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Over The Counter Treatment For Sarcoidosis
Hi I was seeing all these checklists and one I didn't see was for sarcoidosis I wonder if any of you doctors had thought about doing one this?
All systems.: A list of common symptoms and systems affected in patients with sarcoidosis is difficult because it can affect every system and be different in each patient. The most commonly affected systems are the skin, the eyes and the lungs. The disease is rarely fatal unless the heart is involved. Treatment depends on which systems are affected and usually by a specialist. ...Read more
sarcoidosis is a disease of unknown etiology which can affect almost any part of a patient's body. It is known for the granulomas it produces--non-caseating--which can form commonly in the lungs. About 50% of the patients are african or hispanic origin, there is also a large % from northern europe. It has been found that a patient's immune response creates the granulomas.. . ...Read more
Depends: We would need to know where the sarcoid is and what symptoms you are having and what you have already tried. ...Read more
Pulmonologist: Since most sarcoidosis starts or involves the lungs, pulmonary medicine specialists are the most common treating physicians. However, immunologists and rheumatologists can also be effective providers. Since so many organs can be involved by sarcoidosis, many different specialists can be required for management. ...Read more
Can't tell: The longevity in these two diseases actually depends on how active they are. Lots of people do well for long since the disease underwent a spontaneous remission or a remission after therapy. ...Read more
I'm just wondering, if you have lupus and sarcoidosis and you refuse treatment. How long could you live for?
It depends: It depends on the organ involvement. Talk to your rheumatologist who knows your case best and he or she could give you a better estimate. ...Read more
I have a question regarding sarcoidosis and the known reactions that occur after steroid treatment finishes.
Pulse treatments: Steroids in sarcoidosis should be given as pulses of treatment only if there is eye involvement or persistent high blood calcium. Also liver functions should be regularly monitored as well as blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index; these are the main side effects of steroid therapy. ...Read more
No: Nothing that I know of is curative. There are several medications to help control it. ...Read more
I think I might have sarcoidosis, what should I look for in selecting a doctor or treatment center?
Maybe nothing: Treatment for pulmonary sarcoidosis in the modern era may involve "watchful waiting" instead of treatment with prednisone, or any other immune-suppressing medication. Treating too early with Prednisone may increase one's chances for recurrent disease, causing docs to wait to treat until there is evidence that the function of a vital organ--lungs, heart, brain, eyes, kidney--has become affected. ...Read more
Yes: This would be fairly common with significant steroid doses but the changes are mild for most patients. The other meds don't tend to affect personality. ...Read more
Cure?: No unfortunately not.Get a more detailed answer ›
Pulmonologist: Sarcoidosis is a condition where inflammatory deposits can localize in multiple sites in the body, but most commonly the clinical findings are most prevalent in the lungs (hilar adenopathy, micronodule deposition in lung tissue). Changes in pulmonary function studies, coughing, and dyspnea might occur. In heart, sarcoidosis can result in arrhythmias, and cardiomyopathy. ...Read more
I am physical and massage therapist, is sarcoidosis contraindicative to any type therapy or bodywork, that you know of?
I have sarcoidosis & reconversion of my marrow (yellow to red) in my spine and lower skull. Hematologist says sarc. What are the treatments symptoms?
The mainstay of treatment for sarcoidosis is steroids - such as prednisone. Side effects of high dose Prednisone include elevation of blood sugar, and sometimes euphoria. Longer term treatment with high doses causes the characteristic "moon face", acne, high blood sugar, and osteoporosis.
There are case reports of successful treatment (not cure) with Adalimumab (humira) a monoclonal antibody. ...Read more
In a sarcoidosis patient with inflammation in the hips, knees, and ankles is it safe to use ultrasound therapy to decrease pain to those areas?
Used by PHYSICAL THERAPISTS as a part of a rehabilitation program is SAFE and EFFECTIVE as a PT MODALITY!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more
I can't afford my script for guaifenesin, is there a over the counter medicine I can take, I was just diagnosed with sacoidosis of the lungs?
???????: This is available without prescription for $5 to $10 for a large bottle. Brands include Robitussin and Mucinex (guaifenesin). Get the generic, which does the same thing for less cost. Look up price on line and compare to the price in your super market or pharmacy. You can get liquid or tablets. ...Read more
How to manage strong side effects of Corticosteroids pills for respiratory sarcodosis and also for long term treatment.
Steroids: There are non-steroid alternatives to steroids when needed to treat a chronic illness. Ask your doctor about these. Some include plaquenil, methotrexate, imuran, remicade (infliximab) and others. Long term use of steroids can cause many problems but should never be stopped suddenly or without medical supervision but there are alternatives. ...Read more
Sarcoidosis-how to cure it and is only steroids the only cure? If steroids making condition worse of sarcoidosis patient in the long run, what to do?
Specialist: Thera are other immune system modulating drugs other than steroids to treat sarcoidosis, but you need to be under the care of a specialist who can choose the appropriate medication for how the sarcoidosis is manifesting itself in your case. Sarcoidosis can effect almost any organ system in your body so seek out the appropriate socialist in your case. ...Read more
Sarcoidosis: There is no known cure for sarcoid. Historically, steroids have had some use, some newer drugs like Methotrexate and others have helped. There are some integrative methods but there has been limited success. Sometimes, after a patient has active sarcoid for a few years they will go into remisssion. A few patients have a chronic form which does not improve & needs intensive medical treatment. ...Read more
Treatment: Sarcoid can affect the eye as well as other parts of the body. There is fairly effective treatment which will minimize dysfunction. So even there is no absolute cure, most with sarcoid respond to treatment and live fully functional lives. A good rheumatologist can help along with your ophthalmologist. ...Read more
I have recenty been diagnosed as patient with sarcoidosis, I have fatigue and exertional dyspnoea. Do I need treatment? I have asthma and diabetic.
Rule out other cause: Fatigue is a well described component if sarcoidosis, it is a part of sarcoidosis penumbra (insomnia, fatigue and possible neuropathic symptoms). Please talk to your doctor to see if other causes have up be ruled out such as hypothyroidism and any sleep related breathing disorders ...Read more
I have sarcoidosis & I'm hurting real bad. It's my arm pit it's grown and increased in pain. I couldn't even sleep last night. What should I do?
See Doctor: Try otc med in the meantime if you don't have any pain med and you are not able to see your doctor. If this is a flare up- you may need a steroid treatment to help your pain. If you can't see your pcp then go to an acute care center for eval-. ...Read more