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Interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia

Question from Jean of California I have had interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome for about six years now. None of the standard treatments have helped any of it (DMSO, ELAVIL, LEVSIN, Elmiron (compassionate use), or ATARAX). But I just took AUGMENTIN for 4 wks ( I’ve been off it for two weeks now) and find that my IC and fibromyalgia are a whole lot better, and the irritable bowel problems are a little better. Why would this have helped if IC is not supposed to be a bacterial disease? Can I go on and off antibiotics to keep the symptoms reduced without any problems, long-term? Dear Jean: Antibiotics are […]


Question from Bobbi of Los Angeles, California I was diagnosed with pneumonia four days ago and have been taking erythromycin since. I have been having severe pain in the left, upper side of my back, around my shoulder blade which is not getting better. Would this be related to the pneumonia? Is there any thing I can do about it? Should it be improving faster than this? Dear Bobbi: Shoulder area pain can certainly be a sign of pneumonia. Obviously, the shoulder should be on the same side of the body as the pneumonia. Pain medications, antibiotics, and time are the treatments of choice. Pneumonia can take many days to heal. […]

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Question from Kathy Please provide information on advanced treatment and/or experts on the treatment of clostridium difficile. I have been on Flagyl, and now Vancomycin twice. It has not been a relapse at anytime. The drugs control but do not eliminate. As soon as I stop the drug it comes back…no time lag. I have read many articles and have cleaned the bathroom thoroughly to eliminate “spores”. I am 45 years old, and not hospitalized. I have no diseases. I got the c-diff from taking antibiotics this year. Dear Kathy: Clostridium Difficile diarrhea recurs in about 10-20% of cases and can be quite difficult to eliminate as you have noted. This […]

Herpes zoster (shingles) in simple English

Question from Debbie of San Diego, California: Would like to have information regarding herpes zoster (shingles) in simple English. Dear Debbie, Thank you for your question regarding herpes zoster, also known as shingles. Herpes zoster is a painful skin condition common among people over age 50. It is caused by the same herpes virus that caused chicken pox during childhood. After causing chicken pox, this herpes virus lies dormant in the spinal nerves. For reasons unknown, the virus becomes reactivated in later life, multiplies, and travels along the distribution of the nerve to cause pain in the skin area supplied by that nerve. Several days later, multiple fluid filled blisters appear […]

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Question from a Gandonos: I am interested in more information on the skin disorder rosacea. Dear Gandonos Rosacea is a skin disease that affects the face. It usually begins with redness in the areas of the face and nose that normally blush. It is often mistaken for sunburn or acne. Scientists theorize that rosacea may be linked to the frequency of blushing. The red areas of the face can actually look like a blush, but becomes long-lasting. The tiny blood vessels in the areas with rosacea enlarge and become more visible through the skin. They can appear like tiny red lines (called telangiectasias). Pimples can be associated that look like teenage […]

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Question: What is the current treatment for melioidosis? Answer: Melioidosis is an infectious disease caused by a bacterium called Pseudomonas pseudomallei. The disease has several forms depending on the location of the infection, each varying in severity. Melioidosis is most frequently reported in Southeast Asia. The bacterium that causes the disease is found in the soil, rice paddies, and stagnant waters of the area. Humans contract the disease when the contaminated soil contacts skin abrasions (tears). Melioidosis most commonly involves the lungs where the infection can form a cavity of pus (abscess). It can spread from the skin through the blood to affect the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, joints, and eyes. […]

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Bacitracin – polypeptide antibiotic and Giardia

Question from Jeff of Seattle WA I have been having a hard time getting rid of a case of Giardia. I have read about a new treatment for this and would like some input on it. The treatment is a peptide antibiotic, Bacitracin, stabilized with zinc. Dear Jeff: I believe the article you are referring to can be found in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (see below). Giardia infection can be difficult to eradicate on occasion; when standard treatment fails to produce a cure, it is often worthwhile to rule out other possible causes of recurrence-aside from antibiotic resistance. Since Giardia may be passed from person to person, […]

Common Variable Immune Deficiency

Question from Walt A relative has been diagnosed with "common variable immune deficiency", after losing 100 pounds with chronic diarrhea and after countless tests. What is it; how is it treated; who/where are the experts? Dear Walt: Common variable immunodeficiency is one of several genetically based immune deficiency syndromes (as opposed to an acquired immunodeficiency such as AIDS). The syndrome is characterized by low gamma globulins, recurrent bacterial infections, and increased incidence of malignancy. This is a rare syndrome and is estimated to occur in approximately 1:100,000 individuals. The cause (etiology) has not been fully determined, but there is clearly a genetically (heredity)-based susceptibility. This genetic defect may allow a chronic […]