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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Tuberculoid Leprosy

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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. Heidi Fowler
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Leprosy (Definition)

A disease that results in severe skin sores, nerve damage, and gradual muscle weakness. It is more common in temperate, tropical, and subtropical climates. Leprosy ...Read more


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How effective is inh for TB treatment?

How effective is inh for TB treatment?

Effective: When taken faithfully, combination therapy of Isoniazid (inh) with rifamycin, pyrazinamide, and ethambutol, still is very effective against most TB infections. ...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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Are there effective alternative therapies for dermatomyositis?

Are there effective alternative therapies for dermatomyositis?

Yes: Treatment typically begins with oral steroid however more potent immunosuppressants are often needed. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Is there an effective treatment for chronic hepatitis b?

Is there an effective treatment for chronic hepatitis b?

There R few options: Current treatment for chronic hepatitisb is decent/good and is improving as we speak, but no difinitive treatment exists at this time. Since you are young and presumably healthy without evidence of liver damage, your chance of a good out come is good, but not 100%. There are few options for treatment. Consult your doc for eval/discuss to see which is best for your situation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Who uses rifadin (rifampin) for meningitis prevention?

Who uses rifadin (rifampin) for meningitis prevention?

Exposure: Rifampin and its cogeners is used as prophylaxis for Meningococcal meningitis if one had been exposed. ...Read more

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Are there safe alternative therapies for fabry disease?

Are there safe alternative therapies for fabry disease?

Enzyme Replacement: Enzyme replacement therapy can reduce lipid storage, ease pain, and improve organ function. ...Read more

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What alternative treatments exist for orchitis?

What alternative treatments exist for orchitis?

None that I'm aware: Orchitis is either a viral or bacterial infection of the testicle. If bacterial you need antibiotics. If you are sexually active get checked for a sexually transmitted infection. ...Read more

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Are there new treatments for lymphogranuloma venereum?

Are there new treatments for lymphogranuloma venereum?

No need: We really don't need new treatments for lgv. It's a fairly uncommon infection that is easily treatable with doxycycline. Drainage of buboes or abscesses is sometimes required. ...Read more

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Are there effective, non-invasive, Ayurvedic treatments for hydroceles?

Are there effective, non-invasive, Ayurvedic treatments for hydroceles?

Not really: There are many treatments for hydroceles but unfortunately the one with the highest success rate is surgery. ...Read more

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Is there treatment for hepatitis b?

Is there treatment for hepatitis b?

Yes!: There are several good medications which can treat hepatitis b virus infection. The two most commonly used are Entecavir and tenofovir. In addition, hepatitis b virus infection can be treated with interferon. Hepatitis b can exist in many forms, some of which do not require treatment. You should discuss this with your doctor to see which form you have. ...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 alternative therapies for ear infection?

Are there alternative therapies for ear infection?

Depends: The red blush of an ear drum on exam may represent a simple reflex & not a tru infection.Far too many kids are put on abx when they have a fever & no other source. Some ear infections are viral & self heal in a few days, some are caused by nasty pus creating germs that will eat away at kids & cause problems if untreated. A good dr will treat the later agressively, ignore it & face the consequences. ...Read more

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Are there any effective treatments for interstitial lung disease?

IPF treatment: Steroids and nac do not work as by a recent not yet published randomized study. Pirfenidone is approved in japan and germany, at around $80, 000 every year. It stops deterioration in about 1/3 of treated patients but no improvement. I would not use it because the benefits are small. But I do have several patients who buy it overseas. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture effective for autoimmune diseases?

Is acupuncture effective for autoimmune diseases?

Jury still out: For a nice comprehensive and understandable review, check out this page on the american autoimmune related diseases association (aarda). http://www.aarda.org/research_display.php?id=85. ...Read more

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Are homeopathic treatments effective for psoriasis?

Are homeopathic treatments effective for psoriasis?

No.: With all due respect to the non-dermatologist who answered in the affirmative, there is no convincing scientific evidence that homeopathic treatments have any measurable effect on psoriasis, and no plausible theory that explains why they would. Sorry, but those are the facts. ...Read more

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Is there a new treatment for granuloma annulare available involving anti-bacterals?

Is there a new treatment for granuloma annulare available involving anti-bacterals?

Not new: There was a small study in 2009 of triple antibiotic regimen for GA which had some success. It was recently repeated and, again, there was some improvement. Both used rifampin, ofloxacin, and minocycline. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1123031-treatment http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dth.12159/abstract Let us know if it works for you, should you try it. ...Read more