How Do You Treat Psoriasis

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Frequently Asked Questions

    Where Can I Find a UVB Light to Treat Psoriasis?
    I have read that UVB lights are used to treat psoriasis, but I don't know how to get one. I have seen some advertised online for around 0 but they are huge and require a prescription. I just need something small to use on my hands.

    I have also seen some UVB bulbs for use in Iguana tanks. They are much cheaper and don't require a prescription. Does anyone know if these would work? Thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:
      First of all,since u have mild psoriasis on ur hands,u could opt for home treatment that require just a brief exposure of UVB light on ur hands.However,u should prescribe to a doctor to consult bout this home treatment since the doctor will give u any creams that u have to apply before UVB light exposure and plus,the doctor will give u the necessary equipment for u to do ur own treatment at home.If u want,u could get a cream that u can apply before u expose ur hands in the sun for a brief time since the sun itself helps to heal psoriasis.Do be careful to not overdo it.However,if u would like to opt for homemade remedies,these are those remedies that could help u to improve ur skin.

      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.

      Well,these are different 5 types of remedies that u could do at home to improve ur psoriasis.Pick one that suits u though and good luck trying these since these are really effective remedies for u.Hope this helps.

      P/s:Bout the Iguana tanks,I think it's a good idea since u could expose ur hands to UVB light as a treatment.However,do apply a cream first and consult someone before doing it.

    Could Verdeso foam be used to treat psoriasis?
    I use it for Eczema, but was wondering if it could be used to treat psoriasis.

    • ANSWER:
      my hubby has psoriasis hydrocydroxne i think i spelled it right it is a miracle worker

    What is the Best Way to Treat Psoriasis at Home?
    I am looking for a more natural way to treat my psoriasis these days. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, you can 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.

    I want to know how to become a test patient for new psoriasis treatments. How do I become a free guinie pig?
    Treating psoriasis is so expensive. I have had it forever and nothing seems to work anymore. If anyone knows how I can sign up to let doctors try knew cures on me, I would greatly appreciate it. I don't have the money to get the treatments they have now done, or to keep wasting my money on over the counter product that doesn't work. Thank you for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Look up clinical trials for psoriasis on the web

    I'm looking for a way to soothe and treat psoriasis that's natural - any ideas?
    I have a really hard time with my psoriasis, especially in the winter. I've tried a lot of doctor prescribed things with no luck at all - they may soothe my skin for a little while but have no long term effects. Does anyone know a good, natural way to treat my psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Tincture of iodine & vit.D3 (topically & internally)

    Is it safe to use jojoba oil mixed with a self tanner lotion?
    I use Jergens Natural Glow daily moisturizer as a self tanner, which already contains jojoba oil as an ingredient. However, I'd like to also use the jojoba oil in its pure form to treat psoriasis on my fingers and left elbow. So, would it be ok to mix it with my self tanner by adding a couple of drops? Has anyone ever tried mixing jojoba oil with a self tanner, and if so, what was the result?

    • ANSWER:
      It'll be fine, especially since the lotion already contains that ingredient. I'd start by adding just a little, though, and after making sure your skin reacts okay to it, add more. :)

    Are there any remedies for Nail psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis of the nail, where my toe and finger nails are thickening, and growing away from the skin underneath. The doctor has laughed at me and told me it's nothing but it bothers me, as it's not pleasant to look at.
    I want to know if there are any remedies out there that people use to treat psoriasis of the nail, especially herbal or alternative remedies.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately there are no useful remedies specifically for this, not using conventional medicine and of course nothing at all useful in the alternative remedy line.

      The problem may be suppressed by cytotoxics, but these are only justified if they are being used anyway for some other more serious element of the condition such as psoriatic arthritis.

    I am searching for information on Garra Rufa doctor fish as it relates to the treatment of psoriasis.?
    Has anyone had their own personal experience on how Turkish Garra Rufa fish have helped you personally with psoriasis? Does anyone have information on whatit is that makes it possible for Garra Rufa fish help treat psoriasis ?

