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Can You Get Rid Of Pneumonia Without Antibiotics
Possibly...: Most sinus infections are viral and are self limiting. A nasal decongestant, saline irrigation and Ibuprofen may get you through the course. There are many immune system boosters that wont hurt and may shorten the course, such as grapefruit seed extract. Even a bacterial infection can clear without antibiotics however antibiotics may shorten the course and prevent complications. ...Read more
Probably not: Because asthma has a genetic component to it, in most cases you can't get "rid" of or "outgrow" asthma, you can only control it. Remember, asthma is inflammation, and studies suggest that even when patients feel fine and have no asthma symptoms there is likely some underlying inflammation present in the airways at all times. Conditions that mimic asthma (like bronchitis) can resolve completely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You can't: If you have actually been diagnosed with strep throat (with a test....It can't be accurately diagnosed by looking at it), then it is really important to clear it up with an antibiotic. The bacteria that causes strep throat can cause other problems with your kidneys or heart, and no alternative medicine will prevent those problems from happening. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: If it is do bacterial infection you will likely require antibiotics. If viral self limited. Warm fluids and analgesics ...Read more
Depends on source: Cough from "allergies " often has an asthma mechanism and/or is related to post nasal drip from allergic rhinitis. Eliminating/minimizing the allergic exposure, when possible is best done. Treating the allergic rhinitis (nasal cs, antihistamines, etc.) and/ the asthma/"asthma like" syndrome (inhaled cs, bronchodilators,etc.) should work. Desensitization, when indicated, is another option. ...Read more
Take antibiotics: "true sinus infections". , not a viral cold, are caused by bacterial infection of the air containing sinuses around the nose and benefit from antibiotics. If it is a viral infection it is usually self limiting in 5-7 days, and does not require antibiotics. ...Read more
Playing the odds: You can always play the odds and see what happens.Like the folk in the early 1900s.They also had strep & it passed.However, about 1/200 developed 1of 3 patterns of complications.The brain thing, chorea, put some in mental hospitals.The kidney thing led to sudden kidney failure that some did not survive.The heart thing ate up heart valves and left many weak for the remainder of a short life.Treat it. ...Read more
Tincture of time?: Most acute sinus infections are viral and can get better on their own in 10-14 days (90% of them). If they are not improving by 7-10 days, then you may need an antibiotic for a bacterial infection. Using afrin/oxymetazoline (no more than 3 days in a row) can open the sinuses for better drainage. Salt water irrigations are amazing as they get the gross mucous out and refresh the nasal lining. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on where: Antibiotics are usually needed to get rid of staph infections, which are usually pus-forming. There are different kinds of staph bacteria, with some being more resistant to antibiotics (such as MRSA strains) than others, and with some being more dangerous than others. The location and the background health of the patient also determines the kind of antibiotic treatment, so a doctor is needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Drink lots of fluids: Significant portion of utis resolve spontaneously. Drink lots of fluids and cranberry juice or tablets. You may use over the counter bladder analgesics like azo. However if symptoms perstited or gotten worse contact you healthcare provider right away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I get rid of pneumonia without having to go to the doctors to get antibiotics I am also allergic to penicillin?
Sometimes: Pushing fluids to dilute urine and flush bacteria helps. Cranberry really can help fight a UTI but the acid in cranberry juice can make the UTI feel worse. Blueberries and lingonberries also have good anti- UTI properties. Treat constipation if present. If symptoms don't resolve after a few days, seek medical care ...Read more
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