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Doctor insights on: Treatments For Cold Agglutinin Disease

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What are proven treatments for raynaud's disease?

What are proven treatments for raynaud's disease?

Antispasm meds: Usually calcium channelblockers are quite helpful, sometimes nitroglycerine paste put on the hands is helpful. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for chronic Lyme disease?

What are the treatments for chronic Lyme disease?

Once: earlier stages treated with proper ABX, then chronic could be treated like inflammatory arthritis. ...Read more

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Is helminthic therapy a viable treatment for autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and asthma?

Is helminthic therapy a viable treatment for autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and asthma?

Unknown: There is research looking at the roles that infections may play with certain types of diseases, but currently it is not standard care to use helminthic therapy unless you have a true helminthic infection. ...Read more

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HIV 1&2 antibody production can get delayed by factors like immunity, medications, other diseases, treatments etc..Same is applicable to P24 antigens?

HIV 1&2 antibody production can get delayed by factors like immunity, medications, other diseases, treatments etc..Same is applicable to P24 antigens?

Conclusive at 4 wk: Your opening statement is mistaken: HIV antibody development is NOT delayed by any known immune problems, medications, etc. The antibody-only HIV tests always are conclusive by 6-8 weeks after exposure. If somehow antibody were delayed, p24 antigen would appear sooner, not later. The Ag-Ab (4th generation) HIV tests therefore are ALWAYS 100% conclusive any time 4 weeks or more after catching HIV. ...Read more

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What r the symptoms, tests, & treatments for autoimmune urticaria? Is it different from chronic urticaria?

Not necessarily: Chronic urticaria ilasts longer than 6 weeks, and most of those are of unknown cause, chronic idiopathic urticaria (ciu). Part of ciu is due to autoimmunity. However, the tests for autoimmune urticaria may not be sspecific. Autoimmune urticaria may not respond to antihistamines alone. Such patients may require leukotriene antagonists, prednisone, dapsone, Cyclosporine and even ivig. ...Read more

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What medication works for raynaud's disease?

What medication works for raynaud's disease?

Good medication: Recognizing that the disease is due to spasm of the muscle layer lining the arteries in response to temperature extremes, then using medications that reduce the spasm and promote dilatation would be most beneficial. There are excellent studies using a medication called Pletal (cilostazol) while i agree that there are systemic effects potentially, the benefits of this outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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What is treatments for patients with hepatitis b?

What is treatments for patients with hepatitis b?

Several: Once a doctor has decided that someone does need treatment for their chronic hepatitis b infection (not everyone needs treatment immediately), they may recommend drugs that block viral replication, like tenofovir or entecavir. Less commonly, they might recommend an immune drug called interferon alfa that helps the body fight the hepatitis b. It is important to be monitored regularly. ...Read more

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Is it true that anti-inflammatories suppress antibodies for autoimmune diseases or Lyme disease?

Is it true that anti-inflammatories suppress antibodies for autoimmune diseases or Lyme disease?

Not usually : The most common anti-inflammatories are nsaids and these are not considered immunosuppressive's. Corticosteroids may have somewhat of an immunosuppressive effect. And biologics which are used for autoimmune disease but not lyme disease can be immunosuppressive ad well as anti-inflammatory. ...Read more

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Chronic cold sores infectious disease dr?

Chronic cold sores infectious disease dr?

See below: Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex viruses. They are usually recurrent not chronic. Recurrent cold sores can be prevented by long term antiviral therapy with valtrex, (valacyclovir) Famvir etc. These meds can be prescribed by your family physician or internist. ...Read more

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Can epstein-barr virus (ebv) turn into a deadly disease, and what are the symptoms, treatments, and causes?

Can epstein-barr virus (ebv) turn into a deadly disease, and what are the symptoms, treatments, and causes?

It can rarely.: Almost everyone gets infected with ebv and almost everyone recovers. During acute infection, complications include low platelets, potential airway obstruction and spontaneous or trauma-related ruptured spleen. The virus stays dormant after one recovers and can be associated with lymphomas in very immunosuppressed hosts. ...Read more

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Will a typical blood panel for autoimmune diseases detect graves disease?

Will a typical blood panel for autoimmune diseases detect graves disease?

Need specific test: You need to be testing for graves disease - there is no shotgun test for all autoimmune disorders. ...Read more

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Inflammatory arthritis dx. Recent lethargy and cold intolerance. TSH and T4 normal but thyroid antibodies positive. Treatment for thyroid needed?

Inflammatory arthritis dx. Recent lethargy and cold intolerance. TSH and T4 normal but thyroid antibodies positive. Treatment for thyroid needed?

Endocrinology input: as this is a relative issue, depends on the levels and types of antibodies present, needs an expert in thyroid disorders to give you a definitive answer and a follow up plan, you can try first an Endocrinologist on HealthTap, good luck ...Read more

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Are there any "at home" treatments or recommendations for addison's and graves disease? I also have other auto immune disorders.

Are there any "at home" treatments or recommendations for addison's and graves disease? I also have other auto immune disorders.

Stay healthy: These are two serious endocrine diseases that need full dose conventional treatment as your backbone regimen. The addison can be controlled and its treatment sometimes help other autoimmune conditions as well. The graves can be cured. Please see your doctor to have regular checkup. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are good pharmacological treatments for celiac disease?

None: There are no medications to treat celiac. The only treatment is avoidance of gluten. ...Read more

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What are the possible treatments for kawasaki disease?

What are the possible treatments for kawasaki disease?

Stop inflammation: Kawasaki's disease is treated with high doses of Aspirin (salicylic acid) to reduce inflammation and to mildly thin the blood to prevent blood clot formation. Also used in treatment is gamma globulin administered through the vein (intravenous immunoglobulin or ivig), together with fluids. ...Read more

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Lyme is there any profylactic treatment for tic borne Lyme disease?

Lyme is there any profylactic treatment for tic borne Lyme disease?

No: Lyme is a disease that is spread by the bites of tics to humans. The only way to prevent lyme disease is to use proper insect repellant ( with deet ) to avoid getting bitten by the tics. If you are in wooded areas or areas where lyme is prevalent, make sure when you get home you check yourself and all others in your family for tics embedded in your skin. Remove them as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Help docs, is heart disease a viral or bacteria disease?

Help docs, is heart disease a viral or bacteria disease?

Heart disease: There are many kinds of heart disease. Within the kinds of infectious heart disease both viral and bacterial infections are two kinds of heart disease. They are just two kinds of many forms of heart disease. ...Read more