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Psoriasis Of Hands

Arthritis in the hand or wrists is common, but can be very debilitating. We use our hands for the vast majority of our daily living activities, from washing and dressing to more intricate tasks such as typing or threading a needle. When the joints in the hand and the digits are affected by arthritis, day to day living can be very difficult.

What causes hand arthritis?
Osteoarthritis is one of the main causes of hand arthritis. The hands and wrists are made up of many small bones and joints, which interact with each other to provide the range of motion needed. The joints are protected by a layer of cartilage, which acts as a shock absorber and provides a smooth surface for the bones of the joints to glide over easily. However, over time cartilage can become worn or damaged due to disease or injury. As we age, our cartilage is less able to repair itself, and eventually the smooth, pain free motion of the joint is lost. As the bones begin to rub against the rough surfaces of the worn cartilage and eventually against each other, they can lose their normal shape and become disfigured.

Synoval fluid is naturally produced by the body as lubrication for the joints, but when cartilage becomes damaged, the body will often produce more synoval fluid in an attempt to cushion the joint. However, this can cause swelling within the joint, and reduce motion.

An injury to the hand or wrist, such as a fracture or dislocation, can make the joints more susceptible to arthritis, especially if the surface or the joint has been damaged.

Hand arthritis can also occur as the result of disease such as rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which affects the whole body, so it is likely that other joints will also be affected, and other symptoms, such as fever, fatigue and general stiffness, may also be experienced.

Symptoms
The first symptoms of hand arthritis are general joint pain or a burning sensation in the affected area. This is likely to occur after repeated use, such as heavy lifting or prolonged typing. Stiffness of the affected area, particularly first thing in the morning, is also a common symptom.

These symptoms will increase in severity as the disease progresses. Sensations of pain may be present constantly, not just when the hands are in use. Swelling of the affected joints is likely to occur, which can make them appear larger, and the area may be red and appear warm to the touch. The motion and use of the joints is likely to be affected, and daily living tasks will become increasingly more difficult.

Crepitus may be experienced; crepitus is the grating or clicking sensation experienced by the damaged cartilage surfaces rubbing against each other. If the end finger joints are affected, small cysts can develop.

If rheumatoid arthritis is the cause, subcutaneous nodules can develop under the skin and can be accompanied by joint damage and deformity.

Hand arthritis caused by osteoarthritis can be diagnosed by X-ray or bone scans if the disease is in the early stages. Rheumatoid arthritis can generally be detected by blood tests.

Treatment
There are a range of treatments available for hand arthritis, consisting of non surgical or surgical options.

Non surgical treatments work by relieving pain and inflammation, and preventing further deterioration of the joints. Anti-inflammatory medications are likely to be prescribed.

Cortisone Injections may also be used, which contain a long lasting anesthetic to reduce pain. Although these injections can provide pain relief for several weeks, their use should be limited as they can cause side effects such as infection and tendon and ligament weakness.

Some patients experience relief by using heat and ice packs on the affected areas, and gently exercising or massaging the joints and fingers can help to maintain joint mobility.

A splint can also be applied to affected joints to support the area during times of use. A splint should only be worn when stress is likely to be placed on the affected area or when pain is experienced, as prolonged use can cause muscle wasting.

If non surgical treatment does not relieve symptoms, or if the condition is advanced, then surgical treatment may be considered. There are several different options for surgery, including joint fusions, joint reconstruction or joint replacement. Your doctor should be able to advise on which option would be best for you based on the progression of the arthritis, your age and your lifestyle.

Although hand arthritis cannot be cured, the range of treatments now available can minimize your symptoms and help you to continue to live a full and active life.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    how can I treat psoriasis of the hands. Can someone please help with any solution?
    I was diagnosed with psoriasis of the hands, my doc wants me to do light therapy but before I do I'd like to try anything else I can. Can I purchase an over the counter drug to get rid of this thing?

    • ANSWER:
      From my experience nothing you can buy over the counter will work. In fact, even the wrong prescription won't work. Take it from me, I suffered for 20 years. Many doctors thought I had eczema.

      FINALLY I went to a dermatologist that diagnosed it as Psoriasis and gave me a cream called SYNALAR. It completed erradicated the problem! You can imagine my relief after 20 years!!!

      I'm not sure if you can use synalar on your hands though.... although you don't have to get the greasy ointment, you can get cream.... and perhaps use it at night with those special gloves to keep the cream on.

      Light therapy sounds right on for the hands.

      I would listen to your doctor. This is not something that gets rid of easily.... and having it on your hands is awful. Don't fool around with this.

  2. QUESTION:
    What cream or ointment do I use to treat psoriasis on my face?
    I have had mild psoriasis on my hands, elbows and knees for years. Now, for the first time recently, I have it on my face. I use eleuphrat ointment which (I think) is a steroid base on my body. Can I use this on my face too?

    • ANSWER:
      NO! Don't self medicate it on your face!

      The skin on your face is thinner than on your elbows and knees and steroid cream permanently thins the skin with prolonged use - that's why it's prescribed so sparingly.

      I thought I had it on my face as well (also having it on knees and elbows), however the doctors now think it is seborrheic dermatitis, which is basically a yeast bacteria and usually starts on your head as dandruff, then drops into your eyebrows, then onto your cheeks and sometimes onto your chest.

      There are various stages of it but it's typified by red patches and flaking skin.
      It would certainly be worth looking into that as well.

      The best thing you can do is go and see your doctor, one who specialises in skin conditions if possible.

      Hope that helps :o)

  3. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a way to treat psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis on my hands, knees, and feet. When any part of this is in the water for a long time, it turns white. I need a treatment for it. I hate it so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. For my plaque psor. (elbows, knees and scalp) the herbal cream/spray combo from Champori.com works the best: my patches cleared almost completely in just 2.5 weeks and I haven't had a flare up in more than a year now. Try it: it comes with money back guarantee, so if it doesn't work - it's free.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  4. QUESTION:
    Does long term treatment of psoriasis eventually cure it?
    I have palm psoriasis in both hands. They say that there is no cure for it, but long term treatment could eventually make the symptoms fade away for some time. Does it mean that it could be cured with proper treatment but for a long time?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sadly not all areas of the world have the internet, and can not find out how psoriasis is cured in Japan.

      Yes stress is the root cause of eczema in many cases.

      I have been helping a friend get rid of his psoriasis’ on his skin, it covers about 2 square feet of his arms and hands.

      He has been spraying on 2.5 PH water for about a month now, and it is working. He is also drinking 9.5 PH water. His wife has MS, and is also drinking the 9.5 PH alkaline water, and is doing much better.

      You can get free alkaline water - place a wanted add on http://craigslist.com Place a add to ask for 8.5 PH drinking water, and hope that the person can also make 2.5 PH water. Drinking the alkaline water will help, even if you can not spray the 2.5 PH water on your skin – as shown in the video below.

      Here is a demo video to watch for the eczema cure as seen in Japan. Sorry but the hospitals in the United States and Europe are not this advanced at this time.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxLW-HKgQzU&feature=PlayList&p=262C30FDF046ADAB&playnext=1&index=4

      Allergies to food include shellfish, garlic, and others. Stop eating things like cheese, then milk products, then anything brewed (beer, yogurt, breads made with yeast). When it goes away, then you have some idea of what you should stop eating.

      Or use the process developed in Japan, and eat what you want to.

      Exposure to UV light can also help many who have eczema. Yes walking out in the sunshine, without UV protecting sunblock on will expose your skin condition to UV light.

      Good Luck !

  5. QUESTION:
    What can my mom do about her medical condition?
    My mom has psoriasis on her hands, scalp, and arms really bad. The doctor gave her a cream to put on it and told her it's caused by stress and that she needs to relax and it will go away. Well, I think the doctor is full of crap and just doesn't know why she has it. She just got it a few weeks ago. What other options are there? Should I send her to a spa for the day to relax? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor is right. Psoriasis has a direct correlation between stress and when outbreaks occur. This is often a difficult skin condition to treat and can spread rapidly. Your mother needs to find ways to decrease her stress levels daily. She might consider starting yoga, an exercise program (walking is easiest - start with short distances and gradually increase the pace and distance until she is doing 30 minutes per day at a brisk pace). You can also do some internet research because often, the first medication given does not clear up the problem and other medications may be needed. A day at the spa might be nice but this needs to be a daily activity for stress reduction. You can go to WebMd or Mayo Clinic and research your mother's condition on more treatment options. Also, you might want to have a dermatologist provide care for your mother rather than her family doctor.

  6. QUESTION:
    What can help the psoriasis on my hands?
    I am on Humira, but it doesn't seem to help my sores on my hands. has anyone been helped by any non-prscript medicines. My fingers crack and it is very painful.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, you can try one of the natural treatments available on the Internet (just google "natural treatment of psoriasis") and take your pick. Some of them do actually work. For my psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they then stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: Champori is available online without prescription and comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.

  7. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of some good home treatments for Psoriasis on the body?
    I have psoriasis on my elbows, hands, wrists, knees, top and bottom of my feet and my toes!! It seems to be spreading more and more here lately and I'm so tired of it!! I was wondering if there's anything people have tried to get rid of it and it worked. Please help me out if you know. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I've had psoriasis for years, nothing helped, I went to a new doctor and he have me CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE cream 0.05% I Am in total shock , I had it so bad on my elbows they use to bleed, As God is my witness this is the truth I used it about 10 days and it's completely gone in fact I had it on the top of my hand and were I applied the medicine it 's as smooth as silk and all around where I didn't use it you can see the fine wrinkle lines, so far so good I hope it stays away

  8. QUESTION:
    What have you found that helps ease Psoriasis pain on your hands?
    I know little about it, but my friend has it on her hands. I was wondering if you knew any thing that helps ease the pain? maybe something you have found at the health food store? she is on lotion with calcium in it right now but the pain is still intense.

    • ANSWER:
      The main cause of psoriasis is overreaction of the immune system. I try to eat healthy food and avoid stress as much as I can in order to prevent flare-ups.
      After using number of prescription drugs I've turned to the natural treatments.
      Now I use herbal remedies from serenaskin.com, which aim at the root of the disease - the immune system, and are steroid-free.
      After about 2 weeks of using ointment and spray my skin has been cleared up and now I just continue with anti-psoriasis extract, which controls the immune system. My skin has been clear for months now.
      It is the only treatment I have found that provides me complete relief when I use it as directed.

  9. QUESTION:
    Do you work out and wash your hair everyday?
    I have long hair and work out everyday and can't stand not to wash my hair everyday with the sweat and whatnot, but I'm simply tired of it and am getting psoriasis on my hands from having to touch water so much (also live in humid weather). Is there anyone who works out daily but doesn't wash their hair everyday?

    • ANSWER:
      I run every morning before work and I sweat insane amounts so I also need a shower every morning. I actually don't wash my hair every time. I'll wash it like Monday morning but then Tuesday morning I'll just wet it in the shower. Sweat is only water and salt- it's not dirty. I throw my hair in a pony tail or bun everyday though- if you straighten yours or leave it down, you might want to use dry shampoo.

  10. QUESTION:
    What can i do for my psoriasis and arthritis it caused?
    I have psoriasis and been diadnosed with psoriatic arthritis and it really killling my back and neck the doctors here only prescribe drugs which i dont want, is there any other way to get by with no pain?

    • ANSWER:
      I have Psoriatic Arthritis. Initially you need to make a health log. A diary and every night before you go to bed, write down what you did, what you ate and on a scale of 1-10, how you feel. Then after six months go back and read what you wrote and see if you can link up any 'foods' to how you felt. I found out that if I have a fresh orange juice every morning for breakfast, the third morning my joints were Hades. I cannot go anywhere near citric fruit, so have to get my vitamin intake elsewhere. Moreover 'refind' foods are not good can stomach them, but pay a price, silly things like white sugar. As citric acid is a preservative and sugar is located in many of our foods that we buy, I have to be careful. Next what to take, especially like you pain killers do wonders for the pain and my brain does not function! I tried a few diferent brands of anti-inflammatory drugs, until I found one that really suits me, been on the same one now for 20 years. I then read about Eskimos never succumbing to Arthritis, because their diet is 'fish' so what they term anti-inflammatory food. However I could not eat fish everyday, so opted for Omega 3 oils. I saw a Rheumatologist, who started me on Evening Primrose Oil and life really improved. Got a dog, went walking three miles three times a week, then joined a Pilates Class, really got my muscle tone up. Exercise produces endorphines, which are natural pain killers and it works. However been warned, exercise can be addictive, especially as you are self medicating, making your own pain killers.
      I am still here some 30 years after being diagnosed with Psoriasis and 20 years after the Arthritis, so I guess I must be doing something right! However their is no 'quick fix' and the answer is really in your own hands.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are the differences of sclap psoriasis and Seborrhoeic Eczema?
    1) What are the differences of sclap psoriasis and Seborrhoeic Eczema (on sclap) ?
    2) Can you same treatments for both conditions ?
    3) Out of the two sclap conditions, Which is worst to have?
    4) Do they go away after teenage pubrity?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a condition that has a red appearance and severe flakes-like snow flakes. It is often in patches and on the back of the scalp. People also get it on the body-elbows, hands and feet are common areas. You treat it with topical steroids- anti itch products. Theres many rx foams, oils and sprays. You need a derm to prescribe strong meds. Theres also other treatments like laser, pills and injections.

      The other condition I think your referring to is seborrheic dermatitis. It is the medical term for dandruff. itching and mild scaling- not the red thick scaly patches like psoriasis. You use typical head and shoulders shampoos, TGEL, TSAL etc. and topical steroids like psoriasis.

      Thenthreesepsoriasisis. which is both toether. Its dandruff with much thicker scale, almost looking like psoriasis. Treatments are the same-topical steroids.

      All three are common chronic conditions-meaning you can deal with them forever and find the rightreatmentsts to manage it. You caDevelopop it any time of life and psoriasis is prob the worse to have. It has a more crazy itch and because you flake all over clothing its ofteembarrassingng and harder to treat

  12. QUESTION:
    How effective is light therapy on Psoriasis?
    I have a small patch of Psoriasis on my knee. As my father has it it is probably genetic.
    I have heard that the only real way to reduce it is by exposure to sun (not much in the UK) or with light therapy. Is it available on the NHS and would it be available for such a small amount. Alternatively is there something I could buy to do at home.

    • ANSWER:
      for god sake dont do puva...which is a light treatment...side affects are skin cancer and/or cateracts...i had it done years ago and it burnt the outside of my hands and that was just after a few sessions
      in your case with having so little they wouldnt do that any way...theres a product on the market called exorex which has been advertised a few times you can get it from boots but it doesnt come cheap..oreogon grape root is supposed to help...sulphur soap but moisturise well after use
      there are loads of over the counter products its all trial and error....im still trying after 15 yrs

      so good luck with what ever you try hun

  13. QUESTION:
    Is there a connection between psoriasis and hairdye?
    My daughter suffers from psoriasis [mostly on her legs & arms]. However she does color her hair often, and it worries me that there maybe a link, as lately she has noticed her scalp, back and front having new outbreaks. Coincidence?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sure she's already seeing a doctor about her psoriasis and using creams that's prescribed so I won't go through the in's and out's of home remedies or creams to try. To answer your question, the only connection between hair dye and psoriasis is the drying of the skin that comes in contact with the chemical which aggravates the condition she already has. I only dye my hair once every 2-3 months and before hand I always use a very very good conditioner, rinse mildly so there's a skim of it on my scalp, and I NEVER EVER rub the dye onto my scalp. You have to be very careful when coming to get to the roots that you don't touch the scalp or it might scrape it and make the psoriasis worse or start at the scrape. They have really good root combs that you can have her use. Just tell her not to scrub it into the scalp. Follow it up with good moisturizing conditioners and have her use head and shoulders a couple of times a week to make sure it treats her scalp as well without stripping the color she's dyed her hair.

      As far as the rest of her body, sometimes we have breakouts for no reason or due to stress. Sometimes even what we're eating. If she's going through a lot of stress it might explain the sudden outbreak. Usually sudden outbreaks will go away once the situation is changed or through mild treatment. If she's changed medications for her psoriasis right before this happened PLEASE tell her to tell the doctor since that happened once to me and it was an adverse reaction to the new cream.

      I hope that gives you a few things to consider and try. You are always welcome to email me if you have questions. You're never alone in this, and neither is your daughter. Good luck :)

  14. QUESTION:
    What are the differences between sclap psoriasis and Seborrhoeic Eczema?
    What are the differences between sclap psoriasis and Seborrhoeic Eczema?

    1) What are the differences of sclap psoriasis and Seborrhoeic Eczema (on sclap) ?
    2) Can you same treatments for both conditions ?
    3) Out of the two sclap conditions, Which is worst to have?
    4) Do they go away after teenage pubrity?

    • ANSWER:
      1) Scalp psoriasis and seborrheic eczema share similar signs of itchiness, redness, and scaly skin. Most often, the scales of psoriasis are thicker and somewhat drier in appearance than are the scales of seborrheic dermatitis. In addition, psoriasis usually affects more than one area of the body. If you have scalp psoriasis, you may also have mild psoriasis on your elbows, knees, hands or feet or may notice subtle nail changes, such as pitting. You can refer to the chart on: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/scalp-psoriasis/AN01177

      2) Different conditions require different involvement of treatment. For mild cases, an application of cream or lotion may suffice and be effective. For moderate cases, you may require UV light treatments or a treatment of pills or injections.

      3) The conditions of both conditions are quite similar. You should check with your professional physician to see what you can do about your condition. Neither one is worse or better to have.

      4) You can continue to develop the condition past puberty.

  15. QUESTION:
    What would cause blisters on the palms of your hands and the bottom of your feet ONLY?
    My wife is on like 8 different medicines and has been getting blisters only on the palms of her hands and the bottoms of her feet. Her doctors do not seem to know what is causing that. Can someone out there give us an explanation?

    • ANSWER:
      *Palmoplantar Pustulosis sounds like a likely possibility. You can learn about it here:
      http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic_diseases/palmoplantar_pustu.html
      *Also tinea infections (also known as athlete's foot) can infect the hands as well, though rare.
      *Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (has anyone checked her throat)?
      *Blistering Dactylitis (caused by strep) - more common in kids
      *Dishydrotic eczematous dermatitis
      *Pustular psoriasis

      None of these are serious, and all could be diagnosed by a dermatologist.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is there a good cream or treatment for psoriasis at target, walmart, a drugstore?
    I've been breaking out with it on my hands pretty bad because I work with chemicals.
    I was just wondering what you could suggest over the counter that would be easy to find. I can't go see a doctor for more serious things, so I can't see him for a rash.

    • ANSWER:
      You said you work with chemicals, so I'm wondering if it is something that you are coming into contact with at work and not psoriasis. You mentioned that it was on your hands but didn't mention any where else on your body that was infected. I presume you wear rubber gloves at work. If you don't, maybe you should. Tegrin makes a pretty good line of treatment products for psoriasis. or you might try some medicated hand cream like Jergens. Psoriasis is a lot more than a skin rash. It's a disease of the immune system where for unknown causes the immune system gets messages that there is damaged skin, and it goes to work trying to fix the damage by making new replacement cells. One little trick to tell if it's psoriasis. check your fingernails. If you find ridges or little pits in the nails, that's a good clue that it is Psoriasis.
      Good Luck

  17. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to keep pustular psoriasis under control?
    I know using baby oil and moisture gloves helps. I can't stand to sleep with gloves and socks though and its far from sexy lol. ( I have it on my hands and feet) Does tanning in a tanning bed help? When its itching really bad and no amount of scratching what eases that?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, tanning helps (just do it moderation) you can also try one of the natural treatments available on the Internet - some of them do actually work. For my psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they then stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: Champori is available online without prescription and comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.
      Cheers,
      Moll

  18. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of recovery from Psoriasis without treatment?
    also if you can answer, what are the chances of recovery from Psoriasis with treatment? Thank you in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      How about reversing the symptoms of psoriasis through diet (and sometimes herbs)? I don't think you can call it treatment, because all that means is to manage the symptoms you experience.

      Many people suffering with skin conditions (like psoriasis, eczema, acne, etc.) tend to concentrate fully on topical agents for their skin or oral medications. This may help to suppress some of the symptoms at first (or may not) but it doesn't get to the root of the issues. The cause comes from "imbalances" within the body. Foods that are highly energizing, alkalizing and have amazing astringent properties will do wonders for your skin! Here's why.....

      Everything that we eat, drink, breathe or put on our skin brings the outside world in. Our body processes these - digests, absorbs, utilizes, and eliminates - and if less than desirable things are coming in, our body has to work much harder. Our bodies can only handle so much processing and if too much, a healthy body becomes unhealthy with the build-up of cellular waste, digestive waste, foreign proteins, heavy metals, pesticides, air pollution, chemicals in our food and body products, etc. - all of which are acids. This creates an acidic environment or acidosis.

      So, getting back to the issue of your psoriasis…..
      A body pulls all the acids and dumps them into the lymphatic system, since this is your body's "sewage system" there has to be an outlet for all the sewage to be eliminated. When acids accumulate there, the lymph fluid becomes sticky, sluggish and coagulates. Hence, the kidneys are overworked in trying to filter this mess out. It is said that the skin is our 3rd kidney - it picks up the slack when the kidneys get into a bind. Most all skin problems are mirrors to the health of our lymph, kidneys and even adrenal glands (that sit atop the kidneys).

      The diet that I would like to suggest is a very alkalizing diet that will reverse the acidosis --
      According to total daily caloric intake:
      80% fruit and freshly-made fruit juices
      10-15% greens
      5-10% essential fatty acids

      (In severe cases or speed up the process, adding a few healing herbs will help out tremendously!)

      Fresh raw fruit is the most perfect food for us even though many people don't eat enough or any at all! Bottom line, the more fruit you eat, the better off your skin and body will become. It's truly amazing!

      I know this diet may seem a bit radical, not do-able or not being all-inclusive of the nutrients that we need. When, in fact, the diet that we have become accustomed to and considered the "norm" are actually a radical type of diet for humans. The diet mentioned above is what we are designed to eat (anatomically and physiologically). Because we are a society that has veered away from this diet that we are meant to eat, we have become more susceptible to illness, disease, have low energy and all around unhealthiness. It's no different with psoriasis.

      A dermatologist will tell you that there is no cure for psoriasis nor for eczema and the medications he will prescribe will only manage symptoms. I had bad eczema on my hands and was given a steroidal cream that, as time went by, had to be increased with dosage and eventually stopped working all together. Medications, poor diet, unnatural body products, etc., only add "fuel to the fire," so to speak as they cause more acidity in the body. Do you want to temporarily manage your symptoms or do you want to cure the root cause, permanently?

      If you try this diet, you will begin to see some remarkable results with not only your psoriasis clearing up (and your skin will actually become clear as a bell), but you'll have so much vitality and your overall well-being will improve greatly! If your health conditions become severe, adding healing herbs (food, too) are key to reversing them.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do you politely not shake hands with someone?
    I've suffered from eczema on my right hand for over 10 years. It's not contagious, but it's definitely not pleasant to look at or touch.

    I'm not wanting to come across as rude when I meet people, but I am very uncomfortable taking someone's hand with this condition.

    Is there a polite way to refuse it without necessarily drawing attention to the fact my hand is just gross?

    • ANSWER:
      Rather than pretending that there is some other problem, when you first meet someone say, "I am SO glad to meet you, I won't shake your hand because I am using some medicine at the moment". That will be out of the way, they probably will never expect you to shake hands again, and no one will feel you are rude.

      Rather than being embarrassed about something like that, it is better to take the bull by the horns, be strong and accept your "fate". I have psoriasis.........and it doesn't have to be "heartbreak", my sister has suffered with eczema all her life. So we have learned to cope. Additionally, both conditions will flare if you are stressed and stressing about the condition is non-productive.

  20. QUESTION:
    How can I remove redness from my hands and feet?
    My hands and feet always have some redness. How can I completely remove this redness?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      i looked it up for you and this one girl had the same thing and alot of the times had cold hands and feet.....

      She may have a condition where there is constriction of the blood vessels in the Hands and Feet. The condition is called Raynauds. An Internest would be able to prescribe the correct medication for this condition. The other possibility is that she has a mild case of psoriasis on the hands and feet. For this condition, I would try a topical cortisone like Clobex twice a day. Since I cannot see the skin I cannot be sure of the diagnosis. I recommend that your daughter first see a dermatologist

      i suggest you see a dermatologist. hope this helped.

  21. QUESTION:
    Has someone with vitiligo been able to repigment their hands and feet?
    My daughter is 9 years old and she has vitiligo. We've had great results with UVB-NB and Novitil on her face (99% repigmentation). But it doesn't seem to improve or do anything at all on her hands, feet, elbows, or knees where it is mainly focalized. Is there something we can do to improve repigmentation in these areas? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Have you ask your doctor about Protopic? It worked really well on my fingers, the white spots got redder and spottier with color and now there are just really tiny dots of whiteness left. Protopic also worked great on my face but other than that it didn't help much with the rest of my body (I had a huge patch on my chest and under my arms).

      There is this new miraculous oil from the Clary Sage plant which grows in Israel and it contains large amounts of the omega-3 called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Ever since I started ingesting the capsules every day I have been told that my thyroid levels have balanced out and as a result my vitiligo stopped spreading. I figured I would try breaking open the capsules and rubbing the oil directly on the white patches on my chest, what was there to lose right.. It actually was kind of miraculous and the whote areas actually looked red the next day and now I am seeing patches of my skin color spreading in them.. It's very strange and I really recommend this for your daughter, and for your whole family because apparently the human brain needs ALA and the body doesn't produce it on it's own.

      Just a side note, family friends of mine with Psoriasis have been able to get rid of their red/dry skin patches by rubbing this stuff on it. It's really great to know that sometimes there is a natural solution to these kinds of health issues.

      The person who answered my questions about this oil can be reached at health.marva@gmail.com.

      Hope this helps. The most important thing is to make her feel beautiful and laugh/play a lot. :)

  22. QUESTION:
    Has anyone on this site had experience with arthritic psoriasis?
    I have a friend whose granddaughter has this terrible condition. Her skin looks like fish scales, alternating with huge boils. Her hands and feet are so swollen, she can no longer work (she is 21). It has affected her spine, and she has to use a TNS unit constantly. She has been told there is a medication for the condition, but one injection costs ,000, not covered by insurance. Does anyone know of a person who suffers with this, and what they have done for it? This girl is presently seeing a rheumatologist as well as a dermatologist. They have told her it is an immune system disorder, similar to lupus. They're not giving her much hope for improvement, much less a cure.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no cure for psoriasis but only treatments that help with the condition as long you keep doing them. If you stop the problem comes back and you are back to zero.

      She has severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and the only think that will work for her are the biological drugs - injections.

      Most of them cost at about .300 per month. They lower the immune system so that psoriasis has no power to attack and appear and you are clean from it completely.

      I am currently taking Enbrel ( it's been 2 years ) for my psoriasis but I live in Europe/Greece and my insurance covers it so I have no problems.

      Unfortunately nothing else will work and make a serious difference in her condition. She needs the shots. If she has serious problems and she can't afford the treatment she might consider to move to another country where she can get it for free.

      In Greece if you work ( in whatever job ) you automatically have insurance and they cover absolutely everything no matter the cost. I bet you get the same advantages in other countries also.

      Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis is an auto immune disease caused by over working genes and it might not be life threatening but it can make you unable to live like a normal person. Especially for severe cases a treatment is needed.

      For her psoriasis on the skin, sea swimming could be the solution. She will need to go swimming 2 times a day ( even during winter ) for a few months to a year to clear up her skin.

      But for psoriatic arthritis only the injections are going to help to relief the pain completely.

      Gluck

  23. QUESTION:
    Are there any dietary supplement to help with psoriasis?
    I have severe psoriasis of the scalp and regularly use a coal tar based shampoo but it doesnt seem to be working lately. I have used it for years and it usually keeps the psoriasis pretty much under control. I dont know why I seem to only have it in my scalp with just a few spots on other parts of my body.

    • ANSWER:
      I have suffered with psoriasis on my knees and elbows for the last 17 years, the patches have always primarily contained themselves to my knees and elbows. However, I was working a job next store to a Mcdonalds restraunt for a while, after eating the food there 5-7x a week (lunch, whatever....) My psoriasis *exploded* I began developing patches everywhere, hands, feet, face, torso, legs, back of knees (painful!). I cut the Mcdonalds out, and within a week the outbreak recessed, and dissipated except for the patches on my knees and elbows Ive always had. Needless to say Ive eliminated Mcdonalds from my diet.

      I don't know what they put into the food there, but it acted as "super-growth fertilizer" to mine, I had severe patches places where I never had before, and my existing patches were unreal.
      I don't know anyone else with psoriasis, so I am unsure if the food there affects others this way, it may be something to consider however if you have eaten at McDonalds lately....

      Good Luck

  24. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if the skin on my hands tears open easier?
    What does it mean if the skin on my hands tears open easier?
    it's only on my hands.

    • ANSWER:
      It means that you have thin skin. There may be many causes but thin skin could have some thing to do with your age, whether you have a skin condition like psoriasis or an allergic reaction to something. Best seek professional help.

  25. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of white patches after guttate psoriasis!?
    I have finally just got over a 5 month spell of guttate psoriasis from having tonsillitis, I am happy its gone however I am still covering up all the time because now look basically like a dalmation, i used sunbeds to clear it and wondered if i continued they would tan or is there something to use?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      I have been helping a friend get rid of his psoriasis’ on his skin, it covers about 2 square feet of his arms and hands.

      He has been spraying on 2.5 PH water for about a month now, and it is working. He is also drinking 9.5 PH water. His wife has MS, and is also drinking the 9.5 PH alkaline water, and is doing much better.

      You can get free alkaline water - place a wanted add on http://craigslist.com

      Here is a demo video to watch for the eczema cure as seen in Japan. Sorry but the hospitals in the United States and Europe are not this advanced at this time.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxLW-HKgQzU&feature=PlayList&p=262C30FDF046ADAB&playnext=1&index=4

      Alergies to food include shellfish, garlic, and others. Stop eating things like cheese, then milk products, then anything brewed (beer, yogurt, breads made with yeast). When it goes away, then you have some idea of what you should stop eating.

      Or use the process developed in Japan, and eat what you want to.

      Good Luck !

  26. QUESTION:
    Does having seborrheoic dermatitis mean you will get psoriasis?
    I have seb derm and.I hate it, but can live with it. Does having it mean that my chances of getting psoriasis are greatly increased?

    • ANSWER:
      Not significantly, no.

      Seborrheoic dermatitis is caused by a fungal infection and can be virtually impossible to cure even with modern antifungals. It can be suppressed with them though, so if you're having trouble dealing with it make sure to see a GP and get a prescription - in my experience it really can help.

      Psoriasis, on the other hand, is an autoimmune condition wherein the body attacks itself. The two seem to be unrelated in origin, so having one should not predispose you to getting the other.

  27. QUESTION:
    I have psoriasis on my lower back, about the size of my hand. Will I develop arthritis within that area?
    I have read that psoriasis is connected to arthritis and am quite worried. I just hope I don't develop arthritis because I am currently boxing as an amateur and would love to qualify for the Olympics someday. Thanks in advance to anyone who answers my question. I deeply appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      10 to 30% of psoriasis patients tend to get psoriatic arthritis as well.

      It really doesn't matter how many spots of psoriasis you have on your body, how big they are etc. Lot's of people with psoriatic arthritis don't even have more than 1-2 spots or maybe no spots at all.

      Do not worry and do not think about it, this can make your psoriasis even worse.

      I've seen lots of athletes winning medals with psoriatic arthritis and there are so many treatments these days. They're called ''biological therapies''. Biologicals target the immune system by blocking the action of certain immune cells that play a big role in psoriasis. Most patients who are having this treatment ( injections ) they have less to none symptoms or pain at all.

      Gluck

  28. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a good cream for really bad ezcema on the hands?
    My hands are so dry, and chapped and itchy like hell. The Dr keeps saying just to use E45 but it just slicks on like oil. I want something thick to fill in the cracks. Help!

    I've tried emollient and steriod creams in the past but they stink - I just want somethign a bit more work friendly!

    I'm based in the UK so plesae only suggest things available over here, although I know in the US they have some amazing potions

    • ANSWER:
      I suffer from psoriasis on my hands & feet (not the same but similar). I was told by my dermatologist not use soap (drying effect) so I was prescribed dermol its antimicrobial for dry & pruritic (itchy) skin emollient for washing (so use it all over now) & diprobase emolient for moisturizing dry skin.I know the other answerer said he was allergic but I'm not everyone is different so always try things for yourself.My skin was really terrible (cracks splits peeling soreness) now it's wonderful I know it could break out again which it does from tme to time (no cure for mine) but I know I can make it better again.you could ask your DR. if you can have it on perscription.if not it is available over the pharmacy counter. Diprobase 500g-£11.59p 50g-£2.29p Dermol500_500g£11.59p 100g £5. Hope it helps.Good luck .

  29. QUESTION:
    Is there a good under the counter (or home) remedy for a psoriasis outbreak?
    I've increased vitamin e, and have been looking for a good (wax based?)lotion that lasts, so my hands can heal

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. For my plaque psor. (elbows, knees and scalp) the herbal cream/spray combo by champori works the best: my patches cleared almost completely in just 2 weeks and I haven't had a flare up in more than a year now. Try it: it comes with money back guarantee, so if it doesn't work - it's free.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  30. QUESTION:
    I have scares from my psoriasis, is there anyway I can fade them?
    I have been going to the tanning bed to help clear up my psorisasis but my psoriasis is leaving white scares mostly on my stomach. Is there anyway I can fade them?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a demo video to watch for the eczema cure as seen in Japan. Sorry but the hospitals in the United States and Europe are not this advanced at this time.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxLW-HKgQzU&feature=PlayList&p=262C30FDF046ADAB&playnext=1&index=4

      You can get free alkaline water - place a wanted add on http://craigslist.com Place a add to ask for 8.5 PH drinking water, and hope that the person can also make 2.5 PH water. Drinking the alkaline water will help, even if you can not spray the 2.5 PH water on your skin and hair.

      I have been helping a friend get rid of his psoriasis’ on his skin, it covers about 2 square feet of his arms and hands.

      He has been spraying on 2.5 PH water for about a month now, and it is working. He is also drinking 9.5 PH water. His wife has MS, and is also drinking the 9.5 PH alkaline water, and is doing much better.

      Good Luck!

  31. QUESTION:
    what will happen if you develop psoriasis and you keep scratching it?
    i think i might have it on my cheek becuase earlier today my cheek started itching and i scratched it, and when i went to look it the mirror, i saw all these bumps on my face where i scratched my skin, so i put lotion on it and some went down, but parts of my cheek still keep itching and ther are still some bumps
    what do u think this is? what should i do about it? could it be psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      I had dermatitis all over my legs and feet. I scratched all the time. I ended up with a bad infection called Cellulitis. I ended up in the ER and had to stay in the hospital. Please, go to your Primary Care doctor and see a specialist for it! It can end up like mine did! I had to have IVs in the hand for five days.

  32. QUESTION:
    What are these itchy tiny bumps in my hand?
    Well, recently yesterday morning there was a circle of tiny bumps and they are light pink and itchy,but sometimes reddish. its odd because all the bumps created a circle but then there were more bumps inside of the circle.This is on the back of my hand in the middle (not the palm, other side). Ever since its been getting more itchy. and i don't know what it is? Any clue or suggestions. and im not sexual active or anything.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like ringworm. You can buy something over the counter for ringworm, but if it doesn't improve or gets worse, you need to go to the doctor and get a prescription. It can spread so don't pass it on to others, but don't bandage it or it can hinder the healing. If you look up ringworm, you may see extreme pics on the internet, and also some descriptions may make it seem like your dirt person etc...but of course this is not always the case. Anybody can get ringworm.
      Also it might be excema or psoriasis, but I would lean more towards excema which you can get on your hands more so than psoriasis.
      Also did you use laytex gloves lately? You might be allergic as many people are. They make another kind of glove for people who are allergic to the laytex ones. Strangely I am not allergic to the laytex, but the other one....
      DON'T SCRATCH IT.
      Soak your hand in a bowl of epsom salt and warm water for at least 15-20 min twice a day if you can. One tablespoon should be enough. Epsom salt is absolutely amazing stuff and everyone should have a package or two of it on hand. There are many uses for it. It will help heal and relieve the itching. No matter what is wrong with your hand, using the epsom salt will not make it worse, perhaps- hopefully, better.
      You can buy it in any store usually in the section where you get alchohol and hydrogen peroxide.

  33. QUESTION:
    What are these small faint bumps on the palm of my hand?
    I noticed last week that I have 3 very faint bumps on the palm of my hand. They are not very noticeable, they don't itch, and they do not hurt. They are somewhat white in nature...you can barely see them. They are only driving me crazy because I don't know what they are. You have to run your finger across my skin to feel them. Have no clue where they came from. Any ideas on what this could be?

    • ANSWER:
      here is everything you need to knowabout skin marks or bumps

      Skin disease Symptoms Usual area of body
      Acne Covered in small pus-filled sacs, blackheads, pimples or sore red bumps Face, chest or back
      Rosacea Flushed appearance or Redness Around cheeks, chin, forehead or nose
      Boil Painful red bump or a cluster of painful red bumps Anywhere
      Cellulitis Red, tender and swollen areas of skin Around a cut, scrape or skin breach
      Insect bite Red and/or itchy bumps on the skin Anywhere and can be sprinked randomly
      Allergic reaction Irregular, raised or flat red sores that appeared after taking medicine/drugs or eating certain foods Anywhere
      Hives Bumps formed suddenly Anywhere but usually first noticed on face
      Seborrheic dermatitis Bumps and swelling Near glands
      Cradle Cap Dry, scaly skin Cover the head of a child
      Irritant contact dermatitis Red, itchy, scaly or oily rash Eyebrows, nose, edge of the scalp, point of contact with jewellery, perfume or clothing.
      Allergic Contact Dermatitis caused by poison ivy, oak or sumac Red, itchy, scaly or oily rash; can also be weeping or leathery. Anywhere that came in contact with the irritant either directly or via transfer (eg. from contaminated clothing.)
      Allergic purpura Small red dots on the skin, or larger, bruise-like spots that appeared after taking medicine Anywhere
      Pityriasis Rosea Started with a single scaly, red and slightly itchy spot, and within a few days, did large numbers of smaller patches of the rash, some red and/or others tan Chest and abdomen
      Dermatitis herpetiformis Intensely itchy rash with red bumps and blisters Elbows, knees, back or buttocks
      Erythema nodosum Large red bumps that seem to bruise and are tender to touch Anywhere
      Psoriasis White, Scaly rash over red, irritated skin Elbows and knees
      Erythema multiforme Red, blotchy rash, with "target like" hives or sores. Anywhere
      Measles Red Rash that is raised with a fever or sore throat. Usually starts first on the forehead and face and spreads downward.
      Chickenpox Multiple blisters with a fever, cough, aches, tiredness and sore throat. Usually starts first on the face, chest and back and spreads downward.
      Shingles Red blisters that are very painful and may crust Anywhere
      Fifth Disease Started as a fever and then developed a bright red rash Cheeks
      Warts Soft bumps forming that don't itch and have no other symptoms Anywhere
      Ringworm Bald spot on the scalp or a ring of itchy red skin Anywhere
      Syphilis Rash that is red but not itchy Palms of hands or soles of feet
      Jock itch, yeast infection or diaper rash Red itchy rash Groin
      Tinea versicolor Light coloured patches Anywhere
      Impetigo Crusted, tan-colored sores Near nose or lip
      Scabies Bite-like sores that itch and spread intensely Usually start on hands or feet and spread everywhere
      Rocky Mountain spotted fever A fine rash with a fever and headache Usually start on arms and legs including the hands and feet
      Lupus erythematosus A butterfly rash with achy joints Forehead and cheeks
      Jaundice or sign of hepatitis Yellowish Skin, whites of eyes and mouth
      Bruise Blue or black area after being hit Anywhere
      Actinic keratoses Scaly, pink, gray or tan patches or bumps Face, scalp or on the backs or the hands
      Keloid or hypertrophic scar Scar that has grown larger than expected Anywhere
      Lipoma Soft or rubbery growth Anywhere
      Milia Lots of white spots On the face of a baby
      Molluscum or contagiosum Small, firm, round bumps with pits in the center that may sit on tiny stalks Anywhere
      Sebaceous cyst Bump with a white dome under the skin Scalp, nape of the neck or upper back
      Skin tag Soft, fleshy growth, lump or bump Face, neck, armpits or groin
      Xanthelasma Yellow area under the skin Under eyelids
      Melanoma Dark bump that may have started within a mole or blemish, or, a spot or mole that has changed in color, size, shape or is painful or itchy Anywhere
      Basal cell carcinoma Fleshy, growing mass Areas exposed to the sun
      Squamous cell carcinoma Unusual growth that is red, scaly or crusted Face, lip or chin
      Kaposi's sarcoma Dark or black raised spots on the skin that keep growing or have appeared recently Anywhere
      Erythema annulare centrifugum (EAC) Pink-red ring or bullseye marks Anywhere

  34. QUESTION:
    what the difference between eczema and psoriasis ?
    i have blisters that form between my fingers, tiny clear ones, the itch awful and get scaly and sometimes crack open. i havent found a dr. yet that can tell me what exactly is causing this. During pregnancy my hands stayed clear the whole time. can anybody help, me on this.

    • ANSWER:
      Eczema is patches of dry skin that tend to be very rough, but psoriasis is prone to flaking.

  35. QUESTION:
    How can I keep the skin on my knuckles from getting thick from cardioboxing?
    Hello. Just started light cardio-boxing sessions. I love it EXCEPT for the fact that I'm worried it will turn the skin on my knuckles thick and ugly. I am really fussy about my hands and have so far managed to keep them in decent condition. I use those black wrapping thinggies -- they help but not much. I don't want the skin on my knuckles going all thick and scaly -- apologies to the people rolling their eyeballs heavenwards -- it's my girlie thing!

    • ANSWER:
      Buy a strong skin moisturiser like sudocream - one that's used to treat things like psoriasis. Apply this before and after your workout. Applying it beforehand will help keep your hands soft and supple while boxing so that the movements you're making don't stretch the skin as you punch. Putting it on directly after the workout will really help speed up the recovery process of your hands.

      If you do this, you probably won't need to wear the hand wraps - but if you find the moisturiser is wearing off during the workout, you can try wearing the hand wraps and apply a much thicker layer of cream underneath (it'll need to be thicker as the wraps will absorb some). That'll help keep the cream on even when you're punching things.

      I kickboxed for years and followed this process religiously because just like you, I didn't want to end up with ugly hands - my skin stayed soft as a baby's!

  36. QUESTION:
    what is the best lotion for severely dry and cracked skin?
    My dad works as a custodian and is always using very harsh chemical cleaners. He is also out in the cold a lot and obsessed with using disinfectant soaps. As a result his hands are EXTREMELY dry and cracked. When he puts lotion on you can actually hear his skin crackling. I want to get him some heavy duty moisturizing/healing lotion and also a non-soap disinfectant cleanser so he isn't exacerbating the problem every day at work. Thank you all for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Right now I'm using Lubriderm's Advanced Skin Therapy, it's really good. I have psoriasis, so my skin gets horrible in the winter time, and this is the only lotion that I've used that doesn't make it worse. It's thick and creamy, and it doesn't have a girly smell to it, so it'd be perfect for your dad. They also make a hand cream in that same line, it's thicker I think, also it's non-greasy

  37. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of hand ezcema?
    I got hand ezcema last year and its been such a bother. I have never had it ever but since it came last year it just hasnt gone away. When it flares up it will eventually go down in a week and then 2 days later boom- another falre up. It is red and itchy. I havent actually git it diagnosed because i went to the doc twice and they just dismissed it as some reaction and gave me hydrochortisone which just made it worse, so i gave up on them. But it hasnt gone away. Im getting really sick of it now, its red and looks like spots. Shouls i see a dermatologists? From what i have read on the net, it seems like its just ezcema, but it wont go away! please help!

    • ANSWER:
      See a dermatologist first. If it is indeed eczema (or psoriasis, or any kind of dermatitis) - go to http://www.champori.com and buy a spray/cream combo. This is natural treatment that works. If it doesn't work - they have money back policy, so nothing to lose.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can psoriasis cause swollen lymph nodes?
    I had a swollen lymph node behind my ear and I dont recall being sick although I don't remember.
    But I do have psoriasis, can it cause this?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Albert D

      Yes, it can.

      Psorias may be connected with Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency is connected with the immune system. Lymph nodes are part of the immune system.

      It's very important to overall health to make sure you're Vitamin D replete. You make Vitamin D in your skin when it's exposed to UVB light from sunshine. During most of the year in the United States, the sun is not strong enough to produce Vitamin D and supplements are suggested.

      Many people who find that their condition gets better when they spend plenty of time in the sun get relief in the winter by going to a tanning salon and using the UVB booth.

      Others have found other ways to get UVB treatment at home without prescription such as buying UVB lights meant for reptiles kept as pets. Since your psoriasis is mostly on your hands, that might be a particularly good solution for you.

      The Vitamin D Council is a good site to find out more about how much Vitamin D3 to take internally during the parts of the year when you don't get enough sunshine. They will also provide information about how to be properly tested to see whether you're Vitamin D deficient.

      The combination of salt water and UVB (simulated beach!) seems to work especially well for some. Regular cooking salt as well as epsom salts can both be effective when dissolved in a tub full of water.

      Finally, while researching gallbladder and liver problems I came across studies which found that taking bile salts to aid digestion can help psoriasis. That would make sense from the standpoint that a diseased or sluggish liver can often manifest itself in various skin conditions.

      I hope that helps some!

      Good luck!

  39. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a remedy or a prescription that relives the appearance of Psoriasis?
    my adult daughter has had it most of her life.....now it is on her hands...not a place you can hide it.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. I suggest that your daughter should try anti-psoriasis cream from http://www.champori.com It is herbal, free of steroids and works fast. My patches (knees, elbows and scalp) cleared almost completely in just 2.5 weeks and I haven't had a flare-up in over a year now. Worth a try.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  40. QUESTION:
    If you have psoriasis, have you ever worked in the food industry?
    I have mild/moderate psoriasis. I have it on my elbows and a couple of small patches on the back of my hand.

    I have been looking for a job and the places that seem to be hiring the most are restaurants (servers). I have always been reluctant to apply because I wasn't sure if there is any sort of health and food issue dealing with psoriasis. I'm just curious to the reactions you have gotten (so people can be so very ignorant) and how hard or easy it was getting a job.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I have friends with psoriasis who used to work in the food industry

  41. QUESTION:
    telling the difference between 2 different skin problems?
    How can you tell the difference between Psoriasis and Dermatitis of the hands and heels?

    • ANSWER:
      Ask a dermatologist. Otherwise, check pics on the web like the links below. In general psoriasis is scaly and very dry. Dermatitis and dishydrotic eczema may be more like little dry and irritated red bumps. Like this:

      http://www.visualdxhealth.com/adult/dyshidroticDermatitis.htm

      Psoriasis is more like this:

      http://www.visualdxhealth.com/adult/psoriasis.htm

      Hope this helps

  42. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of my psoriasis?
    I have tried almost everything, all sort of steroid base creams, salt baths, swimming in sea water, given up smoking and drinking even junk food. I start going to gym to have better fitness, using sauna and steam room. Nothing works. I have severe psoriasis.

    • ANSWER:
      have you asked your doctor about heat treatment, i still have a mild case of psoriasis, but nothing like i had years ago, like you say about your's it was severe, it was everywhere, even on the back's of my hands, i hated going shopping people stared. like you i had been given all the lotions & potions to no avail, then my gp sent me for a course of heat treatment which involved me lying under special ultra-violet rays not the kind you get in tanning salon's, it had to be done very slowly over a period of 6 weeks, your skin goes all red so you look a bit like you've got sunburn, but it worked wonderfully, all i have now is a small flat patch on my knee but it's not very noticable. Hope this helps good luck x

  43. QUESTION:
    I am 57&want to learn to swim in Chennai!Is there a place where I can,without being judged?Can I lose weight?
    I am a 57yr old woman who wants to learn water aerobics like swimming to keep myself physically healthy. I am already learning yoga. I weigh 67kg, but would like to reduce by about 5 kgs more. I wonder if it is possible for me to learn to swin at this age.I hope to lose weight.I suffer from mild psoriasis and wonder how it will affect me or more importantly the others?I am very social but am prone to mental stress! Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I have been receiving a lot of e-mail lately about diet. In the past, I was never concerned about what I ate. I just went to the gym, trained hard, and that was the extent of my routine. Not until recently did I realize the power diet has over the way your body looks and performs. I believe that diet is at least 75% of the fitness equation. In this article, I'm going to describe in detail what I have learned about diet during my 12-week transition period.
      When to Eat and How Often
      This might sound strange, but you have to eat more often to lose fat and gain muscle. During my transition period, I never ate less than 6 meals a day.
      •Try to eat every 2 to 3 hours.
      •Do not eat complex carbohydrates after 6:00 p.m. or four to five hours before going to bed.
      •Try to eat one gram of protein per pound of lean body mass on lifting days and .8 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass on non-lifting days.
      •Never eat more than 70 grams of protein in one meal.
      Carbohydrates
      When I think of carbohydrates, I think of energy. Carbohydrates supply our bodies with the energy it needs to make it through a workout. Without an adequate supply of carbohydrates, the body goes into carbohydrate deprivation. This is called a state of ketosis (meaning our body is using protein as energy). This is not a good state to be in for long because it will rob the body of muscle tissue in an effort to create energy. On the other hand, if too many carbohydrates are consumed, they convert into stored fat. The idea is to consume just enough carbohydrates to make it through our workouts with sufficient energy. I have broken down carbohydrates into these three categories:
      •Simple carbs: These are sugars, or quick energy. They are absorbed very quickly into the body. Ex. Anything with sugar, also fruit
      •Complex carbs: This is where you get long-term energy for the day. These are long chained carbohydrates that brake down slower, giving us energy over a prolonged period of time. Ex. Oatmeal, potatoes, pasta, rice, breads
      •Fibrous carbs: These are things like vegetables. I think of them as roughage in order to stay regular. Make sure you include them in you later meals when you can't eat complex carbs. They are also a good source of vitamins. Ex. Leafy vegetables like lettuce.
      Protein
      Proteins are the building blocks of our muscles. Without a sufficient amount of protein in our diet, our muscles will not have the raw materials that they need to build up, or even hang on to what is already there.
      Net protein utilization: Not all protein is created equal. Different foods are absorbed more than others. For example, egg white protein is absorbed at 88%. That means we get about 9 eggs to our muscles. On the other hand, chicken breast are absorbed at 68%, meaning we get about 7 breasts to our muscles. It is imported to eat a wide verity of protein foods though; no one protein source has all the amino acids we need.
      •Whey protein (100%): the best source of whey protein is from protein supplements. It is also absorbed very fast by the body, so it is best to take this when your body needs amino acids quickly: like right after a workout or when you first get up in the morning.
      •Egg whites (88%)
      •Fish (78%)
      •Chicken breast (78%)
      •Soy protein: My one bit of advice would be to try and stay away from soy protein. It is not absorbed very well by the body.
      Fats
      We normally think of fats as being bad. The fact is certain fats are essential to building muscle and carrying out various functions of the body. There are 2 fat types we need to be concerned about:
      •Saturated fats: these are the bad fats. Avoid these fats as much as possible. You will find these types of fats mostly in meats
      •Unsaturated fats: these are the good fats. They are a good energy source and help us build muscle. You can find from plant oils. Peanuts are also a good source.
      Water
      Do not under estimate the importance of water! If you are looking to get lean, water will be your best friend. Drink as much as you can and as often as you can. Also, it is very important to drink lots of water when you're eating large amounts of protein to clean urea from the system.
      Vitamins & minerals
      As resistance training athletes, we have a greater need for vitamins & minerals. When we workout and bring blood to our muscles it is important that our blood is full of those essential vitamins & minerals if we want to grow.
      Supplements
      Supplements are just that, meaning they are used to supplement your diet, not replace it. Don't ever think of it that way.
      Hierarchy of supplements:
      I developed this hierarchy of supplements based on what I thought were the most important and also by price.
      •1. Proper diet: Without proper diet you are just wasting money on supplements. Start here! Do not think that supplements are going to do it for you alone.
      •2. Multi-vitamin & mineral: It is very important to have all your vitamins & minerals when resistance training. Most of us are lacking in some areas, make it a priority to make this your first supplement.
      •3. Protein powder: It is usually very hard to get all the protein you need from real foods. Powders make it much easier. Also, these powders are absorbed fast by the body making them ideal after workouts or before and after sleep.
      •4. Creatine: This is great for harder workouts. It also makes you muscles hang on to water, giving them a better environment to grow.
      •5. L-glutamine: This is an important amino acid in muscle recovery
      •6. Branch chained amino acid: These are great before and after workouts along with L-glutamine because it gives your muscles all the amino acids it needs to repair and grow.
      •7. ZMA: This helps you release more growth hormone while you sleep, increasing your size and strength.
      •8. Thermogenic: These really help in the fat loss process. They also help you hang on to more muscle while dieting due to the fact you can eat more.
      •9. Meal replacement: Although very expensive, meal replacements make it much more convenient to get some of your meals in. Also, you can get in more meals than if you were to eat only real foods.
      "The golden hour"
      Remember "The golden hour" because it will make things so much easier for you. "The golden hour" is a window of opportunity we have to get everything we have depleted in our body back in a short amount of time. Think of your muscles as a gas tank: When you workout, you use gas for energy or in this case glucose. After a workout, our muscles are in a unique state. They are able to fill back up very quickly leaving you full for the next workout. If you wait to long, your muscles don't fill back up as easily and the carbs you eat are more likely to be stored as fat. Doing this will also let you take advantage of insulin's muscle building effects from the simple carbs you have ingested. You want to ingest 50-75 grams of simple carbs right after a workout. Also, this is when you want to take your protein shake because it will absorb quickly and supply your muscles with the amino acids that they need.
      Insulin
      This is a very complicated subject, but all we need to know is that insulin can help us build muscle or can make us fat depending on the timing. Insulin is released by the pancreas in response to elevated blood sugar levels. We can achieve a high blood sugar level by ingesting simple carbs. Like "the golden hour" we have a window of opportunity to take advantage of the muscle building effects of the insulin without getting fat. We have about 4 or 5 hours after we workout to take advantage of insulin. If we take in too many simple carbs out of this window, we are very likely to store fat.
      Cheat day
      The theory behind the cheat days is you take one day every 2 weeks to eat anything you want and actually get leaner. It might sound crazy, but it worked for me. When you eat low carbs for a time for body begins to think it is not getting all the food it needs (because your not storing any fat) and begins to slow down your metabolism. When you bombard your body with food on that one day, it tricks your body into thinking it has all it needs and speeds your metabolism back up. I can tell you from experience, every day after a cheat day I felt leaner and looked better.
      Ketosis
      This is when your body uses protein for energy. This happens when we have too few carbs in the body or when we over train. I went into the state of ketosis for only the last week of my 12-week transition for a couple of reasons: (1) I wanted all of my muscles to shrink down so when I carbed back up, my skin would be tighter. (2) When you go into ketosis it seems to bring the water out from under the skin. Don't go into this state to loose fat. Without carbs your body can not burn fat effectively. You will loose weight rather quickly, but only because you don't have as much glycogen in the muscle. Also, you are simply loosing water. Remember that proteins are the building blocks for muscle and that means they are fair game for energy when in the state of ketosis. I would not recommend going into this state unless you are trying to get into a super ripped state for a short amount of time, like for a bodybuilding contest.

  44. QUESTION:
    Should I wear gloves with my psoriasis medication?
    Because the topical medication rubs off when I'm sleeping, I'm curious if I should put on my medication then put dishwashing gloves over my hands when I sleep? Does anyone have an experience with this method?

    • ANSWER:
      What medication is it?
      That makes a huge difference.
      It you're using a topical corticosteroid, wearing rubber gloves will be occlusive and while it may indeed work a lot better, it is also possibly dangerous.
      If your doc told you to use it twice a day for two weeks, then stop or use a weaker corticosteroid for the next two weeks, you may use corticosteroids under occlusion once a day rather than twice.
      BUT, instead of asking we idiots here on the interwebs about this, ask the doc. He knows better'n us!
      And these drugs are nothing to play with! Even topically, they can cause a whole host of side effects that can really mess you up...permanently!

  45. QUESTION:
    Why is there dry scaly patches on my skin?
    They just begun to form above my ankle and on my hands. It couldn't be rashes or eczema because its not itchy. Though there has been a lot of cases of eczema in my family history.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi
      You don't say how long you have had the problem.Look at the following:
      Recent onset causes:
      1-Have you changed skincare products such as soaps,moisturisers even detergent for clothes?
      2-Have you stopped moisturising your skin or been to a dry climate recently?
      3-You may have a fungal skin infection(ring worm).
      Longstanding dry skin or rash causes:
      1-Eczema
      2-Psoriasis etc
      Try the following at home:
      Use intense moisturiser for your skin
      Use emollient for washing instead of soap. You can buy this from a chemist near you.
      Stop using any suspicious products
      See your GP(local doctor) for advice.
      There is a series of articles now on 'dry skin conditions' at http://www.skinassistant.com

  46. QUESTION:
    How do you naturally get rid of eczema on your hands?
    I was wondering how you get rid of eczema on your hands naturally

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to try natural remedies. SerenaSkin anti-psoriasis remedies worked wonders for me. The patches have been cleared up in a couple of weeks. Anti-psoriasis extract balances the immune system, so to prevent new ones from appearing.

  47. QUESTION:
    Why are my hands and feet peeling like crazy?
    The skin on my feet and hands is peeling nonstop. It doesn't hurt or anything, it's just irritating having that much skin to peel off slowly. I don't really put too much lotion on my feet, but definitely do for my hands. I always wear sandals and my feet aren't ashy or anything. I have psoriasis but it never flares up in the traditional flaky skin way, maybe once a year when I don't wash my hockey gear and barely any then. Could it just be the psoriasis or should I use more lotion or what?

    • ANSWER:
      weather can play heck on the skin..use a lotion that specially for feet...i use suave advanced therapy for my hands elbows and feet..i think it works really good..

      if its really bad..check with your dr...he might be able to help you out


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  1. QUESTION:
    I have had Psoriasis absolutley everywhere since I was 4 and nearly died. What can I do about it?
    My Psoriasis wont go away. Im 13 now so ive had it completley covering my body for 9 years now so how can i get rid of it. Ive tried everything and dont look in the mirrior because i hate my image.

    • ANSWER:
      You have to go to your dermatologist and work it out together.
      Psoriasis is an auto immune chronic disease with lots of treatments available, you just have to know your options and find what works best on you.

      You could try PUVA/Uva sunbathing for example.
      As for topical treatments I would stay away from cortisone creams especially if psoriasis covers more than 35% of the body. Protopic is a great alternative with no side effects like cortisone/steroid creams like thinning of the skin. It clears the skin in a few days if you use it daily and can be applied in sensitive areas as well like the face and bikini area.

      You are still young and doctor's can't prescribe stronger medicine like Pills or Injections even if you really need them. You just need to keep it under control with topical treatments until you grow older and you can take something stronger that is going to clean the whole body in no time.

      Sea swimming clears the skin and keeps it this way for long, months maybe. Try to swim a lot during the summer. One month is necessary. The more you swim the better.

      Best of luck.

  2. QUESTION:
    How do I know if I have psoriasis or eczema?
    I have had it for a very long time, and i don't know which it is. I went to the dermatologist a few years back and they said it was eczema. I only get it on my arms, and I am going to the dermatologist very soon again.

    • ANSWER:
      its hard for someone who is not a dermo to tell whether or not it is psoriasis. but one factor is how old you were when you first got it. i first got it when i was 12. that was sign that it is psoriasis because you get psoriasis later in life and eczema usually appears when your really young. also. you can go on google and look up pictures of psoriasis and eczema to see which yours looks like. since you arent sure if you have psoriasis or eczema i would think it would be plaque psoriasis if thats what you have. so search on google and look at images of plaque psoriasis. remember that it shows very severe cases so maybe search mild plaque psoriasis. my first dermo told me it was eczema, but the second one i went to said it was psoriasis and im thankful he did because mine is doing very well thanks to him. just find a dermo you trust and do what they say:) if you are diagnosed with psoriasis, there is a support group with tons of people with psoriasis and it is really helpful. www.inspire.com also to find more out about psoriasis you can go to www.psoriasis.org good luck. if it is on your knees or elbows doest necessarily mean it is eczema, mine is on myknees and elbows along with legs and it is psoriasis not eczema. good luck:)

  3. QUESTION:
    can someone give me an image on how the Vitamin E Oil Capsules should look like.?
    Does Vitamin E Oil Capsules work for stretch marks no matter what type of skin you have?
    And how long will you see results? Will it work for any kind of stretch marks? Is it guaranteed to work on stretch marks?

    • ANSWER:
      I've heard that Wheat germ oil is excellent for burns,scars,sunburn on your skin... it has Vitamin's inside of the capsule.once you order it be sure to keep it in the refrigerator not to be left out,and do not go into the sun with this on,only indoors

      Wheat Germ Oil is widely used as both a cosmetic ingredient and as a dietary supplement. It is naturally rich in Vitamins A, D, and E, and also contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, F, Essential Fatty Acids, protein, and minerals. Because of its anti-oxidant and regenerative properties, Wheat Germ Oil is a wonderful ingredient to add to bodycare and cosmetic products.

      Other uses from Wheat germ Oil......

      •Dry and cracked skin
      •Eczema
      •Psoriasis
      •Prematurely aged skin
      •Stretch marks
      •Dull complexion
      •Tired and overexerted muscles
      •Sunburn and burns
      •Scars
      •Poor blood circulation
      •Improves lymph function
      •High cholesterol levels

      I ordered mine from Vitamin World it should be here within about 24hrs...I will keep you posted on how it turns out

      Google online to Vitamin World it will show you the capsules

      Hope this helps!!!

  4. QUESTION:
    I have dry patches of skin on my arms for 4 years and would like to know how to get rid of them?
    In 6th grade, my math teacher invited my class and I to his annual pool party at the end of the school year. I went and after the pool party, I've been having dry patches all over my arms and there used to be dry patches on my back. Now I am in the 10th grade and I still have the dry patches on skin. It makes my arms look like they are tanned with white spots on them. How do I get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Keep your arms don't get rid of them. lol
      I have psoriasis, and have had to deal with this problem all my life. From your description your condition sounds similar, have you seen a dermotologist? The best way to get rid of the patches for myself has been to use an herbal tonic, taken orally, TAC-A-WAH Indian Tonic. It cleans out your system. Follow dosing instructions closely.
      Along with the tonic, I use Hydraston ointment. I noticed a difference the first time I tried them. I wish I had known about this stuff when I was 13. I got both these items at the same time at an Amish store. Drink more water.
      Believe me I have tried just about everything, and this was the only thing that ever worked for me. I used to have it in my hair, on my back, knees, ankles, elbows, arms, on the face, stomach, very embarassing, it permanently damaged my self-image. The summer months, I was always in the sun, and that seemed to help a lot. It took all summer to get rid of those light spots.
      Good luck,

  5. QUESTION:
    What are the long term affects of bipolar disorder?
    What does lithium do to your body? And what other mental illness can also be confused with bipolar disorder?

    • ANSWER:
      Lithium

      Active Ingredients: Lithium
      Representative Names: Eskalith, Lithane, Lithonate, Lithotabs
      Available Product Images:
      What are lithium tablets or capsules?
      What should my health care professional know before I take lithium?
      How should I take this medicine?
      What if I miss a dose?
      What drug(s) may interact with lithium?
      What side effects may I notice from taking lithium?
      What should I watch for while taking lithium?
      Where can I keep my medicine?

      What are lithium tablets or capsules? (Back to top)
      LITHIUM (Eskalith®, Lithonate®, Lithane®, Lithotabs®) helps to control extreme mood swings in manic-depressive illness. Lithium helps you to maintain a more balanced state, without swinging from a highly elated, over-excited state to that of being very sad and depressed. Lithium can prevent or reduce these episodes. Generic lithium tablets or capsules are available.

      What should my health care professional know before I take lithium? (Back to top)
      They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
      •dehydration (diarrhea or sweating)
      •heart or blood vessel disease
      •kidney disease
      •leukemia
      •low level of salt in the blood, or low-salt diet
      •Parkinson's disease
      •psoriasis
      •seizures (convulsions)
      •under-active thyroid, or thyroid disease
      •an unusual or allergic reaction to lithium, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
      •pregnant or trying to get pregnant
      •breast-feeding

      How should I take this medicine? (Back to top)
      Take lithium tablets or capsules by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets or capsules with a drink of water. Take after a meal or snack to avoid stomach upset. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber's advice.

      Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

      Elderly patients over age 65 years may have a stronger reaction to this medicine and need smaller doses.

      What if I miss a dose? (Back to top)
      If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose (less than 2 hours), take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

      What drug(s) may interact with lithium? (Back to top)
      •antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, or COX-2 inhibitors, such as celecoxib)
      •caffeine
      •calcium iodide
      •carbamazepine
      •filgrastim, G-CSF, or pegfilgrastim
      •guarana
      •medicines for diabetes
      •medicines for high blood pressure
      •medicines for mental problems and psychotic disturbances
      •metronidazole
      •potassium iodide, KI
      •sodium bicarbonate
      •sodium chloride
      •verapamil
      •water pills

      Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

      What side effects may I notice from taking lithium? (Back to top)
      Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
      More common:
      •diarrhea
      •drowsiness
      •loss of appetite
      •muscle weakness
      •nausea, vomiting
      •slurred speech
      These symptoms can progress to:
      •blurred vision
      •clumsiness or loss of balance
      •confusion
      •dizziness
      •seizures
      •trembling
      Rare or uncommon:
      •difficulty speaking or swallowing
      •fainting
      •hair loss
      •hoarseness
      •slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
      •pain, coldness, or blue coloration of fingers or toes
      •rough, dry skin
      •sensitivity to cold
      •swelling in the neck
      •unusual tiredness or weakness
      •unusual weight gain

      Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
      •increased thirst
      •increased frequency and urgency to pass urine
      •muscle twitches
      •nausea
      •skin rash
      •stomach bloating, full feeling
      •trembling of the hands

      What should I watch for while taking lithium? (Back to top)
      Visit your prescriber or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. It can take several weeks of treatment to get improvement in your condition. You must continue to take lithium at regular intervals even when your symptoms are better. Do not stop taking lithium except on your prescriber's advice. The amount of lithium you take is very important. Taking more than the prescribed dose can cause serious side effects.

