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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Clostridium Difficile

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Are there safe alternative therapies for entamoeba histolytica infection?

Are there safe alternative therapies for entamoeba histolytica infection?

No place for herbs: No place for herbs. If confirmed diagnosis, standard treatment is Metronidazole orally or iv. Tinidazole or Chloroquine can be substituted. Response to rx usually occurs in 4 days. Most experts recommend the addition of iodoquinol, diloxanide, or paromomycin to eradicate residual amebae in the gut. Be sure there is no pyogenic coinfection. Watch for rare complications of amebic abscesses, as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Clostridium Difficile (Definition)

C. Diff, it is a spore forming bacillus that when the micro environment of the colon is modified by antimicrobials, it can germinate and elaborate a toxin causing pseudo membranous colitis, ...Read more


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Is there a medical cure for clostridium difficile?

Is there a medical cure for clostridium difficile?

Yes..a few options..: Most cases of c. Dif colitis can be treated by oral/iv metronidazole, oral vanocomycin, and maybe add of Cholestyramine resins. Newer agent Dificid (fidaxomicin) is effective, but $$$. Bacitracin has some use, but not standard of care. For persistent/recurrent cases after treatments with above, a stool-transplant (yes, stool transplant--u read it right) can be done. Consult your doc..Good luck. ...Read more

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Are there safe alternative therapies for bacterial infections?

Are there safe alternative therapies for bacterial infections?

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 more

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What drugs are effective for salmonella treatment?

What drugs are effective for salmonella treatment?

Many cases of: Salmonellosis are gone before the diagnosis is made but ciprofloxacin, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole and even Ampicillin could be used. ...Read more

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What are some alternative therapies for bacterial prostatitis?

What are some alternative therapies for bacterial prostatitis?

Symptom relief: True bacterial prostatitis should be treated with an extended course of appropriate antibiotics. At times, your physician may prescribe other medications including non-steriodal anti-inflammatory, anticholinergics, alpha-blockers to help treat the symptoms. However, bacterial prostatitis should improve with antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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Treatment for mezalazine-resistant ulcerative colitis?

Several : There are several new agents such as remicaid that may be used. Surgery is also a good option for ulcerative colitis. Fecal transplant has also been reported to be effective. You should discuss these options with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are some effective drugs for entameba histolytica with symptoms including diarrhea?

What are some effective drugs for entameba histolytica with symptoms including diarrhea?

Metronidazole: Amebic colitis is treated with flagyl(metronidazole) 750mg. By mouth three times a day for 5-10 days followed by a luminal (phenobarbital) agent--paromomycin 30 mg/kg/day in 3 divided doses per day for 5-10 days or diloxanide furoate 500 mg by mouth 3 times a day for 10 days. ...Read more

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How effective is vancomycin for treating meningitis?

How effective is vancomycin for treating meningitis?

For bacteria: In the case of susceptible bacteria Vancomycin can be very effective. It will only treat the susceptible bacteria. It is not effective against non bacterial infections. ...Read more

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What is the recommended treatment for c. Difficile diarrhea?

What is the recommended treatment for c. Difficile diarrhea?

Vancomycin/Flagyl: Antibiotics (especially clindamycin) select for the overproliferation of clostridium difficile in the colon which can lead to profuse, watery diarrhea (and ultimately megacolon). For severe cases, a course of IV Metronidazole (flagyl) or oral vancomycin is the mainstay therapy. Fidaxomicin (dificid) is a newer drug that is also being used to selectively target pathogenic c. Difficile. ...Read more

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Are there safe alternative therapies for hemoglobin h disease?

Are there safe alternative therapies for hemoglobin h disease?

More info needed: There are many different types of hemoglobins that are inherited, some varieties are mild diseases, some much more complex...You will need some tests to fully answer the question.The normal hemoglobin molecule carries the oxygen our tissues needs for life so it is really at the center of a lot of important activity. ...Read more

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Are there effective herbal therapies to treat a listeria infection?

Are there effective herbal therapies to treat a listeria infection?

Not really...: This post was already answered(and nicely so) by dr. Albert pizzo; please refer to it. Even if there were i would not recommend it; better to stick with more conventional treatments in this instance. ...Read more

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Are there good alternative therapies for proctitis?

Are there good alternative therapies for proctitis?

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

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What are the tests for clostridium difficile infection?

What are the tests for clostridium difficile infection?

C. diff: Both the bacterial toxin and the gene coding for the toxin can be found in the diarrheal stool. Additionally, the diarrhea has a peculiar mousy/musty aroma. ...Read more

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How effective are Cetuximab injections for treating colon cancer?

How effective are Cetuximab injections for treating colon cancer?

Some response: Erbitux was one of the first monoclonals develoed. It targets epidermal growth Factor 1 and is used in metastatic colon Ca that has the wild mutated KRAS. The best response is like Herceptin (trastuzumab) where this epidermal growth factor 2 mAb requires added chemo. As such when Colon Ca is treated with Erbitux + chemo there is an improvement in response for a number of months. No cures have been seen. ...Read more

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How effective are Leucovorin injections for treating colon cancer?

How effective are Leucovorin injections for treating colon cancer?

Not anti tumor: Leukovorum is used as an adjuvant or modifier of single or combinations of chemotherapeutic agents. It helps to prevent the toxic side effects of a number of chemotherapeutic agents including methotrexate. It also can be used to treat anemia caused by a lack of folic acid. It is added to combination of drugs employed in the supportive care of patients with colon cancer but does not have anticancer effects on diseases such as colon cancer, . ...Read more

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Are there home remedies for clostridium (c diff) infection?

Are there home remedies for clostridium (c diff) infection?

NO: Do not try to treat this at home with "home remedies". This is a bad illness which can result in profound damages if not appropriately treated and eradicated. ...Read more

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Should everyone who has Hpilori infection get treatment? Is there treatment alternative to antibiotics?

Should everyone who has Hpilori infection get treatment?  Is there treatment alternative to antibiotics?

Yes: H pylori can cause you some health issues thatcarexaeriouscsk you need treatment. Now once you treatment is done you need a test of cure to be sure the h pylori is eradicated. There are many false positive results for h pylori so your history and the method of testing you is very important ...Read more

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What are alternative treatment for gallbladder polyp?

What are alternative treatment for gallbladder polyp?

None: If the polyp is 1 cm or larger, the gall bladder should be removed. If it is smaller than 1 cm and you do not have symptoms suggestive of gb disease, then it can be followed with us studies. If you have typical symptoms of biliary colic, then removal of the gb is the only effective treatment. ...Read more

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