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are there safe herbal supplements that can boost my immune system and prevent bacterial infections?

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
None which work: Many popular supplements claim to boost the immune system. However scientific testing does not show they they actually work in people eating balanced diet. Oddly enough, taking too much of some supplements can actually weaken the immune system (ex. Zinc) washing your hands, eating well, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep is the best way to boost your immune system.
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 38 years experience
Herbs for immunity: Your ability to fight off bacterial infection is the result of a complex immune system. It is very unlikely that supplementation with herbs could have much impact. The best way to prevent infections is with vaccinations and avoidance of exposures to infectious diseases through hygenic behaviors such as handwashing. Saline nasal washes may be beneficial. Probiotics are being studied currently.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Does dairy in formula increase the frequency of ear infections and congestion?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
No: That would be very rare. Dairy allergies can cause skin problems (hives or eczema), or more rarely gut problems (bloody diarrhea); there's also lactose intolerance, which occurs only in children and adults (never babies), which can cause diarrhea and abdominal pain. But food allergies very rarely cause nasal symptoms, congestion, or ear infections.
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My baby is getting frequent ear infections. Is there any way to help prevent them?

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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Yes: Frequent ear infections are not only frustrating but can potentially affect language development. Breastfeeding, decreasing pacifier use, and giving your child the pneumococcal vaccine can all help prevent ear infections. Kids under 2 years old who have more than 3 ear infections in 6 months or more than 4 in 12 months may need to see an ear, nose and throat specialist.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Will penicillin vk 500mg tablets treat an ear infection?

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Dr. Jay Park
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
Unlikely: With a large proportion of s. Pneumonii (most common bacteria causing middle ear infection) becoming resistant to penicillin, the mainstay of antibiotics treatment for "ear infection" is currently a high dose of amoxicillin.
A 26-year-old male asked:

I have anal fissures since long I have tried everything bath, 2%, fibre but it's still there. I also have fungal infection due to it. What to do?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Try Miralax (polyethylene glycol).: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) laxative powder is non habit forming and otc. 1 capful with any beverage daily may help with your regularity along with your fiber in your diet/fluids. 4 or more servings of fruits/veggies can help. Make sure you stool is soft and not hard, pellet like or large caliber. Neosporin ointment in the anal area 2 times dialy may improve you situation too.
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A 37-year-old female asked:

What could cause a 5 yr old boy to have a bleeding ulcer besides meds and bacteria?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
PUD BLEEDING: Upper GI disorders such as: ulcerations, erosions, varices, strictures, vascular, esophagitis, polyps, diverticula, etc.

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