      The amount of salt (sodium) in your body influences the effects of lithium, and lithium can increase salt loss from the body. Eat a normal diet that includes salt. Do not change to salt substitutes. Avoid changes involving diet, or medications that include large amounts of sodium (such as sodium bicarbonate). Ask your prescriber or health care professional for advice if you are not sure.

      Drink plenty of fluids while you are taking lithium. Avoid drinks that contain caffeine, such as coffee, tea and colas. You will need extra fluids if you have diarrhea or sweat a lot. This will help prevent toxic effects from lithium. Be careful not to get overheated during exercise, saunas, hot baths, and hot weather. Consult your prescriber or health care professional if you have a high fever or persistent diarrhea.

      You may get dizzy, drowsy, or have blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how lithium affects you.

      Make sure that family members or friends know of early signs of lithium toxicity (see side effects above).

      If you are going to have surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking lithium.

      Where can I keep my medicine? (Back to top)
      Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

      Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

      Lithium is one of the best drugs to use for bipolar disorder because it helps to manage the mania and depression associated with it. You just have to be careful because there is a small range between the therapeutic levels and the levels of toxicity

  6. QUESTION:
    What to wear to a state fair?
    Here, in New York, this is like the biggest thing that happens all year. Sadly, lol. And I wasn't sure what to wear. Normally you'd all say shorts, a tshirt or tank top and sneakers. But I have psoriasis, so I really don't know what to wear. I'm fifteen & not really open to showing it, only in certain situations, and so I don't know what to wear. We're going around five, so it won't be as hot, but it'll still be hot and I have no clue what I can wear! Anything will help, thankyou!

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe get a sheer or chiffon long or 3/4 sleeve shirt like this:
      http://www.forever21.com/images/small/11409896-03.jpg

      http://media.kohls.com.edgesuite.net/is/image/kohls/1073511_Blue_Tint?wid=180&hei=180&op_sharpen=1

      http://www.forever21.com/images/model_front/00031530-01.jpg

      http://media.kohls.com.edgesuite.net/is/image/kohls/1157912?wid=180&hei=180&op_sharpen=1

      And wear it with skinny jeans of course... Hope I helped!!

  7. QUESTION:
    What are these brown spots on my head?
    After using some danruff shampoo I got a lot of brown spots on my head I'm afraid its some kind brown spots on my head I'm afraid its some kind of disease but I'm not sure If it helps I use tgel and selsun blue itch dry scalp with tea tree oil. I use those twice a week and switch it up with tea tree mint shampoo. The tea tree oil I use every day. Please tell me if I should see a dermatoligist or not. I'm afraid that this is some kind of cancer and want to get rid of it early.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like psoriasis which is a type of chronic dandruff. It probably wouldn't be a bad idea to see your doctor who may prescribe some special shampoo for it. I wouldn't worry too much though. Here is some information on it. Google some images as well. The color can vary from red, white to brown.

      http://www.herbs2000.com/disorders/psoriasis.htm

  8. QUESTION:
    What specifically is psoriatic arthritis?
    Is it crippling? Does Advil help the pain and stiffness?

    • ANSWER:
      I am a rheumatology nurse and many patients with psoriatic arthritis are seen at our clinic every day. Psoriatic arthritis is a systemic rheumatic disease. It is an inflammation of the skin and joints. Joint inflammation causes redness, pain, swelling, warmth, and stiffness. The skin inflammation presents as psoriasis- the gray or red, raised, scaley, flakey patches of skin, which are commonly found around the naval, between the buttocks, along the hairlline, and on the elbows and knees. Psoriasis can also cause pitting of the nails. The chronic disease can also affect the heart, lungs, and kidneys. If it is suspected the you have Psoriatic Arthritis, you need to be evaluated and treated by a Rheumatologist. Blood tests and imaging will then be needed to make a diagnoses. PsA can be treated with antiinflammatories/NSAIDS (ibuprofen, Advil, Celebrex), DMARDS (methotrexate), and corticosteroids (prednisone). Sometimes, the disease cannot be well controlled one these drugs alone and a biologic agent such as Enbrel or Remicade is added. Many people with this disease are able to live normal, healthy lives once that the disease is well controlled.

  9. QUESTION:
    my ped said my six week old has psoriasis on his face and head?
    does anyone know where i can find a picture of that for comparison?

    • ANSWER:
      google, images, psoriasis.. a bunch of pictures should pop up

  10. QUESTION:
    What else could this be besides vitiligo?
    My mother has light spots on her legs, tiny little spots and I asked her why and she says she thinks it's vitiligo but too scared to go to the doctor and find out. The spots aren't whit they are just tight tan spot and she is a darker brown.

    • ANSWER:
      Taken from American Vitiligo Research Foundation's webpage:

      "Not All White Spots Are Vitiligo

      The diagnosis of vitiligo can usually be made on clinical examination of a patient with progressive, acquired, chalk-white macules in typical sites. Few conditions are as patterned and symmetrical as vitiligo. Sometimes the spots match on both extremities in a mirror-image.

      Woods light examination is required to detect all the spots, especially in fair skinned persons, include:
      *Lupus erythematosus (atypical distribution, positive immunofluorescence, serologic studies)
      *Pityriasis alba (slight scaling, fuzzy margins, off-white color)
      *Piebaldism (congenital, white forelock, stable, hyperpigmented macules in the center of white spots, different distribution than vitiligo)
      *Tinea versicolor (fine scales with greenish yellow fluorescence under Wood's light, positive KOH)
      *Chemical leukoderma (history of exposure to certain phenolic germicides, confetti macules)
      *Post-inflammatory hypomelanosis (off-white macules, history of psoriasis or eczema in the same area)
      Diagnosis can usually be established on clinical grounds alone. In certain difficult cases, a skin biopsy may be required to exclude some of the above. A defining feature is that pigment cells in the skin are absent in vitiligo. Vitiligo is sometimes associated with general diseases."

      I think you should read more about the description of vitiligo there, and then think about going to the doctor. I wouldn't be too worried though; the pigment of skin can act very funny even without any fancy diseases. I don't think it's generally a good idea to read all kinds of descriptions of diseases and start guessing what you may have. That's why we have professionals to talk with, it's their job. And it is _always_ better to find out and stop being afraid of unknown.

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  12. QUESTION:
    What are some good dermatology sites?
    Got some skin issues I'd like to solve without a doctors fee if possible.

    • ANSWER:
      Please see the web sites of the following institutions & organizations.
      (1) BritishAssociation of Dermatologists.
      (2) American Academy of Dermatology webguide.
      (3) Dermatologic image database (adult)
      (4) Dermatologic image database(paediatric)
      (5)UK National eczema Society (atopic eczema)
      (6) Psoriatic Arthropathy Alliance (psoriasis)

  13. QUESTION:
    How can I fade/get rid of the scars on my body?
    I used have an anxiety disorder and I developed a habit of scratching myself due to the stress. I don't do it anymore, but the scratching left pretty bad scarring all over my body. They aren't the type of scars that you get after a cut heals, they're just pretty much patches and specks of darker pigmentation all over my body. It's especially bad on my arms; where they fold (like on the opposite side of the elbow) there are bigger dark patches since I especially scratched there.
    They look like this: https://s3.amazonaws.com/healthtap-public/ht-staging/user_answer/reference_image/2730/large/psoriasis.jpeg?1344914466
    Except it's just one individual spot on each arm. But is there any way to make them go away or even fade? I just want my even skin back.

    Thanks
    Just wanted to clarify that the picture isn't actually of me, it's just an image I found on Google that I used as an example of what the larger scar on my arm looks like. The rest of the scars that are all over my arms and legs aren't nearly as bad, but there's a lot of them and they're still pretty dark and noticeable. Just thought I should say so.

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  14. QUESTION:
    I'm taking a birth control pill and evening primrose oil. Should I stop taking evening primrose oil?
    I just started my birth control pill, Camrese, on Wednesday. I take that once a day. Along with that, I take evening primrose oil pills about 4 times a day and drink women's red raspberry tea once a day. Do you think it would be better if I continue with these herbs or stop? I really want to prevent my period from starting.

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Amazon.com: primrose oil
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  15. QUESTION:
    How can these types of EM radiation be utilised medically?
    IR, UV and radio wave. cheers

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some to get you started (you can do the googling!):
      IR is used in the devices that fit on the finger to measure Heme-O2 concs (via νO2) in blood; detecting drugs/poisons? (I am guessing.)
      UV light: treatment of psoriasis (acne?);
      Generation of singlet O2 in treatment of cancers and laser (eye) surgery apparently uses IR-VIS
      Radio waves: heart ablation therapy; magnetic resonance imaging. cheers

  16. QUESTION:
    Ive got a weird rash on my legs?
    Ok ive had a weird rash on my legs all my life and i dont know why its there no one in my family has the same rash so i dont know what it is. It doesnt hurt so . . . i dont know neosporin only works for a little while . does anyone no how to make it go any permanently? PLEASE HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      I hope is is not psoriasis. I have psoriasis. I have rash not only on my legs but my elbows, skull, behind my ears, on my back. If you do not do something about it it can get worse. I did go to a dermatologist and he gave me creams, but nothing helped. Later I got this cream from Mexico called "Dermatovate", it does help but later dries my skin.

      Nobody in my family has this rash.

      Now I just did some research on the Internet and I found out "Tusca" or "Sweet acacia" helps heal skin conditions. Try researching, look for images. This is a wild tree, looks like a mesquite tree. They also call it a "huisache".

      check out this link.

      http://www.ibiblio.org/pfaf/cgi-bin/arr_html?Acacia+farnesiana&CAN=COMIND

      I read this story where a man cured two people with this plant. It is boiled and then cooled, aply the water to affected areas and let dry. They claim it cured PSORIAIS in 15 days. Dermatologists say there is no cure. I AM TRING IT NOW. Just started yesterday.

      God bless, I hoped I was able to help.

  17. QUESTION:
    What are some facts about Iceland?
    What are some facts about Iceland? It can be about the people, culture, land, basically anything.

    • ANSWER:
      First, I need to correct a little mistake in a previous answer regarding the patronymic naming convention. It's true that there is a law in Iceland that women have to disclose who their child's father is, but it has nothing to do with the naming convention. It's because the child has the right to know who both their parents are. It's actually allowed to name children after their mother's first name instead of their father's, but it's a lot less common. Nearly everyone in Iceland names children after their father because that's more traditional. To form the surname of an Icelander, you take their father's (or mother's) first name in genitive case and add "son" (which means "son", for boys) or "dóttir" (which means "daughter", for girls).

      Here are some more facts about Iceland:

      Our current Prime Minister, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, is the first openly homosexual head of government in the world.

      Our former President, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, was the world's first democratically elected female head of state.

      In Iceland we know people by their first name, or by their full name. We don't know people by their surnames. We address people by their first name and not their surname and we generally don't use words like Mr., Ms,, Mrs., and such. So for example, if you were to meet our Prime Minister, you'd call her Jóhanna, not Mrs. Sigurðardóttir. When foreigners call into my work (which is a large workplace) and ask for "Mr. Gunnarsson" we have absolutely no idea who they are asking for. We need to know the first name or the whole name.

      Vatnajökull in Iceland is the largest glacier in Europe.

      Iceland has many active volcanoes, hot springs and geysers.

      Most buildings in Iceland are heated with geothermal water. We also use the geothermal water for daily hot water consumption, swimming pools and other things.

      The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a world famous geothermal spa. It's popular for treating various skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, and is also very popular for tourists and locals alike.

      Popular Icelandic dishes are made from lamb meat or fish or an Icelandic dairy product called "skyr", among other things.

      We don't have Santa Claus in Iceland, we have 13 Icelandic Christmas elves instead. They come to town one by one for 13 nights before Christmas. They used to be bad and would steal, tease or scare people, but in the past few decades their image has changed a lot and today they are good and leave small gifts in Christmas shoes that children put by their window.

  18. QUESTION:
    How can I fade/get rid of the scars on my body?
    I used have an anxiety disorder and I developed a habit of scratching myself due to the stress. I don't do it anymore, but the scratching left pretty bad scarring all over my body. They aren't the type of scars that you get after a cut heals, they're just pretty much patches and specks of darker pigmentation all over my body. It's especially bad on my arms; where they fold (like on the opposite side of the elbow) there are bigger dark patches since I especially scratched there.
    They look like this: https://s3.amazonaws.com/healthtap-public/ht-staging/user_answer/reference_image/2730/large/psoriasis.jpeg?1344914466
    Except it's just one individual spot on each arm. But is there any way to make them go away or even fade? I just want my even skin back.

    Thanks
    Just wanted to clarify that the picture isn't actually of me, it's just an image I found on Google that I used as an example of what the larger scar on my arm looks like. The rest of the scars that are all over my arms and legs aren't nearly as bad, but there's a lot of them and they're still pretty dark and noticeable. Just thought I should say so.

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  19. QUESTION:
    good hairstyle/haircut for girl with psoriasis?
    i have to wash my hair every week and it gets old esepcially becuase im african american im. so im wondering a haircut or hairstyle that would be eay for me to manage. i think i have a round face. want something to make it easier to get medication on my scalp.

    • ANSWER:
      It's hard to describe a haircut with just words...

      Anyway, when I had a very boyish haircut, I was able to very easily use a UVB brush for my scalp psoriasis treatment.

      Now I have long hair and I have to part it to get the light to hit my scalp...

      I would suggest you to get a "bob haircut" - like Victoria Beckham. Jost search Google Images for "bob haircut"

      But it should not be too short in case you get psoriasis on your neck...

      Hope that helps!

      Best regards and Good Luck!

  20. QUESTION:
    What type of skin condition do I have?
    I have this kind of flesh colored bumps on my face...been getting them recently...how do I get rid of them?

    http://www.acnenaturalremedies.com/images/whiteheads-mag.gif

    • ANSWER:
      u might suffer from psoriasis

  21. QUESTION:
    how could i relate tattoos to science?
    Im doing a science presentation and I have to choose a topic to do it on. I chose tattoos and I wanna know how I can relate tattoos to science! Help meeee! Thank you in advance :)

    • ANSWER:
      Medicine is science, so I suggest you present an analysis of the link between being victimized by the tattoo industry and getting Hepatitis C.

      You might ask: How dangerous are tattoos? Did you know tattoos are the #1 cause of Hepatitis C? When you look at the tattoo "artist” i.e the tattoo predator, who is victimizing you, do you know you must trust him to properly sterilize the equipment? Did you know that the American Red Cross, desperate for blood, will not accept your blood if you have had a tattoo in the last year? Why? Did you know that you can not receive a MRI Scan if you have a tattoo?

      You probably know that a body tattoo is injected into the skin by using a machine with a sharp needle and ink. What you probably don't realize, is that a tattooing machine can pierce the skin as many as 3,000 times a minute. Each one of these holes can be as deep as 1/16 of an inch. These open wounds scab over, but they can still cause health problems... and maybe even death. Before you even consider injected in this fashion, you need to know the deadly dangers of body tattoos.

      As far as tattoo parlors are concerned, it's the responsibility of the operator (the tattoo predator who is victimizing you) to make sure his/her equipment and shop are clean and sanitary. It's also their responsibility to use hygienic procedures. Tattoo parlors where tattoo predators work are governed by state and local laws to do so. But, these laws aren't always strictly enforced. So, no matter if you have your neighbor give you a tattoo in his basement, or you visit a "legitimate" tattoo parlor, where your victimization is sanctioned by the State, your new body marking can be a deadly danger.

      While some tattoo predators in parlors do pay strict attention to sanitation, they are in the minority...

      One of the most common health problems with body tattoos is allergic reactions to the ink. Body tattoos can also cause skin infections and chronic skin ailments. Examples of recurring skin ailments include psoriasis and dermatitis. Body tattoos can also cause tumors which may be benign, or even malignant.

      If these deadly dangers don't make you think twice about getting a tattoo, then consider the fact that getting a body tattoo puts you at the risk of contracting tetanus, HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, and even Syphilis. Hepatitis C alone claims more than 10,000 lives every year!

      The results of research performed by Dr. Bob Haley and Dr. Paul Fischer of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School shows that getting body tattoos at parlors may well be the "number one distributor of Hepatitis C." The doctors found that getting tattoos at an establishment "accounted for more than twice as many Hepatitis C infections as injection-drug use." The research also shows that people who get a body tattoo in a parlor are "nine times more likely to get Hepatitis C" because of infected needles and unsanitary conditions. This is the reason that people who get a body tattoo aren't allowed to donate blood to the American Red Cross for an entire year. Medical experts recommend that anyone who gets a tattoo get tested for Hepatitis shortly afterwords.

      And finally, if you still aren't convinced about the deadly dangers of body tattoos, think about this: the ink that's injected in your skin contains metal filaments. If you need to have an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), these bits of metal can cause you to feel a burning pain during the test. Some hospitals and testing locations refuse to do an MRI on people who have body tattoos. That means, if you have a tattoo, and your doctor recommends an MRI, you may not be able to have this life-saving test performed.
      http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/1385121

  22. QUESTION:
    what types of crusty skin is there?
    cuz theres this girl at my school has a crusty face and skin and she wont tell me what kind it is.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be eczema or psoriasis,both are very painful and not contagious but very embarrassing skin disorders.she most probably feels too embarrassed to talk about it,just imaging how you would feel if you had it,give support to her,

  23. QUESTION:
    What causes Psoriasis?
    My little sister was diagnosed today with Psoriasis.We are lucky to have caught it in its developmental stage,where it has only caused small white marks to appear on her nail as well as the nails becoming discolored and yellow-ish.It has not spread to her skin yet,and aside from her nail,it has not affected the rest of the body.Does anyone know what causes this illness and how she can treat it?I heard it isn't curable.

    • ANSWER:
      The current thinking is that psoriasis an autoimmune disorder caused by one's genes; you must have the genetic code that causes it, but that doesn't necessarily mean you'll develop it. Something must trigger it and the immune system causes the response (described below). A very common trigger, especially in children, is a staph infection. Here's the "response" In normal skin, skin cells "live" for about 21 - 28 days before being shed (much of household dust is shed skin). However, in psoriatic skin, the skin grows much faster because the immune system thinks it's fighting an infection, and is shed in 3-7 days. The oil glands can not keep up with this extra production, and, in the most common type of psoriasis the skin appears dry, flaky, with reddish lesions that can thicken the skin. It can feel itchy, sting, and, if not treated or at least moisturized well, even crack and bleed. Remember, that the skin is the largest organ of the body. It can affect any part of the body, from the scalp to the toenails, and everywhere in between. It can also start with some injury to the skin, such as a scrape, or bump. Sometimes, a mirror-image spot will pop up on the other side of the body in addition to the spot cause by the injury. With a treatment that works for her, the lesion, spot, redness, will disappear; it will not be a permanent mark, but may reappear. You need to remember that it is TREATABLE, but not yet curable.

      You should help your sister to learn/train herself not to use her nails to try and open things (pop cans, pistachio shells, etc.) that might lift the nail from the nail bed. Nails, scalp, and backside are especially difficult areas to treat, with the joints very common areas to have it. Nail psoriasis is usually treated w/ shots at the bottom of the nail bed (called "the matrix") that one dermatologist told me "will only work while you take them, are very painful, and will really only serve to pay for an addition on my house," though that was years ago and there may be a new treatment I am unaware of.)

      Your sister should keep her nails cut short, without cutting them to the quick. She should use UNSCENTED moisturizers (even vaseline, oil, and shortening are used) on her hands; in fact, everything that goes on her body should be unscented, though perfume may be ok when she gets older, depending on her reaction. Scent, even if it's "natural" added scent, should be avoided. You may want to suggest she wear a pair of gloves (they make white cotton ones for this) or socks on her hands after putting on the moisturizer, to 1) help keep it on 2) keep it off other places. Laundry detergent and soap should be free of dyes and scents also; luckily, there is greater choice available now. If bleach has to be used, the items should be washed again in plain water after bleaching. (and special care should be taken when bathing after going into a chlorinated pool.) In fact, soap really only needs to be used in "private" parts and feet, especially in a young person who doesn't really sweat yet.

      There is a new type of treatment, called biologics, that are injections or infusions. They treat the immune response causing the psoriatic reaction generally by blocking it.

      Remind yourself, your sister, and everyone that it is NOT contagious. Your sister should not judge herself or anyone in the family badly because of it. Millions of people have it, and, while it may be uncomfortable and sometimes not so pretty, it doesn't mean she's not nice, smart, pretty, a good and loving sister, full of sugar and spice and everything nice. How she feels about herself may also effect how she feels about the psoriasis - there have been times when it was bad, but I just didn't care, because I felt so happy otherwise, and times when it wasn't so bad that I kept it covered, b/c I was otherwise unhappy with myself. Famous people have this, the country singer Leann Rimes, Jerry Mathers, the actor who played Theodore "The Beaver" on "Leave it to Beaver," and, I was once told, Jennifer Anniston. Even Miss American contestants have had it.

      As to treatments, a home treatment that works well (for me) to get rid of the flake buildup is: 4 parts epsom salt, 3 parts baking soda, 4 parts cider vinegar, and .25 part mineral oil in warm water. Maybe mix a little of this up, and have her soak her hands in it for about 5 -10 minutes. Pat dry, and moisturize (I use vaseline or Cetaphil creme) within 3 minutes. (this is an attempt to simulate dead sea salt, without paying dead sea salt prices. For thousands of years, people have gone to places like the Dead Sea, for skin ailments. (The National Psoriasis Foundation has a list of places that offer such treatment, b/c of the naturally occuring minerals in them; I think there's a place in Washington State well known, and also in Iceland) Natural sunlight helps many people, and there is fake sunlight (not tanning booths, though a tan will result) that helps some people. Really hot water should be avoided, as it also dries out the skin.

      While there is currently no cure for psoriasis, there are a number of treatments, both prescription, otc, and home remedies. Something that works for one person may not work for another. There is a national organization for people with psoriasis, their friends and families, called the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF). They have a web site, they have information, conventions, support groups, etc. Membership is not limited by the amount you contribute, and they definately have information to help kids deal with it, and the reactions others have to it.

  24. QUESTION:
    Is this a scab or something else?
    On my left bicep there is this spot that looks like a scab so duh, I scratch it. No blood comes out. All I see are white scratch marks from where the scab was. This supposed "scab" keeps returning once in awhile. What could it be? By the way, the "scabs" are very tiny, about four of them but all near each other.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.google.com/images?q=seborrheic+keratosis&hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&hs=qj5&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=ivnsb&source=lnms&tbs=isch:1&ei=FQuKTZ-wD4fbgQew24zFDQ&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=1024&bih=512
      http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&hs=LPQ&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&biw=1024&bih=512&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=psoriasis&aq=f&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=

  25. QUESTION:
    how can you tell medical conditions from finger nails?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a few conditions that give classical nail changes. Psoriasis is a good example it produces characteristic pitting.
      http://images.emedicinehealth.com/images/4453/4453-13248-30956-31461.bmp
      Finger clubbing is also an important nail condition, however it may indicate a large number of different systemic diseases.
      http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/md/pictures22/dermnet/64_finger_clubbing_01.jpg
      Splinter hemorrhages are longitudinal thin lines, red or brown in colour, that occur beneath the nail plate.
      http://www.patient.co.uk/showdoc/images/OM102b.jpg
      They are visible when capillaries within the epidermal ridges leak . While splinter hemorrhages may denote benign problems such as local trauma, psoriasis, or localised fungal infection, they are a classic finding in patients with endocarditis.

      The white spots on nails (Leukonychia), often associated with various conditions such as calcium deficiency are in fact non-pathological.

  26. QUESTION:
    How can I get this softgel out my throat (There's only one)?
    Every morning, I take an Omega 3 softgel since I have psoriasis.
    I usually take it with water or a liquid simultaneously. But this morning, I took it first.... let it settle for about a minute or 2, then drank something with it.
    And it stayed stuck in my throat. It's been there for over 12 hours now... I've fallen asleep (so I wouldn't complain from the constant pain), I've gargled with saltwater; regular water.
    I've also done other things to get it out my throat, but nothing has worked.

    What can I do? The softgel looks like these:
    http://image.made-in-china.com/2f0j00FeGEhJmWMjcH/Omega-3-Softgel.jpg

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    Names of top 50 pharmaceutical companies with topical or dermatological divisions?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are names for you - I didn't look look into whether or not they have a topical or dermatological division, but it can get you started:

      Apothecus Pharmaceutical Corp. - manufacturer of contraceptive products.
      Cimtek Medical Company - selling medical and pharmaceutical supplies online.
      Remedi Pharmaceuticals - business segments include hospital equipment, clinical testing, and pharmacy management systems.
      3M Pharmaceuticals Division - prescription medicines for respiratory, cardiovascular, and immune system, and drug delivery systems for the health care market.
      Abbott Laboratories (18)
      Abgenix, Inc. (2)
      Acadia Pharmaceuticals - development stage company specializing in the functional characterization of genes encoding potential drug targets.
      Active Pass Pharmaceuticals - biotechnology company researching and developing drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s.
      Advanced Drug Delivery Technologies AG - offers clients professional development of sterile and solid dosage formulations from the prototype development phase to production of clinical material and commercial production.
      Advantage Plus Systems - specialists for return goods of pharmaceuticals and expired products serving hospitals, pharmacies and networks.
      Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (4)
      AgroPharm Technologies - producers of a diversity of medicinal plant products, from raw materials to finished pharmaceutical goods.
      Ahngook Pharmaceutical
      AidsRx - provides AIDS-related drugs to international clients via air express.
      AIR Pharmaceuticals - offers three products for sale on the internet, Gout Go, Medisun Balm, and Medisun Lotion.
      Alfacell Corporation - biopharmaceutical company engaged primarily in the research and development of novel ribonuclease (RNase) enzymes for various therapeutic applications.
      Alkermes, Inc. (3)
      Allergan, Inc. (2)
      Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp. - developing pharmaceuticals for blood substitutes, liquid pulmonary oxygen carriers and medical imaging products.
      Alteon - discovery and development of pharmaceutical products for treatment of the complications of diabetes and age-related diseases.
      AltiMed Pharmaceutical Company - makers of therapeutically equivalent products and is home of the Pharmacist's Guide To The Internet, an online and interactive resource to help pharmacists build a better practice.
      Alva-Amco Pharmacal, Inc - makers of diurex, menstrual diuretic, psoriasin for psoriasis, fungicure for fungus infection, backaid for back ache, and herpetrol for cold sores.
      ALZA Corporation (5)
      AMA Pharmacy Wholesale - American and European pharmaceuticals to all of Central and South America including the Caribbean.
      American Bioproducts Company - coagulation, hemostasis, coagulation reagents, coagulation instruments, diagnostica stago.
      American Home Products (8)
      American Pharmaceutical, Corp - SimplexTM Rapid HIV test kit is a immunochromatographic screening test for the detection of antibodies to HIV 1/2.
      AmeriSource Corporation (3)
      Amrad Corporation Ltd@
      Amylin Pharmaceuticals (5)
      Analytical Services International Ltd (ASI)
      Andrx - engaged in the formulation and commercialization of controlled-release oral pharmaceuticals.
      Anesta Corp. (3)
      Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - Canadian biopharmaceutical company developing treatments for cancer, arthritis and other diseases that are characterized by inappropriate cell proliferation and blood vessel growth.
      Antex Biologics - biopharmaceutical company committed to improving human health by developing new products to prevent and treat infectious diseases and related disorders.
      Antigenics LLC - biotechnology company developing treatments for cancer, infectious diseases and autoimmune disorders.
      Apotheca Marketing Pte Ltd - Trading in pharmaceutical finished products, generic and branded, pharmaceutical raw materials, fine chemicals, and medical equipment.
      Apothecon - generics division of Bristol-Myers Squibb and provides services for pharmacy professionals.
      Aqualon Pharmaceuticals - broad range of cellulosic and natural polymers for use in various pharmaceutical applications.
      Aquaprin - sodium free liquid pain reliever that delivers relief from headaches, arthritis, inflammation, fever, muscle aches, backaches, pre/menstrual cramps, colds and minor pains.
      Ares-Serono Group@
      ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (3)
      Arlington Press Inc. - produces roll labels and package inserts for the pharmaceutical industry.
      Aronex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (4)
      ArQule (5)
      Ascent Pediatrics, Inc. - develops reformulated and improved children's prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals/drugs/medicines to improve kids' compliance/health.
      ASD Plasma Division - full range of plasma derivative products.
      ASTA Medica Australasia
      Astra (4)
      Astra Merck, Inc. - marketing Prilosec (omeprazole) and Plendil (felodipine), and providing health care solutions to medical professionals.
      Athena Neurosciences, Inc@ - discovers, develops and markets products to be used for the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders.
      Atlantic Pharmaceutical Services - contract manufacturer of solid dosage forms and providing services of spray drying, fluid bed process, encapsulation, and high shear granulation.
      Atlantic Pharmaceuticals, Inc - development of products for use in cancer, infection, ophthalmic disorders, pain and inflammation, cardiovascular diseases and dermatological conditions.
      Atrix Laboratories, Inc.
      Avant Immunotherapeutics (2)
      Aviron
      Axcan Pharma Inc. (3)
      Axiom Biotechnologies, Inc. - specializing in drug discovery using novel high throughput screening technology.
      Axys Pharmaceuticals - created through the merger of Arris Pharmaceutical and Sequana Therapeutics.
      Bayer@
      BDI Pharmaceuticals
      Berna Products - needle-free, oral vaccine protects against typhoid fever.
      Biochem Pharma (7)
      BioFocus plc - UK based company providing integrated combinatorial chemistry products and services for drug discovery and optimisation.
      Biogen, Inc. (4)
      BioPhausia AB - develops pharmaceuticals within the areas of micro-circulation and connective tissue biology.
      Biorex Research and Development Company - pharmaceutical company which has developed a proprietary and broadly applicable therapeutic and prophylactic technology.
      Biota Holdings Limited@
      Biotech Holdings Ltd. (4)
      Boehringer Ingelheim
      Bradley Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - markets and manufactures brandname prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical and health related products.
      Bristol-Myers Squibb (20)
      Britannia Pharmaceuticals Limited - ABPI member developing products for treatment of Parkinson's Disease, Respiratory Distress Syndrome, and Opiate Detoxification.
      Cadus Pharmaceutical Corporation - bioscience company using functional genomics to create an integrated program of drug discovery.
      Cambridge NeuroScience@
      Campo Research
      Care For Life (CFL) - hemophilia & blood disorder pharmaceutical provider.
      Carefree Pharmaceutical Returns (CPRX) - returns goods company featuring free job and resume postings for pharmacist, pharm techs and pharmacy students.
      Carrington Laboratories, Inc. - develops products containing Aloe vera for the dressing and management of wounds and other skin conditions.
      Cell Pathways, Inc. (4)
      Cell Therapeutics, Inc. - focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecule drugs for the treatment of cancer and inflammatory and immune diseases.
      Celltech Group plc - research-based pharmaceutical company committed to the discovery and development of novel products which offer significant therapeutic gains and substantial commercial potential.
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      CoCensys, Inc.@
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      Cortex Pharmaceuticals
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      Genzyme Pharmaceuticals
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      Imutec Pharma Inc. - engaged in the research, development and commercialization of therapeutic products to treat cancer, viral infections, and other diseases associated with immune system disorders.
      Inex Pharmaceuticals Corp. - biopharmaceutical company commercializing drugs that utilize the company's proprietary drug delivery systems to treat cancer.
      InKine Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. - researching the immune system through macrophage and mast cell function with scientific programs in autoimmune disease, serious infections, asthma/allergy and atherosclerosis.
      Innovex Inc. - contract pharmaceutical organization, offering an integration of services across the commercial phase of the product development continuum.
      InSite Vision - ophthalmic pharmaceutical products formulated with its proprietary Durasite eyedrop-based drug delivery system.
      Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - develops medicines for chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.
      Institut Biochimique SA
      Institutes for Pharmaceutical Discovery - develops pharmaceutical products.
      Intercardia - develops therapeutics for the treatment of cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.
      Interferon Sciences, Inc. (1)
      International Trading Pharmaceutical Laboratories
      Interneuron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - development and commercialization of products primarily for neurological and behavioral diseases.
      Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc (3)
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      IVP Pharmaceutical Care, Inc.
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      Kendle (7)
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      Kramer Laboratories, Inc. - specializes in the development of over the counter pharmaceuticals.
      La Jolla Pharmaceuticals - focused on the research and development of highly specific therapeutics for the treatment of certain life-threatening antibody-mediated diseases.
      Laboratorios Alcala Farma - manufacturer and develper of pharmaceuticals.
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      Laboratorios Unipharma S.A.
      Lancaster Laboratories - offer analytical, research, and consulting services in the chemical and biological sciences with laboratory expertise in the areas of environmental, foods and pharmaceuticals.
      Lannett Co. Inc. - generic pharmaceutical manufacturer of quality Rx & OTC products, offering contract manufacturing, packaging, & ANDA development services.
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      LeukoSite, Inc.
      Ligand Pharmaceuticals (3)
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      Little Reminder - ALR is an electronic timing device that reminds the patient to take their medication.
      Luitpold Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
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      Matrix Pharmaceutical, Inc.
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      Medco Research, Inc.
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      Medicines Company, The - selectively acquires late stage drug candidates for development and commercialization.
      Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp - an emerging dermatologic pharmaceutical in the prescription and over-the-counter dermatologic marekts.
      MediTrac - wireless communications technology and disease-specific patient support materials.
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      Merck & Co. (6)
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      Merz - privately owned pharmaceutical company.
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      Metrics Inc.
      MGI Pharma, Inc. (4)
      Microcide Pharmaceuticals (2)
      Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - genomics-driven healthcare company.
      Mindworks Consulting Inc - contains two operating divisions in the pharmaceutical business: consulting services and expert systems.
      Minigraphics - source for pharmaceutical inserts, outserts and roll labels.
      Minority Pharma - specialized in medicines of rare diseases.
      Miravant Medical Technologies - development of pharmceutical and medical device products for use in photodynamic therapy, a minimally invasive technology that uses photoreactive drugs to treat or diagnose disease.
      Morelle Medical Products - treatment for keloids and hypertrophic scars.
      Napro Biotherapeutics - natural product pharmaceutical company, focusing on the development, manufacture and commercialization of paclitaxel, a naturally-occuring anti-cancer agent found in certain species of yew trees.
      National Healthcare Technology, Inc. (3)
      Neon Laboratories Limited - makers of injectable for formulations, capsules and syrups.
      NeoRx Corporation (5)
      NeoTherapeutics, Inc. - biopharmaceutical company developing new drugs to treat neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, impairment associated with aging, stroke and spinal cord injuries.
      Neurex - biopharmaceutical products for the treatment of diseases based upon advances in neuroscience technology and other therapeutic areas.
      Neurobiological Technologies, Inc. - develops and licenses therapeutic products based on neuroscience research.
      Neurogen Corporation - engaged in the discovery and development of a new generation of drugs to treat psychiatric and neurological disorders by regulating nerve cell communication in the brain.
      New Century Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - emphasizes structure oriented drug development, albumin structure-based bioengineering and pharmacokinetics, and microgravity applications in protein crystal growth.
      Newmed Corporation - makers of a device for asthmatics which tracks the use of medication dispensed from a metered dose inhaler.
      NitroMed - improving the safety, efficacy and product life-cycle of pharmaceuticals through the synthesis and commercial development of nitric oxide enhanced medicines.
      Northwest Pharmacy Services - pharmaceutical/medical management company.
      Nortran Pharmaceuticals@
      Nova Factor Inc. - disease mnagement and biotechnical pgarmaceuticals.
      Novogen@
      Novopharm Biotech Inc. - Canadian biopharmaceutical company engaged in R&D and commercialization of generic biopharmaceutical products, featuring expertise in cancer immunotherapy and antisense/HIV research.
      NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (4)
      NVE Pharmaceuticals
      Octapharma - specialised in the areas of research, development, production and marketing of derivatives from human plasma.
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      Ohmeda - maker of critical care equipment and pharmaceuticals.
      Omnicare, Inc. (1)
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      Onyx Pharmaceuticals
      Orchid Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals - specializing in the manufacture of bulk cephalosporin antibiotics for the world market.
      Orphan Medical (3)
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      Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
      Oxford GlycoSciences - drug discovery and development company using glycobiology, glycochemistry, and proteomics to discover new therapeutic and diagnostic products for human diseases.
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      Pacific Pharmaceuticals, Inc.@
      Paddock Laboratories, Inc. - product information and technical support for compounding pharmacists.
      Panchsheel Organics Ltd. - manufacturers and exporters of bulk drugs and intermediates.
      Pangaea Pharmaceuticals, Inc - develops DNA-based immunomodulatory compounds for use in treating human disease.
      Par Pharamaceuticals - manufacturer, distributor, and developer of generic pharmaceutical products.
      Paracelsian, Inc. - a biotechnology company offering screening technology, drug development, and diagnostic tools.
      Parke-Davis - devoted to discovering, developing, manufacturing and marketing pharmaceutical products.
      Parthenon Co, Inc. - chewable bismuth subgallate tablets for people who have had an ileostomy and colostomy surgery.
      Particle Dynamics, Inc.
      PathoGenesis Corporation - develops drugs for the treatment of chronic human infectious diseases.
      PDRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - pharmaceutical sales, dispensing systems, and re-packaging for physicians, clinics, or other health care facilities.
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      Pharmacare
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      Pharmacopeia
      Pharmacy Business Associates - independent pharmacy services association offering prescription benefits, a buying group, managed care, marketing, and advertising.
      Pharmacyclics, Inc (5)
      Pharmagene
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      PharMerica - independent institutional pharmacy services companies and provider of services to workers' compensation claimants.
      PhRMA - America's Pharmaceutical Research Companies. Includes information about new drugs in development, stroke, and cost of prescription drugs.
      Polish Pharmaceutical Services - pharmaceutical and OTC trade all over the world.
      Polydex Pharmaceuticals Limited - manufactures and develops dextran-based products for animal and human healthcare, and designs and constructs disease-oriented drug formularies for physicians practice management groups.
      PolyMASC Pharmaceuticals plc - information on the technology, management, business strategy, recent news and financial results.
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      Prix Pharmaceutica
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      Pro-Pharma Contract Selling Services Inc.
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      Purdue Pharma, LP@
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      Quintiles Transnational Corp.
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  28. QUESTION:
    Do I really have psoriasis?
    I have a thing on my elbow and someone told me it was psoriasis. i looked up images but it doesn't look even close to what psoriasis rashes look like. mine is a small patch about the size of a half dollar that's dry and rough, but the pictures are like these big red bumpy things. also, it's only on one elbow, not both. and it's not itchy either. i do planks sometimes and i just think it's a messed up friction burn but i just wanna know if it's a friction burn or psoriasis or something.

    • ANSWER:
      Only a doctor after proper examination and a biopsy is needed can tell.

      It could be a dermatitis like psoriasis or eczema or you are just using your elbow to hold yourself ( on tables etc. ).

      If there is dry, rough skin you could mix sugar with honey , apply it on the area and start massaging gently. Rinse with water and apply any moisturizer cream.

  29. QUESTION:
    how long does it take one "guttate psoriasis" episode to heal, and how long before it will come back?

    • ANSWER:
      Guttate psoriasis is characterized by numerous small oval (teardrop-shaped) spots. These numerous spots of psoriasis appear over large areas of the body, such as the trunk, limbs, and scalp. Guttate psoriasis is associated with streptococcal throat infection.
      Please see the web pages for more details and images on Guttate psoriasis.

  30. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis nail problem question?
    I have psoriasis and a couple years ago I was diagonosed with psoriatic arthritis, however, (knock on wood ) my hands haven't bothered me for awhile. Anyway, my question is some of my nails have started to detach from my skin. The white part of my nails are now like halfway down my nail so there is little 'pink' left on my nail. My nails are only hangin on by like half the nail. I only have a few nails like this and when I accidently hit them on something it hurts so bad. I can barely knock them on something (which wouldn't hurt my other nails) and it really hurts these nails. I have looked up images online for psoriatic nails but they don't really look like that. My nails look healthy except for becoming increasingly white and slowly detaching. Have any of you experienced anything like this? I no longer have insurance so I cannot make it to the doctor now.

    • ANSWER:
      super glue

  31. QUESTION:
    Medical Help! Think I have Psoriasis?
    I think I have Pustular Psoriasis, i'm only twelve but i have scaly flaky feet, that looks like athlete's foot, but any athlete's foot cream doesn't help it.

    On the bottom of my feet there are little dark dots, if I poke them with a need a fluidy watery pus comes out.

    I know it's gross but I need help
    Needle* or knife or something sharp.

    • ANSWER:
      3.Dyshidrosis. Google images and dermnet.nz ...... does it look like this?
      It is allergy to a dermatophyte, which is any kind of skin loving bug. mold, yeast, bacteria, virus, parasite, pollen. It could be anywhere on your body. The rash on the hands(or feet) is just a red flag. Take anti-histamines for immediate relief. Fexofenadine 180mg, and 12 hours later 60mg, then every 12 hours 60mg. This is not the cure. But it will stop the itching. Go to dyshidrosis@yahoogroups for treatments and information.

  32. QUESTION:
    Help with Psoriasis?
    I have Psoriasis on my face and head. what are the best ways to treat this?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriaid Herbal Tablet
      http://www.merryclinic.com/images/banner/banner_treatment_psoriasis.jpg

      Skin inflammation is a sign that toxins are inside your body. It appears externally because your skin is the largest and only visible organ. In the case of serious skin problems, external treatment with a cream is not sufficient. The better approach is to detoxify your body because it then expels the toxins from inside and prevents the problems from recurring. This is how the Psoriaid Herbal Tablet treats psoriasis.

      The Psoriaid Herbal Tablet was designed by Dr. Li for all types of psoriasis. This alternative herbal psoriasis treatment has been used in her clinic for over 15 years and approximately 80% of patients with psoriasis have shown dramatic improvements. The formula contains 13 natural herbs which act together to detoxify the body’s system to control the skin inflammation and balance the immune system to prevent lesions from appearing.

  33. QUESTION:
    laser hair removal and waxing?
    ok im reli sensative to pain. also im 14. i hate to shave, even that bothers me. i have the money for laser and i would go to ideal image or the lifestyle center. mostly ideal image cuz they have that cream to help numb the pain. but anyway if i got laser it would b for my armpits (i have psoriasis on them but its cleared up alot, no red) then maybe, brizallian (sry cant spell) then full legs. does it hurt that bad or does waxing hurt less than laser, again the price is not a worry with me. i just reli need help in the pain section. so would waxing b a better choice? or laser? also if u have gotten laser or wax in the areas i mention tell me how it felt, how do u prepare,etc.

    sry i typed so much!

    • ANSWER:
      waxing is a temporary solution. Laser (or better yet Electroysis) removes the hair more and more each session by burning away the root until there is no hair left, and will never grow back. It does take more then one procedure to remove hair for good and is a bit more costly, but in the long run, you save more by laser/electrolisis then from buying all the razors, creams, and waxing sets. Also, laser and electrolisis just emits a slight pinch (sometimes) and then it's done. You can also use numbing cream. Just make sure that if you are getting that done, that the centre has been deemed safe and are certified.

  34. QUESTION:
    where can I find a picture of psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Google, MSN and, I believe, Yahoo all have Image search features. You choose image search, type in your key words and hit "search". You will get pictures that share the keyword(s) that you plugged into the search engine.

      I got the following link when I plugged psoriasis into the Google image search:

      http://images.google.com/images?q=+psoriasis&hl=en&btnG=Search+Images

      Good luck.

  35. QUESTION:
    psoriasis or cancer?
    I'M GOING TO GET A BIOSPY ON MY SCALP.
    I'VE READ THAT PSORIASIS CAN BE MISTAKEN FOR CANCER ON THE SCALP.
    I'M EXTREMELY NERVOUS ABOUT THE LATTER.
    ANYONE WITH INFO OR TESTIMONY...GREATLY WOULD APPRECIATE IT.
    HAVE HAD FOR 1 YEAR A SORE ON THE BACK OF MY HEAD - LOWER NECK - FIRST THOUGHT IT WAS A PIMPLE, BUT HASN'T GONE AWAY...IT SCABS OVER AND MY TENDENCY IS TO PICK AT IT. CAN'T HELP IT. BUT IT NEVER HEALS..JUST KEEPS SCABBING OVER AND I KEEP PICKING AT IT. ANOTHER ONE HAS RECENTLY POPPED UP IN ANOTHER SPOT ON MY SCALP A FEW MONTHS AGO. AND LIKE THE SAME, IT STILL SCABS OVER AND ETC. MY HUSBAND SAYS THAT IT LOOKS LIKE A PIMPLE TO HIM - BEING THAT I CAN'T SEE THEM. AND A PIC DOES NO JUSTICE. LOOKING A PICS FROM CANCER WEBSITES MY HUBBY SAYS IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THEM - BUT FROM MY READING OF THE INFO - I FEEL LIKE IT IS CANCER. MY APPT IS IN 2 WEEKS FOR THE BIOPSY AND I'M JUST WORRIED. ACTUALLY SCARED SICK TO MY STOMACH. IF ANYONE KNOWS ANYTHING - PLEASE. THANKS.
    we have tried to take a picture of it but the flash and or lights get in the way of a clear picture. quite frustrating. but by account of what my hubby says it looks like - a pimple - i can only imagine what it looks like - red, raised pimple. those were his exact words to me. no fluid comes out , it just scabs over and i pick the scab off. it used to bleed but not anymore. i don't know if that is helpful or not.
    i don't believe that it is a mosquito bite that has lasted for a full year. my hubby thought fungal infection, staph infection, but likely? i don't think so. that would have sent me to the ER a long time ago. i don't even think that i would be alive with an infection of the sort happening for a full year. i don't know.
    ahhh yea...the ever so popular folliculitis. i researched that but couldn't find enough info to "self - diagnose" myself. so frustrating.

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly a picture would help A LOT.

      It could be a number of things. Could be a mosquito bite that is infected if you keep picking at it. Could be a pimple, ingrown hair......

      Hard to even guess without a visual.

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      Things to think about.

      Folliculitis:

      http://www.ewu.edu/Images/depts/english/th_pseudomonasfolliculitis14.jpg

      What are the symptoms?
      Folliculitis usually looks like red pimples with a hair in the center of each one. The pimples may have pus in them, and they often itch or burn.

      What increases my risk of developing folliculitis?
      You are more likely to get folliculitis if you:

      Use a hot tub, whirlpool, or swimming pool that is not properly treated with chlorine.
      Wear tight clothes.
      Use antibiotics or steroid cream for long periods.
      Use or work with substances that can irritate or block the follicles. Examples include makeup, cocoa butter, motor oil, tar, and creosote.
      Have an infected cut, scrape, or surgical incision. The bacteria or fungi can spread to nearby hair follicles.
      Have a disease such as diabetes or HIV that lowers your ability to fight infection.
      How is folliculitis diagnosed?
      To diagnose folliculitis, your doctor will examine your skin and ask questions about your health and activities. For instance, recent use of a hot tub or swimming pool may suggest that you have "hot tub folliculitis."

      Your doctor may do tests to find out what is causing your folliculitis and to make sure that what you have is not a different problem, such as impetigo or heat rash. Examining a sample of the fluid in the pimples can help your doctor learn whether bacteria are causing the infection. If a fungus is suspected, your doctor will take a tissue sample, or biopsy, of the infected area.

      How is it treated?
      Usually mild folliculitis heals on its own in about 2 weeks. Warm compresses made with white vinegar or Burow's solution may help relieve itching and aid healing. If the infection does not go away, an antibiotic or antifungal cream will usually clear up the condition. Medicated shampoos are available to treat folliculitis on the scalp or beard.

      For deeper, more severe infections, your doctor may prescribe antibiotic or antifungal pills.

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      If it is an infected mosquito bite, constantly picking at it will open the wound, it will have to scab over again and it repeats and repeats. I have seen people with wounds from bug bites that they pick that last years.

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      The best thing to do is to visit a practitioner to make sure.

  36. QUESTION:
    Small round spots on my skin where my skin seems to be peeling.?
    White female, age 33.
    I have noticed over the course of the past couple Months (yes months) that I have these small spots of skin that has peeled off. Each spot is about 3/4" to 1/2" in diameter, all are almost perfectly round. At first I noticed them on my back and shoulders as if I was peeling from a sunburn although I haven't had any sun exposure and the spots have since spread to my abdomen and above my pubic region. The spots do not itch, no redness or any other signs. I've seen cases of ezema and I dont think that it looks the same, although i'm not a physician by any means. In my experience, when my skin peels after sun damage etc, it peels and then recovers over the course of a week or two. I've noticed these spots for approx 2-3 months and they seem to be spreading. Please help

    • ANSWER:
      First make an appointment with a dermatologist in the morning.

      It's hard to diagnose a skin condition on Yahoo. It could be psoriasis, but that's a wild guess.

      http://www.eczema-psoriasis.com/images/psoriasis.jpg

  37. QUESTION:
    Im so sad cos my crush fancys pretty girls and im not?
    I keep wishing I look like some pretty girls out there. I know I am focusing on the wrong thing and looks doesn't matter, and if he doesn't like me, I shouldn't bother with him. Yeah, that's true, but im still obsessing over him, and it giving me low self image of myself. I know im not that attractive, I wish I was.

    I just want encouragement to not be so like this, can you help me please? I should appreciate I even have a face. Some people dont have it or deformed. I also have a severe skin condition called psoriasis. I keep imaging myself looking pretty. O.O

    • ANSWER:
      There's beauty hidden in every woman, you just need some self-confidence. Besides, most pretty girls turn into tramps and most tramps have VD. Psoriasis ain't shit when compared to, say, Herpes...

  38. QUESTION:
    hey i need help with my leg and knee?
    hey i have Fissures on my legs and i have pictures to help me please help me i am a 16 years old guy .

    1
    http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/1610/50234343gh3.jpg
    or
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    2
    [URL=http://img517.imageshack.us/my.php?image=23170251of7.jpg][IMG]http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/5784/23170251of7.th.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
    or
    http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/5784/23170251of7.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      I'd recommend seeing a dermatologist. Your knees look like psoriasis and the leg pictures are hard to tell, but could be beginning spots of same. This is an autoimmune condition. I have this as do my two teens

  39. QUESTION:
    Can psoriasis spread to different parts of the body?
    I noticed the other day that my big toes had a strange texture to them, and that they were flaky and dry. I thought they were just dry and didn't think of it much. Today I noticed the smaller toes beside also had the same flaky dry look and feel, and I think I may have psoriasis. I still have to go to the doctor to get diagnosed, but I really don't think it could be anything else.

    So I was just wondering, I know psoriasis isn't contagious, but could it spread to any other part of the body? Should I expect to see it show up in other places?

    Mature answers please :)
    Thanks 

    • ANSWER:
      i have psoriasis around my eyes even though its really uncommen on the face and it has lately spread to my knees and elbo's, however i have found the right skin specialist who has givin me cream that has basically made it invisible, its clearing up and not spreading anymore, if it does spread, he can stop it, the most important thing for you to remember is if it is psoriasis, it can be easily treated and probably cleared, it doesnt spread to fast you may just have dry skin, but i would see a specalist just to be sure, i know psoriasis is horrible but just think how lucky you are not to have it on the face like me, or if you look on google images, some people have there whole bodies covered in it, good luck :)

  40. QUESTION:
    Is this eczema? Or Psoriasis?
    http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/4994/photo381az2.jpg
    http://img45.imageshack.us/img45/9302/photo382xe1.jpg

    I'm going to the doctor soon, but I am getting kind of worried. Persistent dryness on ONE elbow.

    Sorry for the so low-qual images!

    • ANSWER:
      It could be Psoriasis.Hard to tell from the pics.Usually Psoriasis appears on the elbows and knees first,but can appear anywhere.Get a referral from your Doc to go to a dermatologist,he'll set you straight.Most of all,don't worry.I've had it for 32 years and have it under control.Sorry to say though,if it is psoriasis there is no cure,but you can manage it.Good Luck.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are characteristics of someone born in the year of the dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Dog man

      His physical background

      People often say of the Dog male: "He's born an old man." The remark is fairly accurate, for the native never offers an air of freshness and insouciance, even as a child. He always looks morose, tense, austere, even tormented, as if suffering eternally from constipation or disappointment. In addition, with his awkward gait and slight stoop, he gives out every indication that he carries all of the world's misfortunes on his shoulders.

      This individual is never quite happy with the physical aspect he projects. It pains him to realize his natural stiffness, clumsiness, and lack of refinement. If he labors under timidity, it is because he feels ill at ease in his body which he finds unattractive and unprepossessing.

      He is often thin, even emaciated, no matter how rich his diet may be. With his high, bony stature, his narrow shoulders, his long and gnarled hands, he presents a rather caricatural appearance - and he knows it.

      His face makes no happy contrast with the rest of his physique. It recalls the head of a goat. His nose is long and drooping, his eyes somewhat dull and downcast, his ears larger than the average, and his mouth bordered with thin, tight lips. He rarely has abundant hair and is liable to precocious baldness.

      His health is basically sound. His most appreciable advantage lies in his tremendous nervous stamina - he can resist the stresses and strains of modern life better than the majority of people. Although his organism tends to show outward signs of senescence somewhat prematurely, he feels better and better physically as he advances in years and his endurance increases with age. He almost inevitably suffers from arthritis during a major part of his life and for this reason, according to popular belief, is not exposed to untimely natural death.

      This is essentially an emotional person whose reactions do not lack intensity. But people around him are hardly aware of it because he exercises self-control very well - perhaps too well to stay on the safe side healthwise.

      He is not a hypochondriac in the usual acceptation of the word, that is, he does not spend his time worrying about his real or imaginary diseases and having them treated by a host of puzzled specialists. On the contrary, he hates illness so much that he always shows reluctance to consult a doctor or undergo a regular medical checkup for fear of discovering an affection. In case of unmistakable trouble, he may choose to simply ignore it, or to fight bitterly against it in the hope of recovering his well-being as rapidly as possible.

      As indicated earlier, his joints often make him suffer considerably. Actually, his whole skeleton can be the seat of various deformations and disorders, with scoliosis and rheumatism ranking among the most frequent ones.

      His skin constitutes another of his weak spots. Usually dry and fragile, it is constantly liable to scratches, eczema, herpes, psoriasis, prurigo, and urticaria: Cold weather may cause him itching and chapping. More often than not many of his skin affections are nothing else than his own way to ease his internal tensions and conflicts, and it may be in his interest not to obstruct this outlet completely lest it should be replaced with much more serious illnesses.

      A slowing down of physiological exchanges is always possible in his case. Unless he takes appropriate preventive measures, hypotension is likely to set in, so are arteriosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, constipation, and faulty elimination of toxins. Even in the best conditions the prospect of his machine's getting clogged up could not be definitely averted.

      Nobody would contest the Dog man's image as an extremely hard worker. But his worst weakness lies precisely here: He tends to overestimate his power of endurance and push his luck too far, always hoping that everything will be all right. He easily lets himself be caught up in the train of his multiple activities, paying no attention to his minor and major miseries as though they simply did not exist. And when suddenly cut down by an illness, he will be the first one to be surprised - and furious because he does not give himself the right to fall ill.

      In all good common sense, he must fully realize his own limits and respect his own physiological tempo. Basically a peasant like his Buffalo counterpart, he can find his interest in adapting his rhythm to that of nature - by rising and going to bed with the sun, eating mostly seasonal products, and leading a simple life.

      He must drink profusely in order to ensure an adequate elimination. It is well for him to know that citrus foods, such as grapefruits and cherries, as well as cabbage and red cabbage aid the eliminative organs in their work very effectively beside being quite rich in vitamins and minerals. A big cup of celery stock every day could work wonders with him.

      Emphasis must be placed on cheese of every variety and other dairy products, rich in calcium, which his skeleton needs in order to stay in good condition. He may not be aware of it, but regular sexual activity has been proven to be an excellent antidote to arthritis.

      Daily physical exercise would be more indispensable to him than to others because of his greater tendency to go rusty. An extended period of inactivity could rapidly introduce a self-intoxication process in him, which is likely to entail as nefarious as varied consequences. While a moderate sport is highly recommendable, systematic gymnastics, practiced every day, would be vital. He must also force himself to take a long walk every now and then, preferably in a wood or the countryside.

      His psychological makeup

      One may not like the Dog male for one reason or another; but one would find no reason not to respect him, for he is a man of lofty ideals and his dedication to them forces the admiration of all. Always engaged in more than one crusade, he follows his convictions through to their complete realization, whatever the sacrifices involved. His actions are magnanimous, unselfish, and always in line with the noble causes he fights for.

      This subject's primary concern in life is to establish the reign of justice among men. Nobody would have a more acute sense of equity than the Dog man. He appoints himself the champion of the wronged, the oppressed, the underprivileged: He is always the first to speak out - and to act - against injustice, and will not rest until wrong has been righted. His field of action encompasses all levels and sectors - his family, his community, his professional circle, his nation, and the world at large. Tirelessly, he participates in such diverse struggles as those for the rights of consumers, the rights of workers, the rights of man, etc.

      A firm believer in human dignity, the Dog male unflaggingly wages a relentless war against whatever may directly or indirectly threaten or infringe upon it. No wonder why we can find him take an active part in any and all campaigns against hunger, ignorance, and illness, wherever these scourges may hold sway. He considers it an imperative moral obligation, for him as well as for all, to try to make this world a better place to live in.

      A fervent advocate of the universal brotherhood of man, he feels the compulsive need to be of service to others. His interest in the physical and moral well-being of his fellow men is not only absolutely sincere and unselfish but also quite personal. He always shows himself full of concern and compassion for those he thinks need them. He often goes out of his way to lend a helping hand to his friends, acquaintances, and all those to whom he can be useful in a way or another.

      Because he is anxious to change the world, to make it more "decent," this man is generally viewed by those around him as a revolutionary. But he is a revolutionary in his own way and could be called a "bourgeois revolutionary" because he never calls for a drastic, immediate, or violent change in the existing state of things but only for a gradual, peaceful mutation of human societies. It should be remembered that, apart from the noticeable conservative streak in his character, he never wants to bring about revolution merely for the sake of revolution, at the expense of certain human values. In other words, he is made of a more humanitarian than revolutionary fabric.

      Not only is the Dog male a person of high ideals, he also possesses many of the finest traits of the human soul. It would take too long to enumerate all the qualities associated with this sign; let us speak briefly about the main ones.

      The native's honesty and integrity, everybody would readily concede, are above all possible reproach. He will remain intransigent even when these virtues of his are likely to make him appear unrealistic or, worse still, feeble-minded. He hates dishonesty and hypocrisy with every fiber of his being. He never agrees to compromise with his conscience, whatever the cost. It would be impossible to corrupt him or induce him to behave contrary to his reputation as a law-abiding citizen.

      His friends and adversaries alike cannot but appreciate his absolute frankness, sincerity, and dependability. He is totally incapable of make-believe, malice, or deviousness - he says what he does and does what he says, come what may, and one can always trust his given word. Owing to his sternest moral fiber people often make him a depository of their confidences. In addition, his friendship is highly valued because of his exemplary loyalty and fidelity.

      With his deep, acute sense of duty, he can always be relied upon to honor to the last detail what is expected of him. There would be no need to exhort him. He likes assuming responsibilities and deliberately looks for as many of them as possible, partly out of his desire to be useful to others and partly because being responsible is one of his ways to ward off rejection and indifference, which he abhors.

      The Dog man's patience is well known to those around him. He has nothing to envy his Buffalo counterpart on this score. What he has to do, he will take all his time to do it to complete satisfaction, regardless of the difficulties involved. People hardly ever see him in a hurry: It is as if he had no notion of time or as if time belonged entirely to him. If he fails in one of his undertakings, it will be due to some factor which is definitely not haste.

      He possesses considerable self-mastery and power of concentration. While it is true his imagination often remains in an underdeveloped state, he never permits his train of thought to run off the trails. Although his feelings and emotions run very deep, he is good at hiding them under a mask of impassivity, so much so that many people could mistake him for an insensitive person. He also exercises a perfect control over his anger despite the fact that he has a rather irascible character; a psychologist would advise him to lessen this control somewhat and let off stream from time to time for the sake of his health.

      People who meet him are generally impressed by his modesty and reservedness. However shining his virtues and ranking his social position, he invariably insists on keeping a low figure, avoiding publicity, and appears embarrassed when receiving compliments. He speaks parsimoniously - except when he is defending a good cause or feels justified in castigating someone. But nobody knows how to listen as he does: Anyone who talks with him can be sure to be heard out by him, no matter how divergent their respective viewpoints may be.

      Born with peasant dispositions, the typical Dog man will forever preserve his simple tastes even if extreme honor or opulence may be his. Though not exactly tight-fisted, he frowns on luxury. Frugal, he despises epicureans and hedonists of every description.

      The Dog male may be accused of having too much ambition by those who do not know him well and who see how persistent and indefatigable he is in the pursuit of his objectives. In fact, he is ambitious only in the good sense of the word - he is quite willing to do everything in his power in order to achieve his goals. His own needs usually find outlet in hard work; his salvation lies in hard work; he does well whatever he has to do and admits of no half-measures. Having the exceptional strength to endure hardships, he can time and again bring success out of failure.

      If the qualities of his mind are admirable, those of his heart are even more so. He is generous to a fault, always eager to oblige or share what he has with those whom he deems less fortunate than he.

      Probably no one could be more affectionate than the Dog man. Unfortunately, this is in general the least known of all the character traits of the native. Because of his straightfaced and serious appearance, he projects his image as a cold, distant, aloof, and unresponsive nature; only those who are on intimate terms with him are in a position to realize how much tenderness and lovingness he is capable of. His affection reaches unequaled heights when it is felt for those who are under his responsibility in one capacity or another.

      More than anyone else this type needs attention, kindness, gentleness, and love. Dejection or indifference under any form can hurt him very deeply. One could only deplore his extreme emotional dependence on others as it makes him utterly vulnerable. It may be of interest to him to learn to acquire some detachment and serenity; as a rule age provides him with good help in this direction.

      Is it not strange that a man like the Dog male, who is graced with so many fine qualities, usually makes more enemies than friends? What is actually wrong with his natural inclinations? Astrologers know the answer to such questions. Apart from his positive points, this man has many traits which, instead of endearing him to people, are apt to antagonize them. These traits are not necessarily negative morally, but they are socially.

      The average Dog man is keen on bringing everything under moral scrutiny, which of course cannot please his interlocutors; and when considerations of morality are involved, he habitually sheds off his natural modesty to become obnoxiously intrusive, overbearing, and obstinate, which pleases his interlocutors even less. It proves impossible for him not to make a point of defending or condemning a particular side of any issue on moral grounds, whether or not he is called upon to do it. Once he has made up his mind about a given question, he means his judgment to be infallible and irrevocable: There is no way to change it, and he does not seems afraid to appear self-righteous. Moreover, he gives the impression of looking systematically for faults in everything and never misses an opportunity to give his counsel, which is always well meant, it must be admitted, but often obtrusive. While his moralizing, nay, sanctimonious comportment is only intended to "improve" people, they cannot help feeling that they are mercilessly judged by him. In addition, he tends to be a shade snobbish about his own moral rectitude.

      The Dog man barks quite a lot as he has an incurable tendency to play the critic - always for the sake of the improvement of mankind, naturally! His remarks are never casual or sugar-coated, but packed with exacerbated emotion, ferocious irony, and unbelievable causticity. He justifies the use of his sharp, biting tongue by believing and arguing that it is the best means to enforce morality. It never occurs to him that his "rightful indignation" often misses the mark and that a little more diplomacy could have achieved better results.

      In sum, this man is so anxious to save people from moral ruin that he simply does not care about their feelings; it is more important to him to enforce his ideas than to seek to please. When confronted with others' hostility, his reaction does not amount to saying "mea culpa," but to developing a severe martyr complex. In fact, it does not quite displease him to feel misunderstood or loathed for there is an unmistakable masochistic side to his nature.

      The hostility allows him on the other hand to justify his profound pessimism and cynicism. This is a man who delights in showing how sorry for human nature he is and how little good he expects out of life. The more he rails at all the sins of this world, the more people try to avoid him, and the more he has reasons to whine and lament.

      Even in quite ordinary circumstances, when no moral considerations can be at stake, the Dog man does not seem very eager to win the sympathy of others. For instance, his puritanism and undeveloped sense of humor are certainly not assets in social adjustment. He can always be reproached with being too serious-minded - he does not appreciate fun, jokes, and is never noted for his gaiety - or with lacking a certain degree of freshness and innocence - he has an overkeen sense of the tragedy, not of the comedy, of life. To be sure, he has a soft inner core, but it is so well hidden under his straight-faced carapace that it seldom comes to public notice.

      Chinese astrologers habitually insist heavily that this subject is born a frustrated person. This aptly explains some of his inescapable character traits, among them his extreme suspiciousness and his chronic anxiety. To him, caution is the beginning of wisdom; therefore, his vigilance is never down. Always on the defensive, he feels the visceral fear of being fooled or exploited; he trusts nobody and takes great pains to verify and control everything himself. On the other hand, there could hardly be an equally confirmed professional worrier as the native. He frets excessively, never allowing himself to be at rest, and seems eternally a prey to deep depression and black moods. A real danger to him lies in his inability to be detached and gain sufficient equanimity. In the most severe cases he could well, eventually, be driven to the bottle or drugs despite his solid moral fabric.

