Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment taken to boost our immune system to fight against cancer. They help in treating bladder cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and leukemia. There are different types of immunotherapy. Immunotherapies that are taken to elicit an immune response in the body are called activation immunotherapies, and immunotherapies that help reduce or suppress the immune response are suppressed immunotherapies. The other types of immunotherapy are cancer vaccines, T-cell therapy, and oncolytic virus therapy.
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Have allergy problems. I always have runny nose or sore throat or excessive sneezing and coughing and cannot breathe normally.
Query: Hello, I have been having allergy problems for many years. I cannot breathe from my nose even if it is not blocked because I feel like I get less oxygen from my nose. I also have asthma and as the seasons change my allergies react. I always have running nose or sore throat or excessive sneezing and ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I totally understand your concern regarding cure of allergies. Unfortunately, allergy of the nose cannot be totally cured, but definitely can be prevented. I would recommend the following:1. Get an allergy skin test done; so as to identify the allergen. Avoiding the a... Read Full »
My allergy does not subside with 10 mg Cetirizine. Should I take 20 mg?
Query: Hi doctor, I have been taking 10 mg Singulair and 10 mg Cetirizine for five years for allergies, asthma, and Lyme. I just got two more kittens, and the medicines do not work anymore. I am miserable and desperate. I asked my doctor to give me 20 mg of Cetirizine and something else because I think my... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please get an allergy testing done, either a skin prick or a blood comprehensive. Next, based on the allergens you are sensitive to, we can advise you on further course of action. With respect to getting tolerant to Cetirizine 10 mg, why not try Fexofenadine ... Read Full »
What is the treatment procedure followed to get rid of allergic nasal polyp?
Query: Hi doctor,I am 39 years old. I have an allergic nasal polyp for the past ten years. I consulted the doctor ten years back. The doctor told me that there is no need to undergo surgery and he prescribed Rhinocort aqua which is currently unavailable, and I have been using other sprays. It is not workin... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First, we need a clinical examination, radiology, and endoscopy. The treatment options are surgery and medical management along with environmental control. Surgery involves endoscopic sinus surgery, and medical management includes control of allergy and inflammation. I... Read Full »
Will getting blood test for allergy help me receive the right treatment?
Query: Hello doctor,So, I have hives, also known as chronic urticaria. Basically, I break out when the climate I am in is hot, or when I exercise. I visited my family doctor and he told me to get a blood test he also gave me a Cetirizine (Zyrtec) prescription which is 20 mg. I have been taking this medicat... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The blood test should determine what allergen is causing the problems in you. Sometimes it can be a combination of allergens. Once we know that we help you avoid the same and prevent the sensitivity reactions. Allergies and hypersensitivities are not cured by medicin... Read Full »
I have a constant runny nose for three years. How to get cured?
Query: Hi doctor, I have had a constant runny and congested nose for three years. After years of trying anything possible and seeing several doctors, I was finally diagnosed with a severe dust allergy, as well as asthma by last year. At that time I was pregnant, so I could not be prescribed any medication,... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Allergy and asthma belong to airway hyper-reactive disorders that are interrelated. The two are hypersensitivity reactions and are genetically determined. A permanent cure for allergy remained evasive for a long time, but now with the advent of immunotherapy, a treat... Read Full »
Can immunotherapy be started for lung cancer PD-L1?
Query: Hello doctor, My wife has lung cancer PD-L1. I need your advice regarding the continuation of this therapy. Docetaxel and Nintedanib are suggested. I think it is too heavy. I would prefer immunotherapy, if possible. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would suggest going with Abraxane or Avastin plus Nivolumab combination for the following reasons: Using immunotherapy now as you do not want to miss the window of opportunity. Being targeted agents, side effects are not going to be a major issue as conventional ch... Read Full »
Having chemotherapy for stage IV invasive lobular carcinoma. Is it right?
Query: Hi doctor, The first case of cancer was on stage 3 ER+ invasive cancer of the left breast. Now, it is in stage IV invasive lobular carcinoma, with results of ER positive, PR positive, and HER2 with equivocal recurrent cancer. The site of disease is present on the abdominal lymph nodes and omentum w... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, it is appropriate to use chemotherapy at this juncture. The HER2 (human epidermal growth factor receptor 2) result is mentioned as equivocal. So please do a FISH test (fluorescence... Read Full »
What should I do to overcome pollen allergy?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a problem with my allergies. I believe I am allergic to pollen and I have these allergies all year long. I am always snuffing, wiping, started to have nose bleeds recently. I tried every over the counter allergy pill and spray and nothing gives me release. What should I do? Is ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Nose bleeds are due to running nose, dryness and crusting, all of which manifest in allergic rhinitis. You need to get a skin flick testing done to check what you are allergic to. Thereafter you should try allergen avoidance, pharmacotherapy and some precautions. If these... Read Full »
Which mast cell stabilizer would help my multiple allergies?
Query: Hello doctor,I am a 23-year-old. I have got a lot many allergies. Actually, allergies are from almost everything. 15 to 16, to be precise; I have attached reports of my prick test. I get stomach problems, hyperacidity, indigestion, hives (urticaria), sinus, breathing problems, and my eyelids and a p... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Cromolyn (Cromoglicic acid) is a mast cell stabilizer. Sodium cromoglycate is the chemical name for it. You must try allergen avoidance. That seems to be the only way. Allergy to so many substances will make immunotherapy very difficult. The success of avoidance depe... Read Full »
I have plantar wart and undergoing freezing for it. What else can be done?
Query: Hi doctor, I have been getting treatment for a plantar wart for a year now. Freezing it every two weeks at the clinic and then scraping the skin at home three times a week. However, I am still not getting rid of it. I have read that the treatment usually works way faster than that. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Plantar warts are hard to treat. Unfortunately, that is the truth. Because feet are always under friction and the skin is very thick compared to body skin. Treatment modalities are cryotherapy which you are undergoing, electrocautery removal procedure depends on the size ... Read Full »