• I never had allergies in my life until after breast cancer treatment. Now I seem to have severe allergies....is this related to treament?

    Asked by JoyG on Wednesday, December 5, 2012

    I never had allergies in my life until after breast cancer treatment. Now I seem to have severe allergies....is this related to treament?

    I experience severe head/sinus and ear congestion. I also seem to have developed an allergy to polyester which causes a rash on my radiated breast. Will this eventually go away or is this my new reality?

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      could be, treatment is very stressful on the body, and could push us over the the allergic edge. I haven't developed any new allergies since I started treatment, but I did while I was pregnant, most went away after DD was born, but I still have one.

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      First of all find out if they are actually allergies. Lots of things can cause congestion and/or rash other than allergies. Once you know what is causing your symptoms, you can determine if it is curable. You can't assume that just because you haven't had a symptom before that therefore it must be related to cancer treatment. Sometimes a cold is just a cold and a rash is just a rash or an allergy is just and allergy, but until it is diagnosed for what it actually is, you will not be able to get any answers.

      almost 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      My sinuses have been worse since Dx....no allergies, just sinusitis...I take "musinex" daily, also use saline nose drops and steroid nasal spray daily...sometimes major sinus headaches and occasional sinus infections...but thats with daily management with the above along with 4 ibuprofen every morning!!!

      almost 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Well, I'm in the minority on this one, I had terrible allergies before my tonsil cancer, after that sucker was out I quit being a dribble nose all the time.

      almost 4 years ago
    • islandlady's Avatar

      I have allergies and sinusitis with major headaches every day.
      I use steroid nasal spray daily and take ibuprofen also.
      Finished treatment November, 2010. Hope you feel better soon.

      almost 4 years ago
    • ConnieB's Avatar

      I am glad I am not the only one complaining about this. I just recently quit taking OTC allergy medicine because I hated the dry mouth. I still had the red nose from sneezing and blowing, the sinus headaches and drainage until I started using the Nasalflo saline pot. It is weird but it does help. I still have symptoms but they are less severe without taking medicine.

      almost 4 years ago

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