Psoriasis Of The Skin

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How can you avoid a worse case of psoriasis?
    For those who don't know what it is, psoriasis is a skin condition where your skin gets dry and flaky, you develop red patches, and it gets really itchy. My Dad has it really bad. It's common in our family, and now my elbows are dry and itchy. I put lubriderm on it, but is there a way to avoid it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, Daniel!

      As researches show, it's normal to have psoriasis if you have cases in your close relatives, due by genetical predispositions.

      Well, as you might know, there isn't a cure for psoriasis yet, but the best way to avoid a worse case of psoriasis is to have a healthy skin and a healthy body, in general. A lot of researches say this, because Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease: your own body atacking itself. So, if you mantain your body with a perfect (or nearly perfect) health, your Psoriasis will not advance to a higher level.

      So, if I can help you a little with my knowledge of some months researching about this disease, I recommend you to take a good moisturizing cream for you skin and use it correctly. There are a lot of different psoriasis creams on the web (my site talks about one that I think it's great, by its natural ingredients), but you can also try for other general creams, if you see they help your skin to stay away from Psoriasis.

      Diet is very, very important here to, as you will never be able to be healthy if you don't eat correctly. I recommend a great blog about Tommy's case, where he is curing himself only by its diet. You can see my site and Tommy's blog on the source of this question.

      So, resuming, it's this: maintain a healthy skin and body, and your Psoriasis will not evolve.

      Keep going and never give up, Daniel! I hope I have helped you a little with this answer. :)

  2. 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.

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      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

  3. QUESTION:
    Should I get the Health Savings Account Insurance through my new company?
    I recently got a new job and one of the choices is this HSA Insurance. I have psoriasis, a skin condition that I do light therapy for and these visits for the light therapy can range from 25-50 a year. With regular insurance, the co pay ranges from 25-40 for one of these visits but with the HSA it would be 10% of the cost which would be less than 10 dollars. However, the deductible is higher, but I do not understand how this works. Once I pay my deductible, for how long do I get therapy for a condition without having to pay it again...what do you think, is it worth it for me to go with the HSA?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not quite tracking with your question. It is possible you are being offered some kind of package deal that includes a H.S.A. (Health Savings Account). And we know nothing of the rest of this package.

      The company that I worked for offered traditional health insurance, but then decide to change. They still offered the traditional health insurance, but also offered a HIGH DEDUCTIBLE health insurance. And if we got the High Deductible Health Insurance, we also got a Heath Savings Account.

      The nice thing about the high deductible insurance was that it was cheaper. I do not remember the exact amount, but it was maybe 0 cheaper.

      But rather than pocket the savings, I had an automatic withdrawal from my paycheck set up so that 0 was deposited in my H.S.A. each month.

      The money I put into the H.S.A. each month accumulated until I had a few thousand dollars in there. I could use that money to pay for any medical care, etc. And I do not lose that money at the end of the year. It stays with me. After my job ended, I did move the money to another H.S.A. administrator.

      There was a nice tax advantage because the H.S.A. is pre-tax dollars.

  4. QUESTION:
    How do I get damaged skin back to normal?
    Almost a year ago, I went through a bad outbreak with my psoriasis and my skins red. How can I get it back to normal?

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  5. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment for Psoriasis disease?
    My neighbor is suffering from a serious psoriasis disease on her skin and head. The disease causes continuous itching, hair losss and dryness. It also transfer to all of the body and result in wounding her body. Different chemical treatments are ordered by a skin Doctor and that chemicals couldn't heal the disease even though she used it for more than six months. Any one who knows the solution for such disease may help us by giving answers.

    • ANSWER:
      I've experienced dozens of treatments. The best, safest skin creams for the face are dovonex and protopic. The best for scalp are clobetasol or tar shampoos (safe). Another great (safest) option is phototherapy, with this unit another patient I know has, called the dermapal. It is very effective and safe for spot treatment: http://www.phototherapystore.com/ Usually insurance covers all or most of the cost.

  6. QUESTION:
    Which is the latest and most effective ointment for servere psoriasis treatment?
    My friend has had guttate psoriasis, a severe skin condition since i met her, 5 years now and i read about 'The Skin Society' psoriasis cream and it has had quite positive feedback but i would like genuine answers from people who have had the condition and used the cream? thanksss

    • ANSWER:
      im using dovobet oitment at the minute with sunbed sessions and mine has just about cleared up,i have also been prescribed cocois for my scalp,which has totally cleared it,i have suffered with it for years and nothing has ever cleared my scalp,but this stuff has worked,a few months back my legs, back,tummy ,and arms were covered,now for the first time in years im not covered in whiteflakes and limited to what i will wear.I think different stuff works for different people,its just finding the thing that suits you,as i say,its taken me years to find the stuff that works for me,good luck My bestfriend had the similar trouble like you. His doctor commend Dermasis. He tried it and the result is spectacular. Dermasis is not a problem at all. You can learn more about Dermasis here: http://doiop.com/1dermasis

  7. QUESTION:
    How can I lose my virginity without feeling embarrassed?
    I want to lose my virginity but I dont want to take off my clothes because I'm embarrassed of my psoriasis on my legs. Psoriasis is a skin disorder. Look it up for more information. I wanna have sex really bad. How can I do it without him seeing or feeling it on my legs?

    • ANSWER:
      i feel kinda the same way. i dont have psoriasis but i was born with dry skin, and even though i lotion it every day it will never look as pretty or be as smooth as other people. i suggest getting some good psoriasis cream, lotionig everyday, and coconut oil btw is great for bad/irritated skin.
      and maybe you can dim the lights if you want to have sex? and maybe he wont even mind

  8. QUESTION:
    Has anyone healed psoriasis with the serena skin products?
    I wish to know some real testimonials of those who have tried out the serena skin natural remedies package? I have tried all sorts of creams and steroids but nothing ever helps. Now I'm waiting for my serena skin order to arrive. How did it work for you?

    • ANSWER:
      I used them on my scalp psoriasis and inside my ears. The improvement was truly miraculous. The scaling had gone. I used to have to remove loads of mucky stuff from my ears, I have not had to do this anymore. I shall never be without these remedies.

  9. QUESTION:
    How long should you leave psoriasis foam on your scalp before you can wash your hair?
    I have psoriasis on my scalp which tends to be worse in the winter and is also triggered by stress. The foam works great on my scalp but makes my hair feel gross when the foam dries. How long after applying the foam is it okay for me to wash my hair without washing off the foam too?
    Or should you wash and dry your hair before putting the foam on?

    • ANSWER:
      I assume you are talking about Olux foam. And since you are female, have much longer hair than I do. I have found it works best on a freshly washed scalp and if you can tolerate it, left on over night. I wear a stocking cap to bed when I have to do that so it doesn't get on my pillows. I know it's a pain but..... At the least it takes a good 10-15 mins to soak in to your skin effectively.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do get rid of blackheads deep under your skin?
    I have blackheads DEEP under my skin on my nose. I have tried everything to get them out. I have tried picking them out with a needle, didn't work. Their too deep for a needle. I am wiling to try or buy anything. Please tell what I can do to get them out. Remember, they are super DEEP!

    • 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.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is All Curly Hair Treatable with Straighteners?
    Every woman from my mothers side of the family has curly hair. I have always had a male haircut because of a severe form of scalp psoriasis (scaly skin disorder) on my scalp. However the psoriasis has recently cleared extremely and doctor says my hair should grow normally. But I don't want it curly?

    Thank you.

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  12. QUESTION:
    What is the best body wash for sensitive skin?
    I have really sensitive skin and im using irish spring body wash which is causing me to itch a lot. I had to switch detergants as well. I read that dove and aveeno have good body washes for sensitive skin. What is a good body wash for sensiitive skin?

    • ANSWER:
      Anything aveeno or gold bond. I have psoriasis and I love the stuff. Wouldn't use anything else. Stay away from body washes with fragrances and alcohol

  13. QUESTION:
    What kind of foundation do you recommend for people with psoriasis?
    Every foundation I've tried irritates my skin like you wouldn't believe. I become real itchy all over my head and face, and my face begins to tighten.

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest trying out Eshiko from Eshiko.com

      its a translucent silica crystals and its really the best face powder Ive ever tried. It makes your pores invisible and skin smooth and radiant. You know once you brush it on your skin it, it instantly glows and blurs out light leading to an illusion of flawless and perfect skin.

      I have tried almost every powder that you can try.... I think Eshiko is the best, its better than MUFE HD 100x

      its a japanese nanotechnology face powder so its a little bit expensive. But you can get it for free, they have 60 day money back and all you have to say is that your not happy with the product and they will refund you full purchase. So i suggest buy then after 30 or so days, tell them you want a refund.

      hope it helps!

  14. QUESTION:
    How to make my skin acne clear and blemish free?
    My skin some times can become a little bit dry but not often because i treat it. But i need help to make my skin acne clear and blemish free i sometimes have little spots now and then and i want it gone. Any products?

    • ANSWER:
      I used home remedies with my acne. I started taking zinc for my acne. Here are some tips that might be helpful:
      1) Tea Tree Oil
      2) Lemon juice
      3) Apple cider vinegar
      4) Bamboo extract or Sarna lotion – good for rosacea, psoriasis, eczema
      5) Bio Oil or BB cream for dark spots or scars
      6) Toothpaste is very effective for acne leave on face for about 20 to 30 minutes then wash.

      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 seven best 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, occasional breakouts.
      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.

      Retinoids
      Nightly to prevent breakouts.
      How they work: Retinoids, 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 retinoids 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: Retinoids have been shown to increase collagen production and plump fine lines, making them a good choice if you’re dealing with acne and wrinkles.

      Blue-Light Therapy
      If you want the latest preventive treatment—and don’t mind plunking down some cash for it.
      How it works: Once or twice a week, you use a handheld device to aim a beam of blue light onto your skin. “Its wavelength hits and kills acne-causing bacteria,” so any brewing pimples never come to the surface.This method will not address existing blemishes. Doctors typically suggest combining blue-light therapy with other remedies, such as topical treatments. To make things easy, consider a blue-light device that comes in a kit. At-home devices are smart alternatives to multiple costly treatments at a doctor’s office.

      Oral Antibiotics
      If you experience painful bumps below the skin surface and your pimples leave lasting marks. “Oral antibiotics act from the inside to kill the bacteria that cause acne,” says Keri. They also reduce the inflammation associated with pimples, so deep-seated blemishes hurt less and leave fewer scars.

      Doctors usually prescribe them to get a severe condition under control and may then switch to topical treatments. Some antibiotics must be taken on an empty stomach, so read the label carefully.
      http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/skincare/face/ways-to-treat-acne-00000000038296/page9.html

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I fix my dry skin when moisturizers don't work?
    My skin has been really, really dry lately. And I've tried two different moisturizers but neither of them are helping much, and I think one of them might be making it worse. Is there any thing I can do to fix my dry skin?
    My skin is sensitive and I've been using a moisturizer from MaryKay called Velocity and then one from Neutrogena that's an oil-free moisturizer with SPF 35 in it.

    • ANSWER:
      Can you give us more information about yourself and your skin? If your skin is not staying moisturized it may be a complaint that needs treatment rather than putting more moisturizer on it.

      Do you work with cleaners/chemicals or anything that could be damaging the natural oils in your skin? Is the dry skin in a specific area or do you have patches in different areas.? Any family history of skin problems. Have you tried different moisturizers and not just the nice smelling ones? This isn't a comprehensive list of questions, so try to think of anything that could be a mitigating factor.

      I suffer from psoriasis which means I suffer from an array of symptoms from just dry skin up to thick calluses on my knuckles and knees. Always seek medical advice for something that doesn't sort itself out after a reasonable period of time. It's amazing how easy it is to turn something trivial into something chronic by not dealing with it early.

      Next:

      - Always use a good moisturiser. You can put your pretty perfume ones on over the top, but the first one on your skin has to do the job properly. A lot of moisturizers out there are just greases or glycerins that make you smooth and shiny, but don't really assist the skin in a way that benefits you. Do your research and buy a medically beneficial moisturizer. It will probably be cheaper than what you are using now too.

      - Consider Bio-Oil or any products based on PurCellin oil. I use these regularly and I have to say that they penetrate deeper into the skin than any other product I use, AND their effect lasts longer than my other products too. It soaks right through my dry skin and even with my skin condition I can go a couple of days without having to moisturize again.

      - Experiment. I remember a couple of years ago my girlfriend started to get a bit spotty and she rushed to try different remedies, and new soaps, gels, and make-ups, but nothing seemed to help. Eventually I managed to convince her to just stop using anything, and I took her to the supermarket and bought her all new toiletries, but I only bought her the neutral ph, simple, unperfumed, mild, and gentle alternatives. Her skin slowly improved.

      We can be too aggressive with our skin sometimes and forget that it doesn't just hold our organs in, but it is an organ itself. Washing too often, or with the wrong things, or too harshly will damage it, and that damage will accumulate. Sometimes you just need to give it a break and give it time to heal. If you do that and it doesn't recover itself, then that is the time to start slowly bringing your lotions back in to play, but use them sparingly and see what real difference they make, compare them, find what works, and how they work, and come up with a simple, efficient skin care regime you can stick to.

      Good luck.

  16. 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)

  17. QUESTION:
    Why do little patches of my skin turn red and itchy in the winter?
    I swim 3x a week. In the summer, my skin is fine but in the winter i get little patches of red, dry, sometimes itchy skin. What causes this and what are some natural remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a dermatitis like eczema or psoriasis. Only a doctor after proper examination and maybe a biopsy if needed can diagnose and give you proper treatment.

      We can't help and we can't suggest anything because we don't know what it is exactly. The wrong home remedy or treatment can cause more serious problems, so go and see a dermatologist.

  18. QUESTION:
    What kind of skin condition does this sound like to you?
    Pink blotches on skin. Skin that hurts and later forms a bump on skin. Painful pink areas of skin. Is it contagious and can it be passed on?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like eczema or psoriasis

  19. 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.

  20. QUESTION:
    What should you use to heal skin after wearing a cast for 6 weeks?
    I broke my leg which required surgery and got the cast off on Monday but the skin on my foot is very swollen and horrible. I need to soften up the skin before I can do my exercises. Little bit worried about using perfumed products on broken skin. I've been soaking it in olive oil and warm water which is ok but any other suggestions??

    • ANSWER:
      Using tepid water along with a moisturizing body wash , along with copious amounts of lotion and vitamin "E" will help if the body wash burns discontinue use at once , tepid water will not pull as many of the oils from your skin as hot water will .I have found there are a couple products that work well but need applied through out the day , Nivia face cream works as does the walmart brand of coco butter (brown pump bottle ) there is also a product called dermarest for psoriasis I get very dry skin in winter and have found tepid showers , coco lotion after the shower and through out the day along with dermarest applied on the hands(where it is the worst for me) works well for a body wash I use st ives ,whipped silk and run a humidifier as well helps a great deal , Also drink a bit more water as this will help too..
      Aprox total cost for above
      dermarest
      coco butter lotion (large bottle)
      st,Ives whipped silk
      If you want the nivia face cream in tub ... a bit expensive at bucks I
      think works well as well .
      And a humidifier if you chose prices range from 20 -100 bucks and more ...

  21. QUESTION:
    How does going to the tanning bed help psoriasis?
    I have had psoriasis since I was 9. I'm 27 now. No medicines help. No creams or topical prescriptions help. It never goes away, but my dermotologist suggested going to the tanning bed. Just wondered if anyone knew "why" this helps or "how" it helps psoriasis.

    • ANSWER:
      Sunlight is a major source of Vitamin D production in our bodies. Skin problems are often caused by diminished production of Vitamin D in the body. Therefore, catching rays (in moderation) promotes Vitamin D production and may lessen skin symptoms. I have lifelong eczema; nothing else worked for me, either. I finally moved to a warm climate...it's not completely cured, but the regular sunshine has greatly improved the condition and my life overall.

  22. QUESTION:
    The skin on my nose and forehead is really dry?
    Because I have irish skin in me(thanks grandad -_-) it means every lil exposure to sun causes my skin on my nose and forehead to go really dry and flaky, but if I but cream on it makes my skin oily which gives me spots, Is their any natural homemade fairly cheapish remedies I can use to treat dry skin but is not oily? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      •There are different causes of dry skin; it may be any number or combination of the following:
      •Wind / Rain in cold winter conditions can dramatically dry the skin as well as overexposure to the sun.
      •Central heating creates low humidity within the home, drying the skin.
      •Dietary insufficiencies can cause the skin to dry through lack of nutrients.
      • Cosmetic products and some soap can often dry the skin.
      •Illnesses such as diabetes, under active thyroid.
      • Some Drug / Medication use such as antihistamines can cause dry skin.
      • Low sebum (oil layer) production means the skin has less protection.
      •Other skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis
      Due to these reasons my skin on nose and forehead is dry?
      If use oily creams then i have some get rid of dryness at my face? Thanx

  23. QUESTION:
    What beauty product can you suggest that would help my skin get moisturized and youthful?
    I live in a tropical country wherein people get sweaty in no time. It's an essential for me to use moisturizer because my skin's dry, the problem is it's too hot in here and whenever I apply one, it would just mix in with sweat in my face. That's how hot it is here, please help, I know there are still good citizens in here.

    • ANSWER:
      The FDA-approved active ingredient in Dermasis Psoriasis Cream works to help control your skin symptoms in a smooth, non-greasy formula that absorbs quickly-and will not stain your clothes or skin.

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      ■Made Of Natural Ingredients
      Advised Product Usage:

      We suggest using Demarsis Cream for a minimum of 4 months. This will help your skin to heal naturally.

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  24. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for psoriasis to kill someone?
    If someone has been diagnosed with psoriasis (any type), how long left do they have left to live? Is psoriasis mainly known for taking lives?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis cannot kill you, its a skin condition that speeds up the growth of skin cells causing red, flaky plaque in certain areas of the skin. Its treatable and cant kill you!

  25. QUESTION:
    Has anyone with Psoriasis gotten rid of it or know some really good treatments?
    Have you used any natural remedies to heal your skin permanently or do you know of some great treatments? The safer, the better. no injections or fake sun treatments please.

    • ANSWER:
      Fluir Herbals. That lady makes a comfrey cream that is really good. It helped my daughter when the doctors could not.

  26. QUESTION:
    How can I have less oily skin and less acne?
    I've had very oily skin for a long time. I wear makeup and even when I don't, after washing I will be shiny within 10 minutes. I'm also extremely oily/shiny when I wake up. I've also had issues with acne and haven't found anything that works for me, so I have bad redness and scars from that also. I'm too insecure to not wear makeup around anyone and I really would like to improve my skin and be more comfortable.

    It just seems unhealthy and I really want healthy, good looking skin. I drink lots of water already and eat lots of veggies. Does anyone have any worthy products, vitamins, or successful remedies they would recommend?

    • ANSWER:
      I used home remedies with my acne. I started taking zinc for my acne and I have no more acne. Here are other tips that might be helpful:
      1) Tea Tree Oil
      2) Lemon juice
      3) Apple cider vinegar
      4) Bamboo extract or Sarna lotion – good for rosacea, psoriasis, eczema
      5) Bio Oil or BB cream for dark spots or scars
      6) Toothpaste is very effective for acne leave on face for about 20 to 30 minutes then wash.

      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 seven best 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.

      Blue-Light Therapy
      If you want the latest preventive treatment—and don’t mind plunking down some cash for it.
      How it works: Once or twice a week, you use a handheld device to aim a beam of blue light onto your skin. “It’s wavelength hits and kills acne-causing bacteria,” so any brewing pimples never come to the surface. This method will not address existing blemishes. Doctors typically suggest combining blue-light therapy with other remedies, such as topical treatments. To make things easy, consider a blue-light device that comes in a kit. At-home devices are smart alternatives to multiple costly treatments at a doctor’s office.

      Oral Antibiotics
      If you experience painful bumps below the skin surface and your pimples leave lasting marks. “Oral antibiotics act from the inside to kill the bacteria that cause acne,” says Keri. They also reduce the inflammation associated with pimples, so deep-seated blemishes hurt less and leave fewer scars.

      Doctors usually prescribe them to get a severe condition under control and may then switch to topical treatments. Some antibiotics must be taken on an empty stomach, so read the label carefully.
      http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/skincare/face/ways-to-treat-acne-00000000038296/page9.html

  27. QUESTION:
    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

  28. 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,

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. QUESTION:
    I have had really sensitive, raw, scaly skin on my face since I was 16 and now I am 29. Who can help me?
    Dermatologists seemed to dismiss it as rosacea but would ignore the scaly psoriasis like skin. I need a recommendation.

    • ANSWER:
      First remedy: Be very gentle with your skin now. It's been sensitive and therefore fragile, and so you need to give your skin a chance to build back an effective barrier layer.
      1) Do NOT use warm/hot water to wash face. Use cool water
      2) Use only Alcohol-free toners. Preferably also Fragrance-free so as not to further irritate your sensitive skin
      3) Washing twice a day is enough. Not more, else skin get even more dehydrated and sensitive, which could then lead to further breakout!
      4) No facial scrubs either, till your skin is strengthened again
      5) Use a protective moisturiser daily and nightly. Choose ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, PCA, Allantoin, Vitamin E...
      6) Try Brands like AVENE, CLINELLE, CLINIQUE, SIMPLE, A-Derma, La Roche-Posay, Bioderma

      Why are these brands good? Cos' they are tailored for very sensitive skins - like MINE :))

      Hope above tips help... and Good Luck!

  32. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies for psoriasis?
    I have had psoriasis since i have been a small child 4 or 5 yrs old. I am now 32. I feel like I have tried everything, but nothing seems to work. A few things seem to work for a while then it becomes ineffective. I have tied all kinds of prescriptions as well as home remedies. Any ideas would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      SerenaSkin psoriasis remedies cleared my skin and keep it clean months later. I used ointment and spray topically, and extract-internally, which balances the immune system, so to prevent breakouts.

  33. QUESTION:
    How to reduce dry skin on your body?
    How can i reduce my dry skin? I use a special soap and lotion every day and even have been to the dermotoligist, but nothing helps. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Ok, so you need to go to SwedishSkinCare.com and order the product called Prosanol, it is in a pump spray bottle. It is the solution to dry skin ... its not your everyday lotion or anything like that, I know that people with psoriasis and even burn victims use this product to improve their skin. It works so perfectly for dry, flaky, and chronic dry skin. This is the only moisturizer I use.

  34. 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!

  35. QUESTION:
    How do I know if my psoriasis is subsiding?
    For starters, my skin was fiery red a couple weeks ago. Now it's pink.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis will never go away. Trust me I have it. A friend of mine has it all over his body. Key factors to flare ups are stress, humidity and sometimes food you eat. Mine just comes and goes. Yes it is subsiding but will never fully go away. It won't always be pink either. It will look like regular skin when you have it under control. I use hydrocortisone cream and i have to put it on at least every other day to keep it from flaring up. I use regular over the counter because medications have sterioids. My daughter is lucky she got it young and will grow out of it. I on the other had didn't get it until I was an adult. As long as you keep up with it you should be ok.

  36. QUESTION:
    What skin care products are excellent for very dry, scratchy skin?
    I have tried a host of lotions, bath soaps, and creams but have yet to find anything that really works for me. I find that in the winter (of course) my skin is very dry and becomes itchy - what can I do to help alleviate this? Is there a product I should be using or a regimen I could follow that might help?

    Thanks for your advice!

    • ANSWER:
      For face Roc is really good, its made for people with excema or psoriasis, so cleanser, toner and face cream each morning or night, You may also want to get an emoillent face scrub to use a few times a week
      -also get a humidifer in your bedroom-not sure if you live in a cold climate like I do but that really helps bc the furnace drys your skin out like crazy and then going in the cold weather doesnt help
      -for body, I like dove cream to oil body wash and using a glove exfoliater helps get rid of the dead skin so the lotions can do their job, i find that putting Baby Oil Gel or just baby oil on while im almost finshed my shower works and/or then a body cream with lactic acid in it
      -change the detergent that you use to wash your clothes to something really gentle like Ivory, Tide is the worst especially for bath towels, bc there is still traces of it on the towel and when you dry yourself off after a shower your body heat almost reactivates it and it leaves a film on your skin

  37. QUESTION:
    If you have Psoriasis, how do you deal with it? What treatments have worked for you?
    I have psoriasis and would like to know of various ways to deal with it as far as medication and treatment are concerned.
    Thanks in adavnce.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many different treatments available to help control psoriasis, but no single treatment works for everyone. Usually a trial-and-error approach is taken to find the most appropriate one.

      You have 3 basic types of treatments:

      1.Topical treatment (applied directly to the skin)
      2.Phototherapy (skin is exposed to ultraviolet light)
      3.Systemic treatment (drugs or medications taken orally or by injection)

      There is also a great number of alternative psoriasis treatments that include everything from acupuncture to fasting.

      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.

      Best Wishes

  38. QUESTION:
    How do I promote more oil production on skin?
    My skin is really dry and has little to no oil. How can I promote more oil production? I've heard taking fish oil can help, anything else?

    • ANSWER:
      Taking fish oil can hydrate the skin, it cannot promote more oil production. Taking testosterone injection can make you more oily. I used to be super oily and acne all over. I am glad I am dry now! Never again oily skin! Never again!

      In short, the loss of lipids that sticks the skin cells together leads to water evaporation, which makes you dry, tight, dull, painful, itchy, flaky or a combination of these symptoms. In healthy skin, the adequate amount of lipids serves as a hydrophobic barrier to ensure water retention.

      There is a unique composition of lipids to keep skin healthy: 50% ceramides, 25% cholesterol, and 15% free fatty acids. Sebaceous glands also produce a variety of oils that coat the skin to prevent it from becoming dry; they are: 41% triglyceride, 25% wax monoesters, 16% free fatty acids, and 12% squalene.

      EXTERNAL FACTORS ARE USUALLY THE CULPRITS:
      1)Low temperature and low humidity (winter) OR high temperature and low humidity (desert-area) weather
      2)Harsh detergents in cleansers, shampoo, dishwashing soap, ectcera
      3)Excessive/harsh scrubbing
      4)Acetone and alcohol in nail polish and skin care products
      5)Very hot or cold water bath or shower
      6)Chlorinated pool
      7)Frequent showers/bathing
      8)Central heating and air conditioning
      9)Malnutrition

      To TREAT and CONTROL dry skin:
      1)Replenish the skin’s protective barrier with a well-formulated moisturizer that includes a variety of humectants to draw water into the skin and lipids to seal the moisture in. It is best to apply moisturizer right after a bath or shower when your skin is moist. You should take a shower after swimming to wash off the chlorine and then apply moisturizer.
      2)If you are dry and flaky, then you can use a moisturizer with an hydroxy acid exfoliant such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acid.
      3)Use gentle cleansers with mild detergents and moisturizers and no fragrance twice a day.
      4)Avoid physical exfoliation with scrubs or loofahs.
      5)Use a humidifier to increase the vapor level in the atmosphere during low humidity seasons.
      6)Take short (e.g. 10-15 minutes) and warm showers or baths to maintain skin barrier’s integrity.
      7)Wear tightly woven clothing or use thicker blanket during low temperature seasons.
      8)Consume a balance diet high in antioxidants (e.g., fruits and vegetables) and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids (e.g., fish oils, flaxseed, or evening primrose oil).

      To PREVENT dry skin, it is imperative that you cautiously avoid the listed external factors. The provided tips should instantly ameliorate dry skin. Otherwise, if your condition does not improve within a few weeks, then it may be a more serious condition.

      If you have any of the medical or hereditary skin condition that is associated with dry skin, then you should consult with a board-certified dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment protocol. These illnesses include atopic dermatitis (eczema), diabetes, ichthyosis, psoriasis, hypothyroidism, and malnutrition. You can do your own preliminary research on these skin conditions online or speak with a local pharmacist.

      If you want product recommendations, then you can email me.

  39. 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.

  40. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of psoriasis?
    I've had psoriasis for like 6 years on my knees and elbows. Nothing I've used has worked. Even the steroid creme my doctor suggested. I heard about this book where you change ur diet and it cures it. If you've read it, please give me feedback.

    • ANSWER:
      The main cause of psoriasis is overreaction of the immune system. Identifying certain foods, chemicals, etc can be very helpful in battling this disease. I try to avoid soy and sea food which trigger my flare-ups.
      After using number of prescription drugs I've turned to the natural treatments.
      Now I use herbal remedies from serenaskin.com, which aims at the root of the disease - the immune system. This treatment controls my psoriasis very well.
      After about 3 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.
      I'm very pleased with the results

  41. 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

  42. QUESTION:
    What causes dry skin on forehead and eyebrows?
    I'm a 21 year old guy, i shower and wash my face daily but for some reason i have really dry flaky skin between my eyebrows and under them. What could be causing this and how do i fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      Most common causes are dandruff and psoriasis. Both could be managed over the counter with tar, clotrimazole or hydrocortisone. If not enough see the doc for Rx strength medication.

  43. QUESTION:
    what is the best way to control or minimize nail psoriasis?
    I have nail psoriasis on 2 of my fingernails ..it seems to be getting worse...what can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment. Prescribed treatment depends on a patient's medical history and current condition, age, gender and the severity of the psoriasis. Generally, psoriasis treatment begins with options that cause the least amount of collateral damage, progressing toward more toxic treatment as necessitated by the severity of the psoriasis. The most commonly prescribed treatments are listed here in order of increasing potency and risk to health.

      * Topical variety. The mildest form of treatments, topical remedies for psoriasis include corticosteroids (commonly applied twice daily), coal tar, anthralin, retinoid creams and moisturizers. Moisturizers soothe dry, cracking and itchy skin. In addition to these functions, the medicated ointments also aim to reduce the acceleration of the skin cell cycle. These ointments are not without their potential side effects, however. Extended use of corticosteroids, for example, can lead to thinning and/or discoloration of skin.
      * UV therapy and photochemotherapy. The power of sunlight to fight psoriasis has been recognized for over a century. However, excessive exposure can lead to outbreaks of psoriasis, not to mention more serious health concerns like melanoma. Doctors often suggest that patients increase their exposure to natural UV (within safe limits, of course), and also prescribe artificial UV treatment focusing on the specific affected areas. Doctors not only prescribe UV treatment to some patients, but also prescribe it in tandem with oral drugs to create a synergistic effect. The result of photochemotherapy is the decreased production of skin cells in the skin experiencing the outbreak of psoriasis. However, since these treatments ultimately can lead to the development of skin cancers, they are generally recommended only for more serious cases of psoriasis or after other, less severe treatment options have been exhausted.
      * Pills or injections. When less toxic treatment options do not yield results fighting psoriasis, doctors turn to various other medications to combat the psoriasis. Some, like retinoids, have a history of fighting skin disorders due to their ability to curb the production of skin cells. Immunosuppressant drugs are often used to combat psoriasis because of their ability to inhibit the immune system's mistaken attack on healthy skin cells. Doctors sometimes even rely on drugs whose historical use hasn't been dermatological, but whose application to psoriasis has been successful when other treatments have failed. However, these treatments are the final choice for a reason - toxicity. Blood and liver tests become routine when you rely on these medications.

  44. QUESTION:
    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.

  45. QUESTION:
    What are dry itchy patches of skin on arms and face caused by?
    Where do these patches of red dry skin come from and what can help cure them or relieve the itch?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like a regular case of normal dry skin, nothing too serious. There are quiet some different causes for dry skin:

      For most people it is a seasonal, temporary problem. It happens mainly in winter. The temperatures and air humidity drop dramatically during this period, drying your skin or making an existing skin condition even worse

      Or the other way around if you live in the desert, the high temperatures and low air humidity can also do a trick on your skin. The sun dries out your skin, nothing new; we all know that heat takes the water from it. But the UV rays also damage your skin deep inside. This leads to wrinkles and loose, sagging skin

      Hot bath or shower. Too many hot baths or showers break down the protective lipid barrier in your skin. This barrier in your upper skin layer is meant to protect you from the sun, wind, hot and cold like the brick walls protect your house

      Frequent swimming in chlorinated pools. The chloride does exactly the same to your skin as taking too many hot showers; it breaks down the lipid barrier of your skin leaving it open to the elements

      Air conditioning, fire places & central heating. These usually very convenient appliances also dry out your skin by reducing the humidity level in your house or office

      Harsh soaps and detergents. A lot of our modern day pretty harsh soaps and detergents do a good job at cleaning everything we want. But a nasty side effect is that they also break down the lipid barrier and dehydrate your skin. Deodorants, shampoos and anti bacterial soaps are the greatest culprits

      Insufficient nutrition. When you don't get enough vitamin A, B and / or E your skin will also dry out even quicker. Generally when your diet is not in balance it will show itself also in your skin

      One of the drawbacks of getting older is, as we all probably know, that the skin gets thinner, starts to wrinkle and get dryer

      Diseases like psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, seborrhea or thyroid disorders also cause very dry skin

      Finally genetics also plays a part in getting dry skin; you can inherit the sensitivity for it from your parents. And also fair skinned people are more likely to have dry skin, especially when they get older

      There are many remedies you can use to get rid of dry skin and those itchy red patches, check: http://www.natural-homeremedies-for-life.com/home-remedies-for-dry-skin.html

  46. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of this weird flaky skin around my eye lids and nose.?
    I have weird flaky skin around my eye lids and nose, it's been like that for a while now. I've tried putting moisturizers on it but it just goes red and becomes flaky again later. It doesn't itch or hurt in anyway, is there anyway to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you have a skin condition. Possibly psoriasis or eczema, which both cause flaking and redness. You should probably book a visit to a dermatologist, who can tell you exactly what's going on! They will most likely prescribe some creams to help. Also, try hydrocortisone creams.

  47. 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.


psoriasis of the skin

Head Psoriasis Pictures

The orthodontist will ask you questions about your health, conduct a clinical exam, gather impressions of your teeth, take photos of your face and teeth, and order X-rays of your mouth and head. An appropriate treatment plan is made based on analysis of the gathered information.
In some cases, a removable retainer will be all that's necessary. In other rare cases (especially when there is an extreme overbite or underbite), surgery may be necessary. In most cases, however, braces will be needed.

The orthodontist will ask you questions about your health, conduct a clinical exam, gather impressions of your teeth, take photos of your face and teeth, and order X-rays of your mouth and head. An appropriate treatment plan is made based on analysis of the gathered information.
In some cases, a removable retainer will be all that's necessary. In other rare cases (especially when there is an extreme overbite or underbite), surgery may be necessary. In most cases, however, braces will be needed.

If braces are indeed the solution for you, your orthodontist will prescribe an appliance specific for your needs. The braces may consist of bands, wires, and other fixed or removable corrective appliances.

* Lingual-type brackets: These are brackets that attach to the back of teeth, hiding the bracket from view.
* Traditional bands: These are the generally outdated "full metal-mouth" look, which consists of the use of metal brackets soldered to metal bands that wrap around each tooth.

Newer "mini-braces," which are much smaller than traditional braces, may be an option for some. Your orthodontist will discuss the various types of available braces with you and determine which might be the best option for you.

# Orthodontic bands are stainless steel, clear or tooth-colored materials that are cemented with dental bonding agents or cement to teeth. They wrap around each tooth to provide an anchor for the brackets. The clear or tooth-colored bands are more cosmetically appealing options but are more expensive than stainless steel. They are not used in all patients. Some people have only brackets and no bands.

# Spacers are separators that fit between teeth to create a small space prior to placement of orthodontic bands.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of black heads?
    I have sensitive skin especially on my face because my eczema. And I have alot of black heads on my nose and a few on my chin/T-zone. I have a black head/white head extractor. How do I get them out because I tried to last week my nose got rid and I must have been doing it wrong. Please help!!

    • ANSWER:
      check out the products made by Salcura (only available from Britain)
      Salcura has the best products for eczema there is in my opinion, and their Acne treatment Salcura Antiac was rated the best acne product reviewed on a british tv show named "Embarrassing bodies"

      salcura dermaspray gentle is what we use on our child and it is 10 times more effective than anythinelse we tried. check out pictures and video link on expresschemist:co:uk showing the link to the embarrassing bodies tv segment on acne treatments, and there's pictures of people with eczema and psoriasis that were healed with the salcura dermasprays.

  2. QUESTION:
    can you give me some pictures of babies with psoriasis and rosacea?
    i have a friend that has a niece who have some red lump on her head.i don't know how you called it.usually they do operation to take it out from a babies skin.If you can help me with this.i just need some pictures of this kind of skin diseases.

    • ANSWER:
      it could be a hamangioma which is a sort of birth mark and can be removed however if it is psoriasis or rosacea removing it will not help at all best bet is to talk to doctor

  3. QUESTION:
    I just had a really bad itch on my head and i scratched until some skin came off and now im bleeding?
    I know it sounds gross but i felt an itch on my head and i scratched and i kind of felt like a scab and and it came off and now its bleeding! Its so gross but what could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      A scab would probably be brown and would only have formed over a wound. There are many things it could be. There is a scalp condition known as psoriasis where a flake of whitish skin can be scratched off to reveal a reddish colored patch of skin that will bleed slightly!! If you only have the one spot - go to the drug store and ask them to recommend a psoriasis shampoo. There are many products (over the counter) to choose from. If this does not help then get it checked out by your doctor just to be safe and sure. There are many websites on line that have pictures you can compare it with. Visit the National Psoriasis Foundation Website. Don't worry although some sites show some really bad cases of psoriasis most people never get it that bad and the ointments and creams that are available help us manage this disease very well. I like the Dermarest Products myself - they have a shampoo as well as a scalp treatment. There are many types of psoriasis. And it could be eczema or even just bad dandruff or even lice that could have been picked up from anywhere ( get a friend to check for you as it is very hard to check that for your self). If you can't figure it out go to the doctor and ask them to take a look. It would give you some peace of mind to know exactly what it was!! Good Luck!!

  4. QUESTION:
    Can i dye my hair if i have psoriasis?
    So i really wanna dye my hair brown but i have psoriasis. It's located at the lower back of my head (around where my neck is). Lately ive been using T-Gel to get rid of it and ive only been using it for about a week and it hasnt been as itchy or irritating as it was before. If i dye my hair, would it make my psoriasis worse or start irritating it even more?

    • ANSWER:
      i dye my hair alot and ive never notice it make my scalp psoriasis any worse.
      as you can see in my picture its pink, i dye it black alot and i had bright red hair last year, go ahead and dye it, just try not to rub it on your scalp so much
      heres my video about psoriasis, i dont if you have it anywhere else but if so, here u go :P

  5. 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

  6. QUESTION:
    do i have a skin condition of some kind?
    For a long time my face and ears have become very flushed at random no apparent reason, and always at the end of the day, and recently my face and neck have been itching constantly

    i'm not using any new facial products or washes and i don't have any other skin conditions, excluding occasional acne, but of course that's normal

    is this anything at all i should be concerned about or should i just wait it out?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have any other symptoms and how long has this been going on!! Can you trace it back t a specific time when something may have changed physically in your life such as pregnancy, menopause, new job, new house, Etc.?? Does it go away by itself every night??? Are you using any products to try to help it?? You say that it has been going on for a long time - how long?? - anything longer than 2 weeks merits a doctor visit!!

      There are many things that could cause this!! The simple causes could be - are you getting too hot or overheated just prior to this breakout?, are you under any emotional stress?, have you also eliminated the use of any new shampoos, hair sprays, new make up brand(or make up that is old and should be thrown away), New clothes that have not been washed, new sheets or pillow cases, new hand soap at work, etc.??? And have you checked to see that none of your regular products have changed their ingredients?? All of those are the most obvious and the easiest for you to rule out on your own!!

      The less obvious - people with high blood pressure sometimes have the sensation of the blood rushing to their face and head which can cause itching, if you suspect this you need to get a doctor to check it out; Is it possible that your age and menopause may be a factor, when I started going through this the blood would rush to my face and especially my ears making me look all red and blotchy, itchy and flushed but not necessarily sweaty; are you out in the sun a lot - people can sometimes develop sun poisoning; are you taking any medications at all because you can build up a tolerance to medicines you have taken a while and then have a reaction to them; it is possible you are having episodes of hives that could be caused by something as simple as stress; and if none of this sounds plausible to you then - There are many skin conditions such as ezcema, psoriasis, roscea that this could be!! If you have been able to rule out everything else then go see a dermatologist to get a proper diagnosis!! You can also do some on line research using any search engine such as google, yahoo, etc. on skin deseases!! Just type it a condition and a wealth of informative sites will appear!! Many will have pictures and that may help you to figure out what it is!! At the very least it will arm you with knowledge before you go see a doctor!! I wish you well and hope you will seek out the right help!! I hope that some of my suggestions may be helpful to start your hunt for clues as to what it is, but I caution you to be careful of advise on YA because all we can do is offer our opinion!! You really need to do research and then see a doctor! Good Luck!!

  7. QUESTION:
    what did it mean to hold 2 fingers over someones head when they didn't know it and count?
    Does anyone remember when you were a kid, going up behind an unsuspecting person and holding two fingers over their head and counting until they noticed? I'm not referring to bunny ears during a photo. If you remember doing this, what did it mean? I remember doing it and seen some kids doing it today, but I forget the meaning. Just curious to the point it's been bugging me ever since LOL

    • ANSWER:
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  8. QUESTION:
    My little nephew whose 9 has scaly gray botches in his bald head?
    My nephew he's hyperactive he loves to go out and play with his friends in this hot weather in philadelphia, and he had this botches in his back of his bald head for a long time, i dont know what is it i live in brooklyn NY im 17 my cuzin is now telling me this, on the phone, she's telling me she sees it and it looks like a bacterial thing, he cuts his hair in this barbershop with spanish people. Um, i love him that my nephew and you know i don't want him to get it to more he's only 9 and now his father n mom is putting alcohol with lemon and it burning him he's crying i would like to know any medical professions out there can you tell me what is this, what creams to get, and how to prevent it to happening again because i guess he got it from skateboarding outside or the heat, he loves to seat in places where its kinda bacterial area like the grass and when he comes home he doesn't take a shower right away so we force him in the shower well i wanna know what is it PLEASE!!!

    • ANSWER:
      cant say without a picture or an examination. could be scalp psoriasis or dermatitis.

  9. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis in college?
    I'm headed to college and have psoriasis. Does anyone have tips or advice I could use? I plan to do my best to be confident and nice, but I'm still afraid of people's reactions, the dating scene, etc.

    Thanks a lot for any help!
    Thanks for your answers. I'm not going to use the injections or pills right now, so I'm mostly focused on dealing with the emotional issues.

    • ANSWER:
      I developed psoriasis while in college. And I feel your pain; it's gross. I assume you've seen a doctor already and have been diagnosed. Doctors tend to start people off on the most low-level treatments first, and then move up to shots and oral medication.
      That stuff aside, I think you're asking more about the social side of things. For me, I just told people, "I have psoriasis. It's gross." It usually worked pretty well. Denying it won't make it any less gross, and acknowledging it at least makes it into a known issue. It's not transferable, so if you can provide some info it will make people more comfortable. But at some point, you just have to say, "eff it". It sucks, but you've got this rash. It will be okay. In the big picture, is it that big of a deal?

  10. QUESTION:
    Weeping head and strange smell?
    Hi my scalp has been itching for days so i used a medicated shampoo. I thought i had greasy hair but my scalp is weeping, I see a doc in 2 days, what can I do just now to stop it, mb infected or something ps. i have eczema :(

    so itchy thou :(
    cant even bruch my head just now too.

    • ANSWER:
      what worked for our child's eczema is a product from Britain.
      Check out the Salcura Eczema and Psoriasis products including their shampoo.

      We don't use the shampoo but Salcura Dermaspray Gentle is what we use on our child. It's all natural, over the counter, leaves no mess, easy to apply stops the itch in seconds, heals the inflamed skin rapidly. we've used it for about 7 months now, it's amazing. Unless you're in Britain and can get it at a local Chemist, you'll need to buy it over the internet at a British online pharmacy site. just search, look for a case study with pictures, and other user reviews as well

  11. QUESTION:
    What's the scaly stuff on her scalp?
    My friend has been to the doc b/c a little over a year ago she had a small patch of scaly skin. The doc said it is a fungus because she always put her wet hair in a ponytail and then puts on her scarf to leave her house everyday - basically the skin isn't breathing and has all that moisture there...you get the picture. Ok so all they can tell her is it's a fungus. It's gross. It's dandruff x 10,000. It's like scales. It's encompassed half of her scalp and her hair has thinned a bit - you can't see the scalp through the hair or anything like that. But she says her hair falls out easily. She can sit and pick at her scalp and pick off tiny chunks - small like the head of a nail - and thick. So does this fungus have a name? The stupid docs haven't really told her b/c they aren't sure I guess. I told her I'd ask here to find out more if possible.... anyone know anything?
    It's no excema. And I don't think it's psoriasis - at least that's what the docs have stated. This is a grown up we're talking about here - not a child. Anyway... a good dermatologist sounds like the answer. a PCP ain't gonna do it.

    • ANSWER:
      From your own description it sounds to me like Psoriasis.
      Scales or fish scales that flake off in big chunks and the hair is thinning. I have Psoriasis and used to have it on my scalp and it was not nice. However I tried most preparations which worked for a period and then failed. In the end I cleared my by using lemon juice in the rinse water. Wash my hair with shampoo, then rinse off. Then add lemon juice about two table spoons to clean water, saturate the hair and then dry. Now if I find any outbreak, I hit it with lemon juice straight away and that keeps it at bay. Have not had to use lemon juice now for several years.

  12. QUESTION:
    ive had psoriasis for soo long & sick of it!! any cures- please!?
    first i thought it was dandruff that was never going away.. then the doctor told me it was psoriasis.. a disease on the hair or skin that looks like dandruff flakes but not. it is almost incurable!!
    please- sooooo annoying.. any homemade cures..doctors or nurses??

    • ANSWER:
      Is your scalp the only place you have it. Head & shoulders worked for me for a while and then you have to try something else. I have over 15% of my body with psoriasis. I have been on a shot called enbrel and it has worked for me I noticed a difference within the first week. I have been on it for 5 weeks now. I can email you pictures if you want. I took pictures of my elbows and knees to show the difference so I can go back and see how far I have come.

      There are no cures for it. just because treatment works for one person doesn't mean it will work for you. You will just have to find what works for you. I have tried everything. Tea Tree works for some but it made mine worse.

      Good Luck and I hope this helps.

  13. QUESTION:
    What does a ringworm looks like?

    • ANSWER:
      Direct answer to your question;
      http://knol.google.com/k/anonymous/ringworm-tinea-corporis-tinea-faciei/EkYBwZ9H/oRigcg#What_does_ringworm_look_like(3F)

      In case the link doesn't work, here's the info:

      Ringworm typically appears as a round, pink or red, flat patch or slightly elevated plaque with central clearing and scaly (flaky) or crusted raised borders. It generally begins as a small round spot that grows outward over weeks to months, forming a ring shape. Ringworm may occur anywhere on the exposed skin of the trunk, arms, and legs, though in wrestlers, it is most common on the head, neck, and arms.

