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The best treatment for herpes zoster's neuropathy?

The best treatment for herpes zoster's neuropathy?

Post herpetic: Post herpetic neuralgia is a very painful condition that can occur after an outbreak of shingles which is a reactivation of the chickenpox virus usually occurring in older people. It can be very tough to treat. Different nerve pain medications can be helpful. Topical Lidocaine patches can help and there is also a topical capsaicin patch that is applied for one hour in the office. Nerve blocks occ. ...Read more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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Shingles on foot, cause and treatment?

Shingles on foot, cause and treatment?

Herpes zoster: Shingles, herpes zoster, is caused by the chicken pox virus. The virus lays dormant from our childhood in the dorsal root ganglion in the spinal column waiting for reactivation. The older we get the more likely we are to have them by age 80, 80% of people will have them. It can be treated with antivirals like Acyclovir and valtrex (valacyclovir). These days it can be prevented by a vaccine. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for herpes zoster neuralgia?

What is the best treatment for herpes zoster neuralgia?

Unclear : The treatment of postherpetic neuralgia is difficult and needs to be individualized. ...Read more

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Treatment for aids and hiv?

Treatment for aids and hiv?

HAART: Currently treatment for HIV consists of highly active antiretroviral therapy or haart. This means taking a combination of medications that act at different sites of the virus' replication cycle. Why? We know that using only one agent leads to resistance because the virus is so robust at replicating. We pick the treatment based on the persons resistance pattern ; how they tolerate the medication. ...Read more

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With chickenpox what are my treatment options?

With chickenpox what are my treatment options?

Depends: Most chickenpox will self heal over a week or so in kids.There are antiviral medications that can suppress the intensity of the illness if taken early in the illness, but these are not recommended for most natural cases in kids. Adults should receive treatment because of the amplified intensity and complications involved. ...Read more

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Diagnosis and treatment of acne rosacea?

Diagnosis and treatment of acne rosacea?

Various: See a dermatologist. Best treatment to be determined by exam. Response to treatment and tolerance of treatment are then evaluated, with adjustment if needed. Begin with precise diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the treatment plan for someone with MRSA and open sores?

What is the treatment plan for someone with MRSA and open sores?

PROVEN ?: If msra has been the proven organism by culture you would guide treatment by antibiotic sensitivity in the culture as opposed to using a standard drug formula. Also depends on where and severity. Perhaps a simple sulfa drug sometimes combined with a TB drug and sometimes as aggressive as with IV vancomycin. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for chicken pox?

What's the best treatment for chicken pox?

Comfort measures: Most will erupt over 6-7 days & the blisters come out in waves.Bathing 2-3 times daily in tepid water helps reduce the chance individual open blisters will become secondarily infected & adding Aveeno powder to the wash can soothe the itching.They remain contageous until the last blister has dried or 7 days.Some germs will be airborne if they cough. Avoid aspirin. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for leg swelling. And which specialist doctor can provide treatment.

What is the treatment for leg swelling. And which specialist doctor can provide treatment.

Leg swelling is due: To multiple causes and we treat the root of the problem. Check out these links. Take care! http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/leg-swelling/my00592. http://www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/swollen-ankles-and-feet. ...Read more

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CIN1 positive of HPV16. Doctor recommended laser treatment for removal. Is this the right decision?Isn't it mild and will disappear without treatment?

CIN1 positive of HPV16. Doctor recommended laser treatment for removal. Is this the right decision?Isn't it mild and will disappear without treatment?

NO LASER FOR CIN 1: Don't let your doctor do a procedure on your cervix for CIN 1. It is a localized, self limiting infection that only needs to be followed carefully with pap smears or HPV at least every 6 months. Again, a laser is not indicated. ...Read more

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I am experiencing an allergic and severe reaction to acyclovir and Valtrex (valacyclovir) for shingles treatment. How do I treat this at home?

I am experiencing an allergic and severe reaction to acyclovir and Valtrex (valacyclovir) for shingles treatment.  How do I treat this at home?

See a dermatologist: It makes no sense to use both Valtrex (valacyclovir) and Acyclovir at the same time. Allergic reaction to either of these is extremely unlikely. See a skin specialist immediatly . The correct diagnosis may be something else. ...Read more

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With having amyopathic dermatomyositis and acne rosacea at the same time, can I have laser therapy for the acne scars or what treatment would work?

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With having amyopathic  dermatomyositis and acne rosacea at the same time, can I have laser therapy for the acne scars or what treatment  would work?

Lasers for scars: Your question is a little unclear as in rosacea there is not usually acne scars. Perhaps you meant acne vulgaris rather than acne rosacea. Anyway, you would be able in most circumstances to be able to receive laser for the redness of rosacea or laser for acne scars. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for shingles?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for shingles?

There is no best: Antivirals, like valtrex, (valacyclovir) need to be started within 72 hrs of shingle symptoms. They can decrease the severity and duration of the rash. If pain persists after the rash is gone - postherpetic neuralgia (phn) - it needs to be treated aggressively so it does not last forever. The older you are when you have shingles, the more likely you are to have phn. See a board certified pain specialist for help. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for chicken pox?

What is the best treatment for chicken pox?

Antibiotics/Symptoma: Treatment consist of 1 Anti Viral Antibiotics to start within 24 hours of rash starting 2Symptomatic Tylenol for fever Antihistamins for itching Calamine Lotion Hydration baths and soaks ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for chicken pox?

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What is the best treatment for chicken pox?

Depends: If there are no other symptoms in a child, it is often just supportive care - rest, fluids, anti-fever medications. In adults, the course is more severe and often requires antiviral medications. ...Read more

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What is the best medication and treatment for acne?

What is the best medication and treatment for acne?

Best acne treatment: Isotretinoin has best results, but is not for everyone. Each person's acne is unique and treatment should be tailored to the individual. See a dermatologist to discuss the best and different options for you. ...Read more

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Please describe the most effective treatment for a cold sore?

Please describe the most effective treatment for a cold sore?

Best RX is TIME: The lesion undergoes a series of changes and heals over 14-21 days--after which the virus goes dormant. Anti-viral drugs based on Acyclovir are available by prescription and can be taken as a preventive med. Otc meds, like abreva, have variable success rates. I often use a laser to help stop the progression of the lesion if my patient presents during the prodrome phase--see your dentist early ...Read more

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Diagnosed by UTI and pneumonia. What is the best treatment for both?

Diagnosed by UTI and pneumonia. What is the best treatment for both?

Antibiotics: Uti is a urinary infection. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. These are typically treated with an antibiotic. Some antibiotics or a combination will treat both common lung and urinary infections. But, as it would require a physician or health provider to prescribe an antibiotic it would be best to see one to select the best choice for you if they feel indicated for your symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the course of disease (with and without treatment) for acute asthma?

What is the course of disease (with and without treatment) for acute asthma?

Hard to say: Asthma is not a "One size fits all" problem. For some it is so minor they just cough when the seasons change, some will die of their attack if untreated. Some with rather minor asthma can go through a life threatening event when a simple aggravating factor like the flu or bronchitis triggers the attack.Modern treatments can allow most to achieve good control and minimize risk. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more