    • ANSWER:
      Some helpful information on how the Garra Rufa doctor fish help treat psoriasis can be found at
      I don't have psoriasis, but I do know people use the Garra Rufa fish as has an enzyme in its saliva that can offer tremendous extended relief from symptoms for people suffering from this skin disorder.

    How long does it take for the active ingredient in an ointment take to be absorbed?
    I have been prescribed an ointment to treat psoriasis. The trouble is ointments are not absorbed like creams & I have to sit about like the guy from the 'Singing Detective' until I decide to wipe the ointment off or have a shower. No one can tell me, incl. nurses & pharmacists, how long it takes for the active ingredients to be absorbed into the skin. Maybe once I know I won't have to walk about the house semi naked for as long as I do! I am sure in this great knowledge base we have someone will be able to get me an answer.
    Thanks, in anticipation

    • ANSWER:
      I have eczema so I know how you feel. My solution is to only use the ointment at night after bathing or showering. I have cotton pajamas which I use only when doing teatment (so it does not matter about the ointment going on them) I have cotton socks and cotton gloves. Some nights I am completely covered, other nights I may just be wearing the gloves. It gives the treatment max time to be absorbed and the heat you generate in bed help absorbsion anyway;

    what is the best way to treat psoriasis on the scalp!?
    i need an easy way to treat psoriasis on the scalp with out having too much trouble rinsing the remedy from the hair

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis shampoos are only for maintenance and not for treatment. Most people just use a shampoo and except for the scalp to clear up completely, which will definitely not going to happen.
      That is why so many people can't clear scalp psoriasis, they find it impossible but it's not.

      If you want to clear up your scalp, you should use a proper lotion treatment, preferably with salicylic acid in it. I've tried almost every product available, because I've had psoriasis for so many years and I found that Propiosalic lotion works the best.
      Most lotion for scalp psoriasis are oily and sticky and you can't take them off or even apply on the scalp. So you need to wash your hair again and again to take them off, which actually causes more flakes and dry skin and makes the condition worse.
      Psopiosalic is not oily at all, it's easy to apply and you don't even have to wash it out.
      It's less than . You apply it on the scalp once or twice a day for fast results and in about half an hour in dries out completely. You don't have to wash your hair afterwards, not even the next day. It does not smell when it's dry and it's not noticeable.
      It can clear even severe scalp psoriasis in a few days if applied daily. Causes no irritation. I am sure you can find lots of lotion like this one, so ask your pharmacist or dermatologist.

      After the scalp is clean completely, you can keep using a psoriasis shampoo if you want to keep it clean for long. I don't because it's not necessary. My scalp stays clean for long and I only need to use the lotion once in a while, even though my psoriasis is aggressive.
      Best shampoos to use are the tar ones. They help a lot and they are not harsh for the scalp. Any harsh shampoo like head and shoulders will change the ph of the scalp and will stop working after a while. The worse thing tough is that no other treatment of shampoo will work afterwards, so it's better to stay away from those.


    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, 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.

    Does anyone have a good simple receipe for lye soap?
    Lye Soap is incredibly effective in treating psoriasis but is rather expensive to buy. I would like a simple receipe so I can make my own

    • ANSWER:
      PRESLEY recipe for Lye Soap

      Dissolve a can of lye in 2 1/2 pints of cold water.

      Pour lye/cold water mixture into an iron kettle with 6 pounds of clean grease (consistency of honey) into an iron kettle placed over a medium hot fire in the yard.

      Stir with a long handle wooden paddle until well mixed and beginning to thicken.

      Remove kettle from fire; and pour into molds or shallow containers.

      Let mixture set overnight.

      Cut into squares.

      Soap is very white and has a clean smell. Great for laundry, bathing and shampoo.

    How do you treat psoriasis in a humid climate?
    psoriasis has flared up in the tropics..treatment and healing ideas..internaly and externaly..advice anyone?
    I currently use tar soap and Tgel shampoo and from the chemist called psor-asist cream.. it works ok, but heat and humidity arent helping, any other ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      try to stay off the yeast products and get a proper doctors check up. You need to fix the inside to the fix the outside. Use the tar based products and perhaps a change of diet would help...