      Lastly, his misogyny can earn him many enemies. It has its root in his belief that women in general are selfish, malicious, and most of the time incapable of moral improvement.

      His productive capacities

      The Dog male is the right person for all long-term undertakings. It would not be an exaggeration to say that time is on his side, for he has the ability to take his time. His patience also disposes him to do difficult and exacting jobs which would discourage those with a shorter attention span. Consequently, he can achieve good success in scientific work, philosophical speculations, and researches of every description. Since there exists an intimate, almost mystical link between him and the past, he is quite able to distinguish himself in such disciplines as history, archeology, geology, and anthropology.

      Only when he works by himself can this man show all his worth. An essentially solitary soul, he abhors team work as it prevents him from assuming his responsibilities in their entirety; he also hates impersonal, unresponsible jobs of all kinds. Moreover, he only trusts himself and finds it hard to delegate his powers.

      His intelligence is much more analytic than synthetic, which inclines him towards the search for the ultimate cause of mechanisms and phenomena, towards the quest for quintessence.

      It would be surprising to see him earn his reputation as an inventor or visionary, for natives of this sign are in general conspicuously deficient in imagination and intuition. On the contrary, the average Dog man has a taste for concrete things and can therefore do well in such professions as architecture, agriculture, volcanology, or speleology.

      In any case this male is enthusiastic about a job only insofar as it enables him to be useful to society at large or to promote his moral ideals. He does not care much about material gains and has so little personal ambition - success would leave him rather indifferent if it only benefited him.

      In view of his humanitarianism, there is every likelihood that the Dog man wants to make his career in charitable or social work. As a rule, any profession that affords him an opportunity to be of good service to others or to cure the world's physical as well as moral ills may appeal to him; and so we can find him as a doctor, psychiatrist, educator, priest, pastor, or missionary. His motivation and dedication in such fields of activity are incomparable, and his efficiency unparalleled.

      As he always wants to improve society in every respect and defend the defenseless, it would be only natural for him to be active in politics, trades unions, and every conceivable protest or reform struggle. But for reasons already invoked, the Dog male harbors serious misgivings about, if not downright hostility against, the sexual revolution and the feminist movement. It is here that he is not quite true to himself.

      Brilliant professional success usually comes to the native only from his middle years onward as his intellectual potential takes a very long time to mature. If he is born "old," he becomes younger and younger physically as well as mentally with the passing of time. Paradoxically enough, the evening of his existence is the sole period that can see all his capacities in full bloom.

      His love behavior

      This sign provides more bachelors than any other sign of the Chinese duodecimal zodiac. The fact is no mere coincidence: The dispositions of Dog-born people, it is true, do not incline them very much toward love and marriage.

      The Dog male is never very sure of himself or of the female he is hung-up on. Mistrusting his own sentiments, he has much difficulty in ascertaining that he is not mistaken and in deciding to take the final plunge. It always takes him a considerable length of time to make sure that he loves - infatuation is something absolutely beyond his comprehension. Any woman with serious designs on this man should arm herself with much patience and refrain from prodding him into making a declaration of love, let alone a proposal of marriage. Suspicious by nature, he is also afraid to be rejected, ridiculed, abandoned, or to suffer in a way or another. For all these reasons he enters the realm of love only on tiptoe and often with an unapproachable comportment. Few people would be as cautious in love matters as he.

      This man is all the more reluctant to commit himself as he is of a faithful nature. He knows better than anyone that his "Yes" is meant to be final and irrevocable. Besides, he abhors change, not only as a matter of principle but also of temperament.

      The norms he adheres to in his choice of a mate frequently constitute additional obstacles on his way to love. Wedded to his high ideals, he would not accept to share his life with a female who falls short of his almost impossible ethical standards. Moreover, he tends to idealize his mother to whom he attributes all sorts of virtues - be she dead or still alive - and make a comparison between her and his prospective mate; in such conditions the latter cannot but appear under a disadvantageous light, thereby discouraging him from proceeding further.

      The Dog man's fine moral qualities do not necessarily help him to be easy to live with as a lover and husband. Any woman, even the most patient and indulgent one, would find it hard to handle him. He gives the impression of being a cold fish because of his extreme detachment. It proves most difficult for him to come out of his protective shell, to give himself up to love. Communication is not his strong point. He reacts very slowly to advances. Although he may shower his wife with presents from time to time, expressing his love verbally seems to be something utterly above his forces. However strong and sincere his sentiments may be, he is not inclined to be demonstrative - it is up to the woman of his heart to know once and for all that she is loved by him and not to demand anything more. He appears to be unaware that true happiness can be attained only through a perfect communion of bodies and souls.

      His lynx' eyes are not likely to facilitate things for him. No weakness or blemish on the part of his mate will be allowed to go unnoticed. True to his moralizing propensity, he will air complaints or level criticisms at the first opportunity. This perfectionist is not expected to relieve his pressure until all the wrongs have been definitely done away with. And there is every likelihood that his tongue will be as sharp here as elsewhere.

      Of all members of the stronger sex this is doubtlessly the most sincere, the most honest, and the most faithful in affections. A disloyal Dog would be as much a queer rarity as a constant Goat. Once the native of the Dog sign has pledged himself to a woman, all other women immediately cease to exist in his eyes; he will fulfill all his obligations toward her in the most scrupulous and exemplary way. But his irreproachable comportment has its price, which not all females are able or willing to pay. He will demand absolute loyalty from his mate, which is only normal and fair; what is abnormal and unfair is his jealousy and possessiveness which are so excessive and absurd that she cannot but feel humiliated, traumatized and paralyzed.

      Not every female appreciates his particular sense of decency and puritanism either. He is shy, awkward, having difficulty letting himself go or giving some rope to his imagination. He is constantly on his guard for fear of taking a morally reprehensible step. Not rarely do his masochistic tendencies come into play to further complicate the already tense and confuse situation.

      If at first glance this man does not seem brimming over with sentiment, he is actually one of the most affectionate men in the world. His feelings run very deep, so deep that much shrewdness and patience are needed for their discovery. The true intensity of his emotions can be felt by a woman only when she has walked a long way with him and secured his confidence. But if he so apt to hide his sentiments, he craves on the contrary for tangible proofs of devotion, for tenderness and verbal endearments, which, in view of his chronic anxiety, are to him a most precious reassurance.

      The Dog man's numerous problems in love may be summarized as follows: His emotional maturity comes along much later than his physical, psychic, and intellectual maturity. In other words, everything cannot be changed for better through the sheer alchemy of love, but primarily through age. There will come the time when his love behavior becomes "normal," when his defense mechanism will ease up, and when he can show his true self in its entirety. He would be a perfect mate in tardy unions!

  42. QUESTION:
    Were people in 1950’S America less hygienic then today?
    Every time I watch a television show from the 1950’s I’m perplexed at certain references, such as “Sunday Bath.” As in, “Did you take your Sunday Bath Dear?” Did people only bathe weekly? Also, have you ever seen a 1950’s teen girl make this excuse, “I can’t go out with you Wally, I have to wash my hair that day.” How often did people wash their hair back then? I take about two showers a day, three when I visit the gym, and I wash my hair about twice a day. I can’t image going one day without being clean. Were the people in those TV shows serious or was it just slang?

    • ANSWER:
      The daily bath or shower is fairly recent. But no, people were not dirty or smelly. They also had much less dry skin and eczema and psoriasis! I think soaps and detergents were quite a bit more harsh and damaging then, though. I was a kid in the fifties, and my mom made me bathe when I got dirty. In the summer, that was probably every day.

      My Dad worked construction, and he bathed every night after work, before dinner, but not, if I remember correctly, on the weekends, unless they painted the porch or something. My mother did go to the beauty shop about once a week, and wore a "sleep cap" to keep her hair nice until the next visit. She had no lice, or stink, or growths on her head. Oh! We didn't use "product" in our hair either. I can remember when "creme rinse," which was later called conditioner, was introduced.(And most homes in America had hot and cold running water in the fifties, except some in quite rural areas!)

      One thing you may not have thought of is that there was far less pollution in the air. I do not remember my face getting dirty from simply walking around my big city neighborhood when I was younger. Beginning in the late 60's, that happened whenever I went out and about in the city. (Of course I was a teen then, too, so had a lot more oil to attract dirt!) I think it's better now, but I'm no atmospheric scientist.

      I have very dry skin, and unless I'm very sweaty, or playing in the dirt, or spill something down my front, I take a full bath or shower about once a week, cleaning up--washing areas that need it--daily. If I were to bathe much more often than that, some of my skin would literally be raw!

      Yet I have been made to feel like a pig at times, simply because of this. I was in the hospital overnight just last week, and an aide asked me, with great consternation on her face, THREE times if I didn't want to shower! I finally showed her the cracked and bleeding skin on my hand and told her that I prefered not to have my whole body look like that, and she stopped asking.

      My daughter, on the other hand, showers at least once a day. *I* didn't teach her that, the current culture did, and I'm not certain that it's really better for us than less frequent bathing. I know I'm certainly not "dirty" or "unhygenic" in any way after a few days. I don't smell bad, or feel greasy, or anything like that. I change my underwear and wear clean clothes every day. I wash my hands as needed.

      Wow! You've given me a chance to spout off about something that really bothers me, but about which I seldom speak. Thanks!

  43. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with the skin on my arms?! Do I have psoriasis or something?
    For all my life I've had these dry, small red bumps all over my arms which, from far away, make my arms look purpley red. It's really embarrassing because nobody else seems to have this issue! My mum said to moisturize more, and I have used everything from Udderly Smooth to clinical strength eczema lotion (even though I might not have it...). Anyways, one of my friends suggested scrubbing REALLY HARD and then moisturizing after wards, and I've been trying that. But it still doesn't seem to help... It doesn't look exactly like eczema or psoriasis, so I'm confused! What is wrong with my arms, and how can I get it off?!
    Mr arms: http://img813.imageshack.us/img813/5686/8cfe2607134c.jpg
    Close up: http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/9546/a27ab71a18c4.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      You have keratosis pilaris or KP, which are very small bumps caused by a build up of keratin on the skin. See the following pictures to compare with your own skin:

      http://dermnetnz.org/acne/img/keratosis-pilaris/source/9.html

      http://dermnetnz.org/common/image.php?path=/acne/img/kerapil1.jpg

      The most common place of occurrence is the back of the arms. I have it, but it didn't show up until junior high. Unfortunately, adolescence is the worst time for KP, but there are treatments that are effective. The most common treatment is prescription for a cortisone cream, but it can only be used for short periods of time. Dermatologists also have a number of other treatments and can refer you to other over the counter treatments. A lot of people swear by Aqua Glycolic products, which are pretty cheap and help remove the extra keratin which causes the bumps. I'm not sure if this would be right for you as I believe that you have kertosis pilaris rubra (yours has a red tint), and I have keratosis pilaris alba (mine is white but the bumps are larger). I no longer use anything because its barely noticeable now - I'm 32. This is common because it usually gets better the older you get. Other than that, just know that its not something you caught...its just an annoying genetic condition.

  44. QUESTION:
    Hypnosis: I feel so much confident and more relaxed.?
    I went to a session of Alan Bates. He is a very nice person.
    I was afraid of exams till last Wednesday and very confident. Now I feel great is it normal to start taking a liken for hypnosis music?

    I am starting to lay down on the bed every night while listening to hypnosis music and get so much relaxed that my body is asleep and recall the session I have had with Alan bates.

    My psoriasis used to come every time that I thought about exams, in just 2 days I am getting clear.

    I am an Atheist but hypnosis works. Quite astonishing. Is it normal to stop fearing exams and feel more confident?

    ie Psoriasis took away every thing I have had even my image but I don't know now

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    Can I still get a pedicure if I have toenail psoriasis?
    Here's a picture of how my big toenail looks kind of: (and you don't actually have to look, it's just in case you're wondering what I mean- it's not my actual foot)

    http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3284/2646355303_584afc4d70.jpg%3Fv%3D0&imgrefurl=http://flickr.com/photos/btdeitrich/2646355303/&usg=__faGs3yrQ86BUsFNLGLqYdu5K0AM=&h=375&w=500&sz=146&hl=en&start=3&tbnid=RNeJGlTWTn_WdM:&tbnh=98&tbnw=130&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dyellow%2Btoenail%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den

    So I've never had a pedicure before, but I want to get my toenails painted white before my wedding, but I dunno if they'll do my nails if they look like this. I'd be grossed out if I was them, even though I don't have a fungus or anything contagious. Will they still do my nails? I'm sorry if this is a dumb question.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, as a beauty therapist myself, a pedicure treatment would be carried out. The condition is not contagious and is not a contra-indication. Meaning that treatment cannot be carried out due to the safety of the therapist and client.

      All beauty therapist should be professional at all time, so you will be fine for a polish.

      Enclosed is an article about toenail psoriasis am sure you will find useful.

      Feet Psoriasis

      It occurs in 25 to 50 percent of patients with psoriasis. The goal is to find a safe effective treatment with the help of your doctor. Several studies have been performed to find oral medications to help the problem, but few have been successful. Know the symptoms and prevalence of toenail psoriasis, and learn what treatments are available. Read on to learn how to treat toenail psoriasis.

      1. Keep in mind that you will need an examination from your family doctor or podiatrist for a definite diagnosis of toenail psoriasis. Conditions that can be confused with toenail psoriasis include nail fungus, or abnormal growths such as benign or cancerous growths under the nail. Patients with existing psoriasis may not realize that psoriasis can indeed affect the toenails. It's also possible to experience toenail psoriasis without evidence of the disease elsewhere on your body.

      .Step2
      Know that psoriasis affects approximately 2 percent of the U.S. population. The skin lesions associated with psoriasis are the result of an abnormal immune system response. T cells (immunity enhancers) in the outer and inner layers of the skin (the dermis and epidermis) become overactivated, resulting in skin lesions. It is normal to experience psychological stress and some degree of social shyness. Psoriasis of the nails might be the only place lesions exist, again making a diagnosis important.

      Step3

      Studies show that effective treatments for psoriasis are still needed. Medications that are currently used to treat all forms of psoriasis include cyclosporine, methotrexate, and systemic retinoids in combination with phytotherapy and topical psoralens, a treatment process known as PUVA (Psoralen, UVA exposure). Calcipotriol, a Vitamin D derivative, can provide some relief. Triamcinolone acetonide suspension can improve the appearance of the nail. Steroids are commonly used by way of injection in and around the nail. Unfortunately, systemic treatment can cause side effects such as increased cholesterol levels, and greater susceptibility to skin cancer and other types of infection. These treatments don’t work for everyone.
      .
      Step4

      In addition to medical therapy, it’s important to avoid trauma to the toenails. Pressure can cause splitting, and trauma to the nail beds. It’s important to keep your nail trimmed. Trauma can make the condition worse. Keep your nails as short as possible. Engage in excellent nail hygiene. Be careful not to injure the area under the nail beds during cleaning. Choose professional grade nail care utensils when cleaning under the nails. Soak your feet in warm water and file thickened nails to improve their appearance. Cut the nail straight across, focusing on small portions at a time. Consider a professional pedicure, or regular visits to a podiatrist. It’s best to avoid artificial nails because of reactions to glues and polish. Treat underlying conditions, such as nail fungus. Wear shoes that don’t put pressure on the nail beds.

      Step5

      Understand that the immune response associated with toenail psoriasis can be suppressed with the drug efalizumab, which was approved last year for psoriasis treatment, following a Phase III clinical trial. Phase IV studies show promise for the successful treatment of toenail psoriasis. Keep your options open by involving yourself in open communication and regular visits with your healthcare provider. Know that research is ongoing, with the recognition that treatment options for all forms of psoriasis are needed. The treatment of toenail psoriasis may take several approaches before individual success is noted.

  46. QUESTION:
    My skin is a disaster. :( Please help! (PICS)?
    I really want to clear my skin up for Spring Break which is in March.
    I have a huge dark line spot on my forehead. I've had this for about 3-4 months now.
    I have two really ugly spots on my nose. One of them is more than a month old, but the one closer to the bottom middle is new(a few days old). How can I get rid of these fast? I'm using Lemon juice on my forehead, and i've done that about 4 times this week.

    There are 3 images in this link, scroll through them:
    http://imgur.com/gc4aj,3zNVg,kBKem#0

    My self confidence is completely gone :(
    i don't know if you guys can tell or not, but it's clearly not acne. there are no active zits. it's just the dark spots...

    • ANSWER:
      Take the Skin Picture Quiz - Identify These Common Skin Conditions on MedicineNet.

      How long does it take for your skin to lighten using lemon juice?
      Until a cold day in hell.

      If that was true, MJ would have known about it. BTW, he got vitiligo, a skin disorder.

      Also the price of lemons would have jumped like Gold per pound.! As I type, lemons are still selling 3 for .00.

      Stay out of the sun. At least 90% of your day. Exfoliate using a washcloth & bath & body wash, each time you take a shower.

      Any skin-lightening products containing hydroquinone would be considered new drugs, according to the proposed FDA regulations. The products would require FDA approval before being sold to the public and would only be available with a doctor's prescription.
      Skin Creams, Soaps and Lotions Marketed as Skin Lighteners and Anti-aging Treatments: May Contain the Toxic Metal, Mercury.
      FDA notified healthcare professionals and warned consumers not to use skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, or lotions that might contain mercury. The products are marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles. Adolescents also may use these products as acne treatments. Products with this toxic metal have been found in at least seven states.

      You've had a self-tanner mishap...or you have a benign condition called melasma that's often associated with oral contraceptives, says Dina D. Strachan, M. D., a dermatologist in New York City. Doctors aren't sure why some birth-control pills cause these dark patches on the forehead, cheeks, or upper lip, but they do know UV exposure makes them worse.

      For one thing: Oral contraceptives can upset your skin, since hormones in BCP make pigment cells more sensitive to the sun, resulting in brown blotches.
      Doctor's advice: Talk to your doctor about switching to a low-dose estrogen formula, like Yaz or Ortho Tri-Cycles Lo, or the non-estrogen type of contraception known as the mini pill, says Sundaram. Wearing sunscreen will also help. "If you've had hyperpigmentation on the pill, you're likely to be sensitive during a pregnancy too." she says. In bulk cases, higher levels of hormones are to blame.
      ~ Allure Jan. 2012

      "Not all brown spots are the same," Yasuhiro Suzuki, PhD, manager of R&D public relations for Pola Orbis a Japanese Company where in their data base contains 13 million skin samples for 23 years, developed a product H20Plus for the U.S. There are those spots caused by cumulative photodamage, often called sun spots or age spots, which usually appear on the cheeks, temples, back of the hands, freckles, which first emerge as a genetic gift from our parents but proliferate from sun exposure ad often fade or darken depending on the season; post-inflammatory pigmentation, which results from trauma to the skin; the melanoma, which, thanks to its association with fluctuations in female hormones, has been dubbed by dermatologists to be the gold standard for skin lightening (which have proven contributed to cancer in rodents). Melasma responds well to hydroquinone,; sun spots do not. "All of the hydroquinone in the world isn't going to to get rid of a sun spot." says New Jersey-based derma Jeanine Downie, MD. "If you're going to scratching or picking at that spot, you're making the pigmentation issues even worst. Specially those with eczema or psoriasis, hands off! You're going to have a dark patch there for either months or years depending on how unlucky you are." "Hyperpigmentation that's hormonally induced is the most difficult to treat because no matter what you do, it has a memory and always seems to return with the slightest amount of sun exposure. Think of it this way, if you have a zit and you walk out the door without sunblock on, you're getting darker, and so is your pimple. You're basically tanning your pimple."
      ~ Elle Sept. 2012

      Exfoliate using a washcloth, with bath & body wash, and stay out of the sun, protect your face (acne spots) wear a wide brim hat or umbrella. I have been doing that more & more since I've got Discoid Lupus, but how I got it if I've been trying to protect my skin from the sun since age 9? Beats me, but I got it period.

  47. QUESTION:
    I think I have eczema, or Psoriasis?
    Hey I'm 16. Well, basically I have a red patch on my arm. It's rough, dry skin, red, slightly flaky. I then got one on my lower leg, near the calf. Same sort of thing. Rarely are they itchy. Now I've gotten another one, small, but this one is more flakey.

    If it is either of them..will they continue to spread? I've seen images of both on google images, and..I don't want to be like that. :(

    I'm going to see a doctor soon..its just..like, what if it is? I'm screwed? Since there arn't any cures.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey. Dont worry! Both conditions are completely controllable. It definitely sounds like some sort of skin condition/dermatitis. I have eczema myself so I'm quite experienced in controlling the symptoms, however I don't have psoriasis so I'm not a pro in that area. Lots of things that will help eczema will probably help soothe psoriasis too though, as they're both dry skin conditions.
      First lets decide what it is....
      Are the red patches circular with a whitish, crusted or flaky top? Or are they more like uneven patches that spread if they're aggravated? If it's the former, it's most likely to be psoriasis. The latter - eczema.
      Eczema is generally caused by very dry skin, an allergic reaction or an immune reaction to bacteria on the skin. You can keep it under control by having short, warm (NOT hot) showers and moisturising well afterwards. Don't wear tight fitting or woollen clothes. Try to limit strong perfumes and harsh clothes detergents. You also might want to try a soothing bath oil - one thats fragrance free. They usually have a paraffin base.
      If all of these fail in controlling the patches, go to the doctor. If it IS eczema you could ask them about a corticosteroid cream to dampen the immune reaction in your skin (reducing the redness) so that the skin can heal.

      If the patches spread very quickly or become very itchy/raised/swollen it might not be either psoriasis or eczema, it could be a sudden allergic reaction and you should see a doctor immediately.


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Psoriasis Scalp Diet

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid off psoriasis behind your ears and gluteal cleft?
    I have psoriasis behind my ears, scalp, elbows, on one knee & one on gluteal cleft but its small... i wanna get rid of them pls help how can I get rid of dem fast? whats da best thing to do or whats da best cream for it?

    • ANSWER:
      ooh, the hard to reach places huh? hmmm, i would try herbal medications and remedies before chemically designed over the counter meds/prescriptions. the skin is especially sensitive behind the ears and u dont wanna scar. try:
      The hot Epsom salts bath has been proven valuable in the treatment of psoriasis. Application of olive oil after the Epsom salt bath is also effective and also one of the effective home remedies for psoriasis.

      Regular seawater baths and application of seawater over the affected parts once a day is highly beneficial. This is one of the best psoriasis remedy.

      Bitter gourd is a valuable home remedy for psoriasis. Take a cup of fresh juice of this vegetable, mixed with a teaspoon of limejuice on an empty stomach daily for four to six months. This is a good diet for psoriasis.

      The use of mudpacks is also beneficial for the psoriasis. They absorb and remove the toxins from the affected areas.

      Cabbage leaves can be used in the form of compresses. They can be applied on the affected area after removing the thick veins and washing them thoroughly. This is also one of the effective home remedies for psoriasis.

      Sunlight is the best and natural remedy for psoriasis.

      Vitamin E therapy has been found effective in the psoriasis treatment. A daily dose of 200-800 I.U is recommended as they reduce itching of the area.

      Lecithin is also considered as a remarkable remedy for the psoriasis treatment.

      Psoriasis cure - 6-9 lecithin capsules in a day are recommended.

      Application of Aloe Vera gel and garlic oil on the affected area is also beneficial and is good natural remedy for psoriasis

      Application of cashew nut oil on the affected areas at night after a thorough wash of the face is highly beneficial and is one of the effective home remedies for psoriasis.

  2. QUESTION:
    Are there any dietary supplement to help with psoriasis?
    I have severe psoriasis of the scalp and regularly use a coal tar based shampoo but it doesnt seem to be working lately. I have used it for years and it usually keeps the psoriasis pretty much under control. I dont know why I seem to only have it in my scalp with just a few spots on other parts of my body.

    • ANSWER:
      I have suffered with psoriasis on my knees and elbows for the last 17 years, the patches have always primarily contained themselves to my knees and elbows. However, I was working a job next store to a Mcdonalds restraunt for a while, after eating the food there 5-7x a week (lunch, whatever....) My psoriasis *exploded* I began developing patches everywhere, hands, feet, face, torso, legs, back of knees (painful!). I cut the Mcdonalds out, and within a week the outbreak recessed, and dissipated except for the patches on my knees and elbows Ive always had. Needless to say Ive eliminated Mcdonalds from my diet.

      I don't know what they put into the food there, but it acted as "super-growth fertilizer" to mine, I had severe patches places where I never had before, and my existing patches were unreal.
      I don't know anyone else with psoriasis, so I am unsure if the food there affects others this way, it may be something to consider however if you have eaten at McDonalds lately....

      Good Luck

  3. QUESTION:
    What should I do to improve scalp psoriasis (diet, hairbrush, etc)?
    I use a shampoo that is specially formulated for people with psoriasis, but is there anything (e.g. diet, trying a different type of hairbrush, etc) that I could do to improve the condition of my scalp? On the subject of hairbrushes, I currently use a flat brush with hard, plastic bristles. What type of hairbrush should I be using? I have curly hair by the way, and I love the curls- so should I be using a different type of brush to bring the curls out? :) Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, Vivica!

      As I saw in your question, you already should know a lot about psoriasis and treatments, so I won't indicate you any product here.

      If your psoriasis shampoo is already doing a good job, the best thing you can start to put your attention on is, as you said, your diet. To see the benefits of a balanced diet in psoriasis treatment, I recommend that you see Tommy's case (you can see the link below, in my source). He is curing its psoriasis only with its diet!

      I have also a blog about psoriasis cream, where I recommend Revitol Dermasis psoriasis cream for body psoriasis, but you can also find some additional tips that I write daily, with new articles about the disease.

      And remember that a good diet will not only relieve your psoriasis symptoms in the scalp or other parts of the body, but will also make your life better in all ways.

      Keep going with your treatment and good luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    How to control and reduce the psoriasis for a baby and adult?
    My husband is suffering from Psoriasis since he was born.... recently my new born baby is also suspected to have this desease, I come to know that this is a desease connected with gene... I really do not know how to help them....

    • ANSWER:
      Hi ANgee

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Cleansing: For long term health a colon and liver cleanse needs to be done.

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  5. QUESTION:
    Is there any vitamins i can take to help moisturize my scalp i have psorasis?
    just wondering because basically its dry scalp(psorarsis I already use tgel by netro...) when i scratch itflakes go everywhere isnt there a vitamin that helps provided moisture to the skin and scalp ?

    • ANSWER:
      The following help with a dry scalp.

      *Use natural shampoo and conditioners from a health food store that do not contain chemical additives or sulfates. Chemical additives and sulfates clog hair follicles and skin pores, and reduces sebum production which moisturizes your hair and scalp. Products labeled as "natural" often contain sulfates and chemicals so check the label.

      *Food that contains protein like asparagus, fatty fish, eggs and dairy products. Eat a diet rich in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids to moisturize your scalp and skin from the inside - Vitamin E eg: Almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, olive oil, blueberries and tomatoes. Omega-3 fatty acids eg: strawberries, flax seeds, dried oregano, broccoli and halibut.

      *Moisturize your scalp after your shower with jojoba oil - this is loaded with vitamin E.

      *Rub shea butter briskly between your hands to melt it fully and massage it gently into your scalp.

      *Massage your scalp two minutes daily, using the tips of your fingers, to boost blood circulation and to stimulate the follicles to produce and release sebum. Easy homemade hair oil - combining 1 oz. of almond oil (moisturizes), 3 drops of lavender oil, 3 drops of vitamin E oil and drops of vitamin B oil (all increase blood circulation).

      * Massage 1 oz of lukewarm olive oil onto your scalp and let it sit for 30 minutes before washing out.

      *Apply 1 tsp of aloe vera juice to your scalp as often as needed to moisturize your dry scalp.

      *After you rinse the shampoo from your hair, pour diluted apple cider (mix 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water) onto your scalp and do not rinse. Apple cider vinegar adds moisture to your scalp and is antibacterial.

      *According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, tar products can be used to effectively moisturize the scalp and manage dandruff, when used regularly. Rub the tar product into your hair and let it work for several minutes, then rinse thoroughly. This is one product i found online..check with your local pharmacy >>>http://www.hoskingspharmacy.com/treat-scalp-rashes.htm#ORDERNOW

      I watched a show called Spa of Embarrassing Illnesses and this is the results..you can see the video about it as well on this link>>> http://www.amandahamilton.co.uk/success-stories-c-334.html

      Paul, Psoriasis

      ...suffered with psoriasis covering 90% of his body and was clinically obese. Within three months of undertaking a detox retreat the psoriasis was gone and he had lost three stone.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is a good over the counter treatment for psoriasis?
    I won't be able to see my dermatologist until January, and my psoriasis is spreading. My cream has run out. I'm using T-Gel shampoo for my scalp. I don't have anything for the psoriasis on my skin though. What is a good over the counter treatment that can keep it under control until January?
    I've had psoriasis for a couple of years.
    I used a topical medication from my dermatologist, but that ran out and she said she has to see me before I get another one prescribed.

    • ANSWER:
      HI Sylvie

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  7. QUESTION:
    Do you have any home remeides for psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis in my head and wanted to know if you know any home redmeides to use?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Granger

      Here are some answers you're looking for.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you.

      Cheers

  8. QUESTION:
    What are some good natural ways that clears up Psoriasis in the scalp?
    I have had Prosiasis for over 4 years and it hasn't cleared up yet.

    1.What causes it?
    2. Is there a special diet that can clear it up?
    3. How long have you had it?
    4. How can I get it out and off of my scalp/hair?

    Thank you!
    Thank you all so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Well...first of all...there is NO cure for Psoriasis. You can use medication or "naturopathic remedies" for the rest of your life, and still have flair-ups from time-to-time.

      Psoriasis is an auto-immune dermatological disorder that affects MANY people. Some people have an almost continuous chronic flair up -- lesions are often diffuse to entire body, or they can have intermittent flair ups where the lesions will appear, get bad, then start to go down.

      There have been some research that suggests it is often tied to one's stress/anxiety level as to how bad they may break out. There are also people who are lucky enough to have it in only one (or two) locations on their bodies, making it much easier to manage.

      I typically prescribe a variety of medications to use on various areas for a month at a time -- giving it time to see if it responds well. If poor response, then I switch to another agent. I've found the most reliable to be: Dovonex (for the scalp), and Psorcon (for the skin). On occasion, I've had to use a couple weeks of steroid (Prednisone) for more severe flairs.

      I've had patients who have tried both the diet and naturopathic remedies at the shops to help, but with rather poor to nill results. They simply don't have the research based evidence to prove they are potent or effective, but are ALWAYS suggested by the person trying to sell something. I'd say, 100% of my patients eventually come back to the pharmaceuticals because nothing else worked. Sure...I truly WISH there was a good and researched based natural remedy, but I (or my patients), have yet to find it.

      Remember...this is NOT going to go away. You're NOT going to be rid of it, and management is the ONLY WAY to deal with it....at least for now.

  9. QUESTION:
    I have scalp psioriasis and i'm now breaking out on my skin and i want to know if its psoriasis?
    so awhile back i was disgnosed with psoriasis on my scalp, and i just recently noticed small dry patches of skin on my body. They look pink, and if i scratch them they kinda get white and flaky. So far i've been broken out on my legs and chest. Is it psoriasis? can it be helped? is it dangerous? will it ever go away?

    • ANSWER:
      This is not dangerous or life threatening in any way. This is why no cure has been found yet. Doctors focus on life threatening diseases and there is no more than 2 paragraphs spent on this topic throughout the whole medical education. So for us.. its nothing more than just embaressing and annoying.

      I have been diagnosed with Seborrheic Dermatitis 15years ago and still struggling. It is mainly on my scalp moving out of the hairline now. And mild patches on other parts of the body such as arms, hips and groin area.

      What makes it so difficult is that our bodies dont respond the same way to certain "cures". Therefore, it is a process finding what works for you and illuminating what doesnt.

      I have recently also done some research on Psoriasis. This condition is VERY similar to Sebborrheic Dermatitis and often misdiagnosed by dermatologists unless a proper biopsy is done and tested. Although these two conditions are different diseases, they seem to have pretty much the same treatments. The only difference I could find, is that Psoriasis could also be treated with UV light treatment.

      Apparently Psoriasis is also the one that is found on other parts of the body, besides the scalp, and is also more difficult to get rid of than SD.
      Well, whichever disease I might have (mine wasnt properly diagnosed), I have tried EVERYTHING. These cures (as mentioned) might work for another person, but I havent found mine yet. But here is a couple of tips on what you might want to try (maybe it works for you, as it has apparently worked for others in the past - the essential oils had the best result for me personally thusfar).

      1) Cut out all sugar and yeast from your diet. (incl. beer, wine, ect)

      2) Chickweed. This is NOT chickpees. Its dried leaves, almost looks like dried parsley. Boil it in water for 20mins, and use the "tea" to drink and rinse your hair/body. You dont have to rinse it out.

      3) For the scalp, you can rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar. This is because the acid is strong enough to kill the bad flora, but weak enough for the good flora to survive. It restores the balance between the two.

      4) Coconut oil. Coconuts have natural anti-bacterial properties. Bathing in coconut milk is another option.

      5) I have tried several prescribed shampoos, ointments and creams containing coal tar, cortizone ect. These are pretty harsh on the skin and I personally try to stay away from it as they dont seem to work (for me) anyway.

      6) Milk of Magnesia seemed to have worked for many people. Especially if the problem area is on the face. This is a laxative / antacid. Its name comes from its white milky appearance (similar to gavascon). But this has offered almost immediate relief to many. (unfortunately not me :( ) You use it like you use a normal cream soap and leave it on for a couple of minutes and then rinse. Or if its on the scalp: use it like a shampoo and while you wash, leave it on. then shampoo and condition as normal.

      7) Miracle whip. There are some ingredients in this product that has proven to work for some. I havent tried it yet, but its definitely on my list for this weekend! you leave it on for several hours and then rinse. Ill let you know how it goes.

      8) Then the oils that has been the best option for me sofar: I make a mixture of wheatgerm oil, coconut oil, bergamot and teatree oil. I put it in a little spraybottle (which just makes application easier) and every night apply it thoroughly to the whole scalp, massaging it in. Then rinse it out the next morning. This seem to remove the scales quite nicely.

      9) Exposure to sunlight. This is a bit harder if its on the scalp, since the hair is obviously in the way. But apparently the UVA, UVB and UVC helps. Not too much though.. you dont want to get burnt and develop other diseases later on!! So moderate exposure.

      10) The bananapeel exfoliation. You use the inside of a banapeel and rub it against the effected area. Havent tried that yet either. But apparently its effective for some.

      11) RELAX! Emotional stress definitely has an effect on this condition! My condition flared up really badly since my mother passed away from a really bad cancer she suffered from for 2 years. Try yoga.. try an excersizing program.. meditation.. whatever makes you relax :)

      12) Fish oils. Whether its a tin of pilchards everyday or taken as a supplement.

      Good luck! I will keep you posted if I make any other miracle discoveries! ;)

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for seborrheic dermatitis?
    I have seborrheic dermatitis and I am having difficulty getting it under control. I wash my face at least once a day with this French face wash my dad uses. It takes all the oil off the face, but it makes my face really dry and red. When I uses cream it would help, but don't want use creams with steroids in it. Also, is there any diets that help too? Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, you can try one of the natural remedies available on the Net. Some of them do actually work. For my seb. dermatitis on scalp I use psoriasis herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they then stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: Champori is available online without prescription and comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.
      Best,
      Gail

  11. QUESTION:
    What can my poor mother do to an itchy, flaking, tender scalp?
    My beautiful mother is 57-years-old and she is a stunning woman. But she has an issue with her scalp. She has itchy patches that flake and look very raw and red. She's not sure if its psoraisis or eczema. She has tried Selsun Blue and Head and Shoulders, zinc ointment, and olive oil. What else can she do? She tried a psoriasis cream that did not help to.

    • ANSWER:
      She needs to go on the acd alkalne diet.Her ph level may be acidic and this diet wll help her get the proper ph level so her body can heal.

  12. QUESTION:
    Is there a sure way to get rid of psoriasis?
    I'm just wondering, since i recently found out i have this illness, and i was wondering if someone would know some sort of medicine or diet, that would help me get rid of it.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. For my plaque psor. (elbows, knees and scalp) the herbal cream/spray combo by champori works the best: my patches cleared almost completely in just 2.5 weeks and I haven't had a flare up in more than a year now. Try it: it comes with money back guarantee, so if it doesn't work - it's free.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  13. QUESTION:
    May I have some help with psoriasis on my head?
    I have an extremely itchy scalp, and I have psoriasis on my scalp. I have dark hair... and it's awful! I have no money what so ever! I was wondering if someone knew how to get rid of psoriasis with the products I already have at home.
    Yes, I tried head and shoulders, changing my diet, everything in the book!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, you can try one of the natural treatments available on the Internet - some of them do actually work. For my scalp psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they then stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: Champori is available online without prescription and comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.
      Cheers,
      Yoko

  14. QUESTION:
    Will I ever be free of Psoriasis and Eczema?
    I've had Psoriasis since I was 13 in my ears and on my scalp, I am now 15. Around a year ago I had Eczema on the palm of my hands however it has returned around my knuckles and fingers.

    They say Psoriasis may one-day have a cure and the same goes for eczema I think. But is there a chance I will ever be rid of these two skin conditions. My brother has Eczema and Keratosis Pilaris but hes had it since he was born.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      My eczema is controlled with diet alone. Its a jolly hard slog, but worth it. all the other advice is spot on, moisturise, moisturise and more moisturise!
      Dairy intolerances can be a major cause of allergic responses such as eczema (as in my case), and since living a totally dairy-free life since 1990 I can control it. This is not easy, but possible. I was a sufferer since the age of 7 and only found this cause/treatment when I was 25, so I know what it is like to suffer the hell of eczema.
      I know you are looking for quick fix miracle cure...but the problem is probably within you and not any amount of external preparations will 'cure' it.
      I would seriously seek medical advice, or dietetic advice on how to conduct a proper exclusion regime to try and eliminate certain food groups systematically. At your age you must do this under medical supervision, but I would certainly give it a go. You don't want to start using heavy steroids and harsh chemicals if you can help it.
      'moisturise and watch your food intake' - that's what I would suggest.
      good luck, we've been there too...
      BUT, remember your body is going through a hell of an hormonal rollercoster ride at the moment which could be upsetting everything much more than usual.

  15. QUESTION:
    How do you treat your psoriasis?
    I have tried OTC treatments, and i can't afford to do the RX stuff. Any suggestions for me? I am young, (16+) but my skin is so sensitive. So anything that i can do has to be very gentle with my skin. Thanks
    I have severe psoriasis on my right ankle and one spot on my left leg about as big as a half dollar. Mine never seems to diminish and it stays cracked and really bad all the time.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Kacey

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  16. QUESTION:
    Does anyone with psoriasis (guttate or plaque) have any tips or suggestions on how to deal with it?
    My son has had a bad outbreak, he is age 21, and contracted it after strep throat which he had twice this year.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi SHerri

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  17. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a good diet in relation to scalp psoriasis?
    started 5 years ago during pregnancy with my 1st son.disappeared after birth.now it's back after another pregnancy.tried sulfur 8 shampoo,selsun blue,head and shoulders,t sal,t,gel,etc,etc,antibiotics and lately derma smoothe.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      I have been helping a friend get rid of his psoriasis’ on his skin, it covers about 2 square feet of his arms and hands.

      He has been spraying on 2.5 PH water for about a month now, and it is working. He is also drinking 9.5 PH water. His wife has MS, and is also drinking the 9.5 PH alkaline water, and is doing much better.

      You can get free alkaline water - place a wanted add on http://craigslist.com

      Here is a demo video to watch for the eczema cure as seen in Japan. Sorry but the hospitals in the United States and Europe are not this advanced at this time.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxLW-HKgQzU&feature=PlayList&p=262C30FDF046ADAB&playnext=1&index=4

      Alergies to food include shellfish, garlic, and others. Stop eating things like cheese, then milk products, then anything brewed (beer, yogurt, breads made with yeast). When it goes away, then you have some idea of what you should stop eating.

      Or use the process developed in Japan, and eat what you want to.

      Good Luck !

  18. QUESTION:
    What are the causes and does anyone have any good remedies for dandruff?
    I went through an enormous amount of stress in the past four years. I have the stress levels under control now, but I have severe dandruff. I have used Tea tree oil, Head and Shoulders and the Tar shampoo. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Could the cause (besides stress) be something I am eating?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be an allergic response to something. You might want to rule out other possible culprits (besides the stress factor), before doing an elimination diet though. It could also be an allergic response from something external.

      It seems some products that aren't working for you. The others I can think of off the top are Nizoral, Selsun Blue, Ionil T.

      You might want to verify the cause (dry skin, contact dermatitis, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, or overgrown malassezia) and make sure it's not another scalp/skin condition. Depending on the cause of the flakes, a prescription shampoo or steroid might have to do the trick.

  19. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of psoriasis?is there any home remedy.i?
    i am suffering from psoriasis from last two years. i couldnot find any permanent treatment.it occurs at my foot(heels)

    • ANSWER:
      What is psoriasis? Even if you suspect you have it or are already diagnosed, it can still be confusing. Basically, psoriasis is a condition in which skin cells multiply nearly ten times faster than they normally would, stacking up on the surface of the skin to form the lesions that characterize psoriasis. It ranges from mild (less than 5% of the body surface is affected) to severe (more than 30% is affected), but it's generally not progressive. Scientists aren't sure exactly what causes psoriasis, but they have agreed on three factors: genetics, the immune system and the environment. Flare-ups of psoriasis are periodic and unpredictable; there can be years between outbreaks, or just days. Most often the lesions appear as silvery-red, flaky scales on parts of the body that flex, like elbows and knees, but they can show up anywhere from the scalp to the nails to the genital areas.
      Psoriasis Treatment at HomeTaking daily baths will help you minimize your psoriasis symptoms. Soaking in warm (not hot) water for 15 minutes or so, especially if you add Oatmeal, coal tar products, or Dead Sea salts, can soothe your irritated skin and also provide relief for psoriasis of the nails. Use fragrance-free soaps whenever possible, and always be sure to pat your skin dry rather than rub it. It is okay to use a loofah or washcloth to slough off scales as long as you scrub very gently and follow up immediately with psoriasis cream, psoriasis medication or a moisturizer. For scalp psoriasis, washing your hair with a psoriasis shampoo will help ease itchiness and flakiness.
      Moisturizing frequently is an effective psoriasis remedy. Itchiness is one of the main complaints of those who suffer from psoriasis, but moisturizers can provide immense psoriasis relief and help you avoid picking and scratching off a whole layer of skin (not recommended). There are many different moisturizers to choose from, and you may have to experiment to see what works best in your skin care regimen. Look for emollients with animal-based oils (like shea/cocoa butters or lanolin) and moisturizers with water-binding agents that will help skin maintain its water concentrations (like collagen, amino acids and proteins). Natural moisturizers such as aloe vera, jojoba oil and vitamins D and E are also effective anti-irritants and will help calm your skin.
      Eating a psoriasis diet will help keep your psoriasis under control. A psoriasis diet is low in red meat and dairy products- which contain "arachidonic acid" that can cause inflammation - and high in antioxidant-filled fruits and vegetables. Try to avoid processed and refined foods, as they usually lack nutrition and can cause your body to become unbalanced. Supplements such as beta-carotene, zinc and vitamins A and C are said to help with several aspects of psoriasis, but it is best to consult your doctor first so that you don't take too much of a certain vitamin or exacerbate another condition. Be sure to get plenty of water, and use moderation if you choose to drink alcohol.
      Getting natural sunlight can be an effective treatment for psoriasis. Sunlight slows down the growth of skin cells, which in turn can reduce your psoriasis symptoms. Try for daily doses of about twenty minutes at a time, but be patient - it may take several weeks before you notice improvement. Although sunlight has proven to be an effective psoriasis treatment, it is important to take precautions for your safety. Avoid the sun between 10 and 2, when the rays are strongest, and protect yourself by using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Also be aware that many medications can make you much more susceptible to the sun. If you live in a climate with long winters or are uneasy about being in the sun, there are several alternatives that are mentioned in the conclusion.
      Avoiding psoriasis triggers can help in healing psoriasis. You knew it was coming: the list of what you should not do. For psoriasis, here's what can bring on a flare-up: stress or tension (either sudden or daily), illness, infection (such as streptococcus, or "strep throat"), smoking, alcohol, obesity, skin injury (sunburn is a good example), certain drugs (especially lithium and beta blockers), and allergies. You may find it helpful to keep a daily record of what was going on for you at the time of a flare-up - what you were eating, how the weather was, and any stressful events that might have occurred. This can help you notice a pattern and possibly reduce your psoriasis symptoms.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is your effective treatment against eczema?
    Both of my children have eczema. I'm sure if you have it too, you know the whole barrage of things you try that don't work or don't work well enough. I try not to use their steriod cream unless I have to which is often. I don't want to use Protopic or Elidel b/c of the recent discussion of possibly causing cancer. I don't want to treat them for something now to trade for something far worse in the future! What do you use or do that has been the "magic trick"? Any other non steroidal creams?

    • ANSWER:
      collodial oatmeal baths nightly(oilated Aveeno)
      or use sofsyn bath oil nightly warm not hot water.. if you can't find that, ask the pharmacist for one that does not contain perfumes....you do not want doak oil, that is for psoriasis...
      pat them dry, rub them down with vaseline
      give them a antihistamine a couple times dily, stick to the directions on the bottle...., it stops them from itching and keeps their little fingers off the eczema, scratching it and getting it infected.. it will also calm them down a bit....
      get them on a diet of fresh fruit, veggies, no sugar, white cheese only, no white flour only whole wheat items like bread, pasta, tortillas, etc...., chicken, off fast food and deep fried food and there should be no excessive milk drinking, do not cook their stuff in the microwave and try not to fry their food.. bake it or bbq it....
      they should be drinking lots of water and get them out in the fresh air and doing things like walking, bike riding...
      use only baby shapoo on their hair if the scalp is involved...
      use the steroid creams on the areas that are really bad.
      they should be wwearing cotton as much as possible, this is important especially for their socks, as synthetics make them sweat and make it worse....
      if an are is really bad, make a compress with some aveeno powder and warm water and hold it on the spot for 5 min a couple times a day.
      get rid of the normal soaps in your house and use only oilated soap......
      if they go swimming, make sure it is not a chlorinated pool, this will cause them problems, if they get wet in a sprinkler, make sure they remove their wet clothes and dry off well, never rub the skin hard, pat it dry.....
      there are lots of little things that you can do to help them...

  21. QUESTION:
    How do you make your hair grow faster?
    Without using any products. I just want to find techniques.

    • ANSWER:
      1
      Eat a diet rich in vitamins and minerals to keep your hair healthy and boost growth. The condition of your hair will reflect the condition of your body, so if you are healthy and well nourished it shows in beautiful, shiny hair. Supplement your diet with lots of raw fruits and vegetables, particularly green and yellow vegetables rich in beta-carotene, vitamin A and B Vitamins, active agents essential to hair growth.
      Step2
      Add healthy proteins to your diet, as hair literally is protein. Great food sources for protein include brewer's yeast, fish, beans, yogurt, soy and eggs. Protein will not only strengthen your hair, but improves hair growth.
      Step3
      Reduce factors that may inhibit hair growth. Constant stress can impede hair growth, so practicing meditation and relaxation techniques as well as getting plenty of sleep can aid your body in stimulating hair growth. Some medications are known to stop or slow the hair from growing, so speak to your doctors about the side effects of your medication and alternative options. Other factors, such as caffeine, sugar and excess fat in your diet can weaken your body and effect hair growth.
      Step4
      Massage your scalp gently for a few minutes every day to stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles, improving hair growth. You can purchase electric massagers made for the face and scalp that can be relaxing and helpful for hair growth.
      Step5
      Add essential oils of ylang ylang and lavender to your shampoo, conditioner and hair care products. As a general rule, add 1 drop of each oil to every 2 oz. of product. These oils not only have a beautiful aroma, but gently stimulate the hair follicles, aiding in hair growth.
      Step6
      Moisturize your scalp with a few teaspoons of jojoba oil, particularly if you are predisposed to conditions such as psoriasis, seborrhea, eczema and dandruff. Native American Indians of the Southwestern United States have used jojoba oil for centuries as a natural method to promote hair growth. Jojoba oil is hypoallergenic and is the perfect hair moisturizer, as it resembles the hairs own natural oil.
      Step7
      Make your own natural shampoo from aloe vera, which can help clear blockages in the pores of the scalp and balance the pH level of your hair, two factors which improve hair growth. Another common recipe of the Native American Indians, mix equal amounts of wheat germ oil, aloe vera and coconut milk and use the mixture just like any other shampoo.

      I KNOW YOU SAID WITHOUT PRODUCTS BUT I FIGURED I WOULD SHARE ALL THE TIPS I FOUND.. HOPE THIS HELPS!! I KNOW VITAMINS AND EATING HEALTHY DEF WORKS FOR ME.. HOPE THIS HELPS!!

  22. QUESTION:
    Is psoriasis affects only white people?
    I never saw black, asians or hispanic people having psoriasis. It is only white people problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Cleansing: For long term health a colon and liver cleanse needs to be done.

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  23. QUESTION:
    Do you know of any natural treatments for psoriasis?
    Am losing hair rapidly and having unusual rough patches develop like on elbows, wrists, shins. What are others doing to treat this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Fiddler

      Here are remedies to correct your issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  24. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a solution for PSORIASIS?
    I know that it isn't curable, but its really bad on my scalp and I was wondering if anyone had solutions that could help control it.

    • ANSWER:
      Get Dr. Pagano's book on healing psoriasis:
      http://www.psoriasis-healing.com/

      I have the book myself and it has lots of good tips on how to heal your psoriasis the natural way. It has lists of foods which you shouldn't eat like shellfish, white bread, fatty foods, tomatoes, peppers. There are howerer very many other factors which could contribute to you having psoriasis, like your emotional life and the alignment of your spine. I advise you to just get his book and follow his advise, just don't expect immediate results. The diets mentioned in his book should be followed consistently. It takes time to clear psoriasis. Psoriasis shows on the skin but is a result of a disease which originates in your digestive tract. It is though that in psoriatics the walls of the intestines are unusually thin allowing for toxins to gradually seap out into the blood stream. By following the diet in the book you will be eliminating the intake of toxins and help rebuild the walls of your intestines.

      For the time being i suggest you get a hold of the following:

      Some benificial teas are also suggested like, Slippery Elm Bark tea. American Saffron tea... http://www.cayce.com/saffron.htm

      Also eat lots of fruits and drink plenty of water (6 to 8 glasses of water a day, at least). Excercise is also benificial. Vegetables like broccoli, celery etc are also benificial, but avoid tomates and peppers. If you desire meat, avoid red meats, stick to chicken and fish. Salmon is very good for you. Take olive oil as well. One half a teaspoon a day will help heal the intestines :)

      When it comes to the scalp, avoid shampoos with perfumes, Get healing shampoos.

  25. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of my acne?
    am taking tablets at the moment, and aswell as that i go in the sauna most nights in the gym and i also cover my body in cold water after a bath/shower to close my skin

    im on a healthy diet because i go gym so am not eating much junk food at all, i eat loads of fruit and have vitamin tablets

    but it doesnt seem to be working, am i doing anythig wrong and what should i do?

    cheers

    • ANSWER:
      Stress can affect hormones and can theoretically promote acne.
      1) Tea Tree Oil
      2) Lemon oil or juice
      3) Mandarin oil
      4) Cedar wood – good for eczema
      5) Lavender
      6) Apple cider vinegar
      7) Bamboo extract or Sarna lotion – good for rosacea, psoriasis, eczema
      8) Bio Oil or BB cream for dark spots or scars
      9) Toothpaste is very effective for acne leave on face for about 20 to 30 minutes then wash.
      10) Zinc really works on acne
      11) 2% Erythromycin
      12) Benzoin Peroxide
      13) Neem oil good for acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers (taken either orally or externally)
      14) Hydrogen Peroxide 3%
      15) Vitamin B3, also known as niacin. It promotes healthy skin, can be utilized as an acne treatment.
      16) Retinoid increase collagen production and plump fine lines, making it a good choice if you’re dealing with acne and wrinkles.
      17) Sulfur dries up pimples and keeps sebum production in check, helping to prevent future blemishes. Sulfur has a distinct smell think rotten eggs.

      Applied lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to face or you can drink it through using it in water a few drops a day. You can leave overnight don't expose yourself to sunlight. Will help with both acne, and scars as well.

      Tea tree oil is a popular home remedy for acne. An essential oil is diluted and applied topically to acne lesions. How is tea tree oil believed to work? Tea tree oil contains a constituent called terpinen-4-ol that's thought to be responsible for most of tea tree oil's anti-bacterial activity. Because tea tree oil can kill bacteria, applying topical tea tree oil to acne lesions is believed to kill.

      Neem oil: It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection. Other benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products.

      Hydrogen Peroxide 3%: It can help to dry out acne by killing bacteria on the skin.Soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and apply it either to the acne breakouts on your face. You also may opt to apply hydrogen peroxide to your entire face to help prevent future breakouts. Allow the hydrogen peroxide to do its job -- wait until the bubbling stops in approximately a minute or two. Rinse your face with water. Apply an oil-free moisturizer to prevent skin from drying out.

      This website has lots of information on foods and acne you can check it out on this website: http://www.acne.org/about-acne.html

  26. QUESTION:
    How can one cure oneself of Psoriasis?
    A Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor told me that psoriasis IS curable, but not easy. I've learned that it's due to too much bad bacteria, thinning the intestinal lining, dirtying the blood and then forming as skin legions. I've noticed that lots of moisturizer and enough sunlight is usually good enough, but I'm DETERMINED to rid myself of this inconvenience and sometimes socially awkward condition, if anything to break the genetic cycle for my children one day...I'm looking for herbs, specific programs, certainly not pharmaceutical short-term solutions...any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi THere

      Here are some ideas to use. Be sure to learn about detoxifying the body for long term health. Cleansing the toxins out of the body is the key (colon, liver, and kidney cleanses). I like the word determined. Most people talk like they will do what it takes, but when they realize they have to do the work, ALL CHANGES. Herbdoc.com has very effective cleanses on its website. Take action now and your health will change quickly!!

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  27. QUESTION:
    what do you call the doctors for hair loss?
    i just want to be aware of the reasons why my hair is falling so early.if you don't mind, can you give me some information on how to threat this?thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      There may or may not be genetic reasons, People dealing with the hair and scalp diseases are called 'Trichologists'. They may or may not be hard to find in your area, but you could also have alopecia. There are many forms of alopecia and it is caused by different things. You can see a dermatologist to find this out, or your general practitioner can help you find someone. Also, certain types of dermatitis, and psoriasis will cause hair to fall out. As well as poor diet and other health issues such as hyperthyroidism, medications, and drug abuse. Hope this helps. Good luck narrowing it down. If it started all of a sudden it is good that you are looking into reasons. It may very well not be genetic. And baldness that is genetic is passed on through the mothers side of the family. Look at her father, brothers and uncles, and yes, the women too.

  28. QUESTION:
    need homeopathy remedies for psoriasis?
    can any body suggest me homeopathy remedies for psoriasis.scalp and itching are so severe over the body and head.please suggest me the potency and how to consume.Does how may days will it takes to cure psoriasis with homeopathy medicine? Please also suggest diet restrictions.Thanks in advance all.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis— A skin disease— Mixture of CF 3x, CP 3x or 12x, KM 3x, KP 3x, KS 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x, NS 3x and S I2x;
      Dosage 2 grains t.d.s.
      All these biochemic salts are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water. With best wishes from
      pill of Psorinum 1000 not to be repeated.
      U may visit a local homeo shop and purchase them thereat. it takes 3 to 6 months.

  29. QUESTION:
    is there a forum to dicusss psoriasis ?
    I have loacalised psoriasis and the doctor has asked me to reduce stress , need some assistance from like afflicted people

    • ANSWER:
      Hi KDI

      Here is some information about the disease and some natural cures in case your interested.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you.

      Cheers

  30. QUESTION:
    how do you get ride of psoriasis?
    ok so here it is, ihave psoriasis, and i have had it since i was baby. i think it is time to get ride of it, dont like it. it makes me want to just go in a room and just hide, i am so embarresed to even wear my hair up anymore. so i was woundering how to get ride of it. i am only 16 and my parent wont take me to the doctor or anything, so if someone cuold give me advice i would greatly apreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      hi, let me explain what psoriasis is , it is a thinning of the intestinal walls. the intestines filter out toxins from the body when you eat and drink . when they start to thin the toxins are leaked out into the body through the skin. this is why you see red lesions and itching happening. There are things you can do to treat this, and there is a cure but it is in the diet. First, to heal the intestines you will need slippery elm bark powder,and saffron tea. for the lesions on the skin you will need resinol ointment, and cuticura ointment. Apply the cuticura in the morning and the resinol at night. As far as the teas, a pinch of elm bark powder in a cold glass of water, in all water that you drink . the saffron tea in the evening three times a week. If you have psoriasis on the scalp pine tar shampoo, and crude oil will get rid of these.At the beginning of the treatment, eat only vegetables and fruits no meats, for about two weeks, no fried foods no sweets , use laxitives to flush out toxins from the system. Im going to show you where to get these things very cheap. You can order them online or through a catalog. i'll give you 3 sites

  31. QUESTION:
    Do you know of any good and cheap shampoos or ointments that treat scalp Psoriasis and Eczema?

    • ANSWER:
      T/Gel shampoo works great on both, smells funny, read instructions well. Don't overuse.
      Sometimes these symptoms can be treated by change of diet or staying away from people and places that might cause worsening.

  32. QUESTION:
    Hair thinning and I'm only 18 (Almost 19)...How can I prevent hair thinning and get my hair to grow back?
    Hi,
    so I:ve been noticing that my hair has been thinning out at the very front... my moms hair is EXTREMELY thin at the front so I'm guessing this runs in the family -.- is there anyway to stop this? why am i inheriting all the bad traits!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to know the 'cause' why they got thinner, before you know solution or treatment for them. Otherwise they won't improve.

      During the last 3 years, OK 2, how have you been styling or have you been straightening & dyeing or highlighting your hair?
      http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductandI…
      http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudien…
      Those are 75% the reason why.

      Have you been taking supplements or using hair oil? Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs). FDA has found that from face creams to soaps and other items of personal care, cosmetics companies are taking the general public for a ride. Oil could be coming from eels or shark. Another 5% why.

      Have you been stressed out or changed your diet? Genetics of balding runs in your family? Another 10% why.

      Have you been taking medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne? Another 10% why you have hair falls.
      HAIR LOSS ON WOMEN:
      1. Telogen effluvium is a phenomenon that occurs after pregnancy, major surgery, drastic weight loss, or extreme stress, in which you shed large amounts of hair every day, usually when shampooing, styling, or brushing. It can also be a side effect of certain medications, such as antidepressants, beta-blockers, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. During telogen effluvium, hair shifts faster than normal from its growing phase into the "resting" phase before moving quickly into the shedding, or telogen, phase.
      2. Hair loss that is genetic is known as androgenetic alopecia and, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, is the most common cause of hair loss. The gene can be inherited from either your mother's or father's side of the family, though you're more likely to have it if both of your parents had hair loss.
      3. Millions of people, most of them women, suffer from thyroid disease.
      4. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body's own immune system attacks healthy tissues. The condition affects about 1.5 million people and tends to strike women during their childbearing years. See a rheumatologist if your hair loss is accompanied by joint pain, fatigue, and other symptoms of lupus, which is treated with oral medications such as prednisone. If you also have a rash on the scalp, you need to see a dermatologist, who is likely to prescribe a topical cream.
      5. Women who have heavy periods or don't eat enough iron-rich foods may be prone to iron deficiency, in which the blood doesn't have enough red blood cells. Red blood cells transport oxygen to cells throughout your body, giving you the energy you need.
      6. As many as five million women in the United States suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome. The condition, which can begin as early as age 11, is caused by a hormonal imbalance in which the ovaries produce too many male hormones. PCOS often causes infertility.
      7. An unhealthy scalp can cause inflammation that makes it difficult for hair to grow. Skin conditions that lead to hair loss include seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff), psoriasis, and fungal infections such as ringworm.
      8. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks hair follicles. It affects about 4.7 million people in the United States and occurs equally in men and women. The cause is unknown, but it may be triggered by stress or illness.
      9. Too much shampooing, styling, and dyeing can harm your tresses. Heat and chemicals weaken the hair, causing it to break and fall out. Often, it's a combination of treatments—keratin, coloring, and blow-drying, for instance—that does the damage.
      The hair industry is a billion dollar business, they sell products that cleans & condition the hair. They also sell products that damage and causes hair loss. They also DO NOT give money back guarantee for damaged hair or hair loss due to 'abuse'.

      Eliminate them and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that look to start the hair loss.
      According Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Americans spent an estimated 6 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

  33. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a good cure for Psoriasis?
    Just in the hair line on the neck - its driving me crazy???!? ?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no cure for psoriasis, but there is prevention. Lower your stress levels and monitor your diet. As for the relief you can use cortisone (10% or better) or what I found very effective, but let me warn you it may seem kind gross, I use a mixture of vaseline and lava tar (1/2 and 1/2). Before I go to bed, I rub it in my scalp specifically where it is the most, put on a bandana, and go to sleep. Next morning, I take a shower and wash it out. Usually clears up in three days, and no itching!

  34. QUESTION:
    Does scalp psoriasis cause hair fall?
    I am suffering from scalp psoriasis(front and back side of my head). Does scalp posriasis cause hair fall? What diet should I follow to keep this in control?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      yes, unfortunately. treat the skin condition first, see a dermatologist. there is no diet to control this condition, only treat the scalp condition, have diet supplements which contain silica compund, zinc, manganese , magnesium, potassium. google these and read about natural sources like certain vegetables and food grains. but get treatment first, see a dermatologist soon

  35. QUESTION:
    How do I take care of my skin?
    I have very oily and dry skin.but it is as very sensitive so I am using baby lotion now. What products should i use and where should i get it from i live in chicago.

    • ANSWER:
      www.excelcom­bine.com / www.excelcom­bine.co.uk

      MeritVCO extra virgin coconut oil for internal and external uses www.excelcombine.com

      With all the health, nutritional, and beauty benefits that you get from Virgin coconut oil, there is no doubt why this has been hailed as the miracle oil. It is said to prevent and cure many sicknesses that are almost impossible to heal. Being a healthy oil, it could help decrease viral load of HIV patients, could improve insulin production and thyroid function, it could reduce the risk of diabetes complications, and could even fight heart disease which is the leading cause of death. Virgin coconut oil improves the performance of the digestive system that can make a person lose weight
      In addition, Virgin coconut oil may also solve skin problems like acne, pimples, black heads, eczema, psoriasis, or as simple as dry skin. To learn more about the Virgin coconut oil benefits, read on the article:

      Benefits of Virgin coconut oil for external health

      1. Virgin coconut oil and acne or pimples

      Acne is common during the stage of adolescence due to some hormonal changes experienced in puberty. One of these hormonal changes is the abnormally excessive secretion of oil (sebum) by the sebaceous glands. When bacteria mix up with sebum, then there is acne eruption.
      Virgin coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids that boost the metabolic process in the body. Ingesting Virgin coconut oil can improve metabolism that enhances cell and hormonal functions. As a result of better digestion, there is regulated excretion of oil by the sebaceous glands.

      Putting coco oil on your face also melts bacteria clogged up in the pores.

      2. For dry scalp

      Healthy scalp would mean healthy hair. Lauric acid converted into monolaurin is one of the antimicrobial properties of Virgin coconut oil. This acid is also found as ingredient in soaps and shampoo. By applying coco oil, your scalp is kept moisturized and protected from fungi that cause dandruff.

      3. Virgin coconut oil for hair

      Healthier and shinier hair is also one of the Virgin coconut oil benefits. To keep your hair from being dry and unmanageable, spread an ample amount of coco oil from the roots to the tip of damp hair. Do not put too much or your hair might get greasy.

      4. For skin
      Many people experience dry skin. Untreated dry skin can cause premature wrinkling and ageing in the long run.

      A solution to this is applying virgin Virgin coconut oil as alternative to your other body lotions. The usual lotion that you use primarily contains water that easily evaporates, thus, drying your skin. Virgin coconut oil prolongs the moisture on your skin making it smooth and soft the whole day.

      To add to that, Virgin coconut oil also strengthens by holding your skin tissues together and protects the skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. The antiseptic composition of Virgin coconut oil kills fungi and yeast that cause athlete’s foot, diaper rash, and candidiasis

      Eczema

      Virgin coconut oil cure can also be true to eczema. Eczema, an inflammation of the epidermis, is caused by hereditary factors, allergens like dust, pets, or plant pollens, and irritants like smoke or solvents. As a result, a person experiences itching, flaking, dryness, or even bleeding of the skin. Moisturizers are very important treatment for eczema and Virgin coconut oil is best for lasting moisture for the skin. This same effect of coco oil also treats psoriasis.

      Benefits of Virgin coconut oil for internal/systemic health

      Maintaining a Virgin coconut oil diet is beneficial for your internal body system. Virgin coconut oil diet is done by changing your usual cooking oil with refined Virgin coconut oil and taking three to three and a half tablespoons of virgin Virgin coconut oil as supplement everyday.

      The medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in Virgin coconut oil greatly contributes in boosting the digestive system that improve the performance of cells and hormonal secretion of glands. Also, Virgin coconut oil contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid, and butyric acid that are helpful in fighting infections, yeast growth, and killing disease-causing bacteria.

  36. QUESTION:
    Has anyone use Dead Sea Salt as a sole treatment for psoriasis?
    I am interested in buying some but i want to know if it has worked for anyone else before? There are no creams that work for me, sunlight isn't doing much so i thought id try it. I have it all over my body so thought it could be the easiest way to treat myself if it works. If you have tried it how did it work for you? and how long did you soak for? and how often per week did you bathe in it?

    Thanks Heaps!

