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Best Over The Counter Thrush Medicine
Yes, but: Gentian violet is a purple dye that is available otc & occasionally used for oral thrush in infants. It is effective but messy & should be used in minimal amounts, painted on affected areas.It kills yeast by direct contact.Excess use has led to choking and respiratory distress. Older patients can swish it around in their mouth & spit out the excess. ...Read more
Not as well.: There are some over-the-counter remedies, but no guarantee that they will work as well.You can try rinsing with a baking soda solution, salt water,cider vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. However these are not good options if you are treating a baby. Gentian violet is also another option, but is a bit messy. As with any meds, please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
I've been on strong antibiotics and now I have oral thrush. What are good over-the-counter or home remedies i can try?
Tips + Rx: If you have thrush you can rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Use a soft toothbrush on your teeth. Consider taking probiotics like lactobacillus acidophilus. You can also drink kefir or eat yogurts that have live probiotic cultures. Avoid eating excessive sugar. See your physician for prescription antifungal medication. ...Read more
You don't: You need a prescription from a health care professional in order to get a prescription that will work, treat the problem and make sure it is eliminated before stopping the medication. Besides, unless you were diagnosed bya health care provider, how do you know you have thrush? It may not be or you may have contributing medical issues. See a dentist or physician! ...Read more
Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if i don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)
OTC creams, etc...: To treat mild or moderate eczema, Hydrocortisone 1% cream (use a thin coat on the rash, twice a day, for 5-10 days) is cheap, found at most stores and works well. A daily moisturizing cream (cetaphil, cerave, eucerin, etc.) used 2-4 times a day helps to heal eczema & to prevent return of the rash. One can avoid creams with lanolin, aloe, or fragrances if sensitive to the ingredients. Avoid soaps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not a mediCAtion: Meditation does not require a prescription, and you can do it every day without problematic side effects. There are many different forms, but the simplest way i've found is mindfulness-based stress reduction. You can do it anywhere you're breathing or doing any activity at all. For info: www.Umassmed.Edu/cfm/home/index.Aspx they list programs beyond ma. Also: www.Mindfullivingprograms.Com. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends how old: Most otc meds are not recommended for children under 6. If it is just a common cold, and your child is younger, try a humidifier and suck the mucus out. They have some great devices that are battery operated. Most colds get a bit worse between the 3rd and 5 th day, with mucus changing colors. Keep him hydrated and only give fever reducers if the temp is over 100.5 core temp. ...Read more
Prevent/Control LPR: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid,nexium). See a GI doctor if persistent. ...Read more
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