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Over The Counter Treatment For Laryngitis
Will chronic laryngitis go away if I take an over-the-counter acid reflux medicine? Acid reflux in the past has caused me to have chronic laryngitis. Will over-the-counter reflux pills be strong enough or do I still have to take a prescription medication?
Usually: Usually you need a strong anti acid medication from the proton pump inhibitor (ppi) family. Prilosec/omeprazole is one of these and can be bought over the counter. You normally need prolonged therapy that should be monitored by a doctor. Ppis can cause weaker bones and there is a risk of worse reflux if you come off of it cold turkey. ...Read more
Laryngitis is usually a viral infection, and is contagious. Push fluids, gargle with warm salt water, and use lozenges. Get plenty of rest. There is no treatment other than supportive care.
Don't share drinking glasses, and avoid close contact with others. It will decrease the chances of others catching it.
Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
Improvement expected: Sometimes there is prolonged inflammation in the airway. If you continue to cough after finishing the course of antibiotics, I would recommend an evaluation. Bronchitis can caused by either viral illness, in which case the antibiotics will not help and bacterial illnesses. After 7 days, I would not expect any fever and the cough should be improving. ...Read more
What is the best treatment for dry cough caused by allergic laryngitis in elderly taking antihypertensive medication?
1.Acute bronchitis, 2.Allergic rhino laryngitis, CT scan report:mild mucosal thickening in bilateral maxillary sinuses. Still same prb after treatment.
In allergic rhinitis, it would not be unusual to only have mild mucosal thickening on ct scan. That's good news... You don't have sinusitis or some other process going on!
if 3-4 weeks of regular nasal steroid spray doesn't help, (must be used as prescribe to work) then you may want to see an allergist for formal allergy testing. ...Read more
No - See a Doctor: No, you need Flagel Pills for the most effective treatment. See your Doctor or the Health Department - you should have a full STD screening if you have been exposed to any STD. ...Read more
PSORIASIS: Over the counter rx are: emolients, salicylic acid, coal tar ointments, solution or shampoos. ...Read more
No such animal.: Unless you have very, very mild psoriasis - which might respond to Hydrocortisone cream - nothing available over the counter in the us is going to make much of a dent in your psoriasis. Sorry, but I've been doing this for 30 years and have yet to see an otc product work, other than skin cap, which turned out to have an illegal steroid in it. See a dermatologist; don't waste money on otc treatments. ...Read more
Shigellosis treatmen: No.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not recommended: I personally would not recommend otc treatment for this condition. See an ent. ...Read more
No, don't skip meds: Addison's disease is serious; represents adrenal failure (lack of glucocorticoids, mineralocorticoids & sex hormones.) without these important hormones you have trouble with glucose metabolism, stress, severe fatigue, sodium & potassium balance, immune response, sexual development, sex drive. It's important to know why the adrenals are not functioning. Meds are prescription & taken for life. ...Read more
Cortisone creams: Options are very limited. Cortisone creams can help but if the disease is more than very mild you should see a dermatologist. ...Read more
Wound healing: Moist wound healing is crucial for the proper environment to heal most wounds. Therefore, if you don't have a allergy and your wound is not suboptimal (dirty, contaminated, has foreign bodies, too large to heal, or you have poor wound healing conditions like heart disease, venous insufficiency, or diabetes)- simple things such as Bacitracin would be sufficient. See your md for more details. ...Read more
I'm a teenager & I traveled extensively throughout the world. The past 6 months I've had a rash. Over the counter treatment doesn't work. What now?
Rash: Rashes are very difficult to diagnose without some visuals, at least in pictures if not in person. I would recommend seeing a dermatologist. Alternatively, you can try Healthtap Prime and upload some photos. ...Read more
No good otc: Gardnerella or bacterial vaginosis is a common vaginal infection cause by over growth of a bad bacteria or death of good bacterial. It can be affected by spermicide, doucheiing (don't do this!), overenthusiastic cleaning or bad luck. It is easilly treated with oral medication or vaginal suppositories prescribed by a doctor but I would not recommend treating it yourself. ...Read more
Chronic pain remedy: Chronic pain is best treated using pain management therapies from a pain specialist as well as engaging in alternative therapies such as yoga or tai chi to help with balance, stretching, feldenkrais, physical therapy, high doses of fish oil, arnica, and eating an anti inflammatory diet. Regular acupuncture and massage can help as well. ...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 more
No: But after good treatment, the best treatment is excellent hygiene and use of just-in-case small doses of the antibiotic cream used to treat it in the first place...After sex and after a loose bm. The acid level of semen encourages the bacteria to grow, and a source of the infection van be a loose bm hard to get clean from. ...Read more
No: How do know you have vascular insufficiency, must seen a doctor, he will advise on the best treatment. ...Read more
Yes: Scabies is treated with a topical over the counter scabicide such as 5% Permethrin (nix, actin, elimite). It is applied over the entire body from the chin to the toes and left on for 8 to 14 hours before washing off. The treatment is repeated 1 week later. After your first Permethrin treatment is completed you can try some calamine lotion and some solarcaine as itching may persist. ...Read more
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