    • ANSWER:
      "Air dried sea salt" can be very beneficial to the scalp because it feeds the adrenal glands and also salt is where you get the CL- ion to allow your stomach to make HCL (stomach acid). The sea salt has lots of electrolytes (minerals) that are very helpful to the scalp.

      Psoriasis and Eczema are similar in underlying problems that cause it. The reason you have Psoriasis or Eczema is most likely an adrenal gland and fat metabolism problem. All the cremes, drugs, and other so called modern day medicine cures are ridiculous. You can get real relief from either of these problems forever and it only takes a few months.

      If you are not getting good sleep at night ( 1 - 2 REM sleep periods ), this will not allow your adrenal glands to recharge properly and cause them to not work properly.

      You need to eliminate ALL hydrogenated oils and especially genetically modified oils like Canola & Soybean. These are all being genetically altered and wreak havoc with your bodies immune system and fat digestion. Don’t be like a lot of uninformed Americans that eat these “vegetable” oils that are creating huge digestive problems.

      Your liver and gall bladder need to be taken care of because if they are not working properly, you will not digest your fats correctly and this will cause the problem. Drugs like the Prednisone will damage your liver and the Magnesium Stearate they put in the tablets will suppress your immune system. If you are eating a diet high in carbohydrates and low in fats, this is a big problem because the low fat diet will cause the bile in your gallbladder to become very viscous and not work properly, hence, not digest your fats properly. You need a diet that is balanced at 40% protein, 30% carbohydrates, and 30% fats to be healthy.

      To correct these problems, if it were me, I would do the following and expect results very quickly.

      Stop all medications unless your doctor tells you that you cannot, but make sure any steroids you have taken or are taking is slowly eliminated if you are taking these. Once you have stopped them, you are going to have to deal with lots of other digestive issues they have messed up.

      Buy some "pink sea-salt." This is salt that contains minerals and other ingredients that will help your problem. Take it at the rate of 1/4 teaspoon for each quart of water you drink each day.

      Any drugs you have taken, killed your intestinal flora and this has stopped your body from producing “B” vitamins naturally. If you are itching, getting styes, ringworm, etc. this is most likely a good reason for this. It's not enough to take B vitamin pills to fix this, it won't, especially if you get the “B” Vitamins in a tablet from from drug stores or health food stores. You need to eat lots of fermented foods, like keifer, sauerkraut, miso (a good brand is Yamabuki), yogurt, etc.

      I stongly suggest you go to this web site: www.healthline.cc (not the company with the same name and .com) or call them at: (800) 370 – 3447 and order the "Max Stress B" product. I would take 1/4 teaspoon day one, and then increase it daily up to 2 teaspoons after one week. This is a very potent form of “B” Vitamin source that contains the "end chain" B's and is highly assimilated by the body. This will stop any itching you may have also within a couple days.

      I would also purchase from the same company a product called Adrenal Complex. I would take 9 to 12 of these before noon each day. I know it sounds like a lot, but you need these herbs to go to work on your deficiencies.

      If you follow this routine, you should see very positive results within a few weeks to about 2 months and it should not return.

      I would also change my diet to heavy omega 3 fatty acid foods such as WILD fish (not farm raised), Beef from grass fed cows (very high in omega 3 fatty acids), unlike the high omega 6 fatty acid garbage beef from grain fed cows sold in commercial grocery stores, flax seed products. Eliminate sugars, especially sodas (even diet sodas), white flour breads. Eliminate sodas completely because this is loaded with phosphoric acid and is binding to the calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, etc. preventing absorption.

      I would also purchase from that company the Betaine HCL and activator, as well as the digestive enzyme and take 4 Betaine HCL and 2 activators and take after each meal, and 2 digestive enzyme with each meal. I would also purchase the probiotic and take one in the morning and one at night. I would take it with home made keifer from raw milk that you should be making. You can take this even if you are lactose intolerant. Additionally, I would go to: www.organicpastures.com and find out local sources or order from them ALL their RAW milk products, including milk, colostrum, raw butter, etc. This is very good for you.

      good luck to you

  37. QUESTION:
    I have itchy skin a lot and have never experienced this in my 42 years of life what do you think this is?
    My lifestyle is the same as before and my diet is very healthy.
    I have areas especially on my hands, scalp and my mid-section that erupt after intense scratching and raised rashes develop in these areas until eventually the skin becomes very rough and dry until the cycle begins again.

    My hairdresser tells me it is a form of psoriasis and I would have
    been born with it, but why now at this stage in my life would I suddenly get it?

    • ANSWER:
      That is not true about being born with psoriasis- some people develop it later on in life. You should probably see a dermatologist- she can prescribe creams for you. Good luck.

  38. QUESTION:
    How can i remove dandraff from my hair?
    ny hair is thin and have dandruff, i massage my hair with oil and vinegar twice a week, but no satisfactory result i have received, what should i do

    • ANSWER:
      Dandruff is a common chronic scalp condition, which is marked by itching and flaking of the skin on your scalp. Although dandruff isn't contagious and is rarely serious, it can be embarrassing and sometimes difficult to treat.

      The good news is that dandruff can usually be controlled. Mild cases of dandruff may need nothing more than daily shampooing with a gentle cleanser. More stubborn cases of dandruff often respond to medicated shampoos.

      When regular shampoos fail, over-the-counter (OTC) dandruff shampoos may succeed. But dandruff shampoos aren't all alike, and you may need to experiment until you find one that works best for you. Dandruff shampoos are classified according to the medication they contain:

      Zinc pyrithione shampoos (such as Selsun Salon, Head & Shoulders). These contain the antibacterial and antifungal agent zinc pyrithione, which can reduce the fungus on your scalp that can cause dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.
      Tar-based shampoos (such as Neutrogena T/Gel). Coal tar, a byproduct of the coal manufacturing process, helps conditions such as dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis by slowing how quickly skin cells on your scalp die and flake off.
      Shampoos containing salicylic acid (such as Ionil T). These "scalp scrubs" help eliminate scale, but they may leave your scalp dry, leading to more flaking. Using a conditioner after shampooing can help relieve dryness.
      Selenium sulfide shampoos (such as Selsun Blue). These shampoos slow your skin cells from dying and may also reduce malassezia. Because they can discolor blond, gray or chemically colored hair, be sure to use them only as directed and to rinse well after shampooing.
      Ketoconazole shampoos (such as Nizoral). Ketoconazole is a broad-spectrum antifungal agent that may work when other shampoos fail. It's available over-the-counter as well as by prescription.
      Try using one of these shampoos daily until your dandruff is controlled, then cut back to two or three times a week. If one type of shampoo works for a time and then seems to lose its effectiveness, try alternating between two types of dandruff shampoos. Be sure to leave the shampoo on for at least five minutes — this gives the ingredients time to work.

      One alternative therapy that seems to reduce dandruff is daily shampooing with tea tree oil. Tea tree oil, which comes from the leaves of the Australian tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), has been used for centuries as an antiseptic, antibiotic and antifungal agent. It's now included in a number of shampoos found in natural foods stores. The oil may cause allergic reactions in some people. In addition to regular shampooing, you can take steps to reduce your risk of developing dandruff:

      Learn to manage stress. Stress affects your overall health, making you susceptible to a number of conditions and diseases. It can even help trigger dandruff or worsen existing symptoms.
      Shampoo often. If you tend to have an oily scalp, daily shampooing may help prevent dandruff.
      Cut back on styling products. Hair sprays, styling gels, mousses and hair waxes can all build up on your hair and scalp, making them oilier.
      Eat a healthy diet. A diet that provides enough zinc, B vitamins and certain types of fats may help prevent dandruff.
      Get a little sun. Sunlight may be good for dandruff. But because exposure to ultraviolet light damages your skin and increases your risk of skin cancer, don't sunbathe. Instead, just spend a little time outdoors. And be sure to wear sunscreen on your face and body

      In addition to regular shampooing, you can take steps to reduce your risk of developing dandruff:

      Learn to manage stress. Stress affects your overall health, making you susceptible to a number of conditions and diseases. It can even help trigger dandruff or worsen existing symptoms.
      Shampoo often. If you tend to have an oily scalp, daily shampooing may help prevent dandruff.
      Cut back on styling products. Hair sprays, styling gels, mousses and hair waxes can all build up on your hair and scalp, making them oilier.
      Eat a healthy diet. A diet that provides enough zinc, B vitamins and certain types of fats may help prevent dandruff.
      Get a little sun. Sunlight may be good for dandruff. But because exposure to ultraviolet light damages your skin and increases your risk of skin cancer, don't sunbathe. Instead, just spend a little time outdoors. And be sure to wear sunscreen on your face and body

  39. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of my acne?
    Im 18 years and I have had pimples/acne since i was 14/15 years old. I've tried using the 3-step proactive thing and it didn't work. Last year around this time my face became clear and from october/november pimples started reapearing again..and now i think it's back to its worse.

    What can i do? I am pretty a pretty healthy person...i have changed my diet to a high protein diet due to working out in the gym...i take protein powder and drink a lot of milk..other than that my diet is pretty good. Are there any foods i should avoid? I don't fking know what to do anymore...

    • ANSWER:
      Stress can affect hormones and can theoretically promote acne. I try to do natural home remedies but here are some helpful tips that might be helpful for acne and scar:
      1) Tea Tree Oil
      2) Lemon oil or juice
      3) Mandarin oil
      4) Cedar wood – good for eczema
      5) Lavender
      6) Apple cider vinegar
      7) Bamboo extract or Sarna lotion – good for rosacea, psoriasis, eczema
      8) Bio Oil or BB cream for dark spots or scars
      9) Toothpaste is very effective for acne leave on face for about 20 to 30 minutes then wash.
      10) Zinc really works on acne
      11) 2% Erythromycin
      12) Benzoin Peroxide
      13) Neem oil good for acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers (taken either orally or externally)
      14) Hydrogen Peroxide 3%

      Applied lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to face or you can drink it through using it in water a few drops a day. Will help with both acne, and scars as well. Another way you can get rid of acne is by taking bamboo extract something I started when I had the problem really does work. Hope this works for you.

      Here are other methods to clear up blemishes.

      Tea-Tree Oil
      Tea tree oil is a popular home remedy for acne. An essential oil is diluted and applied topically to acne lesions. How is tea tree oil believed to work? Tea tree oil contains a constituent called terpinen-4-ol that's thought to be responsible for most of tea tree oil's anti-bacterial activity. Because tea tree oil can kill bacteria, applying topical tea tree oil to acne lesions is believed to kill Propionibacterium acnes, the skin-dwelling bacteria involved in acne. To treat mild, and occasional breakouts. This is how it works: Distilled from the leaves of an Australian shrub, tea-tree oil contains antibacterial and anti-microbial compounds called terpenoids that help kill the bacteria that, when trapped behind oil in a plugged pore, lead to acne breakouts. Try Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick (, burtsbees.com). A roller-ball tube makes for easy application. Studies testing tea-tree oil against the gold-standard acne treatment, benzoyl peroxide, have shown that while the latter works more quickly, tea-tree oil is equally effective over time. And it results in fewer annoying side effects—namely, dryness and redness.

      Neem oil
      It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection.
      Benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products.

      Hydrogen Peroxide 3%
      It can help to dry out acne by killing bacteria on the skin.Soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and apply it either to the acne breakouts on your face. You also may opt to apply hydrogen peroxide to your entire face to help prevent future breakouts. Allow the hydrogen peroxide to do its job -- wait until the bubbling stops in approximately a minute or two. Rinse your face with water. Apply an oil-free moisturizer to prevent skin from drying out.

      Sulfur
      If you have sensitive skin.
      How it works: A time-tested, gentle acne fighter, sulfur “acts like a sponge to draw oil out of blocked pores,”. This dries up pimples and keeps sebum production in check, helping to prevent future blemishes. Sulfur has a distinct smell—think rotten eggs. Most preparations that use it contain a masking fragrance. However, to play it safe (and avoid scaring off coworkers), apply these products at night.

      Salicylic Acid
      To treat and soothe red, inflamed blemishes. Salicylic acid can have a calming, anti-inflammatory effect on pimples. “It also breaks down the ‘cement’ between cells in clogged pores to help unplug them,”
      Salicylic acid is less irritating than more potent treatments, so it may be better for those with dry skin. It also tends to work well on stubborn blackheads.

      Retinoid
      Nightly to prevent breakouts.
      How they work: Retinoid, which include over-the-counter retinol and prescription-strength Retin-A, reduce acne by altering the oil chemistry on the skin. “They help stop dense sebum from getting stuck within the pores,” says Gross. Without oil deposits, bacteria can’t grow and cause blemishes. Since retinoid can make skin sensitive to the sun, doctors recommend using them at night (and being diligent about wearing sunscreen during the day). To avoid irritation, apply every other evening to start, gradually working up to nightly use. Bonus benefit: Retinoid have been shown to increase collagen production and plump fine lines, making them a good choice if you’re dealing with acne and wrinkles.

      This website has lots of information on foods and acne you can check it out on this website: http://www.acne.org/about-acne.html

  40. QUESTION:
    Would cutting out dairy from my diet help my scalp psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no cure-all for psoriasis. Depending on whether or not you are allergic to dairy would determine if cutting it out would help alleviate the itching and flaking associated with your psoriasis. From my own personal experience (I shaved my head because it got so bad), I would recommend taking a food sensitivity test. The company I used was ALCAT labs in Pompano, Florida (www.Alcat.com). It will be pricey, but it can make a huge difference in your life.

      I would also recommend looking at natural alternative treatments for psoriasis. There has been some buzz throughout the psoriasis community about seaweed baths. I have found them to be a great complement to the dead sea salt baths I already take.

  41. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis - What works for you? Prescriptions? Over-the-counter products? Herbal remedies? Home remedies?
    What works best for managing the symptoms of Psoriasis?
    - Itching
    - Flaking
    - Redness
    - Scale buildup
    - Etc.

    What prescriptions have you tried that work well?

    What over-the-counter products have you used that work well?

    What herbal or home remedies have you tried that work well?

    • ANSWER:
      This is not dangerous or life threatening in any way. This is why no cure has been found yet. Doctors focus on life threatening diseases and there is no more than 2 paragraphs spent on this topic throughout the whole medical education. So for us.. its nothing more than just embaressing and annoying.

      I have been diagnosed with Seborrheic Dermatitis 15years ago and still struggling. It is mainly on my scalp moving out of the hairline now. And mild patches on other parts of the body such as arms, hips and groin area.
      What makes it so difficult is that our bodies dont respond the same way to certain "cures". Therefore, it is a process finding what works for you and illuminating what doesnt.

      I have recently also done some research on Psoriasis. This condition is VERY similar to Sebborrheic Dermatitis and often misdiagnosed by dermatologists unless a proper biopsy is done and tested. Although these two conditions are different diseases, they seem to have pretty much the same treatments. The only difference I could find, is that Psoriasis could also be treated with UV light treatment.

      Apparently Psoriasis is also the one that is found on other parts of the body, besides the scalp, and is also more difficult to get rid of than SD.
      Well, whichever disease I might have (mine wasnt properly diagnosed), I have tried EVERYTHING. These cures (as mentioned) might work for another person, but I havent found mine yet. But here is a couple of tips on what you might want to try (maybe it works for you, as it has apparently worked for others in the past - the essential oils had the best result for me personally thusfar).

      1) Cut out all sugar and yeast from your diet. (incl. beer, wine, ect)

      2) Chickweed. This is NOT chickpees. Its dried leaves, almost looks like dried parsley. Boil it in water for 20mins, and use the "tea" to drink and rinse your hair/body. You dont have to rinse it out.

      3) For the scalp, you can rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar. This is because the acid is strong enough to kill the bad flora, but weak enough for the good flora to survive. It restores the balance between the two.

      4) Coconut oil. Coconuts have natural anti-bacterial properties. Bathing in coconut milk is another option.

      5) I have tried several prescribed shampoos, ointments and creams containing coal tar, cortizone ect. These are pretty harsh on the skin and I personally try to stay away from it as they dont seem to work (for me) anyway.

      6) Milk of Magnesia seemed to have worked for many people. Especially if the problem area is on the face. This is a laxative / antacid. Its name comes from its white milky appearance (similar to gavascon). But this has offered almost immediate relief to many. (unfortunately not me :( ) You use it like you use a normal cream soap and leave it on for a couple of minutes and then rinse. Or if its on the scalp: use it like a shampoo and while you wash, leave it on. then shampoo and condition as normal.

      7) Miracle whip. There are some ingredients in this product that has proven to work for some. I havent tried it yet, but its definitely on my list for this weekend! you leave it on for several hours and then rinse. Ill let you know how it goes.

      8) Then the oils that has been the best option for me sofar: I make a mixture of wheatgerm oil, coconut oil, bergamot and teatree oil. I put it in a little spraybottle (which just makes application easier) and every night apply it thoroughly to the whole scalp, massaging it in. Then rinse it out the next morning. This seem to remove the scales quite nicely.

      9) Exposure to sunlight. This is a bit harder if its on the scalp, since the hair is obviously in the way. But apparently the UVA, UVB and UVC helps. Not too much though.. you dont want to get burnt and develop other diseases later on!! So moderate exposure.

      10) The bananapeel exfoliation. You use the inside of a banapeel and rub it against the effected area. Havent tried that yet either. But apparently its effective for some.

      11) RELAX! Emotional stress definitely has an effect on this condition! My condition flared up really badly since my mother passed away from a really bad cancer she suffered from for 2 years. Try yoga.. try an excersizing program.. meditation.. whatever makes you relax :)

      12) Fish oils. Whether its a tin of pilchards everyday or taken as a supplement.

      Good luck! I will keep you posted if I make any other miracle discoveries! ;)

  42. QUESTION:
    how can i rid of my mild acne?
    I have very mild acne, and it is the most annoying crap ever.
    The acne just wont go away for good
    I have changed my diet, I only drink water, no water
    I cut sugar out of my diet
    I havent cut diary yet but that may be next
    I dont eat yeast
    I take vitamin supplements with vitamins a, d , e, c, biotin, niacin and zinc
    I eat foods high in all of those vitamins
    I avoid greasey oily foods
    I have acne that just wont go away and I dont know how to get rid of it!
    I even tried desitin (baby diaper rash cream) today and it seemed to hel pa little bit
    but the tiny couple of red bumps I have on my forehead and back never go away

    Im frustrated, I want to kill them and make them die but they're too strong

    • ANSWER:
      Stress can affect hormones and can theoretically promote acne.
      1) Tea Tree Oil- An essential oil is diluted and applied topically to acne lesions.
      2) Lemon oil or juice - Applied lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to face or you can drink it through using it in water a few drops a day. You can leave overnight don't expose yourself to sunlight. Will help with both acne, and scars as well.
      3) Mandarin oil
      4) Cedar wood – good for eczema
      5) Lavender
      6) Apple cider vinegar
      7) Bamboo extract or Sarna lotion – good for rosacea, psoriasis, eczema
      8) Bio Oil or BB cream for dark spots or scars
      9) Toothpaste is very effective for acne leave on face for about 20 to 30 minutes then wash.
      10) Zinc really works on acne
      11) 2% Erythromycin
      12) Benzoin Peroxide
      13) Neem oil- good for acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers (taken either orally or externally)
      14) Hydrogen Peroxide 3% - It can help to dry out acne by killing bacteria on the skin.Soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and apply it either to the acne breakouts on your face. You also may opt to apply hydrogen peroxide to your entire face to help prevent future breakouts. Allow the hydrogen peroxide to do its job -- wait until the bubbling stops in approximately a minute or two. Rinse your face with water. Apply an oil-free moisturizer to prevent skin from drying out.
      15) Vitamin B3- also known as niacin. It promotes healthy skin, can be utilized as an acne treatment.
      16) Retinoid- increase collagen production and plump fine lines, making it a good choice if you’re dealing with acne and wrinkles.
      17) Sulfur- dries up pimples and keeps sebum production in check, helping to prevent future blemishes. Sulfur has a distinct smell think rotten eggs.

      This is something I use every day and I got rid of my cystic acne. I really recommend this.
      Neem oil: It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection. Other benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products. If you like you can purchase at Lucy Vitamin or in health food stores. It is the same price as some of the acne medications, either prescribe or over-the-counter.

  43. QUESTION:
    does anyone know of any remedies for scalp psoriasis?
    I have used all kinds of perscription shampoos and creams, vinegar, and banana peels and nothing works for more than a few days?
    I have went to a dermatologist for the last 10 years. thats where all the perscrition shampoos and creams camee from.

    • ANSWER:
      Drink more water.

      EDGAR CAYCE'S READING:

      "Q. Please give me the cause and cure for the so-called psoriasis with which I am troubled.

      "A. The cause is the thinning of the walls of the intestinal system, which allows the escaping of poisons - or the absorption of same by the muco-membranes which surround same, and becomes effective in the irritation through the lymph and emunctory reactions in the body.
      "An effective cure for same is first being mindful of the diet, during the periods when these necessary elements would be given for creating those activities within the system to close such conditions:
      "In the system we would use elm water and saffron water. These would be taken in the ordinary drinking water, during periods of one, two to three weeks at a time. All the drinking water, carrying, then, either a small quantity of elm or the Saffron. For this adds to the assimilating system those properties that become effective to the aiding of building within the system itself those conditions that will overcome such activities in the system.
      "The diet during such periods should be more of vegetables than of meats or sweets, so that there are those reactions that make for better unification in the membranes' reaction within the body."

  44. QUESTION:
    hi i have psoriasis disease which is one of the skin disease what can i do?
    hello, i have psoriasis for about four years i visited many dermatologists but it was useless ,i do not know what to do ,please help me ,it is on my scalp ,my body ,every where i do not what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      I am from Puerto Rico .I am a register Nurse work in hospice an take care of several patients with painful skin problems like Rosacea Psoriasis and severe ulcers. But i work with them with natural treatments using herbs and fruits. I have 25 years experience I have patients that had psoriasis very bad an now is heal there skin is completely clean of sores. But they still fallowing the diet to prevent a recurrence. They don't have any more sores. Are you fallowing the special diet for patients with psoriasis?
      I now is very difficult and very painful to you. Psoriasis is not possible to heal completely but you can calm the pain and sores with a special treatment and the diet. I have some treatments to fallow but is a lot off information to put here but i will give you some information about the diet. First you have to eat vegetables and fruit rich in Vit A and because they have carotene, eat vegetables that are red, orange yellow and green. Example: Spinach, carrots, beets, pumpkin, bell pepper. White meat, Foods: chicken Liver, Egg yolk , Fish red snapper and tilapia ,Chicken ,turkey and small Cornish hen .Stop eating all red meat .Stop all Spicy food. Do not drink alcohol of any kind, do not smoke tobacco cigarettes or marijuana or any kind. All this things that you don't suppose to do you have to fallow thru to prevent your psoriasis to blare out.
      You have to drink this Vit Daily
      Mycel Vit A 3000 I.U.1 drop in juice at night.
      Vit C 1 po daily in the morning
      Omega 3 1 capsule 3 times a day
      Lecithin 1200mg (19grain)1 soft gel daily
      I have more information and is too much to put here in one time.
      But you can write me a note at my e-mail texanapr@msn.com
      I will tell what other treatments’ to fallow you will not be sorry.

  45. QUESTION:
    How can you treat psriosis at home (home remedy)?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis:
      Beauty is undeniably more than skin deep, and no cream or lotions will solve skin problems, unless you eat to provide your skin with the nutrients it needs for repair and renewal .
      Psoriasis - A chronic condition which tends to run in families - effects about one person in 50 in Britain and the United States.
      It is characterised by scaly pink patches, commonly appearing on the elbows, knees, shins and scalp, fingernails and toenails are also often affected.
      Although there is as yet no cure for the disease, a combination of healthy diet and prescribed skin ointments enables most sufferers to keep their symptoms under control.
      Many people with psoriasis find that their symptoms improve after they have been in the sun.
      Moderately severe psoriasis may be treated with PUVA (the combination of a light-sensitive psoralen drug and exposure to long-wave ultraviolet light).
      Recent research has found that sufferers have a faulty metabolism of vitamin D, and a patient may be prescribed the vitamin in the form of an ointment.
      Psoriasis can be either helped or exacerbated by food choices.
      Oily fish - such as mackerel and trout - have been shown to relieve some symptoms of psoriasis and should form a regular part of the diet.
      They contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have an anti-inflammatory effect, as well as large amounts of vitamin D.
      Many people find that simply cutting out certain foods from their diet results in a marked improvement.
      Examples of foods which may be worth excluding are: Dairy produce, animal fats, meat and spices.
      cut out offal because this contains an essential fatty acid called Arachidonic Acid, which the body converts to pro-inflammatory prostaglandins, which will irritate the condition.
      However, it is advisable to consult a nutritionist before eliminating too many foods from the diet.
      Reducing alcohol intake may also be beneficial, since it is a vasodilator - it widens blood vessels and increases the blood flow to the skin - which causes the skin to become reddened and warm, exacerbating the itching and flaking of psoriasis.

      I hope this information will help.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell me about flax seed?
    It comes in oil pills at wal-mart. My doctor wanted me to take it and I don' t understand why.
    Can it make you have problems breathing?

    • ANSWER:
      Health Benefits
      The essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil are its key healing components. EFAs are particularly valuable because the body needs them to function properly, but can't manufacture them on its own. Essential fatty acids work throughout the body to protect cell membranes, keeping them efficient at admitting healthy substances while barring damaging ones.

      One of the EFAs in flaxseed oil--alpha-linolenic acid--is known as an omega-3 fatty acid. Like the omega-3s found in fish, it appears to reduce the risk of heart disease and numerous other ailments. Flaxseed oil is an excellent source of omega-3s: Just 1 teaspoon contains about 2.5 grams, equivalent to more than twice the amount most Americans get through their diets. Flaxseeds also contain omega-6 fatty acids in the form of linoleic acid; omega-6s are the same healthy fats found in vegetable oils.

      In addition, flaxseeds are a rich source of Lignans, substances that appear to positively affect Hormone-related problems. Lignans may also be useful in preventing certain cancers and combating specific bacteria, fungi, and viruses, including those that cause cold sores and shingles. When taken in ground form, flaxseeds provide an extra fiber boost, easing the passage of stools and benefiting the digestive tract in multiple ways.

      Specifically, flaxseed oil (and flaxseeds) may help to:

      Lower cholesterol, protect against heart disease and control high blood pressure. Several studies indicate that flaxseed oil, as well as ground flaxseeds, can lower cholesterol, thereby significantly reducing the risk of heart disease. Taking flaxseed oil may also protect against Angina (chest pain) and high blood pressure. It may also help prevent elevated blood pressure by inhibiting inflammatory reactions that cause artery-hardening plaque and poor circulation.

      Counter Inflammation associated with gout, lupus and fibrocystic breasts. Omega-3 fatty acids appear to limit the inflammatory reaction associated with these conditions. In cases of lupus, flaxseed oil not only reduces inflammation in the joints, skin and kidneys, but also lowers cholesterol levels that may be elevated by the disease.

      Taking flaxseed oil for gout may lessen the often sudden and severe joint pain or swelling that is a symptom of this condition. In addition, the ability of omega-3 fatty acids to boost the absorption of iodine--a Mineral often found in low levels in women suffering from fibrocystic breasts--makes flaxseed oil potentially valuable for treating this often painful condition.

      Control constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticular disorders and gallstones. Because they are high in dietary fiber, ground flaxseeds can help ease the passage of stools and thus relieve constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticular disease. In those with diverticular disease, flaxseeds may also keep intestinal pouches free of waste and thus keep potential infection at bay.

      Taken for inflammatory bowel disease, flaxseed oil can help to calm inflammation and repair any intestinal tract damage. In addition, the oil may prevent painful gallstones from developing and even dissolve existing stones.

      Treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and rosacea. The essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil are largely responsible for its skin-healing powers. Red, itchy patches of eczema, psoriasis and rosacea often respond to the EFA's anti-inflammatory actions and overall skin-soothing properties. Sunburned skin may heal faster when treated with the oil as well. In cases of acne, the EFAs encourage thinning of the oily sebum that clogs pores.

      Promote healthy hair and nails. The abundant omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed oil have been shown to contribute to healthy hair growth (in fact, low levels of these acids may cause dry and lackluster locks).

      Hair problems exacerbated by psoriasis or eczema of the scalp may respond to the skin-revitalizing and anti-inflammatory actions of flaxseed oil as well. Similarly, the oil's EFAs work to nourish dry or brittle nails, stopping them from cracking or splitting.

      Minimize nerve damage that causes numbness and tingling as well as other disorders. The EFAs in flaxseed oil assist in the transmission of nerve impulses, making the oil potentially valuable in treating conditions of numbness and tingling. The oil's nerve-nourishing actions may also help in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, a degenerative disorder of the nervous system, and protect against the nerve damage associated with diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

      Reduce cancer risk and guard against the effects of aging. The lignans in flaxseed oil appear to play a role in protecting against breast, colon, prostate, and perhaps skin cancer. Interestingly, the oil's lignans may protect against various effects of aging as well.

      Treat menopausal symptoms, menstrual cramps, female infertility and endometriosis. Because the hormone-balancing lignans and plant estrogens (phytoestrogens) in flaxseed oil help stabilize a woman's estrogen-progesterone ratio, they can have beneficial effects on the menstrual cycle, and relieve the hot flashes of perimenopause and menopause. Flaxseed oil may also improve uterine function and thus treat fertility problems. In addition, the essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil have been shown to block production of Prostaglandins, hormonelike substances that, when released in excess amounts during menstruation, can cause the heavy bleeding associated with endometriosis.

      Fight prostate problems, male infertility and impotence. The EFAs in flaxseed oil may help to prevent swelling and inflammation of the prostate, the small gland located below the bladder in males that tends to enlarge with age. Symptoms of such enlargement, such as urgency to urinate, may lessen as a result. The EFAs also play a role in keeping sperm healthy, which may be of value in treating male infertility, and they can improve blood flow to the penis, a boon for those suffering from impotence.

      Note: Flaxseed oil has also been found to be useful for a number of other disorders. For information on these additional ailments, see our Dosage Recommendations Chart for Flaxseed Oil.

      Forms: softgel, oil, capsule

      Dosage Information - Special tips:

      --Liquid flaxseed oil is the easiest form to use, although it must be kept refrigerated.

      --Capsules containing flaxseed oil are convenient for traveling, but can be quite expensive in comparison to the liquid form. Also, a large number of capsules--approximately 14 containing 1,000 mg of oil each--are needed to get the equivalent of 1 tablespoon of oil.

      --If using ground flaxseeds, just add 1 or 2 tablespoons of to an 8-ounce glass of water and mix.

      For heart disease prevention, gout, lupus, acne, eczema, cancer prevention, hair or nail problems, endometriosis, male infertility, prostate problems and impotence: Take l tablespoon of flaxseed oil in the morning.

      For high blood pressure: Take l tablespoon of flaxseed oil a day, along with 1,000 mg of fish oils three times a day.

      For hemorrhoids: Add l tablespoon of ground flaxseeds to an 8-ounce glass of water and drink the mixture once a day. Make sure to drink extra glasses of water throughout the day as well. The treatment make take a few days to have an effect.

      For gallstones: Take l tablespoon of flaxseed oil in the morning.

      For psoriasis: Take l tablespoon of flaxseed oil each morning, along with 1,000 mg fish oils three times a day.

      For sunburn, numbness and tingling: Take l tablespoon of flaxseed oil twice a day.

      For diverticular disorders: Add 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed to an 8-ounce glass of water. Drink this mixture twice a day. Make sure to drink extra glasses of water throughout the day as well. The treatment make take a few days to have an effect.

      For menstrual disorders, menopausal symptoms, female infertility, and rosacea: Take 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil a day, along with 1,000 mg of evening primrose oil or borage oil three times a day.

      For best absorption, take flaxseed oil with food. It is easily mixed into juices and other drinks, and its nutty, buttery flavor complements cottage cheese, yogurt and many other foods. You can also use it instead of olive oil in a salad dressing. Don't cook with it, however; this will deplete the oil's nutrient content.

      Buy flaxseed oil in an opaque plastic bottle; this will prevent light from spoiling it.

      Check the expiration date on the label, as the oil spoils quickly. Keep it refrigerated for freshness. Should the oil develop a powerful odor, discard it.

      Avoid buying flaxseed oil marked as "cold-pressed." This type of processing offers no additional benefits, and processed oils are usually more expensive.

      General Interaction - There appear to be few if any drug or nutrient interactions with flaxseeds (or their oil). Because flaxseed may interfere with the absorption of certain medicines, however, it's a good idea to consult your doctor if you are already on medication and want to take it in any form.

      Possible Side Effects - Ground flaxseeds may produce some initial flatulence, but this won't last long.

      Cautions - To prevent ground flaxseed from swelling up and obstructing your throat or digestive tract, drink plenty of water (one 8-ounce glass of water per tablespoon of ground flaxseed) along with it.

      Don't take flaxseed oil or ground flaxseed if you have a bowel obstruction of any kind.

      Allergic reactions to flaxseed have occurred. If you suddenly have difficulty breathing after taking the supplement, it is imperative that you get medical attention promptly.

      Flaxseed oil is also called linseed oil. The industrial types of linseed oil found in hardware stores are not for internal consumption, however. They may have poisonous additives.

  47. QUESTION:
    help me plz my hair is falling too much.when i consulted to doctor she said it is psoriasis which effected the?
    scalp.tell me how to get rid off from psoriasis.

    • ANSWER:
      Primarily in majority of the cases the reason for hair fall fall under:
      1. Stress - this is the most common reasons of all - so if you are understress try to keep calm and be optimistic. Whatever will happen, will happen for good. Be calm and composed and dont think about about anyone or anything.

      2. Unhealthy eating habits and lack of nutrition - u will have to improve your eating habits, eat on time, eat healthy, have proteins lots of green and leafy vegetables, drink milk everyday.

      3. Hereditary - nothing can be done about this but then keep your eating habits proper and reduce stress.

      4. Excess male hormones in the body

      5. Change in water.

      First start using a shampoo with natural ingredients and preferably organic. Shampoos like Kerastase, Loreal, Clinic Plus etc. make your hair feel good and smell good to you, but they contain harsh chemicals which are not good in the long term.

      Try barefoot botanicals SOS Shampoo (its very good) for dry hair. It contains natural ingredients and are better than the lot.

      Eat lots of carrot, carrots are very good for hair. You must include walnuts, cabbage, milk, beans in your diet every day.

      Drink green tea instead of coffee or your regular tea as green tea is too good for your hair.

      In fact rinse your hair with green tea (filtered and cold of course), it will help control dandruff and hair fall and make your hair healthier and look glossy and shiny too.

      Dont use olive oil, some people say its good some bad for hair, including doctors. So best to avoid.

      Apply coconut, castor and almond oil mix and put some fenugreek seeds in the oil. Massage your hair using the same the night before you wash your hair.

      If you continue to do all this, it would help in controlling your hairfall.
      Also consult some other doctor also to see if it is due to some other problem, like yours mentioned.


psoriasis scalp diet

Psoriasis Vulgaris

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any tips on managing psoriasis?
    It's mainly on my knees and lower legs, and I have a little on my elbows. Now that it's summer, I'd love to wear cute dresses and shorts, but I want to clear up my psoriasis first. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      These are some natural remedies that will help manage Psoriasis..

      * Peppermint Essential Oil Has Been Known to Relieve Skin Conditions Such as Psoriasis, Eczema and Dermatitis. It Helps to Lessen the Redness of Skin and Also Prevents Irritation, Itchiness and Joint Pain (for those with Psoriatic Arthritis)! Just remember not to ever use an essential oil in its raw form on your bare skin!

      * Rubbing Vitamin E Directly On the Affected Skin Will Help Moisturize and Heal the Skin. This Natural Oil Will Also Help Prevent Scarring.

      * Aloe ferox, commonly referred to as bitter aloe and red aloe, grows throughout the eastern areas of South Africa. It is one of many aloe species used medicinally. Though it is not the same as its sibling species aloe ve...ra, it yields chemically identical substances and is often called by the same name.

      According to the report in the International Journal of Pharma Sciences and Research, "a double-blind, placebo-controlled study examined the effect of aloe extract---0.5 percent in a hydrophilic cream---for 60 psoriasis vulgaris patients, aged 18 to 50 years. The aloe cream cured 25 out of 30 patients compared with a placebo rate of 2 out of 30. The authors concluded it was a safe alternative treatment for treating psoriasis."

      * Licorice Root Contains the Compound Glycyrrhetinic Acid (GA), Which Works Similar to Hydrocortisone & Superior to Topical Cortisone In Treating Psoriasis, Eczema & Allergic Dermatitis.

      * Chamomile Contains Two Compounds; Levomenol & Azulene, Which Preliminary Studies Show Act as Anti-Inflammatory Agents and Antioxidants to Repair Damaged Skin Cells Due To Psoriasis.

      * Neem oil is an emollient, a substance that softens and moistens dry cracked skin. This straight away eliminates a lot of the irritation and itchiness. It moisturizes and protects, and heals any lesions or scaling.

      Neem also soothes the redness and irritation directly, through the steroid like effect of some of its ingredients. Yes, neem can affect your skin similar to the way steroids do, but without all the nasty side effects.

      Neem oil generally enhances skin health and the natural immunity of your skin, which is one of the biggest factors in psoriasis.

      Neem oil is strongly antibacterial, and the benefit of this for psoriasis is obvious. Neem cleans up any skin infections that may have developed because of cracked broken skin (due to dryness or scratching). When used regularly (by using a neem soap, neem shampoo, or neem lotion) neem also prevents any future skin infections that may aggravate or bring back psoriasis symptoms.

  2. QUESTION:
    I am suffering from psoriasis vulgaris. I am undergoing treatment under Dr. Batras. Is it preferable?
    I have been suffering from several years. How long will it take to cure psoriasis completely? Please give some details about it.

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    the skin in my legs are looking like fish scale. is that a disease?
    the skin in my legs r looking like fish scale and it falls when i rub in it. it looks like very dry. i feel very shame to show my legs. and i never wear anything which does not cover my legs. i applied olive oil for many years. but it wasnt't cured. somebody says it is psoriasis and some others says it is vitamin b deficiency skin disease. can someone explain me what is that and what i can i do to rectify that skin disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Ichthyosis vulgaris
      http://www.visualdxhealth.com/teen/ichthyosisVulgaris.htm

  4. QUESTION:
    What could be the cause of my itchy rash?
    A few days ago I started to develop a very itchy rash. It is mostly on my arms and legs (the inside of my arms, inside of my thighs, back of calfs, back of biceps).

    It looks like little red bumps all over. And it does itch! I don't know of any different lotions or sheets or food or anything that I have done different lately.

    Is this most likely an allergic reaction to something? Or what could it be caused from? I have no other symptoms. But I am freaking out! Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have slept in a new location you may have been victim to bedbugs.

      If you have been home and nothing new it may be dry skin.

      It may be a food allergy - if this is the case try to limit yourself to bland food like sweet potatoes for a day and see if it helps.

      It may be dry skin - apply lotion over the body.

      You may have poison oak - don't take a bath.

      If you have pets you may have a reaction to them suddenly - take a shower and wash all clothing and bedding. in fact, you should just do this no matter what.

      The location of the rash makes me suspect that you may have been exposed to scabies, wash all clothing and see a doctor or nurse. Some hospitals allow you to call the advice line at 8am and request a same day appointment in the urgent care clinic - this will save you the $$ copay of the ER. for some reason scabies are found in nursing homes, and I hear rumor that you can get it from rotting oak branches. If it is scabies you need a really toxic lotion that only the doctor can give you.

      If it is fungal - a flat rash with hardened skin, no bumps or obvious breaks in the skin, - put tea tree lotion on it, and possibly get a prescription for fluconizole lotion. also try using Lotrimin.

      If it seems prickly and moves on to become a more fluid filled mass of blistering skin then most likely it's Shingles - don't go near children under 1 year old since if it is shingles you can give them chickenpox !!! It's how the virus has stayed alive for so many centuries. Shingles is treated by doctors. Valtrex is the brand name and there is alternative generic stuff out there for less $$ so if you are diagnosed with shingles I recommend asking for something covered by your insurance or a generic form.
      Heat rash makes good sense to me, but just to be safe, take some Benedryl if you are not allergic to anything you know of. If Benedryl makes your rash die down a little, you may be having an allergic reaction. Measure the circumference of your biceps and thighs, arms and calfs, and make note of the size, measure again in the morning if you have not seen a doctor yet. If it has become worse you may need Emergency treatment.

      Make a note to take to the doctor which needs to include:
      color, size, location, when did it erupt, any changes in the rash since it erupted (like spreading), if it's painful or tender, list the symptoms like fever, headache or intestinal distress you are having. Have a history of prior allergies on that list, and any history of skin disorders, infections, sexual history, or recent bites by any insect or rodent exposure. Also bring a complete drug history for at least the past 6 months.

      To be safe get tested for syphillys and HIV while at the doctors.

      It could be anything like, acne vulgaris, dermatomyositis, follicular mucinosis, fox-fordyce disease, lichen planus, mono, vasculitis, pityriasis rosea, polymorphic light eruption, psoriasis, rosacea, seborrheic keratosis, syringoma, or signs of Lupus. It could also be a reaction to antibiotics, benzodiazepines, lithium, phenylbutazone, gold salts, allopurinol, isoniazid, or salicylates. It could also be a result of Dermatitis, Erythema Multiforme, Herpes simplex or Zoster (aka; Shingles), insect bites, tinea, or ???

  5. QUESTION:
    Which essential oil is best for steaming my face?
    I'm gonna buy a pound of essential oil and I need to know which one is the cheapest and most versatile. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Found at: http://www.naturesgift.com/essentialoil-skincare.htm

      SKINCARE
      (General) Lavender, rose, rosemary camphor, cypress, geranium, chamomiles, rosewood, geranium essential oils
      and hydrosols

      ACNE: Tea tree, Manuka, Helichrysum, lavender, spike lavender, thyme linalool, rose geranium, tea tree, Petitgrain, grapefruit, sandalwood, Vetiver, mints, basil, German chamomile, atlas Cedarwood, rosewood, Palma Rosa, thyme, Cajeput, Niaouli, Yarrow Hydrosol. See also our suite of Clarifying products to gently sooth and heal problem skin.

      ASTRINGENT: Grapefruit, yarrow, rosemary, lime distilled

      BLACK HEADS: Coriander, thymus vulgaris, peppermint, lemongrass

      CHAPPED/ CRACKED SKIN: Myrrh, patchouli, sandalwood, Vetiver, Cajeput, roman & German chamo, lavender Calendula infused oil.

      CHILBLAINS: Black Pepper, Cinnamon leaf, clove bud, ginger, lavender. (ie, circulatory stimulants to promote warming.)

      CLEANSING: Sweet Basil, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, Niaouli, peppermint

      COMBINATION SKIN: Geranium, Rosewood, Ylang-ylang, Rose Geranium Hydrosol, Neroli Hydrosol

      COUPEROSE (Thread veins, congested capillaries) Lemon, Helichrysum, cypress, rose, lavender, parsley, roman & German chamomiles, geranium, calendula infused oil, Helichrysum or neroli hydrosols.

      DEVITALIZED SKIN: Eucalyptus globulous, myrtle, neroli, basil juniper, lemon, lemongrass, Niaouli, peppermint, pine, orange, oregano, rosemary, spearmint, geranium, grapefruit

      DRY ACNE: Petitgrain, lavender, spike lavender, clary, rose geranium

      DRY SKIN: Carrot seed, Cedarwood, clary, jasmine, geranium, lavender, orange, Palma Rosa, rose, roman chamo, rosewood, neroli, Petitgrain, Mandarine petitgrain, Vetiver, sandalwood, ylangylang, carrot seed, lavender, rose or neroli hydrosol, Calendula infused oil. See also our Dry Skin Sampler for suggested carrier oils to nourish dry, fragile skin.

      ECZEMA:German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Lavender, Bergamot, Carrot Seed, Atlas Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, Juniper, Myrrh, Palma Rosa, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Teatree, Yarrow, Ylangylang. Calendula infused oil, Cranberry Seed Oil

      HYDRATING: Palma Rosa, sweet orange, Mandarine, tangerine, rose, most hydrosols, esp. Neroli

      INFECTIONS: German chamo, Manuka, eucalyptus, lavender, myrrh, roman chamo, rosemary, spikenard, tea tree, thyme linalool, calendula, Palma Rosa, Niaouli, laurel, myrtle, rosewood

      INFLAMMATION: Helichrysum, st. johns Wort infusion, carrot seed, Cistus, galbanum German & Roman chamomiles, clary, myrrh, myrtle, rosewood, angelica, yarrow, Helichrysum, Witch hazel or Chamomile Hydrosols

      ITCHING: Jasmine, heli, lavender, peppermint, roman chamo, Lavender or Witch Hazel hydrosol

      LARGE PORES: Myrtle, lemongrass, rose, Cedarwood

      MATURE, AGED SKIN, WRINKLES: Carrot seed, elemi, Cistus, frankincense, galbanum, fennel, geranium, myrrh, patchouli, rose, Clary, rosewood, sages, cypress, fennel, lavender, neroli, Sea Buckthorn Berry Extract, Rose Hip Extract. Also consider our CO2 Combo or our Mature Skin Elixer. See our Mature Skin Sampler for carrier oils to gently nurture and rejuvenate mature skin.

      NORMAL SKIN: Atlas Cedarwood, geranium, jasmine, lavender, neroli, roman chamo, rose, rosewood, ylangylang, angelica, all hydrosols

      OILY SKIN: Roman & German chamos, Cedarwood, (atlas, red, texas) geranium, Clary, lavender, Ylang-ylang, lemon, peppermint, Niaouli, Cajeput, cypress, calendula infusion, frankincense, patchouli, sandalwood, juniper, Melissa, yarrow, coriander, Petitgrain, lime distilled, grapefruit, thyme linalool, Lavandin, spike lavender, rose. See our recommended moisturizing carrier oils for oily skin in our Oily Skin Sampler.

      PIMPLES, blemishes: Tea tree, Manuka, Lemon Myrtle, German Chamomile, Helichrysum italicuum, thyme linalool, Cajeput, oregano (spot only) Niaouli, rosemary

      PSORIASIS:(extremely difficult to treat)
      Bergamot, Helichrysum, Cajeput, carrot seed, German or roman chamomile, Lavender, Juniper, Sandalwood, Tea tree
      Calendula infused oil, Cranberry Seed Oil

      PUFFINESS: Oregano, Spanish marjoram, cypress, peppermint, rosemary, fennel, celery, clary, roman chamomile

      REGENERATION: Frankincense, lavender, neroli, patchouli, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, teatree, Helichrysum, elemi, Vetiver, spikenard, caraway, Palma Rosa, Spanish sage, Clary, lavender, galbanum, myrrh, myrtle, calendula, carrot seed, Cistus, CO2 combo

      REVITALIZING BASAL LAYER Carrot seed, Rosewood, Niaouli, tea tree, orange, calendula

      ROSACEA: German chamomile, Helichrysum italicuum, rosewood, Helichrysum hydrosol, see our Rosacea Synergy and other products designed to soothe inflamed and/or ultra sensitive skin.

      SENSITIVE SKIN:Roman & German chamomile, rose, Palma Rosa, Helichrysum, neroli, rosewood, carrot, angelica, jasmine, Neroli, Chamomile or Yarrow Hydrosols

      SCARS:Helichrysum (in a base of Rose Hip Seed Oil), carrot seed, lavender, petitgrain, galbanum

      SKIN TONER: Calendula infused , lemongrass, chamomiles, lavender, neroli, orange, rose, frankincense, Petitgrain, lemon, hydrosols

      Hope this helps!!!

  6. QUESTION:
    Can any one tell me about aloe vira and its use in beaty product?
    can i use it raw?direct from the plant?

    • ANSWER:
      ALOE VIRA is also known as A. vulgaris Lam or A. barbadensis Mill. It is described as Aloe which is mainly found in northern Africa. It is a very short-stemmed or stemless plant which can grow upto a height of 80-100 cm tall which spreads for balancing and root sprouts.

      The leaves of aloe vera are thick and fleshy, lance-shaped leaves and they are always green and grey-green in colour.

      The flowers are produced on a spine or thorn up to 90 cm tall which contains tubular corolla in yellow colour that is about 2-3 cm long. Aloe vera contains calcium, amino acids, sodium, vitamins, nitrogen, enzymes etc.

      The cultivation of aloe vera is done throughout the subtropical and drier tropical regions of the world and used for herbal medicine and as an ornamental plant.
      IT CAN BE USED RAW DIRECT FROM PLANT.
      USES OF ALOE VIRA
      Aloe vera has number of uses and mainly they are used as a food preservative and medicine. The different uses of aloe vera are:-

      Aloe vera is used in creams, lotions, gel, liquid, spray and capsule.
      It is helpful in the treatment of acne, scalp care, burns, stings, sprains, sunburns, eczema, sore muscles, arthritis, scrapes, cold sores, scalds, abrasions, psoriasis, bruises etc.
      It provides relief from itching and also helps in healing blisters.
      It is very beneficial for skin disorders.
      The juice from aloe vera plant is used in the treatment of ulcers, heartburn and other digestive disorders.
      The juice of aloe vera acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and reduces the amount of stomach juices.
      It lightens the dark spots on the face and reduces the intensity of pigmentation.
      It is used as a moisturizer and helpful in removing dead cells.
      It is also helpful in the penetration of healthy substances.
      Aloe vera is beneficial in stimulating the production of elastin and collagen which are necessary for preventing the aging of the skin.
      Pain in the joints and muscle pain occurred due to arthritis is reduced by the application of aloe vera sprays or gels.
      The gel of aloe vera provides benefit in reducing triglycerides, total cholesterol and blood fat lipid levels.
      The extract of aloe vera reduces blood sugar levels.
      Aloe vera drink is used as a tonic by some patients.
      It is helpful in healing such as anti-oxidant, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
      It is beneficial in reducing obesity and breaks down the fat globules.

  7. QUESTION:
    is locoid pommade good for treating acne problems?
    i have serious acne for about 3years now and some pimples have given me small holes on my nose and part of face.so i was asking which pommade i can use to take off these holes or stop the pimples.

    • ANSWER:
      This medicine contains the active ingredient hydrocortisone butyrate, which is a type of medicine called a corticosteroid. Corticosteroids are medicines used for reducing inflammation. Inflammation of the skin happens due to irritation of the skin, and is caused by the release of various substances that are important in the immune system. These substances cause blood vessels to widen, resulting in the irritated area becoming red, swollen, itchy and painful.

      When hydrocortisone is applied to the skin it works by acting inside the skin cells to decrease the release of these inflammatory substances. This reduces swelling, redness and itch. Hydrocortisone butyrate is a potent corticosteroid that is applied to the skin to treat severe inflammatory skin disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis, that have not responded to milder steroid.

      You should not take this, its a drug for imflammation for like swelling and rendness.

      Not to be used in

      Acne vulgaris
      Chronic inflammatory disorder of the facial skin (acne rosacea)

      Infections of the skin with viruses (eg Herpes simplex, chickenpox),

      fungi (eg thrush, ringworm, athlete's foot) or bacteria (eg impetigo)

      Inflammatory rash around the mouth (perioral dermatitis)

      Itching around the back passage and genitals

  8. QUESTION:
    Why are my knees like rough, red,purple and it seems like theres a lot of skin there, why arent they smooth?
    I put lotion on them every day too!

    • ANSWER:
      If it is patchy then it sounds an awful lot like psoriasis. It cannot be cured but can be helped by using creams. Psoriasis can occur at any point in the lifespan, affecting children, teenagers, adults and older people. It affects males and females equally. Psoriasis cannot be caught from other people nor can it be transferred from one part of the body to another. Patches of psoriasis (also referred to as plaques) are raised red patches of skin, covered with silvery white scales. The silvery white scales are the accumulation of the skin cells waiting to be shed, and the redness is due to the increase in blood vessels required to support the increase in cell production. Psoriasis can range in appearance from mild to severe. The plaques can appear in a variety of shapes and sizes, varying from a few millimetres to several centimetres in diameter. Plaques of psoriasis have a well-defined edge from the surrounding skin.
      Most people (80%) with psoriasis have common plaque psoriasis (also referred to as psoriasis vulgaris – vulgaris just means common) in which the plaques tend to appear most often on the elbows, knees, lower back and scalp, although any part of the body can be affected.
      Guttate psoriasis patches are small (often less than 1cm in diameter) and scaly, and can be numerous, covering many areas of the body. It is seen most often in children and teenagers and can be triggered by a throat infection.
      The appearance of psoriasis in sensitive areas, such as the armpits and groin is often red and shiny, with little or no scaling.
      It is not unusual for psoriasis to be itchy, and it can sometimes feel painful or sore.
      Other forms of psoriasis include pustular psoriasis where small blisters appear, usually on the hands and feet and nail psoriasis where changes in the appearance and texture of the nails occur. Good luck :)

  9. QUESTION:
    has anyone else been on a medication called tazorac?
    okay i just got off of a medication called accutane a.k.a isotetrinoin and i have to get on this other medication called tazorac, it's a topical gel. has anyone used it before. why is it so expensive?

    • ANSWER:
      Tazarotene belongs to a group of medications called retinoids. It is used to treat plaque psoriasis and acne vulgaris. The cream form is also used to treat the signs and symptoms (appearance and texture) of premature aging of the skin caused by overexposure to the sun (photodamage).

      Tazarotene helps psoriasis by reducing inflammation and keeping skin cell growth down to a normal rate. It appears to help acne partly by keeping skin pores clear. You will begin to see improvement about 1 to 4 weeks after starting the medication, depending on what you are using it for.

      Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

      Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

      For psoriasis, apply a thin film of tazarotene cream or gel once daily in the evening only to the affected areas. The skin should be dry before applying the medication. If emollient or moisturizing creams are also being used, apply these first and allow them to absorb into the skin before applying the tazarotene cream or gel.

      For acne, gently cleanse and dry the skin. Apply a thin film of cream or gel to the entire face (everything between the hairline, jawline, and ears) once a day in the evening.

      For photodamage, remove makeup before applying the cream. Apply a pea-sized amount of cream to the entire face, including a careful application to the eyelids if desired.

      Take special care to minimize contact with the eyes, lips, and mucous-producing areas. Make sure the skin is dry before application. If you apply a moisturizer before this medication, allow it to absorb into the skin before applying the tazarotene cream.

      This medication may cause increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight. Sunscreen (minimum SPF 30) and protective clothing should be used when the skin is exposed to sunlight. Avoid getting the medication in your eyes, and do not take the medication by mouth. Do not cover the treatment areas with dressings or bandages. Do not apply to skin that is broken or severely inflamed.

      Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

      It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose of this medication, do not apply the missed dose but return to your regular schedule as soon as possible. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

      Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of reach of children.

      Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

  10. QUESTION:
    sulfasalazine versus methotrexate in psoriasis vulgaris i need to share in formations/ experiences?

    • ANSWER:
      i think is best to world

  11. QUESTION:
    What is causing my dry skin?
    I moved into my apartment in september '07 and ever since i've been getting horrible dandruff and dry skin everywhere. I've never had dry skin because i was wondering if it could be cause by my water or the cement company on my street.

    • ANSWER:
      It's kind of hard to tell from the little information you provided but it may be the heating system in your home. Maybe you should consider a humidifier...The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Dry skin. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

      * Practical reasons for dry skin:
      o Low humidity
      o Home heating
      o Rubbing alcohol
      o Certain chemicals and cleaning products
      * Pregnancy - some level of dry (or itchy) skin can occur in pregnancy.
      * Psoriasis
      * Eczema
      * Contact dermatitis
      * Fungal skin infection
      * Heatstroke
      * Sunstroke
      * Hypothyroidism
      * Uremia
      * Ichthyosis
      * Vitamin A deficiency

      » Review Causes of Dry skin: one at a time
      TopCauses of Dry skin listed in Disease Database:
      Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Dry skin as a symptom include:

      * Atopic dermatitis
      * Dehydration
      * Erythema craquele
      * Etretinate
      * Hyperkeratosis
      * Hypohidrosis
      * Hypothyroidism
      * Ichthyosis
      * Ichthyosis vulgaris
      * Isotretinoin
      * Psoriasis
      * Vitamin A
      * Wolcott-Rallison syndrome

  12. QUESTION:
    Describe the features of the melaleuca oil in terms of botany?

    • ANSWER:
      Tea Tree Oil History

      Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) has a proven history of over sixty years of safe usage. Tea tree oils record is unmatched by any other natural product.

      Our tea tree oil is 100% Pure Pharmaceutical Grade. It is steam distilled from the leaves of the tea tree species (Melaleuca alternifolia) a native to only a small region of northern New South Wales on the east coast of Australia. The highest quality of tea tree oil comes from this region only, all other oils are inferior.

      Our tea tree oil contains 2.6% Cineole and 41.7 % Terpinen-4-ol. This tea tree oil is a uniquely defined combination of monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes and terpene alcohol's with outstanding therapeutic properties.

      Melaleuca Alternifolia the Australian "Tea Tree" yields an essential oil that is recognized as one of nature's most effective and versatile healers. It can be used as a immune system booster and a preventative against many types of infections. Also See: Grapefruit Seed Extract!

      USES:

      People use tea tree oil for the following conditions:

      Acne
      Athlete's foot
      Dandruff
      Vaginitis
      Thrush
      Periodontal disease
      As an antiseptic
      Boils
      Lice
      Eczema
      Psoriasis
      Yeast infection

      Tea Tree Oil Healing Powers

      Tea tree oil has been proven to be a powerful yet natural antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal medicine (essential oil).

      It is being used as a very effective first aid remedy and against countless skin ailments, infections, cuts, scrapes, burns, insect bites and skin spots etc.

      Tea tree oil is effective against nail fungus, ringworm, athlete's foot, dandruff, acne, blackheads and many types of infestations including lice, mites, scabies and mosquitoes etc... (For humans and animals alike)

      Tea tree oil is not just soothing and disinfecting, it is capable of penetrating into the lower skin layers with its anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, analgesic (pain-killing) and cicatrizant (wound-healing) qualities.

      It has a diaphoretic effect - It promotes sweating - which enhances the body's own natural preventative response when threatened by infection.

      Tea tree oil exhibits expectorant and balsamic characteristics, which are especially beneficial in the case of throat or chest infections, having a generally soothing and clearing (mucus-expelling) effect on the entire respiratory tract. It is also effective against head colds.

      Tea Tree Oil is Effective Against

      Gram Positive bacteria:

      Staphyloccus aureus, Staphyloccus epidermidis, Staphyloccus pneumoniae, Staphyloccus faecalis, Staphyloccus pyrogenes, Staphyloccus agalactiae, Propioni-bacterium acnes, Betahaemolytic streptococcus.

      Gram Negative bacteria:

      Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniac, Citrobactor ssp, Shigella sonnei, Proteus mirabilis, Legionella ssp, Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

      Fungi:

      Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Trichophyton rubrum, Aspergillus niger,, Aspergillus flavus, Candida albicans, Microsporum canis, Microsporum gypseum, Thermoactinomycetes vulgaris

      SEE

      http://www.homeremediesweb.com/tea_tree_oil_health_benefits.php

  13. QUESTION:
    I have Ichthyosis vulgaris. What should I do? I want to have normal life at work.?
    Is taking Glutathione supplements could help my skin condition?

    • ANSWER:
      I had to look up your skin condition to know what it is. You have lived with this condition and by now should know how to control it and get medical attention when you need it. I also have a skin condition (psoriasis) that covers most of my body. The severity comes and goes, especially with times of great stress or illness and healthy times. Sometimes it is very noticeable and sometimes it is not. Sometimes it itches intensely and other times it just looks bad. I do have a normal life at work but sometimes I have to educate others on my condition so that they understand it is not contagious and there is no cure for it (it just looks bad and itches sometimes.) I smile a lot and go out of my way to be nice to others. People notice and appreciate me.....not my skin. I hope this helps. As far as the supplement you are considering taking, I can't give you any feedback. Maybe you can also post your question in the family section and in the business section to get even more suggestions to help you. Remember, God gave you your skin condition for a reason....look beyond your skin to who you are underneath and see others in the same way! God bless you.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is it back to put different acne medications on at the same time just in different spots?
    i tried earlier putting ziana on the acne scars and tazorac on the actual pimples. is that bad? im also on solodyn 135mg

    • ANSWER:
      Ziana= cleocin/clindamycin/Retin A, low dose,

      tazorac= mild retinoid, also used for psoriasis, avoid sun prolonged exp

      solodyn= minocycline, tetracycline product for non nodular acne vulgaris

      I would apply as doc directed you to do, usually, you apply meds to all over face, not just spot exposure. you can overlap meds, I've read best to use Retinoid prod first as it allows next layer of meds to be absorbed better. made me work this question. had to look up all of those

  15. QUESTION:
    Does anyone here know the English translation for KARAPAN?
    Karapan is originated from Malayalam (hopefully).
    It is skin disease in children,
    looks like chicken pox but there are some differences in skin colour and usually catches the children!
    Thanks for your help ^ç^
    John it's not scabies!

    thanks anyway ^-^

    • ANSWER:
      It's measles, i suppose!

      But, these are the most common skin diseases for children:
      IMPETIGO CONTAGIOSA
      PEDICULOSIS (LOUSINESS)
      SCABIES ("THE ITCH")
      RINGWORM OF THE SCALP
      RINGWORM OF THE BODY
      RINGWORM OF THE HANDS, FEET, CROTCH, AND ARMPITS
      WARTS
      ACNE VULGARIS
      BOILS AND CARBUNCLES
      HERPES SIMPLEX (COLD SORES)
      ALOPECIA AREATA
      PSORIASIS
      DERMATITIS VENENATA
      ECZEMA
      SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS

      For all the details, you can refer to:
      http://www.logoi.com/health/skin_diseases/common_skin_diseases_of_children.html

  16. QUESTION:
    My friend is suffering from skin psoriasis. Can you help her.?
    She is 51 years old. Dr. prescribes her 1) Acerate25mg. 2) Rolsical ointment 3) deflorate ointment. When she uses the medicicines her sufferings subsides. But, after discontinuation the problem reappears and itching starts. Is it wise to take Acerate for a long time? How long she should take Acerate? She sufferred from Breast cancer in 2003 and cured totally till now. How can you help her.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no cure for it, although, you can manage the symptoms. I would suggest that she tries some natural remedies that will help manage Psoriasis...

      * Peppermint Essential Oil Has Been Known to Relieve Skin Conditions Such as Psoriasis, Eczema and Dermatitis. It Helps to Lessen the Redness of Skin and Also Prevents Irritation, Itchiness and Joint Pain (for those with Psoriatic Arthritis)! Just remember not to ever use an essential oil in its raw form on your bare skin!

      * Rubbing Vitamin E Directly On the Affected Skin Will Help Moisturize and Heal the Skin. This Natural Oil Will Also Help Prevent Scarring.

      * Aloe ferox, commonly referred to as bitter aloe and red aloe, grows throughout the eastern areas of South Africa. It is one of many aloe species used medicinally. Though it is not the same as its sibling species aloe ve...ra, it yields chemically identical substances and is often called by the same name.

      According to the report in the International Journal of Pharma Sciences and Research, "a double-blind, placebo-controlled study examined the effect of aloe extract---0.5 percent in a hydrophilic cream---for 60 psoriasis vulgaris patients, aged 18 to 50 years. The aloe cream cured 25 out of 30 patients compared with a placebo rate of 2 out of 30. The authors concluded it was a safe alternative treatment for treating psoriasis."

      * Licorice Root Contains the Compound Glycyrrhetinic Acid (GA), Which Works Similar to Hydrocortisone & Superior to Topical Cortisone In Treating Psoriasis, Eczema & Allergic Dermatitis.

      * Chamomile Contains Two Compounds; Levomenol & Azulene, Which Preliminary Studies Show Act as Anti-Inflammatory Agents and Antioxidants to Repair Damaged Skin Cells Due To Psoriasis.

      * Neem oil is an emollient, a substance that softens and moistens dry cracked skin. This straight away eliminates a lot of the irritation and itchiness. It moisturizes and protects, and heals any lesions or scaling.

      Neem also soothes the redness and irritation directly, through the steroid like effect of some of its ingredients. Yes, neem can affect your skin similar to the way steroids do, but without all the nasty side effects.

      Neem oil generally enhances skin health and the natural immunity of your skin, which is one of the biggest factors in psoriasis.

      Neem oil is strongly antibacterial, and the benefit of this for psoriasis is obvious. Neem cleans up any skin infections that may have developed because of cracked broken skin (due to dryness or scratching). When used regularly (by using a neem soap, neem shampoo, or neem lotion) neem also prevents any future skin infections that may aggravate or bring back psoriasis symptoms.

  17. QUESTION:
    DO WHITE SKIN GET THE MOST ACNE, SUN DAMAGE, SCARS, ETC ON AVERAGE COMPARED TO OTHER RACES?
    white skin is definitely beautiful, get lots of atention, and everything. YET, IT getsthe most acne, sun burn damages, scaring and strecth marks, ages the fastest, and wears out quickly if it isn;t taken care of.

    In any event, black people skin rarey get all those problems.

    thus, do white skin get all the probelms i mentioned much more often than other races

    • ANSWER:
      I disagree that Caucasians have more acne vulgaris or oily skin than other ethnic groups. I think that we DO have more acne ROSACEA as it does affect the light-skinned races more but on the whole the oiliest skin and most acne-prone would either be Native American Indians, Africans, African-Americans, maybe Asian Indians to some extent. Without sounding prejudiced, I think the best skin belongs to the northern Asian groups (Koreans, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese) and maybe a small percentage of northern whites like Celtics and Scandinavians who have naturally dry, smooth skin (as long as they have no Rosacea genes!).

      I was told by several dermatologists that only about 10% of the population have NO genetic influences for ANY skin disorder like acne vulgaris, rosacea, eczema or psoriasis EVER. So that leaves most of us out.

  18. QUESTION:
    Cure for Psoriasis vulgaris?
    My scalp itches and there are some bald spots? And fast and easy cure?
    NO BREAD OR PIZZA?! (i'll try it)
    Wow this question must be really popular!

