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Alternative Names Acute intermittent porphyria; Hereditary coproporphyria; Congenital erythropoietic porphyria; Erythropoietic protoporphyria Treatment Some of the medicines used to treat a sudden (acute) attack of porphyria may include: Hematin given through a vein ( intravenously ) Pain medication Propranolol to control the heartbeat Sedatives to help you feel sleepy and less anxious Other treatments may include: Beta-carotene supplements Chloroquine Fluids and glucose to boost carbohydrate levels, which helps limit the production of porphyrins Removal of blood (phlebotomy) Depending on the type of porphyria you have, your doctor may tell you to: Avoid all alcohol Avoid drugs that may trigger an attack Avoid injuring the skin Avoid sunlight as much as possible and use sunscreen when outside Eat a high-carbohydrate diet Support Groups Expectations (prognosis) Porphyrias are life-long diseases with symptoms that come and go. Some forms of the disease cause more symptoms than others. Proper treatment and avo...
The beginning of summer kicks off the camping and hiking season, anxiously awaited by those who have endured a long cold winter. This year will likely prove to be one of the busier camping seasons as many Americans bypass more expensive vacations that involve pricey airline tickets or gas guzzling road trips. Emergency department staff will probably see a greater number of people with contact dermatitis caused by exposure to poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac. Many people have never seen poison ivy , or perhaps wouldn't recognize it if they saw it. Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac belong to the plant genus Toxicodendron (previously referred to as Rhus ). Toxicodendron means "poisonous tree." These plants have an oil-based substance in the resin on their leaves and in their stems and branches called urushiol that causes a delayed skin reaction in about 50% of people that contact it. Urushiol may cause severe contact dermatitis in people that have previousl...
Generic Name: BACITRACIN - TOPICAL Pronounced: (BAS-i-TRAY-sin) Rash Relief Antibacterial Top Uses
This medication is used to prevent minor skin infections
caused by small cuts, scrapes, or burns. Bacitracin works by stopping the
growth of certain bacteria. It belongs to a class of drugs known as
This antibiotic only prevents bacterial infections. It
will not work for virus or fungus infections. Unnecessary use or overuse of any
antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.
Do not use this product over large areas of the body. Do
not use it for serious skin infections. Ask your doctor first before using this
product for serious skin injuries (such as deep or puncture wounds, animal
bites, serious burns). A different treatment may be necessary for these types
of conditions. Consult your doctor for more information.
If you are self-treating with this medication, it is
important to read the package instructions...
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