    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)

    Has anyone tried the homeopathic route to treating psoriasis with sulphur? How did you get on?
    My boyfriend has had psoriasis for 20 years, and I read posts from other sufferers with great interest. Unfortunately, all suggestions we've ruled out because he's done most of them - resulting in a damaged liver and light sensitivity now too. We've heard that sulphur treatment is another remedy - has anyone used it?
    Grateful for all your answers, although - I'm particularly interested in hearing directly from anyone who has actual experience of taking this internally themselves, rather than opinions on other remedies, as our local pharmacist is also a homeopath and recommends it.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriaisis and eczema are one of the few conditions it is not a good idea to self treat homeopathically because you can get very lost treating symptoms produced by the treatment. Homeopaths treat the whole person. Remember that homeopathy treatments should stop when the symptoms are shwoing signs of improvement, and that too much of a remedy can bring on the symptoms you are trying to cure.
      I don't know if you have tried diets or self-treating with reflexology, but one treatment I have come across is in Energy Medicine by Donna Eden - again self-treating. My homeopath advised an anti-candida diet, as she believes the liver, digestion and psoriasis are interelated.
      I have tried reflexology and aromatherapy without success on the members of my family with this condition, and what I tend to find that is that these treatment work for a while then its back to normal.
      Do remember that supressing the skin condition is not a good idea, because the psoriasis might then show itself in more harmful ways, like arthritis.
      Good luck with your search for treatment

    Does anyone know of a really good medication/over the counter drug that treats Psoriasis?
    I have Psoriasis and I was wondering if anyone knows of any good treatments besides UVB rays and sunlight.

    Please tell me if you know any!

    • ANSWER:
      Keep in mind that every case of psoriasis is different. Not one medication will work for everyone and unfortunately it's about trying out different ones until you find what works well for you. When I have a really bad breakout I use Dovonex. I've tried several over the counter creams and that one works for me. But don't be afraid to talk to your doctor and go for different creams. Stay away from oral medications since it can really harm your liver unless there's no other way around it ok? Yes medications really work but you HAVE to follow the directions. If it says use twice a day use it twice a day. Not just once. Also, in between applications when the skin has soaked in all the medicine spread some lotion on the areas so it stays moisturized. It will make the medicine work twice as fast and my doc did tell me that.

      Here's a few natural suggestions also. Not all are just creams but all are over the counter or easy to get. You didn't specify whether it was scalp or otherwise so I put included both.

      I am going to try this one since I just heard about it. 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.

      Also, you can go for lotions that really create a barrier and keep your skin from being exposed to dry conditions etc like Vaseline Intensive Care lotion twice a day. That one really gave me some relief and helped keep my plaques under control the best.

      Sunlight or UV rays is touch and go for people but make sure you use sunscreen on the areas of the body that isn't covered in plaques while in the sun or rays since our skin is different than the average skin types out there. You definitely don't want to cure psoriasis to end up with skin cancer!

      I have heard of people having success with rubbing vitamin e oil *just take vitamin e capsules, break them, and rub the oil on the plaques* and then bandaging it.

      Flax Seed is something that's very important to take. Just get the pill form and take it as directed. It helps with the immune system and therefore helps with the psoriasis. Omega3s help as well which Flax Seed has so it's good. I use EFA Gold. It has a pharmacutical grade of Omega3 and I just buy it online. You can find it all over the place. Flax seed you can take separately.

      The main thing is to keep the areas moist or protected from drying out. If you do keep the skin moist just be really careful to watch for infection since we get it easier than other people. Let the skin dry but not dry out between applications of different products! I hope that gives you a few things to try so you don't feel at your wits end with it. The main thing you need to know is not one thing is going to work for everyone so try a few different ideas to find what works for YOU. You're never alone so if you need someone to talk to about this to have a shoulder and listen you're welcome to email me any time. Good luck!

    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 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.