    • ANSWER:
      Have you been diagnosed with psoriasis vulgaris? There are a variety of conditions that can cause itchy scalp and bald spots.

      There are a number of treatments available for psoriasis, but unfortunately none of them offer a complete cure. Psoriasis is a chronic condition that often runs in families.

      Topical medications used to treat psoriasis (which are applied to the surface of the skin) include corticosteroids, tars and anthralin. Ultraviolet light combined with a medication called psoralen (PUVA therapy) is also effective in many patients. Other medications taken by mouth sometimes used to treat more severe cases include anti-cancer drugs like methotrexate. These are reserved for severe cases because they can have serious side effects.

      It is also important to know and avoid possible triggers of psoriasis. These include skin injury/irritation, excessive sunlight (causing sunburns), stress/anxiety, some throat and upper respiratory tract infections.

  19. QUESTION:
    Wot is scalp psoriasis?is it curable?
    wot is scalp psoriasis??my doctor told me tat i am suffering from this disease...is it something to worry about?i am really worried about my hair..i've heard it causes temporary hair loss..but some people say tat it can lead to permanent hair loss as well..nd moreover my doc said tat it is not curable..but it can be controlled with proper medication nd rt treatment...

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis (pronounced /səˈraɪəsɪs/) is a non-contagious disorder which affects the skin and joints. It commonly causes red scaly patches to appear on the skin. The scaly patches caused by psoriasis, called psoriatic plaques, are areas of inflammation and excessive skin production. Skin rapidly accumulates at these sites and takes on a silvery-white appearance. Plaques frequently occur on the skin of the elbows and knees, but can affect any area including the scalp and genitals. In contrast to eczema, psoriasis is more likely to be found on the extensor aspect of the joint.

      The disorder is a chronic recurring condition which varies in severity from minor localised patches to complete body coverage. Fingernails and toenails are frequently affected (psoriatic nail dystrophy) - and can be seen as an isolated finding. Psoriasis can also cause inflammation of the joints, which is known as psoriatic arthritis. Ten to fifteen percent of people with psoriasis have psoriatic arthritis.

      The cause of psoriasis is not known, but it is believed to have a genetic component. Factors that may aggravate psoriasis include stress, excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking.[1] There are many treatments available, but because of its chronic recurrent nature psoriasis is a challenge to treat.

      Treatment:

      Treatment

      There can be substantial variation between individuals in the effectiveness of specific psoriasis treatments. Because of this, dermatologists often use a trial-and-error approach to finding the most appropriate treatment for their patient. The decision to employ a particular treatment is based on the type of psoriasis, its location, extent and severity. The patient’s age, sex, quality of life, comorbidities, and attitude toward risks associated with the treatment are also taken into consideration.

      In 2008, the FDA approved three new treatment options[20] available to psoriasis patients: 1) Taclonex Scalp, a new topical ointment for treating scalp psoriasis; 2) the Xtrac Velocity excimer laser system, which emits a high-intensity beam of ultraviolet light, can treat moderate to severe psoriasis; and 3) the biologic drug adalimumab (brand name Humira) was also approved to treat moderate to severe psoriasis. Adalimumab had already been approved to treat psoriatic arthritis.

      Talconex ointment may cause psoriasis to rebound signficantly.

      Medications with the least potential for adverse reactions are preferentially employed. If the treatment goal is not achieved then therapies with greater potential toxicity may be used. Medications with significant toxicity are reserved for severe unresponsive psoriasis. This is called the psoriasis treatment ladder.[21] As a first step, medicated ointments or creams, called topical treatments, are applied to the skin. If topical treatment fails to achieve the desired goal then the next step would be to expose the skin to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. This type of treatment is called phototherapy. The third step involves the use of medications which are taken internally by pill or injection. This approach is called systemic treatment.

      Over time, psoriasis can become resistant to a specific therapy. Treatments may be periodically changed to prevent resistance developing (tachyphylaxis) and to reduce the chance of adverse reactions occurring. This is called treatment rotation.

      Types of psoriasis:

      Photograph of an arm covered with plaque psoriasis.

      The symptoms of psoriasis can manifest in a variety of forms. Variants include plaque, pustular, guttate and flexural psoriasis. This section describes each type (with ICD-10 code [6]).[4]

      Plaque psoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris) (L40.0) is the most common form of psoriasis. It affects 80 to 90% of people with psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis typically appears as raised areas of inflamed skin covered with silvery white scaly skin. These areas are called plaques.

      Flexural psoriasis (inverse psoriasis) (L40.83-4) appears as smooth inflamed patches of skin. It occurs in skin folds, particularly around the genitals (between the thigh and groin), the armpits, under an overweight stomach (pannus), and under the breasts (inframammary fold). It is aggravated by friction and sweat, and is vulnerable to fungal infections.

      Guttate psoriasis (L40.4) is characterized by numerous small round spots (differential diagnosis - pityriasis rosea - oval shape lesion). These numerous spots of psoriasis appear over large areas of the body, such as the trunk, limbs, and scalp. Guttate psoriasis is associated with streptococcal throat infection.

      Pustular psoriasis (L40.1-3, L40.82) appears as raised bumps that are filled with non-infectious pus (pustules). The skin under and surrounding the pustules is red and tender. Pustular psoriasis can be localised, commonly to the hands and feet (palmoplantar pustulosis), or generalised with widespread patches occurring randomly on any part of the body.
      Psoriasis of a fingernail

      Nail psoriasi

  20. QUESTION:
    is Psoriasis Genetic?
    My Father has Psoriasis and so did my Grandmother but hers went away? i was wondering if i would get it is it genetic??

    • ANSWER:
      Why is psoriasis genetic? This skin disorder is considered to be genetic because genomewide analyses have found there are nine locations on various chromosomes and they are strongly associated with the occurrence of psoriasis. They are known as psoriasis susceptibility and have been marked from 1 to 9, for example PSORS 1 – PSORS 9. Within these nine locations are genes. And most of these genes lay on pathways that cause inflammation and certain mutation of these genes are found in psoriasis. This is basically why the answer to is psoriasis genetic is a yes. This is the primary genetic cause of psoriasis.

      When you get answer to the question is psoriasis genetic you will need to understand something quite vividly. That is psoriasis is generally caused by PSORS 1 and it is responsible for almost 50% of heritability. It actually controls the genes that are responsible for the health of your immune system and for the encoding proteins that is found in people who are affected by psoriasis. Chromosome 6 in MHC contains PSORS 1 and it is responsible for controlling the functions of your immune system. About 3 genes in this PSORS 1 have a link with psoriasis vulgaris. This lead to a positive answer to the question is psoriasis genetic.

      When you ask is psoriasis genetic then knowing just about PSORS 1 will not suffice. Genomewide scans have detected several other genes that manifest altered characteristics during psoriasis. Some are characterized by inflamed signal proteins. This in turn affects the well being of the immune system that plays a crucial part in psoriasis. Some of these genes are responsible for some other autoimmune diseases as well. Once you got your answer to the question, is psoriasis genetic you will need to find about its treatment. Knowing the cause and initiating the treatment in time controls the spread of psoriasis.

  21. QUESTION:
    What is psoriasis? What causes psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis (IPA pronunciation: [sə'raɪ.əsɪs]) is an immune-mediated disease[1] which affects the skin and joints. It commonly causes red scaly patches to appear on the skin. The scaly patches caused by psoriasis are often called psoriasis plaques or lesions. Psoriasis plaques are areas of excessive skin cell production and inflammation. Skin rapidly accumulates at these sites and sometimes takes a silvery-white appearance. Plaques frequently occur on the skin of the elbows and knees, but can affect any area including the scalp and genitals. Psoriasis is not contagious; it cannot be passed from person to person.

      The disorder is a chronic or recurring condition which can vary in severity, from minor localised patches to complete body coverage. Fingernails and toenails are frequently affected (psoriatic nail dystrophy). Psoriasis can also cause inflammation of the joints. This is known as psoriatic arthritis. 10-15 % of people with psoriasis have psoriatic arthritis.

      Several factors are thought to aggravate psoriasis. These include stress and excessive alcohol consumption. Individuals with psoriasis may also suffer from depression and loss of self-esteem. As such, quality of life is an important factor in evaluating the severity of the disease. There are many treatments available but because of its chronic recurrent nature psoriasis is a challenge to treat.

      Types of psoriasis
      The symptoms of psoriasis can manifest in a variety of forms. Variants include plaque, pustular, guttate and flexural psoriasis.

      Plaque psoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris) (L40.0) is the most common form of psoriasis. It affects 80 to 90% of people with psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis typically appears as raised areas of inflamed skin covered with silvery white scaly skin. These areas are called plaques.

      Flexural psoriasis (inverse psoriasis) (L40.83-4) appears as smooth inflamed patches of skin. It occurs in skin folds, particularly around the genitals, the armpits, and under the breasts. It is aggravated by friction and sweat, and is vulnerable to fungal infections.

      Guttate psoriasis (L40.4) is characterized by numerous small oval (teardrop-shaped) spots. These numerous spots of psoriasis appear over large areas of the body, such as the trunk, limbs, and scalp. Guttate psoriasis is associated with streptococcal throat infection.

      Pustular psoriasis (L40.1-3, L40.82) appears as raised bumps that are filled with non-infectious pus (pustules). The skin under and surrounding pustules is red and tender. Pustular psoriasis can be localised, commonly to the hands and feet (palmoplantar pustulosis), or generalised with widespread patches occurring randomly on any part of the body.

      Nail psoriasis (L40.86) produces a variety of changes in the appearance of finger and toe nails. These changes include discolouring under the nail plate, pitting of the nails, lines going across the nails, thickening of the skin under the nail, and the loosening (onycholysis) and crumbling of the nail.

      Psoriatic arthritis (L40.5) involves joint and connective tissue inflammation. Psoriatic arthritis can affect any joint but is most common in the joints of the fingers and toes. This can result in a sausage-shaped swelling of the fingers and toes known as dactylitis. Psoriatic arthritis can also affect the hips, knees and spine (spondylitis). About 10-15% of people who have psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis.

      Erythrodermic psoriasis (L40.85) involves the widespread inflammation and exfoliation of the skin over most of the body surface. It may be accompanied by severe itching, swelling and pain. It is often the result of an exacerbation of unstable plaque psoriasis, particularly following the abrupt withdrawal of systemic treatment. This form of psoriasis can be fatal, as the extreme inflammation and exfoliation disrupt the body's ability to regulate temperature and for the skin to perform barrier functions.

      Cause
      The cause of psoriasis is not fully understood. There are two main theories about the process that occurs in the development of the disease. The first considers psoriasis as primarily a disorder of excessive growth and reproduction of skin cells. The problem is simply seen as a fault of the epidermis and its keratinocytes. An alternate viewpoint sees the disease as being an immune-mediated disorder in which the excessive reproduction of skin cells is secondary to factors produced by the immune system. It is thought that T cells (which normally help protect the body against infection) become active, migrate to the dermis and trigger the release of cytokines (tumor necrosis factor-alpha TNFα, in particular) which cause inflammation and the rapid production of skin cells. It is not known what initiates the activation of the T cells.

      The immune-mediated model of psoriasis has been supported by the observation that immunosuppressant medications can clear psoriasis plaques. However, the role of the immune system is not fully understood, and it has recently been reported that an animal model of psoriasis can be triggered in mice lacking T cells.[5] Animal models, however, reveal only a few aspects resembling human psoriasis.

      Psoriasis is a fairly idiosyncratic disease. The majority of people's experience of psoriasis is one in which it may worsen or improve for no apparent reason. Studies of the factors associated with psoriasis tend to be based on small (usually hospital based) samples of individuals. These studies tend to suffer from representative issues, and an inability to tease out causal associations in the face of other (possibly unknown) intervening factors. Conflicting findings are often reported. Nevertheless, the first outbreak is sometimes reported following stress (physical and mental), skin injury, and streptococcal infection. Conditions that have been reported as accompanying a worsening of the disease include infections, stress, and changes in season and climate. Certain medicines, including lithium salt and beta blockers, have been reported to trigger or aggravate the disease. Excessive alcohol consumption, smoking and obesity may exacerbate psoriasis or make the management of the condition difficult.

      You could get more information from the link below...

  22. QUESTION:
    psoriasis?!?!?!?
    today, i went to the doctors, because i have disgusting patches of scaly gross looking skin behind my ears, and in my scalp. The doctors told me that i have psoriasis. Does anyone else have it behind their ears or on their scalp. What exactaly is it? Is it a disease??? BEST ANSWER CHOSEN TOMORROW!!! (best answer gets 10 points)

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis (pronounced /səˈraɪəsɪs/) (suh-RI-uh-sus) is a disorder which affects the skin and joints. It commonly causes red scaly patches to appear on the skin. The scaly patches caused by psoriasis, called psoriatic plaques, are areas of inflammation and excessive skin production. Skin rapidly accumulates at these sites and takes a silvery-white appearance. Plaques frequently occur on the skin of the elbows and knees, but can affect any area including the scalp and genitals. Psoriasis is hypothesized to be immune-mediated[1][2] and is not contagious.

      The disorder is a chronic recurring condition which varies in severity from minor localised patches to complete body coverage. Fingernails and toenails are frequently affected (psoriatic nail dystrophy) - and can be seen as an isolated finding. Psoriasis can also cause inflammation of the joints, which is known as psoriatic arthritis. Ten to fifteen percent of people with psoriasis have psoriatic arthritis.

      The cause of psoriasis is not known, but it is believed to have a genetic component. Several factors are thought to aggravate psoriasis. These include stress, excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking.[3] Individuals with psoriasis may suffer from depression and loss of self-esteem. As such, quality of life is an important factor in evaluating the severity of the disease. There are many treatments available but because of its chronic recurrent nature psoriasis is a challenge to treat.

      Plaque psoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris) (L40.0) is the most common form of psoriasis. It affects 80 to 90% of people with psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis typically appears as raised areas of inflamed skin covered with silvery white scaly skin. These areas are called plaques.

      Flexural psoriasis (inverse psoriasis) (L40.83-4) appears as smooth inflamed patches of skin. It occurs in skin folds, particularly around the genitals (between the thigh and groin), the armpits, under an overweight stomach (pannus), and under the breasts (inframammary fold). It is aggravated by friction and sweat, and is vulnerable to fungal infections.

      Guttate psoriasis (L40.4) is characterized by numerous small round (teardrop-shaped) spots (differential diagnosis - pityriasis rosea - oval shape lesion). These numerous spots of psoriasis appear over large areas of the body, such as the trunk, limbs, and scalp. Guttate psoriasis is associated with streptococcal throat infection.

      Pustular psoriasis (L40.1-3, L40.82) appears as raised bumps that are filled with non-infectious pus (pustules). The skin under and surrounding pustules is red and tender. Pustular psoriasis can be localised, commonly to the hands and feet (palmoplantar pustulosis), or generalised with widespread patches occurring randomly on any part of the body.

      Nail psoriasis (L40.86) produces a variety of changes in the appearance of finger and toe nails. These changes include discolouring under the nail plate, pitting of the nails, lines going across the nails, thickening of the skin under the nail, and the loosening (onycholysis) and crumbling of the nail.

      Psoriatic arthritis (L40.5) involves joint and connective tissue inflammation. Psoriatic arthritis can affect any joint but is most common in the joints of the fingers and toes. This can result in a sausage-shaped swelling of the fingers and toes known as dactylitis. Psoriatic arthritis can also affect the hips, knees and spine (spondylitis). About 10-15% of people who have psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis.

      Erythrodermic psoriasis (L40.85) involves the widespread inflammation and exfoliation of the skin over most of the body surface. It may be accompanied by severe itching, swelling and pain. It is often the result of an exacerbation of unstable plaque psoriasis, particularly following the abrupt withdrawal of systemic treatment. This form of psoriasis can be fatal, as the extreme inflammation and exfoliation disrupt the body's ability to regulate temperature and for the skin to perform barrier functions

      Hope this helps.

  23. QUESTION:
    cure for skin disease - 'psoriasis vulgaris'?
    treated several times, but, keeps on re-appearing. made my life boring.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, you can try one of the natural treatments available on the Internet (just google "natural treatment of psoriasis") and take your pick. Some of them do actually work. For my psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they then stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: Champori is available online without prescription and comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.
      Miko

  24. QUESTION:
    signs of Psoriasis?
    I have very dry skin, but only around my eyes, forehead and chin. The skin on my body does not seem to be dry, I keep my face and body moisturized all day long...but I can't seem to get rid of the dry skin around my eyes, forehead and chin area. I was just curious if psoriasis can just be on parts of the body? That may not be the problem, I'm just trying to figure it out. Could hard water cause dry skin? and how would you know if you have hard water??

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't worry about hard water. There are many types of psoriasis, but the most common is psoriasis vulgaris, characterized, not just by dry skin, but by patches of inflamed (sometimes even welped in appearance) skin that are capped with silverish scaly skin called plaques. These patches can occur anywhere on the body. However, if you're not exactly experiencing these symptoms, you may want to look in to the possibility that you're having a mild allergic reaction to something.

  25. QUESTION:
    I think I have psoriasis on my foot?
    I have it on my scalp, but mildly. I use shampoo intended for such that I get from walmart. Is there a cream I can buy as well over the counter sort of thing?
    Im pretty sure its psoriasis, heres a pic :
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    Paigespics058.jpg
    ^ do you think it could be something else?
    http://i603.photobucket.com/albums/tt119/IloveKyoKyo/Paigespics058.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      If it is Psoriasis, as you probably already know...There is no cure for it, although, you can manage the symptoms. These are some natural remedies that will help manage your Psoriasis..

      * Peppermint Essential Oil Has Been Known to Relieve Skin Conditions Such as Psoriasis, Eczema and Dermatitis. It Helps to Lessen the Redness of Skin and Also Prevents Irritation, Itchiness and Joint Pain (for those with Psoriatic Arthritis)! Just remember not to ever use an essential oil in its raw form on your bare skin!

      * Rubbing Vitamin E Directly On the Affected Skin Will Help Moisturize and Heal the Skin. This Natural Oil Will Also Help Prevent Scarring.

      * Aloe ferox, commonly referred to as bitter aloe and red aloe, grows throughout the eastern areas of South Africa. It is one of many aloe species used medicinally. Though it is not the same as its sibling species aloe ve...ra, it yields chemically identical substances and is often called by the same name.

      According to the report in the International Journal of Pharma Sciences and Research, "a double-blind, placebo-controlled study examined the effect of aloe extract---0.5 percent in a hydrophilic cream---for 60 psoriasis vulgaris patients, aged 18 to 50 years. The aloe cream cured 25 out of 30 patients compared with a placebo rate of 2 out of 30. The authors concluded it was a safe alternative treatment for treating psoriasis."

      * Licorice Root Contains the Compound Glycyrrhetinic Acid (GA), Which Works Similar to Hydrocortisone & Superior to Topical Cortisone In Treating Psoriasis, Eczema & Allergic Dermatitis.

      * Chamomile Contains Two Compounds; Levomenol & Azulene, Which Preliminary Studies Show Act as Anti-Inflammatory Agents and Antioxidants to Repair Damaged Skin Cells Due To Psoriasis.

      * Neem oil is an emollient, a substance that softens and moistens dry cracked skin. This straight away eliminates a lot of the irritation and itchiness. It moisturizes and protects, and heals any lesions or scaling.

      Neem also soothes the redness and irritation directly, through the steroid like effect of some of its ingredients. Yes, neem can affect your skin similar to the way steroids do, but without all the nasty side effects.

      Neem oil generally enhances skin health and the natural immunity of your skin, which is one of the biggest factors in psoriasis.

      Neem oil is strongly antibacterial, and the benefit of this for psoriasis is obvious. Neem cleans up any skin infections that may have developed because of cracked broken skin (due to dryness or scratching). When used regularly (by using a neem soap, neem shampoo, or neem lotion) neem also prevents any future skin infections that may aggravate or bring back psoriasis symptoms.

  26. QUESTION:
    Do vitamin d pills make you pee?
    I was wondering if they do

    • ANSWER:
      Vitamin D is a vitamin. It can be found in small amounts in a few foods, including fatty fish such as herring, mackerel, sardines and tuna. To make vitamin D more available, it is added to dairy products, juices, and cereals that are then said to be “fortified with vitamin D.” But most vitamin D – 80% to 90% of what the body gets – is obtained through exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D can also be made in the laboratory as medicine.

      Vitamin D is used for preventing and treating rickets, a disease that is caused by not having enough vitamin D (vitamin D deficiency). Vitamin D is also used for treating weak bones (osteoporosis), bone pain (osteomalacia), bone loss in people with a condition called hyperparathyroidism, and an inherited disease (osteogenesis imperfecta) in which the bones are especially brittle and easily broken. It is also used for preventing falls and fractures in people at risk for osteoporosis, and preventing low calcium and bone loss (renal osteodystrophy) in people with kidney failure.

      Vitamin D is used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It is also used for diabetes, obesity, muscle weakness, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, bronchitis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and tooth and gum disease.

      Some people use vitamin D for skin conditions including vitiligo, scleroderma, psoriasis, actinic keratosis, and lupus vulgaris.

      It is also used for boosting the immune system, preventing autoimmune diseases, and preventing cancer.

      Because vitamin D is involved in regulating the levels of minerals such as phosphorous and calcium, it is used for conditions caused by low levels of phosphorous (familial hypophosphatemia and Fanconi syndrome) and low levels of calcium (hypoparathyroidism and pseudohypoparathyroidism).

      Vitamin D in forms known as calcitriol or calcipotriene is applied directly to the skin for a particular type of psoriasis.

      If you travel to Canada, you may have noticed that Canada recognizes the importance of vitamin D in the prevention of osteoporosis. It allows this health claim for foods that contain calcium: "A healthy diet with adequate calcium and vitamin D, and regular physical activity, help to achieve strong bones and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.” But the US version of this osteoporosis health claim does not yet include vitamin D.

      How does it work?
      Vitamin D is required for the regulation of the minerals calcium and phosphorus found in the body. It also plays an important role in maintaining proper bone structure.

      Sun exposure is an easy, reliable way for most people to get vitamin D. Exposure of the hands, face, arms, and legs to sunlight two to three times a week for about one-fourth of the time it would take to develop a mild sunburn will cause the skin to produce enough vitamin D. The necessary exposure time varies with age, skin type, season, time of day, etc.

      It’s amazing how quickly adequate levels of vitamin D can be restored by sunlight. Just 6 days of casual sunlight exposure without sunscreen can make up for 49 days of no sunlight exposure. Body fat acts like a kind of storage battery for vitamin D. During periods of sunlight, vitamin D is stored in fatty fat and then released when sunlight is gone.

      Nevertheless, vitamin D deficiency is more common than you might expect. People who don’t get enough sun, especially people living in Canada and the northern half of the US, are especially at risk. Vitamin D deficiency also occurs even in sunny climates, possibly because people are staying indoors more, covering up when outside, or using sunscreens consistently these days to reduce skin cancer risk.

      Older people are also at risk for vitamin D deficiency. They are less likely to spend time in the sun, have fewer “receptors” in their skin that convert sunlight to vitamin D, may not get vitamin D in their diet, may have trouble absorbing vitamin D even if they do get it in their diet, and may have more trouble converting dietary vitamin D to a useful form due to aging kidneys. In fact, the risk for vitamin D deficiency in people over 65 years of age is very high. Surprisingly, as many as 40% of older people even in sunny climates such as South Florida don’t have enough vitamin D in their systems.

      Vitamin D supplements may be necessary for older people, people living in northern latitudes, and for dark-skinned people who need extra time in the sun, but don’t get it.

      ~Kevin.

  27. QUESTION:
    anyone know anything about taking extra vitamin d's and how it helps?
    ive been doing this for a month now, for yrs i was getting cracking joints all the time and it kept happening more and more often, till it was happening all the time, and im not talking about the kind thats like gas cracking, im talking about brittle bones, i could never get any help for it cause my dexa scans would come out normal, when i asked a question about this on another answersite someone suggested vit d so i researched it and realized my multi only had 400 and puritan's pride says an adult needs 2000 iu's so i decided to try it, its a gradual thing but now they rarely do that and i think i couldve broken my foot about a month or two ago cause i could barely put it down to walk on it, yrs ago i broke my ankle just by barely moving it, ive tried to talk to doctors about it and they all say its part of getting older, ive had two hip surgeries and a knee one about a yr ago all within a yr, i used to drink diet cokes all the time but for the last 4 yrs i havent had a soda at all, for the past month ive been taking 2000 iu's of d's every day and now they rarely crack and pain is starting to go away and im getting more of my mobility back and even my knee is starting to heal from surgery, it couldnt before cause it kept cracking, next month sometime when i run out of statins i have to get my cholesterol checked again and im going to ask my doctor to check my d levels , i just wanted to do them both at the same time, i heard taking d's can lower cholesterol too, anyone else know about the benefits of extra d's and anyone else go thru this? i know i have to be careful about overdosing on it but i think i was too low on it so im not too worried about that now, any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      My answer is longer than your question
      Vitamin D is a vitamin. It can be found in small amounts in a few foods, including fatty fish such as herring, mackerel, sardines and tuna. To make vitamin D more available, it is added to dairy products, juices, and cereals that are then said to be “fortified with vitamin D.” But most vitamin D – 80% to 90% of what the body gets – is obtained through exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D can also be made in the laboratory as medicine.

      Vitamin D is used for preventing and treating rickets, a disease that is caused by not having enough vitamin D (vitamin D deficiency). Vitamin D is also used for treating weak bones (osteoporosis), bone pain (osteomalacia), bone loss in people with a condition called hyperparathyroidism, and an inherited disease (osteogenesis imperfecta) in which the bones are especially brittle and easily broken. It is also used for preventing falls and fractures in people at risk for osteoporosis, and preventing low calcium and bone loss (renal osteodystrophy) in people with kidney failure.

      Vitamin D is used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It is also used for diabetes, obesity, muscle weakness, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, bronchitis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and tooth and gum disease.

      Some people use vitamin D for skin conditions including vitiligo, scleroderma, psoriasis, actinic keratosis, and lupus vulgaris.

      It is also used for boosting the immune system, preventing autoimmune diseases, and preventing cancer.

      Because vitamin D is involved in regulating the levels of minerals such as phosphorous and calcium, it is used for conditions caused by low levels of phosphorous (familial hypophosphatemia and Fanconi syndrome) and low levels of calcium (hypoparathyroidism and pseudohypoparathyroidism).

      Vitamin D in forms known as calcitriol or calcipotriene is applied directly to the skin for a particular type of psoriasis.

      If you travel to Canada, you may have noticed that Canada recognizes the importance of vitamin D in the prevention of osteoporosis. It allows this health claim for foods that contain calcium: "A healthy diet with adequate calcium and vitamin D, and regular physical activity, help to achieve strong bones and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.” But the US version of this osteoporosis health claim does not yet include vitamin D.

      How does it work?
      Vitamin D is required for the regulation of the minerals calcium and phosphorus found in the body. It also plays an important role in maintaining proper bone structure.

      Sun exposure is an easy, reliable way for most people to get vitamin D. Exposure of the hands, face, arms, and legs to sunlight two to three times a week for about one-fourth of the time it would take to develop a mild sunburn will cause the skin to produce enough vitamin D. The necessary exposure time varies with age, skin type, season, time of day, etc.

      It’s amazing how quickly adequate levels of vitamin D can be restored by sunlight. Just 6 days of casual sunlight exposure without sunscreen can make up for 49 days of no sunlight exposure. Body fat acts like a kind of storage battery for vitamin D. During periods of sunlight, vitamin D is stored in fatty fat and then released when sunlight is gone.

  28. QUESTION:
    Skin Problems...?
    Ever since 7th grade (im in 10th now) my skin has been very dry and uncomfortable. If i rub my hands against certain things they get real dry. And the things that they get dry to are things that never bothered me until 3 years ago. My hands get dry after showers, even if there short, when i touch shirts, jeans, tissues, pretty much anything. i was just doing some research and i think i might have Psoriasis. If anyone knows what I might have, please tell me.
    my dad doesnt do anything.

    • ANSWER:
      Plaque psoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris) typically appears as raised areas of inflamed skin covered with silvery white scaly skin.

      Flexural psoriasis (inverse psoriasis) appears as smooth inflamed patches of skin. It occurs in skin folds, particularly around the genitals (between the thigh and groin), the armpits, under an overweight stomach (pannus), and under the breasts (inframammary fold). It is aggravated by friction and sweat, and is vulnerable to fungal infections.

      Guttate psoriasis is characterized by numerous small round (teardrop-shaped) spots. These numerous spots of psoriasis appear over large areas of the body, such as the trunk, limbs, and scalp.

      Pustular psoriasis appears as raised bumps that are filled with non-infectious pus. The skin under and surrounding pustules is red and tender. Pustular psoriasis can be localised, commonly to the hands and feet or generalised with widespread patches occurring randomly on any part of the body.

      if you have any of these symptoms then psoriasis is likely.

      you may just have an allergy to soap - try using soap free products for a while and see if you notice any difference.

      if you think you may have psoriasis then it is very important to see a doctor, they can advise on different treatments to help you.

  29. QUESTION:
    how do you become a model with a skin disorder?
    I have a skin disorder called ichthyosis vulgaris, better known as the "alligator or fish scale disorder." Anyway, I've always been afraid to show my legs because of it, and everybody keeps suggesting that I take up modeling. I have my degree in theatre, and actually have my first photo shoot set up in a couple of days. My legs will be covered except for one outfit. I have not told my photographer what I have out of embarrassment, so I'm prepared to not wear this outfit if it's going to be a problem or if he cannot "touch it up." I'm just very nervous but I'm trying to be brave about it. This is just something to do, but if I were to get serious with the modeling aspect of this, and the fact that I am an actress and will have to show my legs eventually for certain costumes, I have no clue who would actually accept me because of it. Are there any people known who actually model with skin problems such as mine?

    • ANSWER:
      There have been models who were successful with various disabilities: Ron Howard, Parkinson's Disease; Raymond Burr, weight issues; Jessica Simpson, acne; LeAnn Rimes, psoriasis; William Shatner, rosacea; Morgan Freeman, dermatosis papulosa nigra. I don't know of any who have your specific disability, but I think you could make it work for you. Have you considered volunteering for promos for special needs kids.

  30. QUESTION:
    Tattoos and Skin Conditions?
    I have a skin condition called Ichthyosis, I've been told it's Ichthyosis Vulgaris but I've seen pictures of that type on the internet and it doesn't look nearly as bad, even when I don't apply my cream for days, and it dries out.

    My skin feels just as smooth in some areas as anyone without the condition's would, since I apply the skin cream "Doublebase" daily.

    Some doctors don't advise getting a tattoo if you have it, but that isn't taking into consideration my skin doesn't look or feel any different to anyone without the condition.

    Surely a tattoo should be fine as long as the skin is kept healthy and moisturised all the time?

    I'd like to know for FUTURE REFERENCE, if I ever felt so inclined to get one, since I've already put a lot of time into creating a meaningful and clever design. I'm not talking about a huge one of sleeves or anything just one on my forearm about 7-8 inches long and 2 inches wide. So any professional help, or help from anyone with a similar condition would be gratefully receieved...

    • ANSWER:
      That's a difficult one. My partner has psoriasis and he has several tattoos, it doesn't seem to be a big issue for him, except for when the hair they shave off first starts to grow back he has to be very careful and keep very clean.

      If you don't think your skin feels different then it should be ok, but from what i have heard about your condition it can get worse in old age so be prepared for it to maybe not look so good later.
      The worst area on anyone with it seems to be the upper arms, so it sounds like your forearm might be ok. Just remember, a tattoo there really is for life and it can be very tricky to cover up.

      Most tattoo artists will have a pretty good idea of how your skin condition will affect their work. So if you do decide to get it done, then tell them before they start so that they can advise you on good aftercare. In usual cases you aren't supposed to get your tattoo wet, but that may be hard for you if you need to keep moisturised, but a good tattoist will have some ideas on that.

  31. QUESTION:
    when i go to bed and lay down i fill dizzy even when i close my eyes. i have also got a rash on my neck?

    • ANSWER:
      Dizziness is a painless head discomfort with many possible causes including disturbances of vision, the brain, balance (vestibular) system of the inner ear, and gastrointestinal system.

      Causes of Dizziness:

      Anemia
      Brain Tumor
      Deafness, Hearing Loss
      Fainting
      Meniere Disease
      Migraine Headache
      Motion Sickness
      Otitis Media
      Stroke

      Other Causes of Dizziness:

      Acoustic neuromas and other cerebellopontine angle (CPA) tumors
      Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (cupulolithiasis)
      Medications (both Prescription and Non-Prescription)
      Vertebral basilar insufficiency
      Virus Infections of Inner Ear

      The word "rash" means a change in the color and texture of skin that usually causes an outbreak of red patches or bumps on the skin. In common usage of the term, a “rash" can refer to many different skin conditions. A rash can be caused, directly or indirectly, by a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection. Alternatively, a rash may be unrelated to an infectious organism, such as from an underlying medical illness. Medications, chronic medical conditions, and allergic reactions (hives) are among the multiple different causes of rash.

      Causes of Rash:

      Acne (Pimples)
      Atopic Dermatitis
      Erythema Nodosum
      Fifth Disease
      Hand Foot And Mouth Syndrome
      Heat Rash
      Hives
      Impetigo
      Insect Sting Allergies
      Kawasaki Disease
      Lichen Planus
      Lupus
      Lyme Disease
      Measles (Rubeola)
      Poison Ivy
      Psoriasis
      Rash
      Rheumatoid Arthritis
      Ringworm
      Rosacea
      Roseola
      Shingles
      Staph Infection (Staphylococcus Aureus)
      Sunburn and Sun-Sensitizing Drugs
      Yeast Infection

      Other Causes of Rash:

      Dermatitis herpetiformis
      Diaper rash
      Dry skin (xerosis)
      Erythema multiforme
      Folliculitis
      Fungal infection
      Granuloma annulare
      Hidradenitis suppurativa
      Intertrigo
      Medications
      Meningococcal infection
      Pemphigus vulgaris
      Pityriasis rosea
      Rocky mountain spotted fever
      Scarlet fever
      Seborrheic dermatitis
      Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSS)
      Swimmer's itch
      Toxic shock syndrome
      Viral infection

      hope this helps. its still best to see a doctor. ty

  32. QUESTION:
    confusing medical case of six years old girl who lost sight from blisters and all her body was burn?
    about a six years old girl first suffered of fever then Dr's gave her antibiotics she started having blisters outbreak on all her body ,Dr's couldn't figure out what she is suffering of ,he body was totally burn when these blisters explode ((as her mother say)) i guess she means her skin gets exfoliated ,finally Dr's. said it is an immune defect disease ,they started a medication course including cortisone,she started to get better but then outbreak started to strike once again ,her parents cant find an answer so they are asking about any suggestions ((aim a pharmacy student so i am trying to help them))
    Have two opinions and please correct me if i'am wrong,
    1-an immune induced disease would strike at younger age,ive seen an orphan with the same diagnosis but she was born with these symptoms and died with it ,could an immune induced disease strike for no reason after six years i mean there must be a trigger for such symptoms like psoriasis there are triggers for that disease
    2- when i read the symptoms i though about ritters disease (staphylococcal scaled skin syndrome) ,the only thing confused me that it is a newly born disease so i searched and found out it could also infect children till the age of 5 and rarely infect adults
    so she might be one of the rare cases
    3- the other thing came to my mind is that she is suffering a kind of allergy,something triggers these symptoms ,she had it at the age of six and after she recovered she had the symptoms back, from what the massage said it started with a fever then they used antibiotics that's when the outbreak took place,then the course included cortisone ,and it striked another time,so i searched for a type of allergy includes these two drug category i found this
    Toxic EpidermalNecrosiss (TEN)which has symptomssimilar to ssss but it is triggeredd by antibiotics andcorticosteroidsds
    if anyone has other suggestions or any information that might prove that am right or not go ahead
    please try to help,it is a life of a child

    • ANSWER:
      When i first saw the history, I also thought of TEN, but because that's a reaction to a drug, and the problem seems to be ongoing, then I'd have to think of other bullous diseases, especially those that might involve the mucous membranes. Mucous membrane pemphigoid is a possibility, as is pemphigus vulgaris. A biopsy of the blisters, with immunofluorescence, should be performed, as this will certainly help establish the correct diagnosis.

  33. QUESTION:
    has any one taken treatment of "dead sea bath " at ISRAEL, for PSORIASIS? if any idea about result of it, pl

    if u know any forum of dead sea treated patient for psoriasis, pl send me link

    • ANSWER:
      I´ve been there for 5 times.
      For best results it´s necessary to stay 3 better 4/5 weeks.Best time for Psoriasis-vulgaris(only on the skin) is may/middle of June.Psoriasis-arthritis it´s better to come June/end of July.
      The best practice (for me)was only the sun!Starting half an hour/day you won´t burn your skin.
      After two weeks you´re able to stay 6-8 hours in the sun without probs.Bathing in the dead sea is nice,but not every time necessary.
      After ending the treatment there,my skin is looking like a fresh-powdered baby-butt for 6/7 months,before coming back!
      I´ve Psoriasis since ´85.All diets,stop drinking&smoking,no fried meats&chips were not sucsessful.
      For Psoriasis-capitis(head)it´s better to shave the head one week before starting.And don´t worry-in the season there´re hundreds of "skinheads".
      Hope I could help U.
      Best wishes to U

      PS:
      Psoriasis is NOT avoidable!
      Only Meds and Non-beaten think so!

  34. QUESTION:
    scaly red patches on my arms. ?
    what could these possibly be? they arent itchy (well a little bit but not badly), they are just there and just on my arms...randomly appeared over the last few days. what could they be and how do i treat them.

    • ANSWER:
      its called Psoriasis......

      What is Psoriasis?
      Psoriasis is a disease which affects the skin and joints and commonly causes red scaly patches to appear on the skin. The scaly patches are areas of inflammation and excessive skin production. Psoriasis can cause pain, itching, burning and emotional distress. It affects both sexes equally and can occur at any age, although it most commonly appears for the first time between the ages of 15 and 25.

      Today more than seven million Americans suffer with psoriasis. Recent studies show that there may be an ethnic link. It seems that psoriasis is most common in Caucasians, slightly less in African Americans and far less common among Asians and Native Americans.

      Psoriasis is not contagious. You can't catch psoriasis from another person or give it to someone by touching them, and you can't spread it to other parts of your body.

      Psoriasis is probably one of the longest known illnesses of humans and simultaneously one of the most misunderstood.

      Types of Psoriasis
      Several types of psoriasis exist, each with unique signs and symptoms. These include:

      Plaque psoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris) is the most common form of psoriasis. It causes dry, red skin lesions (plaques) covered with silvery scales. The plaques itch or feel sore and may occur anywhere on your body. About 80% of people who develop psoriasis have plaque psoriasis. Nail psoriasis produces a variety of changes in the appearance of finger and toe nails (pitting, abnormal nail growth, discoloration). Psoriatic nails may become loose and separate from the nail bed (onycholysis). Severe cases may cause the nail to crumble.
      Scalp psoriasis occurs in at least half of all people with psoriasis. It can range from very mild with fine scaling to very severe with thick, crusted plaques.
      Guttate psoriasis primarily affects people younger than 30 and is usually triggered by a bacterial infection such as strep throat. It is characterized by numerous small oval spots that appear over large areas of the body, such as the trunk, limbs, and scalp.
      Inverse or Flexural psoriasis mainly affecting the skin in the armpits, groin, under the breasts and around the genitals. It appears as smooth inflamed patches of skin and is aggravated by friction and sweat.
      Pustular psoriasis appears as raised bumps that are filled with non-infectious pustules. Yellow round pustules appear on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet, or generalised with widespread patches occurring randomly on any part of the body. They gradually turn brown and are shed as scales reach the surface. Generalized pustular psoriasis can also cause fever, chills, severe itching, weight loss and fatigue.
      Erythrodermic psoriasis is the least common type of psoriasis but very serious and may require admission to hospital. Erythrodermic psoriasis can cover entire body with a red, peeling rash that can itch or burn intensely. This form of psoriasis can be fatal, as the extreme inflammation and exfoliation disrupt the body's ability to regulate temperature and for the skin to perform barrier functions.
      Psoriatic arthritis is condition that causes deterioration, pain, and stiffness in the joints. Symptoms range from mild to severe. Psoriatic arthritis most commonly involves the fingers and toes. Joints in the neck, back, knees, ankles, and other areas also may be affected. In addition to being painful and stiff, the involved areas usually feel hot. Although the disease usually isn't as crippling as other forms of arthritis, it can cause stiffness and progressive joint damage that in the most serious cases may lead to permanent deformity. About 10-15% of people who have psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis.

      arm covered with plaque psoriasis Psoriasis treatment
      Today, there are many different treatments available to help control psoriasis. No single treatment works for everyone. The goal is to find a treatment that works the best with the fewest side effects. One of the first principles of psoriasis treatment is to not create anything worse than the disease. Currently, there is no cure for psoriasis, but many different therapies can reduce, or nearly stop, their symptoms.

      In addition to traditional treatments (Topical treatment, Phototherapy, Systemic treatment) the use of alternative psoriasis treatments are becoming more common as more and more people choose to treat their condition in more nontraditional ways. They have become tired of finding a traditional therapy that works, or may be concerned about the side effects many of those therapies produce. Alternative psoriasis treatments are in most cases perfectly safe and include:

      Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Osteopathy, Climatotherapy, Diet, Dietary Supplements, Homeopathy, Water Therapies (Balneotherapy, Heliotherapy, Phytotherapy, Thalassotherapy), Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments, Meditation and Relaxation, Herbology, Hypnosis, Moisturizing Products, Magnets, Epsom salt,

  35. QUESTION:
    do you know what psoriasis is?

    i wanted to see what people would say about it and all the people that have said eww its gross well let me tell you something i have it and you should try living with it.some people just have no care for others feelings and are so selfish.why is it that people are always so quick to judge?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a chronic, recurring skin disease. Its scope can vary considerably; from mild outbreaks, where the person may not even be aware they have psoriasis, to severe cases, which can be socially disabling and, in rare instances, life-threatening.

      In principle, people of all ages can get psoriasis, but the early-onset form of the disease is mostly seen in 16 to 22-year-olds and the late-onset form strikes those between the ages of 50 and 60.

      Psoriasis is derived from the Greek word 'psora', which means itch. Around 2 per cent of the population have psoriasis to a greater or lesser degree. Psoriasis is not contagious.

      What causes psoriasis?

      Psoriasis is a condition which runs in families, but the exact way in which the disease moves from generation to generation has not yet been established. Although the tendency to contract psoriasis is stored in a person's genes, it is by no means certain that it will ever develop.

      However, exposure to certain stimuli (such as a streptococcal infection in the throat, alcohol, medicines and local irritation) or damage to the skin, may cause an outbreak of psoriasis in persons who have this genetic predisposition.

      There are two main types of psoriasis: psoriasis vulgaris (plaque psoriasis) and psoriasis pustulosa (pustular psoriasis). The different types of psoriasis can be divided into subgroups according to severity, duration, location on the body and appearance of the lesions.

      Around 6 per cent of the people who have psoriasis also get psoriatic arthritis in the joints. Psoriatic arthritis primarily occurs in fingers and toes, but is also quite common in the back bone.

  36. QUESTION:
    I have skind problem, is it psoriasis or litchen plauge?crakes, itching in feet and plams, rare red patches?

    • ANSWER:
      Since u asked whether it is a lichen plague or psoriasis I HAVE GIVEN YOU THE SYMPTOMS AND DESCRIPTIONS.

      Plaque psoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris) (L40.0) is the most common form of psoriasis. It affects 80 to 90% of people with psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis typically appears as raised areas of inflamed skin covered with silvery white scaly skin. These areas are called plaques.

      Pustular psoriasis (L40.1-3, L40.82) appears as raised bumps that are filled with non-infectious pus (pustules). The skin under and surrounding pustules is red and tender. Pustular psoriasis can be localised, commonly to the hands and feet (palmoplantar pustulosis), or generalised with widespread patches occurring randomly on any part of the body.

      for further details U can visit the website:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psoriasis...
      Also take a note on the pictures and compare ur hands .

      To me it sounds more like fungal infection..
      Tinea Manuum is a fungal infection of the hand or Tinea pedis.

      Better make a check with a dermatologist...

  37. QUESTION:
    how to extract aloe vira juice?

    • ANSWER:
      ALOE VERA is also known as A. vulgaris Lam or A. barbadensis Mill. It is described as Aloe which is mainly found in northern Africa. It is a very short-stemmed or stemless plant which can grow upto a height of 80-100 cm tall which spreads for balancing and root sprouts.

      The leaves of aloe vera are thick and fleshy, lance-shaped leaves and they are always green and grey-green in colour.

      The flowers are produced on a spine or thorn up to 90 cm tall which contains tubular corolla in yellow colour that is about 2-3 cm long. Aloe vera contains calcium, amino acids, sodium, vitamins, nitrogen, enzymes etc.

      The cultivation of aloe vera is done throughout the subtropical and drier tropical regions of the world and used for herbal medicine and as an ornamental plant.
      IT CAN BE USED RAW DIRECT FROM PLANT.
      USES OF ALOE VIRA
      Aloe vera has number of uses and mainly they are used as a food preservative and medicine. The different uses of aloe vera are:-

      Aloe vera is used in creams, lotions, gel, liquid, spray and capsule.
      It is helpful in the treatment of acne, scalp care, burns, stings, sprains, sunburns, eczema, sore muscles, arthritis, scrapes, cold sores, scalds, abrasions, psoriasis, bruises etc.
      It provides relief from itching and also helps in healing blisters.
      It is very beneficial for skin disorders.
      The juice from aloe vera plant is used in the treatment of ulcers, heartburn and other digestive disorders.
      The juice of aloe vera acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and reduces the amount of stomach juices.
      It lightens the dark spots on the face and reduces the intensity of pigmentation.
      It is used as a moisturizer and helpful in removing dead cells.
      It is also helpful in the penetration of healthy substances.
      Aloe vera is beneficial in stimulating the production of elastin and collagen which are necessary for preventing the aging of the skin.
      Pain in the joints and muscle pain occurred due to arthritis is reduced by the application of aloe vera sprays or gels.
      The gel of aloe vera provides benefit in reducing triglycerides, total cholesterol and blood fat lipid levels.
      The extract of aloe vera reduces blood sugar levels.
      Aloe vera drink is used as a tonic by some patients.
      It is helpful in healing such as anti-oxidant, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
      It is beneficial in reducing obesity and breaks down the fat globules.

      Find more info here:

  38. QUESTION:
    What does Vitamin D do?
    Okay, my friend calls Vitamin D his "Happy Vitamins" because they supposedly makes him a lot happier and kind of hyper. Just curious of WHY?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Vitamin D is used for preventing and treating rickets, a disease that is caused by not having enough vitamin D (vitamin D deficiency). Vitamin D is also used for treating weak bones (osteoporosis), bone pain (osteomalacia), bone loss in people with a condition called hyperparathyroidism, and an inherited disease (osteogenesis imperfecta) in which the bones are especially brittle and easily broken. It is also used for preventing falls and fractures in people at risk for osteoporosis, and preventing low calcium and bone loss (renal osteodystrophy) in people with kidney failure.

      Vitamin D is used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It is also used for diabetes, obesity, muscle weakness, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, bronchitis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and tooth and gum disease.

      Some people use vitamin D for skin conditions including vitiligo, scleroderma, psoriasis, actinic keratosis, and lupus vulgaris.

      It is also used for boosting the immune system, preventing autoimmune diseases, and preventing cancer.

      Because vitamin D is involved in regulating the levels of minerals such as phosphorous and calcium, it is used for conditions caused by low levels of phosphorous (familial hypophosphatemia and Fanconi syndrome) and low levels of calcium (hypoparathyroidism and pseudohypoparathyroidism).

  39. QUESTION:
    ther are 10 or so different skin desises or disorders. Could you name them?

    • ANSWER:
      May be not the ones you think of:
      Pitiriasis rosea
      Acne vulgaris
      verruca
      hives
      shingles
      seborrhea
      epidermolysis bullosa
      bullous pemphigoid
      nevi
      psoriasis
      lice
      scabies

  40. QUESTION:
    i have aloe vera plant in my house. how can i use it?

    • ANSWER:
      ALOE VIRA is also known as A. vulgaris Lam or A. barbadensis Mill. It is described as Aloe which is mainly found in northern Africa. It is a very short-stemmed or stemless plant which can grow upto a height of 80-100 cm tall which spreads for balancing and root sprouts.

      The leaves of aloe vera are thick and fleshy, lance-shaped leaves and they are always green and grey-green in colour.

      The flowers are produced on a spine or thorn up to 90 cm tall which contains tubular corolla in yellow colour that is about 2-3 cm long. Aloe vera contains calcium, amino acids, sodium, vitamins, nitrogen, enzymes etc.

      The cultivation of aloe vera is done throughout the subtropical and drier tropical regions of the world and used for herbal medicine and as an ornamental plant.
      IT CAN BE USED RAW DIRECT FROM PLANT.
      USES OF ALOE VIRA
      Aloe vera has number of uses and mainly they are used as a food preservative and medicine. The different uses of aloe vera are:-

      Aloe vera is used in creams, lotions, gel, liquid, spray and capsule.
      It is helpful in the treatment of acne, scalp care, burns, stings, sprains, sunburns, eczema, sore muscles, arthritis, scrapes, cold sores, scalds, abrasions, psoriasis, bruises etc.
      It provides relief from itching and also helps in healing blisters.
      It is very beneficial for skin disorders.
      The juice from aloe vera plant is used in the treatment of ulcers, heartburn and other digestive disorders.
      The juice of aloe vera acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and reduces the amount of stomach juices.
      It lightens the dark spots on the face and reduces the intensity of pigmentation.
      It is used as a moisturizer and helpful in removing dead cells.
      It is also helpful in the penetration of healthy substances.
      Aloe vera is beneficial in stimulating the production of elastin and collagen which are necessary for preventing the aging of the skin.
      Pain in the joints and muscle pain occurred due to arthritis is reduced by the application of aloe vera sprays or gels.
      The gel of aloe vera provides benefit in reducing triglycerides, total cholesterol and blood fat lipid levels.
      The extract of aloe vera reduces blood sugar levels.
      Aloe vera drink is used as a tonic by some patients.
      It is helpful in healing such as anti-oxidant, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
      It is beneficial in reducing obesity and breaks down the fat globules.

  41. QUESTION:
    my son has just got a blister type rash on his arm do you know what this might be?

    • ANSWER:
      Try this site....here is some of what they say. There is more to be read at the site below:

      Possible causes of symptom: Blisters: The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Blisters as a symptom. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.
      Skin injury
      Sunburn
      Skin cold exposure
      Burn
      Friction burn
      Chemical burn
      Cold sores
      Herpes simplex
      Impetigo
      Athlete's foot
      Eczema
      Diaper rash
      Dermatitis herpetiformis
      Pemphigoid
      Shingles
      Chicken pox
      Rodent ulcer
      Pemphigus vulgaris
      Erythema multiforme
      Stevens-Johnson syndrome
      Pemphigoid
      Pustular psoriasis (type of Psoriasis)
      Dermatitis herpetiformis
      Pemphigus vulgaris
      Porphyria cutanea tarda
      Epidermolysis bullosa
      Scalded skin syndrome
      Allergic reactions (type of Adverse reaction)
      Jelly fish toxin
      Insect bite
      Foot ulcers (type of Ulcer)
      Certain medications
      See also mouth blisters

  42. QUESTION:
    someone please give me some info on?
    Mometasone Furoate Ointment 0.1%--its for itchy inflammatory skin

    • ANSWER:
      --How does it work?

      This medicine contains the active ingredient mometasone furoate, which is a type of medicine called a corticosteroid.

      Corticosteroids are medicines used for reducing inflammation. Inflammation of the skin happens due to irritation of the skin, and is caused by the release of various substances that are important in the immune system. These substances cause blood vessels to widen, resulting in the irritated area becoming red, swollen, itchy and painful.

      When mometasone is applied to the skin it works by acting inside the skin cells to decrease the release of these inflammatory substances. This reduces swelling, redness and itch. Mometasone is a potent corticosteroid that is applied to the skin to treat severe inflammatory skin disorders, such as dermatitis and psoriasis, that have not responded to milder steroids.

      The active ingredient is formulated in a moisturising base that provides a layer of oil on the surface of the skin, helping to prevent water from evaporating from the skin surface. This helps reduce the dryness, scaling and itching of these skin conditions.

      ---What is it used for?

      * Atopic dermatitis

      * Psoriasis

      ----Warning!

      * If corticosteroids are used long-term, on large areas of skin, raw skin, skin folds, or under airtight dressings (including nappies) they are absorbed into the body more. This increases the risk of local side effects such as skin thinning, and those on other parts of the body, such as a decrease in the production of natural hormones by the adrenal glands. For this reason, continuous, long-term use of this medicine should be avoided wherever possible, particularly in children and on large areas of skin. You should only use airtight dressings over the affected area if instructed by your doctor.

      * This preparation is for external use only.

      * If you have been prescribed this medicine to treat psoriasis you should have regular check-ups with your doctor. This is because although corticosteroids may be useful for psoriasis in the short-term, they can sometimes make psoriasis worse, and may cause the condition to relapse into generalised pustular psoriasis after the treatment is stopped.

      * This medicine should be applied thinly and evenly to the affected area(s).

      * Avoid contact of this medicine with the eyes and the moist membranes lining the inside of certain parts of the body, eg mouth, nasal passages (mucous membranes). Rinse with cold water if accidental contact occurs.

      * This medicine should not be used for longer than five days on the face or in children.

      * If this medicine is to be used on the face or in children, you should not use airtight dressings (including nappies) to cover the area treated, as this may increase the absorption of the medicine into the body, increasing the risk of adverse effects.

      * Wash your hands thoroughly after applying this medicine, unless the hands are the area being treated.

      * Consult your doctor if your skin becomes infected during treatment, as you may need to stop using this medicine and start treatment with antibiotics.

      Use with caution in

      * Children

      * Psoriasis

      ---Not to be used in

      * Acne vulgaris

      * Chronic inflammatory disorder of the facial skin (acne rosacea)

      * Infections of the skin with viruses (eg Herpes simplex, chickenpox), fungi (eg thrush, ringworm, athlete's foot) or bacteria (eg impetigo)

      * Inflammatory rash around the mouth (perioral dermatitis)

      * Itching around the back passage and genitals

      * Nappy rash

      * Skin reactions following vaccination

      * Skin sores caused by syphilis

      * Tuberculosis infection of the skin

      * Widespread plaque psoriasis

      This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.

      If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

      Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

      Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.

      * This medicine should not be used during pregnancy unless considered essential by your doctor. If it is prescribed by your doctor it should not be used on large areas of skin, underneath airtight dressings, or for prolonged periods of time. Consult your doctor for further information.

      * This medicine should not be used during breastfeeding unless considered essential by your doctor. If it is prescribed by your doctor it should not be used on large areas of skin, underneath airtight dressings or for prolonged periods of time. If it is applied to the breasts it should be washed off carefully before breastfeeding and then reapplied afterwards.

      Label warnings

      * This medication is to be spread thinly and sparingly on the skin.

      Side effects

      Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.

      * Thinning of the skin

      * Changes in skin pigmentation

      * Pins and needles (paraesthesia)

      * Acne

      * Allergic inflammation of the skin (contact dermatitis)

      * Stretch marks (striae)

      * Excessive hair growth (hypertrichosis)

      * Inflammation of the hair follicles (folliculitis)

      * Temporary burning and stinging on application

      The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer.

      For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.

      How can this medicine affect other medicines?

      There are no significant interactions reported with this medicine.

  43. QUESTION:
    Skin questions please help!!! matching!!!?
    Match the question with the word from the word back.. some may be used more than once..

    WORD BANK: acne vulgaris, boil, carbuncle, dermatitis, herpes simplex, herpes zoster, pediculosis, psoriasis, ringworn, tumors, wart

    QUESTIONS:

    1. pimples
    2. immunological disease caused by virus
    3. an inflammation of the dermis
    4. abscessed hair follicle
    5. "tinea", fungal infection of the skin
    6. elevated skin caused by viral penetration
    7. inherited raised flaky skin condition
    8. a growth of useless cells, sometimes serious
    9. shingles
    10. lice are associated with this immunological disease
    11. a "staph" infection
    12. a mass of boils

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    I have had conjunctivitis for over a year can anyone help me get rid of it once and for all?
    I have had this horrible gooey white infection on my lower eye lid on both eyes for over a year. I have been to the doctors on numerous occasions and they keep giving me the eye drops or the ointment which relieve me for 2 days and after my 5 day of application its back worse then ever. So i now buy the eye drops every now and again to see if it may clear it, but it never does. I wash my bedding towels clothes, god knows how many mascaras and eyeliners i have gone threw having to go through this process all the time but nothing ever shifts it. So for the past 3 months i have been grinning and bareing and hoping no one ever sees it, but its a bit difficult when your constantly itching your eyes which i no i am not supposed to do, but wat the hell can i do? I live with my boyfriend and he has never caught it from me the doctor did say once that it wasnt contajus but what do they no they cant even be bovered to help me.

    Can anyone please help me because im sick of it now.
    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can be helped and you will.

      It is time to resolve this and here is how and why.

      ....................................

      Bear with me:

      ....

      These are your top causes of eye discharge with itching eyelids:

      1. Allergies

      2. Blepharitis

      3. Conjunctivitis

      4. Trachoma

      There are 27 causes of eye discharge-
      Pinkeye
      Conjunctivitis
      Blepharitis
      Sticky eye
      Eyelid conditions
      Common cold
      Allergies
      Pollen allergy
      Dry eyes
      Blocked tear duct
      Ectropion
      Neonatal gonorrhea
      Corneal ulcers
      Erythema multiforme major
      Stevens-Johnson syndrome
      Herpes zoster ophthalmicus
      Keratoconjunctivitis sicca
      Meibomianitis
      Orbital cellulitis
      Psoriasis vulgaris
      Trachoma
      »
      These medical conditions list eye discharge as a symptom:

      Congenital herpes simplex ... eye discharge
      Conjunctivitis ... eye discharge, yellow eye discharge, crusting eye
      Conjunctivitis with Pseudomembrane ... eye discharge
      Gonococcal conjunctivitis ... eye discharge
      Keratitis ... yellow eye discharge
      Ophthalmitis ... Eye discharge
      X-linked agammaglobulinaemia ... Eye discharge
      These are the medical tests for eye discharge:

      The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Eye discharge includes:
      Physical examination
      Inspect the eye noting the nature of redness, if present. This will help delineate conjunctivitis, episcleritis, scleritis and uveitis
      Look for any foreign bodies, especially under the eyelids
      Inspect under the upper eyelid for fine follicles (which indicate a viral infection) or for a cobblestone appearance (which indicates allergic conjunctivitis)
      Use fluorescein staining of the cornea to detect any corneal ulceration which may cause a reflex watering of the eye. Branch like ulceration is diagnostic of herpes simples infection of the eye
      Feel for enlarged lymph nodes in front of ears which are characteristic of viral conjunctivitis
      Look for ectropion (turning out of the eyelid, more commonly the lower lid) which can cause watering of the eye due to displacement of the punctum (drainage mechanism)
      Swab of eye discharge for microscopy and culture - may be required in some circumstances e.g. essential with conjunctivitis in newborn to detect possible Chlamydia , gonorrhea or herpes simplex infections; if bacterial conjunctivitis is severe or prolonged.

      ........................

      Still with me? Good.
      ...............................
      Here are causes of Conjunctivitis:

      Allergies
      Bacterial eye infections
      Herpes simplex
      Chlamydia
      Gonorrhea
      Chlamydia trachomatis - mainly in developing countries
      Congenital chlamydia - maternal chlamydia causing conjunctivitis in newborns
      Congenital gonorrhea - maternal gonorrhea causing conjunctivitis in newborns

      There are 86 diseases that cause Conjunctivitis-

      7th cranial nerve disorder
      Acanthamoeba infection - conjunctivitis
      Acanthamoeba infection of the eye - conjunctivitis
      Acne rosacea
      Adenoviridae Infections - conjunctivitis
      Adenovirus
      Adenovirus infection in immunocompromised patients - conjunctivitis
      Allergic conjunctivitis
      Allergies - Conjunctivitis
      Angelucci's syndrome - conjunctivitis
      Arsenic trioxide
      Arsenicals
      Autoimmune eye diseases - Conjunctivitis
      Biotinidase deficiency - conjunctivitis
      Blepharitis
      Cetuximab
      Chloroacetophenone
      Cicatricial pemphigoid
      Clomethiazole
      Coxsackie A virus
      Craniofacial dysostosis type 1 - conjunctivitis
      CS gas
      Cytosine arabinose syndrome - conjunctivitis
      Cytosine arabinoside
      Dacryocystitis - conjunctivitis
      Dipivefrin
      Dust mite allergies - Conjunctivitis
      Dyskeratosis Congenita - conjunctivitis
      Ectropion - conjunctivitis
      Enterovirus 70
      Entropion of eyelid
      Etretinate
      Giant papillary conjunctivitis
      Gonorrhea - conjunctivitis
      Haemophilus influenzae
      Hay fever - Conjunctivitis
      Helminth infections - Conjunctivitis
      Herpes simplex
      Herpes virus 2
      Herpetic keratitis - conjunctivitis
      Hibernian fever, familial
      Hydrogen sulfide
      Job syndrome - conjunctivitis
      Kawasaki disease - conjunctivitis
      Koch-Weeks conjunctivitis
      Lacrimal canaliculitis
      Leprosy - conjunctivitis
      Leptospirosis - conjunctivitis
      Listeria monocytogenes
      Lyme disease - conjunctivitis
      Measles - conjunctivitis
      Melarsoprol
      Mold allergies - Conjunctivitis
      Newcastle disease
      Nitisinone
      Non-Specific Urethritis - conjunctivitis
      Omsk hemorrhagic fever - conjunctivitis
      Onchocerciasis
      Ophthalmia neonatorum
      Pasteurella multocida - conjunctivitis
      Phlyctenular keratoconjunctivitis
      Polychondritis - Conjunctivitis
      Reiter's syndrome - Conjunctivitis
      Ritter syndrome - conjunctivitis
      Sicca syndrome
      Sjogren's Syndrome - conjunctivitis
      Staphylococcal infection - Conjunctivitis
      Staphylococcal toxic shock syndrome - conjunctivitis
      Staphylococcus aureus
      Stevens-Johnson syndrome - conjunctivitis
      SUNCT headache - conjunctival infection
      The clap - conjunctivitis
      Theodore's superior limbic keratoconjunctivitis
      Toxemia - Conjunctivitis
      Trachoma
      Tyrosinaemia type 2
      Vanadium toxicity - conjunctivitis
      Wegener's granulomatosis - conjunctivitis
      X-linked agammaglobulinaemia - Conjunctivitis
      Xeroderma pigmentosum, type 1 - conjunctivitis
      Xeroderma pigmentosum, type 2 - conjunctivitis
      Xeroderma pigmentosum, type 3 - conjunctivitis
      Xeroderma pigmentosum, type 4 - conjunctivitis
      Xeroderma pigmentosum, type 5 - conjunctivitis
      Xeroderma pigmentosum, type 6 - conjunctivitis
      Xeroderma pigmentosum, type 7 - conjunctivitis

      Here are some drugs that cause Conjuctivitis-
      Dornase Alfa
      Pulmozyme
      Cytarabine Hydrochloride
      Cytosar-U
      Chymopapain

      There are 110 drugs that cause it.

      Here is a great link to many diseases which cause conjuctivitis that are big gun diseases and often misdiagnosed.
      http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/c/conjunctivitis/causes.htm#underlyconditions

      .........................................
      ...........................................
      ........................................

      Here is the bottom line for you:

      There are pitfalls to on line diagnosis, pitfalls to casual diagnosis by a doctor.

      Conjunctivitis is a group of symptoms, a specific entity itself, and also a symptom of underlying illness that needs to be treated.

      You have been to doctors who did not do the basic examination including but not limited to Intra ocular pressure, visual acuity, slit lamp, culture and sensitivity, and imaging. You had a casual approach with a shotgun treatment. There is far better than that available.

      It is time for you to stop it now.

      ............................................
      ...........................................
      ...........................................

      Go to an Opthamologist, that is an MD specialist, give him or her your history.

      Say- “Doctor, do not skip any steps, I want the specific diagnosis and treatment for it.”

      He or she will do exactly that: find your specific problem and then treat it

      He is going to do a history, physical, eye exam, culture and sensitivity and whatever else this directs him or her to do.

      .

      You are going to get this resolved by doing exactly this, nothing less.

      ...................................
      ................................
      ...................................
      You have been miserable, you may run the risk of affecting your vision if it is left to linger, and it may be a flag of something else that needs to be dealt with.

      Going to a specialist is cost effective in your case.
      You may go to a training hospital with a residency program in Opthamology or medical school to defray the cost of a private specialist if you need to do so.

      If you have been to a specialist and did not get the specific diagnosis to solve the problem, do not be discouraged, go to another until you get a COMPLETE WORKUP and the "SPECIFIC DIAGNOSIS", which leads to the specific treatment to resolve it.

      .....................................

      Now go for it.

