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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Esophageal Stricture

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What's a simple way to say what esophageal stricture really is?

What's a simple way to say what esophageal stricture really is?

Narrowing/scarring: Tight narrowing/scarring generally caused by chronic inflammation; generally longer than a "stenosis". Can also occur after swallowing noxious chemicals like lye. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Esophageal Stricture (Definition)

A narrowing of the esophagus, the passageway from the throat to the stomach. Stomach acid, accidentally swallowed harsh chemicals, and other irritants may injure the esophageal lining, causing inflammation (esophagitis) and the ...Read more


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Do people with esophageal stricture have a lot of pain?

Do people with esophageal stricture have a lot of pain?

Typically no: Esophageal stricture is basaically a narrowing of your "food-pipe" that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. Depending on the severity of the stricture, most often ones feels that food is getting stuck as he/she swallow. Mild stricture often cause "stuck-sensation" with solid, large pieces of food. As it gets tighter, smaller pieces, even liquid can cause problem. Either way, consult doc! ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with esophageal stricture?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with esophageal stricture?

Esophageal stricture: Strictures are very common & represent a fixed narrowing. When the esophagus is repeatedly inflammed, typically due to acid reflux, scar tissue may result. When the scar contracts, the esophagus stenoses (narrows). Strictures may also result from caustic ingestion, radiation treatments for cancer, surgical anastomoses, etc. Distinguish from dysmotilities or spasms (temporary muscle contractions). ...Read more

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Give me a hint. What kind of hassle am I facing if doc suspects esophageal stricture? What is required to diagnose?

Endoscopy: To diagnose an esophageal stricture, one would need an esophagram to characterize a potential stricture. Then an endoscopy to look at the esophagus and stomach, and biopsy any identified strictures. ...Read more

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Does esophageal stricture usually cause many symptoms?

Does esophageal stricture usually cause many symptoms?

Peptic stricture: Esophageal stenosis (narrowing) from scar tissue (strictures) is of itself not painful. However, depending upon how tightly narrowed the stricture may be, food can impact there (cause dysphagia). Usually dysphagia occurs with meats, bread. Pain on swallowing (odynophagia) may result. If you have a peptic stricture please chew food well, take small bites swallowed with water & take acid blockers. ...Read more

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How come I have esophageal stricture, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have esophageal stricture, but nobody else in the family has it?

Not genetic/heredita: Commonest cause is from chronic reflux of stomach contents, causing inflammation, with scarring/narrowing. May be more common with hiatal hernia, and overweight-both can aggravate reflux of stomach contents into esophagus. ...Read more

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I had an egd and an esophageal stricture dilated. I took a bite of a tortilla before remembering I had to eat soft foods only. Is this a problem?

HopeNotATortillaChip: You should know by now. If it doesn't feel stuck, if there's no pain, if you're not regurgitating what you swallow then you're OK. Best to find out what caused that stricture; that would help estimate if or when it might recur. But if any of the above symptoms develop, especially if your whole chest starts to feel on fire, get to an ER pronto for a checkup (and your check). ...Read more

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Can an esophageal stricture be in the middle of your throat like where Adams apple is?

Can an esophageal stricture be in the middle of your throat like where Adams apple is?

Swallowing problems: Esophageal strictures can occur anywhere along the length of the esophagus. They can be caused by both benign or malignant conditions. If you experience difficulty swallowing solids and liquids, have weight loss then you should see a doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Problem swallowing solid foods. Stay at the back and middle of the throat. Could this be esophageal stricture? How can I get nutrients?

Problem swallowing solid foods. Stay at the back and middle of the throat. Could this be esophageal stricture? How can I get nutrients?

Dysphagia needs: Investigation, several causes for difficulty in swallowing, could be benign or align ant, must see your doctor for investigation and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you suggest any alternative treatments to reduce cysts?

Can you suggest any alternative treatments to reduce cysts?

Where?: Cystic change in the breasts is very common. Of course if you have a dominant breast mass, it needs to be seen as a possible cancer. Mainstream medicine has little to offer. I've had colleagues tell me that evening primrose oil is the first herbal to try for painful / lumpy breasts. An evidence-based holist in your community may be able to offer more. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for rosacea besides medication?

Are there any alternative treatments for rosacea besides medication?

IPL for Rosacea: Intense pulsed light (ipl), or "photofacial", is an appropriate treatment for the redness of rosacea. A few treatments spaced approx. A month apart will be needed. A topical antibiotic like Metronidazole may be used in between sessions. Also, avoidance of triggers such as sun, heat, cold, spicy foods, and alcohol may help reduce redness.
http://www. Dranthonycorrado. Com/procedures/non-invasive. ...Read more

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Are there effective alternative treatments for back pain?