      Ringworm has several variants. It is not always circular or oval, but may be consist of more wavy, irregular lines. There may be multiple circles on one person. When caused by a fungus that usually infects animals, it may be bright red and raised, or contain pus bumps. It may be concentrated in and around hair follicles. When ringworm has been treated with topical corticosteroids, it may resemble other skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, making diagnosis difficult.

      When ringworm occurs on the arms, legs, or trunk, it is called tinea corporis. When it occurs on the non-hairy skin of the face, it is called tinea faciei. Infection of the hair, nails, groin, feet, and hands is not considered to be ringworm and will not be discussed here.

      Another picture;
      http://knol.google.com/k/-/-/EkYBwZ9H/Dm2ltw/ringworm%20KOH%20Fig%208.jpg

      more info;
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ringworm
      ^^Copy and paste this into the adress bar^^

  14. QUESTION:
    synovitis, psoriasis, other med problems?
    here is my problem- I have a slew of medical issues-from fatigue,always having respiratory illness and joint pain on my entire left side, to what i JUST realized were psoriasis patches on my neck (i had them in the past. havent seen them this entire year), as well as other issues- These being the main ones.I've taken numerous xrays, MRIs and blood tests. ONE blood test (my 1st) showed I had a positive ANA...a weak positive. Subsequent tests all came back negative for lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc etc...everything comes back negative...at different dr's, labs, etc... Recently, my left ring finger became extremely swollen after what felt like loss of circulation on my left arm...I was diagnosed with synovitis-which the doctor's have NO clue why I have this being that its usually only present in people with an autoimmune disease (which I have alot of symptoms of, but no lab work to justify it). Any idea what may be going on with me? I will begin taking the medrol pack (5 days) next wk
    does this sound like any ailment that perhaps my doctors are not looking into? They tell me I am a "medical mystery", but I think they may just be incompetent.
    I am seeing a rheumatologist...as well as a neurologist...all my blood tests for pretty much every type of arthritis has come back negative...are there any forms of arthritis that a blood test will not show?

    • ANSWER:
      hi, First according to the autoimmune association psoriasis is an autoimmune condition of the skin, so you do have one. I have Lupus, own a Lupus support/message board, and do most of the research for the group. I like you have had weak positive and negative ANA's over the years. Some other blood tests will come and go pos to neg. depending on disease activity. There are so many connective tissue autoimmune's that it is hard to say which one you may have.
      There is off the top of my head, Lupus, Sjorgrens, Mixed connective Tissue disease, Raynunds, Polymyalgia Rhumatica, RA and others. Many take a while to progress. and most have a certain number of diagnostic critera you must meet before you can be diagnosed with it for sure. Like with lupus you must meet four of 11 critera. My MRIS come back Negative, but just got off chemotherapy for brain Cerabritis (swelling of brain, which dosent show in MRI's Etc. so it's all tricky, and depends how good your rhuemotologist is, and one at UCLA told me it is a bit of an art, not a full science. It can also take a bit of time to get a full picture, so they can get a history, and see what else happens.

      I understand the not knowing is the hardest part. the scariest part, it took me 5 years, though I was ill from the age of 13. we saw drs, then stopped, it was before the critera was even out. That came out in 1982. I was diagnosed in my late 20's Im now 40. The medrol pack, may help, if they gave it to you, they are testing to see if there is any relief. any changes. that is good. My fingers will swell for a bit and go back down too, that is a sign of an auto immune, so are symptoms that come than leave to never return. I suggest you write down anything from the past that you can think of, because all these problems do NOT have to occur all at one time.Even deppression counts in a diagnosis of Lupus. Central Nervous system problems, Skin Issues, I will put the diagnostic critera for you to see.

      The pattern of that ANA test you need to find out too. ask if it was speckled. There are several others, but that is mine and the one I can think of that goes with Lupus usually. They should test your blood monthly, but the medrol, can change the results. you also need what is called a SED rate, which can tell dr's how much inflammation is in your body, it has other names, westergreen is one. it depends on the lab, and where you live. ask for it. before you take the medrol pack. Circulation is also an issue. Here at least is the Lupus Critera so you can think of past history

      Diagnostic criteria for lupus
      The following criteria are used to distinguish lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) from other autoimmune and rheumatic diseases.

      A person with 4 of these 11 conditions can be diagnosed with lupus; 3 symptoms suggest that lupus is probably present, and 2 raise the possibility of lupus. Symptoms may be present all at once or appear in succession over a period of time. 1

      Butterfly (malar) rash on cheeks
      Rash on face, arms, neck, torso (discoid rash)
      Skin rashes that result from exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light (photosensitivity)
      Mouth or nasal ulcers, usually painless
      Joint swelling, stiffness, pain involving two or more joints (arthritis)
      Inflammation of the membranes surrounding the lungs (pleuritis) or heart (pericarditis). This inflammation is called serositis.
      Abnormalities in urine, such as increased protein or clumps of red blood cells or kidney cells, called cell casts, in the urine
      Nervous system problems, such as seizures or psychosis, without known cause
      Problems with the blood, such as reduced numbers of red blood cells (anemia), platelets, or white blood cells
      Positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) test
      Signs of increased autoimmunity (antibodies against normal tissue), as shown by laboratory tests

  15. QUESTION:
    Teachers commenting on your looks?
    Hi :)

    About a month ago my form tutor took me upstairs to the head of years 7, 8 and 9's office. In there they basically told me that I look like I've just got out of bed every morning, I smell bad, my hair is messy etc.

    I just found it really insulting, and also very damaging. I cried a lot afterwards and was paranoid about going back into school. I already spent a lot of time in the mornings getting ready for school and felt like the comments they made were really harsh. I have two chronic diseases, one of which sort of makes my hair look unkempt (psoriasis on my scalp). It makes me have bad dandruff so I have to wash my hair a lot. I also can only use some shampoos. My hair really does't look messy though, my dad is a businessman and trust me he'd tell me if it was bad. Plus I think it looks fine in the mirror.

    I also have some psoriasis on my body (you can't see it when I'm wearing my uniform). It means that I'm very self-conscious already and restricted in some of the products I can use. However I use deodorant and perfume and don't think I smell bad. Like, my parents and friends would have told me. Trust me they'd say. Plus I can smell perfume on me all day (not too strong) and I think it's nice. I'm told I smell nice quite a bit.

    Sorry this is so long! Basically I think they were harsh on me, particularly since I already have been diagnosed with depression and have low self-esteem. What do you think and have you ever been picked on by a teacher(s)?
    @Crazy Dan

    Thanks for trying to help but you have it wrong I'm afraid. The whole point is I don't smell bad and my hair isn't messy. People compliment my perfume. I've had my hair done by a professional and wash it every day. People compliment me on that too.

    • ANSWER:
      Those people are cruel and were not prepared to speak.. pray for them.. and tell your parents what happened. Perhaps the people that spoke with you, in their own way, thought they were helping you. I've encountered people like that as well.

      I'll suggest a product that may help you. Ask your parents to research a British made product, Salcura Shampoo for your hair. Plus Salcura Dermaspray Gentle or Intensive for your body psoriasis.

      Psoriasis sufferers have reviewed the shampoo and say it's the best they've found for their condition.
      The Gentle Dermaspray worked miracles for our child's eczema. was 10 times more effective than all other products we tried. Look up some pictures of actual users on expresschemist co uk or on other websites.

  16. QUESTION:
    My 4.5 year old son has dry eczema. What helps the chronic itch?
    He's very itchy & he often gets short tempered from it. He's allergic to dust mites,pollen,mold,rice,corn, soy, & egg. I bought a Hepa filter vacuum,encased his bedding to keep dust mites away, run air purifiers,change the furnace filter frequently,use fragrance free detergents,run clothes through a second rinse cycle,use no dryer sheets,keep baths tepid & brief, lotion with Eucerin immediately afterward, & have him wear only cotton clothes. I can honestly say NONE of this has made a difference. He starts Kindergarten in the Fall & I worry about him. How can he concentrate if he's itchy? Keeping my child drugged on Benadryl indefinitely isn't an option to me. I currently started him on probitotics with his allergists approval & give him 2 tsp. ground Flaxseed in his cereal every morning. I'm now trying Emu oil on him. I spend all my free time searching for answers. Has anyone found relief from dry eczema? Perhaps a Homeopathic Dr. is my next step. Thank you in advance for any help!

    • ANSWER:
      i have had eczema AND psoriasis since i was born and i'm going to be 16, even though eczema can't be cured the symptoms can be helped. First to get rid of any possibility of irritation don't wash him with soap unless its dove. Also use Purex Free and Clear. This has no dyes or scents in it so the skin won't get irritated. Try Eucerine and Aquafore. These are over the counter ointments/creams that really do help. If he has a bad itchy rash put him in the tub for 15 minutes with nothing in there and let him soak. Meanwhile take his pjs dunk them in water, and then put them in the dryer to get warm. Take him out of the tub put on the perscription or the Eucerine/Aquafore all over his body and put the wet pjs on. This is so the moisture stays on his skin because people with eczema don't have the moisture layer like normal skin because the skin cells reproduce quicker. Also to get rid of the flakes use a soft bristle, anything will work and lightly go over his body when he's in the tub to get rid of the irritating flakes that may cause him to itch. We have tried everything for my skin but that's usually the way we keep it under control. Sometimes the just you see is dry skin that came off his skin, like my house i dust constantly because dust is made up of other things and your own skincells but mine is so bad that i dust all the time.
      Also don't let him have acid foods like tomatoes and oranges. When i was little like 3 or 4 my dad showed me pictures of me after i ate pasta with tomator sauce. of course little kids get it everywhere and he said that when he took off the noodles and wiped off my arm there would be a red ring that would burn me and turn into a patch of eczema, and it still happens like that today. Anything can irritate it also, try to stay away from hair dye or any hair chemicals that you might use or someone might use. They will burn his skin. I got a perm and that was terrible the solution burned my scalp, my forehead, my ears, and my neck and i got first and second degree burns from it. And i still have scares to prove it. And even though the burns are gone, my head is now a problem area because it burned away the healthy skin so it itches constantly and i get patches on my forhead all the time.

      Thats all the advice I can give you, hope it helps! check ya later ♥

  17. QUESTION:
    Does L'Oreal Casting creme gloss hair dye work on dark hair?
    Has anyone used it? Is it good?

    • ANSWER:
      Hiya.

      Yes it should work on all types, it usually states which types it workes with and which ones it doesnt on the box. Always read the instructions! Are you thinking of going a completely different colour to your natural colour? If you are remember that this dye is only a semi-permenant so it may not give total coverage.

      Ive got a review if you would like to take a read :
      Author's product rating: 5/'5

      Advantages: cheap, easy to use
      Disadvantages: can be messy !

      Recommend to potential buyers: yes

      Full review
      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      I have been dying my hair since I was around 14. Until I was about 19, I died it blonde with that awful Sun-in lightening spray. I had a bit of a disaster when I bought a cheaper brand and ended up with a head full of bright yellow hair. The girls at work kept saying it was fine, and no-one could tell. I almost believed them until a male colleague then came out with 'So, really love, how much do you think it's gonna cost you to put that right?'
      After that, I decided that maybe I should just let the blonde grow out and see what my natural colour was (I had forgotten by that point!). My natural colour turned out to be, as I had somewhat expected, a horrible mousy brown/dark blonde, that looked dull, and the mix of mousy and blonde had the habit of making me look like I was going grey! I'm not sure why I decided to go dark, but I did. I'm also not sure why I decided to use Loreal Casting to do so, but I did, and I'm really glad of it.

      This was the first brand of dye that I used, and I was really pleased with the results. I have since tried other brands - Garnier Nutrisse and I think one by Wella - but I've always came back to this brand, as I find it's the easiest to use and gives the best and longest lasting results.

      ~~About the dye~~

      This hair dye is a tone on tone gel colourant and contains no ammonia.
      It promises to give Natural looking colour and ultra-shiny highlights.
      This will cover first greys
      The box states that this will last up to 6 weeks with no visible roots, but I have found it to last something nearer to 10 weeks.

      ~~Packaging and contents~~

      This comes in a pink box which is very similar to the one pictured, although I believe the one shown is the old packaging, it has now changed to be slightly more modern.

      Inside the box you will find -
      · A small plastic capsule, which holds a pair of gloves. I'm not sure what these are made of as it doesn't seem to say anywhere, but they are good quality, not like the 'plastic bag' type gloves that some hair dyes include.
      · I bottle of tone on tone colourant gel (50ml)
      · 1 applicator bottle of crème developer (50ml)
      · 1 double does of conditioner with the scent of red fruits (40ml)
      · Instruction leaflet

      ~~Skin Allergy Test~~

      Before using the product you must perform a skin allergy test. When I was younger I never used to bother doing the allergy test. Thankfully I was lucky enough never to have a reaction. Now I would never not do the test. This is since watching a TV programme on a lady who burnt all her scalp, even though she had used the same dye before with no problems.
      It suggests dabbing a bit of the tone on tone colourant (a penny sized blob) behind your ear, and then leave for 48 hours before using the product. Obviously, if, in this time you notice any redness or itching around this area you must not use.
      I have psoriasis, and seem to be developing allergies to all sorts these days, but I have always been fine with this.
      The box also says that people with Tattoos may be more prone to being allergic to this.

      ~~Preperation~~

      Preparing the colour is really easy with this product. I have used colourants in the past which required ridiculous preparations, like measuring powder and mixing it on a saucer! With this one you just unscrew the stopper from the colour gel, and this clicks onto the bottom of the applicator bottle. Screw into place, shake vigourously (you will then see the colour (Honey brown in my case) start to mix into the developer and you're ready to go!

      ~~Application~~

      I have always found applying the colourant very easy with this product as well. Simply wet your hair (without washing it), then towel dry and apply the liquid. You can use the nozzle to make a few partings in your hair. I have found this easy despite my hair being really thick. You then need to massage through your hair, wearing the gloves of course.
      Simply leave for 15 minutes, or add an extra five for better coverage of greys or a more intense colour. I have actually found the waiting for 15 minutes part of the application the messiest part, strangely enough! The reason for this, is that I only have a bath, no shower and during the 15 minutes I kinda tend to get bored. I leaned back in the bath and my hair touched the wall, which left a brown patch on my wall which simply would not come off and I actually had to re-paint my bathroom to get rid of it! It will, however, wash off your bath and tiles (try Flash bathroom spray!) I have also ruined several towels by putting them round my shoulders while the dye is on my hair.
      After your 15 minutes, add some warm water to make a lather, then simply rinse. The final step is to add the double dose of conditioner, which smells lovely and will keep your hair really soft.0

      ~~The result~~

      The colour is very vibrant, and I always think my hair looks brighter and shinier after it has been dyed. Also, the colour is almost identical to the one on the box, which is a refreshing change! The result looks very natural, not as artificial as my Sun-in days! Although the box says the results will last for six weeks, I have always found that it is a lot longer than that, probably around 10 weeks. It will start to fade after about 7 or 8, but not to the extent that the natural colour is coming through.

      ~~Shades~~

      There are 14 shades available in this range. My local Wilkinsons only stocked brunette and reddy shades, but it's possible there are also blonde colours in the range which were not in stock.

      ~~Price~~

      This is available in various different places. I get mine from Wilkinsons for a very reasonable £3.88, which I find is about the average price, but below are some comparisons.

      Wilkinsons -£3.88
      Boots £4.15
      ASDA - £3.98

      ~~Contact info~~

      Write to : Loreal Consumer Advisory Service, FREEPOST WD649, London, W6 8BR
      Tel: 0845 399 1939
      Or check out www.lorealparis.com

      ~~My verdict~~

      All in all, I would definately definately reccomend this dye. It is so easy to use compared to others on the market, the colour lasts for ages, and it doesn't irritate. 5 stars!!

      All in all this is a very good product sold at a reasonable price. It should offer great coverage and works fantastically on most people. Remember always read the instructions before use.

      Good Luck x :D

  18. QUESTION:
    TYSABRI I'm Heading into Month three, How many of you brave souls out there are taking the plunge with me?
    And have you had anything but positive effect because this even knocked out my psoriasis some how! I'm waiting to see that nothing bad happened to my liver from the infusions. But I'm WALKING again! I'm free from that damnable chair and walking with a cane. Tell me your stories are the same..that mine is not an anomaly. so I can take comfort in the knowledge that after all this time, MS is finally getting beaten back

    Inge

    • ANSWER:
      I'm still on Copaxone, but I'm not as far along as it sounds like you were before. I just have a lot of pain problems due to cramping (spasms), vertigo, headaches, and mild vision loss. Would you do me a favor and send me an email (I think if you click my profile picture, you can do it) if you don't mind my checking with you in a few months to see how it is going with the Tysabri at that point?

      My neuro considered switching me because the pain was becoming intolerable, but I went to some pain specialists who were able to help me enough that I'm able to work and concentrate again. However, it's still not gone and there are times...

      Thanks for your post and thanks in advance for your email if you decide to do send it.

      Congratulations,

      walden65

  19. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis during pregnancy?
    I've had scalp psoriasis for almost 20 years now, and consider myself very lucky in that it has always been very localised. It never spread past the centre back of my head. Apart from the itching and scaliness (and therefore looking like I had dandruff - the least of my problems!), that was all it has ever been. During my first pregnancy, the psoriasis in my scalp completely disappeared! It was fantastic. And it didn't reappear for over a year after I had my little boy.

    I am now pregnant with our 2nd baby, and this time, I think the psoriasis has flared up! In my first trimester, I couldn't stop the itching in the my scalp. Now I'm in my 2nd, and although the scalp psoriasis has completely disappeared, I've now noticed redness on my lower back!! I wasn't sure what it was at first, because it is very a very faint redness, but sure enough, the blotches are there. I'm also quite olive-skinned (from Latin and Arab origin), so I do consider myself also lucky again that it doesn't show AS much as it might have if I had a lighter skin tone.

    However, after doing much research on the subject and seeing horrific pictures of what will happen if I keep scratching it (because it is getting itchier and itchier by the day), I am freaking out! I'm also worried that it may not be a result of the pregnancy. My back isn't exactly a place I check out in the mirror all the time! I did have some itchiness before falling pregnant (I'm only 15 weeks, so really not far into this pregnancy) but I just thought it was normal and one off. Since the itchiness increased, I did have a look and saw the red patches.

    I read that sunlight can help (I used to live in hot countries, so probably another reason the psoriasis never bothered me before), and was wondering if it would be safe for me to use a sunbed for 3mins once or twice a week, just to keep it from getting any worse.

    Anyone have any experience with this? Any dermatologists out there checking Yahoo Answers?!

    Thanks for any advice.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes.

  20. QUESTION:
    My dad has developed bald spots in several different places on his head and face... What could it be?
    Cancer runs in my family... We hope that is not what it is,... but we are looking for explinations as to what is causing it... The first one was gross, like scabbed over and occasionally had pus coming out of it, so he shaved his head... (not all the way, just really short), When it was done we noticed several dime sized bald spots in a few places, now they just keep popping up, in his beard, and on his head. Any information would really help. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Could it perhaps be psoriasis? Psoriasis on the scalp can happen in patches and sometimes cause hair loss.

      Some pictures of scalp psoriasis and more info about it in the source link.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is this Psoriasis, or is this Eczema?
    I have a serious issue... I've had this spot on the back of my head for literally 6 years now. I have been to two doctors, the first said it was psoriasis, the second said it may be eczema or psoriasis.

    To be honest, I'm a little scared. I know Psoriasis and Eczema are both incurable, but psoriasis can cause health issues, plus it makes you look like a diseased creature and I'm going to be an Officer one day. Who wants Officer Scaleyskin showing up to their domestic violence, and how will people take me seriously?

    If it's eczema, I feel better about that because it's confined to one spot and doesn't pose any health issues. If anyone here has either of the skin conditions, please take a look and let me know what you think.

    my conditions:
    1) Had this on my head for 6 years
    2) No real spread, it's stayed local. Only recently has it got bigger.
    3) I have scaley rashes in my ear, and a small spot on the groin. These have not gone away or got worse in the last year. They started about February.

    Other than that, I have no real "symptoms" of Psoriasis, but the spotting doesn't seem like Eczema.

    PICTURE: (Warning, medical picture.)
    http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/5803/img20100916131145.jpg

    The black circle area is the small area it first started. I was using a psoriasis treatment liquid up until about 4 months ago, and until then it has never been the left HALF of my head, it was just that one palm sized area... Also, now-a-days it looks rashy, which is a symptom of Eczema, but it looks like Psoriasis... CONFUSED!!

    • ANSWER:
      I would put Champori cream for psoriasis on it and see if it helps: I have seb. dermatitis on scalp (which was misdiagnosed numerous times as well) and the champori cream - ounce for ounce - works better than anything else. Try it - it comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work - it's free.
      Best,
      Antje

  22. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis...? I need help please, any experience or experts!?
    Okay, it is kind of a long story but bear with me. One day i noticed the back of my head, on the left and right side was itchy. I always suffered from dandruff, so i just thought it was dandruff and payed no attention to it. It started to get really flaking and itchy. Again, i thought it was dandruff. Then about two months later or so, it started to scab and it started to puss. I was freaking out because it was on my pillow and such. So i told my dad, it's not dandruff, we have to go to the doctor. In Canada, we have a shortage of family doctors, so i don't have one, so i went into a walk in clinic. By then, i had little red spots on the back of my neck, spreading to the front. The doctor checked it out, and he said i had a fungus, so he gave me a cream. He said fungus is hard to treat, so i had to wash my bed sheets everyday, i had to wash my clothes all the time, and at this point my friend would sleepover my house everyday to go to school with me, and i had to sleep on the floor for about a month, because i didn't want to infect her. I realized the cream was not working, it made the rash really painful, and i couldn't turn my head. I went to the doctor again, and he said, okay, try this pill. so i was using cream and taking a pill. The rash on my neck went away, and the Psoriasis stopped pussing, so i thought it was working. But then i flared out again, and it was on my elbows and knees. So i went back to the doctor and i told him straight up, this isn't working, are you sure i don't have Psoriasis or Exzema? And he reffered me to a dermatologist. i had to wait about a month before i got an appointment. So i went to the dermatologist, and he knew right away that i had Psoriasis. So he gave me this scalp fluid, and this cream for my nose ( i had some on my nose, without even knowing.) So i used the medication, and it worked. then i realized that my knees and elbows started to get bad, so just recently, i went back to the doctor, and he gave me a stonger cream that i shouldnt use for my face. I used it on my knees and the flareup went away. but now im noticing that i have red spots on my chest, above my breast, on my left shoulder, on my elbows and upper arms, my legs and my butt crack ( be mature lol ). I'm using the cream all over my body, but its not working. Now i need help, what can stop Psoriasis, like i don't want a cure, but i don't want my body to be engulfed with this condition. I researched that it can be caused from stress, alcohol and smoking, i dont smoke or drink, and i'm pretty sure i'm happy and not stressed, (i come home, watch tv, go on the computer, play piano, do some homework, life is good). SHould i shower twice a day, wash my clothes, stop scratching, ( i don't scratch it a lot, but sometimes i'll scratch). Is there a diet i should be on, any lotions i should use, ( i heard aveeno is good). should i stop shaving and start waxing? Please, i really need help, I'll be chosing a best answer. Please don't send me links to websites, I've seen many, just tell me what works. Thanks so much!

    *I don't have a strong Psoriasis, I've seen pictures, it's nothing like that. It looks like i touched something that I'm allergic to. It's small red/pink dots*

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there, Hello there. I recommend that you should try the herbal anti-psoriasis remedy by Champori. Get their spray/cream combo: it worked better than anything else for my plaque psor.: my patches cleared in about 2 weeks and I haven't had a flare up for more than a year now. Champori is available online from a company in Colorado and comes with money back guarantee; so if it doesn’t work – it’s free. Try it.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  23. 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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

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

  24. QUESTION:
    Self diagnosed psoriasis?
    For the past couple years I've been geting these red splotches on my skin. They usually itch, then peel, are red, and then go away like they were never there. I usually got them on my back but now they are on my legs, arm, stomach, lower back and shoulder blade. I'm not sure how many all in all I have - as I can't see my back very well (haven't mastered the 180 degree head turn yet). ANYWAYS - the spots are never bigger than say my pinky nail (which isn't long), and they aren't really that bothersome, I'd just like to know if there is something I can do - over the counter-like for them. I'm tying to avoid hitting the doc if I can. The spots look a lot like the spots here: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~thabif/weeklyclinic121701/pictures/08psoriasisguttate1.jpg But not as many in one spot. I have about 4 on my upper leg just below my hip. ANYWAYS any help would be great! THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      It could be.... There are my forms of psoraisis so it's hard to tell. There really aren't any good OTC preparations but there are incredible RX topicals. The one that comes to mind is Temovate. You put it on the spots for 2 weeks, twice daily, and it disappears, usually for several months. It might be worth a trip to the doc.

      If you really don't want to go to the doctor your best bet is 1% hydrocortisone cream applied twice daily. This was the drug of choice years ago and was RX only at that time. It will definitely help but not like the Temovate.

  25. QUESTION:
    Is this Psoriasis, Eczema, or something else?
    The first doctor I'd gone to told me that I had Psoriasis. However, that was when my outbreak had begun. It was a small patch on the back of my head, always itching. I'd thought it was a rash of some sort, but it wasn't going away. It just kept getting worse.

    The second doctor I've gone to - a week ago, bear in mind - has said that since no psoriasis treatment as worked and that it was usually stress induced, that he thought it might be eczema. So! Over the span of a year, that small patch on the back of my head has spread all over my scalp and behind my ears. Here are two pictures:

    http://i53.tinypic.com/2il27oh.jpg
    http://i56.tinypic.com/2ptrnnr.jpg

    I know, it's gross and embarrassing. But please help!
    It's miserable and I'm hoping to clear it up soon.

    • ANSWER:
      Eczema most commonly causes dry, reddened skin that itches or burns, although the appearance of eczema varies from person to person and varies according to the specific type of eczema. Intense itching is generally the first symptom in most people with eczema. Sometimes, eczema may lead to blisters and oozing lesions, but eczema can also result in dry and scaly skin. Repeated scratching may lead to thickened, crusty skin.

      While any region of the body may be affected by eczema, in children and adults, eczema typically occurs on the face, neck, and the insides of the elbows, knees, and ankles. In infants, eczema typically occurs on the forehead, cheeks, forearms, legs, scalp, and neck.

      Eczema can sometimes occur as a brief reaction that only leads to symptoms for a few hours or days, but in other cases, the symptoms persist over a longer time and are referred to as chronic dermatitis.
      www.curechildeczema.com

  26. QUESTION:
    What kind of format/program should I use to create this?
    I would like to organize a large amount of information with headings and subheadings that can be clicked through. What I'm really trying to organize is medical information for my own study, as well as for others in my program. For example, I'd like to have several headings (skin, GI, neuro, lung, etc), and then be able to click on each heading and have subheadings
    skin->
    inflammatory
    infectious
    tumor

    and then be able to click on subheadings and have further category breakdown. eventually I want to be able to do something like: skin-> inflammatory-> superficial-> psoriasis-> microscopic-> pictures
    and be able to click on "pictures" and have actual pictures come up. or alternatively, have the last click be something that results in a text document. It is a huge amount of information that I would have to add to continually, so ease of editing is a must. I am somewhat computer savvy, but not much, so it would have to be fairly easy or at least easy to learn.

    Any ideas? Thanks so much!
    I realize I could do this by creating folders within folders, but I was kind of hoping for something that would maintain a table of contents with everything visible in one frame.

    • ANSWER:
      You could do the entire thing in HTML. THAT'S what is was designed for.

      What you're describing is a navigation menu that opens pages of information... sounds kinda like a website huh?

      Now you could do this on the web or on a client(local computer).

      Here's some free software you can use to do everything you want. Now you are going to have to learn a little HTML but trust me it's not hard.

      http://www.coffeecup.com/freestuff/

  27. QUESTION:
    am i sick? what is this? pictures included?
    Am i sick? what is this?
    I have this rash (pictures in link below) for the last 4 days and its beginning to spread. it is small bumps on a red background to the rash. I think it might be Shingles but im not sure. i had chickenpox as a kid. it is just under my right breast and it is very sore to touch. now as of today (photos taken yesterday) the red bumps are beginning to turn a slight yellow colour and the skin is becoming tight,
    addition information: i have sporadic psoriasis but that is mainly on my head, i know this is not psoriasis beacause it is sore to touch
    i do have a very picky diet eating mostly potatoes and sausages and drinking milk, so i am anemic. but other than that i am in quite good health.

    http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n531/mauraclaire/519.jpg
    (close up) http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n531/mauraclaire/520.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      That really looks like Shingles to me. I had it a couple of years ago. This rash can show up mostly on the torso and only on one side of the body. A doctor can give you a medication for herpes that will help to clear it up.

  28. QUESTION:
    dandruff problem:( help?
    please help, i know this is sort of a gross question. but i have exczma on my scalp, its really itchy and flaky and ugly:( its only in one patch of my scalp and iv tried everything for it to go away. does anyone know what are some good products or HOME REMEDIES preferably (not head and shoulders!) that might cure it! would be so greatly appreciated
    :)

    • ANSWER:
      It may be psoriasis or seborrhoeic dermatitis, which is the scalp version of eczema. Have a little browse at some of the (illuminating yet yucky) pictures on the web and try to decide which it is. That's what I did.

      Anyway - I've got psoriasis, mostly on my scalp, round the ears, but it comes up all over the scalp occasionally. I think a lot of the advice for psoriasis works for seb. derm. too, but you'd best check. I avoided the issue for many years, and it got worse, but apparently with psoriasis it'll never go away, but you can relieve it. If it is psoriasis, here are some tips for it:

      So, it's an autoimmune disease. Diet & stress & scratching are key factors. Processed foods, dairy & alcohol are bad, as you might imagine. Wholegrain foods, hemp seed, foods with Omega 3 in (mackerel etc), green leafy veg and lots of water are good.

      There's a shampoo with coal tar in it called: T/Gel which works for me sometimes. I can't keep on using it or it won't work, like 2 weeks on, 4 weeks off. Other than that the doctor might prescribe steroid cream, which isn't great for your body system as a whole. There's also a treatment called Dovonex with vitamin D in it, but I found that gave me a rash on my face when I used it on my scalp (?!).

      I've occasionally put olive oil or hemp oil directly on it and gently lifted the flakes off that way (yick!). My friend told me skin is linked to the liver function of the body, so liver cleansing and strengthening herbs may help - milk thistle, dandelion, nettles are easily available round here (UK).
      Recently I heard of a cream called Champori (a Tibetan blend of herbs apparently), but I haven't tried it. It's got great reviews on its website, but I haven't invested yet.

      Basically I've really noticed that my psoriasis comes and goes with the level of stress and good/bad diet in my life, so I try to keep on an even keel, do yoga and eat well, when I can!

      What else can I say? Good luck!

  29. QUESTION:
    white "dots" on my scalp that itch ...?
    it started out as mild dandruff and now my scalp is always itchy and now i have white skin chunks that i can physically pick off... i made the mistake and tried to pick it all off to make it go away and it started to ooze this yellow sticky substance leaving the hair around my scalp sticky and almost greasy looking! its only in little patches on the crown of my head and the right and left side right beside the crown!

    my moms a haridresser and thinks its psoriasis but i looked at pictures and my scalp doesnt look yellow or green and its not like a white patch its dots!
    and its not left over hair products because my mom washed my hair to make sure and like i said shes a hair dresser so.. i think she knows how to wash hair hhahaha :P

    but anyways i will be going to the doctors but i was wondering if anyone has experienced something like this or knows what it is before i go in!

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      you may have eczema or seborrhea or psoriasis:only the skin dr can tell the difference.
      my sister has it:yes its on her scalp and sometimes it breaks out in a few areas on her body too:red spots that are a little itchy,then get more itchy and get bigger.then the spots start oozing liquid and crust over,then, the crusty pieces/scabs come off/fall off and ooze more liquid.
      Must go to the dr,as all meds and creams are prescription only!(to treat eczema/psoriasis)

  30. QUESTION:
    what the hell is wrong with me?
    i asked this in men's health first, but it doesn't look like that section is getting all that much attention at the moment, so i figured i'd also try here.

    for like over a month now, for a few days at a time, right at the head of my penis it's like it's inflamed or something. i'm circumcised but there's enough skin left to cover the part that keeps getting inflamed usually, but when it's inflamed it doesn't cover it. it's really sensitive and rubs like crazy, it feels like when you have a blister on your foot near where a seam in your shoe is.
    i know i can't have any STDs, as i've been with the same guy for over 2 years and know he'd never cheat on me, and slept with no one for about a year before we got together as well. i just don't get it, it inflames for a couple days, drives me crazy but by the time i think i should get it checked out, it goes back down. 2 days later, it's back. what the hell is it, and how do i make it stop?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Bazinga,

      Sorry you didn't have any luck in the Mens Health section.

      I will go over the posibilities for you. I'm afraid I cannot make it any simpler than this; - these are the things a doctor would (i.e. should), think of. As you remember Albert Einstein said, "things should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." : )

      One possibility is Thrush (also known as Monilia or Candidiasis), which is a common yeast infection of the skin of the glans, - does it look like this? - (click) http://history.amedd.army.mil/booksdocs/vietnam/skindiseases/chapter6figure30.jpg

      Here is another Thrush picture, more severe, (click) http://www.beltina.org/pics/balanitis.jpg

      Scabies, ( a tiny mite infection in the skin), can cause spots on the head of the glans, - but I would have expected it to be a continuous problem, and for you to have other spots on your fingers and wrists which itch terribly at night in bed. Scabies spots on the glans look like this, (click) http://img.medscape.com/pi/emed/ckb/urology/435575-455021-4175.jpg

      Herpes simplex virus causes blisters, the tops of the blisters come off leaving a small raw surface, (click) http://www.bmj.com/content/321/7261/619/F1.large.jpg

      Here is a herpes blister before it burst, (click) http://genital-herpes-picture-photo-image-pics.com/herpes_pictures/herpes07-large_herpetic_vesicle_on_the_glans_penis.jpg

      Condoms can cause a sensitivity-rash on the glans, I cannot find a picture of that, but the rash would be related to condom use.

      "Lichen planus" (pronounced lye - kun - PLAY'' -nus, I am afraid there is no common name), is a skin disease which can sometimes affect the glans and be itchy. The clue is the distinct violet colour the rash has, and its presence elsewhere on the body, - look at the fronts of your wrists, (click) http://library.med.utah.edu/kw/derm/mml/24830093.jpg

      The skin disease psoriasis can affect the glans, (click) http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/Pictures/web/k/n/c/male_genitalia_1__Sha___single_use_only.jpg

      It's possible to get a very superficial (fixed) form of skin cancer, on the glans, called "Queyrat," (pronounced KWAY'' -rat, I am afraid there is no common name). It is more fixed, and tends either to be there or not, (not to come and go), (click) http://drugster.info/img/ail/2366_2382_1.jpg

      Also here, for Queyrat, (click) http://www.dermaamin.com/site/images/clinical-pic/e/erythroplasia_of_queyrat/erythroplasia_of_queyrat19.jpg

      This covers most of the possibilities. If it's the commonest, Thrush, you need to apply a cream like Canesten cream

      To rule out Queyrat's you would need to see a specialist. Particularly if the rash lasts for much longer.

      In medical diagnosis, it is best to diagnose what it is, first, - and only then move on, to questions of how you got it. I mean, don't rule anything out of consideration in advance.

      Thus you should also think of a primary syphilis chancre, (click) http://ijsa.rsmjournals.com/content/vol19/issue3/images/large/IJSA-07-25801.jpeg This tends to be fixed, rather than to come and go. It's usually painless.

      I hope this is of some help. The only other way we can help, is if you post a digital photgraph of when it's bad.

      Best wishes,

      Belliger
      retired uk gp

  31. QUESTION:
    Dandruff ????? :( :(?
    Ok so i have horrible gross dandruff its just gross i am 14 and i take a shower every morning i am currently using head and shoulders adn have use selesun blue and all most all the stuff on the shelf on the shampoo isil and it wont go away plz help

    and my hair is oily i dont use any hair style products
    i shaved my head with a razor (didnt cut my head) and my bald head looked like the pic of the Seborrhoeic dermatitis head on wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Seborrhoeic_dermatitis_head.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      If that picture is representative of your scalp, then you probably have either a severe case of seborrheic dermatitis, or a mild case of psoriasis. (It's often hard to distinguish those two, if there are no other areas on your body of psoriasis, so we often will "fudge" the term, and call it "sebopsoriasis".) There are prescription cortisone lotions and solutions that are available for this condition, which should be able to hold your scaling and redness in check. Please see your local dermatologist for help in obtaining one of these prescriptions.

  32. QUESTION:
    What should I do?...?
    Okay, let me start this off... I'm a boy, I'm 17 years old and ever since I have turned around 16, my life has been doing down... quick. I don't think this is normal, and I honestly wouldn't say this is just going through puberty. I'm kinda schizophrenic and I feel that people are always talking about me, even good friends. I feel kind of socially awkward too. I have a constant headache and a constant really high pitched noise going through me at all times, this can be very very torturing. I'm around 6 foot tall and im around 210 pounds... So i'm fat. I'm extremely concerned with my body. And I'm always depressed when I get home. Whenever i'm at school talking to people, i'm really happy. But the moment i'm away from them, I get suicidal... Right now I'm by myself and I really wish I wasn't born and I'm just asking for help... from anybody.. I don't believe in therapists. I cannot be manipulated enough were therapy would work. I think I might have Bipolar disorder... I want to live as normal. I keep getting all of these problems... And it always feels as if I ask my mom to see a doctor when somethings wrong with me ( I went for Psoriasis) She yelled at me for going there and it feels like she doesn't want to help me, and it feels like she has to and doesn't want to help. I have occasional eye spasms and I have a hard time looking at someone in the eyes, because I don't know how... Do I look them in the left eye? or the right eye? Won't that make me look cross-eyed? I don't know. I'm always so tired. And no matter how much sleep I get, im always just so mopped out. I've been trying to lose weight but the problem is, my mom only buys garbage and I have literally nothing else to eat besides junk, and whenever I go out for a run I can only run a mile, and I can never run anymore. I will push my self over the limit just to get there. And I never get any kind of positive feedback. I just feel as if I need somebody to love... But every time I try, I can't say anything to her and I just feel like what's the point? Who wants a fat boyfriend because I sure as hell wouldn't want a fat girlfriend.. I'm also a senior in high school and I don't know what I want to do with my life. I want to do military work, but I'm fat, so the only thing I could realistically do is the air force. I just need to go to the military because I have poor relationships with my family and I don't want to be near them ever again in my life. I feel way too different, and I'm a really nice person in need of help.
    Someone please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      I think I might know how you're feeling..
      You are not alone and there are so many people who feel like you do. it's hard to lose weight when all ur parents buy is crap and i've been there. very frusterating. but if you have vegitables eat as many as you can try to eat smaller meals throughout the day and move more. veyr simple " move more, eat less" this doesn't mean starve youself though. that will make you gain more weight. Lots of people don't know what they want to do with they're lives and if you have anxiety about it that just means you have thoughts about your life and plans for your life which means you will NOT be a bum because you have concerns you aren't a thoughtless retard right? I have the anxiety where i think people are talking about me all the time at school looking at me and whispering when really they probably arent but i'm very paranoid. what i find helps me is looking at colours and stating what they are in my head like okay... thats blue thats yellow. because it shows my brain that i am certain of something. then i say there is nothing to fear but fear itself so why am i so worried? what is the worst that can happen? and if the are talking about you they're insecure sacks of crap and obviously have nothing better to do. so be happy okay? These hard times will come to an end. you will lose weight and you will be happy. if you need counceling screw ur mother do whats best for you maybe you have to move out? maybe get a youth agreement because thats not right for her to get angry that you want help for something you cant seem to control. You will have a good life if you can picture yourself where you want to be and keep working towards that goal . do everything for you .

  33. QUESTION:
    if i dont get any help or advice with this , im going to end my life - someone help?
    I felt dismissed by the dermatologist again, what do i do ?

    she said she thought the cracking of my skin on the head of my penis , is ' normal ' she couldnt explain whats caused it, but she told me there was no visable signs of psoriasis, dermatitis , or balantitis, or lichen sclerosis.

    she said the itching i had was normal, and that everybody sweats down in the genital area.

    she told me she wasnt sure if the cracks and tears in the skin will clear or whats caused them, but they might reduce in time, that i need to use simple emoliants.

    she pointed out id had pictures taken of the area, a top consultant in london had looked at the pictures , who said there was no skin problem and that it was ' normal '.

    that id had urology test done which all came back clear.

    i told dr yell though i was still unhappy about the cracks and tears covering the head of my penis and that i wanted another opinion.......she said ok a and that she was going to reccommend i see a ' professor griffis ' at a local hospital.

    im really disappointed with this morings dermatology appointment because once again their telling me theres ' no ' skin conditiion and that the cracks and tearing of my skin on the head of my penis ---------( which is very prominent to look at ) ---------------- is normal for me.

    the only happiness i got is that ill get another opinion from a professor..

    whilst there this morning she also aggreed to let me have a swab done of my penis head..

    normally the head of a male penis as a smooth baby skin appearence.

    mine is all cracked, like little tears covering the head part.

    im 30 years old now and ive felt really anxious about this problem......i feel very inadequete and inferior as a male.

    i hope to god, i pray that the cracked skin will clear up in time.....the not knowing is really tormenting me.

    i have my forskin.......the condition doesnt hurt...im very sensitive down there.......i can get erections ok...

    i have a forskin, but the skin covering ' the head ' of my penis is still all cracked and teared.

    and i mean the head of my penis not the forskin - and there not just wrinkles that smooth out when im erect , the skin is actually cracked and fissured

    btw - the cracks and tears on the head of my penis dont itch at all, they just feel very sensitive.

    also i was checked for diabetes a couple of months ago the tests were clear.

    i felt very disappointed once again to be told im normal and that theres no skin condition, the only clarity i got is that she agreed to get me refered to a professor about this.

    she said also ; there was no signs of a yeast or fungal infection and that ;

    everbody sweats and itches down there to some degree

    what do i do ?

    everywhere i look, i cant find anything about this condition or whats causing it or how it can be cleared or if it can.

    the dermatologist this morning didnt know if the cracks can clear but said they might reduce in time........she seems certain that it ' ISNT ' a yeast infection or any skin disorder.

    please help !!! ( clenched teeth ) grrrrr arrrgh !! - head butting wall

    • ANSWER:
      Try Eucerin. It's readily available here in the states. If you can't find it in your area, you can probably order here: http://www.eucerinus.com/products/hb_original.html
      This product has cleared many undiagnosed skin problems in co-workers, family members and people I have spoken to. My family has used it on diaper rash since the stuff came out.
      I have this same problem with my skin ALL OVER. I use this stuff, and as long as I keep with it, it keeps away the cracks & flakes.
      Use the ORIGINAL cream, not lotion.

  34. QUESTION:
    I felt dismissed by the dermatologist again, what do i do ? i need help with this !!!?
    she said she thought the cracking of my skin on the head of my penis , is ' normal ' she couldnt explain whats caused it, but she told me there was no visable signs of psoriasis, dermatitis , or balantitis, or lichen sclerosis.

    she said the itching i had was normal, and that everybody sweats down in the genital area.

    she told me she wasnt sure if the cracks and tears in the skin will clear or whats caused them, but they might reduce in time, that i need to use simple emoliants.

    she pointed out id had pictures taken of the area, a top consultant in london had looked at the pictures , who said there was no skin problem and that it was ' normal '.

    that id had urology test done which all came back clear.

    i told dr yell though i was still unhappy about the cracks and tears covering the head of my penis and that i wanted another opinion.......she said ok a and that she was going to reccommend i see a ' professor griffis ' at a local hospital.

    im really disappointed with this morings dermatology appointment because once again their telling me theres ' no ' skin conditiion and that the cracks and tearing of my skin on the head of my penis ---------( which is very prominent to look at ) ---------------- is normal for me.

    the only happiness i got is that ill get another opinion from a professor..

    whilst there this morning she also aggreed to let me have a swab done of my penis head..

    normally the head of a male penis as a smooth baby skin appearence.

    mine is all cracked, like little tears covering the head part.

    im 30 years old now and ive felt really anxious about this problem......i feel very inadequete and inferior as a male.

    i hope to god, i pray that the cracked skin will clear up in time.....the not knowing is really tormenting me.

    i have my forskin.......the condition doesnt hurt...im very sensitive down there.......i can get erections ok...

    i have a forskin, but the skin covering ' the head ' of my penis is still all cracked and teared.

    and i mean the head of my penis not the forskin - and there not just wrinkles that smooth out when im erect , the skin is actually cracked and fissured

    btw - the cracks and tears on the head of my penis dont itch at all, they just feel very sensitive.

    also i was checked for diabetes a couple of months ago the tests were clear.

    i felt very disappointed once again to be told im normal and that theres no skin condition, the only clarity i got is that she agreed to get me refered to a professor about this.

    she said also ; there was no signs of a yeast or fungal infection and that ;

    everbody sweats and itches down there to some degree

    what do i do ?

    • ANSWER:
      My husband gets dissed by dermatologists a lot as well. He has other skin disorders, but the last time we went to the doctor it really was a yeast infection. However, the first doctor didn't realize that until we showed that it was also between his toes and he had white patches in his mouth. If you notice your symptoms on any OTHER part of your body as well, let them know and it may help diagnose something.

      Also have you been checked for any STDs? I think sometimes doctors of Internal Medicine are better for that, but it sounds like a possibility.

  35. QUESTION:
    I have skin problem.. Please help me.?
    I have skin problem. I got eczema in whole body. When i scratch then i get tumid on scratched area. My hairs fall after i scratch on head. Picture included:
    http://www.flickr.com/photo.gne?id=8617050050&
    it is my back picture. Recently snaped. i have it for 2 weeks. Whats wrong with me? What should i do for it? Please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Neem oil- good for acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers (taken either orally or externally)

      This is something I use every day and I got rid of my cystic acne and my eczema. 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.

  36. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of dandruff?
    i have a rare skin condition in my hair making my scalp basicaly dry 24/7 i belive its called sirosis not sure but ive tried all kinds of shampoos now i currently use nueva for men it works nice but i dont have a problem with it falling out of my hair but i can feel it in my head when i rub my hands thru my hair and i stimulate my scalp it doesnt help much either any ideas?
    Im able to keep it undercontrol if i wash my hair be4 school but at night if i do then sleep its all over my head??