  45. QUESTION:
    Doctors and second, third, fourth opinions........?
    I have what i believe to be MRSA sores on my face after having chicken pox.... infected sore and very deep holes, three big ones on my face and countless on my arms and stomach.... so i went to one doctor and that was when i was still having chicken pox, and they said to come back when the virus left my body to get some anti-biotics, after the virus left my body i went back and was prescribed amoxycillin clavulanate 500mg (augmentin) and nothing happened, i went back today after having taking the anti-biotics for 5 days, and they doc said he doesnt know what the sores are referred me to a dermatologist, saying i had ulcers on my face...
    i just want answers, and im so tired of these ugly holes in my face, the scarring will be noticable and i want to make it as least noticable as possible......
    please help me
    how many doctors do i have to see before i get answers? or at least taken seriously???? its sooo frustrating

    • ANSWER:
      In my experience I have learned that doctors are afraid to diagnose, so therefore off to numerious specialists you will go. Doctors can bankrupt you before you find an answer to what is probably a simple diagnosis. My husband had Psoriasis Vulgaris for 17 years. Ninety percent of his body was covered in large, red, cracking, and bleeding sores. He was given every medication under the sun and still did not improve. I researched via computers, books, talking to other sufferers to find a solution for my husband. I changed his diet and he drinks only water and after a few months his condition is completely gone. I had tried to get his dermatologist to recommend natural solutions and I was told in no uncertain terms that he needed medication. Why? It wasn't working. You are going to have to do alot of research of your symptoms and be fully armed with facts at your next doctor visit. If you don't you might have to suffer many years, like my husband, before you get better.

  46. QUESTION:
    My scalp is peeling horribly, but only around the edges?
    My scalp is peeling horribly. However, it's only around the edge. At the front of my hairline, the hair there always has little white flakes - as it does around my ears and generally the entire edge of my hairline. It's beginning to get really annoying, it's been happening for a long time. I've used head & shoulders and everything, but it isn't itchy, I don't really think it's dandruff. I get scabs on my head a lot and the flakes just look like dead, dry skin. It comes off easily and it's pretty difficult to get it all out of my hair, seeing as it's really thick! I've also tried tee-trea oil and I once tried putting vinegar on it. I think it worked for a day or two but it was quite difficult. Are there any other solutions? What could be wrong? I drink a lot of fluids but not really water on it's own. My diet is pretty unsettled, I don't eat much fruit but I eat a lot of pasta and bread and meat. I get a generally okay intake of vegetables. Most of what I drink is blackcurrent squash with added water, or tea, but that is really it.

    • ANSWER:
      There are two possible reasons for your problem. First one is dermatits seborrhoica or dandruff. But, how you are explaining your problem, it's more like psoriasis vulgaris (it's easy to surch on Internet, when you know what are oyu looking for). In any case, you should go to dermatologist, but be ready to hear that it's psoriasis.

  47. QUESTION:
    my 2 week old daughters left eye is matted shut, we keep on wiping it with warm water on paper towels and?
    cotton balls. we took her to the ER tonight and the nurse said that since she was so young that there is really nothing that they can do for her. the nurse said we could wait in the waiting room for the doctor to tell us the same thing. the nurse said but it would be best if we just brought her home and got her away from all of the sick people in the hospital. so we came home with her. it is getting worse though. her whole eye is glazed over with a film. WHAT SHOULD I DO!?!?!?!?!?!

    • ANSWER:
      Go and wait for the Dr. He can at least tell you what it is and if it's bacterial or whatever. I've never heard of a baby being too young to treat.

      Edit: Here is a list of possible causes:

      •Pinkeye
      •Conjunctivitis
      •Blepharitis
      •Sticky eye
      •Eyelid conditions
      •Common cold
      •Allergies
      •Pollen allergy
      •Dry eyes
      •Blocked tear duct
      •Ectropion
      •Neonatal gonorrhea
      •Corneal ulcers
      •Erythema multiforme major
      •Stevens-Johnson syndrome
      •Herpes zoster ophthalmicus
      •Keratoconjunctivitis sicca
      •Meibomianitis
      •Orbital cellulitis
      •Psoriasis vulgaris
      •Trachoma
      •Allergic conjunctivitis
      •Viral conjunctivitis
      •Bacterial conjunctivitis
      •Foreign body
      •Corneal abrasion


psoriasis vulgaris

Milk Thistle Psoriasis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is a good over the counter treatment for psoriasis?
    I won't be able to see my dermatologist until January, and my psoriasis is spreading. My cream has run out. I'm using T-Gel shampoo for my scalp. I don't have anything for the psoriasis on my skin though. What is a good over the counter treatment that can keep it under control until January?
    I've had psoriasis for a couple of years.
    I used a topical medication from my dermatologist, but that ran out and she said she has to see me before I get another one prescribed.

    • ANSWER:
      HI Sylvie

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  2. QUESTION:
    How to control and reduce the psoriasis for a baby and adult?
    My husband is suffering from Psoriasis since he was born.... recently my new born baby is also suspected to have this desease, I come to know that this is a desease connected with gene... I really do not know how to help them....

    • ANSWER:
      Hi ANgee

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Cleansing: For long term health a colon and liver cleanse needs to be done.

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  3. QUESTION:
    Do you have any home remeides for psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis in my head and wanted to know if you know any home redmeides to use?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Granger

      Here are some answers you're looking for.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you.

      Cheers

  4. QUESTION:
    Did you know that I could use aloe vera Nair Hair remover and it peeled away my fingernail psoriasis?
    I put Nair hair remover, with aloe vera in it, all over my fingernails which were developing psoriasis.. It peeled the psoriasis off of my nails, and they were then healthy, beautiful and glowing, good enough for me to get my hands on a guy with a beard. It was the cure.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, each to their own I suppose. Every one's psoriasis is different but if you find that nair hair remover works on your nails then I don't see the harm in using it.

      However that is probably only a short term remedy. Usually psoriasis of the nails is a sign of a run down liver. Try eating more green leafy vegetables and maybe try some milk thistle supplements to help cleanse your liver.

      Also just try to live a healthier lifestyle, cut down on alcohol and give up smoking and your nails will improve greatly.

  5. QUESTION:
    what can I use to feel relief and see results from psoriasis?
    Does anyone have any home remedies for psoriasis other than using over the counter medicines?

    • ANSWER:
      Food allergies, especially to yeast-containing foods, can be a significant factor.

      Candidiasis can also contribute to psoriasis. There is an increased incidence of candidiasis in the bowels of people with psoriasis, and, if present, the patient must avoid all foods high in yeast, such as baked goods, cheese, mushrooms, vinegar, soy sauce, fermented foods, alcohol, and pickles.

      keep in mind that tension can aggravate psoriasis. Regular exercise and relaxation exercises will help.

      Essential Fatty Acids : 1,000 mg fish oils 3 times a day; 1 tbsp. (14 grams) flaxseed oil each morning. People with diabetes should take less than 2,000 mg of fish oils a day; higher doses can worsen blood sugar control.
      No matter what other treatment you may be using for psoriasis, take this supplement.

      Grape Seed Extract : 100 mg twice a day. Standardized to contain 92%-95% proanthocyanidins.

      Alpha-lipoic Acid : 150 mg each morning. Can be taken with or without food.

      Vitamin A : 25,000 IU a day for 1 month, then 10,000 IU daily. Women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy should not exceed 5,000 IU a day.

      Zinc/Copper : 30 mg zinc and 2 mg copper a day. Add copper only when using zinc longer than 1 month.

      Milk Thistle : 150 mg twice a day.Standardized to contain at least 70% silymarin.

  6. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had any success clearing psoriasis with milk thistle?
    And how long did you use it for? did you use any other treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      It is of no use at all I am afraid. There is no cure for psoriasis unfortunately. Standard management tends to be calcitriol ointment, it is clean and easy to use, however it does not work for everyone and its effects often reduce after a while anyway.

      Few doctors are all that familiar with the older treatments, tar and dithranol. They can be very effective indeed! They do need to be started in very low concentrations and initially should be applied only for short periods, as little as 30 minutes. They are messy and smelly, but can be used in the evenings only and washed off.

  7. QUESTION:
    How do you treat your psoriasis?
    I have tried OTC treatments, and i can't afford to do the RX stuff. Any suggestions for me? I am young, (16+) but my skin is so sensitive. So anything that i can do has to be very gentle with my skin. Thanks
    I have severe psoriasis on my right ankle and one spot on my left leg about as big as a half dollar. Mine never seems to diminish and it stays cracked and really bad all the time.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Kacey

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  8. QUESTION:
    Anybody know any natural remedies for psoriasis?
    I am nursing my baby so i can not take any medications from the doctor.I just wanted to know if anyone had any home or natural remedies for it, I have it on my knee's .Thank you :)
    I live in Oregon so i cant sit out in the sun.It is always raining .

    • ANSWER:
      Our bodies are designed to eliminate toxins through the skin, the urinary tract and through the bowels. In the case of psoriasis we need to focus on eliminating the toxins through the latter two avenues rather than through the skin. Also certain nutritional supplements will help support the skin in the areas of inflammation and to help with detoxification.

      * Drink a glass of water every waking hour or two
      * Eat plenty of fiber
      * Whole foods diet
      * Consume essential fatty acids through fish and flaxseeds or its oils.
      * Zinc
      * Vitamin A
      * Probiotics
      * Hydrocloric acid for digestion
      * Digestive enzymes for digestion

      Certain foods may need to be avoided in helping to prevent flare ups. These foods are: Proteins found in red meat, poultry and dairy products. Since people with psoriasis have difficulty digesting protein these are the types of foods that may need to be avoided. The red meat and dairy also contain an acid which may aggravate inflammation.

      Processed, refined, sugary foods. These foods are all difficult to digest. Remember we want to help the body to release toxins, not overload it with more toxins!

      Alcohol and caffeine can trigger psoriasis so limiting the intake or avoiding these are necessary.

      Food allergies also have a part to play in psoriasis. Common foods are sugar, citrus fruits, gluten, and dairy.

      Good herbs for psoriasis...

      Milk Thistle is helpful for supporting the liver with detoxification. Take this internally.

      Burdock, licorice, sarsparilla, calendula, and chamomile are all therapeutic herbs for psoriasis.

      Soak a small muslin bag of any of these herbs and apply topically to the psoriasis areas.

      Aloe vera gel can also be used topically as it has anti inflammatory effects.

      Hope you find something that works for you!

  9. QUESTION:
    What is acidophilus typically taken for?
    I have psoriasis and recently someone told me to start taking an acidophilus supplement. She said that this in combination with a diet low in sugar helped clear her skin. I have not been able to find any info linking acidophilus to psoriasis so far, but what types of conditions or issues is it normally used for?

    • ANSWER:
      Common uses of Acidophilus-
      Treats chronic gastrointestinal tract disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, recurrent gas and bloating, and inflammatory bowel disease. Controls vaginal yeast infections.

      Supplement Recommendations for Psoriasis -

      Essential Fatty Acids : 1,000 mg fish oils 3 times a day; 1 tbsp. (14 grams) flaxseed oil each morning. People with diabetes should take less than 2,000 mg of fish oils a day; higher doses can worsen blood sugar control.

      Grape Seed Extract : 100 mg twice a day.
      Standardized to contain 92%-95% proanthocyanidins.

      Alpha-lipoic Acid : 150 mg each morning. Can be taken with or without food.

      Vitamin A : 25,000 IU a day for 1 month, then 10,000 IU daily. Women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy should not exceed 5,000 IU a day.

      Zinc/Copper : 30 mg zinc and 2 mg copper a day. Add copper only when using zinc longer than 1 month.

      Milk Thistle : 150 mg twice a day. Standardized to contain at least 70% silymarin.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is psoriasis affects only white people?
    I never saw black, asians or hispanic people having psoriasis. It is only white people problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Cleansing: For long term health a colon and liver cleanse needs to be done.

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  11. QUESTION:
    Is there a suplement you can take to keep your liver healthy?
    drinking is bad for the liver... is there a suplement or vitamin you can take that will somewhat protect you from liver failure when you get older?

    • ANSWER:
      review your current medications first (if there are any?) before taking any dietary supplements. as these supplements will have hazardous interactions with your meds. my mom has a fatty liver [due to her hypothyroidism and poorly controlled diabetes (type2)]. with all the meds shes taking, she decided to take liveraide/sylimarine to protect her liver from any further damage. after taking it for one week, she had blood pressure changes. the doctor told us that one of the possibilities that triggered it was silymarine's interaction with my moms meds

      to answer your question:

      yes there is a liver supplement. LIVERAIDE contains Silymarin, an active natural extract from milk thistle plant, it is a powerful substance composed of three flavanoid molecules (silybin, silydianin and silycristin) which have been shown to have positive effects in treating different kinds of liver diseases including hepatitis, psoriasis and cirrhosis (chronic scarring of the liver, often caused by alcoholism). silymarin is also a strong anti-oxidant more powerful than vitamin E that may help the aging process.

      how does liveraide/silymarine actually help the liver?

      >liveraide/silymarine protects the liver by strengthening the outer membranes of the liver cells, thereby preventing the toxins from entering the cells. it also stimulates protein synthesis in the liver cells, which helps regenerate and repair the liver.

  12. QUESTION:
    Do you know of any natural treatments for psoriasis?
    Am losing hair rapidly and having unusual rough patches develop like on elbows, wrists, shins. What are others doing to treat this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Fiddler

      Here are remedies to correct your issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  13. QUESTION:
    How can one cure oneself of Psoriasis?
    A Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor told me that psoriasis IS curable, but not easy. I've learned that it's due to too much bad bacteria, thinning the intestinal lining, dirtying the blood and then forming as skin legions. I've noticed that lots of moisturizer and enough sunlight is usually good enough, but I'm DETERMINED to rid myself of this inconvenience and sometimes socially awkward condition, if anything to break the genetic cycle for my children one day...I'm looking for herbs, specific programs, certainly not pharmaceutical short-term solutions...any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi THere

      Here are some ideas to use. Be sure to learn about detoxifying the body for long term health. Cleansing the toxins out of the body is the key (colon, liver, and kidney cleanses). I like the word determined. Most people talk like they will do what it takes, but when they realize they have to do the work, ALL CHANGES. Herbdoc.com has very effective cleanses on its website. Take action now and your health will change quickly!!

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  14. QUESTION:
    is there a forum to dicusss psoriasis ?
    I have loacalised psoriasis and the doctor has asked me to reduce stress , need some assistance from like afflicted people

    • ANSWER:
      Hi KDI

      Here is some information about the disease and some natural cures in case your interested.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you.

      Cheers

  15. QUESTION:
    best medicine to remove kidney stones, which I should choose?
    I have read reviews of tow product,
    RENAVIVE
    URIFLOW

    please help me to choose the best one, I have kidney stones just started a 1.5 year ago, I am 32 and I get into issue even 6 months, even though after taking all care in accunt. By God blessings, never get into surgery and it goes my medication but I want a longer solution, please help me to choose the right product.

    Thanks

    P.S, If you know another better then above 2, please write me, thanks and God bless you.

    • ANSWER:
      Use Hydrangea root and Queen of the Meadow capsules or tea together or alone, you can feel improvement not long after you start using these herbs. However, changing what you eat, will aid in not making more stones.

      Queen of the Meadow

      "Excellent in the treatment of the uric acid diathesis, irritation of the urinary tract being the chief symptom. It increases retrograde metamorphosis and eliminates the poison causing rheumatism. It stimulates the female reproductive. organs, and may be employed in labor and as a tonic in chronic uterine disease. In intermittent fever it has effected cures. It acts on the ganglionic system of nerves, and may be given to improve digestion. It stimulates waste, and may be employed in any case where an alterative is required." Ellingwood, 1919

      Applications: Edema, arthritis, bursitis, cystitis, gall and kidney stones, atonic bladder, gout, kidney infection, neuralgia, rheumatism, uterine problems.

      Increases urination. It is used to treat dropsy/edema, and other cases with swelling caused by excessive accumulation of serous fluid in tissue. Of benefit to the renal tract, increases elimination of fluid and solids through the urine. Benefits dyspepsia and chronic mucous imbalances and disfunctions of the gastro-intestinal, urinary and genital tracts. Used to improve tone and function of the uterus.Of benefit to incontinence, in which the vesical irritation is so great that the presence of a few drops of urine in the bladder causes a contraction and expulsion of the contents (ie: bed wetting, etc.).

      or

      Hydrangea root

      The Cherokees used hydrangea root to address skin irritations, burns and wounds, as well as bladder and kidney stones. In fact, the traditional “kidney stone tea” consists of hydrangea root, cramp bark, plantain leaf and Joe Pye weed. In Chinese medicine, hydrangea root has also been used for centuries to treat stones of the bladder and kidneys and to counter malaria. Japanese scientists have recently found that there may be merit to using this herb to encourage the passing of small kidney stones. Hydrangea root appears to have a protective effect on the liver as well. In fact, a study published in the Japanese medical journal Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry (BBB) in 2003 reported that hydrangea root extracts deliver more antioxidant value to the liver than milk thistle and turmeric extracts combined.

      In the June 5, 2009 issue of Science, a team of researchers from the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine and the Immune Disease Institute at Children's Hospital Boston and another from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine announced that hydrangea root may play a role in the treatment of a number of autoimmune disorders, including eczema, psoriasis, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.

      Dosage:

      Infusion: 1 tsp . herb infused for 15 min. in 1 cup of boiling water. (Pour hot water over herbs, do not cook the herbs)

      http://www.herbco.com/p-781-queen-of-the-meadow-herb-cs-wild-craft.aspx

      http://www.herbco.com/c-339-hydrangea.aspx

  16. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a good home remedy for mild psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      home remedies that can treat psoriasis and other skin problems include devil’s claw root, fish oils, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, zinc and milk thistle. Selenium and zinc are common ingredients in over-the-counter skin and dandruff preprations.

      Eczema and psoriasis sufferers also swear by dead sea salt baths. You can purchase dead sea salts at your local bath or health food store and prepare a bath at home containing the salts.

      Speaking of baths, regular bathing can help people with eczema. Make sure to moisturize afterwards while your body is still damp, to seal in the water. Keep the water lukewarm, since that is less drying than hot water. Soak for at least 10 to 20 minutes, and don’t get out until your skin starts to look like a prune. That means your skin is soaking in water and becoming hydrated.

      Don’t use soap any more than you have to. Use mild soaps with glycerine, or superfatted soaps, on important body parts. When you do dishes or clean house, wear rubber gloves to keep the cleaning products off your skin. Another home remedy to stop psoriasis and eczema is to put cotton gloves inside your rubber gloves, to absorb any sweat that the rubber gloves can produce.

      Another home remedy is to use mild laundry detergents and rinse clothing twice to make sure all the soap is out. Some people also find that fabric softeners contribute to their psoriasis and eczema symptoms.

      Your refrigerator can contain many helpful home remedies for eczema and psoriasis. Try mayonnaise as a moisturizer, and cucumber slices to ease itching. Try an oatmeal bath to reduce itching, or add olive oil to your bath water for extra moisturizer.

  17. QUESTION:
    Dr fish cure psoriasis in Kangal, Turkey, have you been there?
    Has anyone out there been to a spa in Kangal, Turkey where "dr fish" help to releive conditions such as psoriasis, arthritis etc? I would like to go, but would like some feedback first if anyone has been. I don't think it is a cure, but if I could get several months relief from a visit it may be worth it. Bookings can be made through Blue World Travel, has anyone used Blue World Travel before? Please reply if you or someone you know has been to see the "dr fish".

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Odashar

      I dont know Dr fish, but I do know how to heal the issue (below).

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  18. QUESTION:
    What vitamins help liver stress?
    Hi. I need to take a vitamin to promote liver health. I take a prescription med that is very hard on the liver and enjoy a few drinks sometimes. Can somebody advise me on some supplements?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I can thinks of two types of natural remedies for robust liver health:

      Corbicula Clams have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a liver enhancing tonic, and to treat liver disorders for ages. Unfortunately, some people miss out on a real health-enhancing miracle because they've heard that one can contract Hepatitis A from eating contaminated clams. But the truth is that if the clams come from a fresh uncontaminated source, they are actually one of the best things you can take for your liver.

      In Japan, Corbicula Clams is routinely taken for liver ailments and to ensure a healthy liver. It is regarded the best remedy for heavy drinkers. With the increasing research done on its benefits, Corbicula Clam has gained much recognition as a health-enhancing tonic.

      While all Corbicula Clam is good for the liver, the quality varies greatly depending on the region the clams are obtained. The best Corbicula Clams come from the HuaLien County in Taiwan. One unique feature that sets the Corbicula Clams form that region apart from the Corbicula Clams from other countries - is their golden color... hence the name "Golden Clams". The nutritional value of the Golden Clam surpasses any other, and has more profound liver-enhancing benefits. In fact, the Golden Corbicula Clam is now regarded as one of the few Taiwan's National Treasures.

      The Golden Corbicula Clam is packed with the perfect balance of essential amino acids, particularly Ornithine, Taurine and Arginine. which are very important to support liver's detoxification process; Choline to prevent fatty liver; B vitamins and organic minerals, including zinc and calcium, essential to support healthy liver function; trace minerals; energy-boosting glycogen, and DHA.

      Read more about it here:
      http://cgi.ebay.com/Essence-Of-Golden-Clams-For-Robust-Liver-Health_W0QQitemZ120107611307QQihZ002QQcategoryZ19262QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem

      Another one is

      Milk Thistle, a native Mediterranean herb, has been used in Europe for thousands of years as a remedy for liver problems. Its advantages for protecting the liver have been recorded since the first century AD. Virtually every pharmacopoeia recommends this remarkable herb for disorders of the liver, spleen and gall bladder.

      As a potent anti-oxidant, milk thistle encourages liver cells to produce glutathione, a compound necessary for thorough cleansing and detoxification. Milk thistle stabilizes and strengthens the cell walls of the liver, making them resistant to toxins and pollutants. It is also a useful treatment for certain skin problems related to liver disfunction such as psoriasis.

      Milk thistle stimulates the regeneration of new liver cells to replace those damaged by alcohol, drugs, hepatitis and cirrhosis. In a double blind clinical study conducted in the psychiatric ward of an Italian hospital, 60 patients aged 40 to 60 who had been on anti-depressant drugs for five years were given milk thistle for one month. The result of the trial suggested that liver damage from psychotropic drugs can be minimized by milk thistle.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/Milk-Thistle-For-Healthy-Liver-Function_W0QQitemZ120105421526QQihZ002QQcategoryZ101965QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem

  19. QUESTION:
    My dad has psoriasis, what can he use to cure it? Can my brother or I get it, too? Wont go to doctor. Advice?
    My dad has had psoriasis for almost two years now and he has tried one cream (not sure of name) and that didn't work. He wont go to the doctor about it and it's getting really bad. He has it on his scalp, back and a little on his right arm.
    My mum and family members have asked him to go and get it checked out but I think he may be embarressed to get someone to look at it.

    Does anybody (living in Australia or know of products available in Melbourne, Victoria) that he can use?
    Can my brother or I get psoriasis? My nan has bits of it on her arms and back but no where near as bad as dad.
    What are the known causes of psorasis?
    How can I prevent getting it?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis and other skin problems run in my family - I seem to be the mildest case, thank goodness. I have looked for as many natural solutions as possible, and this is some of the info I've gathered for my family members...
      Root causes of psoriasis are: genetics, poor diet (especially low in fibre and essential fatty acids), difficulty digesting protein, overgrowth of Candida Albicans and other microbes, poor liver function, stress, hormonal changes, sunburn, illness or infection, and certain medications.

      As with all skin disorders, psoriasis is best treated by encouraging the body to eliminate toxins through the bowels and urinary tract, rather than through the skin.

      Recommended Foods:
      Get his protein from fish and vegetarian sources such as tofu and beans. These foods are much easier to digest than animal proteins are.
      Increase his intake of fibre. Eat fresh, whole foods and include whole grains, raw fruits and veges, or beans at every meal.
      Essential fatty acids reduce inflammation and have been shown to greatly improve psoriasis. Cold-water fish like mackerel and salmon are excellent sources of EFAs, and so are flaxseeds and flaxseed oil. Flaxseeds are also a concentrated source of fibre. You need 1 to 2 tablespoons daily, along with a big glass of water.
      Many psoriasis sufferers are deficient in zinc and vitamin A (especially in my family). Eat pumpkin seeds for zinc, for vit A eat orange, yellow, or green veges.
      Drink plenty of clean water through the day to improve digestion, flush away toxins, and reduce inflammation.

      Food to Avoid:
      Avoid red meat, poultry, and milk. People with psoriasis often have difficulty digestion protein, and these foods are the hardest on your intestines. In addition, both red meat and milk contain arachidonic acid, which aggravates inflammation.
      Do not eat other foods that are difficult to digest. Fatty, fried, and junk foods all fall into this category, as do products that are high in refined sugar.
      Alcohol causes inflammation and triggers psoriasis in many people. Drink only in moderation and monitor intake - if drinking leads to a flare-up, eliminate alcohol altogether.
      Gluten, cow's milk, sugar, and citrus fruits are common food allergies in psoriasis sufferers. Try eliminating them from his diet.

      Some Supplements that Help:
      Hydrochloric Acid - 1-3 capsules with each meal (reduce if a warm or burning sensation occurs). Improves protein digestion. (you may have to get this from a naturopath, not sure.)
      10000mg fish oil daily (this thins the blood, so see doctor if on blood thinning medication or has other blood problems)
      500mg Sarsparilla (not the drink!) x 3 times daily. This herb reduces the effects of bacterial toxins that aggravate the condition.
      250mg Milk thistle x 3 times daily. Milk thistle improves liver detoxification and reduces cellular proliferation (all that extra, hard, horrible skin).
      Plenty of vit B12 (lots of mushrooms!). 400-800 micrograms daily.
      Super Green Food Supplement - such as spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, etc, or a combination formula. Take as directed on container.
      Full-spectrum Digestive Enzymes. 1-2 capsules with every meal. They help you digest food more effeciently.
      Flaxseed oil - 1-2 tablespoons daily (can be used as a salad dressing, added to smoothies, etc)
      Inner Health Plus - good strength probiotic to add friendly bacteria to the gut. Important for detoxification and skin health.
      Gentian root improves overall digestion function. 300mg about 10 minutes before each meal.
      High-potency multi-vitamin provides a base of nutrients for skin health.
      Drink a quarter of a cup of aloe vera juice for its cooling, anti-inflammatory effect, or apply aloe vera gel directly to affected area (or both!).

      Other stuff you can do:
      Many people find that mild sunlight greatly improves psoriasis. Try taking a walk in the morning sun; the exercise will also help reduce stress and improve digestion.
      Sometimes other medications can trigger psoriasis. If he's taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, lithium, chloroqine, or beta-blockers, he may need to see his doctor (I know, difficult!).
      Low thyroid function can aggravate this condition.
      As can Candidiasis. If he has this condition he can take oregano oil, Inner Health Plus, garlic, grapefruit seed extract, caprylic acid, gentian root, echinacea, and goldenseal.
      There's more, but I can't type any more!!

      I hope this is helpful to you, anyway. The thing about creams (steroidal or otherwise) is that they only treat the symptoms of the condition, not the cause.
      Nutritional, supplemental, and lifestyle changes can and do tackle the causative factors. If you eliminate the cause of a condition, you can't have any symptoms :)

  20. QUESTION:
    how can i strengthen my liver?
    i take exrra strength excederine almost daily for headaches, aches, and pains which i hear the amcethemine damages the liver. i was on lipitor and zocor for a while(istopped cant afford) for high cholesteral, which is also suppose to damage the liver. recently i found out that the psoriasis is a side effect from the liver not processing food well. i take medicine for that too and they check my liver every 4-6 months. i need professional advice about what foods i can eat and the portions that can be easily processed what foods to avoid and how can i strengthen my liver. i am almost 50 and overweight and i want to be around for my children and grandchildren. thank you.
    i do not drink alcohol or do drugs. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to hear about your situation.

      From an Herbal stand point, Milk Thistle is supposed to aid and speed up the liver in it's regeneration process. It's relatively cheap and found in most (if not all) vitamin stores. Again, these are the herbal claims, facts aren't backed up by the FDA.

      As far as processing food well, maybe try to cut down the solid intake? Make it easier to digest with soupy foods or shakes/meal replacements. Just a thought, not a Dr though.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is cutting out dairy products beneficially for psoriasis and depression??
    I was told that if I cut out dairy produts that my depression may improve and that my psoriasis would start to clear up, I have taken anti-depressants in the past and my depression lifted slightly but they didnt make any differece to my psoriasis, I am desparate to find something that will help both problems!!!

    • ANSWER:
      a.Correcting abnormal liver function is of great benefit in the treatment of psoriasis. The connection between the liver and psoriasis relates to one of the liver's basic tasks (filtering and detoxifying the blood). Psoriasis has been linked to the presence of several microbial byproducts in the blood. If the liver is overwhelmed by excessive levels of these toxins in the bowel, or if there is a decrease in the liver's detoxification ability, the toxin level in the blood will increase and the psoriasis will get worse.

      b.Psoriasis patients have benefited from gluten-free and elimination diets.

      c.A "moderate" diet is best in coping with psoriasis, without an excess of rich, fatty, starchy or spicy foods, or alcohol. High fiber diet would be very helpful.

      d. Drinking clean, non-chlorinated water to flush the toxins out of the system is very beneficial.

      How Supplements Can Help Psoriasis

      Taken daily, the supplements listed below may relieve psoriasis flare-ups. They may be used together. Results are usually apparent after about one month.

      1.Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, are anti-inflammatories that work by blocking arachidonic acid, a natural body chemical that causes inflammation.
      People with psoriasis often have low levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their system. Take fish oil three times a day or flaxseed oil in the morning.

      2.Grape seed extract is an antioxidant that blocks damage to many types of cells, including skin cells. Borage oil also has antioxidant benefits that help protect skin cells.

      3.Vitamin A in high doses has been used by dermatologists for over 60 years for skin conditions associated with thickening of the uppermost layer (hyperkeratinization).

      4.Zinc speeds healing when taken daily. People taking zinc for longer than a month should also take copper, because zinc prevents the efficient absorption of copper.

      5.Milk thistle can be very useful for improving normal liver function, which is often beneficial for people with psoriasis. This herb also reduces leukotriene production in the white blood cells, which in turns helps slow the overactive reproductive cycle of psoriatic skin. Some nutritionally oriented physicians suggest combining milk thistle with the amino acid NAC
      (N-acetylcysteine), which has been shown to protect the liver during exposure to certain toxic chemicals.

      6.Individualized homeopathic medicines prescribed by a health-care provider skilled in their use may be an effective way to decrease the severity of psoriasis flare-ups.

      7.Cayenne pepper cream (capsaicin) is used by both conventional and alternative practitioners. Applied directly to lesions, it causes the body to block production of the inflammation-causing chemicals found within the psoriatic plaques. Because capsaicin can be highly irritating, it should probably be used only under a dermatologist’s supervision.

      Self-Care Remedies-
      Expose psoriatic areas to the sun. Between 15 and 30 minutes of sun on the skin each day may help heal psoriasis. Results begin to show after three to six weeks. Protect areas that don't have psoriasis against sunburn by using a strong sunscreen.

      Try to minimize your exposure to chemicals in the home, including pesticides, solvents, oil-based paints and cleaning solutions.

      Drink plenty of pure water. Don't drink tap water. And try to avoid chlorine in water; be sure to shower after swimming in a chlorinated pool.

      In winter, turn on the humidifier. Moist air may prevent lesions.

      Use a moisturizer on lesions--and the rest of the body as well--to prevent dryness and itching. Aloe vera gel works well for many people.

      Take a bath containing oatmeal, coal tar, or oils you find soothing. Keeping your skin well hydrated is a very important part of the treatment of psoriasis. A 15-minute soak in warm water is recommended.

      Try an application of fumaric acid cream. It’s sold in health food stores, and it relieves pain and itching and reduces the size of psoriasis lesions. Apply three times daily during acute attacks.

      Depression -
      Add "phosphatidylserine" to your supplement regimen. This amino acid has been shown in clinical trials to lift mood and positively affect behavior.

      Another supplement that may help ease depression is ginkgo biloba. Gingko biloba may be especially helpful for those over 50, because depression has been linked to reduced circulation in the brain, and ginkgo has long been prescribed to increase blood flow. This makes it particular beneficial to older people, who often have cholesterol-clogged blood vessels.

      Vitamin B complex helps strengthen the nerves because it enhances neurotransmitter production in the brain .All the B vitamins can be safely taken in conjunction with prescription antidepressants.

      Another group of nutrients that you can add to your diet to help reduce the effects of depression are omega-3 fatty acids. You can get a Fish oil supplement.

      Try Yoga, which relaxes your body and mind.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is there any home remedies to numb skin like lidocane does?

    • ANSWER:
      Skin is a little vague for a location/type of pain!

      For a tooth ache here are some home remedies:

      Saltwater: Saltwater has proven healing properties, and rinsing with lukewarm salt water is good for a toothache no matter what the cause. Add one teaspoon of salt to a glass of lukewarm water and use it to rinse after each meal. Rinsing with saltwater is especially good for sore gums.

      Ice: Ice might Ease Toothache Pain. Wrap some ice cubes, or an ice pack, in a towel. Hold the ice in the area over the toothache for at least fifteen minutes to numb toothache pain.

      Never use a warm compress for a toothache. If the toothache is caused by an infection, heat could make it worse.

      Wiskey: Try a Little Whiskey. An old, tried and true folk remedy for a toothache is whiskey. Take a little whiskey into your mouth and hold it in the area of your aching tooth, then spit it out. Some of the alcohol will soak into your gums and numb the pain of your toothache.

      Clove Oil: Treat Your Toothache with Clove Oil. You can find clove oil at your local drug store. Either place a few drops of oil directly on the aching tooth, or rub it onto your gums where the toothache is. This remedy will ease the toothache pain.

      Here are home remedies for skin conditions:

      There are some home remedies that can stop psoriasis and eczema in their tracks.

      Red clover can act as a home remedy for skin problems. It has a high mineral content and reportedly works by changing metabolism and tissue function. Red clover can be taken in teas, compresses, ointments and syrups.

      Other vitamins and herbal home remedies that can treat psoriasis and other skin problems include devil’s claw root, fish oils, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, zinc and milk thistle. Selenium and zinc are common ingredients in over-the-counter skin and dandruff preprations.

      Eczema and psoriasis sufferers also swear by dead sea salt baths. You can purchase dead sea salts at your local bath or health food store and prepare a bath at home containing the salts.

      Speaking of baths, regular bathing can help people with eczema. Make sure to moisturize afterwards while your body is still damp, to seal in the water. Keep the water lukewarm, since that is less drying than hot water. Soak for at least 10 to 20 minutes, and don’t get out until your skin starts to look like a prune. That means your skin is soaking in water and becoming hydrated. Don’t use soap any more than you have to. Use mild soaps with glycerine, or superfatted soaps, on important body parts. When you do dishes or clean house, wear rubber gloves to keep the cleaning products off your skin.

      Another home remedy to stop psoriasis and eczema is to put cotton gloves inside your rubber gloves, to absorb any sweat that the rubber gloves can produce.

      Another home remedy is to use mild laundry detergents and rinse clothing twice to make sure all the soap is out. Some people also find that fabric softeners contribute to their psoriasis and eczema symptoms.

      Your refrigerator can contain many helpful home remedies for eczema and psoriasis. Try mayonnaise as a moisturizer, and cucumber slices to ease itching. Try an oatmeal bath to reduce itching, or add olive oil to your bath water for extra moisturizer.

      Stress can be a big contributor to eczema and psoriasis. One simple home remedy is meditation, using scented candles or whatever else keeps you relaxed. Combine this with your soothing bath for double potency.

      Home remedies will not always put a stop to more severe cases of psoriasis and eczema. In that case, you should see a doctor. You should also see a doctor if eczema is oozing, the itch keeps you awake, or over-the-counter products don’t give you relief.

      I could go on and on but it will be easier for you to visit the ewebsite since you are the only person that knows what skin you are looking to numb.

      GOOD LUCK!

  23. QUESTION:
    dermovate cream for psoriases,where is it available?
    dermovate cream 25 mg is manufactured in Saudi Arabia,this is a miracle drug for psoriases. can some body let me know where i can get it from ?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Azher

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  24. QUESTION:
    Will Psoriasis get worse after 30 years ?
    I got psoriasis since my 7 years..... now i am 31 and it spreads all over my body and these days it reoccurs often and heard that it will be severe after 30 years...... will it get worser after 30?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Paltogod

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue. You probably didnt understand what this issue really is and after reading below you'll be on your way to healing in no time.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  25. QUESTION:
    What are some good remedies for a bad liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Milk Thistle Supercomplex contains extract of Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum), which counteracts the toxic effects of a wide variety of toxins, protects the liver and may be useful for hepatitis, viral hepatitis, cirrhosis, jaundice, psoriasis, free radical protection, fatty degeneration of the liver, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, degenerative disorders of blood vessels, mushroom poisoning and other liver diseases.

  26. QUESTION:
    Is eating liver good for people with liver problems? If so, how is it beneficial?

    • ANSWER:
      Use Milk Thistle. It contains some of the most potent liver-protecting substances known. Prevents free radical damage by acting as an antioxidant, protecting the liver. Also stimulates the production of new liver cells and prevents formation of damaging leukotrienes. Protects the kidneys. Good for adrenal disorders, inflammatory bowel disorders, weakened immune system, and all liver disorders, such as jaundice and hepatitis. Also beneficial for psoriasis. My husband takes this daily for his liver. I would highly recommend it. Good Luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    Benefits of Milk Thistle and Bilberry ?
    What are the benefits of taking those two ? and are there any side effects ?

    • ANSWER:
      MIlk Thistle (Silybum marianum) is used as an antioxidant (specifically for hepatic cells) therefore helps with acute/chronic hepatitis, jaundice and stimulation of bile secretion. Also used as adjunct to chemotherapy and radiation, used for constipation, eczema, gall bladder, halitosis, hepatoprotection, hyperthyroidism, psoriasis and rosacea.

      It has been used as a digestive tonic for spleen, stomach and liver and as a stimulant for milk flow in nursing mothers.

      Bilberry is reported to be used in vascular disorders, such as varicose veins, for peripheral circulation. Also for diarrhea, hemorrhoids, ophthalmologic disorders (myopia, glaucoma, cataracts) and scleroderma.

      Yes, side effects may occur but more in people who are taking other medications (i.e. interactions) and in people who have exisiting medical conditions.

  28. QUESTION:
    psoriasis do you know or have a cure to get rid of this?
    i am looking for remedies for this. At the moment i use dermovate it is steroid cream and i do not like useing as it thins skin can anybody help me on this one thankyou

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis, a common skin disorder, occurs when skin cells replicate too quickly. The skin produces new cells at about ten times its normal rate, but also it continues to slough off old ones at its usual, slower rate. With nowhere else to go, the new cells pile up under the surface, creating patches of red, swollen skin covered with silvery or whitish scales. It can appear anywhere on the body, but it most often surfaces on the scalp, knees, elbows, buttocks, and the backs of the wrists. The rash doesn't usually itch, but if you scratch, it may bleed. It comes and goes in cycles and leaves no scars, although the are may be thick and dry even in times of remission. The nails may also be affected and may develop stipples and pitted areas.
      The exact cause of psoriasis reamins unknown, but the prevailing theory connects the high rate of cell replication to a genetic flaw. This theory is backed up by the large number of cases that run in families (like mine).
      Root causes seem to be genetics, poor diet (especially one that's low in fibre and essential fatty acids), difficulty digestion protein, overgrowth of Candida Albicans and other microbes, poor liver function, stress, hormonal changes, sunburn, illness or infection, and certain medications.

      Recommended foods: get your protein from fish and vegetarian sources like tofu and beans. These foods are much easier to digest than animal proteins are.
      Increase your intake of fibre. Eat fresh, whole foods and include whole grains, raw fruits and veges, or beans at every meal.
      Essential fatty acids reduce inflammation and have been shown to greatly improve psoriasis. Mackerel and salmon are excellent sources of EFAs, and so are both flaxseeds (sprinkle on salads or cereal) and flaxseed oil. Flaxseeds are also a concentrated source of fibre, so they're doubly good.
      Many psoraisis sufferers are deficient in zinc and vitamin A. Eat pumpkin seeds for zinc, for Vit A eat orange, yellow and green veges.

      Foods to Avoid: red meat, poultry, and milk. People with psoriasis often have difficulty digesting protein, and these foods are hardest on your intestines. In addition, both red meat and milk contain arachidonic acid, which aggravates inflammation.
      Fatty, fried, and junk foods are all difficult to digest as well, as do products high in refined sugar.
      Alcohol causes inflammation and triggers psoriasis in many people. Drink only in moderation, and if drinking sparks a flare-up, cut out alcohol all together.
      In some people, psoriasis is brought on by allergic reactions to food, so it might be worthwhile seeing a naturopath or similar to find out about that. Common food allergies in psoriasis sufferes are: gluten, cow's milk, sugar, and citrus fruits.

      Supplements that Help: Hydrochloric acid (may need to get that from a naturopath). Fish oil, sarsaparilla (the herb, not the drink!), milk thistle, vitamin B12, spirulina/chlorella/barley grass, full-spectrum digestive enzymes, potent probiotics, gentian root, potent multi-vitamin, reishi, and aloe vera juice.

      That's all I can think of for now. Hope that helps :)

  29. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried Calendula Ointment for Psoriasis?
    I was talking with my hairdresser the other day, and he said that a holistic practitioner had made some up for a friend of his who suffered with Psoriasis on his face badly. After using the ointment for about a month or two, it completely cleared up.

    I am just wondering if anyone else uses it, or has used it, and what the outcome was.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi PurpleMoon

      Not sure about the ointment you mentioned, but her are some more ideas that work.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  30. QUESTION:
    is there any evidence that milk thistle can repair the liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Milk thistle is one of the most extensively studied and documented herbs in use today. Scientific research continues to validate its healing powers, particularly for the treatment of liver-related disorders. Most of its effectiveness stems from a complex of three liver-protecting compounds, collectively known as silymarin, which constitutes 4% to 6% of the ripe seeds.

      Major benefits: Among the most important benefits of milk thistle is its ability to fortify the liver, which is one of the body's most important organs, second in size only to the skin.

      The liver processes nutrients, including fats and other foods. In addition, it neutralizes, or detoxifies, many drugs, chemical pollutants, and alcohol.

      Milk thistle helps enhance and strengthen this vital organ by preventing the depletion of glutathione, an amino acid-like compound that is essential to the detoxifying process. What's more, studies show milk thistle can increase glutathione concentration by up to 35%.

      This herb is also an effective gatekeeper, limiting the number of toxins the liver processes at any given time.

      Milk thistle is a powerful antioxidant as well. Even more potent than vitamins C and E, it helps prevent damage from highly reactive free-radical molecules.

      Furthermore, it promotes the regeneration of healthy, new liver cells, which replace old and damaged ones.

      Milk thistle eases a range of serious liver ailments, including viral infections (hepatitis) and scarring of the liver (cirrhosis).

      This herb is so potent that it's sometimes given in an injectable form in the emergency room to combat the life-threatening, liver-obliterating effects of poisonous mushrooms.

      In addition, because excessive alcohol depletes glutathione, milk thistle can aid in protecting the livers of alcoholics or those recovering from alcohol abuse.

      In cancer patients, milk thistle limits the potential for drug-induced damage to the liver after chemotherapy treatments, and it speeds recovery by hastening removal of toxic substances that can accumulate in the body.

      The herb also reduces the inflammation and may slow the skin cell proliferation associated with psoriasis.

      It may be useful for endometriosis (the most common cause of infertility in women) because it helps the liver process the hormone estrogen, which at high levels can make pain and other symptoms worse.

      Finally, milk thistle can be beneficial in preventing or treating gallstones by improving the flow of bile, the cholesterol-laden digestive juice that travels from the liver through the gallbladder and into the intestine, where it helps to digest fats.

  31. QUESTION:
    Getting Rid of Oily Face and few blemishes?
    I have an oil face if i dont drink water for half a day...what can i do to not have oily skin?

    I was thinking about getting Proactiv...will it work to get rid of oily skin?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There

      Here are some real answers on skin conditions. Remedies at the bottom.

      Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D. - "What is your skin trying to tell you? Often the skin is a metaphor for deeper issues and a way for your body to send up a red flag to warn you that all is not well underneath. When our skin is unhealthy it is usually a reflection of the internal state of our bodies, and is often a sign of poor elimination of toxins and waste products. Most of us are embarrassed by skin problems such as rashes, boils or acne, especially in places where others can see our imperfections. The skin is the body's first line of defense against the environment. It has to deal with the effects of weather, sun , cold, heat, dryness, humidity, scrapes, bumps, soaps, detergents, chemicals, perspiration and dirt of all kinds. It is a wonder that our skin stays healthy most of the time! We can help our skin deal with this onslaught by optimizing our general health and by protecting our skin from harsh environmental exposure. Western medicine generally treats skin eruptions with either antibiotics, cortisone, or antifungal preparations. These medicines may alleviate the skin problem temporarily, or occasionally for good, but do not address the source of the problem. Putting a lid on skin symptoms without getting to the root of the imbalance may even result in suppression, that means the imbalance may be driven deeper causing more serious health problems later without ever strengthening the underlying vital force of the person. Fortunately, naturopathic medicine offers a wide vareity of effective treatments for skin problems."

      Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D. - "Your skin is a reflection of how well your body is eliminating the toxins that build up on a daily basis. Chronic skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis stem from a combination of genetic factors, immune stress, dietary deficiencies or sensitivities, and the accumulation of toxins in the body. For our skin to be radiant and clear, it is very important that the other organs of elimination (kidneys, liver, lungs, and colon) are cleansing the body effectively. If not, the skin will be overtaxed, pores will become clogged, and eruptions of one sort or another will result. Here are a number of steps you can take to improve your body's overall elimination wtih specific emphasis on your skin."

      Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin. Fasting is the world's most ancient and natural healing mechanism. Fasting triggers a truly wondrous cleansing process that reaches right down to each and every cell and tissue in the body.

      Learn more about Therapeutic Fasting and Detoxification - Internal Cleansing

      Natural Cures

      1. Fruits and Vegetables for Acne: Carrot & spinach, celery & watercress, grapefruit juices are all useful to combat acne.

      2. Unwholesome Foods: Acne, a prevalent problem among teen-aged boys would not be possible in our society if our foods were wholesome. A most sad and disgusting sight is the pus-filled pimples due to inner toxicity --- wastes trying desperately to escape through the face. This condition often turns a gentle face in the blossom of youth into a waste dump of pimples, pus and subsequent pock marks which can be prevented. The tons of acne medications and prescriptions sold annually act only on the effect of the harmful food, and not the cause of the disease, malnutrition. The traditional teenage meal, a grease burger, french fries and a milk shake or cola simply does not provide enough nourishment for anyone, let alone a boy going through puberty to adulthood. Our highly processed foods are devoid of hormones found in fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Blessed thistle tea given to the unfortunate souls three times a day along with a change in diet to the wholesome, mucusless foods will supply necessary hormones for growth and maturity. The aforementioned hormone and estrogen formula [Changease] will also be beneficial. The big task here will be to reeducate the tastebuds of these boys so they can appreciate real food.

      3. Cabbage: Apply a lotion of freshly prepared cabbage juice preceded, if desired, by the application of leaves. The eating of cabbage leaves or juice is also helpful.

      4. Lemon Juice: Skin problems such as acne... will often respond to a treatment of lemon juice. For blackheads rub lemon juice over them each night.

      5. Black Walnut: Externally, Black Walnut is nearly a miracle worker in cases of ...acne, dandruff, boils, itch, shingles, ringworm--we could go on, but you can see that you can use Black Walnut whenever a skin disorder appears! The tincture is an excellent first-aid remedy for wounds.

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  32. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural cure for psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. I've had psoriasis for over 10 years and tried many different methods of therapy. I decided to stop using products than contain cortizone because my skin has thinned out. For the past 2 months I've been on a homeopathic treatment wich is accompanied by a nutrition plan.

      I've been basically avoiding: milk & milk products, wheat, chocolate and the combination of egg and milk. It's tough but it's worth it. I have to do this for at least 3 months.

      I've noticed that I have to take milk thistle all three months. This cleans your liver. Psoriasis is closely associated with the liver and peptic system and the lowered ability of the body to flush out toxins.

      Both my parents have had psoriasis but are both now clear. They may get the odd flare up on the elbow that soon goes away. I on the other hand have had it for over ten years. I should point out that it's a mild case but very persistent. I live on an island in the Mediterranean, so luckily we have a warm and sunny climate and I have access to the sea on a daily basis.

      My grandfather had psoriasis as well but he had a severe case (full body). He was treated for it at a clinic and cleared completely. He was given cysteine which is one of the things I have to take and good moisturising. Cortizone wasn't used at all.

      Keep in mind that if you decide to follow a homeopathic treatment you should visit a homeopathy clinic or doctor. Homeopathy doctors will take their time with you and ask you various questions because they recognize the fact that psoriasis is a psychosomatic condition. Homeopathy treats you from the inside and tries to eliminate the cause rather than just treat the symptoms. Also you need to be patient and not get discouraged if you don't see results immediately. Also use a good moisturiser. I use QV which I get from the pharmacy.

      I am pleased to say that I've seen major improvement since I started the treatment. The nutrition plan has helped a lot, especially the lack of milk and milk products in my diet. I used to feel bloated every time I ate cheese. The past two months have been the detox stage of the treatment. I'll be starting the cysteine in about a week.

      Hope I've helped you. I know that psoriasis can be a very discouraging condition.

  33. QUESTION:
    what is a good natural treatment for psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      HI Livitation

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  34. QUESTION:
    Is vitamin e good for acne?
    I've had a major break out on my right cheek. And Ive tried everything I just wanted to know can vitamin e help with my acne and the scarring

    • ANSWER:
      Hi BKLN

      Here are some real answers on skin conditions. Remedies at the bottom.

      Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D. - "What is your skin trying to tell you? Often the skin is a metaphor for deeper issues and a way for your body to send up a red flag to warn you that all is not well underneath. When our skin is unhealthy it is usually a reflection of the internal state of our bodies, and is often a sign of poor elimination of toxins and waste products. Most of us are embarrassed by skin problems such as rashes, boils or acne, especially in places where others can see our imperfections. The skin is the body's first line of defense against the environment. It has to deal with the effects of weather, sun , cold, heat, dryness, humidity, scrapes, bumps, soaps, detergents, chemicals, perspiration and dirt of all kinds. It is a wonder that our skin stays healthy most of the time! We can help our skin deal with this onslaught by optimizing our general health and by protecting our skin from harsh environmental exposure. Western medicine generally treats skin eruptions with either antibiotics, cortisone, or antifungal preparations. These medicines may alleviate the skin problem temporarily, or occasionally for good, but do not address the source of the problem. Putting a lid on skin symptoms without getting to the root of the imbalance may even result in suppression, that means the imbalance may be driven deeper causing more serious health problems later without ever strengthening the underlying vital force of the person. Fortunately, naturopathic medicine offers a wide vareity of effective treatments for skin problems."

      Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D. - "Your skin is a reflection of how well your body is eliminating the toxins that build up on a daily basis. Chronic skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis stem from a combination of genetic factors, immune stress, dietary deficiencies or sensitivities, and the accumulation of toxins in the body. For our skin to be radiant and clear, it is very important that the other organs of elimination (kidneys, liver, lungs, and colon) are cleansing the body effectively. If not, the skin will be overtaxed, pores will become clogged, and eruptions of one sort or another will result. Here are a number of steps you can take to improve your body's overall elimination wtih specific emphasis on your skin."

      Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin. Fasting is the world's most ancient and natural healing mechanism. Fasting triggers a truly wondrous cleansing process that reaches right down to each and every cell and tissue in the body.

      Learn more about Therapeutic Fasting and Detoxification - Internal Cleansing

      Natural Cures

      1. Fruits and Vegetables for Acne: Carrot & spinach, celery & watercress, grapefruit juices are all useful to combat acne.

      2. Unwholesome Foods: Acne, a prevalent problem among teen-aged boys would not be possible in our society if our foods were wholesome. A most sad and disgusting sight is the pus-filled pimples due to inner toxicity --- wastes trying desperately to escape through the face. This condition often turns a gentle face in the blossom of youth into a waste dump of pimples, pus and subsequent pock marks which can be prevented. The tons of acne medications and prescriptions sold annually act only on the effect of the harmful food, and not the cause of the disease, malnutrition. The traditional teenage meal, a grease burger, french fries and a milk shake or cola simply does not provide enough nourishment for anyone, let alone a boy going through puberty to adulthood. Our highly processed foods are devoid of hormones found in fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Blessed thistle tea given to the unfortunate souls three times a day along with a change in diet to the wholesome, mucusless foods will supply necessary hormones for growth and maturity. The aforementioned hormone and estrogen formula [Changease] will also be beneficial. The big task here will be to reeducate the tastebuds of these boys so they can appreciate real food.

      3. Cabbage: Apply a lotion of freshly prepared cabbage juice preceded, if desired, by the application of leaves. The eating of cabbage leaves or juice is also helpful.

      4. Lemon Juice: Skin problems such as acne... will often respond to a treatment of lemon juice. For blackheads rub lemon juice over them each night.

      5. Black Walnut: Externally, Black Walnut is nearly a miracle worker in cases of ...acne, dandruff, boils, itch, shingles, ringworm--we could go on, but you can see that you can use Black Walnut whenever a skin disorder appears! The tincture is an excellent first-aid remedy for wounds.

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  35. QUESTION:
    A question about psoriasis.?
    I have had psoriasis for about 2 years now. I have tried a lot of products like Boudreaux's butt paste, MC217 Medicated Tar Shampoo, Dermarest Psoriasis overnight treatment. None of these products work for my psoriasis. When I first got psoriasis, Neutragena T-gel shampoo worked fine on my psoriasis and cleared it up. Now the T-gel does not work anymore. I guess because my body has built up an immunity to the T-gel and it no longer works. A dermatologist is out of the question right now, have to save up the money to see one. I am wondering, will Milk Thistle 1000 mg pills work if I smear the milk thistle extract directly on my skin and clear the psoriasis up? Thanks for the info. everyone.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is related to faulty elimination. Taking milk thistle internally might help, as would eating healthy (a lot of fruits and vegetables, enough fiber). So would anything that helps your digestion.
      For topical use on your psoriasis, try cold pressed Castor oil. Rub it on. It is greasy, so you might then wrap it with saran wrap and put cotton over it until it absorbs.

  36. QUESTION:
    Can you prevent psoriasis? How?
    What are the causes?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Know it All WannaBe

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue and causes.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Cleansing: For long term health a colon and liver cleanse needs to be done.

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  37. QUESTION:
    is there any medicinal plants that can remove dark spots?how to do it?

    • ANSWER:
      yOU CAN ORDER A PILL FORM OF THIS FROM http://www.herbs4health.net/liver-protection/age-spot-removal.html FOR .50 NOT BAD AND IT WORKS
      Milk Thistle Seed is a bitter tasting herb, that is reputed to be one of the best herbs for protecting the liver from over load of toxic chemicals. It works as well in animals as it does in humans. Liver disease is the fourth most common cause of death in the U.S.A. and Canada. Diseases such as Cancer, high blood- LDL cholesterol levels, and chronic bowel problems are significantly improved by Milk Thistle’s liver protecting and enhancing properties.

      Milk Thistle Seed Is an extract, which is made when the medicinal properties of the herbs are extracted using water with a special low heat saturation process. Extracts are low in alcohol (6%) and need to be refrigerated after opening.

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      very helpful in adolescence acne as it helps the liver to detoxify excess hormones crated by imbalance in the system cause by puberty.
      improves digestive vitality and has been used for liver related problems such as psoriasis
      excellent to protect the liver from damage caused by hepatitis, and to stimulate regeneration.
      has been used to reverse the damage caused by alcoholism and drug abuse, especially cirrhosis of the liver, as it regenerates damaged liver cells.
      has been used very successfully for mushroom poisoning.
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      DOSAGE:

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  38. QUESTION:
    What will help my psoriasis?
    Im 17 and i had plaque psoriasis since i was 9 and it is everywhere i tryed different kinds of cream and nothing worked it just keeps getting worse its mainly on my legs and arms does any one know of a way to get rid of it fast i know i will always have some of it but its making hue spots everywhere i hate wearing short sleeve shirts or shorts and summers coming and i tryed everything i could so can someone please help

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Jessica

      Here are some ideas to help the healing process. Learn about cleansing your body as well (colon and liver cleanse).

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  39. QUESTION:
    does anyone know how to cure?
    Does anyone how to cure surices.I don't think i spelled that correct. I don't think its a common thing like the flue or anything it is super rare. At least thats what the doctor said. But my friends dad has had it for about 14-15 years. It is like a rash. The doctor gave him medicine but it doesn't work.It is itchy i know that. If there is any cure to it except eating pills cause the doctor said its a risk please tell me.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Rocky

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  40. QUESTION:
    Bio health care products.?
    I know the Milk Thistle ones r good 4 the liver but what r the other ones and what do they do? but more importantl, r they any good?, i no one is called Blue flag compound but i dont know what it does?

    • ANSWER:
      I'll let the others answer the rest of your question, but
      here is a website for you about Blue flag compound.

      http://www.herbco.com/bulk_herbs/Blue-Flag.php

      The information below is all from the website above:

      Background: Due to the similarity in name and appearance before blooming, Blue Flag is often mistaken for Sweet Flag, or Calamus, which grows in the same localities. Blue Flag was historically used by Native American Indians as a cathartic and emetic. They used it to treat wounds and colds. Anglo-Americans then used it to treat liver and glandular problems.

      Applications: Hepatic, laxative, diuretic, anti-inflammatory.

      Hepatic – Blue flag is thought to help in skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis by working through the liver and aiding in detoxification. It is also thought to aid in constipation associated with liver problems.

      Description:
      Blue Flag is a perennial plant found in swamps and marshy areas in Eastern North America. It has also been exported and introduced to Europe. It grows approximately 2 – 3 ft. high and features narrow sword shaped leaves. It bears 2 – 3 large blue or purple flowers per stem which have yellow or whitish markings at the base. The Rhizome is harvested in the fall.

  41. QUESTION:
    where can I find the 8 herb tea named essiac?
    This is a tea for cancer patients

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.essiacshop.com/home.php?cat=1

      The original essiac tea herbs in the formula consist of Burdock root, Slippery Elm bark, Wild Sheep Sorrel, and Turkish Rhubarb.

      Burdock (Arctium lappa): Cleansing, strengthening. This root is a staple of Japanese and nutritive macrobiotic diets; anti-mutagen. Often used as a mild diuretic and for treating swelling and fever. May assist with liver damage caused by alcohol, chemicals or medications. Burdock root is an antioxidant. Burdock also played an important role in Native American herbal medicine, and American herbalists have used the roots and seeds of this plant for over two centuries. There is belief that burdock may be helpful for kidney stones. Topical preparations of burdock are also used for skin problems (such as eczema) and wounds.

      Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus fulva): Feeds, soothes, strengthens mucous membranes; lubricates bones & joints; dissolves excess mucous deposited in organs, tissue, lymph glands, nerve channels; eases wastes through alimentary canal. Slippery/slimy when chewed, and therefore is widely used to soothe sore throats and in many cough remedies and lozenges. Can help relieve constipation and diarrhea by regulating the digestive tract. The Cherokee and other Native Americans used Slippery elm for coughs, skin conditions, and as an eye wash.

      Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella): Relieves inflammation; stimulates defenses; cleansing, strengthening; breaks down tissue masses and other deposits that are foreign to the body. Contains high levels of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K, calcium, oxalic acid, beta carotene, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, copper, and iron. Can be used as a mild laxative, diuretic, and/or antiseptic. Sheep sorrel is one of the most important essiac tea herbs.

      Turkish Rhubarb (Rheum palmatum): Contains Vitamin A, many of the B complex, C, and P; calcium, chlorine, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, silicon, sodium, sulfur, and zinc. The rhubarb root creates a gentle laxative action by stimulating the secretion of bile into the intestines. It also stimulates the gall duct to expel toxic waste matter, thus purging the body of waste bile and food. Reportedly this results in the liver being cleansed and chronic liver problems relieved. In small doses, the powdered root is an astringent and helps diarrhea. It stimulates the stomach and associated organs; known cathartic. Also contains rhein, an anthraquinone. Turkish rhubarb is one of the most-discussed essiac tea herbs.

      The following essiac tea herbs were added to the original formula by Rene Caisse and Dr. Brusch after years of tweaking and experimentation, and are present in our eight-herb formula:

      Watercress (Nasturtium officinale): Oral cleanser, toner, and strengthener of mucous membranes. A good source of Vitamin C. Has a bitter taste believed to stimulate appetite and improve digestion (this is where the “unique” taste of the essiac tea herbs comes from.)

      Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus): Blessed thistle has been observed to have antimicrobial effects in lab studies. Stimulates and cleanses digestive system. Historically, blessed thistle has been recommended as a treatment for upset stomach, indigestion, and gas. A poultice of blessed thistle can be used to soothe injured skin.

      Blessed thistle is related to, but not the same herb as, Milk Thistle.

      Red Clover (Trifolium pratense): Nutritious; cleanses and soothes lungs and air passages; stimulates digestive organs; soothes inflamed joints. A review of nearly 1,000 women suggests that red clover may interfere with an enzyme known to promote the progression of endometrial cancer. Red clover may also block enzymes thought to contribute to prostate cancer in men. Red clover is often used for respiratory ailments, such as whooping cough. Externally, it may be used for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Contains isoflavones.

      Kelp (Laminaria digitata): the main constituents of kelp include phenolic compounds (which have anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-clotting properties), mucopolysaccharides (joint-lubricating), and algin (a stabilizer). Kelp also contains protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, iodine, potassium, magnesium, and iron. Kelp is the number one health supplement used in Japan.

  42. QUESTION:
    i have read that rubbing coconut oil on psoriasis will help is this true??
    the stuff i bought was almost waxy ( like lard ) from boots.

    • ANSWER:
      yes, but neem oil is best.
      Internally, take neem bark capsules, milk thistle and turmeric.
      Neem oil will alleviate the symptoms very very rapidly. 3 days for most people, regardless of how bad the presentation.

  43. QUESTION:
    Which vitamins should I take?
    If I'm taking b complex is it necessary to take b6 and b12 also? Also i am open to suggestions...

    Currently I take b6, b12, a, d3, c, flaxseed oil, milk thistle, peppermint oil, a digestion optimizer, and a one a day.

    I am 31 y/o female 105 lbs with liver, digestive, and skin issues (psoriasis), as well as high blood pressure controlled with meds. My diet is poor to fair hence the vitamins.

    Recommendations?

    • ANSWER:
      Acidophilous; they sell it anywhere they sell vitamins. they are suppose to be refridgerated once you buy them because they have live active cultures in them. or Acidophilous pearls(i buy mine from rite aid) and there is no need for refridgeration so they are good for traveling. but they put the "good bacteria" in the gut. I take them every morning and night... they do wonders!
      and vitamin C is good for liver and immune. Payapa enzymes(vitamin store as well; helps aid in digestion or just buy a papaya!)
      hope that helps a little! good luck

  44. QUESTION:
    Any other idea of what this could be?
    Hi,
    My mom has had strange, red patches underneath her nose, and around her chin for quite a while now. We had pretty much confirmed that it was Herpes Simplex 1 because what it looked like and everything about it matched all the symptoms/cases of Herpes Simplex 1 (though she had never been diagnosed with it, and has never in her life had a cold sore) that we read about, pretty much perfectly. Red, dry, flakey, clear-liquid filled bumps in patches. We had read more than one place that Lemon Balm (Melissa leaves) cream and taking L-Lysine can really help to suppress Herpes Simplex 1 (and even 2). So, my mom got some L-Lysine tablets and is currently taking them as directed (1000 mg a day, so, 500 mg in the morning, and 500 in the evening), and my dad purchased her this "target cream" online that CONTAINS Lemon Balm, aloe juice, beeswax, and others that can help with Herpes. But, it only contains it. It's not actual Lemon Balm cream. We found just simply "Lemon Balm" cream on the internet, but were not able to purchase it. So far, in the days that she's been using both of these, it has not been helping her. In fact, the target cream is actually making it worse, she says! She has been taking Milk Thistle and drinking Chlorophyll, as well, which should be helping also. But, it isn't. So, my first question is, is this actually Herpes? Or perhaps something else? Or maybe it's just this cream? We don't know. My mom, years and years ago, was diagnosed with HPV (she is 44 yo, by the way) in her blood. It didn't appear anywhere on her body, it was just detected in her blood. She had caught it from my dad, whom, actually, was who my mom suspected (and still suspects) she got this strange rash on her face from. It was after my parents had stopped fighting a whole lot and were beginning to get along better, that my mom began kissing my dad again. Then, not too long after, this strange rash began appearing on her face. Why I mentioned HPV is because her and I know that it can appear on the face (though we did look at pictures of HPV on the face, and it looked nothing like what she has. But, can it have anything to do with Herpes?) We had even looked in to Eczema and Psoriasis just to see, but neither looked anything like it. It looks like Herpes. But is there something else that can look exactly like Herpes, but isn't? Is there something else she could help treat it with? Any help or advice would be appreciated. I hope I didn't leave anything out....blaah..very tired, haha.

    Thanks again.
    Also, I thought I might list all the ingredients of that cream she's been using. I doubt it, but maybe there's something in it that's worsening what she has instead of helping?
    ________________________________________________________________
    Filtered well water
    aloe juice
    pure raw honey
    hive isolates TM
    lemon balm
    echinacea
    sunflower oil
    beeswax
    xantham gum
    vitamin E
    grapefruit seed extract
    the essential oils of grapefruit, lavender, lemon and orange (certified organic)

    • ANSWER:
      I think a trip to a dermatologist is in order. Many of the things on your list could be causing an allergic reaction. When diagnosed doctors use treatments that are have found to work for them, however some people are allergic to known treatments. Our doctors have lots of tools they can use to combat the allergic reaction and treat the skin issues. .
      HPV is not a virus that is found in blood. HPV is a virus that affects the skin and the mucous membranes of the cervix and some oral areas.
      HPV infects the skin when cells from a partner's HPV lesions gain access to tiny breaks in the skin that often occur during skin to skin contact or intercourse. HPV does not infect tissue that lies underneath the skin, nor does it infect blood or other body fluids.
      http://www.asccp.org/PracticeManagement/HPV/NaturalHistoryofHPV/tabid/5962/Default.aspx
      Lemon, orange and grapefruit oils can cause irritation

      The use of herbs is a time honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, contain components that can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, you should take herbs with care, under the supervision of a health care provider qualified in the field of botanical medicine.
      http://www.umm.edu

  45. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of psoriasis forever??