Are there effective alternative treatments for back pain?

Yes: Surgery is usually the last resort for most back problems except major trauma. Therapy, postural exercises, yoga, weight loss and/or exercise, gait training, job retraining, as well as meditatation (to relieve stress) are helpful adjucts. Note: not all back pain is created equal to please get check by a specialist. Note: beware of fad or gimmicky advertisements for back relief. Feel better. ...Read more

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Can any of the alternative treatments for schizophrenia work?

Can any of the alternative treatments for schizophrenia work?

Alternative tx?: I don't know what you mean by "alternative treatments for schizophrenia". It you can tell me what they are - I will try to comment on each. Schizophrenia requires life-long treatment with use of atypical antipsychotics as the mainstay. Conventional neuroleptics are an option. Psychosocial treatments that go hand in hand with meds include: family therapy, social skills training & voc rehab. ...Read more

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What alternative treatments exist for patients with gastrinoma?

What alternative treatments exist for patients with gastrinoma?

Chemotherapy: Other than surgery medication including chemotherapy can be used, depending on the histology and aggressiveness of the tumor. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for ALS that appear promising?

Are there any alternative treatments for ALS that appear promising?

NO: Sorry, but there are absolutely no alternative treatments that have ever made even trivial benefits to pts with als, and there seems to be no future alternative rx that seems to make any sense. The medicine approach involves mainly riluzole, and palliation, with some consideration for using glutamate blockers. These approaches are not cures, but can possibly slow somewhat. ...Read more

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Alternative treatments for atypical depression?

Alternative treatments for atypical depression?

Alternative depressi: Traditional chinese medicine, indian remedies (ayurvedic med.), yoga, meditation, diet, exercise, etc. ...Read more

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What are some alternative treatments for melanoma?

What are some alternative treatments for melanoma?

Adjuncts only: If you ignore surgery for melanoma, you will pay for your mistake with your life. If you are interested in vitamins, botanicals and so forth, remember these are only adjuncts. I am not sure I would accept some of therapies for advanced disease that give only a small survival advantage, but I would not pay a conspiracy or natural-medicine talker for telling me untruths. Be savvy. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for athlete's foot?

Are there any alternative treatments for athlete's foot?

Soap and water: Many times washing and drying your feet well and daily can clear up a mild case of athlete's foot. Over the counter topical antifungals are usually quite successful if used consistently. Dr l. ...Read more

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Are there alternative treatments for pseudotumor cerebri?

Are there alternative treatments for pseudotumor cerebri?

No: Pseudotumor cerebri can occasionally result in visual loss and blindness in addition to severe headaches. Pseudotumor needs to be carefully followed by an eye doctor and sometimes a neurologist as well. 90% of people with pseudotumor are obese females and weight loss, sometimes modest amounts, can be a highly effective treatment. ...Read more

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Are there alternative treatments to diabetes type 1 or 2?

Are there alternative treatments to diabetes type 1 or 2?

Depends: If you are talking about type2 diabetes then weight loss, healthy eating and exercise may get you to the point where u no longer need medicine (and u'll be healthier overall) some people however are beyond that and require Insulin to prevent the complications of diabetes. Don't believe any "alternative" med works unless you or your doctor note your sugars are well controlled. Many fake cures. ...Read more

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What are the alternative treatments for nummular dermatitis?

What are the alternative treatments for nummular dermatitis?

Nummular derm: Topical steroids are effective. Less erythematous, less pruritic lesions may be treated with low-potency (class iii-vi) steroids. Severely inflamed lesions with intense erythema, vesicles, and pruritus require high-potency (class i-ii) preparations. Penetration of the medication is enhanced by occlusion or presoaking in a tub of plain water followed immediately (without drying) by application. ...Read more

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What are conventional and alternative treatments for depression?

What are conventional and alternative treatments for depression?

Talk to your doctor: Psychotherapy, medication, electro convulsive therapy (ECT), repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), vagal nerve stimulation (VNS), light therapy, diet, exercise, herbal therapy (St. Johns Wort), music therapy, group therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, CBT, psychoanalysis, and others ...Read more

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Are there any good alternative treatments for multiple sclerosis?

Are there any good alternative treatments for multiple sclerosis?

Really NONE: However, improve your outcomes, by using potent disease modifying agents, such as the newer orals, aubagio, gilenya, (fingolimod) tecfidera. Some otc approaches include, no smoking, vitamin d supplementation, aerobic exercise, low fat, low salt diets, stress management. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are alternative treatments to ADHD besides medication?

Could you tell me what are alternative treatments to ADHD besides medication?