    What are the benefits to exposure to UV radiation?
    Basically I have fell into a pit hole in my case study and I am struggling to find out what the health benefits are to being exposed to UV radiation.
    There is only a massive health benefit really ---> the production of vitamin D which can protect you from all sorts of auto-immune diseases and cancers.

    apart from vitamin D production, what is another health benefit coming from UV radiation? I have found out it treats psoriasis, eczema, and jaundice, but I cannot get any scientific information and any evidence from the net at all. :/

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer is a good way to prevent overcrowding.

    is it ok to use hand and body lotion to treat psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis and it causes dry flaky skin. I want to know if i can use hand and body lotion on the affected areas?

    • ANSWER:
      better to use lubriderm - the green one for sensetive, dry skin :)

    is there any good hospital treating psoriasis in chennai?
    My sister is suffering from psoriasis for the last one year and after taking english medicines, she is not cocomfortableshe is about to get married.

    • ANSWER:

      Eczema is sometimes caused by eating things like shellfish, or sometimes caused by stress.

      Here is how they treat eczema in Japan. It really works, I have seen two people improve his skin condition too.

      You can get the water for free. Place a wanted add in Craigslist for 8.5 PH drinking water. Someone might answer the add, and be able to provide the 8.5 PH water and the 2.5 PH water to treat the skin.

      Good Luck!

    how do you treat psoriasis without going to the doctors?
    My partner has really bad psoriasis between his anus and his testicles which is very itchy, especially at night. It keeps him awake and causes him a great deal of distress. He wont go to his GP because of the area affected. Are there any treatments for this that can be bought over the counter or from health shops?

    • ANSWER:
      First you need to see a Doc to make sure this is Psoriasis and not another problem, like fungi infection. If he is over weight he need to loose the weight, then wear loose clothing boxers and make sure he has plenty of room in his trousers. The Doc will give him some cream which is clear up the rash and providing he allows air to circulated, the rash should not return.

    Does anyone know anything good to treat psoriasis?
    My daughter has psoriasis from head to toe and no insurance. She has to have some relief.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, your daughter can 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 her - it's free.

    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.

    Suggestions on ways to treat psoriasis?
    I have cleared up my psoriasis before but because of stress from many different factors it has came back pretty bad and I would like to clear it up. I am currently using coconut oil, eating healthy and quit smoking ciggerettes.

    • ANSWER:
      After years of treating my psoriasis with prescription medications with little or no success, I decided to look for the alternative treatments. I came across SerenaSkin herbal remedies, their testimonials were promising, so I gave it a try. It turned to be the best treatment I've ever tried. Next day of applying ointment and spray I could feel the start of the healing, in a week my skin cleared up. I also took anti-psoriasis extract to keep the disease under control. More than a year later I'm free of psoriasis.

    Is there a generic alternative for clobetasol propionate?
    This is a steroid cream used to treat psoriasis.

    • ANSWER:
      you had psoriasis, just as I thought when I first saw your question. why do you need an alternative? clobetasol is a powerful steroid but you must discontinue after 2 weeks of continual application. clobetasol is a generic name, don't get yourself confused.

      other suggestions:

      for scalp:
      *nuetrogena/polytar tar shampoo
      *polytar tar soap

      good luck.

      JOMAR S.T. NDGM '96

    Does anybody know about the fish that supposedly eat hard skin?
    No-I didn't make this up!! Read about a pedicure treatment (also used to treat psoriasis) in which small fish are used who eat hard skin! Trying to find a way to overcome my foot phobia and get a really good pedicure at the same time and this could be a real 'in at the deep end' way to go about it. I live in London and would be grateful if anybody could tell me where I can find this treatment??
    ......didn't see it on Ugly Betty,but nice to know I didn't imagine the whole thing!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you can have it done in spas in Cyprus and Turkey.
      The fish is called a Garra Rufa and its from the carp family of fish.
      I can't find anywhere on the net who does it in this country I'm afraid.

    Is there any way to help treat psoriasis?
    How do I help treat this? I have it on my scalp and is on one of my eyebrows now and is so annoying and is red.

    • ANSWER:
      We have a product that was not originally for Psoriasis, but when brother(who has suffered from Psoriasis all his life) started taking this supplement for his ankle injury he noticed his Psoriasis cleared up. Now it did not only clear, but all his lesions went as well.
      He had/has Psoriasis on his scalp and elbows too.

