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Antihistamines block: Antihistamines block the receptor sites for histamine released from mast cells or basophils in allergic reactions. As such they suppress symptoms to a variable amount. The only present treatment that can actually alter the allergic condition (diathesis) is immunotherapy (allergy injections). ...Read more
It can...: Possibly represent ocd. When i read about slow processing speed on psycho-educational testing in an anxious kid, it often fits with my clinical diagnosis of ocd. There is a wide range of dosage of fluvoxamine; if you are tolerating it well, make sure you discuss your symptoms with your doctor and get on a dose that is more helpful to you. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tips: Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tough question: It's not clear that one can "cure" gad, although it is highly treatable with medications and certain kinds of talk therapies. And, effectively treated, the symptoms do indeed go away, or at least become markedly less intense. However, those with a history of gad are vulnerable to a return of symptoms especially under major stressful conditions or trauma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do psychiatric medications actually cure anything, or do they just alleviate symptoms while you're on them? Don't symptoms always return if you stop?
This is similar: to your previous question. Sometimes the medications allow e the symptoms enough for the person to learn new coping skills and then they are able to stop taking the medications. Other times they need to stay on the medications. People with bipolar for instance need to stay on them and remain in psychotherapy. ...Read more
Gradual recovery: Treatment for depression is a gradual process. This is true whether you use prescribed medications, psychotherapy, or both. But, there should be a gradual improvement in your symptoms. Social & relationship issues, other medical conditions, plus ongoing substance abuse can make recovery take longer. ...Read more
See details: Drops of what? The best treatment depends on the source of the allergy. Speak with an allergist for proper guidance. ...Read more
Unlikely: In my clinical experience it is highly unlikely, although individual results might vary. It can't hurt to try for a short while, but don't expect a miracle. Further, be aware the otc 'progesterone creams' rarely contain any actual Progesterone (especially the mexican yam extracts, ) and the amount and bioavailability is pretty unreliable - sorry to say. ...Read more
Rest! Hydrate!: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a netti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more
Depends...: On the level of allergy and duration of exposure. If you're mildly allergic to dust mites and you have a brief pillow fight, you might sneeze for a few minutes. If you're highly allergic to cats and spend the weekend in a house with five cats, you might sneeze and have itchy, watery eyes for a few days. ...Read more
It's allergy season! What are strategies to deal help deal with the typical allergy symptoms that does not involve OTC drugs?
It can help!: A standardized elderberry concentrate (sambuchol) inhibited replication of parainfluenza type a & b: http://tinyurl.com/le3y9ua and http://tinyurl.Com/m2jp8dv it may act against other respiratory pathogens as well. http://tinyurl.com/a9lxf8k in another study, flu symptoms were relieved in 4 days less when using 15ml elderberry syrup 4 times/day: http://tinyurl.Com/m2jp8dv. ...Read more
Multiple: Otc cold medicines can alleviate almost every symptom: -pain/pressure (acetaminophen, ibuprophen) -congestion (phenylephrine, pseudoephedrine) -drainage (antihistamines) i would look directly for these ingredients to see what you are targeting. If not improving, an prescription antibiotic would be needed for the infection. ...Read more