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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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Dr. Gerald Byrne
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Polymyositis (Definition)

Polymyositis is inflammation of the muscles. It is considered an autoimmune disease and which ones on inflammatory cells targeted their activity against muscle cells. This may be associated with fatigue and muscle weakness. There are several treatment options routinely use by a rheumatologists. I'm happy to do ...Read more


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Where is the best treatment for polymyositis?

Polymyositis: Polymyositis is best treated by a rheumatologist in conjunction with your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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What are the traditional or naturopathic treatments for polymyositis?

None: Naturopaths having nothing to offer the polymyositic patient. They will administer ineffective potions while the disease eats away at muscles. Polymyositis requires strong, clinical proven medication and you should not be seeing a non-medical person for this serious disease. ...Read more

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Could you please tell me where is the best treatment available for polymyositis?

See details: The initial therapy is prednisone. Depending on response and severity of disease, other meds are often added. These include methotrexate, azathioprine, IV gamma globulin and biologics such as Rituxan (rituximab) among others. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of traditional and naturopathic treatments for polymyositis?

Big difference: Polymyositis is a hyperallergic inflammation of the muscles with rapid wasting and debility. It responds well to systemic steroids and some other support pharmaceuticals. Naturopathy has nothing to offer for this condition. You need to see a rheumatologist as soon as possible to prevent serious complications. ...Read more

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Any treatment to polymyositis?

Yes: Immunosuppressive medications (prednisone, rituximab, azathioprine for example) are used with good success. Talk to a rheumatologist or neuromuscular specialist. ...Read more

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Where are some of the best treatments available for polymyositis?

Local rheumatolgist: Polymyositis is an autoimmune muscle disease that left untreated can cause severe muscle weakness and atrophy of skeletal and involuntary smooth muscles. Treatment begins with cortisone and can advance to include oral immunosuppressive and newer intravenous immunosuppressive and biologic medicines all of which are availabe in the doctor's office or hospital. Physical therapy is critical. ...Read more

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Ongoing polymyositis treatment @5mg prednisone&500mg sulfasalazine/day&17.5mg methotrexate/wk...What are appropriate jo1, wbc, abs mono, etc results?

Ongoing polymyositis treatment  @5mg prednisone&500mg sulfasalazine/day&17.5mg methotrexate/wk...What are appropriate jo1, wbc, abs mono, etc results?

Speak to your MD: With all due respect, your best place for this source of information is the physician providing your care, who knows you as a patient, your medical condition, and any other factors that may influence your treatment and results. This type of forum is best suited for general information on a topic, but not advice on specific care of a complicated problem. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for molluscum?

Are there any alternative treatments for molluscum?

Molluscumrx: Molluscumrx is an alternative herbal treatment which slowly removes molluscum. Used twice daily for a few weeks, only slightly irritating. ...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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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 rosacea besides medication?

Are there any alternative treatments for rosacea besides medication?

IPL for Rosacea: Intense pulsed light (ipl), or "photofacial", is an appropriate treatment for the redness of rosacea. A few treatments spaced approx. A month apart will be needed. A topical antibiotic like Metronidazole may be used in between sessions. Also, avoidance of triggers such as sun, heat, cold, spicy foods, and alcohol may help reduce redness. http://www.dranthonycorrado.com/procedures/non-invasive. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments to alleviate the symptoms of lou gehrig's disease?

Are there any alternative treatments to alleviate the symptoms of lou gehrig's disease?

No, none!: Would be nice to find such approaches in this devastating condition, but does NOT exist. Even our approved medication, Riluzole does very little. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for rabies?

Are there any alternative treatments for rabies?

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

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Are there any alternative treatments for allergies?

Are there any alternative treatments for allergies?

Yes, 3 : 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

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Are there any alternative treatments for ALS that appear promising?

Are there any alternative treatments for ALS that appear promising?

NO: Sorry, but there are absolutely no alternative treatments that have ever made even trivial benefits to pts with als, and there seems to be no future alternative rx that seems to make any sense. The medicine approach involves mainly riluzole, and palliation, with some consideration for using glutamate blockers. These approaches are not cures, but can possibly slow somewhat. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for athlete's foot?

Are there any alternative treatments for athlete's foot?

Soap and water: Many times washing and drying your feet well and daily can clear up a mild case of athlete's foot. Over the counter topical antifungals are usually quite successful if used consistently. Dr l. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for dental halitosis?

Are there any alternative treatments for dental halitosis?

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

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Are there any alternative treatments for thyroid problems?

Are there any alternative treatments for thyroid problems?

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

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Are there any alternative treatments to suppositories for hemorrhoids?

Are there any alternative treatments to suppositories for hemorrhoids?

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