    • ANSWER:
      My ex-fiance that I just broke up with had psoriasis. Is the skin on your scalp red and flaky? Here is a picture of what it would look like:
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/medical/IM01662

      He was able to get his dandruff under control using home remedies for dandruff. If you want, here's what he used:
      http://beautifultoday.info/home-remedies-for-dandruff.html

  37. QUESTION:
    Am i sick? what is this?
    I have this rash (pictures in link below) for the last 4 days and its beginning to spread. it is small bumps on a red background to the rash. I think it might be Shingles but im not sure. i had chickenpox as a kid. it is just under my right breast and it is very sore to touch. now as of today (photos taken yesterday) the red bumps are beginning to turn a slight yellow colour and the skin is becoming tight,
    addition information: i have sporadic psoriasis but that is mainly on my head, i know this is not psoriasis beacause it is sore to touch
    i do have a very picky diet eating mostly potatoes and sausages, so i am anemic. but other than that i am in quite good health. please help i heard shingles are a sign of cancer.

    http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n531/mauraclaire/519.jpg
    (close up) http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n531/mauraclaire/520.jpg

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Why is my hair falling out so rapidly all of a sudden?
    I am a 26 year old male. My hair loss is NOT hereditary. Everyone on my mother's side of the family has such a full head of hair. My older brother has zero signs of hair loss. My mom's brothers all have a thick full head of hair. Her dad is somewhat badling but he is like 85.

    Ever since I was really young I've had issues with my scalp. My mom says that as a baby, I had a really dry scalp condition. Her english was not the greatest but it sounds like it might have been psoriasis or excema? Anyways for as long as I can remember I've always had a dry scalp and my hair falls out very easily. I have no idea why.

    At about the age of 18 I started losing my hair pretty badly, then I quit smoking, started eating healthier, and started taking propecia. Then it basically stopped since then and I've had some new growth. Now for the last 4 months, my hair has started thinning drastically and in the last few weeks, its been ridiculously quick. I have taken picture of my hair every few weeks in the exact same room, same spot, same lighting (to ensure a proper control) and it is thinning so badly.

    After I shower, I dry my hair with a towl and theres atleast 50 years. I ran my hand through my hair once over the sink and counted 17 hairs. Thats ONE stroke of the hand. This is definitely not normal. I'm not under any major stress and haven't had any major life style changes.

    This is really driving me insane and I'm getting pretty depresses and insecure because of it. Yes yes I know, be proud of who you are blah blah but I simply cannot help how I feel.

    I am currently on propecia (finasteride), as well as minoxidyl, and using the revita hair regrowth shampoo.

    Is there any suggestions from anyone? This is really driving me crazy.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you need something stronger. Just keep in mind that once you start using propecia your old hair will fall out and replace it with stronger hair, you might be on shedding time, ( it happens every 3 to 6 months) what worked for me is using BOTH propecia and rogaine together, and I got discourage for the first few months but kept at it and now my hair problem is gone. Try them you'll be happy you did. Be patient and be ready to spend lots of money. Don't use that cheap propecia used the original kind. Remember that you get what you pay for. That cheap kind is only 1 mm compare to 5 mm with the original so try it.

  39. QUESTION:
    might have an STD and im suicidal?
    Guys.. I need help.. I am severly depressed and I think I have an STD, which I am not sure.. I was with a girl 2 years, we had sex, but broke up almost 2 years ago so I had no problems with my penis after that, Then about 7-8 months ago I met this girl and she had given me head, and again after that maybe 6-7 months ago. Now I originally thought it was Genital Warts/HPV. But once I studied pictures online they really dont look much alike at all. These spots dont "pop" (like a pimple) they dont leak any fluid like Herpes, they are just "there". The one spot on my Glans (tip of Penis) sometimes flakes a little bit, almost scab-like. I HAVE gone to my family doctor, which had said it was NOT an STD and not to be concerned, but he didnt take too much time to inspect. I have made an appointment with a dermatologist to check them out, as hell know more than my family doctor. My scrotum has been a little itchy, but mostly only when I start scratching it first. The spot on the Glans doesnt bother me a bit, its just there. Can anyone please help me figure out what this is? Because ive been thinking of hanging myself over this, I want to be free and clean of any STD and just go celibate. I havent slept in 3 days because I cant about this. the doctor prescribed me a tube of Triamcinolone but it had not cleared up the spots.. I have made the appt with the dermatologist but its going to be weeks til he sees me, can someone PLEASE look at my pictures of what i have (no genitals showing, just the affected spots) bcause im afraid im going to hang myself because I dont wanna live with an STD.. thanks...
    some of the pics have a "first started" and a "current pic"

    http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp16/polarisrida69/Decorated%20images/Glans1.jpg
    http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp16/polarisrida69/Decorated%20images/Glans2.jpg
    http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp16/polarisrida69/Decorated%20images/Scrotum1.jpg
    http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp16/polarisrida69/Decorated%20images/Scrotum2.jpg
    http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp16/polarisrida69/Decorated%20images/Scrotum3.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      Please excuse my less then tactful approach to respond to your questions...

      First, I am not a doctor nor a health professional and as such please take what I say as my personal opinion.

      Second, whatever this is will not kill you. Contemplating suicide will not resolve this issue, if you feel you are suicidal then you should contact someone with much more experience in that matter. Your local emergency dispatch center will more then likely be happy to assist you in locating one.

      Third, The average general practice doctor sees five STD patients a week. That means that assuming your doctor happens to have forgotten all 8 years of medical education, the approximate 756 STD cases he saw during internship and residency and additional 5 per week since, he is fairly confident that it is not a STD.

      Take the steroid you were prescribed, see the dermatologist, and consider expressing the urgency of your visit to the dermatologist or your doctor. It is quite possible that if you are flexible that they may be able to see you sooner.

      Diagnosis with the symptoms you describe is impossible and anyone whom attempts to do so with the information you have provided is being hasty, foolish, and should not be substituted for seeking professional medical attention.

      Some great information can be found by contacting your doctor or perhaps reading up on the beginning stages of skin disorders such as plaque psoriasis... They might clue you into what different skin disorders look like so you can discuss them with your doctor and avoid a hastily made mistake such as suicide.

      Best of luck.

  40. QUESTION:
    does anyone know if cracked, fissured, torn skin can clear away or are you stuck with it forever ?
    ive already seen to dermatologists, the first one was dismissive, abrupt and said i had to problems..

    the 2nd dermatologist acknowledged there was cracked , torn, fissured skin, but said she didnt think there was a skin disorder like psoriasis or dermatitis or balantitis.

    she had pictures taken of the area, to be sent away to london, for another dermatologist to look at the area, i had a follow up appointment where he also said from viewing the pictures , ' there was no skin disorder and it was normal '.

    i had a swab taken on the day, that came back yesterday and it reported it was normal.

    i said to the dermatologist i was still unhappy and not reassured, and i wanted a 3rd opinion, she has written a letter to my gp that i want a reccomendation to see a professor about the condition for a 3rd opinion.

    the condition ive got i was told by somebody that excessive masturbation could have caused it , ive masturbated over 12 times a day, everyday, for as long as i can remember.

    ive beenchecked out at thesexual health clinic months ago, the tests supposedly were clear.

    i have a foreskin , iam NOT circumsised, but it doesnt completly cover the whole of my penis.

    the problem ive had, that i cant recall when it started is ; on the surface of the head of my penis , the skin is all cracked and torn, like fissures in the skin..

    the cracked skin is not sore or bleeding or injured in anyway, there just simple little cuts and cracks covering the head of my penis, like little knife slits.

    im very sensitive down there and am easily aroused, very sensitive.

    i also have a small round patch of discolouration on the head of my penis , where the skin pigmmentation is off colour or lighter, on the side of the head.

    i cant recall when the cracked skin started, and for a while i simply thought it was normal until i saw other males penis in pictures and saw their penis heads were ' smooth ' in appearence.

    like i said ive masturbated excessively for as long as i can remember over 12 times everyday, im starting to get pulling pains in my pelvis now when i masturbate.

    i wait anxiously for this 3rd opinion and what the cause of the cracked skin is on my penis and whether it can be cleared back to the smooth appearence..

    does anybody know anything at all about cracked torn, fissured skin , and whether it can be cleared ?

    or is it something i will have on the head of my penis for life ?

    • ANSWER:
      Just like any scrape or cut, when you keep re-injuring it,..it is never going to heal. You have to be responsible with your personal Hygiene, and stop the outrageous amount of masturbating you are doing, before you really cause some permanent damage to yourself. If you stopped the masturbating, for a month, and used sween cream, or even nothing on it and just let the flesh heal, I could almost promise you without a doubt, that you would be fine,...Please take good care of yourself and avoid this kind of additional stress, that you don't need in your life right now.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are these itchy red areas on my elbow w/yellowy bumps, look sort of like mosquito bites, dry, red, itchy?
    I have some itchy red areas on my right elbow, with puffed up yellowy bumps that look sort of like mosquito bites, but are smaller than a bite. They are quite close together, hot, red, itchy, and dry. I apply lotion frequently, which helps the dryness and some of the itching. Any pressure, such as leaning my head on my hand against a table, hurts terribly, as does scratching. The area will clear up after 2 to 3 weeks, and reappear about ever 4-5 weeks. If I cut open the little bumps which sometimes will bleed profusely and is so extremely painful, they clear up much faster, within a few days. Once, I visited the dermatologist clinic, but it was during the very last couple of days in which it is clearing up--it was very dry, white, the bumps were no longer raised-- the doctor checked it for ringworm, which it looked similar to but it was negative. She told me it was just dermatitis, dry skin, and applying lotion would rid it. Obviously it has not been only as simple as that.. Also, it has returned and now there is a very small portion of the same symptoms on my left elbow. I am afraid that it is spreading, and worsening. So far no signs that it is contagious, none of my family nor boyfriend have had anything similar. I have taken a picture, but I don't think I can add it on here... The affected area has about a quarter-sized circumference(on my right elbow), and only roughly the size of a standard pencil eraser on my left. I've looked around a little bit, and the closest thing (but still not very spot-on) is Psoriasis.. But it is definitely not a large area, it does not flake, nor turn very white until a few days before it clears up.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you'll need to go back to the dermatologist while the outbreak is at its worst.

      Have you considered that it might be an allergic reaction - contact dermatitis - because you're allergic to one of the surfaces you rest your elbows on sometimes. Maybe it's been cleaned with a cleaner that you're sensitive to.

  42. QUESTION:
    Flaking/Crusting behind ear?
    I am now experiencing flaking and crusting behind my ear ever since I moved from Hawaii to Texas... It didn't happen when I was in 5th grade when I first moved to Texas, Started in the 6th grade and Now I am in the 8th grade... I have a afro, here is a picture of a big flake from behind my ear... This may look disturbing.

    http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh193/ventilagon/Yeah.jpg

    What is this??? I use lotion, Head & Shoulders, and all kinds of thing but it ALWAYS comes back within minutes, hours, or days (1-3 days)

    This is happening on both sides of my head... The left side is flaky and the right side has bigger flakes.
    So it started when I was 11... Could this be a rare case and a causes from puberty?

    Help me! Please!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like psoriasis to me. Maybe you should ask your doctor.

  43. QUESTION:
    why do I have tiny bumps all over thighs, and how do I get rid of them?
    Alright guys. I would be overwhelmed with joy if somebody has the answer for me! Now, I do have some mild skin issues, including mild psoriasis on my scalp, very sensitive skin (to perfumes in soap only, really) and I have had these LITTLE TINY BUMPS ON MY BUTT and THIGHS and it drives me insane. They are not pimples, they kinda feel like perma-goosebumps with little tiny, tiny fine hairs like the rest of my body, but I don't shave up that high because my hair is so fine. I have tried scrubbing the Sh!t out of my skin on my thighs, applying lotion, and everything. They're not pimples, as I said, they do not form heads of puss or anything they're just these little stupid bumps. No where else on my body are these bumps found and I would like my skin to be as soft on my thighs and bum as everywhere else, I have very soft skin. I do kind of have a pear shaped body with more of my weight in my thighs and butt (but I am not overweight), does it have something to do with that? I don't know. Please help!! :)
    I use Dove on my entire body because it's the only one so far that doesn't mess with my skin. I will try a pumice stone! and It's not like excema, I don't think, they 1feel kinda permanent and never change! But thank you for your help:)
    I looked up folliculitis and it doesn't look like that, and I don't imagine it would look like a mild version unless there was absolutely no red pigmentation what so ever. they are not infected, I dont think, they're just hair bumps. Hmm :S thanks guys I would give you thumbs up and best answers but unfortunately I just joined!! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Your talking about keratosis pilaris there are 3 differnt versions of it. Its actually genetics and it can happen if you have allergy towards gluten. Scribing in some forms can make it spread. It goes away with age there are some lotions and scrubs made for that. Don't take hot showers and you need a moisturizer with aha something. It gets worse during winter. Try drinking apple cider vinegar 2 table spoons 3 times a day. Google it you will see pictures im sure that's what it is.

  44. QUESTION:
    rash on baby, advice and help?
    ok so i went to the doctors friday and he said it could possibly be chicken pox, im a little paraniod and what not because we have been waiting for a year for his operation which is ont he 25th may for his minor hypospadius problem. but it doesnt look like chicken pox at all! he hasnt got a fever, hes eating and playing as normal, his body is not covered head to toe, it seems to me like heat rash but its under his left armpit spreading a lil down his left side and a few on his legs. it doesnt look like chicken pox at all. do i go back and see another doctor. unfortanetly i cant take a picture to show you as i cant find my lead but the rash is a little bit like a cluster, red, look like blisters and he as a few sore ones but i think thats where hes scratched them.

    has anyone had this with their little one and if so what did you do?

    • ANSWER:
      My son had a rash which we were told was chicken pox,then scarlett fever,then viral rash and finally diagnosed with guttate psoriasis which was a result of tonsillitis. Its not contagious and had no fever. It was all down his legs and arms. Its worth looking up :)

  45. QUESTION:
    why won't anbody help me!!! ?
    is it a case of ' if it doesn't affect me i'm alright jack ? ' is that it ? !!!! !
    here was the question i asked before:

    iam a 36 year old male, ive been checked out at the std clinic and got the all clear. however for a long time now ive noticed '' fissures '' like a '' cracking '' in the skin on the head of my penis, they don't hurt, but its for vanity reasons i'm concerned...how it looks...their pronounced cracking and fissures...like breaking, tears in the skin on the head.

    its looks very shrivelled and wrinkled when not erect....and the head of my penis is small, where as other males ive noticed from pictures have a large shaped HEAD on their penis.
    ive been worring could it be lichen sclerosis or anything else...i can get erect and function normally, but its just the fissures and cracks in the skin that are worrying me...i dont have any white patches normally associated with lichen sclerosis.

    ive been refered to a dermatologist who i see in march 08, so im anxiously waiting.

    mean while can anyone advise me on this on what the fissures are or mean and how they can be cleared up ?
    also the head of my penis is small compared to a lot of other men who have a round and large mushroom shaped head.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sure you realize it's impossible even for a doctor to evaluate your condition without a physical examination-- although you did offer a thorough description and some background info re: your condition.
      I can however, offer my opinion;

      The problem you're describing is not unusual at all, and there can be many causes. Some are a relatively easy diagnosis/ fix. Others, not so much.

      First, the "not so much"......

      I know you said you were tested for "STD's" but there is no test at this time to determine human papillomavirus in *men*. HPV is VERY common and includes more than 100 different strains or types and more than 30 of these viruses are sexually transmitted. Most men do not show symptoms, but unfortunately, certain strains of HPV can lead to penile or anal cancers. Some men will develop genital warts along the penile shaft or on the tip, while others have presented symptoms not unlike the type you are reporting.

      Here's a link that will give you additional information-- All men should educate themselves on the topic of Male HPV:

      http://www.cdc.gov/STD/hpv/STDFact-HPV-and-men.htm#test

      Also, it could be a yeast infection. Yes, men can contract a yeast infection if they have *unprotected sex* with a partner who has a yeast infection. It's unlikely, as your symptoms are limited, but something to consider and definitely yet another reason to practice safe sex.

      On the bright side, there remain several other possibilities. Fortunately, many conditions will be ruled out through your upcoming visit with the Dermatologist. Two skin ailments to be considered are dermatitis and psoriasis. Neither are serious.

      Moving on.... have you recently completed a course of antibiotics? Certain antibiotics have been known to result in symptoms similar to yours in some men. Symptoms can present themselves even several months after treatment.

      Another possible culprit could be the type of lubricant you use during masturbation. If you're using some type of body lotion or hand cream there is every possibility that could be related, if not causing your condition. You should only *ever* use water-based lubricants designed for use in the genital region.

      Then we must consider condoms. It's possible to have a reaction to different types/brands of condoms which can bring about dry, cracked skin on the tip of the penis in particular. The reaction can be long-term and a real pain in the... penis.

      Lastly, it can be as simple as the type or brand of soap you're using. Have you changed brands recently? Are you "lathering up" more vigorously lately? Either way, I would suggest you stop using soap on your penis altogether until your appointment. Plain H20 is just fine. Leave it wet after your shower and finish with a very light coat of Vaseline to create a nice barrier of moisture.

      Well, that's about it. I hope I've been of some help to you. I'm working the ER tonight and need to get back to it.
      Frankly, I'm inclined to believe the symptoms you've described will likely prove to be a skin condition which will be relatively easy for your Dermatologist to diagnose and treat. Try not to stress too much in the interim. Chances are, you may discover that the problem is linked to soap, condoms, etc. on your own.

      Take care and best of luck to you.

  46. QUESTION:
    WHAT IS THIS RASH ON MY SKIN?!?
    ive had this really weird rash on my skin for about 3 months now. i have no idea what it is and ive been to both the dermitolagist and my doctor. they are clueless! the rashhy thing can be as big as a dollar coin to as small as a dime. and its not allways in a perfect circle. sometimes its an oval or a weird shaped oval. its very red at times and other times its sometimes just pink. if you look closely at it it looks dry and scally. like flaky kind of. alot of the times it itches really bad then burnes afterwords. sometimes it is sensitive to water like when im in the shower. my doctor told me to use this fungal cream and when ever i put it on it makes it redder and even more itchy. its on my chest, a little bit between my breasts, under my chin, on both sides of my forehead and underneath my hair line on the back of my head. its really rough too and it kind of feels like its thicker than my skin like it sticks out a little bit. i have a picture for you to look at. please help me. im 16 and embarresed to go anywhere. i have to constantly zipper my jacket all the way up because it looks gross. in person its alot redder than in the pic. please help. idk what to do :(

    http://s953.photobucket.com/albums/ae12/sammiibabii9593/?

    action=view&current=03010002311.jpg&newest=1
    ok thankyou i will do tht next time i go to the docs.

    • ANSWER:
      It does look like something fungal to me, but here's the best thing to do. Use the cream like the doc told you, and if it doesn't work, ask your doc for a skin biopsy. Now this will leave a tiny little scar, but it's painless and it will tell them ABSOLUTELY what the problem is. I had to have 2 to diagnose my psoriasis, and it took forever to get them, but it was worth it!!!! Some docs can be jerks about doing the biopsy for whatever reason, so keep hounding about it. Hopefully, the cream will work and then all you really need to know is how to avoid getting it again, if you can. Good luck!!!

  47. QUESTION:
    scalp treatment? Am I really balding?
    went to dye my hair a few days ago and the hairdresser there said that I am experiencing some hair loss on the top of my head. That freak me out because I am only 23 and am afraid of going bald. I don't think I drop a lot of hair daily, probably about 40-60 hairs.

    She said that I have a sensitive and dry scalp which is completely opposite of what my previous hairdresser told me in which my scalp is oily and has slight dandruff and gave me an anti-dandruff shampoo previously which I used twice weekly. Now my scalp has become dry and sensitive?

    I'm baffled by the whole thing. The current hairdresser than used a scalp scanner to scan my hair saying I have some inflmmation and recommend me to go for a scalp treatment and promise results within 1 session. I signed up for 1 session for 1/2 price. The normal price is 8

    However when i went home I started to ponder over it and thought that inflammation part she was showing me in the pic was just one inflamed hair follicle that was zoomed in to make it look bigger plus she kept rambling about on how the inflammation was caused by infection of virus or bacteria which I thought was really strange.

    I asked people around me whether I am really balding and they said my hair is totally fine. I have seen a dermatologist quite some time ago for mild psoriasis and he has checked my hair before and said I the psoriasis will be on my scalp as well and gave me an anti-dandruff shampoo but overall I'm fine. However that was 2 years ago.

    I'm still very scared of lack of hair growth. I don't think I treat my hair badly, just relaxing yearly and dyeing for every 6 months though I have an intention to stop the relaxing as it seems to damage my hair ends. I have quite long hair that is 2 inches below the bra line. I have been parting my hair to the left on the same position for the past few years.

    This is my the top my head: http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh300…
    http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh300…

    Really balding or it is just the hairdresser trying to use some scare tactics on me?
    http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh300/madcancer7/P1020532.jpg
    http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh300/madcancer7/P1020529.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      Thanks for the update on the pictures. I was just ready to say that I couldn't see any pictures from your first two links.

      I think the top of your head looks fine. You can see a part in the hair, but it doesn't look like you're balding. I'm not an expert, so maybe you have the early signs - but it's certainly not obvious to your average person.

      Can you get your money back? If so, I think I would hold off on getting any treatments just yet. I'd get a second opinion (especially since what this person is telling you is opposite of what you were told before).

      Don't stress over it (stress can cause hair loss)!


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Natural Psoriasis Scalp Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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:-)

  10. 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

  11. QUESTION:
    What can I do about my scalp psoriasis?
    My scalp psoriasis is very itchy and sore. What should I do, I have tried different shampoos and nothing seems to work. Should I get a special psoriasis shampoo and conditioner? If I go to the demetologist will she give me pills or just a cream?

    • 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. QUESTION:
    What are treatments for Scalp psoriasis?
    my scalp has had dry red patches on it that flake, sometimes if scratched it will even bleed a little. we are going to the dermatologist in a few days to see if it is for sure psoriasis. what are some of the treatments doctors do to help stop it? and i was curious will they make me stop styling my hair a certain way because it may affect it? (i use mousse in it every night to curl it) any tips about this would be great! thanks!

    • 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

  15. QUESTION:
    how can you get rid of pshoriasis from your scalp?
    I have had psoriasis on my scalp for about 3 years now. And I have tried everything to get rid of it. Can you tell me a way I can properly get rid of it for good? Its really embarressing as well because all the dry skin fall onto my shoulders and people keep thinking I have dandruff.. It's really annoying me because I've been trying so hard to get rid of it.

    • 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.
      Best,
      Gussie

  16. 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

  17. QUESTION:
    Ways to get rid of psoriasis/seborrhea on the scalp?
    I've had this before and used coal tar shampoo to get rid of it. I'm trying that again (2-3 times a week), but it doesn't seem to be working this time. Other than going to a dermatologist, is there any other way to get rid of it or at least lessen it? My next step is to try the salicylic acid shampoo, but I would like to hear about some natural, herbal remedies also.

    • ANSWER:
      I cleared my psoriasis with SerenaSkin herbal remedies. I used ointment and spray on the scalp, and took anti-psoriasis extract internally. This treatment cleared my scalp just in a couple of weeks. A year later it is still clear. It is the best natural treatment I've ever tried.

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of psoriasis?
    I have always had this condition. I got it to go away for about three years and with it becoming colder and close to the winter season, it is out of control. Many tiny little dots all over the place. Anyone got any natural/medicine remedies I could try? I'm desperate cause it spreads fast :(

    • 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.

  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:
    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.

  24. QUESTION:
    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!

  25. QUESTION:
    My fiance has a very bad case of psoriasis. Any suggestions as far as treatments?
    It's worst on her scalp but it has started to spread onto her nails and even her arms. I feel so bad for her because she is very self conscious about it. Any suggestions or advise would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, she 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 few 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.
      Best,
      Gus

  26. QUESTION:
    Can psoriasis be spread from human to human?
    I have psoriasis on my scalp. My mothers partner has it to. Could it have been passed on to me from him e.g - using the same towels after showering or some other way.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is not contagious. 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 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,
      Tami

  27. QUESTION:
    What could I use on my scalp for itching from psoriasis?
    I was told (no tests) by a dermatologist that I had a form of psoriasis on my scalp. She just said I had to Shampoo every day and it should clear up. It hasn't. I use Head & Shoulders for itching. But no relief.It makes small bumps, is red and itchy. I can't seem to keep my hands off it. It itches like crazy. Any 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.

  28. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of back acne?
    I have bacne pretty bad i mean its not terrible and i have no scars or pus or anything but i hate it and I am on prescribed drugs to fix it. Also i wash my back with sea salt and coconut scrub i make or a natural sea salt scrub that exfoliates and cleanses or proactiv or neautogena(cant spell) i mix up my scrubs alot to get a variety. I know its "bad" but i about once a week use a 10% benzoyl peroxide cream the doctor gave me. I also keep my hair off my back and get lots of sun on it. I also use an oil free moisturiser occasionally. I am going to Hawaii in just over a month and would love to have a clear back but i don't know what to do. Any suggestions other then putting alcohol on it. Just to let you know my face is completely clear and I don't even scrub it. Oh yeah I'm a 14 year old girl. I apologise for all the bad spelling thanks sooo much if u could answer xx

    • 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)

      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.

      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

  29. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a pimple?
    I have a huge pimple on my nose! It is absolutely ugly and I feel so insecure in school. Is there any natural remedies that can get rid of or atleast reduce redness and size of the pimple within a few hours or overnight. I've heard of using toothpaste, baking soda, tree oil, apple cider vinegar and acne creams. I have tried the toothpaste, and it does not work and the ice cube remedy just increases redness but reduces size. Am I doing these procedres wrong, if so, what is the correct method? I have school tomorrow, and need it to disappear A.S.A.P ! Please help ): ..!

    • 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.

  30. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a pimple?
    I have a huge pimple on my nose! It is absolutely ugly and I feel so insecure in school. Is there any natural remedies that can get rid of or atleast reduce redness and size of the pimple within a few hours or overnight. I've heard of using toothpaste, baking soda, tree oil, apple cider vinegar and acne creams. I have tried the toothpaste, and it does not work and the ice cube remedy just increases redness but reduces size. Am I doing these procedres wrong, if so, what is the correct method? I have school tomorrow, and need it to disappear A.S.A.P ! Please help ): ..!

    • 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.

  31. 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! ;)

  32. QUESTION:
    whats the best remedy for eczema on the scalp and on body?
    I have tried shampoo with Tar and salisylic,,then after shampoo scrape the scales with coconut oil.with the body i soap with bar that indicates for eczema and psoriasis then apply daktarin as per Dr...but it seems too slow to work.

    • ANSWER:
      For me natural treatment worked better than prescription medications. . I cleared my eczema with serenaskin herbal remedies in less than 2 weeks. They do not have side effects like steroid creams. Itching subsided after first application of ointment and spray, I felt a relief right away, and I also took eczema extract to prevent future flare ups. It has been several months ago and my skin is still clear.

  33. QUESTION:
    I have dandruff. What can I do to cure the problem?
    No natural remedies thank you very much!
    I want very good advice. Advice I can take. Very good advice
    I need advice and what i can take like natural remedies, shampoo, counter prescipations, meds.
    I need advice and what i can take like natural remedies, shampoo, counter prescipations, meds.

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment

      Dandruff is a chronic condition that can almost always be controlled, but it may take a little patience and persistence. In general, mild scaling can often be helped by daily cleansing with a gentle shampoo to reduce oiliness and cell buildup.

      When regular shampoos fail, 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 their active ingredient:

      * Zinc pyrithione shampoos (Suave Dandruff Control Shampoo, Head & Shoulders). These contain the antibacterial and antifungal agent zinc pyrithione, which has been shown to reduce the fungus that causes dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.
      * Tar-based shampoos (Neutrogena T/Gel, Tegrin). Coal tar, a byproduct of the coal manufacturing process, helps conditions such as dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis by slowing cell turnover. But coal tar has an "earthy" smell, can give light-colored hair an orange tint and may make treated skin more sensitive to sunlight.
      * Shampoos containing salicylic acid (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 counter dryness.
      * Selenium sulfide shampoos (Selsun, Exsel). These shampoos help prevent cell turnover and may also reduce the number of malassezia. Because they can discolor blonde, gray or chemically colored hair, be sure to use them only as directed and to rinse well after shampooing.
      * Ketoconazole shampoos (Nizoral). The newest addition to the dandruff armamentarium, 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 5 minutes — this allows the ingredients time to work. Some experts suggest lathering twice for best results.

      If you've shampooed faithfully for several weeks and there's still a dusting of dandruff on your shoulders, talk to your doctor or dermatologist. You may need a prescription-strength shampoo or more aggressive treatment with a steroid lotion.

  34. QUESTION:
    I have facial seborrheic dermatitis & Its getting bad. What otc products can help me treat it?
    Also is there a daily face care treatment available?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, you can try one of the natural treatments available on the Internet. 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,
      Gussy

  35. QUESTION:
    How do i get my psoriasis to leave my head?
    well i'm in cosmetology school, we;re learning how to shampoo soon and we practice on eachother, but i'm really embarrassed of my scalp psoriasis so how do i get rid of that and the flakes?

    • 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 Chempori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they then stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: chempori is available online without prescription and comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.
      Best,
      Tami

  36. QUESTION:
    How often should I wash my hair ?
    People tell me sometimes you have to let your natural oils out and not shampoo too much, but I feel my hair isn't clean. Sometimes my head itches really bad. Please Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Washing less often, builds the natural oil your hair needs, to get them smoother, shinier, silkier, softer. Man-made products are just temporary, until you wash them again, and at the same time washing off the natural oil your hair NEEDS. Hair products just absorb on your hair if they're dry, like a sponge.
      Jessica Simpson have figured it out, she said she wash her hair every week. She used to abuse her hair, then start selling hair extensions because her hair starting falling from all the chemicals, but she woke up and found out how to keep her hair healthy AGAIN.

      Your scalp itches BECAUSE:
      An itchy scalp is an inflammatory reaction of the skin underneath the hair on your head. An itchy scalp is a common problem, particularly among adults. An itchy scalp may or may not be associated with a visible rash or broken skin. In some cases, an itchy scalp can begin suddenly and disappear quickly by itself or with minimal treatment, such as a mild allergic reaction or sensitivity to a new hair product. An itchy scalp can also occur over a relatively long period of time, such as when itching is due to scalp psoriasis.

  37. QUESTION:
    Whats a good cleansing method for psoriasis/sebborhic dermatitis for the face?
    My skin and scalp is severly flakey and scaly and i dont know what cleaning method to do. I have tired noxema and them a face moisturizer. But my skin is so dry it doesnt last throughout the say the flakes and scales come back. Would the oil cleansing method works if so, how would i use it?

    • 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.
      Best,
      Gus

  38. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of Psoriasis on my arms and scalp?
    I have tries steroid ointment from the doctor and have tries all moisturisers.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, you can try one of the natural treatments available on the Internet (just google "natural treatment of psoriasis") 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 comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work - it's free.
      Cheers,
      Stella

  39. QUESTION:
    What could be causing my psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis on my scalp and have tried nearly everything to get rid of it. The dermatologist has prescribed several oils, creams, foams, etc and nothing has worked. I have also tried some natural things like tea tree oil, emu oil, etc to no avail. What could be causing this? I have not had it my entire life, only about a year and a half. Could it be something I eat/drink?

    • 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.

  40. QUESTION:
    Difference between dandruff and dry scalp or psoriases?
    I think I have dry scalp because my hair doesn't get oily and when you have dandruff,I've heard your hair gets oily. So, how do you tell which one you have? And also,if I do have dry scalp,what's the best thing to "cure" it?

    • ANSWER:
      Dry scalp is just when your scalp doesn't have as much moisture as a normal scalp. You can usually use a scalp oil in your hair that contains no PETROLATUM OR MINERAL OIL.
      Dandruff is when you have flakes on your scalp that is very itchy. Unfortunately, You can't "cure" dandruff but you can control it by using medicated shampoos like Head and Shoulders, Selsun Blue, Nuetregena T/Gel, etc. Basically try to find shampoos with Salicylic Acid or pyrithione zinc. Some people use natural oils like Teat tree oil but usually help mid dandruff.
      Psoriasis is a a disease that is basically like dandruff but in bigger patches and usually more visible. You would probably need a prescription shampoo/treatment

  41. 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

  42. QUESTION:
    What are good treatments for severe psoriasis and exzema?
    My mom has bad areas on the soles of her feet, her fingers, her elbows, and other places. She sees a dermatologist, who gives her steroid creams and injections. They don't last long, and she is starting to have side effects from the steroids = the moon face, etc. Does anyone know any other suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I had great success with anti-psoriasis cream/spray combo from http://www.champori.com It cleared my 4 year old psor. in just over 2 weeks, and I haven't had a remission for a year now. (mine was plaque p., mostly on arms, legs and scalp) They offer also natural remedy for eczema. These products are natural (herbal) without steroids, and with money-back guarantee policy they are free if they don't work.

  43. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of my horrible flaky scalp?
    I have a horribly flaky scalp and i have tried using oil rubbed into my scalp but it doesnt work. i have tried rubbing my fingers into my head hard when i wash it but nothing works. PLEASE HELP ME! how to stop it! thanks soo much

    • ANSWER:
      Flaky scalp, or dandruff, is a common skin problem affecting millions of people worldwide. You lose dead skin cells from your scalp on a daily basis. When more are lost than normal, they stick together forming the grey or white flakes called dandruff. There are innumerable factors that can contribute to a flaky and dry scalp, including harsh hair products, weather, allergies and skin diseases. There are numerous products that can treat a flaky scalp, however most of them contain harsh chemical which can irritate your skin. Using safe natural herbs can prevent this from occurring and effectively treat a flaky scalp.
      Apply aloe vera gel directly to your scalp every day especially in the morning. Aloe vera can help loosen flaky dandruff so it can be washed off easily. Aloe vera can also help moisturize your scalp preventing future dandruff outbreaks. Apply the gel 30 minutes before showering. Massage the gel into your scalp and leave on for 20 minutes then massage your scalp and rinse off in the shower.
      Shampoo your hair with an apple cider vinegar and coconut oil mixture daily. This mixture will help dissolve dandruff while moisturizing your hair. Make a bottle by adding half a cup of apple cider vinegar to one cup of coconut oil. Stir and pour into a small bottle. Apply and massage the shampoo into your scalp for 5 minutes and rinse well.
      Treat a flaky scalp by pouring and massaging Vitamin E oil to your scalp. The oil from this vitamin will loosen dandruff, balance scalp oils and prevent scalp dryness. Apply it generously to your hair after showering or 15 minutes before styling your hair. You can also take Vitamin E supplements to help your scalp internally. The recommended dosage for Vitamin E in capsule form is one 500 mg capsule once a day.
      Apply eucalyptus oil treatment to your scalp. Eucalyptus oil can tone your scalp to reduce oiliness, itchiness and flakiness. Mix 3 to 4 drops of eucalyptus oil in 1 tbsp of water and massage into your scalp. Leave the mixture on your scalp overnight and wash off in the morning.
      ________________________

      A dry, flaky scalp can have a number of causes, from winter weather to harsh hair products. A little TLC and the right products can go a long way toward restoring moisture to a dry scalp.
      All skin cells shed, and the skin cells of the scalp are no exception. But sometimes so many scalp skin cells are shed that they become noticeable as tiny white flakes in your hair and on your shoulders. If you have a dry, flaky scalp — especially if the flaking is confined to the top of the head, the hairline, or the back of the neck, and the flakes are tiny and white — the cause may be as simple as dry winter weather or the way you take care of your hair.

      In some cases, scalp flaking can be due to another condition. Dandruff makes skin cells flake off, but they’re usually oily rather than dry. If heavy dandruff is accompanied by intense scalp itching, the problem may be a form of eczema called seborrheic eczema, which causes irritated skin to become red and inflamed. Scalp psoriasis also causes flaking, but the scalp is typically itchy and irritated and the flakes, or scales, are silvery.

      Treating Scalp Flaking
      If you have a dry, flaky scalp, it may be time to make some changes to your hair-care routine. Try the following tips:

      * Shampoo the right way. Especially in winter, when the air is dry, use a shampoo and conditioner for dry scalps. It also helps to limit how often you shampoo. Too-frequent shampooing can strip the scalp of moisture from its natural oils. And use only a little shampoo each time. Using too much makes it harder to rinse it all out — and any shampoo left behind dries and flakes off.
      * Turn down the heat. Too much heat on the scalp can irritate it and dry it out, making it even flakier. Taking long showers that are hot, hot, hot can add to the problem. The same goes for overusing blow-dryers and curling irons. Instead, shower with warm (not hot) water, and let your hair dry naturally.
      * Massage your scalp. This increases blood flow to the scalp. It also helps clear any blocked pores, and that can release the scalp’s natural oil. A scalp massage also loosens dead skin cells, making them easier to wash away.
      * Use an oil treatment. Try one from your local drugstore or hair salon, or try olive oil — some people swear by it. Rub the oil into your scalp, wrap your hair in a towel and leave it on for about a half hour. Then rinse the oil out with lukewarm water and shampoo.
      * Wear a hat in summer. Getting a sunburn on your scalp adds to its dryness. Cover your head with a hat when you’re in the sun.

      When to See a Dermatologist
      If at-home treatments don’t do the job, visit a dermatologist to see if there’s a medical reason behind your flakes. He or she can prescribe medications for eczema or psoriasis, if it turns out that you have one of those conditions. Your doctor can also prescribe a dandruff shampoo or suggest an

  44. 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

  45. QUESTION:
    Are they are natural ways i can make my hair less dry?
    I straighten my hair everyday and dye it often, because of this it can be dry at times. I use conditioner but it never seems to do the trick. Are there any natural ways i can help my hair have more life?
    Not straightening everyday is not an option lol
    There*

    • ANSWER:
      Oil, is what you are looking for, there are different oils depending what you are trying to treat. Massage into scalp and hair at least once a week. Also you should mix essential oils with Carrier oils.

      Every essential oils has its specific use:

      Lavender- is great for soothing the scalp and calming the hair.

      Basil- promotes growth by stimulating circulation and works well with fenugreek and ivy burdock herbs as well. Basil is used in shampoos and conditioners that are designed for scalp health.

      Chamomile- is the most soothing of the essential oils for the hair and scalp. Chamomile helps to retract skin cells that have been inflamed from chemical procedures, the sun and helps with those that have scaly scalps in including a lot of white flakes or psoriasis.

      Lemon Essential oil works well for a treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and under active sebaceous glands. The sebum on the hair is what keeps it from dry out. Curly hair tends to be more dry and can benefit from lemon essential oils. Be very careful to only use lemon on hair that is too oily as this can seriously dry out the hair after just one washing or rinse.

      Myrrh is typically used for those have greasy hair and those that want a more purified scalp. It is used in very small quantities.

      Peppermint helps to stimulate blood flow to the root of the hair. This helps the hair to receive proper nourishment and to grow correctly. Peppermint makes the scalp tingle and this is what stimulates the blood flow to the hair.

      Rosemary essential oil works great for dry hair and dandruff as well as itchy scalp!

      Sage is one of the best scalp clarifiers. It deep cleanses impurities away from the scalp and works well with other herbs to heal scalp problems such as psoriasis and helps when used with zinc to end dandruff symptoms.

      Tea Tree essential oils works to purify the scalp. It works extremely good for those that suffer from scalp psoriasis and scalp dandruff. Has antibacterial properties.

      Ylang Ylang essential oils for Oily hair and dandruff treatment.

      Always remember that you cannot use these essential oils for hair direct to your hair, but you should mixed with carrier oils first.

      Carrier oils that have a benefit to hair are :

      Olive Oil
      This oil can be combined with other nice smelling essential oils. Olive oil is especially beneficial for dry hair suffering from indoor heating and sun. The hair is nourished and will regain its elasticity after a treatment with this oil. Apply the oil to towel dry hair and leave on for at least half an hour.

      Jojoba Oil

      Jojoba oil can be used with any hair and skin type. Extremely damaged or breaking hair will benefit from the healing qualities of jojoba oil. This truly is one of the best essential oils for hair loss due to breakage. The oil can be applied as described before and a very small amount applied to the skin of the face will help prevent hair dye stains when dye is applied.

  46. QUESTION:
    What are the best natural acne remedies?
    I have heard of the use of Rice bran oil and Tea tree oil to treat acne, but I didn't know if theses were any good or if there were any alternatives. What else is there? Also were can i buy stuff like this for the best price?

    • 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.

  47. QUESTION:
    Very effective ways to get rid of acne FAST?
    I have, Minor acne. Most of it is just scars though. I really want to get rid of it so my face can clear up for summer. I have baking soda, face masks, face wash, and stuff like that. I heard if you mix baking soda and water and put it on your face it should help. Then I heard about aloe vera. But I don't know if these work. Does anyone know of ways that will work fast that are all natural and I can do at home?

    • 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.


natural psoriasis scalp treatment

Psoriases

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How can you get other parts of your body affected by Psoriases ?
    I have psoriases over 5 years now and i still dont know how other parts of my body gets it, could you please give examples and explanations i would really appreciate it. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      It is caused by your immune system, it doesn't spread if that is what you mean. Some parts of the body are more prone to the condition than others.

  2. QUESTION:
    What kind of beauty problems do you have but can't find any information on?
    Excema, psoriases, rotting teeth, gaining weight? Im trying to find things so I can help people.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a dropping eyelid - a ptosis I believe - hard to find information on. Also, what to do about a problem pore that is always clogged.

  3. 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

  4. QUESTION:
    Difference between dandruff and dry scalp or psoriases?
    I think I have dry scalp because my hair doesn't get oily and when you have dandruff,I've heard your hair gets oily. So, how do you tell which one you have? And also,if I do have dry scalp,what's the best thing to "cure" it?

    • ANSWER:
      Dry scalp is just when your scalp doesn't have as much moisture as a normal scalp. You can usually use a scalp oil in your hair that contains no PETROLATUM OR MINERAL OIL.
      Dandruff is when you have flakes on your scalp that is very itchy. Unfortunately, You can't "cure" dandruff but you can control it by using medicated shampoos like Head and Shoulders, Selsun Blue, Nuetregena T/Gel, etc. Basically try to find shampoos with Salicylic Acid or pyrithione zinc. Some people use natural oils like Teat tree oil but usually help mid dandruff.
      Psoriasis is a a disease that is basically like dandruff but in bigger patches and usually more visible. You would probably need a prescription shampoo/treatment

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between contact dermitis, psoriases, and eczema?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis are huge, big flakes that are usually in the hair. They look like mega size dandruff. As for eczema, it is a condition that affects the skin. Like, for example, I get that around my neck every summer. It is usually white and itchy. I have to use a cream every time, during the summer, to control the itching. Personally, I think it is like hives. That's what i think.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can anyone suggest something for dry and sensitive scalp?
    I have a problem. I have a dry scalp. I've been using Head&Shoulders for many years and it worked alright. About couple of months ago my scalp got really dry by the forehead. I decided to try Biolage Hydratherapie because Head&Shoulders started to really dry my hair out. I've used the new shampoo and conditioner about 6 times and now i have dandruff in spots where i did not have it and my head itches sometimes by my forehead.

    • ANSWER:
      I highly recommend Scalp Therapy for Nioxin. I have psoriases on my scalp, and you probably have it too to be honest...anyways, its cleared up my scalp great, I love it. I only have to use it once a week now to keep the dryness and flakes away.

  7. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of dandruff?
    I have had dandruff for awhile now i am currently using head and shoulders and it is not working. I have used other dandruff products also but with no luck.

    Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Dandruff products arent working because you most likely dont have dandruff. Dry scalp is often mistaken for dandruff.
      What you need is to moisturize your scalp. I suffered with this for many years, and I always will i think. What I use is called Nioxin, get the shampoo and the scalp therapy (will cost you max but it will last a long time) its been the only thing that works for me. You can get it in salons, or beauty supplies, or cheap online.
      I only have to use it once a week now to keep the flakes away, which im happy about, and it also makes your scalp feel great.

      If that doesnt do it (which i think it will) than you need to see a doctor as you may have psoriases

  8. QUESTION:
    what is the best dandruff shampoo?
    I dandruff a lot my head always itching a lot. When I do put oils in it doesn't help me at all. What is the best shampoo to use to help me get rid of this? But Im a black person is there suggestion for me?

    • ANSWER:
      I highly doubt what you have is dandruff. Dandruff is generally oily.
      What you have is either dry scalp or psoriases.

      Try some tea tree oil, or a scalp moisturizer like Nioxin Scalp therapy. If those dont work you can buy an over the counter kit for psoriases that will have hydrocortisone in it, or see your doctor

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the best over the counter/ Home remedy treatments for psoriases?

    • ANSWER:
      There are topical tx, mostly tar, but they arent as strong as the prescription. I've had this since I was 19, I'm turning 43... I've tried it all and the other fella is right, not much works on a full time basis either the prescribed or the OTC.

      T/Gel makes a great shampoo. I think they have a body bar. My grandfather swore by palmolive soap.

      Get yourself a good dermatologist who's board certified in dermatology, I also participate in several studies, they are fun and you get paid and sometimes free drugs ( some studies are double blind and you may get placebo).

      Others will swear by oatmeal soaps and lotions, they've nothing for me.

      I have a friend who swears by "glove in a bottle" high dollar lotion, its grand, but I cant say it does much for my psoriasis.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is it safe for me to get a tattoo even though I suffer from psoriasis?
    I'm scared the tattoo will heal too quickly and turn into psoriasis!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, like u I also suffer from psoriases.. I can say i got my tatts when i didnt have a bad outbreak so i never got psorases on my tatts after i first got them.. i have 4 tatts 2 on my chest and one on my back and one on my leg.. but when i do have a outbreak i do break out on my tattt mostly on my leg. My doctor had originally told not to get no more tatts because it might break out all over it..talk to ur doctor. but if u can heal up a lil first make sure u have the creams and the what nots available. I say if u really want a tatt u should not let psoriases stop u.

  11. QUESTION:
    I am so embarrassed of my psoriases?
    I cant put on shorts, dresses, sleeveless tops, have to be in a weave/ wig. It is so ugly to be exposed. not extensive, but the patches are just too gross. I am on Diprosalic lotion and polytar shampoo for the scalp, and Exevate cream for the skin. Is there something better?

    • ANSWER:
      i.e. "get over it???" really? that was RUDE! I know what it feels like to have an easily seen disorder. I have an autoimmune disorder that causes me to have hives all over my body in patches that itch like crazy. I used to work at a dermatologists office and one of the best things to do for it is tan. Not for very long and not long enough to burn. But that exposure to UV is really great for psoriasis. Good luck and hopefully one day you can embrace it!

  12. QUESTION:
    my scrotum has a medium sized patch of white skin that feels different from the rest of my scrotum?
    like rough and flaky

    im 16 and i have not had any sexual contact with girls so should i be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be Psoriases. I first got it when I was around 12. It disappeared and then came back on my elbows and knees. It is a skin disorder that is no contagious. It happens when your skin cells over develop (basically) and leaves rough, scaly, skin patches that may or may not scratch. After a few years of this condition I was sexually active and found a couple patches on my penis. It was psoriases.

      If it is for you, it will be white and scaly, prolly itchy. The key is, for this instance, they more you masturbate the more it will hurt. The less friction, the faster it will go away.

  13. QUESTION:
    reasons for psoriases?
    is psoriases is aresult of weak liver

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is an "auto-immune" disease which means that when your body's own immune system is fighting off germs it sometimes damages to the rest of the body too. There is a long list of auto-immune diseases and psoriasis is one of them. Specifically, it has to do with a problem with your white blood cells and your skin cells regenerating too fast - not your liver.

      One important point, I was originally diagnosed with psoriasis and it turns out I had something else called "Tinea Versicolor" which is much easier to treat and cure. I was misdiagnosed for years by both a regular doctor and a dermatologist. It wasn't until they sent a skin biopsy off to the lab did I get my answers.

      If you haven't done so already, go see a dermatologist and ask about TV because it looks just like psoriasis.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is anybody using Ovasome for Psoriases?
    If not, what is the best thing/Cream to use?

    • ANSWER:
      I have never used that product, as the only type of psoriasis that I have is scalp psoriasis. Mine has been controlled (really eliminated!) by ketoconazole shampoo. It's a prescription shampoo that I've been using for over 2 years, and it works. No more flakes, no more itching, just a normal scalp. Plus, the shampoo doesn't stink like all of the tar shampoos. If you want more information on my psoriasis, and the latest news and research about the disease, go to the following website:

      http://www.psoriasite.com

  15. QUESTION:
    does my girl have psoriases because i have?
    I have psoriases.I am 25 years old.I have 2 kids.My girl who is 2 month old has skin problem witch is silvery and scaly. Does she have psoriases?

    • ANSWER:
      Whereabouts on her body is the rash? Psoriasis is pretty uncommon in babies but her risk is increased if one or both parents have the condition.

      The best way to get a proper diagnosis is to see your Dr because sometimes infantile eczema (which is really quite common) can look a lot like psoriasis. It's important not to use adult psoriasis creams or medications on babies.

      This is a link to more information about psoriasis in babies. http://www.babycenter.com/refcap/baby/babyills/babyrash/1134884.html

  16. QUESTION:
    is psoriases of the scalp permanent or does it occur only occassionally?

    • ANSWER:
      it can clear up for months or if your lucky years,but has a tendency to come back,

  17. QUESTION:
    Doctor gave me topical cream for my Psoriases, how do I get rid of it all together?

    • ANSWER:
      Sadly you can't. Psoriasis is usually genetic and it is something that your skin will always do. The best to hope for is a remission of sorts, it can go away for years. Always take good care of all of your skin because the psoriasis has the potential to break out anywhere on a susceptible person.

      Good luck,

  18. QUESTION:
    the positive and negative effects of being exposed to UV light?

    • ANSWER:
      Pros: Exposure to UV light provides heat which stimulates circulation. It also increases Vitamin D production. UV light also been shown to cure diseases such as Rickets, Lupus Vulgaris, and Psoriases.

      Cons: Overexposure to UV light could cause sun burn which could lead to Skin Cancer and Premature Aging.

  19. QUESTION:
    i am suffering from psoriases from 6 months?
    please tell me sir is this diseases can be cured ?
    which vegetable and fruits should i eat and which dont?
    is photosurgery help in this case?
    which doctor in the world which treat me best and cured me from this disease?
    reply me fast sir.

    • ANSWER:
      Jatt - Do a Google or other search for Psoriasis Fact Sheet
      Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory condition affecting the skin.
      A normal skin cell matures and falls off the body's surface in 28 to 30 days. But
      a psoriatic skin cell takes only three to four days to mature and move to the
      surface. Instead of falling off (shedding), the cells pile up and form the lesions.
      Psoriasis most commonly appears as raised, red patches covered with a buildup
      of dead skin cells.
      Whilst psoriasis generally appears on the scalp, knees, elbows and torso,
      lesions can develop anywhere, including the nails, palms, soles, genitals and
      face which is rare.
      Studies have shown that between 10 and 30 % of sufferers also develop
      psoriatic arthritis, which causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the
      joints.
      Psoriasis isn’t contagious. While the exact cause is unknown, there is thought to
      be a genetic link and most researchers agree that somehow the immune
      system is mistakenly triggered, speeding up the growth cycle of skin cells.
      Psoriasis can be triggered by emotional stress, injury to the skin, some types of
      infection and reaction to certain drugs.
      Psoriasis is not just a cosmetic problem – around 60% of suffers surveyed
      reported the disease caused large problems in their everyday life (2001,
      National Psoriasis Foundation, US). Because the skin controls the body’s
      temperature and acts as a barrier to infection, severe psoriasis can cause poor
      circulation, fluid loss and infections.
      In addition to its physical impact, because psoriasis is a highly visible and
      lifelong disease, it can also affect sufferer’s emotional, psychological and social
      well-being.
      For more information:
      National Psoriasis Foundation (US) www.psoriasis.org
      FACTS:
      Psoriasis affects an estimated 2-3 percent
      of the world's population – that’s around 125 million people worldwide.

  20. QUESTION:
    Does putting vasline on your psoriases makes it worse ?

    • ANSWER:
      Vaseline will help to remove the flakes and hydrate the skin. So it helps psoriasis.

      Don't except psoriasis to just go away because you are using vaseline though. Yes moisturizers and vaseline if applied daily can help but it's not a treatment.

      You will need to see a dermatologist and get a proper treatment if you want for the patches and spots to completely disappear.

      Gluck

  21. QUESTION:
    what can i use to clear up rash?
    i have been with this skin problem for like a while now and i dont know what i should do or use to make it go away. i also have it on my back, which is the worst. here is a few pictures: what do u think it is? i also have very dry sensative skin. i tried calling demratology's but they dont accept new patients. so please let me know what i can use to clear it up thanks. btw one of my friends said it might be psoriases but i dont know. please help.
    http://tinypic.com/r/2unvqmf/6
    http://tinypic.com/r/258o0ba/6

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't say that's psoriasis, psoriasis is usually scaly and silvery looking.
      To me that looks like eczema, although the pictures aren't that clear. If it's dry and itchy and appears in patches then that's more than likely what it is. My advice would be to use an aqueous cream and see if that helps.
      Unfortunately if it is eczema it is likely you have it for the rest of your life, though it will come and go as it pleases.
      I would suggest you visit your GP and get it checked out in case it is a bacterial infection. If it isn't, they will at least be able to suggest what you can use to treat it and possibly tell you what it is and potentially refer you to a dermatologist.

  22. QUESTION:
    i have a bad case of psoriases and it itches like crazy what can i do to relieve the itch?

    • ANSWER:
      Here we go again, I have Psoriasis and I make sure that all my clothing is 100% cotton as man made fibers tend to cause it to itch. Then try taking Omega 3 or Evening Primrose Oil everyday for at least six months and see if that has any affect. Try and use a 'lemon' soap, find this really helps with the scales.

  23. QUESTION:
    I think I have some zits on my scalp?
    What can I do? I feel these itchy bumps on my head under my hair.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe it is Psoriases.I have it sometimes,it does go away for a while.If I do not get stressed,it does not come back often. It seems to thin out my hair when I have the inflammation stage of it.I think there is something you can get from the Dr, for it.I will not use it because it is thick and creamy and I don,t want that on my hair.

  24. QUESTION:
    what can i use for this?
    i have been with this skin problem for like a while now and i dont know what i should do or use to make it go away. i also have it on my back, which is the worst. here is a few pictures: what do u think it is? i also have very dry sensative skin. i tried calling demratology's but they dont accept new patients. so please let me know what i can use to clear it up thanks. btw one of my friends said it might be psoriases but i dont know. please help.
    http://tinypic.com/r/2unvqmf/6
    http://tinypic.com/r/258o0ba/6

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your doctor. You need a referral from you doctor to see a dermatologist.

  25. QUESTION:
    what can i use for this? :(?
    i have been with this skin problem for like a while now and i dont know what i should do or use to make it go away. i also have it on my back, which is the worst. here is a few pictures: what do u think it is? i also have very dry sensative skin. i tried calling demratology's but they dont accept new patients. so please let me know what i can use to clear it up thanks. btw one of my friends said it might be psoriases but i dont know. please help.
    http://tinypic.com/r/2unvqmf/6
    http://tinypic.com/r/258o0ba/6

    • ANSWER:
      it looks Like eczema or Ring worm But I Really cannot tell
      I think you should contact a Doctor so he can Help and give
      medicine and pills to fix your problem Just Google Free clinics
      on you area so you can fix you problem I Hope you get well soon
      Don't get depressed you will get better.

  26. QUESTION:
    Can I use methotrexate to treat psoriatic arthritis when you also have gallbladder stones and severe attacks?
    I've been diagnosed with psoriases, psoriatic arthritis (which is now severe, the swelling won't go away, and my finger's are starting to become deformed and it's really painful. I've also been diagnosed with gallbladder stones. I've tried a lot of anti inflammatory pills and none help. My one specialist suggested that I start IV treatment (remicade) but my other specialist refuses to prescribe it and he wants me to start methrotrexate. I don't know if that's a good idea since I found out that I have gallbladder stones since I've been having attacks for about 6 years and they last more than 6 hrs.My attacks are severe and last 9 to 15 hrs. Even the hospital couldn't figure out what was wrong with me until now that I've been diagnosed (6 yrs later) . I'm only 24 and I'm hoping to get my health back on track. Thank you so much

    • ANSWER:
      Hang in there! I have psoriatic arthritis as well, but was fortunate enough to be diagnosed within 2 years of my first symptoms. I also have a history of stones, but mine were kidney stones. I'm currently on methotrexate, celebrex and sulfasalazine as well as folic acid to curb the side effects of the meds. The sulfasalazine is the medication most likely to affect the stones, more likely than methotrexate. From the research that I've done (and the three specialists that I have met) on it, it is suggested that you drink plenty of water every day to prevent stones. However, in your case...I would suggest seeking a third opinion so you feel more comfortable making the decision. Also, I'm including a link to some tips on easing some of the pain that can be associated with the disease. I hope some of them help. Good luck!!

  27. QUESTION:
    Can I use methotrexate to treat psoriatic arthritis when you also have gallbladder stones and severe attacks?
    I've been diagnosed with psoriases, psoriatic arthritis (which is now severe, the swelling won't go away, and my finger's are starting to become deformed and it's really painful. I've also been diagnosed with gallbladder stones. I've tried a lot of anti inflammatory pills and none help. My one specialist suggested that I start IV treatment (remicade) but my other specialist refuses to prescribe it and he wants me to start methrotrexate. I don't know if that's a good idea since I found out that I have gallbladder stones since I've been having attacks for about 6 years and they last more than 6 hrs.My attacks are severe and last 9 to 15 hrs. Even the hospital couldn't figure out what was wrong with me until now that I've been diagnosed (6 yrs later) . I'm only 24 and I'm hoping to get my health back on track. Thank you so much

    • ANSWER:
      The 2 specialists need to talk to each other.

      If they can't agree, make a list of all your questions about treatment. Then ask them BOTH the questions.

      Sorry for such a nonspecific answer, but there's a lot involved in the drugs and the conditions.

      Best of luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    My condition makes me feel really unattractive :( (i'm 15 years old)?
    Hi, I'm 15 years old, and I was diagnosed with psoriases (condition similar to eczema) a few years ago, when I was about 10

    When I think about it, I get really upset sometimes because I know that the creams that I need to use daily for it age my skin, and I'm so scared that because I will need to use it for pretty much all my life, that I will look so much older when i'm about 30..any impact at all really scares me

    Also, I think that the patches that I have look gross, and that when I get a boyfriend, he's going to put his hands on my bare back or something like that and feel them and be really grossed out :'(

    Please help me to feel better.. do you have a condition? Do you feel self conscious about it? How do you deal with it and maintain confidence?

    Thankyou so much

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    Ways outside of Shampooing to get rid of dandruff? ?
    I have heavy dandruff and heavy breakage...which I'm told is due to my constant use of Dandruff shampoo. I was wondering if there is any way to get rid of dandruff without using the shampoo? I'm tired of my hair breaking.

    • ANSWER:
      If your constantly using dandruff shampoos you need to find out if it is really dandruff. It could be dry scalp, or psoriases.
      The first thing you need to do is go buy a scalp moisturizer. My fave is Nioxin Scalp Therapy, but its sometimes hard to find (look in salons and beauty supply's) if you cant find that AG Stimulator Balm is a good and Matrix also makes one, and these are easily found in salons/beauty supply.

      Try that for a week or two. If that doesnt clear it up, you probably have psoriases. In that case, see your doctor. They will prescribe a shampoo or cream that you put on your scalp (it does not smell good, but it works) that will finally get rid of it.

      For the breakage, start using a leave in conditioner, and do a deep conditioning treatment or protein treatment. I like Redken Extreme Deep fuel or Joico Deep Penetrating Reconstructor. Condition with regular conditioner each time you do a treatment.

      Let me know if you need more help. Good luck =)

  30. QUESTION:
    how to say no to my husband not every time he want sex i also want stop force me?
    iam his second wife every time he sees me he want sex, not providing any thing not even buying milk for our 5 moths son, out standing all kind of bills, no money at all for me and his son not at all he takes from me iam foreigner in his country and he make a use of it, iam having psoriases and he making me uncomfortable, left me after delivery for vacation with his first wife, i have no job living by small saving i had, he is not fixing my marriage to him officially so i have visa problem as well....he left me during my pregnancy when i asked him he said i didn't see any chance of having sex so i left.

    • ANSWER:
      You appeared to him only as sex object of desire. I think the best solution is leave him because the longer you're with him, your life would be tear down by him eventually! It's still not too late to do it.

  31. QUESTION:
    Should I ask my sister to be a bridesmaid?
    Here's the issue - my sister is a recovering heroin addict. She's been off the streets for 5 years but still takes morphine all the time (as the withdrawals are deadly). She cant function without it. She's very slow n lethargic but it's how we've accepted her better than the streets right? I'm 23 she's 39. I love her dearly but she needs a makeover badly. She has brassy orange frizzed out 80s hair bad psoriases and rotting teeth from drug addiction. I really want her to be part of things bug I would have to guide her through n give her a makeover. Also worried about getting her ready day of. Sheis very helpful and reliable just slow to go. I put my fiancees little sister who is my age in the wedding. I don't wanna hurt her feelings and I feel as if I should include her too...

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think she needs to be a bridesmaid. She is much older. Find something else she can do.

  32. QUESTION:
    6"W, 2"D Insect bite/sting bothering me years later?
    Four or five years ago, I stayed at an eastern Boston, MA hotel. Shortly after returning to my upstate NY home, I woke in the middle of the night because of outer rear right thigh pain that felt similar to being forcefully pinched by someone with long fingernails or being impaled by a needle. However, I was so tired, that I simply sat up, fluffed the pillow, and fell back asleep. It may be of note that I was sleeping on my back.

    The next morning there was a 6 inch wide inflammation that protruded 2 inches from my thigh where I had experienced pain the night prior. For the exception of a red portion in the center, it looked like a 6 inch wide, 2 inch deep mosquito bite i.e. the 6 inches of smooth inflammation was flesh or just lighter than flesh toned. The defined, round, red portion at the center of the inflammation was raised an additional millimeter or two from the rest of the inflammation and had miniscule bumps; and these miniscule bumps lined up so that it looked like a tiny daisy or flower head. The entire inflammation was the itchiest thing I’ve ever experienced. It didn’t hurt unless something touched it, but when something touched it, even lightly, it was more excruciating than any surgery I’ve had. This pain was literally pain, not burning or stinging. To the touch, the inflammation was slightly warmer than surrounding areas; I expected it to be warmer than it was. There wasn’t a blister, pustule, ulcer, puncture, stinger, or any visible opening from inside the inflammation to the outside of the inflammation. There were no vascular “trails” or “tracks.” I did not have a fever. No other part of the body seems to have been effected by this inflammation.

    During the following two days the 6 inch wide, 2 inch deep flesh toned inflammation reduced into a defined 6 inch wide, red, flat, smooth, round, sensitivity that wasn’t as dark as the aforementioned eraser-to-dime sized center portion. The center was still raised a millimeter or two from the rest of the inflammation, but the miniscule bumps started to subside. Familiar with how to observe Lyme and MRSA, I traced the parameter of the entire inflammation with a marker. And with that I ruled out MRSA and Lyme.

    The lighter red portion reduced in size over the next week to week and a half. Some days it would get slightly larger than the day prior, but ultimately the entire inflammation shrunk to the size of the darker red center portion. And with that I ruled out MRSA and Lyme.

    Over the next two to three weeks the dark red center portion turned waxey, or like it was covered in psoriatic skin plaque, and then faded into what looked like a dime sized flat, smooth, hyperpigmented birthmark.

    The issues are: A.) it’s still here all these years later, B.) It’s now larger than a silver dollar, C.) gets larger every time I take a sulfa antibiotic, C.) the remaining “birthmark” portion first raises a millimeter or two from the surrounding skin, gets itchy, then waxey like a rogue patch of psoriases when I take sulfa antibiotics, D.) my physician isn’t taking me seriously about this.

    What do you think?

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    I am using methrotrexate for my psoriases and psoriatic arthritis,?
    I was wondering does methrotrexate make u feel groggy and tired for a few days and if anyone knows when that side affect wears off. oh i am also taking folic acid as a supplement

    • ANSWER:
      Thankfully I have managed to avoid methotrexate. However I understand that yes, it can make you feel groggy and tired, even on folic acid. I do not know if you are taking the injections or the pills, but the side affects wears off one to two days after administration.

  34. QUESTION:
    Company to do reaserch with medications for psoriases?
    experimental medication

    • ANSWER:
      www.psoriasis.org. This is the webpage for the National Psoriasis Foundation. I believe they have a section on clinical trials.

  35. QUESTION:
    What early symptoms about of Psoriasis?
    please help

    • ANSWER:
      For me the first sign was itchy flakey scalp, which for ages I thought was just dandruff, but eventually it got stronger and I scratched a few really big bits off that made me worried.

      I also had a few spots on my legs that took a while to heal. I kept picking at the scabs and even when there was no redness or blood bits left it would keep getting really thick skin covering over. With Psoriases the skin plaques can appear at random on your skin or in some cases it can occur after a wound, piercing or tattoo.

      It's also quite common for the skin on your elbows to get ticker and drier too. A lot of people have this and don't realise its Psoriasis. It doesn't always spread and some people only get very mild amounts.

  36. QUESTION:
    who can advised a good psoriases doctor in punjab in Ludhiana? ?

    • ANSWER:
      Any dermatologist having done his MD is good treat psoriasis - a chronic disease.

  37. QUESTION:
    The real n true solution 2 get rid of psoriases,because tried all kinds of medicines since 32 years.solve ,?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. I recommend that you should try the herbal anti-psoriasis remedy by Champori. Get their spray/cream combo: it worked better than anything else for my plaque psor.: my patches cleared in about 2 weeks and I haven't had a flare up for more than a year now. Champori is available online from Champori.com and comes with money back guarantee; so if it doesn’t work – it’s free.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  38. QUESTION:
    what is psoriases?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriases is a chronical skin desease. There are many forms of psoriases. Most of the time tou get red bumbs and a lot of skin flaks.

  39. QUESTION:
    why is psoriasis a disqualification in the military?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriases is not a skin disorder, it's a problem with the immune system. Any injury to the body (even if it's nowhere near where it flares up) as well as stress can trigger it to get really really bad. And, it's already a sign of a weakened immune system.

  40. QUESTION:
    Psoriases? ?
    Sorry I don't know if I spelled it correctly, but I was wondering for any of you who have this skin problem if you have found any medication that works, topical or oral, and what the name is please.

    • 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 .

  41. QUESTION:
    is psoriases occured by sex?
    rply me fast sir
    i am suffering from that disease

    • ANSWER:
      it is an auto-immune disease It is not contagious; but looks very odd to look at or even touch it..

  42. QUESTION:
    any cure for psoriases ?

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    i have psoriases why do people stare when i wear shorts or t-shirts?

    • ANSWER:
      Because people don't know how to act or have respect for others.But they don't like it when someone does it to them, do they? I don't like it that young women are being socialized to think that showing as much skin as they can is a good thing. I don't stare at them. I don't like it that young black men think that wearing their pants down around their knees is making a statement but I don't stare at them. It is just ignorance. Ignore it!! That is what ignorance means - something for you to ignore!!! Feel better? I hope so. Really.

  44. QUESTION:
    what to do for psoriasis?
    my aunt has horrible psoriasis. anyone have good luck with anything? medication or herbal!
    she has talked with the dermatologist and has been undergoing treatment for over a year. it isn't working and over the winter has gotten worse. i am trying to find out what has worked for others in case she hasn't tried it yet.

    • ANSWER:
      My mom as psoriases but tell her not to take any medications and dont stay in the sun because you can die if you have psoriases and your outside too long because you cant sweat and you can collapse but sometinme this year it will get better just like my mom and you cant die from it dont worry

  45. QUESTION:
    My scalp psoriases is fine but now on my body?
    Alright ive had scal psoriasis for a while now but i got tgel and it has really helped. But now after i got into a fight with my gf my psoriasis is everywhere around my groin and upper legs area. There is dry skin everywhere. But earlier that day that i noticed them before the fight i also went swimming in the pool and the effected parts are the ones that i couldnt wash the clorine water from because i dont like going nude in public pools and it was covered by my shorts. So does anyone know what it could be, could it be the stress or the clorine. Also how do i treat psoriasis on the body. I mean scalp has tgel but what should i use for the body. Ill try staying as stress free as i can and ill stop using the new antipersperant that i got. I used to go without antiperspirant and i never had it. I seem to be getting alot under my armpits. And my new job requires me to smel good and i have used more of the axe stuff than usual. Like 10x more. maybe that could be too. Any inputs

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is triggered by stress, but not allways. keeping the skin clean and dry works best for my friend, aswell as loose clothing with no polyester, just natural fabric, will breathe better. Sun helps and vitamin D. the chlorine didn't help your condition. There are gels and creams for the body aswell. my friend has some prescibed by her doctor with hormones in them, he is a specialist dermotologist. Maybe a dovctor can advise better?

      greetz, Niek

  46. QUESTION:
    is chronic plague type psoriases sexually transmitted?
    if the female is suffering for 7 yrs how much %age the children would be with same disease

    • ANSWER:
      (Please watch your spelling, it's plaQue - you'll give people the wrong idea.)
      You are also using the wrong term, - it is not transmitted by having sex, --- I think you mean is it hereditary - transmitted down the generations to children. Scientists are not sure on this point, but they think some may be. I have psoriasis, and no one at all in my family, past or present, had it.

  47. QUESTION:
    What medication is the best for Psoriases brought on by stress.?
    At the moment, my doctor has prescribed Halabetasol .05% for my skin lesions. I break out with red scaby warts all obver my body. They have the apperance of smallpox but I don't get sick. The lesions go away when the stress goes away. When the infection susides it leaves white areas where the lesions where.

    • ANSWER:
      Work on some Yoga or meditation to get rid of the stress, seems like the best solution to me.


psoriases

Psoriosis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of my psoriosis?
    I am 25 and I have had psoriosis for the past 20 years all over my body, in the past 10 years in has become much worse on my face. I have tried all sorts of stuff, but does anyone know of any short or long term cures? I'm not too bothered about my body, it's my face that I want to clear.

    • ANSWER:
      I have psoriosis...it depends if you are willing to use natural medications...
      What I did to heal mine is: I used an intestinal cleanser for a week, then I took a parasite medicine(everyone has parasites) for a week, then I went on a sugar diet for 6 months. Sugar is horrible for the immune system, and since psoriosis is a problem with the immune system it causes break outs. Also, I would suggest to eat less carbs, because they cause yeast to grow in the body, which also causes break outs.
      For outside treatments, I would suggest Pokeweed. DO NOT USE STERIODS! You can get cancer a lot easier that way! To get the crusty skin off I always put Vasaline on at night, so in the morning it was soft and I could scratch it off without harming the other layers of skin. I went to a dermotologist and they didn't do ANYTHING! Don't always trust the doctors to know everything.
      Another thing...if you stay out in the sun a lot, the next time you break out it will be worse. Believe me I know.

  2. QUESTION:
    what topical treatment do i put on my psoriosis after ive been out in the sun?
    i was laying out in the sun and now my psoriosis is very red, should i put on a topical cream? what kind?

    • ANSWER:
      Salicylic acid is the perfect active ingredient against all psoriosis. (facial, mouth,etc.)

  3. QUESTION:
    Anyone know any good, fast and cheap, if not free ways to clear psoriosis?
    I'm am suffering from Psoriosis, it is literally on every part of my body. It's causing me exptreme pain at times and always great discomfort. I need help. I'm only 18 and have been going though alot of sircumstances that have made me between jobs so I'm very low on cash to help me with getting medicine or anything. I just don't know what to do about this anymore and I'm willing to take any suggestions. PLEASE HELP! Thank You!

    • ANSWER:
      Believe it or not, the sun, and chlorine in pools... so once you start swimming sit in the sun and soak it all in = ) Also do not use scented lotion!!!! I was told by a doctor not to use scented lotions because it worsens it and makes it more itchy...also if you have it on your scalp like I do... the psoriasis shampoo nutregina works pretty well = )

  4. QUESTION:
    Is the clam of homeopathy to cure 'Psoriosis' true?
    As homeopathy claims to cure psoriosis permanently, true? While we know its not curable and its a life long.

    • ANSWER:
      Psorissis is likely caused by a food intolerance,like gluten and or casien,from dairy products.This is due to the improper processing,which destroys the enzymes in the foods,then you end up with adverse reactions.Could be from something else,like soy,or corn.Homeopathy can heal.Mainstream medicine is looking to sell you bogus medicine for profit.

  5. QUESTION:
    what is a good natural substance that can coax psoriosis?
    i have a small case of psoriosis on my leg and i heard natural substances like oils and sand stuff can help. any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I went to a health food store recently and asked them what they could offer in the way to calm my psoriasis down... They offered me a product called Celadrin it comes in a cream and a pill. Celadrin has been known to help inflamation of joints and such. They
      (researchers) actually did a small study on people who have "P" and over a 2 week period they noticed a the psoriasis calming down. I am currently trying this, but it is suggested that you don't just use the cream should also use the pill because you need to work on the internal as well as the external. A good diet will help.

  6. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of dark elbows and knees?
    I have had a skin condition for years. I wasn't born with it, but around the age of 12 I developed dark, thick skin on my elbows and knees. I've been to numerous dermatologists. One of them said that I have psoriosis. My current dermatologist say that it isn't likely. I know most African Americans have darker knees and elbows. But I've never seen anyone else with my skin condition. I'm currently using a salicylc acid treatment. It is an ingredient found in corn removers. Can anyone reccommend a good dermatolodist? I live in NYC, but am willing to travel to fix my problem.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there. The only thing I can think of is make sure you don't have a lot of dead skin build up in those areas and use lots of moisturizers to keep your skin at it's best. I'd probably pick a more expensive, non-scented brand of moisturizer if you think you have a skin condition also. Good luck to you.

  7. QUESTION:
    My Dad has psoriosis, on the back of his head & in his ears. He was told to use Denorex. What else can he do?
    He also has clear white ooze coming from the back of his scalp where the psoriosis is located. What can he do, besides use certain shampoos?

    • ANSWER:
      Clear white ooze is a sign of infection, I'd get it checked.

      Vitamins such as D and E help skin grow healthily and certain creams can keep it moist and clean. If it is particularly bad (ooze to me says that it is) he may need to see a dermatologist and see if a steroid medication, anti-histamine or antibiotic is in order.

  8. QUESTION:
    My Dad has psoriosis, on the back of his head & in his ears. He was told to use Denorex. What else can he do?
    He also has clear white ooze coming from the back of his scalp where the psoriosis is located. What can he do, besides use certain shampoos?

    • ANSWER:
      My Dad had psoriasis for much of his adult life and NOTHING worked until he went to a dermatologist who prescribed "Ultravate Cream, 0.,05%." It's generic name is halobetasol propionate cream. It was amazingly effective. Check with your health care provider about it.

  9. QUESTION:
    My Dad has psoriosis, on the back of his head & in his ears. He was told to use Denorex. What else can he do?
    He also has clear white ooze coming from the back of his scalp where the psoriosis is located. What can he do, besides use certain shampoos?

    • ANSWER:
      I heard sunlight helps, it may not if he has lots of hair. Also try hydrocordizone, which you can get at any pharmacy.

  10. QUESTION:
    does any nerve medicines help with psoriosis?
    I have bad psoriosis and it is getting worse with my work im noticing its spreading. I also get worked up about stuff and have a bit of a temper:) and minor depression.so i get mad easily and i know stress is what causes it. Will any nerve medicines help with this do you think has anyone had any sucsess?? please and thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Get some cold/expeller pressed oil and take a few tablespoons of it a day. Something like safflower oil is great, make sure the bottle is sealed and refrigerate it before you open it. It should not have a strong taste, if it gets one throw it away and get a new one. That and a little vitamin E would be great. Try taking 1 mg of melatonin at night it is great for enjoying your evening and making the stress go away. If you are not happy at your work, get another job, it is important to your health that you are happy. If you are working under bright lights all day take some Vitamin A to replenish it and sleep in a dark room if you can.

  11. QUESTION:
    how to cure psoriosis on hands?
    My hands are cracking and I have psoriosis on them, how do I cure this?

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    I have had 3 surgeries in a year and a half?
    Gallbladder, tumor on my uterus and an ovarian cyst, resulting in the loss of the ovary. My skin and toe nails don't seem to be the same ever since. I am constantly itchy, all over my body to the point where I bruise. I scratch the surface so hard (even in my sleep!) that I break the skin and it looks like I have measles all over. I also have a rash on my left wrist and the whole top of my left foot. I thought it was psoriosis but I could be wrong. Could it be from the medication from the hospital... still?

    • ANSWER:
      Ewwww! TMI - go to a doctor and don't post this kind of stuff. Ick.

  13. QUESTION:
    are raw eggs good for dry scalp?
    because i have major psoriosis. and i was wondering if it would help thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I used warm to hot water and had no problems when I mixed egg ..my hair is just wonderful,go and try it you will be amazed ....as used in many hair salons,,...

  14. QUESTION:
    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 Champori.com 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.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  15. QUESTION:
    has any one used or is using psoriosis phototherapy UVB lamp, do they work?
    I am looking into buying one, but at £150 I need to know if I am waisting my money.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you find it clears up slightly in the sun? My aunt goes on holiday every year & finds some relief in the week she is away so bought a UVB lamp. It does help, but not as drastically as when on her hols. So I guess it depends on whether you have the patience to carry on using it, if you don't see immediate results.

  16. QUESTION:
    I am wondering what is the best type of lotion to use for psoriosis?
    I have it on my elbows and below the knees.

    • ANSWER:
      I have it on my scalp, my elbows legs, ear, it seems like it shows up whenever or where ever it wants to... lol.. it sucks.

      I have gone through a variety of lotions and medications. they all seem to work at first then they stop, its like my body becomes immune to it.. I would go see a dr if nothing is working for you.

      if you cant get a prescription would go down the ointment isle at walmart or wherever and look at labels, they will usually say whether or not they treat it.

      GOOD LUCK! I know it really sucks..

  17. QUESTION:
    Does fish oil help with eczema and psoriosis?
    I don't have a real bad case yet,I use steroid cream so far.When I get lazy,my chin,around my eyes, and my ears get red,and I get like a dandruff type dead skin on them.

    • ANSWER:
      Fish oil helps (you don't put it on your face, mind. Get it in the dietary supplement section; look for Omega-3 oil). Steroid creams should be used very sparingly because they do have side-effects. Try a natural cream instead. From http://www.champori.com It works or it's free ($$ back guarantee policy they offer)

  18. QUESTION:
    My son has psoriosis on his head only and his dream was to be a marine, but they denied him due to this. WHY?
    Head psoriosis is Not contagious and barley bothers him..How can they crush his dream over something so small...its not like it will interfere

    • ANSWER:
      Imagine that your son gets stationed somewhere like Haiti where you can't drink the water but you can still bathe in . . and wash your hair/head. You get a parasite/bacterial infection and you are laid up for days/weeks while you recover. Not only is his unit short a man, but resources are diverted from where they were intended to go.

  19. QUESTION:
    What helps with dealing with RA (rumatoid authrits)?
    I have severe psoriosis all over my body and now i have RA. I was wondering if there is any thing else i could do to help it. My hands have swelled up so bad that the folds of my nuckles on the palm of my hand have cracked open and bleed. Plese if u have any ideas let me know.

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    I have a round "rash' on my shin.its slightly raised ,smooth to the touch,sometimes painful. HELP!What is it?
    It looks like a burn. Itchy and painful sometimes to the touch. A girl I work with said possibly diabetes? doesn't look like psoriosis or eczema?? Anybody got a clue?

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism - Can you have it even if it doesn't show up in the initial blood test?
    Know someone who has many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism, ie: dry, brittle cuticles/nails, joint pain, fatigue, sketchy memory here and there, trouble maintaining weight (though exercizes daily and has fairly healthy diet). Also has had onset of many food/and a few antibiotic allergies in the past couple of years, and sudden predisposition to either psoriosis or eczema in the winter (dry/CA) months. All seems to lead to a compromised immune system, but preliminary blood works does not indicate hypothyroid issues......Quite perplexed.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can be hypothyroid and not have the blood test show it. Unfortunately, a blood test is the only form of diagnosis for hypothyroidism and it is not reliable. Sometimes it will take up to 10 years, after showing symptoms, before the blood work will show it and, for some, the blood work will never show it. I also have all the symptoms and it runs in my family...my doctor admits I have them...but without the blood test to back them up, he will not treat it. I told him I know the blood test may never show it and he admitted I was correct...but without documentation, does not feel right treating me for it.

      I'd like to suggest one other thing. Find out if your friend's doctor ordered a cortisol level (another blood test). The symptoms of hypothyroidism and an elevated cortisol level can be quite similar in the beginning. When the symptoms are present, and the thyroid tests are normal, it is often worthwhile to check the cortisol level.

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the best home remidy to help control psoriosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Home Remedies for Psoriasis
      Psoriasis treatment using Cabbage Leaves
      Cabbage leaves have been successfully used in the form of compresses in the treatment of psoriasis. The thickest and greenest outer leaves are most effective for use as compresses. They should be thoroughly washed in warm water and dried with a towel. The leaves should be flattened, softened and smoothed out by rolling them with a rolling pin after removing the thick veins. They should he warmed and then applied smoothly to the affected part in an overlapping manner. A pad of soft woollen cloth should be put over them. The whole compress should then be secured with an elastic bandage

      Psoriasis treatment using Bitter Gourd
      Bitter gourd is a valuable remedy for psoriasis. A cup of fresh juice of this vegetable, mixed with a teaspoon of lime juice, should be taken sip by sip, on an empty stomach daily for four to six months

      Psoriasis treatment using Avocado Oil
      The oil of avocado has been found beneficial in the treatment of this disease. It should be applied gently to the affected parts

      Psoriasis treatment using Cashewnut Oil
      The oil extracted from the outer shell of the cashewnut is acrid and rubefacient. It can be applied beneficially on the affected area

      Psoriasis treatment using Buttermilk
      The use of curd in the form of buttermilk has proved useful in psoriasis and the patient should drink it in liberal quantities. The application of buttermilk compresses over the affected parts will also be useful in treating this condition

      Psoriasis treatment using Vitamin E
      Vitamin E therapy has been found effective in the treatment of psoriasis. The patient should take this vitamin in therapeutic doses of 400 mg a day. It will help reduce itching and scab formation

      Psoriasis treatment using Lecithin
      Lecithin is also considered a remarkable remedy for psoriasis. The patient may take six to nine lecithin capsules a day-two or three capsules before or after each meal. If taken in the form of granules, four tablespoonfuls may be taken daily for two months. The dosage may be reduced thereafter to two tablespoons

      Psoriasis Diet
      Carrots, beets,cucumbers and grapes juices
      Since psoriasis is a metabolic disease, a cleansing juice fast for a week is always desirable at the beginning of the treatment. Carrots, beets, cucumbers, and grapes may be used for juices

      Well-balanced diet made of raw seeds, nuts etc
      After the juice fast, the patient should adopt a well-balanced diet consisting of seeds, nuts, grains, vegetables, and fruits. Emphasis should be placed on raw seeds and nuts, especially sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and plenty of organically grown raw vegetables and fruits.When there is a substantial improvement, goat's milk, yoghurt, and home-made cottage cheese may be added to the diet. The juice fast may be repeated after a month or so

      Avoid animal fats, refined or processed foods
      All animal fats, including milk, butter, eggs; refined or processed foods; foods containing hydrogenated fats or white sugar; all condiments; and tea and coffee should be avoided. When there is a substantial improvement, goat's milk, yoghurt, and home-made cottage cheese may be added to the diet. The juice fast may be repeated after a month or so

      Other Psoriasis treatments
      Warm-water enema and Sea-water baths
      During the initial juice fast, a warm-water enema should be used daily to cleanse the bowels. Regular sea-water baths and application of sea water externally over the affected parts once a day are beneficial

      Frequent bath and soap should be avoided
      Frequent baths should be avoided. Soap should not be used

      Hot Epsom salts bath
      Hot Epsom salts baths also prove valuable in psoriasis. After an Epsom salts bath, a little olive oil may be applied. The skin should be kept absolutely clean by dry friction or daily sponging

  23. QUESTION:
    Do I have scalp psoriosis or dandruff?
    Im a 15 year old girl and have really oily hair so I wash it everyday. I know its bad but I cant stand the smell of my hair and how oily it looks after a day. Last summer I noticed i started getting dandruff but it was like stuck to my scalp. Its like in random places on my scalp and its annoying. It doesnt itch but i scratch it because i feel like i have little hard balls stuck on my scalp. Is this because of my scalp being too dry. I think it is because I shower everyday with hot water. But also they say scalp psoriosis makes you have little red spots on the scalp? I get them but only right after I pick those little hard balls out of my hair, it looks like a bloody spot but blood diesbt come out, i just feel oil comes out after i pick it out. Im also flakey but its because of the stuff on my scalp. Is this dandruff or psoriosis? What does it sound more like? :o

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    on a two week course of strong pills. can i drink now?
    im taking some powerful pills for my scalp psoriosis and im almost done, only 4 days of taking them left. but my bday is soon and i want to drink. will this be ok?
    doctor said they are potentially damaging to the liver alone. i was given 15 pills and i've had 11 of them.

    • ANSWER:
      No, the medication you taking to treat your psoriasis puts a strain on your liver, adding alcohol will only make your liver work that muck harder. Best to wait until your drug regimen is over.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for psoriasis for someone with diabetes?
    NB: finds it difficult to use bath, because of slight disability; and has to shower.
    Diabetes under control. Psoriasis in patches on body and on finger tips. Age:40.
    Vitamin D suggested...?

    • ANSWER:
      I suffer with psoriosis and have done for the last 10 years, 12 months ago my body was 70% covered in dry scaley itchy nasty skin I was that down about it and fed of of people staring at me like I was some sort of freak I didn't even like to leave the house

      I have tried every cream imaginable from diprobase, eumovate, dithranol, dovenex, calcipotral I even had light treatment at the hospital for it, you name it and I've most likely tried it it was a nighmare. Then I found out about a company called Forever Living Products they are the world leaders in Aloe Vera and Beehive products and they are fantastic.

      I started to drink 30ml of Aloe Vera Gel every day (it doesn't taste very nice but I just down it like a sambucca!) and apply Aloe Vera Gelly and Aloe Propolis cream to my skin and now you wouldn't know I suffered with psriosis at all, I mean don't get me wrong I do still get the odd patch now and then on my knees or elbows but nothing like I've had it in the past.

      Another great thing for you is my auntie suffers from diabetes and since drinking Aloe Vera Gel her blood sugar levels have dropped I mean it may not work for everyone but might be worth a try.

      Forever are that confident about their products that they offer a 60 day satisfaction guarantee so you have nothing to loose by giving it a go it will cost you about £1 per day but believe me it is well worth every penny, you can buy it from

      www.foreverbeealoe.com

      Take care and have a great christmas and new year

  26. QUESTION:
    Im worried about my health,although i think im being a little overdone!?
    So a while ago my doc told me I have Psoriasis,and at first i was sad,but ive learned to deal with it.Its getting better and slowly leaving. I read that Psoriasis can make ur Lymphnodes infected[which ive already seen my doc b4 about] it was from black hair dye[which i now kno im allergic to] SO.........after all that when my Psoriosis does breakout on my skalp 4 of my lymps swell then go away in a few weeks. I have now read up about Hodgkins,n it says that the most common sign is the swellin nodes,however they say they r painless n sometimes mine r painful. I recently had bloodwork done and all was clear.If i had Hodgekins the cells would have shown up right? Im worried.I know i shouldnt be and im probably just worrying myself over nothing. Can someone just tell me their thoughts please? Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      Get a second opinion. Tell this new doctor your fears and ask him to explain it to you so that you understand.

  27. QUESTION:
    how can I get rid of psoriosis?
    How can I get rid of psoriosis

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on where it is on your body. If it's on your scalp Paul Mitchell makes a great Tea Tree shampoo. You can also use the Nutrogena TGel shampoo but that will leave you smelling like a medicine cabinet all day. So I reccommend the Paul Mitchell.
      If its on your body.. the best solution is Eucerine medicated calming lotion. There is also a new medicine available that is prescription only. However, if your like me... it just comes and goes... so... the Eucerine will help solve the 'spotty' problems.

  28. QUESTION:
    whats the best way to keep psoriosis away?
    i mainly have psoriosis on my legs so i have not worn shorts for over 15 years it would be a dream to walk down a high street in shorts and t-shirt

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is excessive growth of skin cells. I have the same problem with patches on my legs. It can be exacerbated by stress, as can ailments like IBS, so try and find methods to control stress. Dovobet ointment is a steroid (NOT an anabolic steroid) which can be used to control it. This is applied three times a day, and removes excess skin, but does not completely rid you of the slight reddening of the skin. I don't know if you can purchase it over the counter, but your GP will prescribe it.
      I know of other people who have had it who say that it never completely clears up, but it can be controlled.

  29. QUESTION:
    How to go about getting free samples from Lush?
    I've heard quite a few people have got free samples before, and I know quite a few cosmetics shops/ shops selling bath stuff do them (i.e. The Body Shop). Obviously, I'm not looking for full items like a whole bar of soap, just a few little samples. If you've ever gotten free samples from Lush before, how did you ask for them?

    The one I'll be most likely to try is the one in Lincoln, so anyone has tried getting stuff from there, please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      The lush staff are AMAZING. They are so helplful and they all seem to be very individual.
      When I went in to buy whatever i wanted i asked for a few samples which i had my eye on and they hopped to it. You dont even need to buy anything to get free samples. Just ask them, they are so lovely. Plus, i asked to sample one thing and they gave me a couple of new products to try. RESULT!

      Oh, and if you've never used Lush,you will never buy bath/shower/facial products again. All the bath bombs and bubble bars are fantasic. Angels on bare skin stopped my psoriosis and acne.and its all natural.

      Hah! Happy shopping!

  30. QUESTION:
    how psoriosis can be cured, how to make the skin smooth?
    what are the foods allergic to this, what care should be taken, medicines available in the market

    • ANSWER:
      I have no answers for the 1st part of your question but to make skin smooth

      You can

      try ayurvedhic face packs

      apply moisturizer cream (preferably dove) and a milky soap (dove would be good)

      Take care!

  31. QUESTION:
    what is the best way to cure scalp psoriosis?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a Friend with The same Conditions this absolutely Worked :)

      Well Naturally you will Need:
      Aloe vera gel
      Lavender essential oil
      Dried calendula flowers
      Heat proof container
      Mild shampoo
      Lemon juice
      Apple cider vinegar

      Create a pre-wash scalp psoriasis treatment is like combining two ounces pure aloe vera gel with 3-5 drops lavender essential oil. Mix well and apply the solution directly to the scalp. Then let the treatment remain for 15-30 minutes before washing. Lavender and aloe vera are soothing agents that will expedite the healing of scabs and sores associated with scalp psoriasis.

      Create a scalp psoriasis treatment rub by placing one tablespoon dried calendula flowers in a heat proof container, such as a coffee mug. Pour one cup boiling water over the flowers, and allow the mixture to steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain the spent flowers from the water.

      Massage the calendula tea into the scalp gently, and allow it to remain for at least five minutes while in the shower. Shampoo the hair and scalp with a mild, unscented baby shampoo, and rinse thoroughly. Calendula is helpful for scalp psoriasis as it reduces inflammation, and speeds healing.

      Create a scalp psoriasis rinse by combining two tablespoons lemon juice with one cup apple cider vinegar. Rinse the hair thoroughly with this solution after shampooing with the mild baby shampoo to combat scalp psoriasis. Rinse the hair again with warm water.

      Try it. We Did! Hope I Helped. :)

  32. QUESTION:
    i need some help, i cant live with myself nomore im depressed?
    okay i been askin this question a lot and no answers

    what are remedies for ichy red psoriosis

    • ANSWER:
      i know how awfull it is, really. please dont be down hearted, your gp can refer you to a specialist that can see you and treat it every week if need be. theres always something that can be done for this, just might take a couple of different treatments but you will get there in the end. and remember there is always hope !!!

  33. QUESTION:
    Any suggestions for cures for psoriosis?
    psoriosis being a weird skin condition....

    • ANSWER:
      As a Wellness Consultant, I have helped a lot of people reverse psoriosis. Almost all of our dis-eases are lifestyle related, which means they are preventable and reversible. So the solution for psoriosis is pretty much the same for most of our other health challenges...juice fasting followed by a live food diet.

      I remember working with this man about ten years ago with a bad case of psoriosis. Almost 70% of his psoriosis was gone within ten days of juice fasting and on day 10 he went out celebrated his 60th birthday with some of his old favorite foods. The next day most of his psoriosis came back! This was exactly what he needed to experience. He saw his psoriosis go away when he stopped eating poor quality foods and he saw it come back just as soon as he returned to his old diet.

  34. QUESTION:
    I have psoriosis and I need some help.?
    I have psoriosis, and I am going to go to a dermatologist, but until then I need something to stop the itch and some pains I have. Also I need some way to bring up my esteem about it, I feel disgusting and ugly because of it because for most people it covers their elbows, knees. For me its everywhere from my waist up and gets worse each time I wake up in the morning... its just really starting to get frustrating.

    • ANSWER:
      I also have or had severe psoriasis. I feel for you because I know how horrible it can be. I went to many doctors and dermatologists, and never got any relief. Finally my dermatologist recommended that I get a shot (sorry, can't remember what the medications was). He informed me that it could have major side effects, such as weight gain, depression, but worse....it could and had caused cancer. I would rather deal with psoriasis.

      I decided to take matters into my own hands. I read everything I could find about psoriasis. As I'm sure you know, it is caused from an auto-immune deficiency. It can be hereditary and lead to many other problems.

      I stopped taking anything that the physicians had prescribed to me. No ointments, pills, and definetely NO shots!! They weren't working anyway.

      I started taking vitamins. I know this may sound silly and alot of people are turned off by the all natural approach, but I felt it was worth a shot. I chose to use Shaklee products because I was familiar with them and felt that they were the best out there. I now take there Vita Lea - 2 tablets (multivitamin), B-Complex, 2 tablets, Vita E + Selenium, 2 tablets and Zinc 1-2 tablets every day. I have done this for 13 months now and have been psoriasis free for 10 months. I saw results and had NO itching after two weeks. It took a couple of months before the patches completely cleared, but I could tell that they were healing. www.shaklee.com is the website. Check into it. They have a 30 day money back guarantee, so if you don't see results, you can get 100% of your money back.

      I also drink Oolong tea. It tastes good, and it helps soothe the itch. You can buy it in most grocery stores.

      Feel free to email me if you want any other information. Good luck!

  35. QUESTION:
    I have a red rash (from dry skin) under my nose and around my mouth?
    I have been using a lot of products like acne medication, lotion, etc.
    Under and around my nose is a red flaky rash. I think it may be from all of the skin treatments. Whenever I put moisturizers there to get rid of the flakes and dry skin, it's almost painful and the flakes and redness go right back. The same thing has happened for around my mouth. I have very dry skin and I need some advice or products names to get my skin healthy again.

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest you see a dermotologist. You may have psoriosis or ecsema which won't go away with regular lotions or creams. Until you can see a Dr, try using an oilfree moisturizer each night, slather it on and let it soak in overnight. Stop using all the acne treatments on that area too.

  36. QUESTION:
    is doxycyclie used to treat psrosis?
    i wanted to know if this medication is also used to treat the skin condition psoriosis?

    • ANSWER:
      No, it is not.

  37. QUESTION:
    What are some tar-cream names for my psriosis that I can purchase at wal-mart?
    i need the names of some creams that contain tar...I need to be able to find them at wal-mart of a druf store.

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same condition, and this is going to sound weird but the best thing that has worked for me was tanning, it burned off the psorisis after a couple times going. I also have used scalpacin that is for psoriosis on my body and it has helped clear it up better than any prescription I have ever had. I hope this helps a little.

  38. QUESTION:
    psoriosis help please?
    im 15 years old and i play 2 sports for the varsity team
    i first noticed my psoriosis in the 4th grade
    i have it in my scalpe, legs, toenails, and arm and behind my ear

    what should i say when people ask me what is on my skin

    • ANSWER:
      Tell them Psoriasis.

  39. QUESTION:
    scabby head only at certain times of the month?
    Hi all, I have noticed that i have a tendency toward a spotty head for the last twenty five plus years. I always run my fingers over my scalp when i am bored and have taken a morbid interest in when they are worse, this seems to be each time i am on a period.. I also suffer from Psoriasis and wondered if the two were linked in some way? Would be interested if other women have experienced this at their cycle? and if anyone has found a cure for it?

    • ANSWER:
      I suffer with psoriosis and have done for the last 10 years, 12 months ago my body was 70% covered in dry scaley itchy nasty skin I was that down about it and fed of of people staring at me like I was some sort of freak I didn't even like to leave the house

      I have tried every cream imaginable from diprobase, eumovate, dithranol, dovenex, calcipotral I even had light treatment at the hospital for it, you name it and I've most likely tried it it was a nighmare. Then I found out about a company called Forever Living Products they are the world leaders in Aloe Vera and Beehive products and they are fantastic.

      I started to drink 30ml of Aloe Vera Gel every day (it doesn't taste very nice but I just down it like a sambucca!) and apply Aloe Vera Gelly and Aloe Propolis cream to my skin and now you wouldn't know I suffered with psriosis at all, I mean don't get me wrong I do still get the odd patch now and then on my knees or elbows but nothing like I've had it in the past.

      Forever are that confident about their products that they offer a 60 day satisfaction guarantee so you have nothing to loose by giving it a go it will cost you about £1 per day but believe me it is well worth every penny, you can buy it from

      www.foreverbeealoe.com

      Hope you get rid of it soon.

  40. QUESTION:
    Psoriosis or Exceama.....Help!!!!?
    Hi Everyone

    Im really frustrated at the mo and hope someone can give me some advice. My son is 6 months old and for the past 3 months has had a horrible patchy red rash with white scales on it in different parts of his body. I brought him to the doctor 2 months ago and he told me is was Psoriosis and gave me an anti biotic and cream for it. The anti biotic cleared it up but when he was finished the course, aft 2 weeks the rash was back again. So back to the doctor we went, This time he said he thought it was Exceama.......another course of anti biotics and cream. Same thing again. 2 weeks after anti biotic gone it was back. Asked my doctor to refer him to a pediatricain. We got the appointment but its not until February 2012 by whaich time my son will be 1 year old. Was talking to a friend the other day who said that anti biotics and creams are no good because they just repress it not cure it... I bath him in Sillcox Base which I was then told I shouldnt use cos it could dry out his skin!! It has been suggested by my friend that we try switching him to Nanny Goat baby milk. He is on Aptimil Comfort formula at the mo as he had colic. Im nervous to change him in case the colic comes back. Im sorry for the very long post im just so frustrated with it all. I dont wanna bring him back to the doctor again 1. because I cant afford it, we have no medical card and 2 cos i dont think him being on the anti biotic so frequently is good for him and its a waste of time...rash would be back after 2 weeks. Any help would be greatly appreciated. :)

    • ANSWER:
      My son is 9 months old but from 2-5 months old we went through a battle with eczema. He had it on his cheeks, arms (real bad) and his legs. He would also have such bad recurring diaper rash that would clear up for a day or two before returning. His doctor wanted the steroid route the last we went as it is like you mentioned masking it not solving it. Plus it thins out the skin which is not good for long time use. We tried Aveeno oatmeal baths then slathering him with unscented lotion at first but didn't help. She then suggested bathing him in doak oil. I don't know where you are, but I'm in Ontario and it's not by prescription but you might have to ask the pharmacist for it as it's not out on the shelves. I have to get the pharmacist to order me a bottle before I run out as my drugstore doesn't keep it in stock. It's not that popular, everyone I've suggested it to has never heard of it. But to the point, after 3 days of using this bath oil my sons skin was drastically clear! By a week he was soft and no more stares from people or questions like "why is his face so red" :( He hasn't had a bad break out like that since he was 5 months old.

      I use to bathe him in it everyday which lasted about 2 months because I was afraid if I stopped he'd break out. And it is safe for daily use, after that I would go every other day. His skin is great now so I probably use it once a week, or when I see a mini flare. He usually just flares behind the knees. His doctor also prescribed Elidel cream which helped clear it as well I use that twice a day where his flare ups are. Doctor said it's much safer than the steroid route. I hope I was somewhat helpful, just sharing the experience we had to go through to get my son that "baby" soft skin :)

  41. QUESTION:
    i wanna advice about removing the mark from my body?
    i am sufering from psoriosis but know i am cured from this i want to know that is there any surgery or any technique who removed the marks from my body i have a black circle small marks on my body i want to remove it and i also i am a body builder i quit my excersise from 1 year again i wanna start it can i take a supplement for this ............pls ans me immediately i am from india pls sir gave me good advice as soon as possible...........

    • ANSWER:
      Please apply Aloevera pulp over the spots for few minutes twice daily. Have Barley flour 100 gm add to it 50 ml Olive oil + 1 tea spoon Turmeric powder + 5 ml lemon juice mix well & add rose water to make it pasty. Now apply this paste over your spots & massage it gently till removal of paste. Do the same to all spots once daily for 1 month.
      Have 100 ml Glycerin Add 35ml Lemon juice to it shake well & store. now apply it over the spots at bed time & wash in morning.continue till 1 month.
      You will get rid of spots in 1 month.

  42. QUESTION:
    how do you deal with Psoriosis on the scalp? HELP?
    I have two small patches of Psoriosis (a skin problem) on my scalp and I need to get rid of them becuase its always flaking and people think its dandruff.
    I've been using T-Gel (dandruff/psriosis shampoo) and taking Shark Liver Oil (skin care pills) but it deosnt seem to be helping as much as it's supposed to.
    I really dont want to go to a Dermitoligist becuase it costs to much for just an appoitment. If you know of anything that might help please answer becuase I really want to just get rid of this stuff. Thank You and this might just be gross but please just help me I really dont like this stuff, Thanks agian

    • ANSWER:
      Tesia, hello: I suggest that you should try Champori herbal anti-psoriasis cream/spray combo : it is steroid-free and works better than anything else I used for my scalp psoriasis: my patches cleared in just 2.5 weeks and I haven't had a flare up in more than a year now!
      Best,
      Bernadette

  43. QUESTION:
    what are the pink spots all over my face ?
    i used to have pimples all over my face.I went to a good doctor who suggested me some creams. i used it for like a month. now it has become even more worse. all the pimples have broken and now they have become like pink colored things. it makes me look bad.
    i am 17. i had these pimples for like the past 2 years.

    • ANSWER:
      psoriosis?

  44. QUESTION:
    Anybody have any effective cures for psoriosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Pooping! Pooping! It comes from your colon and your intestines. What else is wrong?

  45. QUESTION:
    What does vitamin b6 do?
    Does vitamin b6 help with psoriosis? Also does it make you put on weight?

    • ANSWER:
      According to CDC.gov

      Vitamin B6 will:
      1. Help break down proteins
      2. Regulate blood sugar
      3. Make hemoglobin (the part of the blood cell that carries oxygen)

      it will help with psoriosis:
      "B-vitamins are beneficial because they play a role in the repair and healing of skin tissue.

      Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/31273-vitamins-psoriasis/#ixzz2EyXlkve0"

  46. QUESTION:
    Why is my head itching?
    My head's itching but i do not have lice.

    what could think mean?

    i do have psoriosis on my head could that be it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, psoriasis can cause itching. You might want to try using a tar-based shampoo or some unscented lotion on your scalp, and try to avoid scratching - it will only make the psoriasis worse.

      If it's really bad, then go see your doctor. He or she should be able to get you something to decrease the itch.

  47. QUESTION:
    What is happening to my face?
    I feel like I have a horrible sunburn on my face, and only my face. it's red and a little puffy.
    I DO wear concealer.. Idk if that's it. I am also peeling. I have NOT been in the sun. Help please?
    ALSO! It feels warm, like my cheeks are always warm now.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay dont stress, that will make it worse. you most likey have Rosacea or Psoriosis. Look them both up aand see which one your symptoms match up with. Those are both common and can be treated. Dont worry and if you want professional advice in case it gets worse overnight or your face gets puffier than usual see a doctor (you should probably see the doc anyway about that). good Luck!


psoriosis

Psoriatic Plaques Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is a good remedy for psoriasis?
    I have a severe form of psoriatic arthritis. I have come on a RX that alleviates the pain of the arthritis, but my skin is in very bad shape. ointments and creams have not helped. And we are talking about VERY expensive RX ointments. Any home remedies anyone has tried for extreme conditions that have worked?

    • ANSWER:
      Try these home remedies:

      With regular doses of intense sun, 95 percent of psoriasis sufferers improve. It's the ultraviolet waves that fight psoriasis, and the UVB rays work the fastest. But there's a catch-22. UVB's are also the ones that give you a sunburn and run up the risks for skin cancer. They can also cause psoriasis sufferers to break out in previously unaffected areas.

      There is, however, an out. Sunscreen. "The benefits of sunbathing can outweigh the risks of skin cancer and spreading psoriasis if you use sunscreens on the places where you don't have psoriasis and only expose the affected areas to the full force of the sun.

      Get yourself a small UVB sunlamp to treat patches of psoriasis. You may prefer the UVA light found in tanning parlors, but it's weaker and needs much more time to work.

      Over-the-counter coal tar preparations are weaker than the prescription versions but can be effective in mild psoriasis. You can apply the tar directly to the plaques or immerse yourself in tar bath oil and treat your scalp with tar shampoo. Since even the OTC tars can stain and smell, they're usually washed off after a certain amount of time, but some kinds can be left on the skin to enhance the effect of sunlight or UVB treatments. "Tar makes you more sensitive to the sun, so be careful.

      Baths and heated swimming pools are excellent for psoriasis. Cold-water bath, maybe with a cup or so of apple cider vinegar added, is great for itching. "Another thing that really works is ice,". "Just dump some ice cubes into a small plastic bag and hold it against the afflicted skin."

      OTC topical cortisone creams are weaker than their prescription cousins, but they're worth trying, and they're safer on the face and genital areas..

      Researchers have discovered that covering lesions with tape or plastic wrap for days or weeks can help clear up psoriasis, especially if cortisone cream is applied first.

  2. QUESTION:
    what will be the best treatment for psoriasis?
    hi can anybody suggest bset treatment for psoriasis.what will be diet restrictions? is there any good medicine in normal english medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.psoriasis.org/netcommunity/treating_psoriasis

      Topical treatment

      Bath solutions and moisturizers, mineral oil, and petroleum jelly may help soothe affected skin and reduce the dryness which accompanies the build-up of skin on psoriatic plaques. Medicated creams and ointments applied directly to psoriatic plaques can help reduce inflammation, remove built-up scale, reduce skin turn over, and clear affected skin of plaques. Ointment and creams containing coal tar, dithranol (anthralin), corticosteroids like desoximetasone (Topicort), fluocinonide, vitamin D3 analogues (for example, calcipotriol), and retinoids are routinely used. Argan oil has also been used with some promising results.[32] The use of the Finger tip unit may be helpful in guiding how much topical treatment to use.[33] The mechanism of action of each is probably different but they all help to normalise skin cell production and reduce inflammation. Activated vitamin D and its analogues are highly effective inhibitors of skin cell proliferation.

      The disadvantages of topical agents are variably that they can often irritate normal skin, can be time consuming and awkward to apply, cannot be used for long periods, can stain clothing or have a strong odour. As a result, it is sometimes difficult for people to maintain the regular application of these medications. Abrupt withdrawal of some topical agents, particularly corticosteroids, can cause an aggressive recurrence of the condition. This is known as a rebound of the condition.

      Some topical agents are used in conjunction with other therapies, especially phototherapy.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the best medication for psoriasis?
    Please if you have used it supply resuslts.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many types of medications out there now for the treatment of psoriasis, but it depends on the type of psoriasis you have.

      I have the chronic severe plaque psoriasis and have tried just about every type of cream on the market. The one I'm on now and have been for over a year has completely cleared my chronic plaque condition and it's called Raptiva.

      When Raptiva, Enberal, Remicade is taken for this condition what you must realize is these drugs will lower your immune system.

      Every individual is different when it comes to medication & the treatment of psoriasis. I found a Dermatologist in my area who is ranked one of the top 10 doctors who specializes in these conditions. I also have psoriatic arthritis and I take Enbrel for this condition which also helps psoriasis. Yes, it's very costly if you don't have insurance coverage, but you can go to there sites below they have various companies that will assist you with your financial needs.

      Good Luck!!!!

  4. QUESTION:
    what are the causes, symptoms and treatments for PSORIASIS?
    l need this for school :D
    thanks :)

    PS: are emotions a factor that could lead to this disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a common skin disease that affects the life cycle of skin cells. Normally, new cells take about a month to move from the lowest skin layer where they're produced, to the outermost layer where they die and flake off. With psoriasis, the entire life cycle takes only days. As a result, cells build up rapidly, forming thick silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches that are sometimes painful.

      Psoriasis is a persistent, long-lasting (chronic) disease. You may have periods when your psoriasis symptoms improve or go into remission alternating with times your psoriasis becomes worse.

      For some people, psoriasis is just a nuisance. For others, it's disabling, especially when associated with arthritis. No cure exists, but psoriasis treatments may offer significant relief. And self-care measures, such as using a nonprescription cortisone cream and exposing your skin to small amounts of ultraviolet light, can improve your psoriasis symptoms.

      signs and symptoms:
      Psoriasis symptoms can vary from person to person but may include one or more of the following:

      Red patches of skin covered with silvery scales
      Small scaling spots (commonly seen in children)
      Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
      Itching, burning or soreness
      Thickened, pitted or ridged nails
      Swollen and stiff joints
      Psoriasis patches can range from a few spots of dandruff-like scaling to major eruptions that cover large areas. Mild cases of psoriasis may be a nuisance. But more severe cases can be painful, disfiguring and disabling.

      Most types of psoriasis go through cycles, flaring for a few weeks or months, then subsiding for a time or even going into complete remission. In most cases, however, the disease eventually returns.

      Several types of psoriasis exist. These include:

      Plaque psoriasis. The most common form, plaque psoriasis causes dry, red skin lesions (plaques) covered with silvery scales. The plaques itch or feel sore and may occur anywhere on your body, including your genitals and the soft tissue inside your mouth. You may have just a few plaques or many, and in severe cases, the skin around your joints may crack and bleed.
      Nail psoriasis. Psoriasis can affect fingernails and toenails, causing pitting, abnormal nail growth and discoloration. Psoriatic nails may become loose and separate from the nail bed (onycholysis). Severe cases may cause the nail to crumble.
      Scalp psoriasis. Psoriasis on the scalp appears as red, itchy areas with silvery-white scales. You may notice flakes of dead skin in your hair or on your shoulders, especially after scratching your scalp.
      Guttate psoriasis. This primarily affects people younger than 30 and is usually triggered by a bacterial infection such as strep throat. It's marked by small, water-drop-shaped sores on your trunk, arms, legs and scalp. The sores are covered by a fine scale and aren't as thick as typical plaques are. You may have a single outbreak that goes away on its own, or you may have repeated episodes, especially if you have ongoing respiratory infections.
      Inverse psoriasis. Mainly affecting the skin in the armpits, groin, under the breasts and around the genitals, inverse psoriasis causes smooth patches of red, inflamed skin. It's more common in overweight people and is worsened by friction and sweating.
      Pustular psoriasis. This rare form of psoriasis can occur in widespread patches (generalized pustular psoriasis) or in smaller areas on your hands, feet or fingertips. It generally develops quickly, with pus-filled blisters appearing just hours after your skin becomes red and tender. The blisters dry within a day or two but may reappear every few days or weeks. Generalized pustular psoriasis can also cause fever, chills, severe itching, weight loss and fatigue.
      Erythrodermic psoriasis. The least common type of psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis can cover your entire body with a red, peeling rash that can itch or burn intensely. It may be triggered by severe sunburn, by corticosteroids and other medications, or by another type of psoriasis that's poorly controlled.
      Psoriatic arthritis. In addition to inflamed, scaly skin, psoriatic arthritis causes pitted, discolored nails and the swollen, painful joints that are typical of arthritis. It can also lead to inflammatory eye conditions such as conjunctivitis. Symptoms range from mild to severe. 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.

      causes:

      The cause of psoriasis is related to the immune system, and more specifically, a type of white blood cell called a T lymphocyte or T cell. Normally, T cells travel throughout the body to detect and fight off foreign substances, such as viruses or bacteria. In people with psoriasis, however, the T cells attack healthy skin cells by mistake as if to heal a wound or to fight an infection.

      Overactive T cells trigger other immune responses that cause an increased production of both healthy skin cells and more T cells. What results is an ongoing cycle in which new skin cells move to the outermost layer of skin too quickly — in days rather than weeks. Dead skin and white blood cells can't slough off quickly enough and build up in thick, scaly patches on the skin's surface. This usually doesn't stop unless treatment interrupts the cycle.

      Just what causes T cells to malfunction in people with psoriasis isn't entirely clear, although researchers think genetic and environmental factors both play a role.

      Psoriasis triggers
      Psoriasis typically starts or worsens because of a trigger that you may be able to identify and avoid. Factors that may trigger psoriasis include:

      Infections, such as strep throat or thrush
      Injury to the skin, such as a cut or scrape, bug bite, or a severe sunburn
      Stress
      Cold weather
      Smoking
      Heavy alcohol consumption
      Certain medications, including lithium, which is prescribed for bipolar disorder, high blood pressure medications such as beta blockers, antimalarial drugs and iodides

      treatment:

      Psoriasis treatments aim to interrupt the cycle that causes an increased production of skin cells, thereby reducing inflammation and plaque formation. Other treatments, especially those you apply to your skin (topical treatments), help remove scale and smooth the skin.

      Although doctors choose treatments based on the type and severity of psoriasis and the areas of skin affected, the traditional approach is to start with the mildest treatments — topical creams and ultraviolet light therapy (phototherapy) — and then progress to stronger ones if necessary. The goal is to find the most effective way to slow cell turnover with the fewest possible side effects.

      In spite of a wide range of options, psoriasis treatment can be challenging. The disease is unpredictable, going through cycles of improvement and worsening seemingly at whim. Effects of psoriasis treatments also can be unpredictable; what works well for one person might be ineffective for someone else. Your skin can also become resistant to various treatments over time, and the most potent psoriasis treatments can have serious side effects.

      Talk to your doctor about your options, especially if you're not improving after using a particular treatment or if you're experiencing uncomfortable side effects. He or she can adjust your treatment plan or modify your approach to ensure the best possible control of your symptoms.

      Psoriasis treatments can be divided into three main types: topical treatments, light therapy and oral medications.

      Topical treatments
      Used alone, creams and ointments that you apply to your skin can effectively treat mild to moderate psoriasis. When skin disease is more severe, creams are likely to be combined with oral medications or phototherapy. Topical psoriasis treatments include:

      Topical corticosteroids. These powerful anti-inflammatory drugs are the most frequently prescribed medications for treating mild to moderate psoriasis. They slow cell turnover by suppressing the immune system, which reduces inflammation and relieves associated itching. Topical corticosteroids range in strength, from mild to very strong. Low-potency corticosteroid ointments are usually recommended for sensitive areas such as your face and for treating widespread patches of damaged skin. Your doctor may prescribe stronger corticosteroid ointment for small areas of your skin, for stubborn plaques on your hands or feet, or when other treatments fail. To minimize side effects and to increase effectiveness, topical corticosteroids are generally used on active outbreaks until they're under control.
      Vitamin D analogues. These synthetic forms of vitamin D reduce skin inflammation and help prevent skin cells from reproducing. Calcipotriene (Dovonex) is a prescription cream, ointment or solution containing a vitamin D analogue that may be used alone to treat mild to moderate psoriasis or in combination with other topical medications or phototherapy.
      Anthralin. This medication is believed to normalize DNA activity in skin cells and to reduce inflammation. Anthralin (Dritho-Scalp or Psoriatec) can remove scale and smooth skin, but it stains virtually anything it touches, including skin, clothing, countertops and bedding. For that reason doctors often recommend short-contact treatment — allowing the cream to stay on your skin for a brief time before washing it off. Anthralin is sometimes used in combination with ultraviolet light.
      Topical retinoids. These are commonly used to treat acne and sun-damaged skin, but tazarotene (Tazorac) was developed specifically for the treatment of psoriasis. Like other vitamin A derivatives, it normalizes DNA activity in skin cells. The most common side effect is skin irritation. Although the risk of birth defects is far lower for topical retinoids than for oral retinoids, your doctor needs to know if you're pregnant or intend to become pregnant if you're using tazarotene.
      Calcineurin inhibitors. Currently, calcineurin inhibitors (tacrolimus and pimecrolimus) are only approved for the treatment of atopic dermatitis, but studies have shown them to be effective at times in the treatment of psoriasis as well. Calcineurin inhibitors are thought to disrupt the activation of T cells, which in turn reduces inflammation and plaque buildup. Calcineurin inhibitors are not recommended for long-term or continuous use because of a potential increased risk of skin cancer and lymphoma.
      Coal tar. A thick, black byproduct of the manufacture of gas and coke, coal tar is probably the oldest treatment for psoriasis. It reduces scaling, itching and inflammation. Exactly how it works isn't known. Coal tar has few known side effects, but it's messy, stains clothing and bedding, and has a strong odor.
      Moisturizers. By themselves, moisturizing creams won't heal psoriasis, but they can reduce itching and scaling and can help combat the dryness that results from other therapies. Moisturizers in an ointment base are usually more effective than are lighter creams and lotions.
      Light therapy (phototherapy)
      As the name suggests, this psoriasis treatment uses natural or artificial light. The simplest and easiest form of phototherapy involves exposing your skin to controlled amounts of natural sunlight. Other forms of light therapy include the use of artificial ultraviolet A (UVA) or ultraviolet B (UVB) light either alone or in combination with medications.

      Sunlight. Ultraviolet (UV) light is a wavelength of light in a range too short for the human eye to see. When exposed to UV rays in sunlight or artificial light, the activated T cells in the skin die. This slows skin cell turnover and reduces scaling and inflammation. Brief, daily exposures to small amounts of sunlight may improve psoriasis, but intense sun exposure can worsen symptoms can cause skin damage. Before beginning a sunlight regimen, ask your doctor about the safest way to use natural sunlight for psoriasis treatment.
      UVB phototherapy. Controlled doses of UVB light from an artificial light source may improve mild to moderate psoriasis symptoms. UVB phototherapy, also called broadband UVB, can be used to treat single patches, widespread psoriasis and psoriasis that resists topical treatments.
      Narrowband UVB therapy. A newer type of psoriasis treatment, narrowband UVB therapy may be more effective than broadband UVB treatment. It's usually administered two or three times a week until the skin improves, then maintenance may require only weekly sessions. Narrowband UVB therapy may cause more severe and longer-lasting burns, however.
      Photochemotherapy, or psoralen plus ultraviolet A (PUVA). Photochemotherapy involves taking a light-sensitizing medication (psoralen) before exposure to UVA light. UVA light penetrates deeper into the skin than does UVB light, and psoralen makes the skin more sensitive to the effects of UVA exposure. This more aggressive treatment consistently improves skin and is often used for more severe cases of psoriasis. PUVA involves two or three treatments a week for a prescribed number of weeks. Short-term side effects include nausea, headache, burning and itching. Long-term treatment increases your risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
      Excimer laser. This form of light therapy, used for mild to moderate psoriasis, treats only the involved skin. A controlled beam of UVB light is aimed at the psoriasis plaques to control scaling and inflammation. Healthy skin surrounding the patches remains undamaged. Excimer laser therapy requires fewer sessions than does traditional phototherapy because more powerful UVB light is used. Side effects can include redness and blistering.
      Combination light therapy. Combining UV light with other treatments such as retinoids frequently improves phototherapy's effectiveness. Combination therapies are often used after other phototherapy options are ineffective. Some doctors give UVB treatment in conjunction with coal tar, called the Goeckerman treatment. The two therapies together are more effective than either alone because coal tar makes skin more receptive to UVB light. Another method, the Ingram regimen, combines UVB therapy with a coal tar bath and an anthralin-salicylic acid paste that's left on your skin for several hours or overnight.
      Oral medications
      If you have severe psoriasis or it's resistant to other types of treatment, your doctor may prescribe oral or injected drugs. Because of severe side effects, some of these medications are used for just brief periods of time and may be alternated with other forms of treatment.

      Retinoids. Related to vitamin A, this group of drugs may reduce the production of skin cells in people with severe psoriasis who don't respond to other therapies. Signs and symptoms usually return once therapy is discontinued, however. And because retinoids such as acitretin (Soriatane) can cause severe birth defects, women must avoid pregnancy for at least three years after taking the medication.
      Methotrexate. Taken orally, methotrexate helps psoriasis by decreasing the production of skin cells, suppressing inflammation and reducing the release of histamine — a substance involved in allergic reactions. It may also slow the progression of arthritis in some people with psoriatic arthritis. Methotrexate is generally well tolerated in low doses, but when used for long periods it can cause a number of serious side effects, including severe liver damage and decreased production of red and white blood cells and platelets. Taking 1 milligram of folic acid on a daily basis may help reduce some of the common side effects associated with methotrexate.
      Azathioprine. A potent anti-inflammatory drug, azathioprine may be used to treat severe psoriasis when other treatment options fail. Taken long term, azathioprine increases the risk of developing cancerous or noncancerous growths (neoplasias) and certain blood disorders. Other potential side effects include nausea and vomiting, bruising more easily than normal, and fatigue.
      Cyclosporine. Cyclosporine works by suppressing the immune system and is similar to methotrexate in effectiveness. Like other immunosuppressant drugs, cyclosporine increases your risk of infection and other health problems, including cancer. Cyclosporine also makes you more susceptible to kidney problems and high blood pressure — the risk increases with higher dosages and long-term therapy.
      Hydroxyurea. This medication isn't as effective as cyclosporine or methotrexate, but unlike the stronger drugs it can be used with phototherapy treatments. Possible side effects include anemia and a decrease in white blood cells and platelets. It should not be taken by women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
      Immunomodulator drugs (biologics). Several immunomodulator drugs are approved for the treatment of moderate to severe cases of psoriasis. They include alefacept (Amevive), efalizumab (Raptiva), etanercept (Enbrel) and infliximab (Remicade). These drugs are given by intravenous infusion, intramuscular injection or subcutaneous injection and are usually used for people who have failed to respond to traditional therapy or for people with associated psoriatic arthritis. Biologics work by blocking interactions between certain immune system cells. Although they're derived from natural sources rather than chemical ones, they have strong effects on the immune system and likely pose many of the same risks as other immunosuppressant drugs.

  5. QUESTION:
    What causes dandruff and how can one treat it?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many different types of scalp conditions, and most people think that they are all "dandruff."

      However, some of the different issues are:
      a) product build up that flakes
      b) dry scalp that flakes (lack of conditioning or too much styling product build up that cause flaking)
      c) Seborrheic dermatitis - is a skin disorder affecting the scalp, face and trunk causing scaly, flaky, itchy, red skin. It particularly affects the sebum-gland rich areas of skin. This can be brought on by stress, potentially yeast, or hormones.
      d) Psoriasis - is a disease 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. This can be brought on by stress or hormones.

      -Dry scalp can simply be treated with a conditioning shampoo & conditioner. Preferably salon professional products.
      -Seborrhoeic Dermatitis can be treated with medicated shampoos. For severe cases, dermatologists can prescibe prescription strength shampoos & scalp treatments.
      -Psoriasis requires prescription strength shampoos & treatments from a dermatologist.

  6. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what helps Psoraisis of the skin and scalp???
    I was just recently diagnoised with this...I have lil red bumps on different parts of my body and on my scalp, I know there is no cure for this but does anyone know how to make them go away???

    • ANSWER:
      All the answers above may help, coal tar soaps, cortisone creams, controlled sunlight.

      You can also try the following home treatments: soaking in epsom salts, intense moisturizing (like Eucerin or petroleum jelly type salves), there are even homeopothy treatments.

      I achieved some limited succes with these home treatments, and even a little more success with medications prescribed by doctor. I finally achieved an almost total success (98% clearing of plaques from skin, 100% clearing of scalp and ears) from a medication called Enbrel. Ebrel was first prescribed for psoriatic arthritis. It is now being prescribed for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. It is administered via injection once a week. I do my own injections. It was hard at first, but now I am not bothered by them. The injections are intradural (under the skin, not into the muscle) so the pain is minimal. I am so grateful that I found Enbrel. Psoriasis was beginning to impact my quality of life in a big way, now it is just a mild nuisance. Good Luck!

  7. QUESTION:
    Who has psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis? And what best work for your in terms of treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment
      Specialist dermatologists generally treat psoriasis in steps based on the severity of the disease, size of the areas involved, type of psoriasis, and the patient's response to initial treatments. This is sometimes called the "1-2-3" approach. In step 1, medicines are applied to the skin (topical treatment). Step 2 uses ultraviolet light treatments (phototherapy). Step 3 involves taking medicines by mouth or injection that treat the whole immune system (called systemic therapy).

      Over time, affected skin can become resistant to treatment, especially when topical corticosteroids are used. Also, a treatment that works very well in one person may have little effect in another. Thus, doctors often use a trial-and-error approach to find a treatment that works, and they may switch treatments periodically (for example, every 12 to 24 months) if a treatment does not work or if adverse reactions occur.

      Topical treatment
      Treatments applied directly to the skin may improve its condition. Doctors find that some patients respond well to ointment or cream forms of corticosteroids, vitamin D3, retinoids, coal tar, or anthralin. Bath solutions and moisturizers may be soothing, but they are seldom strong enough to improve the condition of the skin. However they help with the penetration of additonal stronger remedies and so maximise the effectiveness of combination therapy. In additon steroids and calcipotriol may cause an initial burning sensation if applied to dry skin.

      Moisturizers
      When applied regularly over a long period, moisturizers have a soothing effect. Preparations that are thick and greasy ([[ointment]s]) usually work best because they seal water in the skin, reducing scaling and itching.

      Bath solutions
      People with psoriasis may find that adding oil when bathing, then applying a moisturizer, soothes their skin. Also, individuals can remove scales and reduce itching by soaking for 15 minutes in water containing a coal tar solution, oiled oatmeal, Epsom salts, or Dead Sea salts.

      Salicylic acid
      Salicylic acid is a peeling agent, which is available in many forms such as ointments, creams, gels, and shampoos, can be applied to reduce scaling of the skin or scalp. Often, it is more effective when combined with topical corticosteroids, anthralin, or coal tar.

      Coal tar
      Preparations containing coal tar (gels and ointments) may be applied directly to the skin, added (as a liquid) to the bath, or used on the scalp as a shampoo. Coal tar products are available in different strengths, and many are sold over the counter (not requiring a prescription). It is less effective than corticosteroids and many other treatments and, therefore, is sometimes combined with ultraviolet B (UVB) phototherapy for a better result. Coal tar has an effect on some of the enzymes involved in psoriasis, and it increases the skin's sensitivity to light. The most potent form may irritate the skin, is messy, has a strong odor, and may stain the skin or clothing. Thus, it is not popular with many patients.

      Corticosteroids
      These drugs reduce inflammation and the turnover of skin cells, and they suppress the immune system. Available in different strengths, topical corticosteroids (e.g., hydrocortisone) are usually applied to the skin twice a day. Short-term treatment is often effective in improving, but not completely eliminating, psoriasis. Long-term use or overuse of highly potent (strong) corticosteroids can cause thinning of the skin, internal side effects, and resistance to the treatment's benefits. If less than 10 percent of the skin is involved, some doctors will prescribe a high-potency corticosteroid ointment (e.g. Clobetasol propionate). High-potency corticosteroids may also be prescribed for plaques that don't improve with other treatment, particularly those on the hands or feet. In situations where the objective of treatment is comfort, medium-potency corticosteroids may be prescribed for the broader skin areas of the torso or limbs. Low-potency preparations are used on delicate skin areas. Cortisol (a.k.a. hydrocortisone) is an inexpensive corticosteroid available over the counter (without a prescription) in strengths that may be effective on very mild and emerging plaques.

      Other side effects of corticosteroids are stretch marks in the skin, and rosacea that can affect the facial skin.

      When using corticosteroids, it is important to follow the doctor's advice. Corticosteroids are very useful in the treatment of psoriasis, and used the correct way, side effects are seldom a problem. It is possible, however, for the condition to be aggravated on ceasing steroidal treatment, particulary after overuse (rebound effect). It is therefore essential that they are used in the correct way and instructions carefully followed.

      Calcipotriol
      Calcipotriol (Calcipotriene (USAN)) is a synthetic form of vitamin D3 that can be applied to the skin. Applying calcipotriol (for example, Daivonex®/Dovonex®) once to twice a day controls the speed of turnover of skin cells. It is sometimes combined with topical corticosteroids to reduce irritation. It is available as cream, ointment and scalp solution. As well as causing skin irritation, especially if applied to dry un-moisturised skin, it may worsen the psoriasis and cause the onset of facial psoriasis amongst other side-effects. It should not be used on folds of skin, and should never be used on the face. Some countries require blood testing before and during use to monitor any changes in the levels of calcium in the blood. Hands should be washed thoroughly after use.

      Combined calcipotriol and corticosteroid
      Calcipotriol is usually not to be mixed with corticosteroids at the same time due to problems with the active substances interfering with each other. Lately a product has appeared that combines Betamethasone dipropionate, a steroid based product and calcipotriol (Daivobet®/Dovobet®). This product is characterized by its rapid onset of action. The product is also more effective than the two products used separately. A third advantage with this product over most other products used to treat psoriasis is that its applied only once daily. Due to its rapid release of psoriasis symptoms it is suitable as an initial treatment.

      Retinoids
      Topical retinoids are synthetic forms of vitamin A. The retinoid tazarotene (Tazorac) is available as a gel or cream that is applied to the skin. If used alone, this preparation does not act as quickly as topical corticosteroids, but it does not cause thinning of the skin or other side effects associated with steroids. However, it can irritate the skin, particularly in skin folds and the normal skin surrounding a patch of psoriasis. It is less irritating and sometimes more effective when combined with a corticosteroid. Because of the risk of birth defects, women of childbearing age must take measures to prevent pregnancy when using tazarotene.

      Anthralin
      Anthralin reduces the increase in skin cells and inflammation. Doctors sometimes prescribe a 15- to 30-minute application of anthralin ointment, cream, or paste once each day to treat chronic psoriasis lesions. Afterward, anthralin must be washed off the skin to prevent irritation. This treatment often fails to adequately improve the skin, and it stains skin, bathtub, sink, and clothing brown or purple. In addition, the risk of skin irritation makes anthralin unsuitable for acute or actively inflamed eruptions.

      Light therapy
      Natural ultraviolet light from the sun and controlled delivery of artificial ultraviolet light are used in treating psoriasis.

      Sunlight
      Much of sunlight is composed of bands of different wavelengths of ultraviolet (UV) light. When absorbed into the skin, UV light suppresses the process leading to disease, causing activated T cells in the skin to die. This process reduces inflammation and slows the turnover of skin cells that causes scaling. Daily, short, nonburning exposure to sunlight clears or improves psoriasis in many people. Therefore, exposing affected skin to sunlight is one initial treatment for the disease.

      Ultraviolet B (UVB) phototherapy
      UVB is light with a short wavelength that is absorbed in the skin's epidermis. An artificial source can be used to treat mild and moderate psoriasis. Some physicians will start treating patients with UVB instead of topical agents. A UVB phototherapy, called broadband UVB, can be used for a few small lesions, to treat widespread psoriasis, or for lesions that resist topical treatment. This type of phototherapy is normally given in a doctor's office by using a light panel or light box. Some patients use UVB light boxes at home under a doctor's guidance.

      A newer type of UVB, called narrowband UVB, emits the part of the ultraviolet light spectrum band that is most helpful for psoriasis. Narrowband UVB treatment is superior to broadband UVB, but it may be less effective than PUVA treatment (see next paragraph). It is gaining in popularity because it does help and is more convenient than PUVA. At first, patients may require several treatments of narrowband UVB spaced close together to improve their skin. Once the skin has shown improvement, a maintenance treatment once each week may be all that is necessary. However, narrowband UVB treatment is not without risk. It can cause more severe and longer lasting burns than broadband treatment.

      Psoralen and ultraviolet A phototherapy (PUVA)
      This treatment combines oral or topical administration of a medicine called psoralen with exposure to ultraviolet A (UVA) light. UVA has a long wavelength that penetrates deeper into the skin than UVB. Psoralen makes the skin more sensitive to this light. PUVA is normally used when more than 10 percent of the skin is affected or when the disease interferes with a person's occupation (for example, when a teacher's face or a salesperson's hands are involved). Compared with broadband UVB treatment, PUVA treatment taken two to three times a week clears psoriasis more consistently and in fewer treatments. However, it is associated with more short term side effects, including nausea, headache, fatigue, burning, and itching. Care must be taken to avoid sunlight after ingesting psoralen to avoid severe sunburns, and the eyes must be protected for one to two days with UVA-absorbing glasses. Long-term treatment is associated with an increased risk of squamous-cell and, possibly, melanoma skin cancers. Simultaneous use of drugs that suppress the immune system, such as ciclosporin, have little beneficial effect and increase the risk of cancer.

      Computerized tunable targeted light systems
      Newly developed tunable targeted multiwavelength system claim to supersede classical phototherapy. These systems use narrow band UVB targeted selectively to the psoriatic lesions through a fiber optic delivery system. Since by using these systems light targets only the psoriatic lesions there is no damage to surrounding normal skin. Since normal skin is not exposed, high intensity may be used allowing clearing of psoriatic plaques in 8-10 treatments instead of 30 to 40 treatments with the classical full body phototherapy units.

      Light therapy combined with other therapies
      Studies have shown that combining ultraviolet light treatment and a retinoid, like acitretin, adds to the effectiveness of UV light for psoriasis. For this reason, if patients are not responding to light therapy, retinoids may be added. UVB phototherapy, for example, may be combined with retinoids and other treatments. One combined therapy program, referred to as the Ingram regime, involves a coal tar bath, UVB phototherapy, and application of an anthralin-salicylic acid paste that is left on the skin for 6 to 24 hours. A similar regime, the Goeckerman treatment, combines coal tar ointment with UVB phototherapy. Also, PUVA can be combined with some oral medications (such as retinoids) to increase its effectiveness.

      X-ray radiation
      Stubborn psoriasis on the scalp can be treated with a form of X-ray radiation called Grenz ray. There is a limit to the number of treatments that can be given. Effect is said to be longer lasting than other treatments. This form of therapy is considered to have unacceptable risks and is no longer used in most countries.

      Systemic treatment
      For more severe forms of psoriasis, doctors sometimes prescribe medicines that are taken internally by pill or injection. This is called systemic treatment. Systemic therapy should be instituted under the careful guidance of a specialist dermatologist.

      Methotrexate
      Like ciclosporin, methotrexate slows cell turnover by suppressing the immune system. It can be taken by pill or injection. Patients taking methotrexate must be closely monitored because it can cause liver damage and/or decrease the production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, infection-fighting white blood cells, and clot-enhancing platelets. As a precaution, doctors do not prescribe the drug for people who have had liver disease or anemia (an illness characterized by weakness or tiredness due to a reduction in the number or volume of red blood cells that carry oxygen to the tissues). It is sometimes combined with PUVA or UVB treatments. Methotrexate should not be used by pregnant women, or by women who are planning to get pregnant, because it may cause birth defects.

      Retinoids
      A retinoid, such as acitretin (Soriatane or Neotigason), is a compound with vitamin A-like properties that may be prescribed for severe cases of psoriasis that do not respond to other therapies. Because this treatment may also cause birth defects, women must protect themselves from pregnancy beginning 1 month before through 3 years after treatment with acitretin. Most patients experience a recurrence of psoriasis after these products are discontinued. Common side effects include dry lips, hands and feet. Use of retinoids in conjunction with UV treatments has been found to be very effective for some people.

      Ciclosporin
      Taken orally, ciclosporin acts by suppressing the immune system to slow the rapid turnover of skin cells. It may provide quick relief of symptoms, but the improvement stops when treatment is discontinued. The best candidates for this therapy are those with severe psoriasis who have not responded to, or cannot tolerate, other systemic therapies. Its rapid onset of action is helpful in avoiding hospitalisation of patients whose psoriasis is rapidly progressing. Cyclosporine may impair kidney function or cause high blood pressure (hypertension). Therefore, patients must be carefully monitored by a doctor. Also, cyclosporine is not recommended for patients who have a weak immune system or those who have had skin cancers as a result of PUVA treatments in the past. It should not be given with phototherapy.

      6-Thioguanine
      This drug is nearly as effective as methotrexate and cyclosporine. It has fewer side effects, but there is a greater likelihood of anemia. This drug must also be avoided by pregnant women and by women who are planning to become pregnant, because it may cause birth defects.

      Hydroxyurea (Hydrea)
      Compared with methotrexate and cyclosporine, hydroxyurea is somewhat more effective. It is sometimes combined with PUVA or UVB treatments. Possible side effects include anemia and a decrease in white blood cells and platelets. Like methotrexate and retinoids, hydroxyurea must be avoided by pregnant women or those who are planning to become pregnant, because it may cause birth defects. This is an extremely potent drug that was originally used to treat cancer patients in combination with chemotherapy.

      Antibiotics
      These medications are not indicated in routine treatment of psoriasis. However, antibiotics may be employed when an infection, such as that caused by the bacteria Streptococcus, triggers an outbreak of psoriasis, as in certain cases of guttate psoriasis.

      Biologics
      One of the newest classes of treatment for psoriasis are drugs collectively known as "biologics". These in general are types of manufactured proteins that attempt to impact the actual immune pathway of psoriasis, instead of affected skin cells. However, unlike other immunosuppression therapies such as Methotrexate, biologics try to narrowly focus on the one aspect of the immune function causing the psoriasis instead of broad immune system suppression. These drugs have only recently begun to receive approval by the FDA, and their long-term impact on immune function is currently unknown. Examples of biologics would be compounds such as Amevive®, etanercept (Enbrel®), Humira®, infliximab (Remicade®) and Raptiva.

      Lifestyle
      Unproven anecdotal evidence suggests that psoriasis can be effectively managed through a healthy lifestyle. Some sufferers have found that minimizing stress and consumption of alcohol, sugar and other "aggressive" foods, combined with rest, sunshine and swimming in saltwater keep lesions to a minimum. This type of "lifestyle" treatment is effective as a long-term management strategy, rather than initial treatment of severe cases. One sufferer describes his psoriasis as his "barometer" which lets him know when he is getting too stressed and not living "well." This positive attitude and proactive approach can be an effective part of, or short-term replacement for, medical solutions.
      Some also cite anecdotal evidence that vegetarianism prevents outbreaks of psoriasis.

      OK, OK, I know that was really freakin long, but I hope it helps. :)

  8. QUESTION:
    Do you think Psoriasis is an immune system fault?
    and will there ever be a cure for this skin condition.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Psoriasis is a skin disorder characterised by red, swollen skin lesions covered with silvery white scales. It is not infectious.

      Psoriasis is an inherited disease. However there are certain triggering factors such as injury to the skin, vaccinations and certain medications that have been responsible for the development of this condition. It usually takes about a month for new cells to move from the lower layers of the skin to the surface. In psoriasis, this process takes only a few days, resulting in a build up of dead skin cells and formation of thick scales. Excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, lack of or overexposure to sunlight, stress, cold climate and general poor health result in flaring up of psoriasis.

      The main symptoms

      Skin patches: dry, red and covered with silvery scales; may crack and become painful; usually found on the elbows, knees, trunk, scalp, hands and nails.

      Skin lesions: formation of pustules, cracking of skin and redness.
      Itching

      Small scaling dots on the skin.

      Joint pain and aches.
      Additional symptoms that may be associated with the disease are nail abnormalities, lesions on the genitalia, burning, itching and discharge from the eyes.

      The different types of psoriasis

      Different types of psoriasis exhibit different characteristics that may change over time. One form may change to another, or several forms may exist at the same time.
      Plaque psoriasis : This is the most common type of psoriasis. It is characterized by raised, red lesions covered with silvery white scales. The scales are caused by a building up of dead skin cells. It may appear on the knees, elbows, scalp, trunk or any other skin surface.

      Guttate psoriasis : It is characterised by small red dots of psoriasis. The lesions may have some scaling. It may appear suddenly following a bacterial or viral infection or the administration of drugs like ketoconazole and salicylic acid.

      Inverse psoriasis : This is usually found in the folds of the skin in the armpits, groin or under the breast. It appears as smooth, red lesions without scaling and may cause irritation due to rubbing and sweating.

      Pustular psoriasis : It is characterized by blisters filled with pus on the skin. The blisters are not infectious. It may be found on the hands and feet or may be spread all over.

      Psoriatic arthritis : About 10% of the patients with psoriasis may develop a form of arthritis called psoriatic arthritis. This may cause redness and swelling, primarily on the hands, feet, knees, hips, elbows and spine. It may cause stiffness, pain and joint damage.

      Nail psoriasis : Psoriasis can affect the toes and fingernails causing pits of various size, shape and depth. The nails may turn thick and yellow. They may turn red and crumble easily.

      The diagnosis is usually based on the appearance of the skin. A skin biopsy or a culture of skin patches may be needed to confirm psoriasis. A blood test may be done to confirm the presence of antigens that cause the problem.

      The Treatment

      Treatment focuses on control of symptoms and prevention of secondary infection. Severe cases involving large areas of the body, may require intensive treatment. The disorder may be acutely painful. The body may lose fluids and may become susceptible to infections of the internal organs. The condition may further deteriorate resulting in septic shock and death in some cases.

      Treatment includes pain killers, sedatives, intravenous fluids and antibiotics. Medicated shampoos or lotions that contain coal tar, cortisone or other corticosteroids, lubricants, antifungal medications, phenol, antibiotics, sodium chloride and other ingredients may be prescribed.

      Other treatments include moderate exposure to sunlight or phototherapy. The skin may be sensitised to light by the application of coal tar ointment or by taking oral psoralens (a medication that causes the skin to become sensitive to light). The person is then exposed to ultraviolet light. Sunburn should be avoided as it can worsen the condition.

      Maintaining general good health can help reduce the risk of flareups. Adequate rest and exercise, a well balanced diet and treatment of infections can help in making the treatment effective. It is recommended that general skin hygiene should be maintained by taking daily baths. Oatmeal baths may be soothing and may help to loosen the scales.

  9. 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.

  10. QUESTION:
    hey can u guys tell me about psoriasis?
    i hav got to do a survey kind of thing regardin this disease and hav to collect information..so that would b really nice if u ol help me out!

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis (pronounced /səˈraɪəsɪs/) is a chronic, non-contagious autoimmune disease 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 localized 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, withdrawal of systemic corticosteroid, excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking. There are many treatments available, but because of its chronic recurrent nature psoriasis is a challenge to treat.

  11. QUESTION:
    I have psorasis. Some have told me that if I drink my piss it will clear up some. True?
    Like if doctors or some with medical experience answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Todd J,
      There are also people who state that the world is flat. "Urine therapy" is based on some very old (and as of yet, very unproven) ideas that drinking urine can help heal the body. Urine is mostly water, and relatively sterile. In addition to the water content, urine contains trace elements of many other things —from undigested alcohol to nitrogen and potassium, and sodium, which makes it such a salty drink. (By the way, the first urination in the morning is more concentrated; and the more water you drink, the more diluted it will be.) Urine might — in some cases — also have some toxic substances in it, such as lead or arsenic. It can also contain trace amounts of drugs that the urinating person has recently ingested, though probably not enough to actually give the drinker any “high” or show up on a drug test. There are several different types of psoriasis including Plaque Psoriasis. Guttate Psoriasis. Pustular Psoriasis. Inverse Psoriasis. Erythrodermic Psoriasis. Psoriasis of the Scalp. Psoriasis may also affect the nails and/or the joints, when it is known as psoriatic arthritis. On occasions it may affect all three areas at the same time. Rather than take up a great deal of space discussing the subject here, I would refer you to the link that I provide below.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      I add a link with details of this subject
      http://www.skincarephysicians.com/
      psoriasisnet/whatis.html

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  12. QUESTION:
    is soriasis is a dangerous disease?
    it is a skin disease.found hairy part in the body.itching is there.

    • ANSWER:
      No Psoriasis is a common skin condition where the skin develops areas that become thick covered with silvery scales. It is a common problem, and millions of people in the United States have psoriasis. The course of psoriasis is quite variable, but in most sufferers it is a chronic problem that continues for years. The presence of psoriasis can cause emotional distress.

      Info on Psoriasis v
      Psoriasis is considered a skin disease, but really it is the result of a disordered immune system. The T-cells, a type of white blood cell, become over-stimulated. They then direct the skin to try and "heal" a non-existent injury. The skin reacts the same way it does when it has a fungus infection; it grows very fast, trying to "grow" the infection off the skin. These areas become the reddened, inflamed, patches with white scale on them.

      There are several ways psoriasis can start. In most sufferers, the tendency to get psoriasis is inherited. It is not passed on in a simple, direct way like hair color, but involves multiple genes. For this reason, it is not always clear from whom one inherited it. Inherited psoriasis usually starts in older childhood or as a young adult. Sometimes, especially in children, a virus or strep throat triggers brief attacks of tiny spots of psoriasis.

      In middle-aged older adults, a non-hereditary type of psoriasis can develop. This changes more rapidly than the inherited form, varying in how much skin is involved more unpredictably. Most types of psoriasis show some tendency to come and go, with variable intensity over time.

      Psoriasis flare-ups may be triggered by changes in climate, infections, stress, excess alcohol, a drug-related rash and dry skin. Medications may trigger a flare up weeks to months after starting them. These include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Indocin, Advil, Feldene, others), blood pressure (beta-blockers such as Tenormin, Inderal), oral steroids such as prednisone, or depression (lithium).

      Psoriasis tends to be worst in those with a disordered immune system for other reasons (cancer, AIDS or autoimmune disease). Psoriasis areas are worsened by scratching and minor skin injuries or irritations. Psoriasis may itch or burn. It most often occurs over the elbows, knees, scalp, lower back, and palms or soles of the feet. The skin may split or crack in areas that bend.

      There are several forms of psoriasis. The most common form shows reddened areas a few inches across covered by silvery scales. Dermatologists refer to the affected areas as areas as "plaques". Other patterns psoriasis can appear in are "inverse" (shiny, red patches in areas of friction such as in the folds of skin in the groin, the armpits or under the breasts), pustular (blisters of noninfectious pus on red skin), or "erythrodermic" (reddening and scaling of most of the skin).

      Psoriasis may also affect some of the joints causing discomfort and restricted motion, and even distortion. This occurs in about 10 percent of people with psoriasis. This is called "psoriatic arthritis". It often affects only a few fingertips, but in some it can be severe and widespread. It also may affect the fingernails, toenails and the mucous membranes lining the genitalia and mouth.

      Treatment is based on the severity of the disease and it's responsiveness to prior treatments. The lowest level of treatment is topical medicine are applied to the skin, the next level involves treatments with ultraviolet light (phototherapy) and finally, taking medicines internally. Treatments from each level are often combined, or switched around every 12 to 24 months to reduce resistance and adverse reactions.

      A treatment that is effective in one person may fail in another. Both trial-and-error and personal preferences often guide treatment. Over time, psoriasis tends to resist its treatments. The locations, size and amount of psoriasis, prior treatments, and the specific form of the disorder are factored into treatment decisions.

  13. QUESTION:
    Does Humari become ineffective after prolonged use?
    it used to work fine, but now after 7 yrs does not work as well

    • ANSWER:
      Are you referring to Humira (adalimumab), my friend?

      If so, this type of medication reduces the effects of a substance in the body that can cause inflammation.

      It is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and plaque psoriasis. It is also used to treat Crohn's disease after other drugs have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.

      If this is the medication that you're talking about you should mention it to the doctor who prescribed it.

  14. QUESTION:
    Does psoriasis arthiritis pain ease or stay with you for life??
    My boyfriend has developed psoriasis guttate. He recently had a severe flare up in his joints of swelling, pain and loss of function. He started steroids, but it did not really help. Will this pain and swelling ease in time and go or is it here for good. He is due to see rhematologist soon but would like any advice

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is usually long-lasting, returns often (chronic), and can be unpredictable. Symptoms may come on suddenly (flare) and then improve and go away (remission). This cycle continues over and over. In some cases, psoriasis may go away without treatment. However, in moderate to severe cases, it is best to treat psoriasis so that it does not get worse.

      Several factors can make the condition worse, depending on the type of psoriasis. These factors include cold, dry climates; stress; infection; skin injury; and certain medications.

      The severity of psoriasis is indicated by the amount of redness and scaling, the thickness of the large areas of raised skin patches (plaques), and the percentage of your skin that is affected.

      Mild psoriasis causes plaques that cover a small portion of the body, such as the elbows or knees.

      Moderate psoriasis causes:

      Several large areas of plaque. For example, most of the scalp may be affected.
      Plaques that may cover up to 20% of the skin (about equal to having both arms completely covered).
      Mild joint pain that is not disabling.
      Concern about plaques being visible to other people.
      Severe psoriasis includes:

      Plaques that may cover large areas (20% to 30%) of the body. When determining the percent of coverage, consider that the palm of your hand equals about 1% of your body surface, and the total surface of both arms equals about 20%.
      Psoriasis on the face.
      Pustular psoriasis with large, fluid-filled plaque and severe scaling, or erythrodermic psoriasis with severe inflammation and shedding (sloughing) of the skin.
      Psoriatic arthritis, which includes ongoing joint swelling, tenderness, limitation of range of motion, or joint warmth or redness. Severe cases can result in joint destruction.
      Psoriasis may persist for long periods of time without getting better or worse.
      for more info try www.webmd.com
      it helps a lot and has a ton more information..
      i wish the best for you!!! stay strong!!!

  15. QUESTION:
    Help!! I recently developed psoriasis. But now with this cold weather it is getting way worse.?
    Especially elbows and scalp. Does anyone have any suggestions please?
    Peace,
    Laurie

    • ANSWER:
      Cold weather ALWAYS makes it worse. It is the sun that stops it and heals it..so summer is your best friend.

      My family has had it for generations..usually it is passed down every other generation ...although my son has it and now my granddaughter has it. that makes me sad as she is only 9.

      It used to be hopeless....took shots under the skin and sometimes surgery...but today there are newer treatments and better things to do.

      You should really invest in a sun lamp and do a couple minutes everyday. Not to tan...but to give your skin that vitamin D that it gets from the light.

      Do not overdo the lamp...just a couple minutes a day will help keep it at bay until you can get out and walk and play in the sun again. Even Winter sun is good...so on days you can lay in the sun (inside the house of course)...GRAB that sunlight.

      What type of psoraisis do you have? There are two types.

      Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of psoriasis. It can appear anywhere on the body, but it is most commonly found on the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back. With plaque psoriasis, the skin typically becomes red and inflamed and may form white scaly patches. It can be quite painful and may itch, crack, and bleed. While psoriasis may look like just a skin disease, it is in fact a disease of the immune system.

      Up to 42% of people with psoriasis actually have psoriatic arthritis. This is a condition that affects both the skin and the joints. If you ever experience joint pain, swelling, and morning stiffness in addition to your psoriasis symptoms, you may actually have psoriatic arthritis. Untreated, psoriatic arthritis may result in permanent joint damage. Find out more about psoriatic arthritis.

      The links below will help you in treatments and how to talk to your doctor about it. There are creams that help too...but you have to stay on top of things.

      Oh..and they do have shampoos that help too. Ask your dermatologist about it.

  16. 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...

  17. 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

  18. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis can be cured..?
    There is no medication to get rid of this. Effective way to cure psoriasis. Treatment of skin diseases. How to cure psoriasis.

    Just reading, considering, applying.
    If you seriously hope to cure the disease, I think this webpage will be useful for you.
    www.psoriasis-spa.com

    • ANSWER:
      Cayenne (Capsicum annuum, Cap sicum frutescens). Cayenne, its chief component being capsaicin, is one of the herbal medicines with documented effectiveness in the English medical literature. One hypothesis on the pathogenesis of psoriasis suggests a neurogenic inflammatory etiology mediated through substance-P (SP). SP activates inflammatory cells and ultimately perpetuates vasodilatation, angiogenesis, and kerat inocyte hyperproliferation (Farber, Nickoloff, Recht, & Fraki, 1986). In accordance, psoriatic lesions are known to be more densely innervated with higher SP content than control or uninvolved psoriatic skin (Naukkarinen, Nickoloff, & Farber, 1989). Capsaicin stimulates the re lease of SP by binding to the vanilloid receptor on slow-conducting, unmyelinated type C neurons and ultimately leads to its depletion.

      Two double-blind, vehicle-controlled studies demonstrated im prove ment of psoriasis with the use of topical capsaicin. In an intra-individual, 6-week comparative trial of 44 patients with psoriasis using four applications daily, significant overall improvement with reduction in scale and erythema accompanied the capsaicin-treated sites (Bernstein, Parish, Rapaport, Rosenbaum, & Roenigk, 1986). In a study of 197 psoriatic patients treated with capsaicin 0.025% cream (98) or vehicle (99) four times daily, Ellis and colleagues (1993) found greater improvement in global evaluation (p=0.024 after 4 weeks and p=0.030 after 6 weeks), pruritus relief (p=0.002 and p=0.060, respectively), and reduction in combined severity scores after 4 and 6 weeks of treatment (p=0.030 and p=0.036, respectively). In both studies, concomitant use of other anti psoriatic agents was not permitted. Transient burning and stinging at the application sites were noted in approximately 50% of the active groups in both trials, which may have affected blinding of the trial.

      It is important to note that while effective topically, internal ingestion can lead to adverse hematological, gastrointestinal, and respiratory ef fects, in addition to interference with drugs such as salicylic acid, ACE inhibitors, and theophylline (Ellis et al., 1993; Fugh-Berman, 2000).

      Aloe (Aloe vera). Aloe vera is a popular plant used in cosmetic care and first aid products. Scientific studies and case reports support its use in the treatment of stasis ulcers in humans, as well as thermal injuries in animals (Klein & Penneys, 1988). Aloe has a complex mixture of components, including anthroquinones, steroids, saponins, mucopolysaccharides, and salicylic acid.

      Syed and colleagues (1996) conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled study on 60 patients with psoriasis with slight-to-moderate plaque-type psoriasis (Psoriasis Area and Severity Index 4.8-16.7) and an average 8.5 year duration of their disease. Patients self-administered topical aloe vera extract 0.5% cream or vehicle placebo three times a day without occlusion for 4 weeks to their psoriatic plaques. Notably, the aloe group showed significantly higher rates of clearing the psoriatic plaques in 25/30 patients (83.3%) when compared to the placebo in 2/30 patients (6.6%) (p<0.001). Additionally, there were no relapses during the 8-month followup period.

      Psoriasis is a complex multifactorial inflammatory skin disease in which T-cell activation, local vascular changes, abnormal keratinocyte proliferation and differentiation, and neutrophil activation all contribute to the ongoing disease process. The role of superantigen triggers (for example, toxins of microbial origin) in T-cell activation has been suggested as an etiology in psoriasis (Safayhi, Sabieraj, Sailer, & Ammon, 1994). Anthraquinone and acemannan, the main active compounds in aloe vera, have antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus and Strepto coccus species, and may provide a rationale for their therapeutic efficacy in psoriasis (Tian, Hua, Ma, & Wang, 2003). In addition, salicylic acid, a component of aloe vera, is a keratolytic, and would contribute to its reported efficacy in the desquamation of psoriatic plaques (Robson, Heggers, & Hagstrom, 1982). De layed hypersensitivity reactions are a reported complication of topical use (Gruenwald, 2004).

      Dong Quay (Angelica sinensis). The Chinese herbal medicine extracts of Radix Angelicae pubescentis and dahuricae contain potent furocoumarin (psoralen) components. Psoralens are potent photosensitizers in the presence of UVA. Exposure to UVA, following psoralen ingestion, causes epidermal DNA cross-linking, and thus a decrease in the rate of epidermal DNA synthesis. By consuming dong quay and then receiving ultraviolet light therapy or natural sunlight, patients are self-administering a form of psoralen-UVA (PUVA) therapy. In a study of 92 patients with psoriasis, two-thirds experienced complete clearing of their disease after oral treatment with R.A. pubescentis (Koo & Arain, 1998).

      Comparable efficacy has been noted between traditional psoralen UVA phototherapy using 8-meth oxy psoralen and oral R.A. dahuricae PUVA with more than 40% of patients experiencing clearing or marked improvement in their psoriasis (Koo & Arain, 1998). The patients who received the herb reported milder side effects including nausea and dizziness. As with traditional PUVA therapy, ocular changes in the lens have been reported in patients receiving long-term therapy with R.A. puescentis and dahuricae (Koo & Arain, 1998). Additional caution is advised in patients who are pregnant or using oral contraceptives, as bleeding diathesis and drug-herb interactions have been noted respectively. Of historical note, another herb used in treating psoriasis, hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium), also contains a psoralen. Efficacy and side effect data, however, are not available for this herb.

      Milk thistle (Silybum marianum). The medicinal utility of milk thistle flower seeds dates back to Pliny the Elder, a Roman naturalist, who described its use in treating liver disease. A hepatoprotective effect is im parted through the flavonoid active ingredient, silymarin. Sily marin alters hepatocyte cell membranes, thereby blocking the toxin-binding sites. Additionally, glutathione, which aids in the detoxification function of the liver, is increased by silymarin. Double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of silymarin on liver function, however, have shown conflicting results. In a study of patients with liver cirrhosis, no difference in survival was found with silymarin compared to placebo (Pares et al., 1998). Another study showed no improvement in cirrhotic liver function after 2 years of treatment; however, benefit was noted in portal hypertension (Ferenci et al., 1989). On the other hand, a significant decrease in liver enzymes was seen with 1 month of silymarin treatment in a group of patients with alcohol-induced liver disease (Salmi & Sarna, 1982). An insignificant de crease in total and conjugated bilirubin was found in the same study.

      Numerous changes have been detected in the liver of patients with psoriasis, including steatosis, periportal inflammation, fibrosis, necrosis, and cirrhosis (Pietrzak, Lecewicz-Torun, & Kadziela-Wypyska, 1998). A multifactorial etiology of liver disease in patients with psoriasis has been discussed and includes changes due to alcohol use, nutritional factors, anti-psoriatic medications, and a direct effect of the psoriasis itself. A single case report of clearance of psoriatic arthritis following a portal shunt procedure for primary biliary cirrhosis supports a link (D'Amico, Palazzi, & Capani, 1999). The value of silymarin in the treatment of psoriasis may be due to its ability to improve endotoxin removal by the liver, inhibit cAMP phosphodiesterase, and inhibit leukotriene synthesis. Abnormally high levels of cAMP and leukotrienes have been observed in patients with psoriasis and normalization of these levels may improve the condition (Thorne Research, Inc., 1999).

      While not proven to directly benefit psoriasis, milk thistle may be of therapeutic value as a hepatoprotective adjunct therapy in patients on hepatotoxic medications. Diarrhea, uterine stimulation, and herb-drug interactions with butyrophenones, phenothiazines, yohimbine, and phentolamine have been reported.

      Chamomile (Matricaria recutita). The chamomile flowers have a long therapeutic tradition in treating gastrointestinal ailments. The rationale for its use in psoriasis is three-fold. First, chamazulene, a by-product of the non-volatile oil extract, matricin, has anti-inflammatory activity through the inhibition of lipoxygenase and, as a result, leukotriene B4 (LTB4) formation. There is evidence supporting the role of increased LTB4 formation in psoriatic plaques; therefore, inhibition results in disease improvement (Aggag & Yousef, 1972). Sec ond, chamomile oil has antimicrobial activity against skin pathogens, Staphylococcus and Candida (Leung, Walsh, Giorno, & Norris, 1993). Lastly, the flavonoids, quercetin and apigenin, are also active compounds of the flower. Quercetin, a potent inhibitor of lipoxygenase, and to a lesser degree, cyclooxygenase, is readily absorbed through the skin (Brown & Dattner, 1998; Kim, Mani, Iversen, & Ziboh, 1998). As of yet, there are no clinical trials assessing the efficacy and adverse side effect profiles of chamomile reported in the treatment of psoriasis. Contact dermatitis (delayed type hypersensitivity) and systematized allergic re sponse, however, have been reported (Gruenwald, 2004; Paulsen, 2002).

      Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia). Early Aborigines derived tea tree oil from the Australian tree, Melaleuca alternifolia, and used this compound for wound healing. Later scientific investigations found that the oil contains terpin-4-ol, alpha-terpineol, and alpha-pinene which confer antimicrobial activity against Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermidis (May, Chan, King, Williams, & French, 2000). To date, no studies have investigated the use of tea tree oil in psoriasis; however, one study investigated its role in urticarial reactions. Koh, Pearce, Marshman, Finlay-Jones, and Hart (2002) demonstrated the inhibitory effect of tea tree oil on wheal volume in a study of histamine-induced wheal and flare reactions in 27 healthy volunteers (10 minutes after tea tree oil application, p=0.0004, Mann-Whitney U-test).

      Although there is reported efficacy in the treatment of acne, dandruff, and cold sores, tea tree oil can produce allergic dermatitis in individuals sensitized to the sesquiterpenoid fractions (Osborne & Chandler, 1998; Rubel, Freeman, & Southwell, 1998). With oral ingestion, it can lead to the detrimental effects of cognitive disorientation, systemic contact dermatitis, and coma (Bassett, Pannowitz, & Barnetson, 1990; Carson, Ashton, Dry, Smith, & Riley, 2001; Carson, Riley, & Cookson, 1998; Osborne & Chandler, 1998; Rubel et al., 1998; Satchel et al., 2002).

      Wintergreen/Boxberry (Gaultheria pro cumbens). Wintergreen is a plant native to the Eastern United States, and historically was used by Native Americans as an analgesic. The methyl salicylate constituent is responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties. Although used topically for psoriasis, wintergreen can cause systemic effects. Brubacher and Hoffman (1996) reviewed 20 cases of systemic salicylate toxicity (tinnitus, vomiting, tachypnea, and acid-base disturbances) from using topical creams (Bell & Duggin, 2002). Pa tients at greatest risk are those using aspirin or a prescribed salicylic acid compound in conjunction with a salicylate herbal (for example, wintergreen, aloe vera, or red clover). Additionally, oil of wintergreen can increase prothrombin time and international normalized ratio of clotting, creating problems for pa tients on warfarin (Chan, 1996). There are no investigations on its effectiveness in psoriasis.

      Slippery elm (Ulmus rubra). Slip pery elm, named so for its mucilage (slippery) component, is derived from the inner bark of the elm. Historically, Native Americans used this extract as a poultice for boils and wounds. In addition to being used to ward off colds and fevers, it is currently marketed as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, reflux, and cystitis (Day, 2003).

      Brown and colleagues (2004) evaluated a study group of five patients with chronic plaque-type psoriasis on a home-based 6-month medical nutritional therapeutic regimen. The group consisted of two men and three women, average age 52 years, who had completed a 10-day, live-in instructional program on the parameters of the dietary protocol to ensue. The diet included fresh fruits and vegetables, small amounts of protein from fish and fowl, fiber supplements, olive oil, daily saffron tea, and slippery elm bark water, and avoidance of red meat, processed foods, and refined carbohydrates. Physicians assessed psoriasis symptoms and bowel permeability over the 6-month period and reported an improvement in all studied parameters. Psoriasis Area and Severity Index averaged pre and post-test scores of 18.2 and 8.7, respectively. Psoriasis Severity Scale averaged pre and post-test scores of 14.6 and 5.4, respectively. The lactulose/mannitol test of intestinal permeability averaged pre and post-test scores of 0.066 to 0.026, respectively (Brown et al., 2004). Although they did report significant improvement in the study group on comprehensive medical nutritional therapy, the improvement could not be attributed to any one factor, and further studies were recommended.

      Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis). Evening primrose oil has been used for a wide variety of ailments from cancer to premenstrual syndrome. Historically, it was used by midwives to ripen the cervix; however, it is contraindicated in pregnancy due to the association with prolonged rupture of membranes and arrest of descent (Dove & Johnson 1999). Evening primrose can lower the seizure threshold of patients taking phenothiazine and avoidance is advised in epileptics (Holman & Bell, 1983). In psoriasis, clinical trials have found no clinical efficacy relevance (Oliwiecki & Burton, 1994; Veale et al., 1994).

      Turmeric/Indian saffron (Curcuma longa, Curcuma domestica). Turmeric has a long history of being used for infections and kidney stones. The use in psoriasis is a relatively new adjunct. The anti-inflammatory components are thought to be contained in the curcuminoids and volatile oils which function through selective inhibition of phosphorylase kinase (PhK) (Heng, Song, Harker, & Heng, 2000; Joe & Lokesh, 1997). PhK is an enzyme found in the epidermis. Significantly higher levels have been noted to correlate with clinical activity of psoriasis.

      Heng and colleagues (2000) examined the suppression of PhK activity by curcumin in patients with psoriasis. Four groups, each with 10 patients, were evaluated for PhK activity. The four groups included (a) active untreated psoriasis, (b) resolving psoriasis treated by calcipotriol, (c) curcumin (diferuloylmethane) group, and (d) ten normal non-psoriatic subjects. There were significant differences in PhK activity among the four groups (p< 0.0001). The de creased PhK activity in the curcumin and calcipotriol-treated groups corresponded to severity of parakeratosis, decreases in keratinocyte transferrin receptor expression, and density of epidermal CD8+ T cells (Heng et al., 2000). The study did not report any adverse effects, al though contact dermatitis is a reported adverse effect (Goh & Ng, 1987; Hata et al., 1997).

      As the consumer demand for al ternative medicine increases, so does the need for reliable scientific data on the safety and efficacy of such treatments. Herbal remedies are of specific interest to dermatology, as approximately one-third of all "traditional herbal medicines" are used for treating wounds and skin disorders, compared to only 1% to 3% of modern drugs (Mantle, Gok, & Lennard, 2001). In a recent United Kingdom study of the 717 patients who completed the complementary and alternative medicine usage questionnaire, 48% of the CAM users reported use for dermatologic conditions with 30% of the CAM users reporting use for psoriasis. Notably, the herbal remedies group was the most frequent CAM user (Huang, Wen, & Hsiao, 1997). There are more than three dozen herbal remedies reportedly used in the treatment of psoriasis and many do not have clinical trials investigating their use.

      Herbal medicine practices raise several medical standard-of-care concerns. Patients rely on the In ter net, lay press, friends, health food store workers, product labels, and physicians for information. To illustrate the magnitude and diversity of publicly available information, we searched |the Internet sites Yahoo (www.yahoo.com) and Google (www.google.com) for "herbal medicine" and "psoriasis" [HM & PSO] and "complementary & alternative medicine and psoriasis" [CAM & PSO] and compared it with the information available through the National Psoriasis Foundation (www.psoriasis.org) and National Library of Medicine (www.pubmed.gov) (see Table 2 ). There were over one million sites offered by Yahoo versus the 31 articles available on PubMed, when HM & PSO were searched. This disparity speaks to the fact that the efficacy supported by the lay "literature" is not supported by the scientific evidence found in the medical literature.

      The information reported in the lay literature may be distorted. Often, protocol violations and liberal inclusion criteria lead to erroneous conclusions. Unfortunately, consumers of lay literature are likely not aware of these study difficulties and assume that when a study is quoted that the information is accurate (Graber, Roller, & Kaeble, 1999).

      Of important note, the Food and Drug Administration does not control what "extra" substances may be added to a product, or monitor product components to assure compliance with the listed ingredients. Adulter ation of CAM products is an established problem. For example, a Taiwanese study examined 2,609 traditional Chinese medications ob tained from eight hospitals (Baron, Goodwin, Nicolau, Blackford, & Goulden, 2005). The researchers found approximately half of the products contained chemical substances not prescribed or labeled as part of the intended use. Over 50% contained two or more adulterants, with steroids making up 6 of the top 25 most frequently "added" substances found. Moreover, the Cali fornia Department of Health Ser vices analyzed 260 Asian patient medications, containing herbs, plants, animal by-products, or mineral salts. They found that 32% contained undeclared pharmaceuticals and/or heavy metals (Ko, 1998).

      Keane, Munn, du Vivier, Taylor, and Higgins (1999) examined 11 Chinese herbal creams used in treating eczema and found that eight contained dexamethasone, which was not a listed ingredient. Table 3 lists adulterants that have been found in herbal preparations. Despite documentation of mechanisms and outcomes, without assurance of what substances are included in herbal preparations, we would be remiss to endorse their use. Ultimately, clinicians need to be aware of their patients' use of herbal remedies. Familiarity with these herbal names, uses, efficacies, and side effects may encourage dialogue with patients and improve clinical care.

  19. QUESTION:
    i have just been diagnosed with plaque psoriasis? please read description?
    well i have been diagnosed with plaque psoriasis and i would like to know if there is anyone tht knows about it and if you do could you answer these questions
    1. i know its simallar to ashma so is it like where it will only pop up like every now and then like if not cared for propoly?
    2 is there like any long term affects of this ? i mean like i know it lasts along time but i mean can it last forever and is there anyother effects from it
    and if u can answer these is there any other things i need to know about this?? please no websites i need direct answers?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi gavbob1.

      1: That is true to a certain extent. Psoriasis will come and go, but I have found that not caring for it will effect it in any way. For example, you might have a patch of Psoriasis, and if untreated, might get worse, or might get better. It's happened to me. Best advice? Keep the skin moisturised and apply any treatment you get from the doctor.

      2: People with Psoriasis can lead to arthritis (commonly known as psoriatic arthritis) and some research says psoriasis sufferers can be at an increased risk of heart disease.

      If you need anymore help, feel free to email me at combatyourpsoriasis@gmail.com and I'll try and help you from there :)

  20. QUESTION:
    What is Psoriasis?
    I know it is a skin condition but what exacly is it?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition. There are five types, each with unique signs and symptoms. Between 10% and 30% of people who develop psoriasis get a related form of arthritis called “psoriatic arthritis,” which causes inflammation of the joints.

      Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis. About 80% of people who develop psoriasis have plaque psoriasis, which appears as patches of raised, reddish skin covered by silvery-white scale. These patches, or plaques, frequently form on the elbows, knees, lower back,
      and scalp. However, the plaques can occur anywhere on the body.

      The other types are guttate psoriasis (small, red spots on the skin),
      pustular psoriasis (white pustules surrounded by red skin), inverse psoriasis (smooth, red lesions form in skin folds), and erythrodermic psoriasis (widespread redness, severe itching, and pain).

      Regardless of type, psoriasis usually causes discomfort. The skin often itches, and it may crack and bleed. In severe cases, the itching and discomfort may keep a person awake at night, and the pain can make everyday tasks difficult.

      Psoriasis is a chronic, meaning lifelong, condition because there is currently no cure. People often experience flares and remissions throughout their life. Controlling the signs and symptoms typically requires lifelong therapy.

      Treatment depends on the severity and type of psoriasis. Some psoriasis is so mild that the person is unaware of the condition. A few develop such severe psoriasis that lesions cover most of the body and hospitalization is required. These represent the extremes. Most cases of psoriasis fall somewhere in between.

  21. QUESTION:
    ears??????????
    for years ive been suffering with itchy ears and recurring ear and throat infections. I finally found a GP who listened and agreed to pass me onto an ENT specialist. Ive been to see him and hes said ive got psoriasis in my ear canal........... anyone know any treatment for this because when i asked he said 'its not my field' ????

    I also suffer greatly from dizziness- the only way i can describe it is like when youve had too much to drink and the whole world spins and im sick or feel sick for ages after. When i told the specialist this he asked me to close my eyes and he started shaking my head from side to side,this then made me more dizzy than normal and i was nearly sick. After he did this he said he would have to get me an appointment with audiology as it wasnt an ENT problem.

    any one have any ideas on what i can do to at least ease the symptoms????

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I'm guessing that if you get RID of the Psoriasis, the symptoms might go away?, so i googled it, and some of the treatments are "hydration creams" and ointments based. So here's a bit of Info, i just hope i could help (:

      Bath solutions and moisturizers help soothe affected skin and reduce the dryness which accompanies the build-up of skin on psoriatic plaques. Medicated creams and ointments applied directly to psoriatic plaques can help reduce inflammation, remove built-up scale, reduce skin turn over, and clear affected skin of plaques. Ointment and creams containing coal tar, dithranol (anthralin), corticosteroids like Topicort Desoximetasone), vitamin D3 analogues (for example, calcipotriol), and retinoids are routinely used. Argan oil has also been used with some promising results.

  22. QUESTION:
    please a treatment for psorıasıs.. ı have trıed everythıng?

    • ANSWER:
      How Supplements Can Help -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.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.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.

      4.Milk thistle can be very useful for improving normal liver function, which is often beneficial for people with psoriasis.

      5.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.

      6.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.

      7.Try to minimize your exposure to chemicals in the home, including pesticides, solvents, oil-based paints and cleaning solutions.

      8.Drink plenty of pure water. And try to avoid chlorine in water; be sure to shower after swimming in a chlorinated pool.

      9.In winter, turn on the humidifier. Moist air may prevent lesions.

      10.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.

      11.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.

      12.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.

  23. 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,

  24. QUESTION:
    Shaving help!!! (also if u know a little bout psoriasis it will help)?
    shaving under my arms always bothers me. it sorta hurts but i have psoriasis on them so i cant use nair, veet, etc. so wat im tryin to get at is can i use a shaving gel on them? will it bother the psoriasis? and dont say 'well go out and see if it hurts' cuz i hate pain, big baby, lol, so i wont do it. i just need help, oh and my razor is fine i know that.
    also on my thighs i get these red bumps that i think r like leg acne. but i have never shaved up there so it cant b razor burn/bumps. anyway to get rid of them so i can shave up there?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis (IPA pronunciation: [sə'raɪ.əsɪs]) is a disease 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 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). 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. 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
      a shaving gel may help you with your problem
      make it a non scented natural one to be on safe side

  25. QUESTION:
    Scalp psoriasis remedies?
    I have severe plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. I use Enbrel, an expensive biologic drug that works for the arthritis but not so much the skin stuff- especially scalp. I alternate coal tar shampoo and Sal acid shampoo, used topical steroids to no avail. Any advice?
    I know, I wish coal tar worked. The thing about UV is I would need to shave my lovely locks (not really). I haven't seen my scalp but I imagine it is pretty pitted and scarred from the chunks of dead skin I pick off of it constantly (not exaggerating) so I would rather not shave my head- though tempting.

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend anti-psoriasis treatment from serenaskin.com. I've used it for my scalp psoriasis and it worked very well for me. Ointment and spray cleared the scalp and i take anti-psoriasis extract twice a year for prevention purposes.

  26. QUESTION:
    Dry flaky scalp (not dandruff)?
    I have been suffering from a really dry scalp for a good six months now. I'm twenty and have tried loads of different shampoos including T gel and head and shoulders (I went through a couple of bottles for each one) neither have helped. The dry skin is located right on my hair line and goes back about a centimetre. At the moment it doesn't itch but I think that is because I'm trying a different shampoo from Aveda which is designed for dry scalps, I have the shampoo, conditioner and a spray treatment thing. The combination of these three has really taken away the itch but the itch was in a different place to the dry skin. The itch was located across the crown of my head and although I couldn't see was described by a friend as really red and angry looking but it isn't like that at the moment. I know I don't have dandruff because the flakes are way too small. I know I'm really stressed at the moment because I have finals coming up but I've never suffered from this when I've been really stressed before.
    I'm just not sure what is causing these problems and how I can get rid of them.

    • ANSWER:
      YOU MAY HAVE Psoriasis is avery common condition. The disorder may affect people of any age, but it most commonly begins between ages 15 and 35.

      The condition cannot be spread to others.

      Psoriasis seems to be passed down through families. Doctors think it probably occurs when the body's immune system mistakes healthy cells for dangerous substances. See also: Inflammatory response

      Skin cells grow deep in the skin and normally rise to the surface about once a month. In persons with psoriasis, this process is too fast (about 2 weeks instead of 4 weeks) and dead skin cells build up on the skin's surface.

      The following may trigger an attack of psoriasis or make the condition more difficult to treat:

      Bacteria or viral infections, including strep throat and upper respiratory infections

      Dry air or dry skin

      Injury to the skin, including cuts, burns, and insect bites

      Some medicines, including antimalaria drugs, beta-blockers, and lithium

      Stress

      Too little sunlight

      Too much sunlight (sunburn)

      Too much alcohol

      In general, psoriasis may be severe in people who have a weakened immune system. This may include persons who have:

      AIDS

      Autoimmune disorders (such as rheumatoid arthritis)

      Cancer chemotherapy

      Up to one-third of people with psoriasis may also have arthritis, a condition known as psoriatic arthritis.

      Symptoms

      Psoriasis can appear suddenly or slowly. In many cases, psoriasis goes away and then flares up again repeatedly over time.

      People with psoriasis have irritated patches of skin. The redness is most often seen on the elbows, knees, and trunk, but it can appear anywhere on the body. For example, there may be flaky patches on the scalp.

      The skin patches or dots may be:

      Itchy

      Dry and covered with silver, flaky skin (scales)

      Pink-red in color (like the color of salmon)

      Raised and thick

      Other symptoms may include:

      Genital lesions in males

      Joint pain or aching (psoriatic arthritis)

      Nail changes, including nail thickening, yellow-brown spots, dents (pits) on the nail surface, and separation of the nail from the base

      Severe dandruff on the scalp

      Psoriasis may affect any or all parts of the skin. There are five main types of psoriasis:

      Erythrodermic -- The skin redness is very intense and covers a large area.

      Guttate -- Small, pink-red spots appear on the skin.

      Inverse -- Skin redness and irritation occurs in the armpits, groin, and in between overlapping skin.

      Plaque -- Thick, red patches of skin are covered by flaky, silver-white scales. This is the most common type of psoriasis.

      Pustular -- White blisters are surrounded by red, irritated skin.

  27. QUESTION:
    what can clear up psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Hope this helps! but you really should consult a dermatologist!

      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, gender, quality of life, comorbidities, and attitude toward risks associated with the treatment are also taken into consideration.

      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.[6] As a first step, medicated ointments or creams are applied to the skin. This is called topical treatment. 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 ingested orally or by 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.

      Topical treatment

      Bath solutions and moisturizers help sooth affected skin and reduce the dryness which accompanies the build-up of skin on psoriatic plaques. Medicated creams and ointments applied directly to psoriatic plaques can help reduce inflammation, remove built-up scale, reduce skin turn over, and clear affected skin of plaques. Ointment and creams containing coal tar, dithranol (anthralin), corticosteroids, vitamin D3 analogues (for example, calcipotriol), and retinoids are routinely used. The mechanism of action of each is probably different but they all help to normalise skin cell production and reduce inflammation.

      The disadvantages of topical agents are variably that they can often irritate normal skin, can be time consuming and awkward to apply, cannot be used for long periods, can stain clothing or have a strong odour. As a result, it is sometimes difficult for people to maintain the regular application of these medications. Abrupt withdrawal of some topical agents, particularly corticosteroids, can cause an aggressive recurrance of the condition. This is known as a rebound of the condition.

      Some topical treatments with innovative concepts and cosmetic feel are coming into the market (for example Dermist cream in India)[4]. Though these claimed to be side-effects free, cosmetically adjusted for day time use and safe for long term use; these are non-conventional medicines, comes under traditional system of ayurveda hence not very popular in the western world.

      Some topical agents are used in conjunction with other therapies, especially phototherapy.

      Phototherapy

      It has long been recognised that daily, short, non-burning exposure to sunlight helped to clear or improve psoriasis. Niels Finsen was the first physician to investigate the therapeutic effects of sunlight scientifically and to use sunlight in clinical practice. This became known as phototherapy.

      Sunlight contains many different wavelengths of light. It was during the early part of the 20th century that it was recognised that for psoriasis the therapeutic property of sunlight was due to the wavelengths classified as ultraviolet (UV) light.

      Ultraviolet wavelengths are subdivided into UVA (380–315 nm), UVB (315–280 nm), and UVC (< 280 nm). Ultraviolet B (UVB) (315–280 nm) is absorbed by the epidermis and has a beneficial effect on psoriasis. Narrowband UVB (311 to 312 nm), is that part of the UVB spectrum that is most helpful for psoriasis. Exposure to UVB several times per week, over several weeks can help people attain a remission from psoriasis.

      Ultraviolet light treatment is frequently combined with topical (coal tar, calcipotriol) or systemic treatment (retinoids) as there is a synergy in their combination. The Ingram regime, involves UVB and the application of anthralin paste. The Goeckerman regime combines coal tar ointment with UVB.

      Photochemotherapy

      Psoralen and ultraviolet A phototherapy (PUVA) combines the oral or topical administration of psoralen with exposure to ultraviolet A (UVA) light. Precisely how PUVA works is not known. The mechanism of action probably involves activation of psoralen by UVA light which inhibits the abnormally rapid production of the cells in psoriatic skin. There are multiple mechanisms of action associated with PUVA, including effects on the skin immune system.

      Dark glasses must be worn during PUVA treatment because there is a risk of cataracts developing from exposure to sunlight[citation needed]. PUVA is associated with nausea, headache, fatigue, burning, and itching. Long-term treatment is associated with squamous-cell and melanoma skin cancers.

      Systemic treatment

      Psoriasis which is resistant to topical treatment and phototherapy is treated by medications that are taken internally by pill or injection. This is called systemic treatment. Patients undergoing systemic treatment are required to have regular blood and liver function tests because of the toxicity of the medication. Pregnancy must be avoided for the majority of these treatments. Most people experience a recurrence of psoriasis after systemic treatment is discontinued.

      The three main traditional systemic treatments are the immunosupressant drugs methotrexate and ciclosporin, and retinoids, which are synthetic forms of vitamin A. Other additional drugs, not specifically licensed for psoriasis, have been found to be effective. These include the antimetabolite tioguanine, the cytotoxic agent hydroxyurea, sulfasalazine, the immunosupressants mycophenolate mofetil, azathioprine and oral tacrolimus. These have all been used effectively to treat psoriasis when other treatments have failed. Although not licensed in many other countries fumaric acid esters have also been used to treat severe psoriasis in Germany for over 20 years.

      Biologics are manufactured proteins that interrupt the immune process involved in psoriasis. Unlike generalised immunosuppressant therapies such as methotrexate, biologics focus on specific aspects of the immune function leading to psoriasis. These drugs are relatively new, and their long-term impact on immune function is unknown. They are very expensive and only suitable for very few patients with psoriasis.

      Alternative therapy

      * Antibiotics are not indicated in routine treatment of psoriasis. However, antibiotics may be employed when an infection, such as that caused by the bacteria Streptococcus, triggers an outbreak of psoriasis, as in certain cases of guttate psoriasis.

      * Climatotherapy involves the notion that some diseases can be successfully treated by living in particular climate. Several psoriasis clinics are located throughout the world based on this idea. The Dead Sea is one of the most popular locations for this type of treatment.

      * New natural options for mild to moderate psoriasis relief with clinically proven efficacity and safety ([5] and [6]) have been developed and are now available in Canada and online. XP-828L (Dermylex [7]) is extracted through a patented process from whey and has an immuno-regulatory effect.

      * In Turkey, doctor fish which live in the outdoor pools of spas, are encouraged to feed on the psoriatic skin of people with psoriasis. The fish only consume the affected areas of the skin. The outdoor location of the spa may also have a beneficial effect. This treatment can provide temporary relief of symptoms. A revisit to the spas every few months is often required.

      * Some people subscribe to the view that psoriasis can be effectively managed through a healthy lifestyle. This view is based on anecdote, and has not been subjected to formal scientific evaluation. Nevertheless, some people report that minimizing stress and consuming a healthy diet, combined with rest, sunshine and swimming in saltwater keep lesions to a minimum. This type of "lifestyle" treatment is suggested as a long-term management strategy, rather than an initial treatment of severe psoriasis.

      * A number of patients have reported significant improvements from sun and sea water: unfortunately, salt alone does not have any effect. Sea water contains so many minerals and different life forms (thousands of species of bacteria alone [8]) that it will be hard to determine which of these is causing the observed effects. Interestingly, people in the tropics differentiate between "live" and "dead" sea water: "live" sea water is water that has never been covered.

      * Some psoriasis patients use herbology as a holistic approach that aims to treat the underlying causes of psoriasis.

      * A psychological symptom management programme has been reported as being a helpful adjunct to traditional therapies in the management of psoriasis. [9]

      * It is claimed that Epsom salt may have a positive effect in reducing the effects of psoriasis.[citation needed]

      * The use of Neem oil in India has been in documented use for 6000 years.[citation needed] There are claims that this "documented use" is fraudulent claims by sellers of Neem oil.[10]

      * It is claimed that yoga and meditative practices help psoriasis patients by 'detoxifying' the body and by the reduction of stress.[citation needed]

      Sulphur has been used for many years as a safe treatment in the alleviation of Psoriasis.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is this really just some kind of bug bite?
    First off I'm 18 and I have really mild plaque psoriasis and I think I may be developing psoriatic arthritis eventually as well due to joint inflammation and pain I have occasionally. I rarely get psoriasis anywhere besides inside my ears though because of the climate I'm in right now.

    Two days ago I was out shopping when a spot on my wrist began to itch. I saw no bumps of any sort to indicate that it was a bug bite but after I continued scratching it, it started to look like it might be just a bug bite as it started to have a bump. I got another one later that night on my finger but this one had no bump and it still doesn't. It's just a little swollen, red, and extremely itchy. Both of them have gotten unbearably itchy. If I don't touch them for a while it goes away but just the slightest touch brings it back. Scratching it at all makes it so much worse and makes it swell more and burn. I got another one on my leg and a small one (that looks more like a bug bite) on my arm as well that day. But all at different times and not always when I was in the same place which makes it hard for me to believe that they're all really itchy bug bites. I thought it might be related to my psoriasis but they're not usually on joints. (not that my psoriasis is always on joints) I suppose it's possible that it'd be bed bugs or something but I have trouble believing that one of them followed me to the mall all day before biting me on the wrist. lol I keep expecting them to get better but they only show signs of getting worse. It's probably not as big of a deal as I'm acting like it is but I just wanted to be sure that it wasn't a sign of any other psoriasis related condition or anything. Oh and anti itch cream does absolutely nothing.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you in contact with any sort of animals, which might have fleas? Do vacuum your bed and under the bed, this makes a huge difference to bed bugs, which are harmless to many but hell for a few. If it is an insect bite they can cause huge swelling, even amputation, but as it has come up in more than one place it doesn't sound like that kind of bite. Anti -histamine tablets work much better than cream, if this is a reaction to a bite.

      If it is psoriasis do drink a LOT of water, this helps. Look into ultra violet light therapy and do see a doctor. It seems necessary to be sure of the diagnosis but these skin problems can fool a doctor. I would recommend a herbalist, if your insurance will pay, or if you can find one not too expensive. These treatments are monitered to suit your body and can make a huge difference.
      Good Luck, I hope you are well soon.

  29. QUESTION:
    what does psoriasis look like?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a disease whose main symptom is gray or silvery flaky patches on the skin which are red and inflamed underneath when scratched. Commonly affected areas include the scalp, elbows, knees, navel, palms, ears and groin. Psoriasis is autoimmune in origin, and is not contagious. Around a quarter of people with psoriasis also suffer from psoriatic arthritis, which is similar to rheumatoid arthritis in its effects.

      In order to know the symptoms of psoriasis, it is important to have an understanding of the many types of psoriasis. Symptoms of psoriasis differ from type. Here is a complete list of psoriasis symptoms by type:

      symptoms of plaque psoriasis
      Skin lesions are red at the base and covered by silvery scales.

      guttate psoriasis symptoms
      Small, drop-shaped lesions appear on the trunk, limbs, and scalp. Guttate psoriasis is most often triggered by upper respiratory infections (for example, a sore throat caused by streptococcal bacteria).

      pustular psoriasis symptoms
      Blisters of noninfectious pus appear on the skin. Attacks of pustular psoriasis may be triggered by medications, infections, stress, or exposure to certain chemicals.

      inverse psoriasis symptoms
      Smooth, red patches occur in the folds of the skin near the genitals, under the breasts, or in the armpits. The symptoms may be worsened by friction, sweating and/or the presence of yeast or fungal infections.

      erythrodermic psoriasis symptoms
      Widespread reddening and exfoliation of the skin that may form the initial outbreak of psoriasis, but is more often the result of exascerbation of unstable plaque psoriasis, particularly under the triggering effect of: abrupt withdrawal of systemic treatment, use of systemic steroids or excessive use of high potency topical steroids corticosteroids (cortisone) or in a koebner response to a widespread allergic reaction or severe sunburn. This form of psoriasis can be genuinely dangerous, since the extreme inflamation and exfoliation interfere with the body's ability to regulate temperature and perform other barrier functions.

      psoriatic arthritis symptoms
      Joint inflammation that produces symptoms of arthritis in patients who have or will develop psoriasis.

  30. QUESTION:
    Is anyone aware of treatment available in India for psoriasis? I am located in Chennai.?

    It would be nice to hear from people who have got treated and cured..

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is an inflammatory disease that manifests most commonly as well-circumscribed, erythematous papules and plaques covered with silvery scales. Cause is unknown, but common triggers include trauma, infection, and certain drugs. Symptoms are usually minimal with occasional mild itching, but cosmetic implications may be major. Some people develop severe disease with painful arthritis. Diagnosis is based on appearance and distribution of lesions. Treatment is with emollients, vitamin D analogues, retinoids, tar, anthralin, corticosteroids, phototherapy, and when severe, methotrexate, retinoids, biologics, or immunosuppressants.
      Please see the web pages for more details on Psoriasis, Guttate psoriasis and Psoriatic arthritis.

  31. QUESTION:
    What is psorasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease 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 nor can one spread it by contact to other parts of the body.

      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 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.

  32. QUESTION:
    do you know what psoriasis is?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis (pronounced /səˈraɪəsɪs/) is a disease 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

      Cause
      The cause of psoriasis is not fully understood. There are two main hypotheses 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.The second hypothesis 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. 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.[13] 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.

  33. QUESTION:
    I have this scaly skins in my scalp??why??
    its very itchy.I know its not dandruff but I have lost a good deal of hair and its itchy??
    whats it??

    • ANSWER:
      you could have psoriasis.

      Psoriasis (pronounced /səˈraɪəsɪs/) (suh-RI-uh-sus) is a disease 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.

      I have psoriasis on my scalp and it itches like crazy that most people think i have bad dandruff, but that is not the case. i havent lost hair before but some people do, it depends how severe you have it. you should check with a dermatologist to get properly diagnosed; then you can get some treatment to stop the itching.

  34. QUESTION:
    can people die with Psoriasis ?!?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder that affects over 6.4 million people in the United States. Plaque psoriasis, the most common form, is characterized by inflamed lesions topped with silvery white scales. Psoriasis can be limited to a few plaques or can involve moderate to extensive areas of skin. For some people, psoriasis tends to be mild to moderate but still quite distrubing.No one knows exactly what causes psoriasis, although a recent study has established that it is an immune-mediated disorder. We do know that psoriasis is the growth of too many skin cells. A normal skin cell matures in 28 to 30 days but a psoriatic skin cell takes only 3 to 6 days.Both males and females get psoriasis in equal numbers. It can strike at any age, but most often between 15 and 35. However, a first-time diagnoses of psoriasis has been seen in very old people, and in new-born babies and small children. About 150,000 to 250,000 new cases of psoriasis are diagnosed each year. A physician makes the diagnosis after observing the skin, and studying the psoriatic plaque cells under a microscope. Pitting of the nails can be a sign of psoriasis. There is no medical test for psoriasis.
      There is no cure, but there are many different treatments, both topical and systemic, that can clear psoriasis for periods of time. Experimentation is often required to find a treatment that works for a particular person, as illustrated by many case histories. Some people who have psoriasis experience spontaneous remissions, but no one knows why this happens and they are unpredictable. Yes. About 400 people die from complications caused by psoriasis each year. Primarily, such complications occur in relation to a severe, extensive form of psoriasis, such as generalized pustular psoriasis or erythrodermic psoriasis, where large areas of skin are shed. The skin plays an important role in regulating body temperature and serving as a barrier to infection. When a person's skin is compromised to such a great extent, secondary infections are possible. Fluid loss is a complicating factor in these serious forms of psoriasis, and a great strain is also placed on the circulatory system. For the most part people with psoriasis can function normally. Sometimes people experience low self-esteem because psoriasis is unsightly. Psoriasis is often misunderstood by the public, which can make social interactions awkward. This may lead to emotional problems such as anxiety, anger, embarrassment, and depression. Psoriasis can affect the type of work people do if it is visible.It is rare but possible for people to die with Psoriasis. I hope this help you.

  35. QUESTION:
    Drug classification of adalimumab/Humira?

    • ANSWER:
      Adalimumab belongs to the class of tumor necrosis factor alpha TNF-
      inhibitors. Humira reduces the effects of a substance (tumor necrosis factor alpha) in the body that can cause inflammation.

      Humira is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and plaque psoriasis. It is also used to treat Crohn's disease after other drugs have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.

  36. QUESTION:
    The dermotogist says psoriasis.. but im 23 and this is the first time this has happened?
    I moved to michigan Nov 05. I've never had skin problems... The 2nd winter of 06... I started getting patchy dry skin on my elbows, under my eyes, my arms and even on my legs (not my knees). It tends to be more aggressive on my right side. I tried benadryl, claritin, nothing. The dermatoligist said psorisis and gave me a tube of Fluocinolone acetonide ointment .025% it keeps it from itching for a day at a time but thats it and I cant lather myself in it. I tried pure vitamin E... nothing. I use lotion or i dont use lotion... theres no change... I'm at my wits end here... I'm starting to think its in michigan because if I travel its not as bad. It did this all winter then for a few months it stopped. I have several pictures of my leg and arms.I really hope I can find someone who has this or knows about it...
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    The 3rd Pic http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b170/xxsvtcatxx/DSC01078.jpg
    Im kind of wondering too if anyone has had allergic reactions like this to anything such as smoke? Our office is incredibly smoky and during the winter it is closed up with the heat on and now that its hot its closed up with the AC on but for a few months we had the windows open and it was a lot less polluted...
    While researching I read something about if you reuse your towel for more than a day.. which Im guilty of, I hang it up and use it for my next shower... and I have not tried using a fungal treatment..

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Andrea,

      I know how frustrating it could be for you. I am a psoriatic as well for years. The picture 1 and 3 looks like plaque psoriasis to me while the picture 2 looks like inverse psoriasis.

      Psoriasis can be managed as well as triggered in so many ways. Watch out for your triggers like stress, extreme temperature, allergies, etc. You've got to take lots of vitamins especially vitamin C.. anything that will boost your immune system. A flu may worsen our psoriasis big-time.

      Be careful when using steroids. It should be a short contact and should not be used over long period and on very wide areas. Always moisturize your skin with a good and thick moisturizers.

      Join a psoriasis community. I hope there is one in your area. Try to contact the National Psoriasis Foundation: http://www.psoriasis.org/about/. They may be able to link you to one.

      There are various ways to treat your psoriasis which are still at a mild form from the photos you've shown. Really the topicals are the most adequate at this time. Should you find your condition worsen, see your dermatologist again and ask for other options like PUVA, and other combination treatments.

      Good luck and try to relax no matter how difficult it is for us. Getting frustrated and feeling bad will only worsen it. It is a vicious cycle. Be positive... Psoriasis is manageable when you find the right treatment suited for you.

  37. QUESTION:
    IF SOMEONe!!!!?
    If someone have psoriasis at initial stage...what are its sympotms?? what precaution should he/she take? what is cause and cure of it? Is it itchy?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease which affects the skin and joints.
      - red scaly patches on the skin. The scaly patches caused by psoriasis, called psoriatic plaques or lesions, are areas of excessive skin production and inflammation. 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 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). 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.

      Several factors are thought to aggravate psoriasis.
      -stress and excessive alcohol consumption
      -injury like wounds and traumatic fall

      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.

      treatment: ( just temporary as psoriasis gets back again and again)

      -Bath solutions and moisturizers help sooth affected skin and reduce the dryness which accompanies the build-up of skin on psoriatic plaques.
      -Medicated creams and ointments applied directly to psoriatic plaques can help reduce inflammation, remove built-up scale, reduce skin turn over, and clear affected skin of plaques. Ointment and creams containing coal tar, dithranol (anthralin), corticosteroids, vitamin D3 analogues (for example, calcipotriol), and retinoids are routinely used.
      -Phototherapy
      -methotrexate and ciclosporin, and retinoids, which are synthetic forms of vitamin A
      -antimetabolite tioguanine, the cytotoxic agent hydroxyurea, sulfasalazine, the immunosupressants mycophenolate mofetil, azathioprine and oral tacrolimus.
      -In Turkey, doctor fish which live in the outdoor pools of spas, are encouraged to feed on the psoriatic skin of people with psoriasis. The fish only consume the affected areas of the skin.
      -A number of patients have reported significant improvements from sun and sea water
      - It is claimed that Epsom salt may have a positive effect in reducing the effects of psoriasis
      -The use of Neem oil in India has been in documented for 6000 years
      -It is claimed that yoga and meditative practices help psoriasis patients by 'detoxifying' the body any by the reduction of stress

  38. QUESTION:
    what is a psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis (IPA pronunciation: [sə'raɪ.əsɪs]) is believed to be 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, called psoriatic plaques or lesions, are areas of excessive skin production and inflammation. 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 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). 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 and excessive alcohol consumption. 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

  39. QUESTION:
    guttate psoriasis?
    i am almost fully recovered from a 7-month battle with guttate psoriasis induced by a severe strep infection. my rash is gone in most places, however there is a lack of skin coloring where each one was. is there a quick way to somehow restore melanin to these areas? thanks all

    • ANSWER:
      The five types of psoriasis are:

      * Plaque Psoriasis: Most common form of the disease usually forming scales
      * Guttate Psoriasis: Appears as small red spots on the skin
      * Inverse Psoriasis: Occurs in armpits, groin and skin folds
      * Pustular Psoriasis: White blisters surrounded by red skin
      * Erythrodermic Psoriasis: Intense redness over large areas
      * Psoriatic Arthritis: Causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints

      Psoriasis treatment depends on:

      * How serious the disease is
      * The size of the psoriasis patches
      * The type of psoriasis
      * How the patient reacts to certain treatments.

      All treatments don't work the same for everyone and there is no cure for psoriasis. However, significant relief can be had by using Skin Original.

      Source: http://www.skinoriginal.com/

  40. QUESTION:
    IF SOMEONe!!!!?
    If someone have psoriasis at initial stage...what are its sympotms?? what precaution should he/she take? what is cause and cure of it? Is it itchy?

    • ANSWER:
      What is Psoriasis?

      Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition. There are five types, each with unique signs and symptoms. Between 10% and 30% of people who develop psoriasis get a related form of arthritis called “psoriatic arthritis,” which causes inflammation of the joints.

      Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis. About 80% of people who develop psoriasis have plaque psoriasis, which appears as patches of raised, reddish skin covered by silvery-white scale. These patches, or plaques, frequently form on the elbows, knees, lower back,
      and scalp. However, the plaques can occur anywhere on the body.

      The other types are guttate psoriasis (small, red spots on the skin),
      pustular psoriasis (white pustules surrounded by red skin), inverse psoriasis (smooth, red lesions form in skin folds), and erythrodermic psoriasis (widespread redness, severe itching, and pain).

      Regardless of type, psoriasis usually causes discomfort. The skin often itches, and it may crack and bleed. In severe cases, the itching and discomfort may keep a person awake at night, and the pain can make everyday tasks difficult.

      Psoriasis is a chronic, meaning lifelong, condition because there is currently no cure. People often experience flares and remissions throughout their life. Controlling the signs and symptoms typically requires lifelong therapy.

      Treatment depends on the severity and type of psoriasis. Some psoriasis is so mild that the person is unaware of the condition. A few develop such severe psoriasis that lesions cover most of the body and hospitalization is required. These represent the extremes. Most cases of psoriasis fall somewhere in between.

      Who Gets Psoriasis
      More than 4.5 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with psoriasis, and approximately 150,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. An estimated 20% have moderate to severe psoriasis.

      Psoriasis occurs about equally in males and females. Recent studies show that there may be an ethnic link. It seems that psoriasis is most common in Caucasians and slightly less common in African Americans. Worldwide, psoriasis is most common in Scandinavia and other parts of northern Europe. It appears to be far less common among Asians and is rare in Native Americans.

      There also is a genetic component associated with psoriasis. Approximately one-third of people who develop psoriasis have at least one family member with the condition.

      Research shows that the signs and symptoms of psoriasis usually appear between 15 and 35 years of age. About 75% develop psoriasis before age 40. However, it is possible to develop psoriasis at any age. After age 40, a peak onset period occurs between 50 and 60 years of age.

      About 1 in 10 people develop psoriasis during childhood, and psoriasis can begin in infancy. The earlier the psoriasis appears, the more likely it is to be widespread and recurrent.

      Psoriatic arthritis develops in roughly one million people across the United States, and 5% to 10% experience some disability. Psoriatic arthritis usually first appears between 30 and 50 years of age — often months to years after skin lesions first occur. However, not everyone who develops psoriatic arthritis has psoriasis. About 30% of people who get psoriatic arthritis never develop the skin condition.

      Causes
      Psoriasis may be one of the oldest recorded skin conditions. It was probably first described around 35 AD. Some evidence indicates an even earlier date. Yet, until recently, little was known about psoriasis.

      While scientists still do not fully know what causes psoriasis, research has significantly advanced our understanding. One important breakthrough began with the discovery that kidney-transplant recipients who had psoriasis experienced clearing when taking cyclosporine. Since cyclosporine is a potent immunosuppressive medication, this indicates that the immune system is involved.

      Immune Mediated. Researchers now believe that psoriasis is an immune-mediated condition. This means the condition is caused by faulty signals in the body’s immune system. It is believed that psoriasis develops when the immune system tells the body to over-react and accelerate the growth of skin cells. Normally, skin cells mature and are shed from the skin’s surface every 28 to 30 days. When psoriasis develops, the skin cells mature in 3 to 6 days and move to the skin surface. Instead of being shed, the skin cells pile up, causing the visible lesions.

      Genes. Researchers have identified genes that cause psoriasis. These genes determine how a person’s immune system reacts. These genes can cause psoriasis or another immune-mediated condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis or type 1 diabetes. The risk of developing psoriasis or another immune-mediated condition, especially diabetes or Crohn’s disease, increases when a close blood relative has psoriasis.

      Family History. Some people who have a family history of psoriasis never develop this condition. Research indicates that a “trigger” is needed. Stress, skin injuries, a strep infection, certain medications, and sunburn are some of the known potential triggers. Medications that can trigger psoriasis are anti-malarial drugs, beta-blockers (medication used to treat high blood pressure and heart conditions), and lithium. Dermatologists have seen psoriasis suddenly appear after a person takes one of these medications, gets a strep infection, or experiences another trigger.

      Psoriasis research continues to accelerate at a rapid pace and will continue to advance our knowledge of what causes psoriasis.

      Quality of Life
      All types of psoriasis, ranging from mild to severe, can affect a person’s quality of life. Living with this lifelong condition can be physically and emotionally challenging.

      Itching, soreness, and cracked and bleeding skin are common. Nail psoriasis can be painful. Even the simple act of squeezing a tube of toothpaste can hurt. One woman described her psoriasis as feeling like “a bad sunburn that won’t go away.”

      Several studies have shown that people often feel frustrated. In some cases, psoriasis limits activities and makes it difficult to perform job responsibilities. The National Psoriasis Foundation reports that 56 million work hours are lost each year by those who have psoriasis. Additionally, a survey conducted by the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2002 indicates that 26% of people living with moderate to severe psoriasis have been forced to change or discontinue their normal daily activities.

      Studies also have shown that stress, anxiety, loneliness, and low self-esteem are part of daily life for people living with psoriasis. One study found that thoughts of suicide are three times higher for psoriatics than the general population.

      Embarrassment is another common feeling. Imagine getting your hair cut and noticing that the stylist or barber is visibly uncomfortable. What if you extended your hand to someone and the person recoiled? How would you feel if you spent most of your life trying to hide your skin?

      Treatment Advances Improve Outlook
      With the emergence of several new therapies, including the biologic agents, more people are experiencing substantial improvements and reporting a greatly improved quality of life.

  41. QUESTION:
    eucerin calming lotion?
    is it good for psoarisis skin disease?

    • ANSWER:
      The Eucerin® Dry Skin Relief range of skin care products, are well tried and tested, and following our clinical development programme, the range is well documented as being most suitable and effective for use as intended on dry skin. However, none of the products in the range are specifically licensed for use in psoriasis, as we have no data to support such use. Consequently, we cannot make any specific claims as to how it may help with this condition.
      However, as it is licensed for other extremely dry skin conditions, such as atopic eczema (dermatitis), xeroderma, and icthyosis, it is possible that it may help minimise any itching associated with your condition. The natural moisturising factor, Urea, which it contains is considered to have anti-pruritic properties (anti-itching) at concentrations of 10% and above. In addition, Urea has a softening action on proteins within the epidermis, which may contribute to softening of psoriatic plaques. Finally, it may also be helpful when used in conjunction with steroid containing creams, if these have been prescribed, as in concentrations of at least 10%, Urea has been shown to improve the absorption of the steroid, hydrocortisone, and thereby facilitates such treatment.

      We would suggest using a small amount of cream on a test patch of psoriatic skin or plaque, before general use.

  42. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any remedies for psoriasis ?
    I haven't had a flare up in over a year but just the other night I noticed quite a few spots of it appearing on my back, would like away by xmas so I can wear backless tops. I know there is no cure but does anyone know of any over the counter creams that can help or is there any vitamins or foods I should eat / avoid to reduce this as much as poss ?

    I cant get to the doctor right now as am not at home - any tips much appreciated.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      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, gender, quality of life, comorbidities, and attitude toward risks associated with the treatment are also taken into consideration.

      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.[11] As a first step, medicated ointments or creams are applied to the skin. This is called topical treatment. 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.

      [edit] Topical treatment

      Bath solutions and moisturizers help sooth affected skin and reduce the dryness which accompanies the build-up of skin on psoriatic plaques. Medicated creams and ointments applied directly to psoriatic plaques can help reduce inflammation, remove built-up scale, reduce skin turn over, and clear affected skin of plaques. Ointment and creams containing coal tar, dithranol (anthralin), corticosteroids, vitamin D3 analogues (for example, calcipotriol), and retinoids are routinely used. The mechanism of action of each is probably different but they all help to normalise skin cell production and reduce inflammation. Activated vitamin D and its analogues are highly effective inhibitors of skin cell proliferation.

      The disadvantages of topical agents are variably that they can often irritate normal skin, can be time consuming and awkward to apply, cannot be used for long periods, can stain clothing or have a strong odour. As a result, it is sometimes difficult for people to maintain the regular application of these medications. Abrupt withdrawal of some topical agents, particularly corticosteroids, can cause an aggressive recurrence of the condition. This is known as a rebound of the condition.

      Some topical agents are used in conjunction with other therapies, especially phototherapy.

      [edit] Phototherapy

      It has long been recognized that daily, short, non-burning exposure to sunlight helped to clear or improve psoriasis. Niels Finsen was the first physician to investigate the therapeutic effects of sunlight scientifically and to use sunlight in clinical practice. This became known as phototherapy.

      Sunlight contains many different wavelengths of light. It was during the early part of the 20th century that it was recognised that for psoriasis the therapeutic property of sunlight was due to the wavelengths classified as ultraviolet (UV) light.

      Ultraviolet wavelengths are subdivided into UVA (380–315 nm) UVB (315–280 nm), and UVC (< 280 nm). Ultraviolet B (UVB) (315–280 nm) is absorbed by the epidermis and has a beneficial effect on psoriasis. Narrowband UVB (311 to 312 nm), is that part of the UVB spectrum that is most helpful for psoriasis. Exposure to UVB several times per week, over several weeks can help people attain a remission from psoriasis.

      Ultraviolet light treatment is frequently combined with topical (coal tar, calcipotriol) or systemic treatment (retinoids) as there is a synergy in their combination. The Ingram regime, involves UVB and the application of anthralin paste. The Goeckerman regime combines coal tar ointment with UVB.

      [edit] Photochemotherapy

      Psoralen and ultraviolet A phototherapy (PUVA) combines the oral or topical administration of psoralen with exposure to ultraviolet A (UVA) light. Precisely how PUVA works is not known. The mechanism of action probably involves activation of psoralen by UVA light which inhibits the abnormally rapid production of the cells in psoriatic skin. There are multiple mechanisms of action associated with PUVA, including effects on the skin immune system.

      UV protective glasses must be worn during PUVA treatment because there is a risk of cataracts developing from exposure to ultraviolet A light[citation needed]. PUVA is associated with nausea, headache, fatigue, burning, and itching. Long-term treatment is associated with squamous-cell and melanoma skin cancers.

      [edit] Systemic treatment

      Psoriasis which is resistant to topical treatment and phototherapy is treated by medications that are taken internally by pill or injection. This is called systemic treatment. Patients undergoing systemic treatment are required to have regular blood and liver function tests because of the toxicity of the medication. Pregnancy must be avoided for the majority of these treatments. Most people experience a recurrence of psoriasis after systemic treatment is discontinued.

      The three main traditional systemic treatments are methotrexate, cyclosporine and retinoids. Methotrexate and cyclosporine are immunosupressant drugs; retinoids are synthetic forms of vitamin A. Other additional drugs, not specifically licensed for psoriasis, have been found to be effective. These include the antimetabolite tioguanine, the cytotoxic agent hydroxyurea, sulfasalazine, the immunosupressants mycophenolate mofetil, azathioprine and oral tacrolimus. These have all been used effectively to treat psoriasis when other treatments have failed. Although not licensed in many other countries fumaric acid esters have also been used to treat severe psoriasis in Germany for over 20 years.

      Biologics are manufactured proteins that interrupt the immune process involved in psoriasis. Unlike generalised immunosuppressant therapies such as methotrexate, biologics focus on specific aspects of the immune function leading to psoriasis. These drugs (interleukin antagonists) are relatively new, and their long-term impact on immune function is unknown. They are very expensive and only suitable for very few patients with psoriasis. Ustekinumab (IL-12 and IL-23 blocker) shows hopeful results for psoriasis therapy.

      A new natural systemic option, XP-828L, for mild to moderate psoriasis relief has been developed by a Canadian life science and technology company. This oral product with clinically proven efficacy and safety is extracted through a patented process from whey and has immuno-modulatory effects.[12][13][14]

      [edit] Alternative therapy

      * Antibiotics are not indicated in routine treatment of psoriasis. However, antibiotics may be employed when an infection, such as that caused by the bacteria Streptococcus, triggers an outbreak of psoriasis, as in certain cases of guttate psoriasis.

      * Climatotherapy involves the notion that some diseases can be successfully treated by living in particular climate. Several psoriasis clinics are located throughout the world based on this idea. The Dead Sea is one of the most popular locations for this type of treatment.

      * In Turkey & in Croatia (Altermedica), doctor fish which live in the outdoor pools of spas, are encouraged to feed on the psoriatic skin of people with psoriasis. The fish only consume the affected areas of the skin. The outdoor location of the spa may also have a beneficial effect. This treatment can provide temporary relief of symptoms. A revisit to the spas every few months is often required. Best known is the spa “Kangal Thermal Springs”, near the Turkish village of Kavak. According to the testimony of numerous psoriasis patients, the fish lead to a significant relief. This spa is located south of the historic silk road in Anatolia. The next big city is Sivas. Treatment in this hot spring has been examined until now in two small clinical trials, with positive results.[15] [16]

      * Some people subscribe to the view that psoriasis can be effectively managed through a healthy lifestyle. This view is based on anecdote, and has not been subjected to formal scientific evaluation. Nevertheless, some people report that minimizing stress and consuming a healthy diet, combined with rest, sunshine and swimming in saltwater keep lesions to a minimum. This type of "lifestyle" treatment is suggested as a long-term management strategy, rather than an initial treatment of severe psoriasis.

      * A number of patients have reported significant improvements from sun and sea water: unfortunately, salt alone does not have any effect. Sea water contains so many minerals and different life forms (thousands of species of bacteria alone[17]) that it will be hard to determine which of these is causing the observed effects. Interestingly, people in the tropics differentiate between "live" and "dead" sea water: "live" sea water is water that has never been covered.

      * Some psoriasis patients use herbology as a holistic approach that aims to treat the underlying causes of psoriasis. Some alternative therapies consider Oil of Oregano to be a powerful herbal method of treatment.

      * A psychological symptom management programme has been reported as being a helpful adjunct to traditional therapies in the management of psoriasis.[18]

      * It is claimed that Epsom salt may have a positive effect in reducing the effects of psoriasis.[citation needed](The Home Remedies Handbook)

      * There are claims that Neem oil has been in documented use in India for 6000 years.[citation needed] There are claims that this documentation is fraudulent.[19]

      * It is claimed that yoga and meditative practices help psoriasis patients by 'detoxifying' the body and by the reduction of stress.[citation needed]

      * Sulphur has been used for many years as a safe treatment in the alleviation of Psoriasis.

      * Fasting is used by some to treat mild forms of psoriasis.

      * New studies have shown that smoking cessation can improve the outcome of psoriasis, and also decrease the incidence of its occurance

  43. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what this skin disease could be?
    Does anyone know what this skin disease could be?
    Does anyone know what this skin disease could be?
    Okay, I met this man on the bus, and he had these fleshy bumps all over his body. Some are big, some are small, and he mentioned that it was something he was born with. It is not contagious and it does not hurt him. He told me the name of it, but I forgot. I think it ends with "osis" and it might begin with an "s". But I can't be sure. Anyway, I wanted to reserch it a little. I am going to post this in a few different catagories so that I can broaden my answers.

    • 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. Several factors are thought to aggravate psoriasis. These 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.

  44. QUESTION:
    Why do i have bumps in my nail? ?
    Hi so my question is why and how are they there? If i dont have nail polish on they very dry and peel quicker but u can still se the bumps, there on all the nails and have been there for ages. I dont chew my nails. Its just too gross. Soo any advice or help u can give would be grateful
    Thanku cx
    Just wanted to add i don't understand the complicated disease related words u use so please can u say it in english and the disease is it bad? And wats the atheist?
    Sorry i meant arthritis?

    • ANSWER:
      The most likely explanation is that you have nail psoriasis. Some people just have this finding and others will have the skin plaques and other cutaneous findings as well. There really is no good treatment for it if this is your only sign of disease. Psoriasis in general has MANY treatment options.

      If you have a history of arthritis, then it would be wise to see a rheumatologist or dermatologist as 30% of those with psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis.

      FOLLOW-UP FROM YOUR COMENT:
      Psoriasis is very complex. I would suggest reading about it at the links below. If you do not have any other issues like sore joints (arthritis) or any funky rashes on your skin, then you have nothing to worry about. These things can develop later though.

      Is that better?

      Oh, and other possibilities include:
      • psoriasis (10-50% of patients have nail pits)
      • alopecia areata
      • eczema
      • Reiter’s syndrome
      • incontinentia pigmenti
      • in children nail pitting can be a normal condition of the nail if it is intermittent and mild severity (not caused by a disease).

  45. QUESTION:
    how to find out what is causing my psoriosis?
    I have never had a skin problem until last year. I got the h1 flu shot and started getting little red circl dry patches on my arm. It got so bad that 70% of my body was covered with dry skin that flacked cracked and bleeds. I was so itcy and wanted to rip my skin off. I went to several doctors and was finally diagnosed with psorosis. It has not cleared up , I go for light theoropy and use a shitload of cortosone cremes. Thank god for good health care benefits because these creams cost 200 a tube and I have gone through 8 of them. I need to find the cause of this skin condition. Any suggestions would be appreciated.It has been a year and I have tried increasing my vitamins drinking lots of water staying away from foods that flare it up. Nothing is helping!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease. It's not just a symptom that you need to find the cause for. It IS the cause.

      Autoimmune diseases are VERY rarely associated with vaccines, and happen more often after actual infection with viruses like the flu or bacteria like staph. When your body reacts to something by producing antibodies, sometimes the antibody producing cells make a mistake, and the antibodies also attack a part of your own body. This is an autoimmune disease. Usually, however, autoimmune diseases are inherited or happen spontaneously.

      Your doctors are trying everything to clear it up. There's no cure. Hopefully you're seeing a dermatologist, as skin diseases are their speciality.

      See these links for more info:

      https://health.google.com/health/ref/Psoriasis
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psoriasis
      http://www.psoriasis.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=1336

      Good luck and take care.

      PS: Someone who uses the term "autoimmune marker" doesn't know much about autoimmune disease, no matter what skin conditions have affected this person.

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21181073 - this article illustrates association between an anti-glomerular basement membrane antibody and psoriasis.
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21180612 - this article investigates efficacy of a monoclonal antibody treatment (which targets immune-mediated inflammation) for psoriasis.

      As far as primrose oil goes...
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21085832 this details a case of a patient who got lipoid pneumonia from long-term use of it.

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7921757 this research study found no clinical improvement in psoriatic arthritis when treated with marine oil (a combo that includes primrose).

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8050140 this study found no clinical improvement in chronic stable plaque psoriasis with use of primrose oil


psoriatic plaques treatment

Coconut Oil Psoriasis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I am suffering from Psoriasis one of my friend recommend me to use MeritVCO virgin coconut oil?
    She recommend me to use Virgin coconut oil for Psoriasis its natural and safe to use as my skin is to
    sensitive

    • ANSWER:
      I have been using the Meritvco for 3 weeks, 3 times a day on my forehead and knee since they have psoriasis. It's unbelievable how this has helped my skin and I'm almost there to having normal skin again!!

  2. QUESTION:
    If you high psoriasis on your legs/ankle what do you use to get rid of it? Have you tried coconut oil?
    I have a small patch of psoriasis on my leg and another small patch on my ankle. I have had it for years and nothing seems to get rid of it. I just started to try coconut oil. (Topically) What do you do to get rid of it? Have you tried coconut oil?

    • ANSWER:
      I used serenaskin herbal remedies. They work surprisingly well. My skin was cleared in a short period of time, and it stays clean few months later.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is olive oil good for my hair and psoriasis ?
    I'm 13 with psoriasis on the back on my scalp near my neck. My hair is thick, black and longer than shoulder length.
    I just put a mix of coconut oil and olive oil into my hair and rubbed it in my scalp, I'm planing to leave it in my head over night, is this a good idea?

    • ANSWER:
      I know a friend who uses olive oil for her psoriasis and it helped her loads. However if it's on your scalp you may want to invest in shampoos, conditioners and any other hair products that contain no SLS or SLES (Sodium Laurel (Ether)Sulfate) because it strips your skin of the natural oils. Hope this helps :)

  4. QUESTION:
    What treatments can help get rid of keratin psoriasis?
    I have these little red bumps all over my arms known as keratin psoriasis, its very embarrassing and i have a bad case of it. I have heard that just exfoliating and lotion will help and it defiantly hasn't. I need something to help I'm desperate. I've heard maybe coconut oil may help but I would like to hear other opinions! PLEASE HELP! I'm 19 if that helps and my sibling have it too but mine is WAY worse....

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  5. QUESTION:
    can coconut oil increase hair growth and help with my eczema?
    i have afro hair which breaks quite alot and is quite dry all the time. also, my skin is very dark and dry because of my eczema, so how can coconut oil help with all these things?
    can it be coconut oil that is used for cooking?

    • ANSWER:
      As if being the most delicious flavour, texture and smell wasn’t enough. I’ve recently discovered, that the humble coconut, is quite possibly one of the most powerful super foods around. This post could get very long…so I’ll dive into the bits of research I’ve found out so you can get the gist of what it’s all about and get purchasing/eating/smothering as soon as possible.
      First things first, this isn’t just a body oil or hair care product. You can eat coconut oil. At room temperature, it’s a solid much like butter, when warmed in your hands or when cooking…it melts. We’ve just started using this, but plan to replace most of our oil/butter consumption with this…and it tastes AMAZING!! They recommend you consume between one and five tablespoons of oil a day. On toast it’s a dream, in Thai curry it’s ridiculous. But I like to literally ñom ñom teaspoonfulls of it throughout the day, straight up out of the jar. Sounds gross…I assure you, it’s the schnizzle. Thanks going out to Jenna Marbles
       for putting me onto this ‘magical unicorn elixir’!

      WHAT DOES IT DO?
      One of the most interesting properties it has, it that it contains Lauric Acid. Lauric Acid is found in breast milk…so, no need to explain how über rejuvenating that is. Without trying to sound too complicated or medical of like I actually know any of this myself, here’s a list of what I’ve found the benefits to be. Feel free to Google it yourselves, there’s a ton of videos on YouTube too backing up the research – and what interested me most – the amount of real people raving about it and reviewing it. Contrary to popular belief (apparently, not that I’ve ever heard anything bad about it) coconut oil was considered a “bad” fat because it is a saturated fat. However, coconut oil is a “good fat” and actually beneficial for the heart. It helps in preventing various heart problems including high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
      SMOTHER IT:
      Rub it on your fingernails, on your face (I find as a night moisturiser it’s best, its not crazy oily, but takes a little while to sink in totally) best lip balm ever, I left the house yesterday with dry almost chapped lips, used it throughout the day, they were soft by the time I got home from work…SHAZZAM.  It reduces scarring, prevents stretch marks, heals burns/scrapes/scabs etc much faster, and literally erases bruises. I rubbed it on a mosquito bite yesterday and it instantly soothed it…barely noticeable today. My skin already looks plumper on my face, fine lines reduced, lovely squishy bouncy skin…and I only started using it last night…FOR REAL.
      Best eyemakeup remover ever, and it actually conditions your eyelashes making them stronger and grow longer. Same for hair on your head (or wherever you want to grow thicker longer hair!) whack it on dry hair leave it for a few hours or overnight in a bandana or turban or whatever…wake up…and voilá – you’re the Timotei chick. Relieves dandruff, prevents lice, and cures (if not dramatically improves) psoriasis and eczema.
      EAT IT:
      First thing I noticed like many others, is that it gives you an almost instant mad energy boost. Sort of like a coffee, but not jittery and wide eyed, just bouncy happy buzz…yeah baby! Did I already mention how freakishly delicious it is? It suppresses binge eating by levelling out your blood sugar, so you don’t go raiding the fridge and ruining your new year diet. It boosts your natural metabolism and actually makes you LOSE weight.
      It sorts out your digestion, immune system, it’s anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal (cures shit like athletes foot and yeast infections, stops you getting cold sores and all that).  It aids absorption of calcium and other vitamins and minerals into your body from other foods. Sorts out your internal organs…check this post out for the medical shizz >>

      It’s a great tanning oil, and can help your skin build up better tolerance to the harmful rays…what else can I say?? Well probably lots but I’m even boring myself writing it all down. I’ll update the blog with more stuff I discover if it’s worthy of y’all knowing about it…
      GO GET SOME! Available in most health food stores, or online at sites such asamazon
      , vit-shop
       etc.
       

  6. QUESTION:
    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.

  7. QUESTION:
    whats the best remedy for eczema on the scalp and on body?
    I have tried shampoo with Tar and salisylic,,then after shampoo scrape the scales with coconut oil.with the body i soap with bar that indicates for eczema and psoriasis then apply daktarin as per Dr...but it seems too slow to work.

    • ANSWER:
      For me natural treatment worked better than prescription medications. . I cleared my eczema with serenaskin herbal remedies in less than 2 weeks. They do not have side effects like steroid creams. Itching subsided after first application of ointment and spray, I felt a relief right away, and I also took eczema extract to prevent future flare ups. It has been several months ago and my skin is still clear.

  8. QUESTION:
    How did you cure/relieve your 'SCALP' psoriasis?
    I had these almost for 4 years and it was really annoying.
    I've used some oral/skin treatment and such but nothing works well.
    I dont like wasting money on stuffs so i'd rather go for a practical and simple treatment.
    Nizoral and Selsun Shampoo, Vinegar, Coconut Oil doesnt work well and seem to made it worst.
    As for now, I use Diprolene Cream to relieve it but it was quite expensive.
    So right now, I'm looking for some alternatives in curing this skin condition.
    I'm thinking of burning this with muriatic acid because of this extreme itchiness. I'll put just a drop of muriatic acid on a cotton bud and gently apply it on my scalp. Hope this works because it worked for my ezcema.

    Anyway, please suggest some treatments I can do about this Scalp Psoriasis so that i don't have to do the Muriatic treatment.

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  9. QUESTION:
    Is there such thing as Extra Virgin Coconut Oil?
    I read on an article online that there is no such thing as EXTRA virign coconut oil and it is just a marketing scam to have one believe that it is better than Virgin Coconut Oil. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      extra virgin coconut oil is just the coconut oil, it's not refined. coconut oil is very very good for you. in my country [philippines] they make it from fresh coconuts.

      Health benefits of coconut oil include the following:

      Hair Care: Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrition for hair. It helps in healthy growth of hair providing them a shinny complexion. Regular massage of the head with coconut oil ensures that your scalp is free of dandruff, lice, and lice eggs, even if your scalp is dry. Coconut oil is extensively used in the Indian sub-continent for hair care. It is an excellent conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged air. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair. It is therefore used as hair care oil and used in manufacturing various conditioners, and dandruff relief creams. Coconut oil is normally applied topically for hair care.

      Stress Relief: Coconut oil is very soothing and hence it helps in removing stress. Applying coconut oil to the head followed with a gentle massage helps in removing mental fatigue.

      Skin Care: Coconut oil is excellent massage oil for the skin as well. It acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skins including dry skin. The benefit of coconut oil on the skin is comparable to that of mineral oil. Further, unlike mineral oil, there is no chance of having any adverse side effects on the skin with the application of coconut oil. Coconut oil therefore is a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It also delays wrinkles, and sagging of skin which normally become prominent with age. Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. Therefore coconut oil forms the basic ingredient of various body care products such as soaps, lotions, creams, etc., used for skin care.

      Premature Aging: Coconut oil helps in preventing premature aging and degenerative diseases due to its antioxidant properties.
      Heart Diseases: There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for the heart. This is because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. However, coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in preventing various heart problems including high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as it happens in case of other vegetables oils. It does not lead to increase in LDL levels. It also reduces the incidence of injury in arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.

      Weight Loss: Coconut oil is very useful in reducing weight. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems. Further, it increases the body metabolism by removing stress on pancreases, thereby burning out more energy and helping obese and overweight people reduce their weight. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who eat coconut oil daily as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight.

      Pancreatitis: Coconut oil is also believed to be useful in treating pancreatitis.

      Digestion: Internal use of coconut oil occurs primarily as cooking oil. Coconut oil helps in improving the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti microbial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc., that cause indigestion. Coconut oil also helps in absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

      Immunity: Coconut oil is also good for the immune system. It strengthens the immune system as it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.

      Healing: When applied on infections, it forms a chemical layer which protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil is most effective on bruises as it speeds up the healing process by repairing damaged tissues.

      Infections: Coconut oil is very effective against a variety of infections due to its antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. According to the Coconut Research Center, coconut oil kills viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, SARS, etc. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumo

  10. QUESTION:
    What essential oil to use for psoriasis in shampoo and conditioner?
    I want to be able to make my own shampoo and conditioner and was just wondering what essential oils to use
    I already have the shampoo and conditioner base just need to know also how many drops of the essential oil to add to them for 125ml bottle

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend that you use tea tree oil(essential) and jojoba oil(carrier oil). Tea tree oil helps with dandruff, psoriasis, and infections. Jojoba contains vitamin e which helps nourish your hair and it regulates hair sebum because it mimics human sebum and prevents it from creating excess oil. Other oils you should consider to add in the mix are coconut oil(carrier),argan oil(carrier =best hair oil ever! can be used for antiaging and dry hair!), kukui nut oil(carrier), lavender oil(essential), rosemary(essential), avocado oil(carrier), and sesame oil(carrier).
      **Extra tips: Once in a week, use green tea to wash your hair. Wrap your hair with a towel for 30 minutes and then rinse it. Green tea helps exfoliate dead skin lying on top of your scalp!

  11. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of dandruff?
    I have had this problem for about 6 months now and i have had conflicting information from doctors and hairdressers. I have been told that i have got stress related eczema, Psoriasis and plain old dandruff. I have tried the following shampoo's and none have seemed to work:- Alphosyl 2 in 1, Polytar, Head and Shoulders, Vosene, A mixture of mouthwash and witch hazel to rince out shampoo, leaving in conditioner to moisten the scalp, using coconut oil to masage into the hair and scalp. None of these are working for me and my doctor just keeps turning me away to try new things. Its costing me a fortune to try all these products and i dont have a clue what else to try. Could anyone help? Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      I use Recon made by Lush - they have loads of stores in the UK or mail order website www.lush.co.uk
      You massage a small amount into the scalp, leave for 15 mins. Apply shampoo to hair and scalp with out wetting the hair and massage in. Rinse then wash a couple more times, apply conditioner. Use every wash for a week and then once or twice weekly for mainainance.
      I have had brilliant results with this and you only use a small amount at a time.
      It works for me.

  12. 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

  13. QUESTION:
    Good natural things to add to your bath for health reasons?
    Hi I was just wondering what stuff people add to their bath. My mother in law gave me coconut oil to add since I have dry hair and skin. I've also heard of adding oats and different kinds of oil?? Just wondering what other people add and why :)
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I just discovered to use cucumbers.....fresh cucumber shavings.
      I buy cucumbers and juice it. I drink the cucumber juice and put the remaining of the cucumber (the shavings) in my bath water.
      Cucumbers do miraculous work to the skin
      Internally it strips the spleen and helps the skin look clearer. It works well for acne, eczema, psoriasis, swelling, arthritis, etc.
      Externally, its a moisturizer for the skin. When I take a bath in it, it makes the entire room smell like cucumbers and I also just bath in the cucumbers only. You don't need soap or lotion. GURANTEED, your skin will stay moisturized the entire day.

  14. QUESTION:
    what hair and scalp type can coconut shampoo be used for and what are the benefits of the shampoo?
    for help on my course work at college i also need to know about; almond oil, medicated, coal tar, lemon, egg, Ph balenced, protein and beer shampoos the different hair and scalp types used for and the benefits of that shampoo, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Shampoo`s containing coconut oil are normally for dry hair as the oil adds moisture.
      Almond Oil is much the same but also has soothing qualities on the scalp,medicated & coal tar are generally for scalp conditions such as dandruff or psoriasis .
      Lemon could be for greasy hair the acid acts as an astringent,but can also be used on normal hair.
      Egg shampoo for fine hair.
      Beer shampoo can rebuild damaged hair whilst adding body & shine.
      A Ph balanced shampoo will return the hair to its natural state (acidic) great after a perm or colour
      A protein shampoos are again for hair repair
      Hope this helps

  15. QUESTION:
    How can I lose my virginity without feeling embarrassed?
    I want to lose my virginity but I dont want to take off my clothes because I'm embarrassed of my psoriasis on my legs. Psoriasis is a skin disorder. Look it up for more information. I wanna have sex really bad. How can I do it without him seeing or feeling it on my legs?

    • ANSWER:
      i feel kinda the same way. i dont have psoriasis but i was born with dry skin, and even though i lotion it every day it will never look as pretty or be as smooth as other people. i suggest getting some good psoriasis cream, lotionig everyday, and coconut oil btw is great for bad/irritated skin.
      and maybe you can dim the lights if you want to have sex? and maybe he wont even mind

  16. QUESTION:
    Where can i find extra virgin coconut oil?
    ok so i want extra virgin coconut oil for my hair and i also want to know if its expensive and where can i find it...

    • ANSWER:
      If you are in india you can buy it directly from excel combines i use there brand MeritVCO extra virgin coconut oil..its bit expensive but its worth.They extract it from coconut milk using fermentation technology..

      Here are some of the benefit of using MeritVCO

      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.

      In effect are the following Virgin coconut oil health benefits:

      1. Virgin coconut oil and thyroid

      Hypothyroidism is a state when the thyroid glands are not producing sufficient thyroid hormones. Virgin coconut oil plays a major role in improving thyroid function.

      2. Virgin coconut oil and diabetes

      Diabetes is a syndrome of a metabolism disorder resulting to high blood sugar levels in the body. Insulin is a hormone that assists the blood sugar to enter the cell and be converted as heat and ener

  17. 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! ;)

  18. QUESTION:
    Do I need to dilute 100% tea tree oil before use?
    I have a small bottle of 100% pure tea tree oil and because it is at the maximum concentration, do I need to dilute before directly applying it to things like cuts and scrapes? If so, how should I dilute it properly?
    Also, any rude comments will be reported.

    • ANSWER:
      No, generally you do not need to dilute pure tea tree oil for cuts and scrapes.

      People with sensitive skin or who have allergies should test tea tree oil by applying a small amount to the inner arm. Any allergic reaction or irritation will manifest within a few minutes. Dilute the tea tree oil in an equal quantity of Olive oil or mix it with alcohol and water before trying another patch test. Allergic reactions to tea tree oil are unusual; reactions to diluted tea tree oil are rare. Discontinue use if allergic reaction occurs.

      Tea tree oil is applied to the skin (used topically) for infections such as acne, fungal infections of the nail (onychomycosis), lice, scabies, athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), and ringworm. It is also used topically as a local antiseptic for cuts and abrasions, for burns, insect bites and stings, boils, vaginal infections, recurrent herpes labialis, toothache, infections of the mouth and nose, sore throat, and for ear infections such as otitis media and otitis externa.
      This partial list here is from the link below:
      Acne - Dab on pure or add to warm water and rinse. You can add it to any facial wash you use.

      Athlete's Feet - Being a fungal based problem, Tea Tree Oil does a great job eliminating the problem. Put 2-3 drops in your palm and add a carrier oil or lotion and apply at least once a day.

      Boils - Wash the area surrounding the boil thoroughly and then apply full strength with a cotton swab two to four times each day for four days. A gauze pad saturated with the oil may also be applied directly to the boil for up to twelve hours.

