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Alternative Treatments For Theophylline Use
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
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
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
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
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
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
Focus On Cause: The signs and symptoms that arise for pcos are due to excessive estrogen. Any way that you can decrease estrogen exposure may help. Others may also recommend balancing your excessive estrogen with additional progesterone. You can explore decreasing your estrogen by reading: the anti-estrogen diet. ...Read more
No proven benefit: The big 3 are surgery, chemotherapy & radiation. Alternative options in trials include photodynamic therapy, cancer vaccines for example. Commonly used alternative treatments such as homeopathy, chinese or indian herbal medicines, mexican meds, shark cartilage, etc do not have any proven benefit. Sometimes, alternative drugs actually interfere with regular meds and can cause problems. ...Read more
Not really: Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are the mainstays of treatment for brain cancer. These have the longest track record of success. There are clinical trials that are investigating the role of vaccines for brain cancers. There are also many trials investigating more targeted agents than "standard" chemotherapy. I am unaware of any nontraditional treatments that are as effective. ...Read more
Diabetic Foot Treat: Do not try to treat a diabetic foot infection with home remedies without at least having a professional observing as the consequences of an unsuccessful treatment can mean hospitalization, amputation or overwhelming sepsis and death. There are over 4000+ wound care products that are available so even among professionals, opinions vary. Attention to underlying causes of the ulceration are paramount. ...Read more
Maybe: Most people with oral lichen planus don't need yo do anything because there are usually no symptoms. There is no cure and if it is severe enough for you to have symptoms then you will need either topical or systemic steroids depending on the severity. I am unaware of any alternative treatments for this condition. ...Read more
Stent or medical.: There is no difference in outcomes when using a renal artery stent or medical therapy to treat renal artery stenosis. Therefore a person can get a stent placed by a vascular surgeon to treat the condition or a person can take multiple blood pressure medications without having to undergo surgery to treat the condition as well. ...Read more
Combination: I would never suggest fighting any tumor alone with alternative therapies but as combination therapy with conventional medicine; I would definitely add large quantities of food enzymes on an empty stomach with solid organic nutrition and I would add protandim to eliminate oxidative stress. Tag me in email thru my website and check protandim www. Medacpc. Com. ...Read more
Many but not good: There are many proposed so called alternative treatments for brain tumors and not one has been shown to help a patient in any convincing fashion. If you have a brain tumor you absolutely should work with a physician (s) experienced in the treatment of these tumors. Furthermore, although some alternative treatments are harmless, some are not--and their use should also be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more
Are there alternative treatments for endometriosis other than the lupron (leuprolide) depot shot?
What do you suggest if my dad has a glioblastoma brain tumour. Can anyone recommend any alternative treatments?
Experimental trials: N general as much tumor as can be removed safely is beneficial followed by radiation therapy. Younger patients should also receive chemotherapy. The answer would be best reviewed with your Neurosurgeon and Oncologist. I would also consider experimental trials too. Best of luck. ...Read more
Do you know if there are alternative treatments for endometriosis other than the lupron (leuprolide) depot shot?
Absolutely: Endometriosis requires an individual treatment approach. There are multiple different treatment options (birth control pills, progesterone, aygestin, (norethindrone) lupron, neurontin, etc) as well as different surgical options. And treatment is long term and must be adjusted periodically ...Read more
What alternative treatments are available to treat schizo affective disorder. I am weaning myself of psychotropic medication.
Schizoaffective prob: None that I know of that work. Discuss with your Dr. ...Read more
Are alternative treatments to mild obstructive sleep apnea (AHI of 8/H) other than CPAP/BiPAP! Are there any side effects that will arise from them?
None: None that I know of.Get a more detailed answer ›
Molluscumrx: Molluscumrx is an alternative herbal treatment which slowly removes molluscum. Used twice daily for a few weeks, only slightly irritating. ...Read more
Possibly: AD is an incurable degenerative disease of the brain. There have been some studies using medium chain triglycerides to 'feed' the brain (Axona). Recently a study supported the use of hi dose Vit E. Other supplements include Vinpocetine and phosphatidyl serine. Be careful even with supplements and 'natural' products- they maybe unsafe or have interactions with other products or medications. ...Read more
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
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
Do you have GERD?: Have you been dignosed with gerd? If it is related to gerd then follow the treatment recommendations. Alternatives treatments (pills?) may not help but I think eating fresh fruits and vege's and parsley leaves might besides proper daily home oral hygiene. If you let bacteria grow on you teeth and gums, they will produce the sulfur compounds that cause bad odors. So get soft tooth brush and floss. ...Read more
No and yes:
If your thyroid is low, and you live in the us, take thyroid replacement.
If your thyroid is overactive or the problem is a lump in your thyroid you should see a thyroidologist as there are many choics of treatment. ...Read more
Yes, for sure: If they are mild to moderate there are otc creams - ask a good pharmacist for recommendations. If severe, see your doctor for advice and in extreme cases some do minor surgery if necessary. Hope your are mild. Feel better soon! ...Read more
Medications: Occlusion means 100% stenosis. Usually not worth trying to opening due to high failure rate and due to the residual alive part of the kidney already is getting blood from somewhere and whatever died of it has died also risk benefit from bypass surgery is not favorable for same reason. Medications for BP control and conservative management is the way to proceed usually. Also protect the other kidney. ...Read more
No: None proven. It is not an easy condition to treat. It is serious and potentially fatal. ...Read more
Usually need no rx: Periodic limb movements are usually harmless and need no treatment. Lots of people have them. Rarely, they may cause insomnia or excessive sleepiness and may need treatment. Medicines like ropinirole or Pramipexole might help. If they do not, there are other medicines that might help. ...Read more