      We then sent the supplement to a leading sports doctor in the US to try, and again the results were outstanding!
      Since then we now have around 6 people using the product on a trial bases and the results are amazing.
      One of these six has full body Psoriasis and she is not completely cleared, but the change after 2months has been unreal. She tells us it has changed her life.

      We are just about to introduce the Pure Deer Velvet supplement that is being used for Psoriasis so you will not see it on the site.

      Just send me an email and I can help you out.
      The site is . The supplement is a New Zealand pure Deer Velvet.

      We do not have much info on the site yet about Psoriasis as we are still working on it.

      Here is a link to a information book on New Zealand Deer Velvet. It was written ten years ago, but is still the go to information book industry wide.
      If you just search Psoriasis on the PDF you can have a read about it. The book is a really good read anyway if you are into natural supplements.

      So sorry to hear that you have Psoriasis, but there is help out there.



    i am suffering from psoriasis.can you suggest gud doctor and best medicine to treat psoriasis?
    which medicine siddha or allopathy?refer experienced doctor in chennai to treat psoriasis ?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, you can try one of the natural remedies available on the Internet – some of them do work. For my eczema I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and then they stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: Champori doesn’t need a prescription and comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.

    What effect does UVA have on plants?
    I am wondering the effects of UVA light on plants, Humans synthesize Vitamin D with UVB but UVB is also quite dangerous to DNA. UVA is useful to humans to treat psoriasis and eczema, but does it have any beneficial effect on plant life?

    my guess is that it has little or no effect, and possibly a damaging effect if any but still I am curious. If anyone knows more information on this subject please let me know.


    • ANSWER:
      I think you are correct about it having very little effect. Flowers use that frequency to attract bees. They are more visible in UV and the bees see patterns that help it find the nectar.

    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.

    How many people have been treated for psoriasis in the united states?
    See title.

    Preferrably the number of treated cases within 2005, but a total of any other year doesn't hurt either.

    • ANSWER:
      Try this website:

    what are some new options for treating psoriasis?
    I have SEVER psoriasis and literally have tried everything. Methotrexate, Dovonex, steroids, PUVA, I sleep w/ a humidifier and take oatmeal baths. Sometimes I use a tanning bed to get it under some control but it never goes away. I use TONS of lotions and baby oil. When we go on vacation in Jamaica, I am clearin about 2 days. When I get home...BAM got it even worse. What are some things that have helped you?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried herbs and prayer? For me prayer and sacred ash application helped. Cleared and if any slight recurrence comes, goes off easily in a couple of days. No meds for me.

    my dermitalogist said i have seborrheic dermatits but gave me a shampoo for psoriasis to treat it?
    Yea, should i use it? these two issues are VERY different and i do not have any symptoms of psoriasis. I have a few flakes on my scalp but nothing like psoriasis. but she gave me a shampoo to treat it for psoriasis, should i use it?
    the shampoo is called Clobex, please help me!

    • ANSWER:
      Give it a try, the main ingredient is Clobetasol propionate, and below is a study where researchers tested that ingredient on SD and found that it helps get rid of it in some people.

    How well can i treat psoriasis?Any shampoo to use?
    This is a condition which started about five years ago only to be diagnosed this year and to be told its psoriasis.Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Suggest Shaklee's all natural Optiflora. This advanced, two-product system uses new technology to protect beneficial microflora during the rigors of shipping, storage, and the acidic journey through your stomach. Other products claim live microflora at the time of manufacture. Shaklee guarantees the delivery of live microflora to your colon. Patented process.

      The two-product systems includes Probiotic (Bifidus & Acidophilus...microflora) + Prebiotic ( source for microflora).

      So many times what going on inside our bodies will manifest itself to the outside such as psoriasis. Healthy inside - healthy outside. Optiflora treats the cause not just the symptom.

      For more info or questions, feel free to contact me.

      Best Wishes

    What can I use to treat psoriasis?
    I need to know specific names of treatments for psoriasis. Creams, natural stuff, anything that works. I have 3 patches of severely itchy skin, red, that is driving me crazy cause it won't stop itching and itching makes it worse.

    • 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.

