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Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

My name is Marilyn Baker, and I have horrible allergies. I’m 42 years old and have been suffering from allergies since I was a child. I have seasonal and environmental allergies. Allergies plague me year round. When I was young, my parents even moved to a dryer area in the hope of helping me. Over the past eight years, I have done extensive research both through doctors and online. I have managed to come up with some combinations that have helped me a great deal. My allergies aren’t gone, but they have become manageable. I do have to have allergy shots, but I also use some natural remedies. I am happy to be able to share my findings with you here on my blog. I hope you can find some of this of value.

Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

5 Tips for Dealing With the Side Effects of Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment

by Clifton Davidson

If you have been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, you are going to be working with your doctor to slow the advance of your cancer and to improve your chances.

When it comes to treatment, you may have to deal with therapies such as radiation and chemotherapy, which can result in some pretty serious side effects, ranging from constipation to fatigue to hair loss and mood swings, just to name a few. Luckily, there are steps you can take to minimize the side effects as you treat your metastatic breast cancer.

Tip #1: Work to Conserve Energy

The first thing you can do to minimize the impact of the side effects of your treatment is to work to converse your energy. Get help taking care of things around your home. Take up your friends and family's offer to help cook food, clean your home, take care of your pet, or help with your kids. Put aside big projects until you are done with your treatment and reduce the daily expectations you put on yourself to get things done.

Allow yourself to take naps throughout the day as you need them. This will help you conserve your energy and heal.

Tip #2: Add More Fiber to Your Diet

Next, it is common to deal with constipation when you are going through your treatment. You can help reduce constipation and bloating by adding more fiber from your diet. Natural fiber from whole-grain foods, fruit, and vegetables is the best way to add more fiber to your diet, although you can also take a fiber supplement to ensure you get the fiber you need.

Tip #3: Eat Smaller Meals

You need to make sure you get the proper nutrition in order to help your body with the healing process. However, eating can be difficult with cancer treatments, because of side effects like nausea, mouth sores, and constipation. That is why it is best to eat smaller meals that are high in nutrients. It may be easier to snack and eat small meals all day. When you eat, try to go for high protein and nutritious meals.

Tip #4: Switch to Loose-Fitting Clothing

As you go through your treatment, you may experience hot flashes. Your hot flashes will be easier to deal with by wearing loose-fitting clothing. Loose-fitting clothing may also feel more comfortable as you take things slowly and nap throughout the day. You may find it helpful to dress in layers so you can easily take layers off to cool down. 

Tip #5: Get More Fluids

Finally, you are going to want to fight against dehydration by making sure you get enough fluids. Although water should always be your top fluid, ginger ale can also be refreshing especially if you are feeling nausea.

As you go through your breast cancer treatment program, ask your doctor and other people going through the same treatment for more tips on how to reduce and deal with the side effects. They'll have ideas as well.