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Herbal Poultice For Wounds
Herbal cures: First off, how do you know it is a fungal infection? Second, there really isn't any herbal remedy that will cure a fungal infection. Medicine is around because it tends to work for the most things in the most people most of the time. It is frustrating but true. When things don't go the way we all want them to, medicines and doctors tend to get the blame. Sometimes though, things just don't work. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not proven: There is no evidence that herbs or plants have a role in treating or preventing HIV or aids. On the other hands, we have very good medical treatments that when followed have very good results. Please make sure you get a doctor and listen to them about hiv/aids if this is something that is affecting you. If someone you know might have hiv, have them get tested. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Too many skin creams: Nobody knows the answer, because there are thousands and thousands of over-the-counter skin creams being sold all over the world. People put all sorts of herbal extracts, natural chemicals, and man-made chemicals into them, and claim they all do great things... But rarely is there any good human research testing done. So, if one has been using a cream and seeing benefits, it "may" be ok to use. ...Read more
Heal it: Hi fiber diet, 80-100 ounces of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluids per day, topical prescription agents and if not healed in 6 weeks, may require surgery which is very successful when performed by an experienced colon and rectal surgeon with very low recurrence rates or complications. No evidence for honey alone helping it heal. ...Read more
Are there any natural remedies for anal fissures that are proven to work? I applied vaseline and stopped nitroglycerin. Aloe vera plant, coconut, etc?
Unproven but helpful: I don't know of any "proven" to work but that does not mean they won't work- there is little research on natural remedies as no one can patent ; profit from them but they often help. For things to try see http://www.Optimalhealthnetwork.Com/anal-fissures-s/191.Htm ; http://drwheatgrass.Com/conditions/anal-fissure/ ; http://healfissures.Com/ ; http://earthclinic.Com/cures/anal-fissures.Html. ...Read more
Does using purified sea salt water, several times a day, benefit healing wounds? This specifically concerns new piercings.
Sea water: No matter how long I have been in wound care, there always seems to be an endless stream of new products and recommendations. I think that attention to the conditions under which the piercings are done (sterility of tools, for example) requires more due diligence than dealing with problems afterwards. We use sterile Normal Saline all of the time to wash wounds so if it is sterile, i see no issue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Venous ulcers: Vasculera and diosmin are herbs purported to aid in the treatment of venous ulcers but they are not the mainstay of treatment. Venous ulcers are the end result of venous insufficiency and the best way to treat these is a combination of local care to the ulcer with compression, cleaning and topical wound healing agents. Next the underlying venous insufficiency needs to be addressed. See a vein MD. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dr oz recommends Vicks vaporub or vinegar solution for nail fungus. Are they effective at all? How about tea tree oil?
Hogwash: First off, make certain your nails are fungal with a fungus culture. If they are, the most effective treatment is oral anti-fungal medication, which has been recently shown to be much safer than we originally thought. Pulse therapy Lamisil (terbinafine) (14 pills in 6 months) has the same cure rate as taking it every day for 3 months. See a podiatrist and be leery of doctors on tv. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dressings: As dr bolhack explained, fortunately we now have many choices of dressings for the wounds. People used to order wet to dry dressing!?. But that time is far gone. Honey (called medihoney) which is quite pricey too but it has its own place for some wounds. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Surgical Wounds: The best way to have proper healing is to follow the surgeon's directions for activity and care of the wound. You should make sure that you are eating a healthy diet. There has been much written about herbs and nutritionals in wound care with little 'accepted' research to back the claims. Making recommendations for herbs is also fraught with lack of regulation on the production of these product. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lots of studies of probiotics on wound healing, pigmentation, n sterility.Are they licensed for such use?
Not really: When you quote studies make sure thry are in reputable, peer reviewed, journals. Many studies are unsceintific spin, sponsored by the pill companies and really proof nothing, and are published simply to encourage you to by their product. ...Read more
Possibly...: There maybe herbal remedies such as a original oil, however, if it is truly a diabetic foot infection you need traditional medicine in order to heal properly. Once you have a diabetic foot infection the herbal medications are not the right way to proceed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Honey: Honey has had a resurgence in treatment of ulcerations. However if there is no underlying vein reflux problem that needs to be addressed, as without that the ulceration will either take a long time to heal, or may not heal. Use of compression stockings is also very beneficial in trying to heal the ulceration. Unna boot placement has also had benefit in management. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Safe: But depends on what it is being used for. Betadine used repeatedly on an open wound can dry and damage healing tissue, so should only be used on an open wound under medical direction, only if needed for cleaning infected tissue, should probably be diluted before use on an open wound, and use sparingly on an open wound. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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