    • ANSWER:
      Hi LowBlow

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  46. QUESTION:
    I have psoriasis from 3 years ago,NO respons of any treatment ,any HELP,pleas?
    Became my skin bloody no motion

    • ANSWER:
      HI Jasarhan

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Cleansing: For long term health a colon and liver cleanse needs to be done.

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  47. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis problem?
    My boyfriend has what i think is stressed induced psoriasis...and its on his arms. Anyone know any good remedies to get rid of it? He doesn't have medical insurance otherwise i'd take him to the doctor....so don't leave me answers saying Go to the dr!!!

    • ANSWER:
      HI Lindsay

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Cleansing: For long term health a colon and liver cleanse needs to be done.

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you


milk thistle psoriasis

Sebo Psoriasis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to ease sebo psoriasis itch?
    I have had sebohorric psoriasis for as long as I can remember, but it just recently started flairing up worse than ever. I think it's because I moved from a really dry climate to a really wet one. Anyway, the itch is just staggering! I almost can't keep my nails from digging into my scalp because it itches so much. Any advice for how to deal with this? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to try natural remedies. SerenaSkin anti-psoriasis remedies worked wonders for me. The scalp has been cleared up in a couple of weeks. Anti-psoriasis extract balances the immune system, so to prevent new ones from appearing. I'm really satisfied with this treatment.

  2. QUESTION:
    how to control white hairs?
    i have sebo psoriasis can suggest tablets and how to control white hairs?

    • ANSWER:
      you can't really
      Dye them or cut them off
      OR be proud of them

  3. QUESTION:
    sebohoerric dermatitis?
    i'm 19 yr old male. i was diagnosed with sebohoerric dermatitis of the scalp. but this doctor asks me to repeat the same medicines each time i go to him. right now i apply "propysalic e lotion" and use "sebo wash" shampoo. they used to work at first but now they aren't giving relief and the effects of sebohoerric dermatitis are coming back. please suggest some gel/lotion/shampoos that might help (available in india)

    • ANSWER:
      Arsenicum Album 30 three times a day 3 to 5 globules a dose for one week. continue if necessary.

      If there is oozing of sticky liquid Graphites 200 should also be used. In some cases Sulphur or Mercurious may also be needed.

      Eczema, Psoriasis, Pityriasis, Tinea circinata/tinea tonsurans, Impetigo contagiosa, Lupus erythematosus may all resemble sebohoerric dermatitis. But it should not be difficult for a doctor to differentiate. Correction of faulty digestion and Constipation should be removed immediately if it is there, Arsenic can work here also. Daily cold bath with rock salt is recommended. If there is aversion to cold bath use Three doses of Sulphur 30 for one day and the aversion will go away and love for cold water will replace it Sulphur will also help in cure of all skin ailments. Exercise, sleep and clothing should be properly regulated. Olive oil or coconut oil could be used. Irritating soaps should not be used. Alcohols should be avoided as well as sedentary habits. These may normally fbe ound in three areas, the scalp, the chest and the genetal areas.

      Hope this helps.

      Medicines should be used in consultation with doctor.

  4. QUESTION:
    9 true/false health questions?
    Indicate whether the statement is true or false.

    ___ 31. The tough fibrous covering of the muscle is called tendons.
    ___ 32. A combining form for gland is seb/o.
    ___ 33. The hair root and its covering is called the follicle.
    ___ 34. Cells that produce pigment that give its color are stratum corneum.
    ___ 35. A flat blemish or discoloration less than 1 cm is a papule.
    ___ 36. A diffuse spreading acute inflammation within solid tissues is cellulitis.
    ___ 37. Wood's light exam is used to diagnose psoriasis.
    ___ 38. An instrument to remove split-skin grafts is a dermatome.
    ___ 39. The abbreviation for the system of administration of medication through a patch is TTS.
    ___ 40. The abbreviation for an ointment is OTC.

    Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      31. F. it's epimysium
      32. F. sebo=oil
      33. F. the hair grows from the follicle
      34. F. pigment cells are melanocytes
      35. T
      36. T
      37. F. determines some types of fungal infections
      38. T
      39. T. Transdermal Therapeutic System
      40. F. Over-the Counter


sebo psoriasis

Scalp Treatment For Psoriasis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is best Rx or treatment for scalp psoriasis?
    I have increasingly bad scalp psoriasis. This last winter it started even bleeding. I ALWAYS have flakes and I ALWAYS have a spot where even if I rub on it, it seems to bleed. I am so sick of this and need something super strong to help! Any suggestions? Any known prescriptions? Its just on my scalp.

    Ive also been to a dermatologist and all they gave me was a foam to apply?

    • ANSWER:
      I cleared my psoriasis with SerenaSkin psoriasis herbal remedies. I used ointment and spray on the scalp. I also took anti psoriasis extract as directed. In less than 2 weeks of treatment my scalp has been cleared. It is the only treatment that cleared it among many I've tried.

  2. QUESTION:
    i have scalp psoriasis and i been taking fish oil and im not sure if its helping?
    i have scalp psoriasis and i been taking fish oil, the psoriasis bumps are gone but my scalp is more itchy and flakey. should i continue taking the fish oils pills?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, nomally fish oil is good for scalp psoriasis. You can also try one of the natural treatments for psoriasis from the Internet - some of them do actually work. For my scalp psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: champori is available without prescription and comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.
      Mol

  3. QUESTION:
    does anyone know about any good treatments for scalp psoriasis?
    i have scalp psoriasis and it's really irritating. i've tried several drug store shampoos but i feel like they aren't working.

    • ANSWER:
      If your scalp psoriasis is severe enough, you're going to need some prescription items, rather than over the counter medicines. Your dermatologist can help you out with this.

  4. QUESTION:
    Folks with scalp psoriasis: Treatments that have worked well for you?
    My scalp psoriasis has begun to flare up again after many years (I've had severe to moderate psoriasis since I was a baby) and I'm flaking almost every day. It's getting extremely annoying and bothersome. I'm currently using prescription salicylic acid in mineral oil every night, which of course only treats the flaking, so it just keeps coming back over and over again. I use T-Gel all the time; it isn't helping much. Have any of you had trouble with scalp psoriasis? If so, I'd like to hear anything you've tried that was more or less successful.

    • ANSWER:
      I had psoriasis on my scalp for about 2 years non stop.

      I supplement with probiotics and evening primrose oil, and I use emu oil shampoo from desertpalmsemu.com. My head has been clear for about 3-4 months.

      Short term, my hair dresser would rub straight emu oil into my scalp and then cover with a shower cap for several hours. That helped quite a lot.

  5. QUESTION:
    Who should I see for scalp psoriasis?
    I think i have scalp psoriasis. There's so much skin on the edges of my scalp near the hairline. When I peel the skin off, it bleeds a little. Who should I see for this? The family doctor or a dermatologist?

    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest you make an appointment with a dermatologist. My son who is 8 years old started breaking out on his scalp. I had no clue what it was so i took him to his pediatrician/family doc. He told me that my son had ringworm of the scalp so he put him on this horrible medicine that cost 150.00 and told him to take it for 3 months. Well that didn't work so I took him back and then he prescribed me a different med and said well maybe it is a bacterial infection. Well that med didn't work either. So I decided to find a derm to take him to. As soon as he looked at my sons scalp he told me that is was not ringworm or an infection that is was psoriasis. All that time my family doctor wasted by treating it as something else, my son had lost a lot of hair and was being made fun of at school. In my opinion I would go straight to a dermatologist for anything that is affecting the skin because they can properly diagnose the problem and tell you how to control/cure it. Once you have that information and you wanted to keep seeing you regular doctor instead of going to the derm all the time all you have to do is let the derm inform your doctor on your condition and then your reg doctor will know what treatment you need.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can I use white vinegar for scalp psoriasis?
    I have scalp psoriasis really bad, I was wondering if I can use white vinegar and if so. How do u apply it. And for how long

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, you can try one of the natural treatments for psoriasis from the Internet - some of them do actually work. For my psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: champori is available without prescription and comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is a good over the counter treatment for psoriasis?
    I won't be able to see my dermatologist until January, and my psoriasis is spreading. My cream has run out. I'm using T-Gel shampoo for my scalp. I don't have anything for the psoriasis on my skin though. What is a good over the counter treatment that can keep it under control until January?
    I've had psoriasis for a couple of years.
    I used a topical medication from my dermatologist, but that ran out and she said she has to see me before I get another one prescribed.

    • ANSWER:
      HI Sylvie

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  8. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for hair to grow back after psoriasis treatment?
    I have scalp psoriasis. My case was not that bad though, I've been taking some special shampoos and hair oil for over a week. And it's working really well, it's almost gone. But I've lost some hair before the treatment and I've heard from SO many people that the hair would grow back when your scalp is back to normal. So how long would it take for the hair to grow back ?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, Ximena!

      Well, the truth about scalp psoriasis is that it doesn't have any direct relations with hair loss. So, if you are experiencing this problem, it's from another cause.

      Usually, these causes of hair loss on scalp psoriasis treatment are stress, scales removed too forcefully, frequent scratching or a too harsh treatment.

      To prevent you hair loss and thus increase hair growth after your treatment, you can take some cares: try alternating shampoos, use conditioner, let hair air dry and keep your nails short.

      With these cares, I'm almost sure that your hair will start or continue to grow normally. Hairs usually grow 1cm per month, so you don't have to worry about it if you are preventing these damages I described above.

      I hope that this can help you a bit! :D

  9. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for hair to grow back after psoriasis treatment?
    I have scalp psoriasis. My case was not that bad though, I've been taking some special shampoos and hair oil for over a week. And it's working really well, it's almost gone. But I've lost some hair before the treatment and I've heard from SO many people that the hair would grow back when your scalp is back to normal. So how long would it take for the hair to grow back ?

    • ANSWER:
      >Hair< generally grows about 3/4 -1 per week to 10 days but it depends on the person. My classmate applied dermasis for psoriasis . It is really impressive so if you want to test it, you can try this site http://doiop.com/skindermasis

  10. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of Scalp Psoriasis?
    i have some scalp psoriasis on the back of my ears and im just wondering how do i fade out the redness and flakiness and just have okay clear looking skin???

    i have long hair and need to get short hair but i don't want to show my scalp

    • ANSWER:
      I cleared my psoriasis with serenaskin psoriasis herbal remedies. I used ointment and spray on the scalp. I also took anti psoriasis extract as directed. In a few weeks of treatment my scalp has been cleared. It is the only treatment that cleared my scalp psoriasis among many I've tried.

  11. QUESTION:
    What kind of shampoo should I be using for psoriasis and dandruff?
    My scalp doesn't itch. It is just *extremely* flaky...which doesn't help because I wear black a LOT. I feel like I have tried everything: Selsun Blue, Head and Shoulders, Pert Plus, Aveda Scalp Benefits, and those tar shampoos. I know that I should probably go to a dermatologist, but I'm on an Air Force base in the middle of nowhere. Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, you can try one of the natural treatments available on the Internet (just google "natural treatment of psoriasis") and take your pick. Some of them do actually work. For my scalp psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they then stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: Champori is available online without prescription and comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.
      Cheers,
      Stella

  12. QUESTION:
    How to control and reduce the psoriasis for a baby and adult?
    My husband is suffering from Psoriasis since he was born.... recently my new born baby is also suspected to have this desease, I come to know that this is a desease connected with gene... I really do not know how to help them....

    • ANSWER:
      Hi ANgee

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Cleansing: For long term health a colon and liver cleanse needs to be done.

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  13. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid off psoriasis behind your ears and gluteal cleft?
    I have psoriasis behind my ears, scalp, elbows, on one knee & one on gluteal cleft but its small... i wanna get rid of them pls help how can I get rid of dem fast? whats da best thing to do or whats da best cream for it?

    • ANSWER:
      ooh, the hard to reach places huh? hmmm, i would try herbal medications and remedies before chemically designed over the counter meds/prescriptions. the skin is especially sensitive behind the ears and u dont wanna scar. try:
      The hot Epsom salts bath has been proven valuable in the treatment of psoriasis. Application of olive oil after the Epsom salt bath is also effective and also one of the effective home remedies for psoriasis.

      Regular seawater baths and application of seawater over the affected parts once a day is highly beneficial. This is one of the best psoriasis remedy.

      Bitter gourd is a valuable home remedy for psoriasis. Take a cup of fresh juice of this vegetable, mixed with a teaspoon of limejuice on an empty stomach daily for four to six months. This is a good diet for psoriasis.

      The use of mudpacks is also beneficial for the psoriasis. They absorb and remove the toxins from the affected areas.

      Cabbage leaves can be used in the form of compresses. They can be applied on the affected area after removing the thick veins and washing them thoroughly. This is also one of the effective home remedies for psoriasis.

      Sunlight is the best and natural remedy for psoriasis.

      Vitamin E therapy has been found effective in the psoriasis treatment. A daily dose of 200-800 I.U is recommended as they reduce itching of the area.

      Lecithin is also considered as a remarkable remedy for the psoriasis treatment.

      Psoriasis cure - 6-9 lecithin capsules in a day are recommended.

      Application of Aloe Vera gel and garlic oil on the affected area is also beneficial and is good natural remedy for psoriasis

      Application of cashew nut oil on the affected areas at night after a thorough wash of the face is highly beneficial and is one of the effective home remedies for psoriasis.

  14. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for hair to grow back after psoriasis treatment?
    I have scalp psoriasis. My case was not that bad though, I've been taking some special shampoos and hair oil for over a week. And it's working really well, it's almost gone. But I've lost some hair before the treatment and I've heard from SO many people that the hair would grow back when your scalp is back to normal. So how long would it take for the hair to grow back ?

    • ANSWER:
      Hair generally grows about 3/4 -1" per week to 10 days but it depends on the person.

  15. QUESTION:
    Home remedies or other aides for psoriasis?
    In the winter I get really bad psoriasis my scalp. I've had treatments in the past but none of them seem to really work. It definitely runs in my family because my dad gets it really bad, too. Do you know of any home remedies or other over the counter treatments that might work?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, you can try one of the natural treatments for psoriasis from the Internet - some of them do actually work. For my psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: champori is available without prescription and comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.
      Mol

  16. QUESTION:
    Do you think my psoriasis is an allergic reaction?
    I am a wine drinker, and have been for about 3 yrs now. For the last year and a half, I have been dealing with psoriasis (on the scalp and body) and no medical treatments have worked. I am allergic to Sulfa medications. Do you think that b/c wine has Sulfites in it, that my psoriasis could be an allergic reaction?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, the connection between wine and psoriasis is not clear. You can easily find out if wine triggers your psoriasis by staying away from it for a week or two.
      For psor. treatment you can try one of the natural remedies available on the Internet (just google "natural treatment of psoriasis") and take your pick. Some of them do actually work. For my psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they then stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: Champori is available online without prescription and comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.
      Peggy

  17. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies for psoriasis on the scalp?
    My sister has psoriasis on her scalp that is pretty bad. Youi cant see it unless she parts her hair in the back like for pigtails, but shes really self conscious about it. The shampoo prescribed for her is very very expensive and although it works she cant afford to pay 100 bucks a month for shampoo. Any home remedies or ideas out there for help with this> Than ks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, she can try one of the natural treatments available on the Internet (just google "natural treatment of scalp psoriasis") Some of them do actually work. For my scalp psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they then stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: Champori comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work - it's free.
      Cheers,
      Stella

  18. QUESTION:
    Whats it going to cost me to get treated for psoriasis with out insurance?
    I have psoriasis and no insurance. What am I looking at cost wise if I go to a dermatologist and pay out of pocket?

    • ANSWER:
      You can try natural treatments. It's cheaper, and worked for me much more effective than prescribed medications. I cleared my psoriasis with serenaskin herbal remedies. I used ointment and spray on the skin and scalp, and took anti-psoriasis extract internally. This treatment cleared my skin just in a couple of weeks. A year later it is still clear. It is the best natural treatment I've ever tried.

  19. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of or at least lessen my psoriasis?
    I have had psoriasis on my scalp for many years now and it just keep getting worse and worse. I inherited it from my father, who also has it. I have tried lots of different shampoos to try and help it but nothing has worked. I dont know what more I can do. /: Does anyone have any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I cleared my psoriasis with serenaskin herbal remedies. I used ointment and spray on the skin and scalp, and took anti-psoriasis extract internally. This treatment cleared my skin just in a couple of weeks. 6 mo later it is still clear. It is the best natural treatment I've ever tried.

  20. QUESTION:
    My girlfriend has psoriasis mainly on her back with some patches about the size of a 50p and others smaller?
    She has some cream for it but its hard for her to put it her back when i'm not there so i was wondering if anybody has an alternative treatment they have used, somebody recommended sulphur tablets?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. For my plaque psor. (elbows, knees and scalp) the herbal cream/spray combo by champori works the best: my patches cleared almost completely in just 2 weeks and I haven't had a flare up in more than a year now. Let your girlfriend it: it comes with money back guarantee, so if it doesn't work - it's free.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  21. QUESTION:
    How do you treat your psoriasis?
    I have tried OTC treatments, and i can't afford to do the RX stuff. Any suggestions for me? I am young, (16+) but my skin is so sensitive. So anything that i can do has to be very gentle with my skin. Thanks
    I have severe psoriasis on my right ankle and one spot on my left leg about as big as a half dollar. Mine never seems to diminish and it stays cracked and really bad all the time.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Kacey

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you

  22. QUESTION:
    What can I do to allievate scalp itch?
    My scalp itches so much, that I end up scratching my scalp so hard it hurts.

    What can I do to make the scalp itch stop?

    • ANSWER:
      i am going through the same thing right now, and i think its because the weather is changing because this has NEVER happened to me before. i have dandruff along with it because i thought it would go away.
      i used head and shoulders, that didn't work, i also used the neutrogena t-gel shampoo, it smells awful, and that still isn't working, so i am going to try some olive oil. im not even going to try selson blue because ive already tried the other product like it, and i am sick of wasting my money.

      HERE ARE SOME HOME-REMEDIES to try, but i suggest seeing a doctor because it can get worse and it sucks.

      Zinc Pyrithione: Wonderful stuff for scalp conditions. First synthesized in the 1930’s, this is the most widely used active ingredient from a natural source. It’s used to treat dandruff, seborrheic dermatitus, psoriasis, eczema and numerous other skin and scalp disorders. It has strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
      Jojoba: Is excellent as a scalp moisturiser and helps to rebalance sebum.
      Tea Tree: Oily hair … Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands, enlivens the scalp and brings the cells & follicles to attention
      Basil: Oily hair … promotes growth
      Chamomile: Fine to normal hair … gives golden highlights
      Clary sage: All types of hair … dandruff treatment
      Lavender: Normal hair … Scalp treatment for itchiness, dandruff, and even lice!
      Lemon: Oily hair … Gives golden highlights; treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands
      Myrrh: Dry hair … Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands
      Patchouli: Oily hair … Dandruff treatment
      Peppermint: Dry hair … Promotes hair growth
      Rose: Fine hair … Soothes scalp
      Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil: Excellent for itchy scalp, dry scalp and dandruff Rosemary: Oily hair … Dandruff treatment; promotes hair growth and is an excellent for treating dry scalp
      Tea tree: Oily hair … Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands
      Ylang-ylang: Oily hair … Dandruff treatment

  23. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use hair products when I have psoriasis on my scalp?
    I have psoriasis on my scalp. I want to know if it is safe for me to use hair gel/spray/whatnot. Also, is it okay to color your hair if you have this skin condition? If the answer to the above is "no," then once my psoriasis has cleared up for a bit is it safe to begin using these things again, or will I be banned from hair products for life now that I have it?

    • ANSWER:
      Scalp psoriasis appears as dandruff, and treatments can leave your scalp more sensitive. There are a variety of products available on the market that are designed to reduce the amount of skin flakes and the scalp itching. Try consulting your doctor about it just to be on the safe side.

  24. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a effective solution on the market for psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis on my inner arm and I am constantly scratching. Nothing I have tried works and the itch sometimes is unbareable.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all,psoriasis can simply arise because infection or stress and could affect any region of ur skin.This would explain why u have it on ur inner arm.However,I would advise u to avoid any prescription since sometimes this could only make ur problem worse.I would suggest these homemade remedies that u could try at home to improve ur inner arm condition.Plus,these remedies could be apply on any affected areas including ur inner arm.

      Cabbage: Pick the thickest and greenest outer leaves of the cabbage. Wash leaves thoroughly in warm water. Dry with a towel. Remove the thick veins then flatten and smoothen them out using a rolling pin. Warm and make layered application on the affected part. Place a soft woolen cloth over it. Secure the whole compress using an elastic bandage.

      Bitter gourd: Mix a cup of fresh bitter gourd juice with 1 teaspoon of limejuice. Sip slowly on a empty stomach everyday. Continue treatment from 4-6 months.

      Avocado: Apply avocado oil gently on the affected parts.

      Cashew nut: Apply cashew nut oil extracted from the outer shell of the cashew nut. It has acrid and rubefacient properties that are effective in the treatment of psoriasis.

      Buttermilk: Drink liberal quantity of curd in buttermilk form. You can also try using buttermilk when compressing the affected area.

      Vitamin E: Take 400 mg of vitamin E everyday to reduce itchiness and scab formation.

      Lecithin: Take 6-9 capsules of lecithin a day. Take 2-3 capsules before and after each meal.

      Well,these are those remedies that would works best to improve ur scalp condition.Good luck trying these at home and ur scalp will improve in no time.Hope this helps.

      P/s:I would suggest u to book an appointment too with a dermatologist or a skin specialist since they will get u the right medication regarding ur problem.Plus,this could improve ur chance of healing.However,do remember bout those remedies I suggested.Good luck:-)

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for seborrheic dermatitis?
    I have Seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp so i went to see the doctor the other day basically just to ask for a refferell to a private dermotologist as i have private health care. The Doctor basically told me i would be wasting my time seeing them as she new exactly what to prescribe to get it under controll. i have been given a scalp application called Betacap which i believe is a form of steroid which will apparently get rid of the scaily skin after a month or so, amd also ketopine 2% shampoo which i believe is the same as nizoral. Does any one have any expirience with either of these as i cant seem to find many reviews on Betacap which i find a bit odd really . The doctor told me the reason i have never fully got this under controll before is because i have only ever used specialist shampoos and not a scalp application with it. Any advice/help would be greatly appriciated

    • ANSWER:
      I have psoriasis and use betnovate, which i am assmuing to be the same active chemical as what you are describing. It is a steroid, and it works very well for me, but I also like to use oils to moisturise becasue if you use steroid creams too often the skin thins.

  26. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of scalp acne scar?
    I've been using home remedies and it worked but they keep coming back. I'm convinced to start using those products like neutrogen and proactive. What products works best to keep scalp acne scars to go away. Btw I tried popping them but only boos comes out and itches a lot and causes me to scratch and leaving scars.

    • ANSWER:
      Stress can affect hormones and can theoretically promote acne. I try to do natural home remedies but here are some helpful tips that might be helpful for acne and scar:
      1) Tea Tree Oil
      2) Lemon oil or juice
      3) Mandarin oil
      4) Cedar wood – good for eczema
      5) Lavender
      6) Apple cider vinegar
      7) Bamboo extract or Sarna lotion – good for rosacea, psoriasis, eczema
      8) Bio Oil or BB cream for dark spots or scars
      9) Toothpaste is very effective for acne leave on face for about 20 to 30 minutes then wash.
      10) Zinc
      11) 2% Erythromycin
      12) Benzoin Peroxide

      Applied lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to face or you can drink it through using it in water a few drops a day. Will help with both acne, and scars as well. Another way you can get rid of acne is by taking bamboo extract something I started when I had the problem really does work. Hope this works for you.

      OR: Here are other methods to clear up blemishes.

      Tea-Tree Oil
      Tea tree oil is a popular home remedy for acne. An essential oil is diluted and applied topically to acne lesions. How is tea tree oil believed to work? Tea tree oil contains a constituent called terpinen-4-ol that's thought to be responsible for most of tea tree oil's anti-bacterial activity. Because tea tree oil can kill bacteria, applying topical tea tree oil to acne lesions is believed to kill Propionibacterium acnes, the skin-dwelling bacteria involved in acne. To treat mild, and occasional breakouts. This is how it works: Distilled from the leaves of an Australian shrub, tea-tree oil contains antibacterial and anti-microbial compounds called terpenoids that help kill the bacteria that, when trapped behind oil in a plugged pore, lead to acne breakouts. Try Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick (, burtsbees.com). A roller-ball tube makes for easy application. Studies testing tea-tree oil against the gold-standard acne treatment, benzoyl peroxide, have shown that while the latter works more quickly, tea-tree oil is equally effective over time. And it results in fewer annoying side effects—namely, dryness and redness.

      Sulfur
      If you have sensitive skin.
      How it works: A time-tested, gentle acne fighter, sulfur “acts like a sponge to draw oil out of blocked pores,”. This dries up pimples and keeps sebum production in check, helping to prevent future blemishes. Sulfur has a distinct smell—think rotten eggs. Most preparations that use it contain a masking fragrance. However, to play it safe (and avoid scaring off coworkers), apply these products at night.

      Salicylic Acid
      To treat and soothe red, inflamed blemishes. Salicylic acid can have a calming, anti-inflammatory effect on pimples. “It also breaks down the ‘cement’ between cells in clogged pores to help unplug them,”
      Salicylic acid is less irritating than more potent treatments, so it may be better for those with dry skin. It also tends to work well on stubborn blackheads.

      Retinoid
      Nightly to prevent breakouts.
      How they work: Retinoid, which include over-the-counter retinol and prescription-strength Retin-A, reduce acne by altering the oil chemistry on the skin. “They help stop dense sebum from getting stuck within the pores,” says Gross. Without oil deposits, bacteria can’t grow and cause blemishes. Since retinoid can make skin sensitive to the sun, doctors recommend using them at night (and being diligent about wearing sunscreen during the day). To avoid irritation, apply every other evening to start, gradually working up to nightly use. Bonus benefit: Retinoid have been shown to increase collagen production and plump fine lines, making them a good choice if you’re dealing with acne and wrinkles.

      For more information on acne you can check out this website: http://www.acne.org/about-acne.html

  27. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of any natural remedies to alieve the symptoms of psoraisis?
    I have psoraisis in my scalp and on the outsides of my calves. I already take Enbrel to supress my immune system. I notice that as the weather gets colder my symptoms become worse. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all,psoriasis can simply arise because infection or stress and could affect any region of ur skin.This would explain why u have it on ur scalp.However,I would advise u to avoid any prescription since sometimes this could only make ur problem worse.I would suggest these homemade remedies that u could try at home to improve ur scalp condition.Plus,these remedies could be apply on any affected areas including ur scalp.

      Cabbage: Pick the thickest and greenest outer leaves of the cabbage. Wash leaves thoroughly in warm water. Dry with a towel. Remove the thick veins then flatten and smoothen them out using a rolling pin. Warm and make layered application on the affected part. Place a soft woolen cloth over it. Secure the whole compress using an elastic bandage.

      Bitter gourd: Mix a cup of fresh bitter gourd juice with 1 teaspoon of limejuice. Sip slowly on a empty stomach everyday. Continue treatment from 4-6 months.

      Avocado: Apply avocado oil gently on the affected parts.

      Cashew nut: Apply cashew nut oil extracted from the outer shell of the cashew nut. It has acrid and rubefacient properties that are effective in the treatment of psoriasis.

      Buttermilk: Drink liberal quantity of curd in buttermilk form. You can also try using buttermilk when compressing the affected area.

      Vitamin E: Take 400 mg of vitamin E everyday to reduce itchiness and scab formation.

      Lecithin: Take 6-9 capsules of lecithin a day. Take 2-3 capsules before and after each meal.

      Well,these are those remedies that would works best to improve ur scalp condition.Good luck trying these at home and ur scalp will improve in no time.Hope this helps.

      P/s:I would suggest u to book an appointment too with a dermatologist or a skin specialist since they will get u the right medication regarding ur problem.Plus,this could improve ur chance of healing.However,do remember bout those remedies I suggested.Good luck:-)

  28. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of this dry patch on my scalp?
    I have a dry patch of skin on my scalp.. it is on the back of my head. I do not really have dandruff from it but I have tried head and shoulders and it doesn't really help. The patch is really itchy and if i scratch it to much it starts to be painful.. when i scratch it.. pieces of the dry skin come off. Do you have any tips of how to get rid of it..or should i see a doctor or dermatologist or something?

    • ANSWER:
      It really does sound like psoriasis. I just got it =/

      Go to a dermatologist - I got this prescribed: MGP Clobetasol Propionate Topical Solution.

      It controls the psoriasis, but it's a non-greasy formula for your head so your hair doesn't get greasy. I was supposed to put this on until the patch "disappeared" and then 2 weeks after it disappeared. It actually did go away, but a few days ago it came back again. Psoriasis isn't curable, but it is treatable. Stress causes it to break out again. You have to start controlling it before it gets too bad and it could spread, like it did on my dad (all over). I also got this shampoo the dermatologist recommended: it's T-Sal by Neutrogena (just bought it at walgreens for like 6 bucks).

      But yah, go to the dermatologist to make sure. Don't bother going to the doctor - I went to the doctor first and he sent me right away to the dermatologist. Waste of for copay.

      Good luck!! (Psoriasis sucks =/)

      OH! and I don't think my topical solution has steroids (I think). They have new treatments available - steroids were in the old treatments

  29. QUESTION:
    What's the best shampoo or treatment to use on itchy, scaling, plaque psoriasis on the scalp?
    I have really bad plaque psoriasis on my scalp, and it itches constantly. The scaling is getting pretty bad, and I need some kind of relief. It's embarrassing, and really annoying. What's the best shampoo I can use to decrease flaking, scaling, itching, and still maintain healthy hair?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, you can try one of the natural remedies available on the Internet - some of them do actually work. For my psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: Champori is available online without prescription and comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.
      Best,
      Sara

  30. QUESTION:
    What are the differences of sclap psoriasis and Seborrhoeic Eczema?
    1) What are the differences of sclap psoriasis and Seborrhoeic Eczema (on sclap) ?
    2) Can you same treatments for both conditions ?
    3) Out of the two sclap conditions, Which is worst to have?
    4) Do they go away after teenage pubrity?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a condition that has a red appearance and severe flakes-like snow flakes. It is often in patches and on the back of the scalp. People also get it on the body-elbows, hands and feet are common areas. You treat it with topical steroids- anti itch products. Theres many rx foams, oils and sprays. You need a derm to prescribe strong meds. Theres also other treatments like laser, pills and injections.

      The other condition I think your referring to is seborrheic dermatitis. It is the medical term for dandruff. itching and mild scaling- not the red thick scaly patches like psoriasis. You use typical head and shoulders shampoos, TGEL, TSAL etc. and topical steroids like psoriasis.

      Thenthreesepsoriasisis. which is both toether. Its dandruff with much thicker scale, almost looking like psoriasis. Treatments are the same-topical steroids.

      All three are common chronic conditions-meaning you can deal with them forever and find the rightreatmentsts to manage it. You caDevelopop it any time of life and psoriasis is prob the worse to have. It has a more crazy itch and because you flake all over clothing its ofteembarrassingng and harder to treat

  31. QUESTION:
    What is a good soap to use for scalp psorasis?
    I Shave my head so I Want to know about soap not shampoo. i am tired of scraping dead skin off of my scalp.

    • ANSWER:
      Tar shampoo is usually the first line therapy for scalp psoriasis. If you prefer not to use the shampoo, it is important that you choose a non-drying "soap." Dryness and irritation caused by harsh cleansers can make psoriasis worse. Two gentle cleansers are Cetaphil (see cleanser or body wash called Restoraderm) and Vanicream (a bar soap for sensitive skin).

      Moisturize your scalp after showering to help counteract the dryness and capture moisture. Try a thicker non-fragrance moisturizer like Lubriderm (or generic variety) twice a day.

      If you have thick scaling you may need to get a prescription from a medical provider for one of the following treatments:
      Keralyt: salicylic acid (6%)
      Dovonex: Vitamin D analog
      Topical steroid: Triamcinolone, Clobetasol, etc. (when using apply sparingly into affected area)

      If you have related itching, then use an over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream.

      Psoriasis may be due to family history, but it has also been related to infection, stress, smoking, and various medications (e.g. antimalarials, beta-blockers, and lithium).

  32. QUESTION:
    Do you have any home remeides for psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis in my head and wanted to know if you know any home redmeides to use?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Granger

      Here are some answers you're looking for.

      Cause
      Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

      Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

      Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

      Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

      In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

      Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

      Best of health to you.

      Cheers

  33. QUESTION:
    Can someone tell me a lot about scalp psoriasis?
    It's all over my scalp, and behind my ears and between my boobs sometimes.I know it's genetic. I'm figuring out how I got it. Neither of my parents or grandparents have it.
    Here are soem questions:
    - what really flares it up?
    - how to not make it flare up so much?
    - good shampoos to use?
    - what to use/not use on my scalp?

    • ANSWER:
      Imbalance of the immune system is responsible of the flaring up. Maintaining strong immune system is very important to controlling the disease.
      I use serenaskin psoriasis remedies to control my scalp psoriasis - ointment and spray on the scalp and psoriasis extract internally to keep flare ups away.
      This treatment works for me extremely well.

  34. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to moisturize your scalp quickly?
    I have psoriasis on my scalp and it turns into dandruff looking flakes and I was wondering if there's any "home remedies" I could use to moisturize my scalp. I already use tar shampoo and head and shoulders.

    • ANSWER:
      You don't moisturize the scalp but you use proper treatments to remove the flakes. Do not use coconut oil on your scalp, it won't help with scalp psoriasis and you will need to wash your hair like 30 times to remove the oil afterwards and this will cause more dry skin and more flakes.

      Most people think that they can get rid of scalp psoriasis/Dandruff with just a shampoo, but shampoos are only for maintenance and not for treatment.

      You need to use a proper lotion to clean the scalp completely. The best one I found and I 've been using for years when needed is Propiosalic lotion. It's under and it clears the scalp completely in a few days if applied daily.

      It contains salicylic acid a well known cosmetic and not only ingredient that effectivity removes the flakes and dry scalp without irritating it and without damaging the hair. You apply it on the scalp once or twice a day and let it dry out. It dries out in about half an hour and you don't need to wash your hair afterwards not even the next day. It does not smell when it's dry and it's not noticeable. Ask your pharmacist or your dermatologist.

      After you have cleared your scalp completely, you can keep using the tar shampoo for maintenance if you want and only if your scalp psoriasis is aggressive, meaning it gets worse really soon. If not, there is no need to keep using a special shampoo.

      Stay away from head and shoulders, ultrex and all that. They are extremely strong shampoos. they only work at start then the scalp gets used to them and they stop working. The worst thing is that they are change the ph balance of the scalp and no other shampoo or treatment will work on the future. So it's better to avoid them.

      You need to use a mild shampoo and stay away from strong shampoos who mess us the ph balance. This is what triggers psoriasis.

      What triggers scalp and general psoriasis also Dandruff : Fever, cold/flu, climate, stress/anxiety, other conditions, toxins from food or other products we use every day.

      Get the lotion or any other lotion ( do not get the oily ones they don't work and they leave you with greasy hair ) and your scalp will clean up completely extremely fast. Ask your doctor.
      This is the absolute treatment.

      Gluck

  35. QUESTION:
    Can psoriasis be caused by products with sodium laureth sulfate?
    I have never been to a dermatologist for it because my dad, uncle, cousin and sister have it too. But I was spraying my hair with detangler when I accidently got some on my face and it burned and turned red with bumps, sort of like what psoriasis looks like when its new. Then I remembered reading something about laureth sulfate aggravating your skin, looked at the back of the bottle and thats in it, both my detangler and my shampoo. Has anybody heard of this before?
    I forgot, I only have psoriasis on my scalp, nowhere else.

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't heard of this particular agent causing psoriasis. If you are genetically pre-disposed to p. , then it can be triggered by anything, I am sure. You may want to try the anti-psoriaisis spray and cream for your scalp. Get it from http://www.champori.com It helped my plaque p. like nothing else I tried: it cleared after just 3 weeks of treatment, and I haven't had a relapse for a year now.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  36. QUESTION:
    How to heal psoriasis in your lower part of head?
    What can you do to treat head psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      The main cause of psoriasis is overreaction of the immune system. I try to eat healthy food and avoid stress as much as I can in order to prevent flare-ups.
      After using number of prescription drugs I've turned to the natural treatments.
      Now I use herbal remedies from serenaskin.com, which aim at the root of the disease - the immune system, and are steroid-free.
      After about 2 weeks of using ointment and spray my scalp has been cleared up and now I just continue with anti-psoriasis extract, which controls the immune system. My scalp has been clear for months now.
      It is the only treatment I have found that provides me complete relief when I use it as directed.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a treatment for my scalp?
    I have an extremely dry, sore scalp. I've tried anti-dandruff shampoos but non seem to help. Advice please.

    • ANSWER:
      Tar products and salicylic acid are generally sufficient for treating very mild scalp psoriasis. More severe scalp psoriasis may require persistence and experimentation to find an effective treatment plan. Treatments include topical medications (applied to the skin) and occasionally ultraviolet (UV) light. Treatments are often combined and rotated because a person's psoriasis can become resistant to medications after repeated use. Systemic (oral or injected) psoriasis treatments are not commonly used just for scalp psoriasis, but they may be tried if psoriasis is present elsewhere on the body and/or the psoriasis is severe.

  38. QUESTION:
    I have scalp psoriasis if I stop washing my hair every day will it help or make it worse?
    I have scalp psoriasis and I was wondering If I stopped washing my hair every day if the natural oils would help soothe it or make it worse?

    • ANSWER:
      You will find out with time if it helps or not. Also, for treatment you can try one of the natural remedies available on the Internet - some of them do actually work. For my psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they then stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: Champori is available online without prescription and comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.
      Happy to help,
      Tami

  39. QUESTION:
    What are the differences between sclap psoriasis and Seborrhoeic Eczema?
    What are the differences between sclap psoriasis and Seborrhoeic Eczema?

    1) What are the differences of sclap psoriasis and Seborrhoeic Eczema (on sclap) ?
    2) Can you same treatments for both conditions ?
    3) Out of the two sclap conditions, Which is worst to have?
    4) Do they go away after teenage pubrity?

    • ANSWER:
      1) Scalp psoriasis and seborrheic eczema share similar signs of itchiness, redness, and scaly skin. Most often, the scales of psoriasis are thicker and somewhat drier in appearance than are the scales of seborrheic dermatitis. In addition, psoriasis usually affects more than one area of the body. If you have scalp psoriasis, you may also have mild psoriasis on your elbows, knees, hands or feet or may notice subtle nail changes, such as pitting. You can refer to the chart on: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/scalp-psoriasis/AN01177

      2) Different conditions require different involvement of treatment. For mild cases, an application of cream or lotion may suffice and be effective. For moderate cases, you may require UV light treatments or a treatment of pills or injections.

      3) The conditions of both conditions are quite similar. You should check with your professional physician to see what you can do about your condition. Neither one is worse or better to have.

      4) You can continue to develop the condition past puberty.

  40. QUESTION:
    What should I do to improve scalp psoriasis (diet, hairbrush, etc)?
    I use a shampoo that is specially formulated for people with psoriasis, but is there anything (e.g. diet, trying a different type of hairbrush, etc) that I could do to improve the condition of my scalp? On the subject of hairbrushes, I currently use a flat brush with hard, plastic bristles. What type of hairbrush should I be using? I have curly hair by the way, and I love the curls- so should I be using a different type of brush to bring the curls out? :) Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, Vivica!

      As I saw in your question, you already should know a lot about psoriasis and treatments, so I won't indicate you any product here.

      If your psoriasis shampoo is already doing a good job, the best thing you can start to put your attention on is, as you said, your diet. To see the benefits of a balanced diet in psoriasis treatment, I recommend that you see Tommy's case (you can see the link below, in my source). He is curing its psoriasis only with its diet!

      I have also a blog about psoriasis cream, where I recommend Revitol Dermasis psoriasis cream for body psoriasis, but you can also find some additional tips that I write daily, with new articles about the disease.

      And remember that a good diet will not only relieve your psoriasis symptoms in the scalp or other parts of the body, but will also make your life better in all ways.

      Keep going with your treatment and good luck!

  41. QUESTION:
    What are the differences between sclap psoriasis and Seborrhoeic Eczema?
    What are the differences between sclap psoriasis and Seborrhoeic Eczema?
    1) What are the differences of sclap psoriasis and Seborrhoeic Eczema (on sclap) ?
    2) Can you same treatments for both conditions ?
    3) Out of the two sclap conditions, Which is worst to have?
    4) Do they go away after teenage pubrity?

    • ANSWER:
      Seborrheic eczema, (or dermatitis) involves the scalp, eyelids, nose and lips and is associated the the presence of pityrosporum yeasts, and is common in patients with AIDs.
      Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease in which itchy scaly red patches form on the elbows, forearms, knees, legs, and scalp, and other parts of the body. Psoriasis is one of the most common skin diseases, affecting about 2% of the population, but its cause is not known. The disorder often runs in families and may be brought on by anxiety; it is rare in infants and the elderly, the most common time of onset being is childhood or adolescence. It sometimes occurs in association with arthritis (psoriatic arthritis). Occassionally, the disease may be very severe, affecting much of the skin and causing considerable disability in the patient. While psychological stress may cause an exacerbation of psoriasis, the only significant event that precipitates the disease is a preceding streptocccal infection. Drugs such as lithium or beta blockers may occasionally be responsible.

  42. QUESTION:
    What do you call the skin condition on your scalp?
    When your scalp produces too much oil and all these folds of skin grow out of the scalp. Often caused by stress. Also do you know what the best treatment for it is?

    • ANSWER:
      As you see above, could be several things. Psoriasis, seborrhea, dandruff (but probably not, too severe), alopecia. You need to be seeing a dermatologist. They say that stress makes these things worse, but my psoriasis has always been very bad, whether I was stressed or not.

      There are new treatments available for psoriasis if that is what you have. See a physician.

      You could try the over-the-counter shampoos for scalp conditions -- some may work for you. None work for me. What could give you some relief is to put oil -- baby, olive, vegetable -- all over the scalp, cover with a shower cap, and sleep. Oh, cover the pillow with a towel because some will leak out. Wash it out in the morning -- hard to do, but use a clarifying shampoo and shampoo two or three times until it is out of the hair. That will lubricate it enough to give you some relief.

      Again, see a doctor.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is there a medical term to my scalp problems?
    Well, my scalp seems to be a nuisance to me. Whenever my head heats up, my scalp itches excessively and it flakes alot. I've tried different dandruff shampoos and they work for about 1-2 months and then my scalp somewhat develops immunity against the shampoo.

    Is there any treatment to this? Is there a specific term to this? Is it hormones?

    And no, its not just dandruff.

    BQ: Jackass or iCarly?

    • ANSWER:
      is it psoriasis? my bf gets it on his scalp. try medicated shampoo for psoriasis.

      bq. jackass fo sho

  44. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a shampoo that gets rid of psoriasis that doesn't smell bad?
    My psoriasis is pretty bad and i'm not so sure if anyone knows of any shampoo that will work effectively but not smell really bad!

    • ANSWER:
      I have been dealing with psoriasis for 32 years and the best medication that I have used is Dermarest from Wal-Mart for . Believe me I have tried all the expensive medications and this works better.

      For the scalp I have discovered that Head and Shoulders Intensive Treatment Dandruff Shampoo works well and cost about .

      Unpredictable and irritating, psoriasis is one of the most baffling and persistent of skin disorders. It's characterized by skin cells that multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. As underlying cells reach the skin's surface and die, their sheer volume causes raised, red patches covered with white scale. Psoriasis typically occurs on the knees, elbows, and scalp and can also affect the torso, palms, and soles of the feet.

      The symptoms of psoriasis vary depending on the type you have. Some common symptoms for plaque psoriasis -- the most common variety of the condition -- include:

      Patches of red, inflamed skin, often covered with loose, silver-colored scales. These patches may be itchy and painful and sometimes crack and bleed. In severe cases, the patches of irritated skin will grow and merge into one another, covering large areas.

      Disorders of the fingernails and toenails, including discoloration and pitting of the nails. The nails may also begin to crumble or detach from the nail bed.

      Patches of scales or crust on the scalp.

      Small areas of bleeding where the skin is scratched.

  45. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a good holistic shampoo that can help my psoriasis?
    Ever since I grew my hair long, I have increased psoriasis on my scalp, especially on the back of my head. Cutting my hair short is not an option because when it is short I get too many comments about looking boyish. Right now I use infusim shampoo, and it helps better than any of the supposed psoriasis or dandruff shampoos, but I am looking for a natural treatment that will increase the oxygen to my scalp and reduce or get rid of my psoriasis. I use hydrocortisone valerate cream to treat other small areas and it works great, but I can't appy it to my scalp because it doesn't get down in there. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Shawna I'm one of other pso sufferer and I have use natur shampoo for almost 5 years and its works great but where are you from ? you can get this natur shampoo in Jakarta, Indonesia, its made from herbs.
      Ok hopefully this information can help you.

      rgds.

      Ellen.
      Yayasan Peduli Psoriasis Indonesia (YPPI)
      Indonesian Psoriasis Care Foundation.

  46. QUESTION:
    Is there a good over the counter cream or medicine for psoriasis on the face?
    I have psoriasis, mainly on ,my scalp, face and chest. I discovered T-Gel shampoo caused my scalp psoriasis to go into remission- I have psoriasis on either side of my nose- people always ask if my nose is sunburned- It's psoriasis- Is there an over the counter drug or cream i could apply to my face?

    Since T-Gel shampoo helped the psoriasis clear from my scalp- what if I applied that to my face?

    • ANSWER:
      The shampoo is likely too drying for the face, but the active ingredient, tar, is available in gel, foam and lotion forms for the skin. Try Cutar, Scytera or T-Derm oil. You should get a similar effect as the T-Gel gave for the scalp. You may not need Rx treatment.

  47. QUESTION:
    How to treat lice when I have psoriasis on my scalp?
    My friend's child came home from school with nits, and I was at her house that day, so I have been exposed to it. Now with psoriasis on my scalp, I was wondering what I could use to make shure that I don't get them, and that won't hurt my head. Chances are that I didn't get them, but I want to be safe. I would prefer to not use chemicals if at all possible.

    • ANSWER:
      There are quite a few totally natural remedies available that readily kill head lice. The ones we recommend don't contain any chemicals, we believe chemical treatments are both dangerous and ineffective.

      Suffocation is an effective method where oil based products (i.e.: conditioner) are used to block the breathing holes and kill the live lice. The real trick though is to find natural products that will kill both the live lice and their eggs in one fast effective treatment.

      Remedies containing Neem Oil are known to be highly effective as Neem interrupts the growth and reproduction of the head louse. Neem’s insecticidal properties are widely recognized now and the oil is commonly available at your local health food store.

      Feel free to check out the articles at the following site for more advice.

      Good luck.


scalp treatment for psoriasis

Shot For Psoriasis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    question for people who have psoriasis and are using Enbral?
    i am using the enbral shot for my psoriasis. i am taking two shots a week for 3 months and then go to the once a week after that. my question is how long did it take for you to have it totally go away. i have been on it for two months and do see a huge difference , but it is still there and the color is still there. also, i am noticing that it seems to get worse in certain places and then goes away. any advice or shared experience is greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      My wife has psoriasis and got about 95% relief from something called "Skin-Zinc". No shots, no strong drugs, just a spray on liquid.

      I'd recommend it.

  2. QUESTION:
    When will the patents start running out on the biologic treatments for Psoriasis?
    At 0 a shot the only way anyone can afford it is if and when generics are available.

    • ANSWER:
      Patents run out after 20 years.

  3. QUESTION:
    How can I make my acne/psoriasis go away faster?
    I'm a boy, so don't say makeup. XD

    I'm using an ointment with acid in it or whatever, but are there some "quick fixes" that might make it dissipate faster?

    I have some very mild psoriasis on my nose and upper cheeks. It just looks likes sunburn but it's not, any tips for making that go bye, bye?

    • ANSWER:
      proactiv, i swear by it.
      it actually worked, and it was given to me as a gift, sadly.
      its like twenty bucks.
      give it a shot, youll see results in like 2 weeks if you use it right.
      good luck dude.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is a good remedy for an itchy scalp?
    My scalp has been itching for a few years. I have tried every specialty shampoo on the market otc for dandruff and psoriasis, etc. Like selsun blue, head and shoulders, coal tar, salycilic acid, neutragina, etc. Nothing seems to be helping. These scabs develop and they are pretty big and thick, and they are not from scratching since I try not to scratch. There are also patches of scaling(I think that is the right word) It isn't dandruff or lice causing the itching. Also, sometimes it really, really hurts for my hair to move, like brushing or in the wind. Any suggestions on a cause or cure?
    I have tried nizoral, the rx one. I'm a CPhT and the Rph let me try some a few years back. It didn't work.

    • ANSWER:
      Seems like you've tried several options over-the-counter... You haven't mentioned NIZORAL, which tends to work a little bit better than Selsun Blue or HnS... might be worth a shot.

      However, the symptoms you're describing reminds me a lot of psoriasis, a condition that is sometimes very hard to treat with otc (even prescription medecine have mitigated success in some cases)... I would really recommend seeing a doctor (dermatologist if at all possible) to clarify the diagnosis; some of my patients had good results with prescription cortisone lotions for the scalp...

  5. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis: Does evaluation for treatment usually require testing?
    I'm not working but have to see a dermatologist for inverse psoriasis so I can only afford ~0. Does evaluation for treatment normally involve further testing or can a doctor prescribe something for me after the visit?
    ? - That's great but you didn't answer my question: does evaluation for treatment usually involve tests?

    • ANSWER:
      To begin with, psoriasis is now considered to be an autoimmune disorder, in which the body's cascade of inflammatory mediators is triggered off by an unkown antigen(s). One of the side effects of these inflammatory agents is to cause the skin cells to hyperproliferate. Hence the treatments are directed against the production of those inflammatory agents. In inverse psoriasis, the lesions tend to be in the "sensitive" areas, so that generally, milder topical agents can be used successfully. Agents such as Protopic ointment and Elidel cream have been used, often with good results. In these cases, I see no reason for blood testing to be done. However, if there is no response to topical therapy, and systemic agents (pills or shots) have to be undertaken, then blood tests are necessary, usually to check up on your liver and blood counts.

  6. QUESTION:
    Just curious, how come you never see disfigured or burned people out in the world?
    I mean you hear about people like connie culp whose husband shot her in the face and how well she's coping. And how well the lady that the ape attacked. But you never see people like this at work or on the street.

    • ANSWER:
      Not true. In London I've seen a woman who'd suffered serious facial burns, a girl who'd lost her left arm just short of the wrist (and was quite happy to wear a normal summer dress), and several people with large birthmarks or severe acne/psoriasis on their head, neck or arms. All of them were out and about, shopping, going to work, or going out. None of them looked as if they were bothered about their conditions, or what other people thought. And rightly so.

  7. QUESTION:
    how effective is methotrexate on psoriasis?
    I have had psorisais since I was a kid, its never gone away. Two months ago I started getting a weekly shot of methotrexate. My doctor said it takes time to get results, I've had NONE!! None of it has disappeared, and its gotten a lot worse in certain spots, can't wear short sleeve shirts. I look and feel horrible, also have had sleeplessness since I've been on this treatment. Am I ever going to see an improvement, or should I try switching to raptiva or enbrel? I need help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Onset of action is 3-6 weeks with additional improvement continuing for longer than 12 weeks. Recommend consulting with physician since no improvement is noted and disease is progressing after two months.
      Although methotrexate is the first-line therapy amongst the systemic treatments (non-creams or ointments), it is not effective in everyone with psoriasis. The monoclonal antibodies (Raptiva or Enbrel) may work but will also have side-effects. They are also very expensive. Good luck!

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the best cheapest way to cure mild psoriasis? ?
    Vitamin b doesnt work took it for over a year, ihydrocortisone does not work for me, i went to do ultraviolet treatments but my insurance wuld not cover it no more, and pills or shots are like 1k a piece!!!! !???? Help

    • ANSWER:
      I cleared my psoriasis with serenaskin herbal remedies. I used ointment and spray on the skin and scalp, and took anti-psoriasis extract internally. This treatment cleared my skin just in a couple of weeks. 6 mo later it is still clear. It is the best natural treatment I've ever tried.

  9. QUESTION:
    What do you use to control psoriasis?
    I've used a lot of the store bought creams and roll-ons. Tanning helps but I may have skin cancer if I keep it up. The doctor said their is some shot but I'm concerned about the results and side effects. Just wondering what some people use to control their psoriasis. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The best natural remedy for controlling psoriasis on the market today is anti-psoriasis cream and spray combination from http://www.champori.com It's herbal, free of steroids and allergens, works fast and with money-back guarantee is fool-proof.

  10. QUESTION:
    How can I get my heart rate down?
    At rest/relaxed my heart beats around 86 beats per minute. I know it's supposed to be much lower than that. I am on Soritane for Psoriasis but my heart rate was like this before the medication as well. My blood presure is usually somewhere around 117/77 or so. It's not high. I don't do drugs or drink but I do smoke cigs. Could that be it? I know they are not helping. Please help if ya can. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, your smoking can increase your heart rate. You can lower your heart rate by 7.3 (+/- 1) beats per minute if you quit smoking even over the short term. If your heart beat is 86, you can get it as low as 79, which is good. You know all the bad things about smoking. As I've recently quit smoking, I know what a pain it is to hear it over and over again, so I won't belabor the point.

      You don't mention your age or level of fitness, both of which could be factors in your ideal and current heart rate.

      Consistent aerobic exercise can significantly improve your heart rate. Give it a shot.

      Best of luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    can you tell me about wheat grass and what it does?
    I started taking a shot(1oz.) of wheatgrass with my fruitsmoothie about 4 months ago. I have a noticeable loss of weight and an increase in my appetite for food and my energy level has got higher. I don't feel as sick as I have been feeling before I started taking the shots of wheatgrass.

    • ANSWER:
      * a grass of the genus Agropyron
      wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

      * Wheatgrass refers both to a plant of the genus Agropyron, as well as a puportedly nutritious and healthful drink made from its pulped sprouts.
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheatgrass

      Wheatgrass Juice Benefits

      So, what is it about chlorophyll that may be responsible for wheatgrass juice benefits?

      Well, for staters, chlorophyll contains a high amount of oxygen, and oxygen is crucial to our brain and body.

      Second, chlorophyll may inhibit the development of certain bacteria.

      Third, some argue that chlorophyll helps remove toxins from the body and may, therefore, help improve the health of the liver.

      One of the biggest wheatgrass benefits that is claimed by some is its ability to improve blood sugar levels.

      It's important to also note that wheatgrass contains such ingredients as active enzymes, vitamins, and more. Therefore, it is hard to know what is truly responsible for the benefits of wheatgrass. Most likely, it's a combination of everything.
      Wheatgrass Juice Benefits
      Most reported wheatgrass benefits are wheatgrass juice benefits since this is arguably the most effective way to consume large amounts of it.

      Some reported wheatgrass juice benefits include: helping keeping hair from become dry; mitigating skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis, improving poor digestion, helping hypertension, and boosting hemoglobin production.

      Lastly, and perhaps most significantly, some people claim that wheatgrass juice benefits include the possibility of helping fight cancer.

      Whether this is true or not we don't know until clinical studies are conducted, but wheatgrass may harbor similar properties to that of certain vegetables that have been attributed anti-cancer properties.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural remedy for severe psoriasis.?
    My Sister is 20 yrs old and her psoriasis is so bad it breaks my heart. She recently developed psoriasis and its controlling her life. She is taking a shot that is killing her immune system. Please I need some natural alternatives!!

    • ANSWER:
      Essential Fatty Acids/Omega 3

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural remedy for severe psoriasis.?
    My Sister is 20 yrs old and her psoriasis is so bad it breaks my heart. She recently developed psoriasis and its controlling her life. She is taking a shot that is killing her immune system. Please I need some natural alternatives!!

    • ANSWER:
      i don't know any, it is better to use the medicine that doctor prescribes

  14. QUESTION:
    Can Psoriasis affect my chances at a military career?
    I'm 16 years old have plaque Psoriasis, I just ended a 12 week regiment of 2 shots a week and now on a once a week shot. which should hopefully clear up all psoriasis.But I've heard the military might not accept me with this disease. Any input would be great.
    Alright to the suggestion of the poster, im In the United states, looking to join either navy or the airforce.

    • ANSWER:
      unfortunatley the army are strict with skin conditions, i know that they do not accept people with bad acne for the comfort of the sufferer also it would cause problems having to deal with this sort of illnesses

      however if youve gone through treatment perhaps you have a chance? Im sure if you felt comfortable enough to try they would happily give you a chance, I would suggest going to an army careers office and talking directly to someone there

      good luck! Perhaps you should state what exactly you want to sign up for and what country? If english for instance do you mean the TA etc etc

  15. QUESTION:
    I recently broke out in a small bumps throughout my arms. Whats wrong with me?
    They are like in little clusters that showed up one day. They couldnt be razor bumps because i didnt shave my arms, i'm thinking maybe something bit me in my bed???

    and my long shot thot are side effects of an unknown std. please advise.

    • ANSWER:
      Why does everyone automatically think STD?? LMAO. Heat rash or bed bugs?? Psoriasis, maybe? lol

  16. QUESTION:
    Has anyone on this site had experience with arthritic psoriasis?
    I have a friend whose granddaughter has this terrible condition. Her skin looks like fish scales, alternating with huge boils. Her hands and feet are so swollen, she can no longer work (she is 21). It has affected her spine, and she has to use a TNS unit constantly. She has been told there is a medication for the condition, but one injection costs ,000, not covered by insurance. Does anyone know of a person who suffers with this, and what they have done for it? This girl is presently seeing a rheumatologist as well as a dermatologist. They have told her it is an immune system disorder, similar to lupus. They're not giving her much hope for improvement, much less a cure.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no cure for psoriasis but only treatments that help with the condition as long you keep doing them. If you stop the problem comes back and you are back to zero.

      She has severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and the only think that will work for her are the biological drugs - injections.

      Most of them cost at about .300 per month. They lower the immune system so that psoriasis has no power to attack and appear and you are clean from it completely.

      I am currently taking Enbrel ( it's been 2 years ) for my psoriasis but I live in Europe/Greece and my insurance covers it so I have no problems.

      Unfortunately nothing else will work and make a serious difference in her condition. She needs the shots. If she has serious problems and she can't afford the treatment she might consider to move to another country where she can get it for free.

      In Greece if you work ( in whatever job ) you automatically have insurance and they cover absolutely everything no matter the cost. I bet you get the same advantages in other countries also.

      Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis is an auto immune disease caused by over working genes and it might not be life threatening but it can make you unable to live like a normal person. Especially for severe cases a treatment is needed.

      For her psoriasis on the skin, sea swimming could be the solution. She will need to go swimming 2 times a day ( even during winter ) for a few months to a year to clear up her skin.

      But for psoriatic arthritis only the injections are going to help to relief the pain completely.

      Gluck

  17. QUESTION:
    Can Psoriasis be controlled without cream?
    I know people who just relocated to sunnier climates and their psoriasis and health just improved so remarkably.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes sunlight helps a lot! People in more northern states have it worse than those in the south. I have a friend who's husband controls it with a shot once a week. He had it really bad all over his body and was in a lot of pain this keeps it away entirely. He lives in Washington state, lots of rain there!

  18. QUESTION:
    Can Methotrexate from 3 years ago trigger a reaction in blood cells due to toxins?
    Methotrexate is one of the drugs that can cause homosystiene, blood cell abnormalities and bone marrow problems Has been 3 years since last shot. Is it the cause of my Lymphocyte cells and Macrocytosis to trigger a serious allergy to a toxin that was never allergic to before, with horrible symptoms, Rapid weight loss, rhitinitus, sinus infections, no menses for 5 months while in the contaminated building. Once out of store, 2 wekks, blood got better, and got menses. Gaining back weight noe

    • ANSWER:
      Adverse effects
      Possible side effects can include anemia, neutropenia, increased risk of bruising, nausea and vomiting, dermatitis and diarrhea. A small percentage of patients develop hepatitis, and there is an increased risk of pulmonary fibrosis.

      The higher doses of methotrexate often used in cancer chemotherapy can cause toxic effects to the rapidly-dividing cells of bone marrow and gastrointestinal mucosa. The resulting myelosuppression and mucositis are often prevented (termed methotrexate "rescue") by using folinic acid supplements (not to be confused with folic acid).

      Methotrexate is a highly teratogenic drug and categorized in Pregnancy Category X by the FDA. Women must not take the drug during pregnancy, if there is a risk of becoming pregnant, or if they are breastfeeding. Men who are trying to get their partner pregnant must also not take the drug. To engage in any of these activities (after discontinuing the drug), women must wait until the end of a full ovulation cycle and men must wait three months.

      There is a risk of a severe adverse reaction if penicillin is prescribed alongside methotrexate.

      Mode of action
      Methotrexate competitively and reversibly inhibits dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR), an enzyme that is part of the folate synthesis metabolic pathway. The affinity of methotrexate for DHFR is about one thousand-fold that of folate for DHFR. Dihydrofolate reductase catalyses the conversion of dihydrofolate to the active tetrahydrofolate. Folic acid is needed for the de novo synthesis of the nucleoside thymidine, required for DNA synthesis. Methotrexate, therefore, inhibits the synthesis of DNA, RNA, thymidylates, and proteins.

      Methotrexate is cell cycle S-phase selective, and has a greater negative effect on rapidly dividing cells (such as malignant and myeloid cells), which are replicating their DNA, and thus inhibits the growth and proliferation of these cells.

      Lower doses of methotrexate have been shown to be very effective for the management of rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. In these cases inhibition of dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) is not thought to be the main mechanism, rather the inhibition of enzymes involved in purine metabolism, leading to accumulation of adenosine, or the inhibition of T cell activation and suppression of intercellular adhesion molecule expression by T cells (Johnston et al., 2005) [2].

  19. QUESTION:
    Do they search through your checked bag in front of you in the airport?
    Im going on a trip tomorrow morning and I need to know if they going to look through my checked bag. Because I take birth control and my parents don't know and we have to go through special security because we have to bring shots on board with us because I have psoriasis. So I just need to know if their going to go through it and take it out and if so should I just stop taking my birth control until I get back from vacation. Please answer ASAP.

    • ANSWER:
      No, they don't search your checked baggage in front of you. Once you check in your baggage at the ticket counter you won't see it again until you get to the baggage claim at your destination. There is no guarantee your checked baggage will be searched anyway, they usually just x-ray it. If they see something on the x-ray they want to check out or if your baggage is randomly selected to be searched then you will have a card inside your suitcase that says it was searched (I have flown numerous time and have only had my checked baggage searched once). You will not be notified while you are still at the airport and no one will be present for the search other than TSA agents.

  20. QUESTION:
    If the cure for Psoriasis is known do you think that it is right for it to remain hidden?
    There are many examples where the truth has been hidden such as Hepatitis C, known as early 70s that blood transfusion were responsible for many people aquiring HCV yet no warnings were given to public. Tobbacco denial of cancer risk,.
    It is known what causes Psoriasis has been since 2002. First autoimmune malfunction then just add Acrylamide calcium protease/psoriasis. So easy to prove and has been validated.. do a search in yahoo or google
    If you wish to learn more There's no miracle,no miracle gimmicks. no miracle drugs, nothing to buy. learn to stop feeding the psoriasis by simply changing your diet http://groups.msn.com/psoriasisisavoidable
    http://groups.google.com/psoriasisdisappear

    • ANSWER:
      I can only hope this is not true...as a mother of a 10 year old daughter who has severe psoriasis, who takes Enbrel shots every week and methotrexate once a week with all the side effects of them...I can only hope that is not true...if it is...I would like them to come stay at my house for 1 week and see the sadness, the pain, the anxiety....thats all I can say...

  21. QUESTION:
    What are some really gross sounding medical terms?
    You hear them all the time on commercials and TV shows that take place in O.R.s,. What are some gross medical terms or conditions. They can be names (spleen), terms (psoriasis), substances (bifida regularis) or embarassing conditions (curlings ulcer). The funniest one wins

    • ANSWER:
      Trichotillomania, where one has the urge to pull their hair out.

      Genital Rectraction Syndrome (no joke), where people think that their genitals are shrinking and being pulled inside their body.

      Elephantiasis, where the victim's arms and legs, and other things, are hugely enlarged due to parasitic worms. Yay.

      Necrotizing Fasciitis, which is a flesh eating bacteria. I dare you to look up pictures of this.

      Capgras Syndrome, where people think that the people around them who they know are in fact being impersonated by someone. They may not even believe that their own reflection is real.

      Proctalgia Fugax, a pain in the butt. Literally. But it is a specific pain, not just have a butt that hurts. It feels like a spasm, and may be misconceived to be a need to go to the bathroom.

      Epidermis. That's the skin on the outside of your body. It's fun to point at people, look horrified, and yell "Dude! Your epidermis is showing!"

      The weenis is the skin on your elbow. You can probably think of ways to make that sound gross.

      Sarcoidosis appears a lot on House. On almost every episode, in fact (although it's just one of the possibilities thrown out and shot down). But it isn't very funny.

      Pneumono ultramicro scopicsili covolcano koniosis (one word), also known as the black lung.

      You know commercials where they say contact your doctor if you experience an erection lasting more than four hours? That's a priapism.

      Hippo pota monstro sesqu ippedal iopho bia (again one word), which isn't really a medical condition but refers to the fear of long words. Umm. Yeah. Good going on that one, whoever coined this.

      Maple Syrup Urine Disease, an inherited disease where one of the symptoms is a sweet smell, possibly like burning sugar, to the urine. But it is very serious and can lead to coma or death.

      Rickets, a softening of the bones in children.

