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Are There Safe Alternative Therapies For Gelatin Allergy
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
Not really!: Hives are divided into acute (<6 wks) and chronic (>6 wks). Acute usually are self-limited and go away on their own. Chronic could be due to other health problems, so see your doctor. If there is a known trigger it is treated/removed. If no known trigger, then treatment is usually with a non-sedating antihistamine to suppress the hives. No alternative therapies have been found efficacious. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Anti-inflammatory and other medicines can cause problems for some people (heart disease, liver toxicity, stomach ulcers, etc). Arthritis symptoms can be improved by gentle aerobic exercise, muscle strengthening exercise, topical treatments like paraffin wax baths, massage and accupuncture. Supplements like glucosamine/chondroitin/5-loxin can also help some people. Orthotics and shoes can help. ...Read more
Yes, 3 : There are 3 proven strategies for treating allergies. 1) avoidance works, although only a few allergens are easy to avoid. 2) medications. Nasal steroids are the most effective medications for most allergy symptoms. 3) allergy immunotherapy (allergy shots) - the only disease modifying therapy. Many patients can develop tolerance to their allergens after receiving allergy shots. ...Read more
Nothing proven: Evidence-based medicine has no specific therapy for dengue beyond rehydration, pain management, and transfusions as required. Water and blood may be the most natural of all treatments. A complementary practitioner familiar with dealing generally with muscle pain and distress might be very helpful. ...Read more
No: No alternative therapies have been shown to be efficacious in pulmonary eosinophilia. In fact, i'm not sure of any actual trials of any alternative medications for this condition. Pulmonary eosinophilia is a finding, not a disease (it can be found with several diseases). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes, yes: Herbal, homeopathic, and therapies from other systems of medicine besides standard western medicine are often quite helpful, sometimes used alone and sometimes in conjunction with conventional medicine. Conventional medicine often denies the usefulness of something out of the mainstream, even when it's been used successfully for many, many years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends but yes: Initially after the diagnosis of proctitis is made, a specialist must determine the extent of the inflammation and the underlying cause, be it idiopathic or related to inflammatory bowel disease or some other cause. This step is necessary in order to determine the appropriate treatment in the short term as well as the long term. ...Read more
No: Since there's very little standard treatment for rabies once the disease has begun, it's hard to talk about "alternative treatments." someone with rabies should be hospitalized. There have been a few cases of survival with an induced coma. The most important way to deal with rabies is to give human rabies immunoglobulin (hrig) and Rabies Vaccine after exposure, before the onset of disease. ...Read more
None that r good: Enteroceles may not cause symptoms (incidental finding); therefore, they may not require rx at all. No evidence that, say, yoga, pilates, tai chi, rolfing, herbs, homeopathy work for symptomatic enteroceles. Kegel exercises/biofeedback unlikely to help symptomatic enteroceles (but may be worth a try) surgical management may help. ...Read more
Polymyositis (PM): There are many alternative treaments for polymyositis (pm). They are similar to the therapies use for other autoimmune diseases and include: oral steroids, intravenous immunoglobululins, tacrolimus (prograf) or biologic therapies such as embrel or rituxan (rituximab). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Azopt is an ocular hypotensive agent used to reduce eye pressure. There are other drugs in this class and also several other classes of drugs which can be used for this purpose. In some cases, laser procedures can be preformed so that topical medication is no longer needed. Speak to your eye doctor about alternatives. ...Read more
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