    From where can I have Sora Kare ointment?
    The web site of the manufacturer is under maintenance. Any online shop provide me the ointment for treating Psoriasis.

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      hi friend, i saw u want to buy items from China, i can suggest the biggest China online market, and also u can buy almost everything from there.

      search in, then place an order in, (taobao english), if any questions, u can leave us message in website, we will reply u ASAP.

    Have you had success with tea tree oil?
    I have read that tea tree oil is successful in treating psoriasis and eczema. Have any of you had success using this and can you use it on your face?

    • ANSWER:
      My sister has used it for psoriasis and it worked fairly well. Not 100% but it helped. I use it on my face for acne and it's completely safe just don't get it in your eye.

    How do I treat severe Psoriasis?
    My dad has Psoriasis all over his legs, arms, scalp and ears. It is even starting to go on his face.

    He has tried Coal Tar but it didn't work for him. Any ideas? His Psoriasis is getting really bad and is spreading.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. I suggest that your dad should look into natural remedies before subjecting himself to the steroidal and immunosuppressant drugs the official medicine today use for treating psoriasis. The side effects are worse than the disease itself. For me personally the herbal cream/spray combo from works the best; and I spent many years looking for something that is safe, effective and fast-working. Try it: it comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for your dad - it's free.

    Does anyone have advice on treating psoriasis?
    My husband has really bad psoriasis on his feet. He has been on steroids and everything to clear it up. I was wondering if anyone knew a safer more natural way to clear it up?

    BTW- The steroids did make it better, but just for a short time.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried Clobetasol? It is a 2 week on then off topical gel that works great for Psoriasis.

    What chinese medicine herbs treat psoriasis?
    I just saw an acupunturist/chinese medicine doctor to help my psoriasis after seeing 3 dermatologists. He gave me three immortals. I googled it and it supposedly helps menopausal symptoms and not psoriasis. I have put in a call to him about these herbs, but I think he made a mistake.

    Can someone tell me which herbs do help treat it? Which brands etc. sell it?
    To the person who answered below, the CMD I saw said I had a liver issue and hot blood.

    • ANSWER:
      Chinese medicine addresses the pattern of imbalance in a person. The manifestations of any one pattern of disharmony can manifest in many ways depending on the constitution of a person. Also, there can be many patterns of disharmony responsible for any given ailment. Of 10 patients with psoriasis, each may have a very different treatment protocol.

      The primary indications of the formulas used (I presume you were given a bottle of patent herbs in pill form) can sometimes be misleading. You are taking a variation of Er Xian Tang which is used to tonify Kidney energy which is often depleted in menopausal women, but can also present in younger people, again depending on your particular constitution. You may have back ache, menstrual issues, irritability or insomnia, frequent urine etc.

      So, to answer your question, without having completed a fairly comprehensive intake (by western standards), nobody can give you an effective herbal recommendation. There is no "magic bullet", and herbs that worked for one person may not work for another with a different presenting pattern.

      I urge you to continue with the prescribed treatment for a few weeks and see what happens. I presume the TCMD you saw was well qualified, and if not, I would find one that is. Chinese medicine really shines where these sorts of obscure, poorly understood conditions are concerned. Good luck!

      Further to your reply above:

      This formula you're on will nourish and cool LIver blood in addition to strengthening the Kidneys (Kidneys are the "root" and are very closely related to Liver). It was likely chosen based on the sum of your presenting signs and symptoms. You see how the primary indications of a formula can be misleading. I hope you'll persevere. Are you getting acupuncture treatments? They would be very helpful to speed things along.

    What is the best product/remedy to get rid of psoriasis?
    My boyfriend has psoriasis on his scalp and elbows. it isn't that bad on his elbows but its maybe mild to moderate for his scalp- extremely flaky. what is the best product to use that you've tried and actually works?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. I suggest that your friend should look into natural remedies before subjecting herself to the steroidal and immunosuppressant drugs the official medicine today use for treating psoriasis. The side effects are worse than the disease itself. For me personally the natural remedies from works the best; and I spent many years looking for something that is safe, effective and fast-working. Try it: it comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for your friend - it's free.

