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Asthma That Does Not Respond To Medicine
Why do some people seem to have better immune systems than others? Is this reality? What can one do to improve immunity that is proven?
No sure thing.: Everyone has a different genetic make-up (yes even between identical twins) and different environmental exposure. These two factors mostly determine how your immune system will function. You can optimize your immune system by getting the appropriate vaccinations, exercising regularly, eating healthily (antioxidants), reducing stress, getting enough sleep, and taking vitamin D3. ...Read more
Methods to relieve a cough that work? Currently taking a cough medicine but they never seem to work for me.
Wrong diagnosis: Wrong medication used . Time to go see your doctor to see what is really causing your coughing spells . If viral cause , bed rest , plenty of fluids, 8 hours of sleep, eating healthy will help you recover! You may have bacterial cause or other things triggering off the cough. Please call your doctor . ...Read more
Is it true that some people absolutely"need"medication to treat anxiety/OCD.The fact that some people can't get over it with therapy alone makes me anxious that I wont be able to either thus need meds?
I'm not sure but is there anything you can do for a person that is addicted to drugs but they won't go to rehab?
'rehab' isnt a place: If the person is willing to get help, there are intensive outpatient programs combined with ambulatory detoxification (if necessary) that can be just as effective, and even more effective than an inpatient program. However, if the person is unwilling to admit they have a problem and/or get help, I suggest you try Alanon for your own issues. They may give you info that may help you deal with it. ...Read more
I do not have any allergic reactions. Would it be okay to take this medicine, even though there's really nothing to cure or any histamine to block?
Will asthma always respond to prednisone? Have tightness in throat/reduced lung capacity not responding to pred or inhalers. Not asthma?
Depends: For acute attacks a "rescue" inhaler like albuterol is the drug of choice in the us. As far as "controller" inhalers which are cortisone derived drugs, there are many different forms all of which will work. Sometimes you have to switch around till you find the best "fit" for you. Wheter you need a controller in the first place and how strong will depend on your asthma severity. ...Read more
What does it mean when it's said that psychologist act as collaborative prescribers for their patients that need medication?
Have't actually: heard it put that way. Psychologists are trained in the categories and (side) effects of psychiatric meds, but because we didn't go to Med school, we either have to take additional training to prescribe (two states) or we advise clients when meds might be good, or bad. But we refer to psychiatrists to deal with meds. We do the therapy and psych. testing. Psychiatrists don't do testing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
So with rosacea there is not treatment unless you have laser, which i can not afford. Does anyone know of anything to help it ?
Two basic issues: The kid could have an altered immune system with poor response to normal potent vaccines. Or the vaccines themselves could have been mis -handled some where in the pathway from manufacture to injection where the vaccines were rendered ineffective (improper storage, transport, refrigeration, preparation). ...Read more
Yes, no, possibly: Each medication has a unique molecular structure, designed to interact with specific tissues of the body in very stereotyped ways. It must nonetheless be noted that every person's unique makeup may cause them to respond in a variety of ways to different meds. TYPICALLY, there is a SMALL range of responses that MOST people exhibit, but it is possible to observe wild variation between two children. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What exactly does an antihistamine do to the body? I have chronic nasal congestion, will it improve that or worsen it?
Decrease inflammatio: Antihistamines may decrease the inflammation caused by allergies causing your nasal congestion. It can't make it worse. It should improve it, if allergy is the cause. Try to figure out what the allergic cause is, if it is something like dust, a hepaair filter might help and you might need to rely on antihistamines. The causes are many including mold, dust, pollen, etc. ...Read more
Swimming: People with asthma usually can't tolerate prolonged and vigorous exertion. However exercising under 10 minutes can often be tolerated. Swimming has been touted as the best for asthma but there has been concern that chlorinated water may aggravate asthma. In general, i try not to discourage anyone with asthma from doing any form of exercise. A couple of puffs on albuterol prior may do the trick.E. ...Read more
Yeast Infections: There is not an over the counter pill for treatment of yeast (like the fluconazole), but there are over the counter topical treatments for yeast. These are creams or vaginal suppositories. Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don't. They would not cause any harm, though, unless you have an unexpected reaction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do doctors have a hard time prescribing me xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa(an asthma inhaler)? Some does not even know what it is.
Not sure...: Some insurance companies have this inhaler on formulary and others don't. If your doctor has not heard of this inhaler, he/she can look if up so it is not clear to me why they would not prescribe it. In some patients, it causes less of an increase in heart rate so it is sometimes better tolerated. Your doc could get more info from your pharmacist if needed as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Therapy: Psychotherapy can be quite effective for improving symptoms including those of hypochondriasis. Cognitive behavioral therapy in particular can be helpful by identifying automatic thoughts and testing your belief system about the suspected illness. Biofeedback can help you improve understanding what is happening with your body's responses so that you realize they are not signs of illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most people seem to say that the term add is outdated, but if someone has the condition, but not hyperactivity - why would you call them hyperactive?
ADHD: 75% of people with adhd are inattentive, not hyperactive. It doesn't make sense to me to include hyperactivity in the name of a disorder when it represents the minority of affected individuals. I prefer an older label of attention deficit disorder +hyperactivity if the individual is hyperactive as well. Add for those with inattentiveness only.. ...Read more
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