..Others with Claritin or even benadryl (diphenhydramine). These are now over-the-counter...Try some and read the labels. If you don't feel better, see a board certified allergist (www.Acaai.Org). Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When healthtap doctor says, allergy shots could work for eczema, is that mean atopic dermatitis is also treatable? Are they similar terms?
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
Multiple, see below.: The most common adverse reactions are low blood counts, irritation of your nerve endings, nausea, vomiting, muscle & joint aches, diarrhea, irritation of your oral cavity, fever, swelling, and abnormalities of your liver function tests. See your doctor if you have any of these symptoms to see if your dose needs to be modified. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: The efficacy of allergy shots (immunotherapy) can be maximized by seeing a board certified allergist. Allergists receive extensive training in treating with allergy shots. In the right patient, they can be curative, and hopefully decrease or eliminate the need for allergy medications. Allergy drops have also been shown to be very effective, but are not yet fda approved. ...Read more
Very effective: After a true bee/wasp/hornet allergy is determined, there is approximately a 40-60% chance of another systemic reaction occurring if stung again without ever receiving allergy shots. However, if a patient receives allergy shots to the specific allergic venom, the risk of another systemic reaction reduces to less than 3%. Consultation with a board-certified allergist is recommended. ...Read more
What are effective non-medication ways to ease body pain from vincristine chemotherapy treatments?
Join support group: You are undergoing the toughest part, and a cancer support group would ease your mind/spirit. Meditation, visualization exercises can also ease the pain, as having acupuncture done to relieve any nausea associated with treatment. Doing chair yoga to stretch your muscles may help. Also, if it's there's any stomatitis, sometimes Nystatin popsicles are helpful.Depends what type of pain you're having. ...Read more
Orally in small incr: Nut desensitization is still not approved by the fda. Nut allergen is given orally in progressively larger doses, starting from a dose that does not cause systemic reactions. Progressive doses cause a desensitization, actual tolerance after discontinuation of daily doses may or may not develop. Standardized extracts for use in practice are not in use today. ...Read more
3 levels: 1. Avoidance - if it is possible to limit exposure to what you are allergic to that is the place to start -> works best for animals and dust. 2. Medical - antihistamines (benadryl, allegra, Claritin are common ones), intranasal steroids (flonase, Nasonex (mometasone) or similar) and variations of these 3. Immunotherapy - "allergy shots" or similar. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer