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Q. What is the Treatment for Anemia?

I would like to know what are the possible treatments for anemia?
A1The first step in treating anemia, is discovering the cause for it. By a series of simple blood tests it is easy to discover iron defficiency, folic acid defficiency and vitamin B12 defficiency anemia, all which can be treated with oral supplements or a change of nutrition. Anemia that is associated with rectal bleeding should be further investigated, because it is often the first sign of colon polyps or colon cancer. Colonoscopy is then recommended.
A2There are many different treatments for anemia and the treatment depends on severity and the cause. If the reason is iron deficiency, as often diagnosed, it can be treated with iron supplementation. Folic acid and vitamin B12 defficiency, which can also cause anemia, can also be treated with supplements. In anemia of chronic disease, anemia associated with chemotherapy, or anemia associated with renal disease it is sometimes helpful to take "erythropoietin"- the hormone that stimulates production of red blood cells. In very severe anemia, it is necessary to receive blood transfusion, beacause the anemia can be dangerous to the heart and brain function.

Q. What Is the Treatment for Dysentery?

My son has been suffering from dysentery as of this morning. What is the recommended treatment?
A1Dysentery treatment should include both proper fluid intake to regain the volume that has lost, and proper medications to treat the possible causes- bacterial or parasite infection. Viral infections usually do not cause dysentery. At any signs of dehydration, it is important to seek medical care.
A2The first and main task in managing any episode of dysentery is to maintain fluid intake using oral rehydration therapy. If this can not be adequately maintained, either through nausea and vomiting or the profuseness of the diarrhea, then hospital admission may be required for intravenous fluid replacement. Antimicrobial therapy is started if the specific infection involved is known. In some cases a wider variety of medications is used, to treat both bacterial infections and parasites (such as amoeba for example). Anyway, it is advisable to consult a doctor for specific treatment.

Q. Does omega-3 interfere with diabetes treatment?

I’m a 55 years old man, and was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, along with high lipid levels several years ago. A couple of months ago I read that omega-3 can protect your heart and brain, so I started to take omega-3 pills every day. Yesterday I read in some website that omega-3 can interfere with the drugs I take to treat my diabetes- Is that right?
A1Omega-3 doesn’t influence the treatment of your diabetes, and since you have high lipids, that can contribute to some of the damage diabetes does to your body, omega-3, that may lower the lipid level in your may actually help you treat yourself overall better. However - consult your doctor. Better be safe than sorry...
A2There were some concerns regarding this subject, but it wasn’t found to be true. You may ask your doctor about the specific drugs you take to make sure that the omega-3 pills doesn’t have any effect on them.

Q. What Are the Possible Treatments for Osteoarthritis?

My sister is suffering from osteoarthritis. What are the possible treatments for this disease?
A1Dear Garland,
My Mother has had osteoarthritis for about 20years. She has tried numerous things to allieviate the pain she has had. About three months ago, she started taking a natural product for inflammation. She still has osteoarthritis, but the pain has reduced so much that she is now able to do so many things she hasn't been able to do in a long time. She can now put pegs on the clothes line, turn light switches on/off, open bottles. I really feel for yourself and other who have osteoarthritis. I never really understood how debilitating it can be. I hope you tell people that you are in pain. I never knew my mother couldn't do all these things.
Best of luck,
A2Treatment of osteoarthritis is divided to medication therapy, lifestyle modifications and surgical methods. The first line of treatment will usually start with weight loss, exercise and dietary changes. Nutritional supplements are also known to be sometimes helpful. Medications are used for severe pains. When there is an actual major bone or cartilage distortion, surgery may be considered.
A3No matter the severity or location of osteoarthritis, conservative measures such as weight control, appropriate rest and exercise, and the use of mechanical support devices are usually beneficial (knee braces, walker, etc.). Applying local heat before, and cold packs after exercise, can help relieve pain and inflammation, as can relaxation techniques. Weight loss can relieve joint stress and may delay progression of this disease. Medication treatment includes a variety of pain relieving drugs. Surgery is usually the last option. anyway, treatment should be discussed with a professional expert on the subject.

Q. Any other treatment for sleeplessness problem than Melatonin???

33 years male having acute sleeping problem awake until 08:00-09:00am. Taking Melatonin failed.
A1Belladonna. [Bell]
The sleepless conditions calling for Belladonna are due to congestion; sleep is extremely restless, as a rule it is interrupted by talking, startings, muscular jerkings and spasmodic motions; frightful images appear on closing the eyes and the patient therefore dreads sleep. Children awake from sleep frightened. The dreams found under Belladonna are frightful ones, and they constantly awaken the patient. It is probably our best remedy for insomnia due to cerebral hyperaemia; that is, it will be most often indicated, also after morphine which produces cerebral hyperaemia of a passive variety. Aconite comes in here, too, but with Aconite there is intense anxiety and restlessness, fear of disaster or death. Cuprum, Stramonium and Zincum have the symptom that the patient is aroused from sleep frightened. For the complete list: Hope this helps.
A2The over-the-counter drugs (such as antihistamines or the herbal drug valerian) are not considered really effective in improving sleep (although the may increase sleepiness).

Remember to consult a doctor before taking any drug.

It's a really important subject, and you can read more about it here:
A3First of all it's important to identify the cause of the sleeping problem. An abrupt onset may suggest the presence of stress, change in the sleeping environment or even some medical condition affecting sleep.

Treatment starts with treating the cause of the sleeping problem, if it’s known.

You may start by improving your sleep hygiene - keep a regular sleeping schedule and don't force yourself to sleep, avoid large meals, caffeine, smoking and alcohol before bedtime. Exercising regularly 20 minutes every day may also help, and so would dealing with the worries you have on your mind before you try to fall asleep.

If these don't help, then there are several medications that can help. The commonly used ones are benzodiazepines, prescribed by a doctor. However, they are usually not prescribed for more than 2 weeks because
They lose effectiveness and there may be withdrawal problems upon discontinuation.

Q. what is the Multimodal Treatment Study...

I am very much interested in studying medicine. This interest was rooted in me bcoz of the social interest I have. So I want to know, what is the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD?
ALiam, I found some information here on the National Institute of Mental Health's site:

I hope it helps.

Q. What is the treatment for tongue cancer?

My Father in Law is 65 and has just been diagnosed with tongue cancer. What treatment will he be undergoing? What are his survival rates?
A1I had tongue cancer which sread to my lymph nodes on my neck. I underwent surgery and now I only have half of my tongue. But thanks to the surgeon Dr Justin Bergman (TRINTAS HOSPITAl Elizabeth NJ)I can speak enough to make me understand.I also got 9 weeks radiation after the operation.The bad thing is that recently after a Pet Scan I got the bad news that I have a cancerous tumor in my left lung on the same side were the tongue cancer was
A2The earlier the tongue cancer is detected, the better the survival chances are.
A3Treating tongue cancer will depend on the size of the cancer and whether or not it has spread to the lymph nodes in your neck. The best treatment for very small tongue cancers is surgery. Most very small cancers of the oral tongue can be quickly and successfully treated by surgical removal leaving behind little cosmetic or functional change. For larger tumours that have spread to the lymph nodes in the neck, you will most likely have a combination of surgery and radiotherapy.
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