Limited: There are no proven herbal aids or supplements that, despite their advertising, improve add/adhd. There are proven tools such as allowing more time for the task, minimizing ditractions, etc that may help. ...Read more

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Can you recommend any alternative treatments for macular hole other than surgery.?

Can you recommend any alternative treatments for macular hole other than surgery.?

Macular hole: For early stage lamellar or full thickness macular holes, intervitreal injections of steroid or a vitreolysis agent can be of some benefit. For most macular holes, surgery is yourbest option. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for depression other than synthetic medicine?

Are there any alternative treatments for depression other than synthetic medicine?

Yes, but check in.: Depression may be helped by daily physical activity, a regular meditation practice, and counseling. In addition, there are some natural remedies that may be helpful in certain cases such as saint john's wort and s-adenosyl-methionine. However, if you suffer from depression, it is important to work with a health care professional and get the help you need. Sometimes that means synthetic medicine. ...Read more

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Could you tell me an alternative treatments for severe pain when afraid of opiates?

Could you tell me an alternative treatments for severe pain when afraid of opiates?

Combo: Many patients with severe chronic pain require a combination of meds (non-opioid). Examples may be nsaids like Naproxen or toradol, membrane stabilizers like gabapentin, some anti-depressant meds and topical meds like Lidoderm patches all depending on cause of pain. These patients may benefit from interventional pain procedures, biofeedback, cognitive therapy, exercise therapy and more... ...Read more

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What alternative treatments exist for yellow tongue?

What alternative treatments exist for yellow tongue?

Maybe thrush (fungus): The tongue is known to have many variations with pigmenting, size, appearance, & not always due to disease. Causes of tongue that looks patchy include: lichen planus (responds to steroids), white sponge nevus (familial, benign, permanent), smoker's leukoplakia (2% risk of cancer, needs biopsy), hairy leukoplakia (due to epsteinbarr virus), warts (due to papillomavirus), "thrush" (rx antifungals). ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for pulsatile tinnitus?

Are there any alternative treatments for pulsatile tinnitus?

Workup first: Pulsatile tinnitus may indicate a vascular malformation. Recommend vascular workup including arterial and venous phases. ...Read more

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What are some alternative treatments for evista (raloxifene)?

What are some alternative treatments for evista (raloxifene)?

Bisphosphonates: Evista is primarily given to combat/prevent osteoporosis. Alternative medications are bisphosphonates such as fosamax, actonel, boniva. Reclast (zoledronic acid) is an injectable.
Evista also has a breast cancer chemo prevention indication with the alternative being tamoxifen. Aroma taste inhibitors are being studied as further alternatives. ...Read more

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What are alternative treatments for sciatica besides painkillers?

What are alternative treatments for sciatica besides painkillers?

Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for depression and mental illness?

Are there any alternative treatments for depression and mental illness?

Many: St john's wort is an antidepressant herb. Sunlight, exercise, good nutrition, and social interaction can ease depression. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation might help. Spiritual healing ceremonies and rituals appear to help some sufferers. Certainly psychotherapy helps. It depends on how you define 'alternative'. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to small asthma puffers, are there any alternative treatments?

I'm allergic to small asthma puffers, are there any alternative treatments?

All of them?: There are several different kinds of albuterol and two other short acting beta agonists on the market. I would get tested to see if the allergy was to the medication itself or a stabilizer/propellent that carries the medication to you. ...Read more

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What is the incubation period of jra and what are the alternative treatments?

What is the incubation period of jra and what are the alternative treatments?

INCUBATION PER SE IS: A term used when describing an organisms time period between exposure and full blown infectious symptoms.
Jra typically can start at any age in a young man or woman, and symptoms are typically full blown joint disease/pain/swelling pretty quickly from onset of disease process.
I am sure one of our rheumatology experts will further define this for you. I hope this helps you some. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments to a yeast infection?

Are there any alternative treatments to a yeast infection?

Certainly: There are many potential alternative treatments, but if you don't get relief I would check with your healt clinician. Gentian violet is a purple dye that can be applied topically. Boric acid suppositories can help adjust the ph of the vagina and decrease risk of yeast. Baking soda baths, sitz baths or douches can also effect ph and thus yeast. Ceylon cinnamon, manuka honey, apple cider vinegar. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for epigastric hernia?

Are there any alternative treatments for epigastric hernia?

Hernia or diastasis?: You need to differentiate an abdominal wall hernia from rectus diastasis. A hernia occurs when there is a defect in the abdominal wall that allows contents to protrude through the defect, most common are inguinal, umbilical and ventral (post-surgical) hernias. Rectus diastasis is a weakness of the midline tissues that normally connect the two rectus muscles. The weakness is not a true hernia. ...Read more

Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more


Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more