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Can topical steroid treatment be given in viral diseases like varicella, herpes, chicken pox infections?
Helped yes, cured???: Tinospora is an interesting compound. It has many immune stimulating properties, which is how it likely helps with swine flu. We lack safety studies on it, so be cautious in its use. It has the potential to help, but i don't know about cure. Homeopathic flu medications are also helpful. Make sure you have optimal vitamin a, d, and zinc levels as they are also essential for immune health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not a virus yet: Systemic lupus erythematosis is an autoimmune disease where antibodies are directed at one`s own tissues including joints, skin, kidneys, lungs and even brain. While we now have excellent treatments for this once commonly fatal disease, we do not know the trigger or triggers that set off the immune system. Even though infectious agents are suspected, none have as yet been identified or treated. ...Read more
MRSA: Even if you have been treated you are probably still carrying this on your skin and mucous membranes. Depends on your definition of "contagious". This organism is generally transferred person to person by direct hand contact, and then the other person may only become a carrier. Infection requires a break in the skin or soft tissues or introduction into an immune suppressed person. ...Read more
YES: Antibiotics are highly successful in treating early lyme disease; the earlier treatment begins after infection the better. However, many doctors give inadequate treatment, such as Doxycycline 100 mg 2x/day for 10 days. Ilads, the professional organization of lyme specialists, advises Doxycycline 200 mg 2x/day x 1 month (or similar). See http://www.Ilads.Org/lyme_disease/treatment_guidelines.Html. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Supportive care: Uncomplicated viral meningitis is treated generally as an outpatient with supportive care only such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for fever and/or pain. Any person showing more severe symptoms, neurologic complications, or other concerning symptom is admitted to the hospital for specific treatments for their complications. ...Read more
Acyclovir: The most serious viral infection is herpes. The only available treatment is acyclovir. Certain viral epidemics occur that may be protected by immunization shots. Most viral infections of the brain resolve on their own. Supportive care is the only and best treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Rsv prophylaxis only protects against pneumonia. With the new drug motavizumab the lokelihood fir upper resp tract infection is lower. Keep in mind that there is no immunity after the prophylaxis. Its an antibody. Not a vaccine. The concentration drops after administration and needs to be repeated. ...Read more
Can rheumatic fever be treated with the antibiotics for streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat)?
See ID specialist: For a person with all these infections, you need to be thoroughly evaluated by an infectious disease specialist and probably admitted to the hospital to have them treated with IV medications. If there are ongoing infections, all need to be treated simultaneously. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers