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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Pneumothorax

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What's the most natural treatment for pneumothorax?

What's the most natural treatment for pneumothorax?

Observation: Observation is the most natural treatment but only for so long as the patient is not short of breath that oxygenation is compromised. Otherwise, a tube is inserted in the chest cavity to drain the air that is compressing the lung. Needle aspiration of pneumothorax is unreliable. Pain medication may also be needed. ...Read more

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What does "icc" stand for with regards to a tension pneumothorax treatment?

What does "icc" stand for with regards to a tension pneumothorax treatment?

Intercostal catheter: Icc stands for intercostal catheter that is used to drain the air out of the chest in case of a tension pneumothorax. This tube is inserted in the space between ribs to reach the inside of chest cavity on the involved side & the other end of this tube is kept under water seal with/without suctioning to completely drain the air out of chest cavity. It is left in place until pneumothorax resolves. ...Read more

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Can I opt for an open procedure rather than VATS procedure for treatment of recurrent pneumothorax, based on lower rates of recurrence?

Can I opt for an open procedure rather than VATS procedure for treatment of recurrent pneumothorax, based on lower rates of recurrence?

Yes: Open can be very well done, and tolerated! May need one of us older surgeons to do. Mini thoracotomy, or anterior infra- mammary- cosmetic can be done easily, thoroughly, effectively and with very good pain control. One opening and one tube. ...Read more

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Any alternative treatments for galactosemia?

Any alternative treatments for galactosemia?

No!: Galactosemia cannot be cured. But, you can take steps to prevent or minimize galactosemia symptoms and complications. The treatment is the strict avoidance of all sources of galactose. The most common source is lactose, which is the milk sugar that breaks down to galactose and glucose. Avoid: milk or milk by-products, fermented soy products, legumes, organ meats, & hydrolyzed protein. ...Read more

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Are there alternative treatments for reflux?

Are there alternative treatments for reflux?

GERD treatments: Lifestyle changes such as avoiding trigger foods, caffeine, chocolate, tomato sauces. Weight loss. Tilting beds up with blocks underneath, avoiding tight clothes, etc. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for psoriasis?

Are there any alternative treatments for psoriasis?

Hard to say: To my knowledge, there are no controlled clinical trials that demonstrate the effectiveness of alternative therapies for psoriasis. All of the evidence is anecdotal at best. Most of the things mentioned are probably safe to try. ...Read more

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What are the alternative treatments for dermatitis?

What are the alternative treatments for dermatitis?

Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for carotidynia?

Are there any alternative treatments for carotidynia?

Different types: Carotidynia is treated with mixed results based on cause. Some symptoms are inflammatory, others are associated with migraines, and others are caused by vascular disease. Sometimes no definable cause. Work with your doctor to find type and best treatment. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for polymyositis?

Are there any alternative treatments for polymyositis?

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 more

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What are alternative treatments for paralysis?

What are alternative treatments for paralysis?

Depends on cause: With paralysis from a stroke or from a spinal cord injury, the mainstays of treatment start with physical and occupational therapy. The goal is to retrain the muscles and decrease disuse atrophy and spasticity (stiffness). There is a lot of research being done on stem cell transplants and electrocortical activation of prosthetics. We anxiously await their progress. ...Read more