    What are ways to replicate the sun to treat my psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis and I know that nothing I do treats it. The only thing that helps it go away is to be in the sun during summertime. Now that it is winter, and there's no sun exposure to my skin, what is a way I can get whatever the sun does to my skin to get rid of the psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      You're lucky. Nothing easy, helps my psoriasis. It goes away slightly with the sun, but that's about it.

      A doctor can prescribe UV treatment. I looked into doing this, though, and its a pop at least three times a week. Instead I use Talconex which is also expensive, but a dermatogist can give you a discount card so you get free with most insurance plans. Talconex has vitamin d in it that the sun helps produce in your body. You can also try a home UV light, but other things my work in the winter like creams or taking vitamin D which is produced by the sun.

    WITHOUT taking a pill, what is the best way to treat psoriasis??
    this question is for my 29 year old wife. we have heard that it is diff between men and women. as far as treatment goes.

    • ANSWER:
      First before I list the creams, etc., that she can use, has she tried a tanning bed? I have several friends, and their MD told them that artificial tanning would help and it has tremendously with the 5 people I know that have psoriasis. They go approximately 2-3 (and only 2-3 times per week) times per week for no longer than 15 minutes. I know you are probably thinking, oh great, now skin cancer, but tanning beds can be safe if done in moderation and used properly. It is when people go constantly every day, all the time for months and months at a time that it can be dangerous.

      Chemical medications to treat psoriasis include: These are creams:

      Corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are the most common treatment for psoriasis.

      Calcipotriene, which contains vitamin D3.

      Retinoids, including tazarotene and acitretin.

      Anthralin and tars. The use of anthralin and tars has decreased recently, replaced by other medications such as calcipotriene and tazarotene.

      Zinc pyrithione. Zinc pyrithione (for example, Derma-Cap) is a new product available without a prescription that comes in spray, soap, or solution form. It is used to treat small patches of psoriasis and symptoms, including itching, redness, flaking, and scaling of the skin. It is also used to treat psoriasis of the scalp. For some people, it appears to eliminate scales and sores caused by psoriasis. Very few studies of zinc pyrithione have been completed.

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    what to do with pigmentation that occurred after treating psoriasis?
    psoriasis has been treated and after that i have been left with white and dark said its hyper and hypo pigmentation that normally occurs.any faster cures for this?

    • ANSWER:
      You can try bleaching creams for the hyperpigmented area. For the hypo, it will naturally get its color through sun exposure ( but not much ).Hope this helps :) God bless!

    What are some natural ways to get rid of psoriasis?
    I want to get rid of my psoriasis, but I find no synthetic medicines work.

    • ANSWER:
      After years of treating my psoriasis with prescription medications with little or no success, I decided to look for the alternative treatments. I came across SerenaSkin herbal remedies, their testimonials were promising, so I gave it a try. It turned to be the best treatment I've ever tried. Next day of applying ointment and spray I could feel the start of the healing, in a week my skin cleared up. I also took anti-psoriasis extract to keep the disease under control. More than a year later I'm free of psoriasis.

    What are some ways to help treat Psoriosis?
    without medication...? any ideas or tips? a friend of mine has it real bad and he wants to treat it but cant afford meds right now.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. I suggest that your friend should look into natural remedies before subjecting herself to the steroidal and immunosuppressant drugs the official medicine today use for treating psoriasis. The side effects are worse than the disease itself. For me personally the herbal cream/spray combo from works the best; and I spent many years looking for something that is safe, effective and fast-working. Try it: it comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for your friend - it's free.

    Do you have any Medical Conditions you do not Treat Medically? If you feel like sharing?
    * What medical conditions I have that I do not treat are:
    - Psoriasis from head to toe.
    - Depression
    - A.D.H.D.

    • ANSWER:
      -Patello-femoral syndrome (but I'm growing out of it, the treatment would probably just be anti-inflammatories anyways)
      -Flexural eczema (which is now gone, but I did treat it myself for a year or two)
      -Anxiety (and possibly depression, although I think that's more of just a teenage thing rather than something medically wrong)

      Nothing serious, haha.

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