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Over The Counter Treatment For Inflammatory Bowel Disease
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
NO!!: Pid is a serious infection of the female reproductive tract and must be treated with prescription antibiotics. If not properly treated, PID can lead to infertility and possibly serious abdominal infections. This is not something to be taken lightly. If this is you, see your doc today! advise your partner(s) to be seen & treated as well. ...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
What supplements can reduce inflammation in inflammatory bowel disease and what are the effective doses?
Step up / Top down: Traditionally, ibd was treated with progressive addition of drugs of increasing efficacy (5-asa, topicals, antibiotics, steroids, immune modulators, biologics) designed to suppress gut inflammation="step up therapy." increasingly, GI docs are turning to "top down treatment" where biologic treatment is used early after diagnosis. Can add probiotics. There are no supplements to treat flare--see doc. ...Read more
Go to the local: health department. They will most likely treat parasitic disease without charge. There is NO over the counter treatment and it is dependent on the specific parasite you have. Do not delay as more serious conditions and spread of the parasite can occur. ...Read more
Do you recommend an anti -inflammatory for someone with celiac disease and no intestinal issues for 2 years for osteoarthritis of knee?
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
The tests for Inflammatory bowel disease include:: ANCA screen, Clostridium difficile toxin, Stool studies, C reactive protein, Complete blood count, Comprehensive metabolic panel, Erythrocyte sedimentation rate, Folate, (folic acid) Iron and iron binding capacity, Vitamin B12, Barium enema, CT of abdomen, MRI of abdomen and pelvis, Ultrasound of abdomen and pelvis, Xray of abdomen, Capsule endoscopy, Colonoscopy, Flexible sigmoidoscopy, Upper endoscopy. ...Read more
What types of over the counter medications are good for an irritated esophagus or inflammed esophagus?
Prevent/Control GERD: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, nexium). See a GI doctor if persistent. ...Read more
Which type of anti inflammatory drugs would be the most effective for treating my arthritis back pain? I've been diagnosed with arthritis, and i'm in constant pain along my spine. Are the newer anti inflammatory drugs a safe choice to relieve my symptoms,
NSAID: Not all anti inflammatory medicines are the same. Celebrex (celecoxib) (a cox-2 nsaid) has less GI side effects than Motrin and other nsaids. Naprelan is also an NSAID with less GI side effects. There are also NSAID patches (flector) and ointment preparations (voltaren gel) that i prescribe for patients with high blood pressure and/or GI ulcers/bleeds in which oral NSAID could be harmful. Best of luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Moreso: Pain, frequent bms, nighttime bms, joint pains, skin rash, eye pain, fever, weight loss, bleeding. These can be seen in infectious diarrhea (usually short-lived), but more commonly seen in ibd, especially if recurrent, or lasting for more than a few days. Got any of these symptoms? See your doc...Soon. ...Read more
Will mesalamine (or other Crohn's treatment medications) help with the chronic canker sore symptom of crohns?
No: Mesalamine is known to cause aphthous stomatitis. In chohn's disease it is not unusual to see lesions in the mouth and along the entire digestive tract. Typically the treatment for these lesions are reactive and pallative consisting of topical treatments including 5% 5-aminosalicylic acid cream and other agents as well as laser therapy. Some preventative drugs are available for severe cases. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
For the treatment of psoriasis,are any of the systemic medications available for use with guttate psoriasis in an adult?
Guttate psoriasis: Janet: guttate psoriasis can come on due to infections like streptococcal infections, or medications like beta blockers (blood pressure med); so be sure not secondary to infections/ drugs. Treatment usually topical (can be difficult with many spots!); UVB or PUVA light treatment can be effective. Medications like methotrexate are also effective in severe cases. Work with your Dermatologist. ...Read more
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