      Cocksackie, a virus which can cause hand, foot and mouth disease.

      A cutaneous horn. That is to say, you grow a horn, made of the same stuff as fingernail, often. Ever heard of Tree-Man? That's what he had. Look this one up. It's an effect, not a cause though. Tree-Man's was caused by HPV, but they can be caused by burns too. And other things.

      Lumpuckaroo, one way to say "a case of the blahs".

      Labyrinthitis, which is a balance disorder. If you move, it's kind of like being very motion sick or dizzy.

      The phrase "the dreaded Lurgy" is a humorous way to refer to any non-serious but easily catchable disease.

  22. QUESTION:
    What vitamins, or products help improve the skin naturally?
    I was wondering what ways there are to improving the skin besides the usual using creams, moisturisers, cleansers and toners. Instead with something deeper such as diet, exercise and nutrition?

    • ANSWER:
      Supplement with zinc! Zinc is known for its aging-fighting effects. In addition, it can also help with skin lesions -- many people claim that it helps them with psoriasis and eczema. Even if your skin is healthy, though, it can improve it.

      Personally, my skin has gotten substantially better-looking since I started taking zinc. I can't guarantee it will work, but it's worth a shot! I got a 100-pack of zinc pills at Walgreen's for 4 bucks, so I mean, hey, worst case, you're out four lousy dollars. I recommend it.

  23. QUESTION:
    What are the pros and cons of getting the cortisone steroid shot?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a cortisone injection into my lower back. I also had epidural. The cortisone did not help with my pain though. It did get rid og my psoriasis though.

      People told me it is really really painfull to have. But they drugged me up so I slept the whole time.

  24. QUESTION:
    how can i tell if i have psoriasis, celiac's disease or lichen planar?
    I can't get a dermatologist appointment for 6 weeks. The rash is on my lower shin in the front, mildly itchy, started with a single spot and spread. It gets better and worse. It might be diet related, I can't quite tell.

    • ANSWER:
      Why not try going on a gluten free diet for a little while to find out? Go gluten free for a few weeks and do the diet properly. I had "psoriasis" all the time until I was diagnosed with celiac disease and went on the diet, I haven't seen it since. Mine also got "better and worse". Give it a shot, good luck.

  25. QUESTION:
    psoriasis sunlight helped a lot but will it go away ?
    i got psoriasis , they advice me use sunlight on my skin. i do it 3 times a week and it helps a lot. now you see it very light from far. its also become really light like my original skin comes back. i took it for about 3 weeks. is there anything else what i can do to get rid of it ?

    • ANSWER:
      Sun is the best and no it doesn't go away. No cure and you have it all your life. You got it from one or other of your parents, both mine had it and all 3 of my kids have it but I had it the worst. A good cortisone creme helps, staying away from fatty foods. I used to get rid of it for 6 months at a time by asking for a cortisone shot for my arthritis. Cortisone is not sanctioned for use on psoriasis. They gave 2 types of shots, a 400 and an 800. The 800 is the one that worked.
      I noticed after an arthritis flare up that the psoriasis was gone so a couple times a year I would go in for the shot. I did not mention the psoriasis when I went for the shot.

  26. QUESTION:
    Has anyone taken Humira for plaque psoriasis, if so how is it working? Side effects, etc? ?
    I have read several websites, but I like to get as much info as possible. I have also taken Enbrel, which I am considered a failed patient of.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been on Enbrel for two years and my psoriasis is starting to come back along with some aches and pains from the psoriatic arthritis. My rheumatologist wants me to start Humira next. I have heard good things about Humira and it's two less shots to do a month. It has the same side effects as Enbrel. If that doesn't help my next step is Remicade. Good luck I hope it helps you!

  27. QUESTION:
    Stress is starting to give me skin conditions. What can I do about the dry patches.?
    stress is causing my psoriasis to act up in my scalp. For the first time its starting to spread to my face. I have a dry skin patch on my cheek. I keep putting lotion (oil of olay) but nothing happens, it stays dry. I dont want to use any prescription steroid creams. What can I do to get the scaling to go away?

    • ANSWER:
      Morning Sugarfree_Eyes! I don't know whether this answer will help you or not but I used to have dry skin on my face as well and sometimes the dryness turned into flaky skin. I used this cream called Hydrocortisone. It worked wonders. Maybe you don't want to use any creams but this one's worth a shot. :>

  28. QUESTION:
    result when taking methotrexate for psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis since i was a child. These past few months, it got worst and i only tried ointments ever since. Now my dermatologist told me to shift to methotrexate. Ive been on menthotrexate now for 3 weeks but only 3 tabs a week with 2.5mg per tab. how many weeks or months will it take for the methotrexate to heal psooriasis. Will the red lesions really go away?

    • ANSWER:
      Actually for Psoriasis Methotrexate is taken orally once a week or in 3 divided doses taken at 12-hour intervals during a 24-hour period (for instance, taken at 8 a.m., at 8 p.m., and then again at 8 a.m.). may also be given as a shot once a week.

      Methotrexate takes several weeks to show benefits. If side effects can be tolerated, methotrexate can work very well for some people. If you are taking methotrexate, your blood tests should be monitored carefully, and it is very important that you do not drink alcohol.

      Please consult your doctor about modifying the dose and take it accordingly. It is better to increase the dose for its slow action -

  29. QUESTION:
    If anybody is on the embrel shot?
    im debating whether or not to take this shot, for psoriasis,
    if anyone is taking it, can you please give me advice?

    • ANSWER:
      I think that you should definitely give it a try! I have only been on it for about 2 months. My P is about 80-90% under control right now and slowly getting better. I have had no side affects as of yet. It was and still is a little uncomfortable giving myself the injections. The only downside that I have encounter so far!

  30. QUESTION:
    Any suggestions for relief from severe psoriasis?
    No health insurance so looking for homeopathic suggestions. 90+ degrees here with high humidity and I can't wear shorts or even short sleeves because it looks so bad. Even when it's in remission I have awful scarring. Can anything be done for that as well? Any help would be so, so appreciated. I'm just miserable. Got let go from a job this week because someone thought I had something contageous!

    • ANSWER:
      i have had psoriasis since i was like five , well anyway i am on enberal a shot i take once a week for a full month is cost almost 2000 dollars for one month . but what i am getting at is that i found the most effective thing that i have found is that if you tan guy or a girl it really does help better than the creams and pills and shots so really try to set upa tanning appt and keep on it i promise it will help i tan all the time and my skin is almost clear i had it like you have now and i am sry that you have it like that to ! but try it and if it work tell me best of luck to you

  31. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of psoriasis and dandruff?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had psoriasis for over 23 years and with all the creams, ointments, light treatments, shots and pills, I finally found something that works for me...
      My dermatologist set me up with a prescription medication to Enbrel...
      It is a liquid shot that you give yourself 2 times a week...
      It is very expensive, but if you have medical insurance coverage, it is reasonable in price with the co-pay...
      I have been on this medication for the last year and my psoriasis has almost disappeared...
      I never used to wear shorts, but am now able to be seen in public with clear skin...
      I had scabs all over my legs, my arms and my scalp...
      I have since gotten rid of it and I do not itch and my skin is no longer red or scaly...
      I look very good now with clear skin...
      It is not too difficult to get used to giving yourself shots either...
      I bought the smaller needles and inject the meds into either my leg or my stomach...
      As one who hates needles and has had a fear of them all my life, I thought I would never be able to handle this treatment, but I have learned it is not too difficult after all and I look so much better than I ever did before...
      I would recommend you trying this medication from your dermatologist...

  32. QUESTION:
    My son has little bumps on his face, it looks something like a rash.?
    I noticed little red bumps on my sons face. They are under his eye and around his face, they are not red. They look something like a rash and I noticed he has been rubbing his right eye a whole lot, like something is in it but when I check it there isn't anything in it. He did have his 4 month shots last week. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it or not. He is five months old has anything like this happened to anyone elses baby.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, they're probably milk bumps. My son had those and he had a tiny patch of psoriasis on his temple, too. It looked almost the same but it was more scaly than bumpy, it went away after I used Eucerin lotion on it. Try some of that lotion, it's really good stuff, but I would call the doctor, too. You can never be too careful with little ones!

  33. QUESTION:
    Best way to get rid of psoriasis ?
    I have two huge patches on my knees that are psoriasis and I've had it since I was born (or from a really young age) and it really is annoying. I can't kneel and if I scratch it, it flakes and bleeds. What is the best treatment for it AND what causes psoriasis ? I thought it was dead cells that were just mitosing over and over ...
    Don't waste my time with your stupidness.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been taking the shot enbrel for 5 weeks now. I noticed a difference in the first week. I know how you feel I used to be that bad. I first used over the counter MG 217 it's coal tar ointment it stains and smells but it did work for a while.
      The cause of psoriasis well your skin produces T cells which they are produced because your body has a cut or infection and it is fighting it off. With Psoriasis it produces 10 times as much as a normal person and it always thinks something is wrong. so therefore it is also a immune system problem.
      I hope this helps if you have any other questions you can email me I will be glad to help. I also have pictures of my treatment process. Good Luck.

  34. QUESTION:
    How much does Raptive or Enbrel (medicines used to treat psoriasis) cost per treatment?
    Do most insurance companies cover the treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know what state you live in or what drugstore you use, and it does make a difference. My daughter uses Enbrel and the package comes with 4 shots. It's approx 00.00 a package but our insurance does cover it, now. Originally they would not cover it because it wasn't FDA approved for psoriasis but I appealed their decision (acutally asked for an emergency appeal) and it was approved within 24 hours. However, the appeal wouldn't have been approved without the help and information from her dermatoligist. At the time, my daughter was in severe pain and was affected at 100% of her body and all other treatments failed.

      Good Luck!

  35. QUESTION:
    Long standing moderate psoriasis - any medication really work?

    • ANSWER:
      Try Enbrel. It's available as a shot once a week that you give at home. It has been proven to work great for Psoriasis. There can be some potential side-effects with it, make sure that you understand those before you take it. It's only available via prescription, so your doctor can walk you through it and monitor you.

  36. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know where I can find the story about a dog being mistreated after Christmas?
    I was on this website one day and read a touching story about a puppy that was given to a litle boy for Christmas...and after a short while, the novelty wore off and the dog ended up euthanized at the pound. Does anyone know where I can find this story? Thanks.
    Ani

    • ANSWER:
      The Christmas Puppy
      - Author Unknown -

      It seemed like such a good idea in the beginning. There I was, in my cage at the pet store with my brother and sister. I could tell by the crowds in the store everyday that Christmas was drawing near. My brother, sister, and I all hoped each morning that today would be the day we would go to a new home, one filled with loving, caring people.

      First it was the beagle in the cage next to us. I saw the excited gleam in his eye as his new family prepared to take him home. I hoped one day that Iwould feel the same excitement. Then the cute little bunny from one aisle over was picked. When the ferret with the bad case of psoriasis found a newhome, I began to think I would stay a pet store puppy forever! Finally, it happened.

      I had seen the couple in the store the week before, talking about bringing home a Christmas puppy for their son Billy. You see, Billy was eight years old, and had been pestering his folks for a puppy for some time now.

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      Although they were busy people, they had decided that a new puppy would make the ideal Christmas present for Billy. The car ride home was exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. It seemed so cold outside, and I was very glad that Billy would keep me inside.

      I stayed at Billy's aunt's house until the night before Christmas, so as not to ruin the surprise. That night, Billy's dad put me in a small, dark box with a couple of holes punched in the side for air. I could see through the holes the pretty green bow they had tied around my box.

      Finally, it came time for Billy to open his presents. There was a GI Joe figure, some new slippers, and a big truck or two. At last, I felt my box being picked up and heard Billy's mom say, "OK, Billy, one more present. We saved the best for last". I felt like I was going to turn inside out with anticipation, when suddenly the box was flooded with light and there was my new boy, Billy. He shrieked so loud when he saw me that it was a little bit scary! "A puppy, a puppy!"

      The first few days with Billy were puppy heaven! He was out of school you see, and had lots of time to take care of me. We played all day, and I slept in his bed at night. Things just couldn't have been better.

      After a week or so, Billy's mom took me to my new doctor. By then, Billy's holiday vacation was over and he was back in school. The doctor told Mom all about how to keep me healthy and happy. Mom did seem a little distracted though, especially when the nurse from school called on her cell phone to say that Billy had a bloody nose.

      I didn't even mind the shot I had to get, because like the doctor told me it was better than getting sick! As Mom and I left, the doctor reminded us that I needed more than just one shot to be protected, and I should come back in a month for another check-up. I never saw the doctor again.

      As time went by, I really started to grow! I suppose that I wasn't quite as cute as before, because Billy and I didn't spend as much time together. He seemed to have a lot of things to do beside take me for walks and fill my food bowl.

      Billy and his friends sat in front of a strange box filled with moving pictures every afternoon, playing some game I suppose. Heck, I couldn't even pronounce Nintendo, much less play those kind of games. I started to get confused about what my real name was.

      At first, everyone called me Petey, which I thought was a great name. A funny thing started to happen when I got to be about six months old. Mom and Dad stopped calling me Petey, and started calling me "the dog". I guess that was OK, I am a dog after all. A few weeks later though, they changed my name again. Now I was "that damn dog". I wasn't sure, but I didn't think that was such a nice name.

      Since my family didn't have much time for me anymore, I had to think of things to do on my own. I liked to chew, and so I did! Remember that GI Joe, Billy got for Christmas? Well somehow I managed to chew off his left leg, which Billy seemed mad about. After a couple more incidents like that, Billy's dad decided I should live outside.

      Well, spring had come, and the weather was nice so I figured, why not? I thought they would build me one of those nice doghouses like I had seen in the pet store. Maybe it would have carpeting and a soft blanket to sleep on. Well, they must have forgotten to build it, because I spent most of the time tied to a tree in the yard.

      That was OK for a while, but I began to get pretty bored. I found some nice soft dirt to dig in, but that made Mom mad. Something about flower bulbs and grass seed that I really didn't understand. There was a dog next door tied to a tree in his yard, so we spent most of the day talking. For some reason, that made Dad mad too! I just couldn't seem to do anything right.

      Finally, one day I heard Dad say to Mom, "I don't care how you do it, just get rid of that damn dog!" I figured Billy would convince them I should stay, but he didn't much care one way or the other. Mom came outside and unhooked me from the chain. She put an old belt of Dad's through my collar and we went out to the car.

      At first I thought it was time to go to the doctor's for a checkup. Once we drove off though, we headed in the opposite direction. I could hear all the dogs talking inside the building as soon as we turned into the driveway.

      Mom and I went inside, and she handed the belt to the lady at the counter. Then she patted my head, and walked away, without me. The lady at the desk took me in the back and put me in a cage like the one I had in the pet store, only colder and dirtier. The room was filled with dogs, I even saw that cute Beagle I had known at the pet store.

      That was five days ago. I guess that I must have a new home now, because a man came by this morning and put a red sticker on my cage door. Here comes the lady who feeds me, and she is carrying a thing to give shots with, just like my doctor did. As she walks me into another room, I see some of the friends I have made in this new place. Funny, they all seem to be asleep on the floor.

      Oh well, the lady just told me not to worry, everything would be all right. She seems sad though, and I don't really understand why. Maybe being a Christmas puppy wasn't so great after all.

  37. QUESTION:
    Hi my little sister has a severe case of Psoriasis, i wanted to know if there r any treatments i can get 4 her?
    we have looked around and we have tried a lot of things but they have not helped :( getting psoriasis has caused her to lose her confidence and has lowered her self-esteem, im looking into buying the treatment for her birthday which is in a couple of days so if u can plzzz helpp :)

    • ANSWER:
      I am 24 and have had psoriasis since I was 11. I have in the past, bought MANY over the counter meds...that NEVER worked...not even a little. That doesn't mean they won't work for her...but I honestly wouldn't waste the time or money.

      I would definitely get in contact with a Dermatologist. They can prescribe something that will actually work. Whether it's a cream, steroid pill, or maybe even something that would be inject-able. I was on Enbrel...which is a shot I would give myself. It completely cleared my skin within a couple of months (over half my body was covered in psoriasis).

      Hopefully this helps!! Good Luck to your sister :)

  38. QUESTION:
    has any one found anything that helps clear psoriasis?
    I have had psoriasis for 8 years and nothing has ever cleared it completely. Any suggestions or tips.

    • ANSWER:
      i have psoriasis on my scalp and a few spots on my chest and torso.
      nothing has ever worked for me until i found "DERMOL" it comes in a scalp solution as well as a cream for the body.
      it is a steriod so you only take it until the psoriasis goes away. it will come back though but usually it takes a while.
      i only get real bad flare ups in the winter. summer my psoriasis is not so bad.
      you can order the medicine online through some of those overseas pharmacys where you don't need a presciption. give it a shot. its worth a try.

  39. QUESTION:
    Has anyone found anything that will actually "dry" up psoriasis?
    I have tried prescription creams, shots, over the counter ointments, etc. It flares from time to time and while I try not to scratch it, I usually do in my sleep. Anyone had any luck with something that actually works to keep it toned down??

    • ANSWER:
      I Know lots of people that have had eczema really bad,and have tried EVERYTHING, only to have nothing really work.
      Anyone from 3 years old to 80 years old.
      Really sad.
      Until they tried a lotion that I know of that has T-36 C3 melaleuca oil in it.( T-36 C3 is the highest grade of tea tree oil )
      I personally do not have eczema or psoriasis,but this has really helped alot of people.
      I don't sell it or anything but if you want more info you can email me at enhancinglivesdaily@yahoo.com

  40. QUESTION:
    What kind of rash do I have?
    I have a small circular rash that appears periodically on my belly, chest, arms, or thighs. The most that I have had on me at one time are 5. They start out as raised bumps from the hair folicles. Then the gradually turn red. There is one bump in the the middle then a circle of bumps around that then another circle of bumps. The bumps then start getting dry and starting from the middle the bumps evolve into dry skin. Sometimes leaving middle yellow(depending how bad it is). Then the spot fades to a slight darker skin color. Finally it goes back to normal. The typical rash lasts up to a month evolving through several stages. Some of them are itchy or sting/burn and other times I don't even know that they are there until I see them. I have been getting them ever since I was 12 or 14 and I am 23 now. The first one was right after I got hepatitis shot, in the same exact spot. I am not sure if that has any thing to do with it.

    • ANSWER:
      psoriasis? athletes foot fungus? go see a doctor

  41. QUESTION:
    I have psoriasis and no medical insurance, what is the best cure for it?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is worse in winter and areas where the sun is just not there. We have friends that either stay in the house all the time and/or live in the state of Washington. They get it bad.
      When they live in CA they don't get it as bad. He goes to the hot springs when he can take the time off from work that helps alot.But he takes shots for it now they were for another disease(I think its RA) but they found it works for psoriasis too. Get out in the sunlight and go to http://psoriasis.org for new information and ways of healing and this is a site for people with the disease, latest medical updates, support groups and message boards.

  42. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP, i have pustular psoriasis on my feet dr wants me to try methotrexate or enbrel?
    Ive tried creams and steriods nothing seems to work. what are the risk of these drugs and side effects thanks for all your help

    • ANSWER:
      Alright, Methotrexate is a pretty strong drug. It's used in psoriasis as well as in cancer treatments, arthritis, etc. It's use in psoriasis is warranted only when other treatments havent' worked, so I'm assuming that you've already been on other prescription strength meds. As I mentioned, this is a very strong drug. There is a long list of the possible complications and side effects with this drug. The most common side effects are ulcerative stomatitis (mouth sores), problems with blood cells (white blood cells = used to fight infection), nausea, abdominal distress, fatigue, fever, chills, dizziness, and malaise (which means feeling "sick"). If you're taking this drug for psoriasis, then once the beneficial effects are noted, the doctor should reduce the dose to the lowest possible level with long rest periods between doses (again, b/c it's very damaging). Take this medication at bedtime with an antacid (tums, rolaids, etc.) to minimize stomach discomfort. Do NOT take OTC vitamins! Avoid ASA and alcohol (this medication is hard on the liver and ASA and alcohol can cause damage and bleeding). Also avoid contact sports (increased risk of bleeding and increased risk of infection). If you notice any mouth sores report it immediately, b/c that is one of the first signs of toxicity! Keep in mind that some people experience hair loss, but it should regrow after the medication is discontinued. Also make sure to drink at least 2-3 liters of fluid a day to prevent kidney damage. This drug can cause the acid levels in the body to rise, so your urine should be checked for the pH. Because of the increased acid, you may be at risk for developing "gouty arthritis" so if you notice problems with your joints tell your doctor. And because I mentioned earlier that it decreased the white blood cell count, you should avoid crowds and those with infections, also do NOT get any vaccinations while you're taking this medication.

      Etanercept (Enbrel) is commonly used in conjunction with methotrexate. Some of the more common side effects of etanercept are upper respiratory tract infection (URTI), injection site reaction (this is administered as a shot), headache, nausea, dizziness, infection, rash, abdominal pain, cough, swelling in the extremities. If you're going to be self-administering these injections, just remember to rotate your sites (you can use the thigh, stomach, or upper arm).

      Your doctor or nurse SHOULD explain all of this and more to you when you receive the medication. Whatever you do, make sure that you don't leave that office without a firm understanding of exactly what you're supposed to do and who to call if you start experiencing adverse effects (especially with methotrexate). These drugs are used to control psoriasis, but just be careful. Methotrexate is a strong drug and can cause serious damage if taken incorrectly. Your doctor should be following you closely while taking these meds. I wish you the best! :)

  43. QUESTION:
    What exactly is psoriasis and how can it be treated?

    • ANSWER:
      psoriasis is a skin disease that generally is incurable. they are itchy red patches that can start off as small as a pimple. they spread and can cover your entire body. they are hereditary. my mom and my brother have them pretty bad. there are over the counter treatments that can keeps them from getting dry but will not make them go away. the ultraviolet rays from tanning has said to help. my mom uses the emberel shot given 2 times a week. it is an injection that you give yourself and it is very expensive. the monthly charge without insurance is 1500.00 per month. after she used it for about 2 months they went away. amazing because she has a really bad case of it. and like any other pill and injection you have to have blood tests to determine whether or not your liver can handle it. go to a dermatologist and get it checked out.

  44. QUESTION:
    Can we use Native extra olive oil and Apple cedar vinegar for psoriasis on scalp and body.?
    Does these help to cure psoriasis completely

    • ANSWER:
      I disagree with the person who says to drink the vinegar and olive oil. What you put into your body is vital yes but you also have to treat the outside and I'm aware of the method you're talking about.

      Soak your elbows in vinegar or apple cider vinegar for a few minutes and then wrap it with a pad soaked in warmed olive oil. I'd suggest doing this in the evenings before bed so it can really soak in. This would make a great nighttime soak.

      In between times of using this method make sure to use a really good lotion several times a day so your skin doesn't dry out and aggravate the problem.

      As far as on the scalp I've never tried that there since the skin is different and usually you have to try different methods but this is a very safe and natural type of products so go ahead and give it a shot. If that doesn't work try T Gel by Neutrogena or Head and Shoulders. One of the three should work for you and good luck! :)

      Added: For the one that says these techniques are a myth I'd like to add that again not one technique will work for all. It's a mix and match to find what works for YOU. I happen to know people who've had luck with this but not everyone does. Just give it a shot if you're wanting to try, it's a good one and all natural.

  45. QUESTION:
    what is a treatment for psoriasis on the bottom of foot...?
    I have psoriasis on the bottom and side of one foot - it is very raw and sore....have gone to dermatologist and had a shot of kenalog and will get another one in about a month. If anyone knows what I can do to help clear it up - please let me know. I teach water aerobics and am in the pool alot. I think that is against me, but doctor says no...

    • ANSWER:
      you could try using a verruca sock whilst in the water.

      but in the mean time i would try something oil based. I get psoriasis and i use Avon Skin-so-Soft products and find they work well. Psoriasis is basically an over production of skin cells. Its not contagious and as you know it is treatable. It isnt affected by how long you are in the water. I have tried lots of creams from my doctor but none of them seemed to work very well.

  46. QUESTION:
    Do you think I have psoriasis?
    I think I spelled that wrong but oh well.

    Anyways I started getting what I thought was psoriasis on my eyebrows last year like the skin underneath was think and flaked constantly and it's hard to describe. And before that I got things that were almost like zits on my head, but they weren't and they were a LITTLE red and the same thing with the eyebrow. Those were my first major flare-ups and I haven't noticed any of that lately. But the reason I'm very suspicious is because it runs severly in my family, my dad has it and my grandma badly. But still I'm not quite sure because I've read its supposed to be really red or something?

    So..., what do you think about this? Think I got that gene? =[ and other info. would be great thanks. Oh and I'm 14 by the way.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is not just red sometimes its is a whitish color, you can peel that off then it is red underneath. Whats happening is your skin is growing 6 times faster than the norm. Cortisone creams are helpful and tar baths if it gets really bad. You can also go to a dermatologist if it gets bad and get a stronger cream and a shot. If you have it on your head you can also use a tar shampoo sold at most any store in the shampoo dept. Short hair also relieves symptoms and no stress helps. Good luck child.

  47. QUESTION:
    hi everyone, how far is the truth that hot spring can cure psoriasis and eczema?
    pls help me!

    • ANSWER:
      another way to ease eczema is to use pure aloe vera gel. i used to get psoriasis in my scalp until i started to drink wheat grass. its now all cleared.you can get kits online under" wheatgrass" it may help you some as one shot of this is equivelant to 1kg of leafy greens :)

      all wheat grass is, is organic wheat grown in a tray in organic soil. you need to make this up yourself.


shot for psoriasis

John Pagano Psoriasis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a good shampoo/conditioner to reduce Psorisis, or any other treatment for Psorisis?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi - I read your post and inquiry, and I know that this is a difficult situation to live with. I know this personally and professionally. I have been working with psoriasis sufferers for a long time and I too have had my personal experiences with it. There is a good book I would like to recommend to you, its called Healing Psoriasis Naturally written by Dr. John Pagano. He used to refer patients to me when I had a wellness center (I no longer have that center). One of the best ways to work with your skin condition is by internal cleansing. He writes about how to do this. The skin is an organ of elimination. If you body is not eliminating properly, the skin will try to do it for you. Make sure your elimination functions are working. I also know that some of the worst foods that you can eat when you have this condition are white flour (bread, rolls, pastries, pasta, pizza dough) and anything with sugar. There is also a homeopathic remedy that I've heard is good - and completely safe - its sulfur (and also inexpensive - like about ). I hope this helps, all the best, Home Spa Lady

  2. QUESTION:
    psoriasis, have any sufferers ever been able to get rid of it completely?
    ive had it for about 3 years now and i just want to know if it will ever go away?

    • ANSWER:
      I've had it on my elbows for my whole life, then recently broke out with it all over my body. I bought the book "healing psoriasis" by dr. john pagano. Its tough, but i think i'm seeing a change.

      Good luck!

  3. QUESTION:
    Has anyone been able to get over psoriasis using Dr. John Pagano's book Healing Psoriasis ?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope, what does it say. I have psoriasis and the doctor has me on steroids and methotrexate. Of course, I have psoriatic arthritis too so have to go for the heavy artillery. I don't trust people who write books about cures. It is really worked, why isn't it a known cure and other physicians recommending the treatment? Think about it. Just another way for a lazy doctor to make a dime, if he even is a real doctor.


john pagano psoriasis

Psoriatic Arthropathy

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there a cure for Psoriatic Arthropathy?
    extremely painful..my immune system is and has beed altered
    I cannot use traditional medications.

    • ANSWER:
      George,

      I'm so sorry that you feel that way. I've done a little research, and although most of the treatmetn sites are conventional, you can go through them and get a lot more insight that I can provide here. I hope someone else can come through and recommend something more to your liking as well.

      link to the PA sites:

      http://www.google.com/search?hl=&cat=&meta=&num=&ie=utf-8&q=Psoriatic+Arthropathy

  2. QUESTION:
    What exactly does a rheumatologist do?
    In the every day life of a rheumatologist, how would one treat patients, use technology for treatment etc? Is surgery involved?

    • ANSWER:
      rheumatologist is an internist or pediatrician who is qualified by additional training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. Many rheumatologists conduct research to determine the cause and better treatments for these disabling and sometimes fatal diseases.

      What kind of training do rheumatologists have?

      After four years of medical school and three years of training in either internal medicine or pediatrics, rheumatologists devote an additional two to three years in specialized rheumatology training. Most rheumatologists who plan to treat patients choose to become board certified. Upon completion of their training, they must pass a rigorous exam conducted by the American Board of Internal Medicine to become certified.A rheumatologist is a clinician specialized in the field of medical sub-specialty called rheumatology, and holds either a Doctor of Medicine Degree (M.D.) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (D.O.). Training in this field requires four years undergraduate school, four years of medical school, and then, in the United States, three years of residency, followed by two or three years additional Fellowship training. The number of years allocated for specialized training in rheumatology for postgraduate trainees in different countries could vary according to the requirements of different countries. Rheumatologists are internists, physicians or pediatricians who are qualified by additional postgraduate training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. Many rheumatologists also conduct research to determine the cause and better treatments for these disabling and sometimes fatal diseases. Treatment modalities are based on scientific research, currently, practice of rheumatology is largely evidence based. Clinicians who specialize on this specialty are called Rheumatologists.

      What do rheumatologists treat?

      Rheumatologists treat arthritis, certain autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal pain disorders and osteoporosis. There are more than 100 types of these diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, back pain, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and tendonitis. Some of these are very serious diseases that can be difficult to diagnose and treat.
      Diseases diagnosed or managed by the rheumatologist include:

      Rheumatoid arthritis,Lupus, Sjögren's syndrome, scleroderma (systemic sclerosis),dermatomyositis,polychondritis, polymyositis,polymyalgia rheumatica, osteoarthritis, septic arthritis, sarcoidosis
      gout, pseudogout
      spondyloarthropathies
      ankylosing spondylitis
      reactive arthritis (aka **reactive arthropathy)
      psoriatic arthropathy
      enteropathic spondylitis
      vasculitis
      polyarteritis nodosa
      Henoch-Schönlein purpura
      serum sickness
      Wegener's granulomatosis
      giant cell arteritis
      temporal arteritis
      Takayasu's arteritis
      Behçet's syndrome
      Kawasaki's disease (mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome)
      Buerger's disease (thromboangiitis obliterans)
      Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis(JIA) ;

      ( JIA inccudes a wide range Joint Disoders affecting Children)

      Rheumatic arthritis;

      Soft Tissue Rheumatism; ( Localizes diseases and lesions affecting the joints and structures around the joints including tendons ,ligaments capsules, bursae, Stress Fractures, muscles , nerve entrapment, vascular lesions , ganglion, connective tissue abnormalities and localised Soft tissues disorders etc.)
      Diseases affecting bones;
      Osteoporosis, osteomalasia, renal osteodystrophy, Fluorosis, Rickets Etc.
      Congenital and familial Disorders affecting Joints;
      Hyperextensible joints;
      Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome,Achondroplasisa, Marfan's Syndrome etc

      When should you see a rheumatologist?

      If musculoskeletal pains are not severe or disabling and last just a few days, it makes sense to give the problem a reasonable chance to be resolved. But sometimes, pain in the joints, muscles or bones is severe or persists for more than a few days. At that point, you should see your physician.

      Many types of rheumatic diseases are not easily identified in the early stages. Rheumatologists are specially trained to do the detective work necessary to discover the cause of swelling and pain. It’s important to determine a correct diagnosis early so that appropriate treatment can begin early. Some musculoskeletal disorders respond best to treatment in the early stages of the disease.

      Because some rheumatic diseases are complex, one visit to a rheumatologist may not be enough to determine a diagnosis and course of treatment. These diseases often change or evolve over time. Rheumatologists work closely with patients to identify the problem and design an individualized treatment program.

      Diagnosis

      Apart from an extensive medical history, there are useful methods of diagnosis both performed easy enough in a physical examination and, on the other hand, more complicated ones,

  3. QUESTION:
    Does breastfeeding keep arthritis in remission?
    Hope someone with expertise can help me with this one, my psoriatic arthritis went into remission when I was pregnant, so I was wondering if now my breastfeeding is keeping it at bay as it hasn't come back yet, or maybe (hopefully) it is truly in remission. I would love to wean my baby very soon, but scared the pain will come back with a vengeance!

    • ANSWER:
      An interesting Q
      As you know we do not know the cause of psoriasis and the arthropathy. I have seen the same thing before.

      Your hormones have changed so much when you were pregnant and breast feeding with massive surge in your natural steroids-I think this is why you gone into remission.
      When you stop breast feeding I think that it probably will return possibly after about 3 months.as you return to your non pregnant state-I hope that I am wrong but this is what happened in my previous patient.
      May I suggest that you ask your rheumatologist

  4. QUESTION:
    What is mild generative disc disease associated with sciatica?

    • ANSWER:
      Posterior elements of the lumbar spinal functional unit typically bear less weight than anterior elements in all positions. Anterior elements bear over 90% of forces transmitted through the lumbar spine in sitting; during standing, this portion decreases to approximately 80%. As the degenerative process progresses, relative anterior-to-posterior force transmission approaches parity. The spine functions best within a realm of static and dynamic stability. Bony architecture and associated specialized soft tissue structures, especially the intervertebral disk, provide static stability. Dynamic stability, however, is accomplished through a system of muscular and ligamentous supports acting in concert during various functional, occupational, and avocational activities. Degenerative cascade, described by Kirkaldy-Willis, is the widely accepted pathophysiologic model describing the degenerative process as it affects the lumbar spine and individual motion segments. This process occurs in 3 phases that comprise a continuum with gradual transition, rather than 3 clearly definable stages. The dysfunctional phase, or phase I, is characterized histologically by circumferential tears or fissures in the outer annulus. Tears can be accompanied by endplate separation or failure, interrupting blood supply to the disk and impairing nutritional supply and waste removal. Such changes may be the result of repetitive microtrauma. The unstable phase, or phase II, may result from progressive loss of mechanical integrity of the trijoint complex. Disk-related changes include multiple annular tears (eg, radial, circumferential), internal disk disruption (IDD) and resorption, or loss of disk-space height. Concurrent changes in the zygapophyseal joints include cartilage degeneration, capsular laxity, and subluxation. The biomechanical result of these alterations leads to segmental instability. Clinical syndromes of segmental instability, IDD syndrome, and herniated disk seem to fit in this phase. The third and final phase, stabilization, is characterized by further disk resorption, disk-space narrowing, endplate destruction, disk fibrosis, and osteophyte formation. Diskogenic pain from such disks may have a higher incidence than that of the pain from the disks in phases I and II; however, great variation of phases can be expected in different disks in any given individual and individuals of similar ages vary greatly. Physical rehabilitation with active patient participation is a key approach to treatment of patients with diskogenic pain. Physical therapy programs prescribed specifically to address the primary site of injury and secondary sites of dysfunction can provide a means of treatment, with or without adjunct medications, therapeutic procedures, or surgical intervention. Medical causes of LBP include the spondyloarthropathies (eg, enteric arthropathy, Reiter syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis), Marfan syndrome, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, diskitis, and neoplastic disease. Available surgical approaches include anterior, posterior, or combined procedure; interbody fusion with allograft autologous bone or threaded titanium cage; and intertransverse process in situ fusion with or without instrumentation. The introduction of disk arthroplasty has been proposed as a possible surgical option in those patients who would like to maintain as much segmental motion as possible.
      In all cases when more detailed medical information is required, you would be advised to contact your doctor or orthopaedic specialist.
      I add a link with details of this subject

      http://adam.about.com/
      reports/000054_1.htm

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  5. QUESTION:
    What are some good dermatology sites?
    Got some skin issues I'd like to solve without a doctors fee if possible.

    • ANSWER:
      Please see the web sites of the following institutions & organizations.
      (1) BritishAssociation of Dermatologists.
      (2) American Academy of Dermatology webguide.
      (3) Dermatologic image database (adult)
      (4) Dermatologic image database(paediatric)
      (5)UK National eczema Society (atopic eczema)
      (6) Psoriatic Arthropathy Alliance (psoriasis)

  6. QUESTION:
    Movies about a character with a disorder?
    Hi! Can you guys recommend me your favorite movies where a character has a mental disorder or physical disability (the disorder/disability should be an important aspect of the story, but it need not be the most major one).

    Examples:

    Phoebe in Wonderland - protag has Tourettess Syndrome
    My Name is Khan - protag has Asperger's Syndrome
    Adam - protag has Asperger's Syndrome
    Brothers - protag has PTSD
    Dare Devil - protag is blind

    and Etc.

    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      These all vary in tone and seriousness, but revolve around a disorder/disability.

      Waltz with Bashir (2008) The lead has post traumatic stress disorder.

      As Good As it Gets (1997) Jack Nicholson has OCD.

      Immortal Beloved (1994) It's about Ludwig van Beethoven, who was of course deaf.

      My Left Foot (1989) Character has cerebral palsy.

      The Singing Detective (1986 and 2003) The lead character has psoriatic arthropathy; a very bad skin condition.

      What About Bob (1991) Bob probably has OCD, agoraphobia and neurosis, though he'd have you believe he has EVERYTHING.

      Coldblooded (1995) A bookie for a crime family has Asperger's and they want to train him to be a hit man; he winds up being perfect at it. Not a very serious film but true to the ailment it portrays.

      Chocolate (2008) About an autistic girl who lives next to a martial arts school and watches them train all day. Mother falls into trouble and the girl kicks some butt.

      Honorable mention:
      Nell (1994)
      Benny and Joone (1993)
      Dream Team (1989)
      Shine (1996)
      The King's Speech (2010)

  7. QUESTION:
    Has Any one taken the Disease Modifying Drug (DMARDs) for their Psoriatic Arthritis?
    As a Arthropathic Psoriasis sufferer i have taken my Triamcinolone (trade names Kenalog, Aristocort, Nasacort, Tri-Nasal, Triderm, Azmacort, Fougera) injection, but it seems to have made it worse...

    So i my next course of treatment is the Disease Modifying Drug (DMARDs)... i have been told that i will be taking this for about 1 year.

    My Question here is... Are any of you Psoriatic arthropathy sufferers taking this drug? If yes did you see any improvments and did you have any short/long term side effects while taking this drug?

    Please only answer if you have had personal experience with the Disease Modifying Drug (DMARDs).

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry I dont know about your medication but my best friend had psoriasis and takes no drugs for it. He started eating one banana every day, without fail, and the psoriasis disappeared and never came back. It's something to do with potassium. Hope this helps.

  8. QUESTION:
    artritis psoriatica, what really is it? and can anything be done to ease the pain?
    Im asking this for a friend. He has artritis psoriatica, What really causes it? Can any thing be done to ease it or get rid of it? Is there any treatment? And any more and/or much information as possible would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriatic Arthritis or Arthropathy is a form of Arthritis that you can succumb to if you have Psoriasis. What happens is 'something' triggers the Psoriasis to flare and a few weeks later the joints rebel. The cause, well genetic family trait and the trigger is usually a sore throat, so prompt antibiotics will head it off. Yes their are many things now available, the new creams are good for the skin and many of the biological treatments from a Rheumatologist will assist the joints. Good Luck

  9. QUESTION:
    I have Psoriatic Arthropathy,and Gout,was complicated by necrotizing faciitis?
    I was given Morphine,talwin,demeral plus more,I cannot take antinflamatorie,presently on Fentenal patch 100mc and oxicontin 40 its barely keeping the pain in check.I worke up 3 times during a operation.I was told the nerves are frayed when I was in a coma 3 months,colostomy bag 2 years,I was back at hospital witrh same almost lost leg.

    • ANSWER:
      That's a very complicated medical history, dear, but what is the question.

  10. QUESTION:
    TV: Whats the most bizarre series/show you have watched?
    For me without a doubt Twin Peeks and a close 2nd would be the BBC comedy The Young Ones. And preferably ones that you didnt watch just one episode but hooked you. And detail if you can.

    • ANSWER:
      usa- Twin Peaks for Primetime- it started out as fun strange but then it got so I couldn't make sense of it
      daytime-Passions ( now cancelled soap)-- BAD funny

      UK- Nightingales- comedy - men doing the graveyard shift being nightwatchmen--Robert Lindsay was great as always but sometimes the show was just Weird!
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightingales

      another uk mini series- The singing Detective

      The story revolves around mystery writer Philip E. Marlow and his most recent hospital stay. Having reached its peak, his psoriatic arthropathy (a chronic skin and joint disease) forms lesions and sores covering his entire body, and partially cripples his hands and feet. Dennis Potter suffered from this disease himself, and wrote with a pen tied to his fist much in the same fashion Marlow does in the last episode. Although severe, Marlow's case was intentionally understated compared to Potter's real case: Potter's skin would sometimes crack and bleed.[1]

      As a result of constant pain, a fever caused by the condition, and his refusal to take medication, Marlow falls into a fantasy world involving his Chandleresque novel, The Singing Detective, an escapist adventure about a detective (also named "Philip Marlow") who sings at a dance hall and takes the jobs "the guys who don't sing" won't take.

      The real Marlow also experiences flashbacks to his childhood in rural England, and his mother's suicide in wartime London. The rural location is presumably the Forest of Dean, Potter's birthplace and the location for filming, but this is never stated explicitly. The death of his mother is one of several recurring images in the series; Marlow uses it (whether subconsciously or not) in his murder mystery, and sometimes replaces her face with different women in his life, real and imaginary. The noir mystery, however, is never actually solved; all that is ultimately revealed is an intentionally vague plot involving smuggled Nazi war criminals and Soviet agents attempting to stop them. This perhaps reflects Marlow's view that fiction should be "all clues and no solutions."

      The three worlds of the hospital, the noir thriller, and wartime England often merge in Marlow's mind, resulting a fourth layer, in which character interactions that would otherwise be impossible (e.g. fictional characters interacting with non-fictional characters) occur. This is evident in that many of Marlow's friends and enemies (perceived or otherwise) are represented by characters in the novel: particularly, one of the boys from his childhood, Mark Binney, becomes conflated with Raymond, Marlow's mother's lover, and appears as the central antagonist in the "real" and noir worlds (although the "real" Binney/Finney is ultimately a fantasy as well). The use of Binney as a villain stems from an event in his early childhood where Marlow framed the young Binney for defecating on a disciplinarian elementary teacher's desk, a perverse act of vengeance for the affair Marlow has witnessed between his own mother and Binney's father. The innocent Binney is brutally beaten in front of the student body, and Marlow is lauded for telling the "truth". These events haunt Marlow, as it is revealed that the real Binney character is killed off in both Realities"

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Singing_Detective

  11. QUESTION:
    Question for nurses about going into the profession?
    hello =] I'm currently a junior in high school and I've always wanted to go into the medical field since I can remember. When I was around 7 years old I started to become very sick but no one could diagnose me until I was 12. I was diagnosed with juvenile psoriatic arthropathy and when I started learning more about the field of rheumatology and how desperate the care shortage has become I knew that pediatric rheumatology was for me. I always though I would be a pediatric rheumatologist but recently I really started think about how it would be very difficult to have a family with this demanding career. I haven't ruled out rheumatologist but recently I started thinking about how I could become a nurse practitioner instead. My question is how do you specialize in rheumatology once you're an np? Also, what is the role of an np in rheumatology? In my experience the rheumatology nurses have just showed me how to give injections and stuff like that, but would I be able to see my own patients?

    How I figure I could get there:
    I want to go to Drexel for undergrad nursing and then I plan on going to the university of pennsylvania for my np specializing in acute/chronic pediatric care (penn's program's link below) http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/peds/Pages/ProgramOverview.aspx.
    Would this degree prepare me for a career in pediatric rheumatology?

    Thank you to everyone in advance for all the help, I really appreciate it!

    Thank you so much in advance for all of your help!
    Please only give serious answers please. I am very serious about my questions and would really like some answers.

    • ANSWER:
      After you get your BSN you must get several years of nursing experience before you can apply to an NP program.

  12. QUESTION:
    Chance of a Scholarship?
    Hello I'm finishing up my sophomore year and starting to look at colleges. My top choice is Drexel University by far. Both of my parents went there and I have a pretty good resume so I'm pretty sure I can get in. However, Drexel is much much much more expensive now than when my parents went there. If I don't get any money from the school then I can't go =/ What do you suppose are my chances of getting some sort of scholarship?

    -Intended major is nursing
    -all honors classes up through this point, next year I'm taking two APs
    -GPA: 3.67ish
    -Haven't taken SATs yet
    -I'm in the academically gifted program for my high IQ and through this program I complete independent studies sophomore, junior and senior year. Freshman year is a seminar. This year my project was on stem cells.
    -I'm on two swim teams
    -I'm in the band. I do color guard for marching band and play the oboe for the rest of the year.I'm in the wind ensemble (honors band). This year our band and color guard were state champs
    -I'm a lifeguard and have my own group and private swimming lesson classes
    -I'm in the medical scholars club, compete in the biology olympiad
    -I'm in the world language honors club and the soceidad honoraria hispanica
    -I've won numerous national and district level spanish awards
    -I'm certified in: first aid, CPR, AED, Lifesaving
    -I'm really excited about an internship/volunteer program I'm doing this summer at a very respected children's hospital. It involves working with patients in the morning and then educational workshops about the medical field in the afternoon
    -In my essay I'm going to write about how I have a desire to go into nursing because since I was about 7 years old I've had a rheumatic disease called juvenile psoriatic arthropathy. I want to be a pediatric rheumatology nurse so that I can show kids that even though it can be hard, you can still accomplish great things with a rheumatic disease.

    • ANSWER:
      Merit-based scholarships are highly competitive and full-ride scholarships are few & far between. With your intended major (nursing), I suggest looking into laon forgiveness programs within your state, as well as starting to apply for private scholarships which may reward you for your other activities. Start a free account with several search services, such as ScholarshipExperts.com or Schoolsoup.com and start applying to 5-10 every month. Keep at it, as it could take some time to start winning awards. Try focusing on programs that require more work or higher word count on essays, as they tend to get fewer applicants. You'll want to check into available scholarships in your local area too. Try churches, businesses, places you volunteer and your parents employers. If you start now, you'll have a good shot at having some funds set aside for when you graduate. Best of luck!

  13. QUESTION:
    What do you guys think my chances would be...?
    Hello I'm finishing up my sophomore year and starting to look at colleges. My top choice is Drexel University by far. Both of my parents went there and I have a pretty good resume so I'm pretty sure I can get in. However, Drexel is much much much more expensive now than when my parents went there. If I don't get any money from the school then I can't go =/ What do you suppose are my chances of getting some sort of scholarship?

    -Intended major is nursing
    -all honors classes up through this point, next year I'm taking two APs
    -GPA: 3.67ish
    -Haven't taken SATs yet
    -I'm in the academically gifted program for my high IQ and through this program I complete independent studies sophomore, junior and senior year. Freshman year is a seminar. This year my project was on stem cells.
    -I'm on two swim teams
    -I'm in the band. I do color guard for marching band and play the oboe for the rest of the year.I'm in the wind ensemble (honors band). This year our band and color guard were state champs
    -I'm a lifeguard and have my own group and private swimming lesson classes
    -I'm in the medical scholars club, compete in the biology olympiad
    -I'm in the world language honors club and the soceidad honoraria hispanica
    -I've won numerous national and district level spanish awards
    -I'm certified in: first aid, CPR, AED, Lifesaving
    -I'm really excited about an internship/volunteer program I'm doing this summer at a very respected children's hospital. It involves working with patients in the morning and then educational workshops about the medical field in the afternoon
    -In my essay I'm going to write about how I have a desire to go into nursing because since I was about 7 years old I've had a rheumatic disease called juvenile psoriatic arthropathy. I want to be a pediatric rheumatology nurse so that I can show kids that even though it can be hard, you can still accomplish great things with a rheumatic disease.

    • ANSWER:
      I really can't help you if don't have SAT and ACT scores.

  14. QUESTION:
    recent studies have shown that gold-containing drugs treated with liver damage patients have arthritis? How?

    • ANSWER:
      gold is a 'Disease Modifying Antirheumtic drug'
      in olden days it was the most effectiveagent for arresting rheumatod process and preventing involvement of additional joints 1/2 patints may have remission of the disease
      reduces chemotaxis,phagocytosis,macrophage and lysosomal activity monocyte differentiation and inhibits cell mediated immunity but exact mechanism is unknown rf and esr levels are lowered effctive in psoriatic arthropathy also.
      indicated in rapidly progressive forms of RA
      benifit after 4-6 weeks
      used as AUROTHIOMALATE SODIUM
      heavily bound to the plasma protein and remains in the blood for years
      high toxcity :vasodilatation
      postural hypotension
      dermatitis
      pruritic rash
      stomatitis
      exfoliative dermatitis(rare)
      albuminuriasecondary to membranous glmorulonephritis (10%
      )resolves on stopping the drug
      hepatitis
      peripheral neuritis
      encephalopathy
      pulmonary fibrosis
      eosinophilia

  15. QUESTION:
    which kinds of arthritis are there?
    there are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis... which other ones are there? and what are its conditions ?

    • ANSWER:
      Achilles tendinitis

      Achondroplasia

      Acromegalic arthropathy

      Adhesive capsulitis

      Adult onset Still's disease

      Ankylosing spondylitis

      Anserine bursitis

      Avascular necrosis

      Behcet's syndrome

      Bicipital tendinitis

      Blount's disease

      Brucellar spondylitis

      Bursitis

      Calcaneal bursitis

      Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD)

      Crystal deposition disease

      Caplan's syndrome

      Carpal tunnel syndrome

      Chondrocalcinosis

      Chondromalacia patellae

      Chronic synovitis

      Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis

      Churg-Strauss syndrome

      Cogan's syndrome

      Corticosteroid-induced osteoporosis

      Costosternal syndrome

      CREST syndrome

      Cryoglobulinemia

      Degenerative joint disease

      Dermatomyositis

      Diabetic finger sclerosis

      Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH)

      Discitis

      Discoid lupus erythematosus

      Drug-induced lupus

      Duchenne's muscular dystrophy

      Dupuytren's contracture

      Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

      Enteropathic arthritis

      Epicondylitis

      Erosive inflammatory osteoarthritis

      Exercise-induced compartment syndrome

      Fabry's disease

      Familial Mediterranean fever

      Farber's lipogranulomatosis

      Felty's syndrome

      Fibromyalgia

      Fifth's disease

      Flat feet

      Foreign body synovitis

      Freiberg's disease

      Fungal arthritis

      Gaucher's disease

      Giant cell arteritis

      Gonococcal arthritis

      Goodpasture's syndrome

      Gout

      Granulomatous arteritis

      Hemarthrosis

      Hemochromatosis

      Henoch-Schonlein purpura

      Hepatitis B surface antigen disease

      Hip dysplasia

      Hurler syndrome

      Hypermobility syndrome

      Hypersensitivity vasculitis

      Hypertrophic osteoarthropathy

      Immune complex disease

      Impingement syndrome

      Jaccoud's arthropathy

      Juvenile ankylosing spondylitis

      Juvenile dermatomyositis

      Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

      Kawasaki disease

      Kienbock's disease

      Legg-Calve-Perthes disease

      Lesch-Nyhan syndrome

      Linear scleroderma

      Lipoid dermatoarthritis

      Lofgren's syndrome

      Lyme disease

      Malignant synovioma

      Marfan's syndrome

      Medial plica syndrome

      Metastatic carcinomatous arthritis

      Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD)

      Mixed cryoglobulinemia

      Mucopolysaccharidosis

      Multicentric reticulohistiocytosis

      Multiple epiphyseal dysplasia

      Mycoplasmal arthritis

      Myofascial pain syndrome

      Neonatal lupus

      Neuropathic arthropathy

      Nodular panniculitis

      Ochronosis

      Olecranon bursitis

      Osgood-Schlatter's disease

      Osteoarthritis

      Osteochondromatosis

      Osteogenesis imperfecta

      Osteomalacia

      Osteomyelitis

      Osteonecrosis

      Osteoporosis

      Overlap syndrome

      Pachydermoperiostosis Paget's disease of bone

      Palindromic rheumatism

      Patellofemoral pain syndrome

      Pellegrini-Stieda syndrome

      Pigmented villonodular synovitis

      Piriformis syndrome

      Plantar fasciitis

      Polyarteritis nodos

      Polymyalgia rheumatica

      Polymyositis

      Popliteal cysts

      Posterior tibial tendinitis

      Pott's disease

      Prepatellar bursitis

      Prosthetic joint infectio

      Pseudoxanthoma elasticum

      Psoriatic arthritis

      Raynaud's phenomenon

      Reactive arthritis/Reiter's syndrome

      Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome

      Relapsing polychondritis

      Retrocalcaneal bursitis

      Rheumatic fever

      Rheumatoid arthritis

      Rheumatoid vasculitis

      Rotator cuff tendinitis

      Sacroiliitis

      Salmonella osteomyelitis

      Sarcoidosis

      Saturnine gout

      Scheuermann's osteochondritis

      Scleroderma

      Septic arthritis

      Seronegative arthritis

      Shigella arthritis

      Shoulder-hand syndrome

      Sickle cell arthropathy

      Sjogren's syndrome

      Slipped capital femoral epiphysis

      Spinal stenosis

      Spondylolysis

      Staphylococcus arthritis

      Stickler syndrome

      Subacute cutaneous lupus

      Sweet's syndrome

      Sydenham's chorea

      Syphilitic arthritis

      Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

      Takayasu's arteritis

      Tarsal tunnel syndrome

      Tennis elbow

      Tietse's syndrome

      Transient osteoporosis

      Traumatic arthritis

      Trochanteric bursitis

      Tuberculosis arthritis

      Arthritis of Ulcerative colitis

      Undifferentiated connective tissue syndrome (UCTS)

      Urticarial vasculitis

      Viral arthritis

      Wegener's granulomatosis

      Whipple's disease

      Wilson's disease

      Yersinial arthritis

  16. QUESTION:
    is there any chance to get cured of psoriatic arthritis? i mean real cure not just "getting better"?
    i'm seek alredy 25 years.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no chance to get "cured" of it, you're stuck with it for all your life, but here are some treatments to controlll it.

      The underlying process in psoriatic arthritis is inflammation, therefore treatments are directed at reducing and controlling inflammation. NSAIDs such as diclofenac and naproxen are usually the first line medication.

      Other treatment options for this disease include joint injections with corticosteroids - this is only practical if a few joints are affected.

      If acceptable control is not achieved using NSAIDs or joint injections then second line treatments with immunosuppressants such as methotrexate are added to the treatment regimen. An advantage of immunosuppressive treatment is that it also treats the psoriasis in addition to the arthropathy.

      Recently, a new class of therapeutics developed using recombinant DNA technology called Tumor necrosis factor inhibitors have come available, for example, infliximab and etanercept. These are becomingly increasingly commonly used but are usually reserved for the most severe cases. As more is learned regarding the long-term safety of these biologic agents there is a trend toward earlier use to prevent irreversible joint destruction.

      Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psoriatic_arthritis"

  17. QUESTION:
    am suffering from joint pain and burning sensation on left inner thigh near knee and under knee .need advice?
    I am 53 years old Suffering from chronic psoriatic arthritis for past 39 years . Since past 50 days having pain on left side of rib on the back , left hip joint and left knee . the inner muscles on left thigh is also paining and having burning sensation on skin . Have tried IFT , TENSE , WAX treatment . Applied auyvedic oils , EXEL ointment . NO t recovered . Sugar is 250 fasting and 35o pp . doent lower inspite of medications .glychiphage G1 and glynase two tablets at night . please help

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry to hear about your health issues,I also have problems in that medical area...I have something called Jaccoud's arthropathy..something like that.And I also feel the intense pain along with a burning sensation that goes up my arm.I take 2 medications that suppress my immune system,which in turn also works on the affected areas of pain.These kinds of medications work great for people with your condition also,these medications will actually slow down the progression of your specific kind of arthritis,and stop any further damage.Maybe you can ask your doctor about these medications,they are called "Imuran" and the other is called "Plaquenil".It's worth asking about anyways...I wish you all the best,and hope that you feel better soon good luck!!! :).

  18. QUESTION:
    best remedy for psoriatic rheuma?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you mean "Psoriatic arthritis"?
      No mention is seen made in the medical literature on Psoriatic rhumatism.
      Treatment of psoriatic arthritis involves medication, patient education, and physical and occupational therapy.
      Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) or salicylates are used to reduce pain and inflammation of the joints. More severe arthritis requires treatment with more powerful drugs called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDS). Occasionally, particularly painful joints may be injected with steroid medications.
      Recently, new medications have been introduced. Inhibitors of the inflammatory protein called tumor necrosis factor (TNF) are fast becoming the treatment of choice. These include etanercept (Enbrel), infliximab (Remicade), and adalimumab (Humira).
      Rarely, surgery to repair or replace damaged joints will be performed.
      Get rest and exercise. To increase mobility, physical therapy provides exercise programs for specific joints. Heat and cold applications, or hydrotherapy may also be used.(MedlinePlus)
      The underlying process in psoriatic arthritis is inflammation, therefore treatments are directed at reducing and controlling inflammation. NSAIDs such as diclofenac and naproxen are usually the first line medication.
      Other treatment options for this disease include joint injections with corticosteroids - this is only practical if a few joints are affected.
      If acceptable control is not achieved using NSAIDs or joint injections then second line treatments with immunosuppressants such as methotrexate are added to the treatment regimen. An advantage of immunosuppressive treatment is that it also treats the psoriasis in addition to the arthropathy.
      Recently, a new class of therapeutics developed using recombinant DNA technology called Tumor necrosis factor inhibitors have come available, for example, infliximab and etanercept. These are becomingly increasingly commonly used but are usually reserved for the most severe cases. As more is learned regarding the long-term safety of these biologic agents there is a trend toward earlier use to prevent irreversible joint destruction.(Wikipedia)
      Please see the webpages for more details on Psoriatic arthritis.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are 'sausage toes'?
    My German speaking doctor said to me, 'In English you have "sausage toes". I said, 'I haven't heard that before,' and he said, 'It's a medical term.' Really?
    It's a condition, not a disease.

    • ANSWER:
      Sausage toe is a whimsical term used to describe a red, hot
      swollen toe often seen in psoriatic arthritis. It can also
      be seen in Reiter's syndrome and other seronegative
      arthropathies. In English, a non-rheumatoid type arthritis.
      Sausage toe is inflammation of the distal interphalangeal
      joints (tip of your toe and adjacent knuckle) that looks
      like a sausage or lollipop. In psoriatic arthritis, it is
      often accompanied by nail changes that mimic onychomycosis
      or a fungus in the nails. The nails can be pitted, yellow,
      thickened, fragmented, and lifting from the tip of the toe.
      Psoriatic arthritic can occur without the typical skin
      changes seen in psoriasis, but most patients have some skin
      lesions.

      Sausage toes should be treated aggressively to decrease the
      inflammation and joint destruction. Long term inflammation
      can lead to erosive changes and permanent joint pain and
      stiffness. Joint ankylosis (complete fusion of the joint)
      can occur in severe cases. Basic treatment starts with
      nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, exercise, physical
      therapy and education. Patient should be taught the "move
      it or lose it" principal of arthritis management. Exercise
      and mobilization of the joints, but not overuse and abuse,
      should be reinforced. Some patients need more aggressive
      treatment, and this should be part of a comprehensive
      treatment plan by a rheumatologist

  20. QUESTION:
    can pscoratic arthritis be detected in the rt hip only? i don't have pain anywhere else.?
    an mri showed arthritis and i have seen an ra dr once for a first visit, but have questions. could it be something else?
    i am only 33 and dont have a history of any steroids, maybe advil once in a while. the pain from the flare-up was a 15 out of 10. i am a reasonably active person.
    i also in the past few months had long ridges in my nails, they looked like i had both my hands shut in a door

    • ANSWER:
      very remote possibility
      psoriatic arthritis usually affect the big toe, then small joints of feet & hand, then ankles & then knees.
      few questions plz: how old are you? & does psoriasis affect your nails?
      if you are above 60, then you may very well have "Osteoarthritis" of the hip
      if you are young then there is a condition called ( avascular necrosis) which is associated with few conditions like prolonged use of steroid.
      addendum
      check out this study from mayo clinic
      http://ard.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/64/7/1068
      Conclusions: Psoriatic hip arthropathy occurs infrequently in PsA and is associated with earlier onset of arthritis and psoriatic spondylitis. Bilateral hip involvement and rapid progression to hip arthroplasty are common

  21. QUESTION:
    Possible Rheumatoid Arthritis?
    I don't know much about RA, but here are some ailments I've come up with over the past year. First I started with carpal tunnel, which I'm going to get surgery for that pretty soon. Then my SI joints were inflammed for a good three months (it took them that long to figure out why I was hurting) and then I got steroid shots for that. Somewhere in between all that I started getting TMJ too and its extremely painful at times, hurting all the way down my neck and shoulders, but it doesn't happen all the time. I have read that all three of these can go along with RA. So far I don't have any other problems, but I do notice these are all joint related inflammation. Anyone have any idea what that could be? Coincidence?

    • ANSWER:
      Rheumatoid Arthritis very rarely, almost never, affects the SI joint. That occurs in sero-negative arthropathies, like Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis.

      Carpal tunnel is a fairly common condition, as is TMJ, so yes they do occur in people with autoimmune inflammatory arthritic conditions, they also occur in the general population.

      If you believe you might have an underlying inflammatory condition, speak to your doctor. They can run blood tests. However to me, it doesn't sound much like arthritis.

      ......

  22. QUESTION:
    Need help figuring out whats wrong with my body =(?
    Im wondering if anyone can help me figure out what is going on with me. I am a 24 yr old female. I had my first child 41/2 yrs ago. When he was approx 5 months old i started feeling very ill. I gained 60 lbs in a month and a half, was not eating fast food or drnking soda, just water. Alarmed i went to a doctor. I found out i had sleep apnea but after cpap therapy still felt awful. They checked my thyroid, it came back fine. Since then i have been to a Hematologist, and ee a Rhuematologist. Was tested for Lupus, Lyme Disease, MS, Cushings Syndrome, Luekemia, RA and many others all negative. My white blood count is always elevated. Ranges between 11.7 -17. My inflammation levels are always high, last checked my CRP levels were 28.29. I had a bad case of Iritis the end of 2010 that lasted for 4 months. My eye doctor recommended me be checked for the HLA-B27 gene wich came back posotive.Thats when i was reffered to the Rhuematologist. They beleived i might have Ankylosing Spondylitis. They did a lower pelvic MRI, diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia and disc dicasion in my lower back. They called and asked permissin to use my mri and records in the meeting the would be having, i have heard nothing back since. I came across a thread and even though my thyroid had come back fine i believe i might have Hashimotos? I have a 4 yr old son who has Autism and i am a single mother, i just want my life back =( I have attached a list of all my symptoms and any help is greatly appreciated!

    Symptoms -
    Elevated White Blood Count
    CRP level of 28.29
    Iritis
    Swollen Hands, fingers, knees, ankles
    Achy painful back, knees, ankles, hands
    Muscle Pain
    Joint Pain
    EXTREME fatigue
    Trouble Sleeping even though tired
    Forgetfulness where i used to be a wonderful multitasker
    Dry Skin
    Hair loss ( not all but falls all over my shirt when brushing my hair etc)
    Low energy
    loose stools or constipation at times not always
    Stomache pain on right side from time to time feel it might be from the bowel issues though
    Thanks all for the quick responses. I see a Rhuematologist in Seattle at the universiy (UW), they are the ones that diagnosed me with Fibro, not because of the symptoms but because of some pressure points i have? They also were thinking AS (Ankylosing Spondylits) But my xray showed no fusing of my lower spine, so they kinda tossed it to the curb. I have not heard anything since. I was supposed to go back this month but to be honest its a 3 1/2 hour trip for me costing 60.00 everytime i go between gas/parking and im sick of making expensive trips i cant afford to keep being sent home without answers :/ All i ever get is i am having weird blood test, my inflammation is too high but no reason as to why. I am on anti inflammatory medication, Meloxicam 15mg but it has done nothing, i dont even notice the slightest difference. Fibromyalgia runs in my family so that wasnt a shock, but regardless i do not think it is to blame for all of my symptoms, even if i do have Fibro, i would not be at s
    Also Liz... If it was some sort of depression. It would not physically make my blood and inflammation levels high. I obviously feel i am good enough if i have been fighting for 4 yrs for answers lol.
    John- Thanks for the info, i will be sure to ask for a copy of my sleep study records and check. I have been on my cpap for almost 3 yrs, i actually sleep with it 6-7 hours a night. It did help somewhat with my energy levels but not with the pain/stifness. Once im asleep i am good, its just falling to sleep with all the pain that is hard and then awakening to stiffness and a sore back =(

    • ANSWER:
      I would be finding a new rheumatologist ASAP.

      From your symptoms and blood tests, it would suggest that you have Ankylosing Spondylitis or some sort of sero-negative arthropathy.

      Your elevated CRP is of concern. Normal values for CRP are less than 5. People with Fibromyalgia do not have an elevated CRP.

      You need to be on some for of anti-inflammatory and a Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drug. Do not leave the doctor's office until they have worked out what is going on!

      Can I suggest this Facebook group? - https://www.facebook.com/InternationalAutoimmuneArthritisMovement. They are really big on diagnosing autoimmune arthritic conditions early. And the Spondylitis Association of America- https://www.facebook.com/InternationalAutoimmuneArthritisMovement

      Good luck.

      EDIT- Fibromyalgia is diagnosed by tender points, but it's a tricky diagnosis to make. Some of my tender points hurt because I have inflammation in the joints. So you're likely to experience pain when pushed there.

      Not everyone with AS has fusing of the spine. Also, does anyone in your family have Psoriasis? Psoriatic Arthritis also affects the spine but doesn't cause fusing. I would follow up on that. Is there no Rheumatologist closer to you? I would go in there with a list of questions (i.e. why are my inflammation marker high? Why are my joints swollen? Can you make a diagnosis because I know Fibromyalgia doesn't cause swelling or inflammation). Meloxicam is an anti-inflammatory, but it sounds like you need to be on something stronger. Even speak to your GP about trialling Prednisone.

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