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Over The Counter Antibiotics For Tonsillitis
Depends on severity:
Tonsillitis is usually a viral or bacterial infecion of the tonsils. IN most cases, it settles without ANY treatment (although is is painful and uncomfortable). However, in a small set of cases, it can complicate and cause serious morbidity.
If you have a mild case of sore throat, it might be sufficient to use an oral rinse such as Andolex C, and pain killers like Paracetamol. If worse, see an ENT ...Read more
Acute bronchitis....: Acute bronchitis is an infection of the airways, usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. If a bacterial infection is present, antibiotics are sometimes needed. If a virus is the culprit, treatment is largely symptom relief, including drinking plenty of fluids, rest, etc. Saline nasal spray can help with nasal congestion, throat lozenges can help the sore throat, etc. If worsening, see dr. ...Read more
Depends on your doc: It's taking a chance diagnosing over the phone. You could get it wrong and treat it improperly. If your doctor has seen you for this multiple times and your symptoms are exactly the same then they may consider it. ...Read more
Prevention: repHresh helps with prevention but for treatment you really need antibiotics which aren't available over the counter in this country. Sorry I can't be of more help ...Read more
Trichomoniasis (?): If you are asking about treatment for trichomoniasis (commonly known as: Trich), a common sexually transmitted disease (STD), there is no over-the-counter treatment available. Trich requires treatment with a specific antibiotic, metronidazole (Flagyl). It is the only drug that should be used to treat trichomoniasis. If you think you may have trich, you should be tested and treated appropriately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antiinflammatories: Antiinflammatory pills are commonly used to treat the symptoms of gout. Ibuprofen and Naproxen are available over the counter, and of course are less powerful than prescriptions. However, these treat symptoms only and not the underlying problem. Make sure you consult with your doctor regardless to make sure the gout is being treated appropriately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Local heat: If you detect a stye beginning (red lid margin, white dot on the margin, local tenderness, diffuse swelling of the lid), then the best thing is heat. Put a wash cloth under the warm (not hot) water tap and apply to the eye for 4 minutes 5 times per day. This will usually get rid of it. Topical ointments and drops usually do not help even if labeled for stye. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's the Dr.'s call: That decision is entirely up to the doctor. Some doctors will & some won't. It may also depend upon whether or not you are a patient of record & when you were last seen. It's always best that the doctor actually see you first, go over your medical history, & make sure the diagnosis is right. The best and proper treatment is then rendered to the patient. The time & money is well worth the visit! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
On keflex have developed a yeast infection down there given meds for that by can't take yet. Can I do over the counter cream treatments for now???
No need to wait: Why can't you take the yeast treatment yet? You don't need to finish your cephalexin (Keflex) first. If in doubt, check with the doctor's office where it was prescribed. But if you want to start OTC yeast treatment, that would also be OK. Choose any product with active ingredient ending in "azole" (miconazole, clotrimazole, etc). ...Read more
Yeast Treatment: Vaginal creams are typically placed inside the vagina with an applicator to kill off the yeast that cause yeast infections. Vaginal creams, sometimes called "antifungal creams, " usually come packaged with an applicator that helps you measure the right dose. Common examples: gyne-lotrimin or Mycelex (clotrimazole) gynezol or femstat (butoconazole) monistat (miconazole nitrate) vagistat-1. ...Read more
Depends: There are a few middle ear infections that are triggered by viruses and heal on their own within a few days.Simple pain control is all that would be a benefit. However, true pus generating middle ear infections are caused by bacteria & require antibiotics for cure. Untreated they can go on to cause complications including mastoid infections/hearing loss. Have it evaluated soon if not improved ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've had a yeast infection for five months now. I've been to the doctor several times. I've been on several medications fromover the counter to prescription. I've tried several homeopathic remedies and i still can't seem to get rid of the yeast infection.
Vaginitis: Presuming you are referring to a vaginal yeast infection there are several things you might try. Make sure you are treated with an agent effective against yeast (like fluconazole) through one menstrual period. Also have your sexual partner (assuming it is a man) use anti-fungal cream on his penis for about a week twice or three times a day. He may be giving it back to you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the best over the counter/at home remedy for a possible sinus infection? I've already gone through one round of antibiotics.
Xylitol: Xylitol is a natural sugar and breaks up biofilm in the body. That's where germs mulitply. It is found in a nasal spray called xlear (pronounced "clear") and in chewing gum called spry. Pleasant tasting too! olive leaf extract can be used as an antimicrobial. Please do what your doc says. Peace and good health. ...Read more
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