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Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a puva treatment?

Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a puva treatment?

Phototherapy: Puva, means psoralen ultraviolet a. This is a treatment for certain skiin diseases, like psoriasis or vitiligo, where a chemical made from a plant, called psoralen, is ingested or applied to the skin rash, and then the patient is exposed to certain kinds of light, called ultraviolet light a. Some dermatologists check the patients liver , and for lupus, by doing a blood test before puva is started. ...Read more

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How long does the puva treatment take?

Not my field: I am not a dermatologist and cannot answer that question. ...Read more

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Anybody prescribed puva treatment to treat skin disorders?

Anybody prescribed puva treatment to treat skin disorders?

Not any more, mostly: Puva stands for "psoralen plus ultraviolet-a" - you take a drug called psoralen, which sensitizes your skin to long-wave uv light, then you go in a uv light box. It was used to treat psoriasis and other skin diseases, but in recent years it has largely been replaced by narrow-band uvb light treatment, which works better and avoids the risks of psoralen, such as sunburn and cataracts. ...Read more

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Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a laser treatment of leg veins?

Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a laser treatment of leg veins?

It Depends: First, it depends upon which type of laser treatment you are referring to: treatment of superficial spider veins vs endovenous ablation of incompetent superficial veins. For the former, likely not necessary. Before endovenous ablation, depends on a patient's comorbidities, current medications (e.g. Warfarin). For specific recommendations for you, consult with your primary physician. ...Read more

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I keep getting tonsillitis, despite X 2 Penicillin V prescriptions. AOS blood tests "upper range of normal" what treatment would help?

I keep getting tonsillitis, despite X 2 Penicillin V prescriptions. AOS blood tests "upper range of normal" what treatment would help?

Don't overtreat: Penicillin won't prevent future attacks, and is appropriate only if there's good reason to think this is strep throat. Antistreptolysin O titers are useful only if actual rheumatic fever is a consideration; don't over-interpret these or any other labs especially when they're in reference range or you'll go crazy. Ask about tonsillectomy given that there's variable evidence / thought. ...Read more

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Is the treatment of vasculitis requires frequent blood tests?

Is the treatment of vasculitis requires frequent blood tests?

Often: Systemic vasculitis is often severe and life-threatening. It requires aggressive therapy with medications that themselves can have significant side effects. Both the disease and the meds used to treat it require frequent monitoring with blood tests and other types of tests. ...Read more

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Enlarged thyroid but normal blood tests, treatment?

Enlarged thyroid but normal blood tests, treatment?

Incomplete info: How enlarged is thyroid? Any family history of goiter? Are you from an area where the soil is deficient in iodine? What were the actual results of blood tests? All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more

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I had two fasting blood tests and results show that blood sugar levels are high. What will be my treatment?

I had two fasting blood tests and results show that blood sugar levels are high. What will be my treatment?

Depends on the level: Treatment depends on how high the blood sugar is and a1c level in mild cases diet and exercise may be all that is needed in others oral meds and diet and exercise may be recommended in some cases Insulin may be indicated. ...Read more

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I just need to know if I should seek treatment or medication after blood tests show I have brusiloiss anti-bodies in my system......What to do?

I just need to know if I should seek treatment or medication after blood tests show I have brusiloiss anti-bodies in my system......What to do?

Seek care!: You had to have had a physician order your blood test in the first place, and further testing (cultures) and consultation and/or treatment by an infectious disease expert is warranted. Brucellosis is commonly caused by consuming unpasteurized milk or cheese, or exposure to lab techs, slaughterhouse workers, or veterinarians. ...Read more

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In our country, unfortunately there is no concept of taking blood tests in treatment of depression.How can I choose a good psychiatrist to pursue plz?

In our country, unfortunately there is no concept of taking blood tests in treatment of depression.How can I choose a good psychiatrist to pursue plz?

If tests cannot: Be done at least find a doctor that can carefully distinguish between bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder. Follow the recommendations i made before and the issue of the clomipramine level can be left out as long as the psychiatrist will check your pulse and blood pressure and have the intuition as to when the dose is high enough for you. I am sorry to hear that psychiatry is practiced that way in your country, but there are many things that are not done in our country as well that are done inother places like europe and scandinavia.It sounds like overall your country has the resources to treatyou. ...Read more

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