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Are there good alternative therapies for ear tubes?

Are there good alternative therapies for ear tubes?

Do it or wait it out: When tubes are recomended it is a procedure that tries to mimic what the body does later--let air stay in the middle air space. Head growth and gradual change in the size & angle of the natural tube lets it stay open more, ending the retention of mucous that feeds the germs during infections.U can decide to wait & treat (or not) infections as they occur or do it.Patient comfort is the main issue. ...Read more

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Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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Are there effective natural treatments for post nasal drip?

Are there effective natural treatments for post nasal drip?

Nasal saline: Sometimes use of a saline solution flushed into the nose using a neti pot or squeeze bottle can help post nasal drip. ...Read more

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Nasal congestion with clear mucus for 3 weeks now. Effective remedy?

Nasal congestion with clear mucus for 3 weeks now. Effective remedy?

Allergies?: You may have allergies which a nasal steroid, such as Budesonide or fluticasone might be useful. The best advice is to see your provider. ...Read more

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What surgical or alternative (not drugs) treatments are available for chronic paroxysmal hemicrania?

What surgical or alternative (not drugs) treatments are available for chronic paroxysmal hemicrania?

Want surgery?: There is NO surgery that is beneficial. Drugs such as Indocin, (indomethacin) Lithium, even Naproxen might be useful. OTC includes butterbur, feverfew, magnesium, riboflavin, CoQ-10. Did you see a doctor and discuss this? ...Read more

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What are some natural remedies for throat mucus?

What are some natural remedies for throat mucus?

Hydrate !!: Saltwater gargles are very helpful. Mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle with this several times a day. You can gargle with aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mixture of chamomile tea with honey & a small amount of lemon juice is good. Hydrate well. ...Read more

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Recommendations for natural or home treatments for interstitial cystitis?

Recommendations for natural or home treatments for interstitial cystitis?

Varied: Physical therapy with pelvic floor relaxation offers improvement for some patients. You need to find a therapist with experience to truly get benefit. Some patients claim improvement with avoiding artificial sweetners, acidic foods-orange juice, lemons, and spicy foods. Every patient is a little different. Look up the irritable bowel diet recs and there is overlap with inter. Cystitis diets. ...Read more

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Are there alternative/natural treatments for bronchitis?

Are there alternative/natural  treatments for bronchitis?

Yes. Nothing.: 95% of the time, acute bronchitis is a viral infection and is thereby self-limited, so technically you can try to treat it with just the passage of time - can't get more natural than that. Sometimes, however, the inflammation persists after the virus leaves you and would then need treatment with steroids. ...Read more

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Are there effective alternative therapies for severe vomiting from pregnancy?

Are there effective alternative therapies for severe vomiting from pregnancy?

Some alternatives: There are a variety of things including dietary changes, biofeedback, accupuncture, otc emetrol, vit b6 which may help. I usually suggest a brat diet (bread, rice, applesauce, tea and toast) and ask patients to remain sitting up for 30-60 minutes after a meal and eat 6-8 small snack like meals a day because of reflux. Keeping a food diary and noting what you keep down helps too. ...Read more

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What are some natural treatments for asthma to supplement my conventional treatment?

What are some natural treatments for asthma to supplement my conventional treatment?

Asthma: I think the best advice i can give you is avoidance of all possible triggers . Among these are : dust, cold, anger, pollen. ...Read more

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Are punctal plugs safe? I heard it's an aggressive treatment and has a lot of complications.

Sometimes not: Punctal plugs have a long and relatively safe track record. But they are not for every one. Frequently they are not used appropriately. While supposed to be inert. People can have allergic reactions to them and they can get infected. They are part of a complex set of treatments that should be individualized. ...Read more

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Is wet cupping therapy or medicinal bleeding effective for the treatment of nasal allergy and asthma?

Is wet cupping therapy or medicinal bleeding effective for the treatment of nasal allergy and asthma?

No: Bleeding was prevalent among some practitioners in the us in the late 1700's and early 1800's but abandoned.Cupping was often used with respiratory illnesses until the early 1940's. It is still used occasionally by non- physicians. There is no proven medical benefit for either and significant patient injury is an occasional complication. ...Read more

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Treatments for blocked ears?

Treatments for blocked ears?

Depends on cause: Is it wax? Get it removed. Is it fluid behind the ear drum? Consider getting your ear drum lanced. Is it a foreign body? Get it removed. ...Read more

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Is the gold nano particles (chemo alternative) for lymphomas available for treatment, read article sometime back for this chemo alternative.

Is the gold nano particles (chemo alternative) for lymphomas available for treatment, read article sometime back for this chemo alternative.

Clinical trials: Nanoparticles are not available for standard treatment, however they are currently being evaluated in human clinical trials. Each clinical trial has its own inclusion and exclusion rules. It may be possible to get enrolled on such a study at the current time. To emphasize, we do not know at the current time if these will work worse, the same, or better than conventional treatment. ...Read more

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What meds can be used long-term to help with thick mucus back of nose (and sticky PND)? Xrays, steroids, antihistamines, allergy tests, PPIs all tried

What meds can be used long-term to help with thick mucus back of nose (and sticky PND)? Xrays, steroids, antihistamines, allergy tests, PPIs all tried

Saline irrigation: Try saline irrigation to see if this helps. Mucinex (guaifenesin) may also be tried. Be sure however that you don't have a condition known as bile reflux (for which PPI would not work) or dry mouth (not enough salivary secretion from an autoimmune disorder or mouth-breathing). ...Read more

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Sinus surgery an option for swollen sinus lining/mucus membrane, but clear sinuses? Have sticky mucus and PND. No luck with allergy meds or steroids!

Sinus surgery an option for swollen sinus lining/mucus membrane, but clear sinuses? Have sticky mucus and PND. No luck with allergy meds or steroids!

More detailed: It is said that the thickness of the sinus lining >6 mm suggests infection. With the limited info , I would get a second opinion o this issue ...Read more

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Doctors are looking to integrate more natural remedies into their treatment regimens. So is alternative medicine the cure?

Discuss with your MD: Western medicine offers many wonderful treatments, many that are derived from extensive research of the active component of a 'natural' cure e.g. Aspirin from a compound in the bark of the willow tree. Therefore, it is very important to discuss use of alternative medicines & any supplements with your md because there are many potential interactions as well as side effects. ...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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What are some alternative treatments for a throat infection besides antibiotics?

What are some alternative treatments for a throat infection besides antibiotics?

Rest fluids ibuprofe: Most throat infections are caused by viruses. Therefore, they are self limited. Treatment is symptomatic- relieving pain, fever or aches. Rest is important to help the body conserve energy to fight off the infection. A strep throat infection is also self limited, but we treat it with antibiotics to avoid secondary problems like rheumatic fever, glomerulonephritis, or pandas. ...Read more