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what's best for herpes 2 valtrex (valacyclovir) or acyclovir or famvir?

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Dr. James Mirabile
Gynecology 33 years experience
Herpes: All of the medications are effective in treatment of the herpes virus.

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Areabdominal "crunch" exercisesthe best way to keep from having low back pain?

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Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
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No: Abdominal crunches are an excellent way to build muscles that support the back. It is also important to strengthen the muscles of the back itself, and together, they are best way to prevent low back pain.
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What over-the-counter medicine is best for a runny nose with sneezing and an itch?

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Dr. Sean McGhee
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
Antihistamine: The symptoms you are describing are usually (but not always) due to allergies. An antihistamine (like benedryl, zyrtec, Claritin (loratadine) or allegra) is most likely to be helpful. Side effects (mostly sleepiness) are different for different antihistamines, so choose one appropriate to your needs.
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Is pink eye a form of the herpes virus?

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No: Pink eye, by definition, is conjunctivitis caused by bacterial infection. Majority of conjunctivitis (red eye) are actually caused by different viruses.
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What are the best available treatments for coccyx pain (tail bone pain)?

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Depends: Can't say which one is the best. It is different in patients. Nonsurgical: physical therapy, manipulation, myofascial release techniques, medication, using donut-shaped pillow to sit, if not responding, then nerve block and injections or surgery to remove the coccyx if needed. Check with your doctor.
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What is the best medicine or injection for restoring joint function and relief pain of knee osteoarthritis?

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Dr. Stephen Rockower
Orthopedic Surgery 46 years experience
Cortisone: Cortisone is the "gold standard". Other types of injections of forms of hyaluronic acid (the building block of joint cartilage) for "visco-supplementation" can be helpful. It is an "artificial joint juice".

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