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Are There Effective Alternative Therapies For Dermatomyositis
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Anti-inflammatory and other medicines can cause problems for some people (heart disease, liver toxicity, stomach ulcers, etc). Arthritis symptoms can be improved by gentle aerobic exercise, muscle strengthening exercise, topical treatments like paraffin wax baths, massage and accupuncture. Supplements like glucosamine/chondroitin/5-loxin can also help some people. Orthotics and shoes can help. ...Read more
Not really!: Hives are divided into acute (<6 wks) and chronic (>6 wks). Acute usually are self-limited and go away on their own. Chronic could be due to other health problems, so see your doctor. If there is a known trigger it is treated/removed. If no known trigger, then treatment is usually with a non-sedating antihistamine to suppress the hives. No alternative therapies have been found efficacious. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: The pancreas is a gland in the back of the abdomen which produces enzymes to digest proteins, fats, and carbs. In pancreatitis, the enzymes start working inside the gland and begin digesting it. The first treatment is fasting, to shut off the enzyme production. Sometimes replacement enzymes are given. Removing the gallbladder, if there are gallstones, can prevent another attack. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause: If the cause is reversible (like a secondary immune reaction due to a medication) then stopping the med should help reverse th process. If the problem is autoimmune, other strategies such as plasmapheresis/immunisuppression might make asignificant impact. These decisions are best managed by a hematologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoiding dentures: This is an excellent question, and there are ways to prevent a need for dentures. But you have to start early with regular dental check-ups and some kind of Fluoride treatment in childhood. As you get older, take care of your gums with dental floss, toothpicks, or water-pik-like devices. Get problems treated promptly and avoid foods that harm teeth (carbonated beverages, high sugar content foods). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Inflammatory arthritis may be effectively managed with meds, commonly referred to as dmards. Osteoarthritis tends to progress, and most treatments are for controlling symptoms. Ultimately, arthritis can be cured, but only by replacing the joint. As of now, we have no effective way to halt the progress of osteoarthritis. ...Read more
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