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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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Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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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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Are there alternative therapies for eye socket infection?

Are there alternative therapies for eye socket infection?

More details: You need to provide more details. By socket do you mean around the eye, the eyelids, the surface of the eyeball or the structures around the eye? ...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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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

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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 good alternative therapies for mononucleosis?

Are there good alternative therapies for mononucleosis?

More info needed: Cmv, toxoplasmosis and ebv all cause a mononucleosis like syndrome. In healthy folks, these generally resolve. ...Read more

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Are there any herbal therapies for staph infections?

Do not fool around: Staph can be very bad and even kill you. Antimicrobials are essential. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatment besides steroids for temporal artitis?

Are there any alternative treatment besides steroids for temporal artitis?

Yes, but...: The problem with alternate medications (sometimes called "steroid-sparing" drugs) is that they tend to be slow in onset. It is very important with temporal arteritis to get control of the disease immediately, and only steroids will do this job. Once the disease is under control, other drugs may help you get off steroids sooner. ...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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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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What are some alternative therapies for bacterial prostatitis?

What are some alternative therapies for bacterial prostatitis?

Symptom relief: True bacterial prostatitis should be treated with an extended course of appropriate antibiotics. At times, your physician may prescribe other medications including non-steriodal anti-inflammatory, anticholinergics, alpha-blockers to help treat the symptoms. However, bacterial prostatitis should improve with antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for abdominal abscess?

Are there any alternative treatments for abdominal abscess?

Several options: The treatment of abdominal abscesses depends on the location, size, and cause. Without seeing the imaging it's hard to know the best course of action. That being said most abscesses are treated with drainage and antibiotics. The drainage can most often be done percutaneously which means through the skin without a big incision. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies for curing ear infections?

Are there any home remedies for curing ear infections?

NO: There are no proven home remedies that cure middle ear infections. Remember studies properly done using comparison groups demonstrate ear infections may get better with no interventions at all. Recent research proves efficacy of antibiotics. I have seen no comparable proof for home remedies such as chiropractery, candling etc. ...Read more

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Are there any good natural remedies for an ear infection?

Are there any good natural remedies for an 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 and powerful treatment for fungal infection?

Are there any effective and powerful treatment for fungal infection?

Yes: There are many antifungal agents available; it greatly depends on which type of fungal infection we are talking about (skin, blood, brain, etc), as well as the species and type of fungus itself. ...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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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical ...Read more