      Burns - Being a non-greasy and volatile oil, Tea Tree Oil is excellent for burns. Any of the oil which has not been absorbed within 10 minutes will evaporate, allowing the skin to breathe. Speedy treatment is essential. The burn should be put under cold running water or packed in ice for one minute. Then, alternate applications of Tea Tree Oil and cold water for ten more minutes. The oil may be poured from the bottle directly over the burn. The oil can be applied liberally twice daily for three to four days if necessary.

      Cankers (Mouth Ulcers) - Apply the oil full strength directly to the canker sore several times until sore heals. One or two applications are reported to do the trick for most people.

      Cold Sores - Apply the oil full strength daily for a week.

      Cuts - Clean the wound and apply the Tea Tree Oil directly to the cut two to three times the first day. You can continue to apply the oil twice daily for up to seven days thereafter.

      Ear Aches - Rub two or three drops of the oil on the outer ear or dilute three drops of the oil in one teaspoon of olive oil and put a few drops of the diluted mixture in the ear twice daily.

      Fungus Nails - clear up fungal infections of both toenails and fingernails even if they are resistant to strong systemic antibiotics.

      Gums/Teeth - Add 2 drops to a little water and swish around mouth --- or add a drop to your toothbrush and apply while you brush. Does a great job for receding gums, pyorrhea, gingivitis, plaque, and bad breath from dental sources.

      Infected/Sore Nails - Applied several times a day.

      Insect Bites and Stings - As soon as possible, apply the oil full strength directly to the bite with a finger or cotton ball.

      Pimples - Apply full strength with a cotton swab two to four times each day for four days.

      Sinus & Bronchial Congestion - Rub a few drops of the oil on the nose and sinuses and/or rub the oil on the chest. The vapors may be inhaled by adding five drops of the oil to a bowl of steaming hot water or to a vaporizor.

      Skin Problems - Use one teaspoon in a tub of bath water for a very invigorating bath. It is reported to help sooth and disinfect the skin in cases of psoriasis, eczema and so forth.

      Sunburn - Dilute one part Tea Tree Oil with ten parts of olive oil or coconut oil and spread freely over the affected areas. This is reported to be soothing and pain-relieving and to reduce blistering and peeling. People have also applied tea tree oil full strength to sunburn.

      Thrush in Infants (Mouth) - Dilute a few drops of tea tree oil in the child's saliva to reduce the strong taste and paint onto the afflicted areas with a swab. This can be repeated twice per day for two days. Discontinue if there is no improvement.

      Vaginal Yeast Infections - Use one teaspoon of the oil in a 500 ml. douche daily. You can also soak a tampon in the oil and insert.

      Good Luck to you!

  19. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get protein to very weak breaking hair? (Conditioner?)?
    I have been having some major hair breakage..I think it's caused due to previous damage my heat styling and chemicals.
    I also have psoriasis and every time i use the shampoo I see extra breakage. It's tar shampoo

    I was wondering how to I fix it. people keep telling me to use protein conditioner. What are some good ones?

    • ANSWER:
      Take hair Vitamins. also buy hair treatments. Pantene Pro V has good ones, also does VO5..check there products out you can also use Natural remedies like Coconut Oil, Olive Oil etc

      Coconut oil - Coconut oil is commonly used for dry and damaged hair as it provides appropriate lubricant. The different nutrients in coconut oil like calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium provide good nourishment for the hair.

  20. QUESTION:
    What do the red patches of skin from Lyphomas look like? Do they go away... or stick around?
    I have had itchy skin on and off for a year. This winter I developed thick quarter sized red patches on my legs. They stuck around forever, and I don't have dry skin. I finally started coating them with coconut oil and they slowly have been going away. I was just curious if red patches associated with Lymphoma cancer are anything like this? A friend brought it to my attention and now I'm worried. There isn't much evidence of the situation left to show my doctor. Any help would be great. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      The type of lymphoma that that begins with reddish or purplish itchy patches of skin is called mycosis fungoides which is the most common type of cutaneous t-cell lymphoma. Mycosis fungoides is frequently misdiagnosed as eczema or dermatitis or psoriasis. You would have the best results getting a proper diagnosis if see a dermatologist who has treated mycosis fungoides previously for a punch biopsy on one of the patches on your legs.

      If you find out that you are going to have a biopsy make sure that you have not used corticosteroid creams on the patch to be biopsied or this can make the biopsy come back as undetermined.

      Mycosis fungoides is very rare but itchy red patches are the classic presentation of early mycosis fungoides. These patches can wax and wane for many years before the itching or spread of disease finally prods the person into seeing a Dr for a definite diagnosis. If your rash spots have disappeared and you do have mycosis fungoides then they will soon return. If the rash patches have disappeared and do not return then you can be certain that you do not have mycosis fungoides but probably some type of dermatitis.

      http://www.aafp.org/afp/990515ap/2809.html

      http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic1541.htm

  21. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of back acne?
    I have bacne pretty bad i mean its not terrible and i have no scars or pus or anything but i hate it and I am on prescribed drugs to fix it. Also i wash my back with sea salt and coconut scrub i make or a natural sea salt scrub that exfoliates and cleanses or proactiv or neautogena(cant spell) i mix up my scrubs alot to get a variety. I know its "bad" but i about once a week use a 10% benzoyl peroxide cream the doctor gave me. I also keep my hair off my back and get lots of sun on it. I also use an oil free moisturiser occasionally. I am going to Hawaii in just over a month and would love to have a clear back but i don't know what to do. Any suggestions other then putting alcohol on it. Just to let you know my face is completely clear and I don't even scrub it. Oh yeah I'm a 14 year old girl. I apologise for all the bad spelling thanks sooo much if u could answer xx

    • 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)

      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.

      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

  22. QUESTION:
    will coconut oil help with psoriasis? is it safe?
    I am wondering if coconut oil is safe on my plaque psoriasis. I don't know why but I put on vaseline and it made it 10 times worse and people were saying what happened to your foot? Anyway.. Its really dry I already put natural moisturizer on it or baby lotion but it needs more.. Will coconut oil help?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, coconut oil can be taken internally or topically to the affected areas and is really effective at treating psoriasis - good luck :)

  23. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of my horrible flaky scalp?
    I have a horribly flaky scalp and i have tried using oil rubbed into my scalp but it doesnt work. i have tried rubbing my fingers into my head hard when i wash it but nothing works. PLEASE HELP ME! how to stop it! thanks soo much

    • ANSWER:
      Flaky scalp, or dandruff, is a common skin problem affecting millions of people worldwide. You lose dead skin cells from your scalp on a daily basis. When more are lost than normal, they stick together forming the grey or white flakes called dandruff. There are innumerable factors that can contribute to a flaky and dry scalp, including harsh hair products, weather, allergies and skin diseases. There are numerous products that can treat a flaky scalp, however most of them contain harsh chemical which can irritate your skin. Using safe natural herbs can prevent this from occurring and effectively treat a flaky scalp.
      Apply aloe vera gel directly to your scalp every day especially in the morning. Aloe vera can help loosen flaky dandruff so it can be washed off easily. Aloe vera can also help moisturize your scalp preventing future dandruff outbreaks. Apply the gel 30 minutes before showering. Massage the gel into your scalp and leave on for 20 minutes then massage your scalp and rinse off in the shower.
      Shampoo your hair with an apple cider vinegar and coconut oil mixture daily. This mixture will help dissolve dandruff while moisturizing your hair. Make a bottle by adding half a cup of apple cider vinegar to one cup of coconut oil. Stir and pour into a small bottle. Apply and massage the shampoo into your scalp for 5 minutes and rinse well.
      Treat a flaky scalp by pouring and massaging Vitamin E oil to your scalp. The oil from this vitamin will loosen dandruff, balance scalp oils and prevent scalp dryness. Apply it generously to your hair after showering or 15 minutes before styling your hair. You can also take Vitamin E supplements to help your scalp internally. The recommended dosage for Vitamin E in capsule form is one 500 mg capsule once a day.
      Apply eucalyptus oil treatment to your scalp. Eucalyptus oil can tone your scalp to reduce oiliness, itchiness and flakiness. Mix 3 to 4 drops of eucalyptus oil in 1 tbsp of water and massage into your scalp. Leave the mixture on your scalp overnight and wash off in the morning.
      ________________________

      A dry, flaky scalp can have a number of causes, from winter weather to harsh hair products. A little TLC and the right products can go a long way toward restoring moisture to a dry scalp.
      All skin cells shed, and the skin cells of the scalp are no exception. But sometimes so many scalp skin cells are shed that they become noticeable as tiny white flakes in your hair and on your shoulders. If you have a dry, flaky scalp — especially if the flaking is confined to the top of the head, the hairline, or the back of the neck, and the flakes are tiny and white — the cause may be as simple as dry winter weather or the way you take care of your hair.

      In some cases, scalp flaking can be due to another condition. Dandruff makes skin cells flake off, but they’re usually oily rather than dry. If heavy dandruff is accompanied by intense scalp itching, the problem may be a form of eczema called seborrheic eczema, which causes irritated skin to become red and inflamed. Scalp psoriasis also causes flaking, but the scalp is typically itchy and irritated and the flakes, or scales, are silvery.

      Treating Scalp Flaking
      If you have a dry, flaky scalp, it may be time to make some changes to your hair-care routine. Try the following tips:

      * Shampoo the right way. Especially in winter, when the air is dry, use a shampoo and conditioner for dry scalps. It also helps to limit how often you shampoo. Too-frequent shampooing can strip the scalp of moisture from its natural oils. And use only a little shampoo each time. Using too much makes it harder to rinse it all out — and any shampoo left behind dries and flakes off.
      * Turn down the heat. Too much heat on the scalp can irritate it and dry it out, making it even flakier. Taking long showers that are hot, hot, hot can add to the problem. The same goes for overusing blow-dryers and curling irons. Instead, shower with warm (not hot) water, and let your hair dry naturally.
      * Massage your scalp. This increases blood flow to the scalp. It also helps clear any blocked pores, and that can release the scalp’s natural oil. A scalp massage also loosens dead skin cells, making them easier to wash away.
      * Use an oil treatment. Try one from your local drugstore or hair salon, or try olive oil — some people swear by it. Rub the oil into your scalp, wrap your hair in a towel and leave it on for about a half hour. Then rinse the oil out with lukewarm water and shampoo.
      * Wear a hat in summer. Getting a sunburn on your scalp adds to its dryness. Cover your head with a hat when you’re in the sun.

      When to See a Dermatologist
      If at-home treatments don’t do the job, visit a dermatologist to see if there’s a medical reason behind your flakes. He or she can prescribe medications for eczema or psoriasis, if it turns out that you have one of those conditions. Your doctor can also prescribe a dandruff shampoo or suggest an

  24. QUESTION:
    Is Mixing Monistat In Hair Grease Good For The Scalp?
    I have a very bad itch in my scalp and I have the scaly patches (psoriasis). I have tried so much stuff for my scalp.... A Beautician told me to mix Pine Tar and Monistat together. Also, I have heard that this make people hair grow too. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      See a dermatolostist and they might be able to prescribe you something for your scalp. At the very least, but a shampoo and conditioner that has a tea tree formula. Tea tree helps stop itchy scalps. You can also buy pure tea tree oil at a health foods store and mix it with another oil like olive oil and put that on your scalp. Oil is much healthier for your hair and scalp than grease. Make sure you dilute tea tree oil with a non-essential oil (olive, jojoba, coconut, etc). Tea tree is an essential oil and putting it directly on your scalp can cause irritation because it's so strong.

  25. QUESTION:
    Olive oil and coconut oil good for psoriasis?
    Leaving it in over
    Night, is it helpful?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah using coconut oil as a moisturizer is great anyways.... you might want to get your riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), and vitamin A levels checked up. the nurse will take a blood test to see if you are low in any of them. Because if you don't have enough of these, you can get skin problems. oh yeah, and the essential fatty acids is REALLY important for your skin too! walnuts, fish oil capsules, flaxseeds, chia seeds, etc.. have the essential fatty acids in them!

  26. QUESTION:
    what were the herbal medicines used in the treatment of psoriasis?
    We had used clobetasol and other chinese cream which had somehow eased the itchiness, thus, we would also want to try the herbal medicine.

    • ANSWER:
      virgin coconut oil is antifungal and antibacterial so it can be of great help. you should also try using sulfur soap. try looking at this website. gopod luck. i hope your skin conditon improves quickly. don't lose hope. recovery will come soon enough. i wish u the best

  27. QUESTION:
    What would happen if I applied the gel from my Vitamin D gel-caps directly to my skin?
    I take Vitamin D gel-caps to help with my acne, but what if I applied the gel directly to my skin, would that be better or worse? What would happen?

    • ANSWER:
      Try it behind your earlobe first & if you have no reaction, try it. A vit.D topical is used for psoriasis. I can't see where it would hurt anything.

      I would suggest using this brand - it's in a base of MCT (coconut oil extract)

      http://www.vitacost.com/Country-Life-Vitamin-D3-5000-IU-200-Softgels

  28. QUESTION:
    What do you use for healthy skin and longer lasting tans?
    I am 19, I go to the tanning bed about once a week. I was wondering what kinds of lotions I should be putting on before and after. Becase my skin tends to get a bit dry.

    • ANSWER:
      Apply virgin coconut oil daily on your body its a natural oil for skin care i have been using MeritVCO extra virgin coconut oil extracted from coconut milk.

      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.

  29. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have psoriasis! I have it severe and wondering what you have tryed and recommended!?
    I have had psoriasis since i was 7 and it is severe! What have you tryed, creams, gels, injections?

    • ANSWER:
      What i am seeing after decades of experience is staying away from petrochem based products.

      Steroids are manufactured (synthesized) from Benzene, the most common carcinogen. Most people dont know this.
      I have a long standing theory that we all are becoming increasingly sensitive to petrochem based products,
      including most shampoos that have any "laurel sulfates".

      I use Burts Bees shampoos and i've found over a period of time that my psoriasis was disappearing over a few weeks.
      These are coconut oil based and have no petrochems.

      So you can try Burts Bees products and possibly save urself a trip to the doctor.

  30. QUESTION:
    What kind of hair products are great for African American hair?
    I want my hair to grow long and i have been using various greases and shampoos. Is there a 100% black girl out there who has long hair that can give me some advice on hair care!!??!!

    • ANSWER:
      Black hair is extremely fragile. A gentle touch is required to avoid unnecessary breakage and hair loss. Therefore, always use a wide tooth comb or pick when combing the hair. Avoid fine tooth combs as they snag and pull out curly/kinky hair. Invest in a quality brush; natural boar brushes are the best.

      Curly/kinky hair needs moisture, moisture, and more moisture! Consider this when purchasing hair care products. Avoid drying products such as hair spray, mousse, holding gels, etc. Opt for moisturizers, leave in conditioners, and styling lotions.

      All products are not created equal. Just because a product claims to be created for "curly hair" doesn't guarantee that it will be suitable for ethnic curly hair. Products created for Nicole Kidman's curly hair may not work for Angela Bassett's. Caucasian hair tends to produce more sebum (oily secretion created by the sebaceous gland) than Black textured hair; therefore, Black hair requires more oil. Read, no, scrutinize the ingredient list. Look for natural oils and quality ingredients. Remember, the ingredients are listed in order of volume.

      We’ve discussed the need for natural oils for Black hair. However, you must know that not all oil is good oil. One misconception that plagues African Americans concerning hair care is the use of grease. Grease (thick pomade-like product that usually contains mineral oil and/or petrolatum) is commonly used to moisturize dry hair and scalp. Do not use products that contain mineral oil or petrolatum. Both of these cheap oils clog pores, rob the hair’s moisture and can retard hair growth. Natural oils are the best bet. Jojoba and coconut oil are great conditioning oils. Shea butter is an excellent moisturizer. Pomegranate seed oil is my personal favorite. This exotic oil has excellent moisturizing and nourishing properties and is rich in lipids and essential nutrients. These impart brilliant sheen. It is also an excellent remedy for scalp issues such as dandruff and psoriasis, and has natural sunscreen properties.

  31. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried coconut oil to treat psoriasis?
    If so, was there any improvement?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I never tried coconut oil, and there is no telling if it works for you until you try it. You can also 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.

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  33. QUESTION:
    My brother has some rash on his skin and his skin is rough? How do I get rid of that rash?
    Well, we're currently living in a desert area - Kuwait, that is polluted to some extent and that did go through a war. So does this rash have anything to do with his skin's condition? Well, he was born in Kuwait. Maybe that has something to do with it? And strangely, me and my parents are not having any skin trouble and we were born in a more "natural" place where there's actual greenery.

    • ANSWER:
      There are a lot of different rashes such as eczema, hives, psoriasis, scabies etc. I am not sure if where you are born would be related to a rash. It could be helpful for him to hydrate the skin if it is rough with a sensitive skin moisturizer or something natural such as olive oil, coconut oil or vitamin e.

      Meditator
      Common Skin Rashes
      http://www.itchyskinrash.net

  34. QUESTION:
    Will the acid from Lemons get rid of psoriasis?
    I have just asked about psoriasis which is bugging me at the momment and have came up with an idea to try rubbing a lemon on the infected areas of skin. Will it work??
    Been to see my GP many times and only get lotions and shampoos that haven't worked only made it worse it seems
    Im a 15 year old girl and have had it for 3-4 years

    • ANSWER:
      It totally depends upon what is causing the psoriasis.

      There are a few types of psoriasis. Seborrheic dermatitis which is caused by a fungus. The Guttate psoriasis which is caused by a bacteria (group A Strep) is typically treated with antibiotics by the medical people. The worst one is believed to be an "auto-immune" disease where infections (can be viral) cause the body to unleash it's immune system on the tissue where the bad germs are and appear to attack the body's tissue. Everywhere in the world they know that there is NO such thing as an "autoimmune" disease, except in the U.S. where they are behind in research on this issue. Infection(s) are the culprit, not the immune system.

      It can be made worst by cold, darkness, trauma and certain medications. The medical solution is not a good one, but nevertheless, it is usually treated with corticosteroids, UV treatment or immunosurpessant drugs such as methotrexate or cyclosporin.

      All these drugs do is attempt to treat the symptoms and never get to the "root cause."

      Psoriasis is most likely an adrenal gland and fat metabolism problem. All the cremes, drugs, and other so called modern day medicine cures are ridiculous because they are treating the symptoms and when the symptoms are gone, the underlying problem is still there and that is why you get recurring events.

      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, fried foods, trans fats, and especially genetically modified oils like Canola, Soybean, Cottonseed, and Corn oils. 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. The best oil to cook with and make salad dressings is a mixture of: 1/3 olive oil, 1/3 sesame seed oil, and 1/3 coconut oil. All the oils should be from organic sources. Add some balsamic vinegar to the oil mix for a great salad dressing. ALL the commercial salad dressings are loaded with the bad vegetable oils. Avoid them totally.

      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 contribute heavily to the problem. Drugs like Prednisone will damage your liver and the Magnesium Stearate they put in the tablets and typical pills (even vitamins) 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 gall bladder 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.

      If you are a woman (you didn't say), and had an episiotomy when you gave child birth, this could play a big role in this problem because the scar from the episiotomy will reflex to your adrenal glands and reduce the energy to a point where they won't work properly and cause this problem. If you have any scars or traumas to the back (including an epidural, etc.), this will cause the adrenal glands to be very weak and become a major contributor to the problem.

      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 at least 1/2 teaspoon of this per day.

      Any drugs you have taken, killed your intestinal flora and you have Candida Albicans overgrowth (yeast problem) that you are now going to have to deal with. 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 because they are all very toxic to your body because they are petroleum distillates of COAL TAR (nothing natural about them). You need to eat lots of fermented foods, like keifer, sauerkraut, miso (a good brand is Yamabuki), yogurt, etc.

      I stongly suggest you (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, unlike the "B's" sold in stores that are dead chemicals made from petroleum distillate derivative of Coal Tar. Even vitamin B-5 is available in this as it's end chain form of Coenzyme A that is NOT available in any other product I know of. This will stop any itching you may have also within a couple days. It will go into your system within about 20 seconds of consuming it and not be urinated out like the other B-vitamin products you may or may not have taken in the past.

      I would also purchase from the same company a product called Adrenal Complex. I would take 9 to 12 of these at breakfast 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 days and more permanent results within at 2 months period 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. This feeds the Candida and the phosphoric acid in the sodas is binding the calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, etc. preventing absorption. The high fructose corn syrup is NOT sugar and must be broken down by the liver and causes heavy liver toxicity that contributes to the problem. It is also genetically engineered and many allergies and problems like you are having are coming from that junk.

      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 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 homemade keifer milk you make yourself at home from RAW MILK you purchase from a dairy that grass feeds cows, not GRAIN FED! 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.

      All medications and drugs of any kind will only give you "MAKE BELIEVE HEALTH" that ultimately takes a toll on your body and can actually shorten your life expectancy because it is NOT real health.

      good luck to you

  35. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to use natural coconut oil on my face? What are the benefits of coconut oil?

    • ANSWER:
      According to http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/coconut_oil_facts.html

      Applied topically, helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward off infection; Reduces symptoms associated with psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis; Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin; Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking; Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots; Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion; Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation form the sun.; Helps control dandruff.

  36. QUESTION:
    Does anyone knoe what it is good for dandruff?
    I dont want no product, is there any way you can cure dandruff?

    • ANSWER:
      how to get rid of dandruff-
      1Yogurt is recommended as a hair conditioner. Wash and rinse the hair, then rub yogurt into the scalp, and leave for 10-15 minutes.
      2Rinse, then wash again, using as little shampoo as necessary. An infusion of thyme, nettle or sage with 2 tablespoons of vinegar can be used as a final rinse. To make an infusion, fresh or dried herbs can be used in loose or tea-bag form. Warm a teapot and put in 1 dessert spoon of herb for each cup required. Pour in a cup of boiling water for each cup of tea; allow to steep for 10-15 minutes.

      Cedarwood1Mix essential oils of cedarwood (seven drops) cypress and juniper (each ten drops) in 50ml of carrier oil.
      2Rub well into the scalp and leave for one hour. To remove, rub neat, mild shampoo into the hair, then wash out with warm water.
      3To keep dandruff at bay, use the same quantities of the oils in 600ml of warm water. Stir well and use as a final rinse.

      Coconut Oil1Massage hair with coconut oil mixed with the juice of one lemon. Follow it with a hot towel treatment. The massage really boosts bloods circulation.

      Apple Cider Vinegar1Wash your hair normally, then pour vinegar carefully onto hair and scrub into your scalp, taking care not to let any get into your eyes. If you have psoriasis or any unhealed scratch or scab, it will burn. (If it burns, just rinse the affected area with water or, if you're like me, see how long you can stand it).
      2Leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with water. The vinegar smell will disappear once your hair is dry.
      3Repeat daily for about a week. This works because, as it turns out, dandruff is caused by a fungus, and there isn't a fungus around that cares for vinegar.

      Lemon Juice1Apply fresh lemon juice to hair in the shower.
      2Massage in.
      3Then rinse.

      TIPS-
      There's always anti-dandruff shampoo!
      Try not to scream if some oil gets in your eyes or ears.
      Wash your hair regularly.
      If any vinegar gets into your eyes, rinse immediately with clear water. It burns, but won't do any real damage. Follow up with a saline solution (very soothing). Visine may also help with the redness.
      Really, If you do not have time to pick up anything at the store; mix 1 part mouthwash with 9 parts water after washing your hair. Simply dump the mixture over your head and style as normal. Do not rinse out. This is a healthy thing to do to prevent dandruff about once a month.
      Try switching shampoos every other night. Don't keep useing the same one every day.
      If you keep getting flakes, you might have scalp psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis. See a dermatologist for tips.
      when you start using anti-dandruff shampoos and stop the dandruff may come back worse than before.
      Baby oil helps heal dry scalp which is often involved with dandruff. The baby oil will soak into the scalp, relieving the itch
      Aveda Scalp Remedy is a leave in treatment which helps

  37. QUESTION:
    What is the best, and cheapest anti bacterial body wash for men?
    I kinda have sensitive skin so I have really been trying to find some soap that doesn't irritate my skin. but the soap I am using now is makin my skin break out so I just need something better. Please help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Ahh welcome to the club. jk (:
      The Classic Gentle Soaps: Dove, Cetaphil, Aveeno. --- Usually Cetaphil is the best.

      But... if you're looking for something natural you might want to google ChagrinValleySoaps.

      Ohh if you eczema then try these soaps from Chagrin Valley-- Castile and Calendula or oat Milk Honey Oatmeal. These soaps have really transformed some people's skin.

      Edit:

      Pure Castile soap is as mild as they come. It is a favorite with those whose very sensitive skin find palm oil or coconut oil soaps too drying, but still require a bar that cleans thoroughly. This soap is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. It is often used for eczema, psoriasis, and delicate baby skin.

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the best acne clearing regimen?
    My acne is getting bad, it's mostly on my forehead and it's a bunch of bumps and they just look weird...
    I'm trying the body shop tea tree skin clearing and exfoliating wash and it's gotten even worse.. What to do?

    • ANSWER:
      1. Wash your face with Benzoderm Wash. You can use it like soap.

      2. Gylcolic Cleansing pads (either 5%, 10% or 15%). It will remove the dead skin from your face without peeling or drying out your skin.

      3. Clindamycin Phosphate. You can get a dermatologist to give you a prescription for the gel or the pills.

      Use these three together and your skin should clear up quickly. Benzoderm wash first, Cleansing pads second (after patting your face dry) and then Clindamycin. If you prefer more natural products here are some.

      1. Licorice Root: My sister uses it to clear her skin.

      2. Sweet Almond Oil: Can be used for hair and skin. Sweet almond oil can be used for any skin type. Some benefits include alleviating itching and rashes, deep moisturizing and helping skin retain its glow.

      3. Avocado Oil: It is extremely beneficial in treating skin disorders such as Eczema and Psoriasis. It blocks the way for sunrays, thereby protecting your skin from being destroyed by blazing heat of sun. It nourishes the skin and returns the lost glow and charm to the skin. Though, it can be used independently, but nonetheless, it is used as base oil in combination with one or the other essential oil such as Almond oil or Grape seed oil.

      4. Coconut Oil: Coconut oil does not just bring temporary relief but it also aids in healing and repairing, with lasting skin benefits. It aids in removing the dead skin cells on the outer layer, making the skin smoother and more evenly textured. Coconut oil penetrates the deeper layers of skin and strengthens the underlying tissues. It also "prevents destructive free-radical formation and provides protections against them," according to coconut-connections.com. The website also says that coconut oil also helps to prevent liver spots, sagging, wrinkling, fungal and bacterial infections, and blemishes from overexposure to sunlight and aging. It also helps to heal wounds, blood blisters, and rashes. In addition, coconut oil helps with psoriasis and eczema

      5. Lavender Oil has many benefits for the skin due to its antifungal and antiseptic properties. It is often used in the treatment of skin problems such as wrinkles, psoriasis, eczema, and other types of inflammation. It helps to heal cuts, wounds, burns, insect bites and stings and sunburn. It also aids in scar tissue formation and is very helpful in the daily prevention and treatment of acne. It reduces swelling while simultaneously soothing the skin and relieving stress.

      6. Honey's natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties and ability to absorb and retain moisture have been recognised and used extensively in skin care treatments as they help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun's rays and rejuvenate depleted skin. Honey is also often used to treat acne, either dabbed directly on spots or as a face mask.

      Good luck!

      Edit: @ Blake Laurie: This also works well for pimples:

      Algae Polysaccharide is a very good natural moisturizer and can be used in natural cosmetics humectants. Algae has a high ability to emulsify oil, hence the skin would not be that oily. Skin care treatments, for example Chlorella, uses such properties of algae to clean corneous cells, sebum, and remove pimples quickly.

  39. 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

  40. QUESTION:
    How to stop itchyness and dryness of face?
    Ok so lately my face has been getting dry and really itchy and little dry patches when I put on my make up n stuff but it's really embarrassing n I hate itching my face cause it causes irritation to my face and leaves it red n swollen please help!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have eczema or psoriasis? I have psoriasis, so I know plenty of remedies to cure dry skin lol. One great one is bio-oil (from Walmart. Costs around .00 I think) and coconut oil. It helps if I wash my face, rub the bio-oil on my face, let that dry, and then rub some coconut oil on my face. I do this every night and it makes my skin baby soft.

  41. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of the eczema on my scalp?
    i have had really bad eczema all my life, but i only started getting it on my scalp about 2 years ago.
    ive heard that it can be caused by puberty and extreme temperatures. ive been to the doctors and they suggested a few different shampoos but nothing has cured it. it is veeerrry sore and irritating, which stops me from living my life the way id like to. please help ! ANY advice is appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I have finally found the answer and it has taken me years of research to figure out. Go to Amazon and order 1 - Nutiva 24 oz Organic Hemps Seed Oil (has the omega oils 3-6-9) and 1- Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54-Ounce Jar by Nutiva, 1 bottle of 25,000 IU of vitamin,Barlean's Organic Oils Organic Evening Primrose Oil, 120 softgels/1300 mg each. 1 shower cap, preferable plastic, 1 box of stevia or susta at http://www.sustastore.com, 1 bottle of NOW, Candida Clear, (If you want get a a bottle of "Super Enzymes 180 tabs" and "Amino Complete" and "8 Billion Acidophilus and Bifidus" from NOW brand also) 1 or 2 bars of dove soap. And need the "Body Ecology" book: http://amzn.to/b0DHpe - This book teaches how to stay away from Candida Overgrowth that causes Eczema with proper foods to eat to have a normal life again.

      Start taking the Vitamin D and Primrose Oil pills every day with breakfast, keep in fridge... (as with enzymes, amino, and Acidophilusis get those also)

      When the sun is shining, with the oil on your skin get some sun, as the sun will heal the eczema as the body can only make natural vitamin D from the sun.

      First if you hair is long, get a hair cut from friend or family member or go to your barber or hairdresser. Then at night get into shower, get hair/scalp wet, then with skin brush...brush your scalp to get excess skin off. Then before you go to sleep, dry off hair and you or someone massage Organic Hemp Seed Oil into your scalp rub in for 5-10 minutes with fingers and or skin brush if want to ...put a shower cap over your head and go to sleep.

      Allow the hemp seed oil to deactivate the eczema while you sleep and moisturize your scalp. (Have a couple of towels over your pillows and bottom sheet.) Then wash your hair with dove soap the next morning to get some of the oil out.

      wait 2 days....and every day....take vitamins...drink lots of filtered water....no more fluoridated water (watch video's on youtube about fluoride water that we drink, shower, bath in) (Get a shower filter on amazon and a brita water filter container purify water)

      Then 2 nights later before you go to sleep, take a skin brush and brush your scalp, and then wash scalp with dove soap and water. Then you or someone massage the "Organic Coconut Oil" into your scalp rub in for 5-10 minutes with fingers and or skin brush if want to. Then put shower cap on and go to sleep. (Have a couple of towels over your pillows and bottom sheet.)

      So switch off every 2 or 3 days of massaging Hemp and Coconut oils into scalp. If there is eczema or psoriasis on skin apply hemp and coconut oil where needed.

      During the next 60 days carry the little packets of stevia or susta in your pockets or purse to add to your drinks or food when needed. Release sugar as it feeds what causes eczema called "Candida Over growth" (google that) . Eat only organic raw foods as much as you can. Consume green smoothies made with your vita mix or blender will accelerate the healing. Try and eat as many non sweet vege's as you can...add only a few sweet vege/fruits to starve the Candida as much as you can. Go to youtube.com and enter "green smoothie" into search engine....practice making them with tutorials...take notes...and then make and drink them.

      Durring 60 days visualize your skin right now healed, and thank the eczema for teaching you to eat a new way, a better way, and that if it comes back it is communicating to you...to stay away from processed foods, candy, High Fructose Corn Syrup, anything in a box with MSG. If the eczema comes back it is telling you with the color red...to stop...like a stop sign...stop and go back to green foods...the color green will heal your skin.

      Eat greens...like Kale, Spinach, etc....The color of green foods is the color of "Go" !!! There are Green "GO" foods, and red rash "STOP" foods. Your body will show you which foods it wants to eat, the way it reacts. You will feel scratchy and itchy with red rashy eczema foods. Your body will feel free and fresh with green smoothy foods.

      Enjoy :)

      Ps. This may seem expensive to buy all these things....if add it all up...it is the cost of a Dr. appointment and the meds that you buy that will never ever work. These foods will heal you. You can also buy a few things a month and then over time you will have all you need to heal your self and be free from this torturous dis-ease.

  42. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of Dandruff?
    i've noticed that whenever im stressed i get dandruff..ive been stressed for that past month over some family problems and ive know got dandruff? any ways to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      First make sure that the dandruff falls out. If it doesn't not fall out easily it may be head lice. Head-louse is an infestation of a human medical condition caused by the colonization of the hair and skin by the parasitic insect Pediculus humanus capitis -- the head louse.

      Here are a few natural DIY (Do It Yourself) Remedies:

      Yogurt:

      Yogurt is recommended as a hair conditioner. Wash and rinse the hair, then rub yogurt into the scalp, and leave for 10-15 minutes.
      Rinse, then wash again, using as little shampoo as necessary. An infusion of thyme, nettle or sage with 2 tablespoons of vinegar can be used as a final rinse. To make an infusion, fresh or dried herbs can be used in loose or tea-bag form. Warm a teapot and put in 1 dessert spoon of herb for each cup required. Pour in a cup of boiling water for each cup of tea; allow to steep for 10-15 minutes.

      Cedarwood:

      Mix essential oils of cedarwood (seven drops) cypress and juniper (each ten drops) in 50ml of carrier oil.
      Rub well into the scalp and leave for one hour. To remove, rub neat, mild shampoo into the hair, then wash out with warm water.
      To keep dandruff at bay, use the same quantities of the oils in 600ml of warm water. Stir well and use as a final rinse.

      Coconut Oil:

      Massage hair with coconut oil mixed with the juice of one lemon. Follow it with a hot towel treatment. The massage really boosts bloods circulation.

      Apple Cider Vinegar:

      Wash your hair normally, then pour vinegar carefully onto hair and scrub into your scalp, taking care not to let any get into your eyes. If you have psoriasis or any unhealed scratch or scab, it will burn. (If it burns, just rinse the affected area with water or, if you're like me, see how long you can stand it).
      Leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with water. The vinegar smell will disappear once your hair is dry.
      Repeat daily for about a week. This works because, as it turns out, dandruff is caused by a fungus, and there isn't a fungus around that cares for vinegar.

      Tips: If any vinegar gets into your eyes, rinse immediately with clear water. It burns, but won't do any real damage. Follow up with a saline solution (very soothing). Visine may also help with the redness.

      If you do not have time to pick up anything at the store; mix 1 part mouthwash with 9 parts water after washing your hair. Simply dump the mixture over your head and style as normal. Do not rinse out. This is a healthy thing to do to prevent dandruff about once a month.

      If you keep getting flakes, you might have scalp psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis. See a dermatologist for tips.

      WARNING: When you start using anti-dandruff shampoos and stop the dandruff may come back worse than before.

      There's also shampoo called Selsun Blue and Head and Shoulders which are the best known.

      Sorry for such a long answer! But I hope I helped you!! =)

  43. QUESTION:
    What makes Organic "Virgin" Coconut Oil, Better then regular Organic Coconut oil?
    What is the difference between the two? Also what about Extra virgin and just virgin?

    • ANSWER:
      Virgin coconut oil has more flavor and more protective properties. It has a very dinfinitive coconut fragrance. That is why I use it for cooking. However, the organic coconut oil has no scent at all which is why I use it in my skin care regimen. Both forms are pretty darned good.

      It is a myth that coconut oil is not healthy. It is pretty much the healthies oil you can use and it is very important in a diet.Read more about it here:

      http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org

      http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/what_is_virgin_coconut_oil.htm

      It boosts the metabolism, lowers LDL cholesterol,enhances the immune system with its anti-fungal, anti-viral and antibiotic properties. It can help clear skin infectsions such as psoriasis. I used it to soften my feet and it cured my athletes foot. My skin feels like velvet. and my scaly patches on my upper arms cleared soon after I began injesting this oil.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is putting skin care oils on your scalp bad?
    For a couple months now I've had itchy flaky scalp. At first I thought it was just dry skin, but now i'm pretty sure is dandruff. I was using some shampoo and conditioner recommended by a lady that cut my hair, its called Big Sexy Hair and it was supposed to moisturize my scalp or so something but it did nothing. So I bought a deep moisturizer shampoo to help get rid off it and I'm starting to think its giving me more dandruff, and the dandruff kinda crusts, and I've felt more bumps on my head since I started using that, usually it would start to get crusty on the third that I wash my hair (I wash it one day and then the next I don't then the next I do) I'm thinking of washing it everyday. I put this almond oil on my scalp because I thought it would help. Is that bad? Can you recommend me a shampoo and conditioner or an oil to get rid of dandruff? I hate it and its so gross. By the way I'm 14 and I have wavy hair a little below my shoulders.

    • ANSWER:
      Coconut oil has numerous benefits for both hair and skin. It is nutrition for all hair types, helping hair to shine, softening hair, remedying damaged hair by helping to preserve the hair's natural proteins[1] and can even providing relief from dandruff. For the skin, coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer for all skin types, and especially for dry and older skin. Coconut oil is so good at smoothing out the appearance of wrinkles and helping with skin conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis that it's often added to commercial skin care products. And there's more––the lauric acid in coconut oil has both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties

  45. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of my dandruff?
    The strongest Head and shoulders used to work until about a year ago, then that stopped working. Selsum Blue makes my hair so hard and dry, I can barely get a comb through it even after conditioning it(plus it stinks!). Does anyone know of any product or at home solution that can help control/rid my scalp of dandruff?
    BTW, yes I eat a healthy diet and I also take vitamins

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.dealsninfo.com/Home_Remedies_for_Dandruff.html
      OR

      The Natural Way:
      Steps
      Yogurt

      1. Yogurt is recommended as a hair conditioner. Wash and rinse the hair, then rub yogurt into the scalp, and leave for 10-15 minutes.
      2. Rinse, then wash again, using as little shampoo as necessary. An infusion of thyme, nettle or sage with 2 tablespoons of vinegar can be used as a final rinse. To make an infusion, fresh or dried herbs can be used in loose or tea-bag form. Warm a teapot and put in 1 dessert spoon of herb for each cup required. Pour in a cup of boiling water for each cup of tea; allow to steep for 10-15 minutes.

      Cedarwood

      1. Mix essential oils of cedarwood (seven drops) cypress and juniper (each ten drops) in 50ml of carrier oil.
      2. Rub well into the scalp and leave for one hour. To remove, rub neat, mild shampoo into the hair, then wash out with warm water.
      3. To keep dandruff at bay, use the same quantities of the oils in 600ml of warm water. Stir well and use as a final rinse.

      Coconut Oil

      1. Massage hair with coconut oil mixed with the juice of one lemon. Follow it with a hot towel treatment. The massage really boosts bloods circulation.

      Apple Cider Vinegar

      1. Wash your hair normally, then pour vinegar carefully onto hair and scrub into your scalp, taking care not to let any get into your eyes. If you have psoriasis or any unhealed scratch or scab, it will burn. (If it burns, just rinse the affected area with water or, if you're like me, see how long you can stand it).
      2. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with water. The vinegar smell will disappear once your hair is dry.
      3. Repeat daily for about a week. This works because, as it turns out, dandruff is caused by a fungus, and there isn't a fungus around that cares for vinegar.

      lemon juice

      1. apply freash lemon juice to hair in the shower
      2. massage in
      3. then rinse

      Tips

      * There's always anti-dandruff shampoo!
      * Try not to scream if some oil gets in your eyes or ears.
      * Wash your hair regularly.
      * If any vinegar gets into your eyes, rinse immediately with clear water. It burns, but won't do any real damage. Follow up with a saline solution (very soothing). Visine may also help with the redness.
      * Really, If you do not have time to pick up anything at the store; mix 1 part mouthwash with 9 parts water after washing your hair. Simply dump the mixture over your head and style as normal. Do not rinse out. This is a healthy thing to do to prevent dandruff about once a month.
      * Try switching shampoos every other night. Don't keep useing the same one every day.
      * If you keep getting flakes, you might have scalp psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis. See a dermatologist for tips.
      * when you start using anti-dandruff shampoos and stop the dandruff may come back worse than before.

      How to Get Rid of Dry Hair and Dry Scalp

      A great way to get rid of dry hair and scalp is to condition the hair.

      Steps

      1. Add natural oils like avocado, coconut, jojoba or olive oil to your hair. This can be a great conditioning regime to do prior to shampooing the hair.
      2. Place any of the above mentioned oils into the hair and place the hair in a bun for about 20 minutes. You can even wrap your hair under a plastic cap covered by a heat cap for added conditioning. You'll find that your hair will be more revived and manageable.
      3. You can also use other natural ingredients like apple cider vinegar to get rid of dandruff and dry scalp.
      4. Massage your hair with your fingertips soaked in oil or a special gel.
      5. If you cannot use oil and jel, use water as a last resort. Massage it into your hair.

      Tips

      * Always visit a dermatologist or your doctor if you are experiencing scalp problems.
      * Make sure to wash the oil out of your hair throughly. Leaving it in can cause it to smell. Plus, it makes your hair look greasy

      Warnings

      * If the white specks in your hair don't go away, it may be a sign of lice. You should seek more advanced treatment in this case.

  46. QUESTION:
    How do you treat damaged hair?
    My bangs are damaged because I dyed them 3 times in like the same month. The type of dye I used was Splat and I later found out that brand sucks and damages your hair really badly. I straighten my bangs every morning so that doesn't help. Is there any type of shampoos and/or conditioners to use to help treat my damaged hair??

    • ANSWER:
      coconut oil! just put it on before after and your hair will go back to normal it will also get help with dandruff or psoriasis if you have that on your scalp. have it as a leave on conditioner your hair will get thicker and healthier if applied every other day for a week notice the difference and its natural!

  47. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of dry skin?
    i got dry skin and i really don't like it, i sometimes have scales on my legs too, how can i get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      First, you have to figure out what is causing your skin to stay dry - and by that I mean the products. Soaps nowadays are harsh on the body, companies put skin irritating ingredients in it like propylene glycol, and many other things. But definitely anything that has alcohol in the ingredients shouldn't be used because it is actually doing more harm than your skin than it is helping. This is because alcohol dries out your skin, but companies use it to make their lotions less greasy, and to make their lotions and products evaporate faster(alcohol causes the lotion to evaporate) so you will use it more often, run out faster, and have to go buy more sooner. Sad huh? Your dry skin could even be eczema or psoriasis. But don't worry, the solutions I will list below will work for those too if you possibly have it.

      Step #1 - Cleanse - Some recommendations for a gentle cleanse are Cocoa butter soap with chocolate, honey and almond soap, shea butter soap, or zee shea butter black soap. Each soap contains natural healing ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter, chocolate, or honey. These soaps also don't contain harsh chemical ingredients that will dry out your skin.

      When you wash up cleanse with a natural soap, containing natural fats, & no alcohol, or just use baking soda, vinegar, and water. Natural soaps can be found via the source I will mention at the end, along with the other products I will mention.

      Step #2 - Moisturize -
      Next you want to moisturize your skin immedietely after washing, to put back the moisture into your skin while your pores are still often. Choose a natural oil or body butter, you can use fragrance oil instead of perfume(perfume contains alcohol) to add scent since it lasts longer and is less harsh on the body if you have to have a scent.

      When it comes to moisturizing dry skin there are so many natural options to choose from! Shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, mango butter, coconut oil, olive butter, and shea nut oil are some optyons but there are many more natural products available. Shea butter has been known to heal many skin conditions, and is an intense moisturizer. Mango butter or coconut oil are other options if you want something lighter, or have very sensitive skin.

      Moisturize throughout the day, to retain the moisture, you will soon start to see the difference!


coconut oil psoriasis

Plaque Soriasis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can anyone help me with the information regarding the treatment of soriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Balia, the best non-steroidal treatment for psoriasis is from http://www.champori.com Try their cream/spray combo (around ; lasts for about 2 months): it is herbal remedy and it cleared my plaque psoriasis in just under 3 weeks (I haven't had a relapse in more than a year now).
      Best,
      Bernadette

  2. QUESTION:
    is soriasis is a dangerous disease?
    it is a skin disease.found hairy part in the body.itching is there.

    • ANSWER:
      No Psoriasis is a common skin condition where the skin develops areas that become thick covered with silvery scales. It is a common problem, and millions of people in the United States have psoriasis. The course of psoriasis is quite variable, but in most sufferers it is a chronic problem that continues for years. The presence of psoriasis can cause emotional distress.

      Info on Psoriasis v
      Psoriasis is considered a skin disease, but really it is the result of a disordered immune system. The T-cells, a type of white blood cell, become over-stimulated. They then direct the skin to try and "heal" a non-existent injury. The skin reacts the same way it does when it has a fungus infection; it grows very fast, trying to "grow" the infection off the skin. These areas become the reddened, inflamed, patches with white scale on them.

      There are several ways psoriasis can start. In most sufferers, the tendency to get psoriasis is inherited. It is not passed on in a simple, direct way like hair color, but involves multiple genes. For this reason, it is not always clear from whom one inherited it. Inherited psoriasis usually starts in older childhood or as a young adult. Sometimes, especially in children, a virus or strep throat triggers brief attacks of tiny spots of psoriasis.

      In middle-aged older adults, a non-hereditary type of psoriasis can develop. This changes more rapidly than the inherited form, varying in how much skin is involved more unpredictably. Most types of psoriasis show some tendency to come and go, with variable intensity over time.

      Psoriasis flare-ups may be triggered by changes in climate, infections, stress, excess alcohol, a drug-related rash and dry skin. Medications may trigger a flare up weeks to months after starting them. These include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Indocin, Advil, Feldene, others), blood pressure (beta-blockers such as Tenormin, Inderal), oral steroids such as prednisone, or depression (lithium).

      Psoriasis tends to be worst in those with a disordered immune system for other reasons (cancer, AIDS or autoimmune disease). Psoriasis areas are worsened by scratching and minor skin injuries or irritations. Psoriasis may itch or burn. It most often occurs over the elbows, knees, scalp, lower back, and palms or soles of the feet. The skin may split or crack in areas that bend.

      There are several forms of psoriasis. The most common form shows reddened areas a few inches across covered by silvery scales. Dermatologists refer to the affected areas as areas as "plaques". Other patterns psoriasis can appear in are "inverse" (shiny, red patches in areas of friction such as in the folds of skin in the groin, the armpits or under the breasts), pustular (blisters of noninfectious pus on red skin), or "erythrodermic" (reddening and scaling of most of the skin).

      Psoriasis may also affect some of the joints causing discomfort and restricted motion, and even distortion. This occurs in about 10 percent of people with psoriasis. This is called "psoriatic arthritis". It often affects only a few fingertips, but in some it can be severe and widespread. It also may affect the fingernails, toenails and the mucous membranes lining the genitalia and mouth.

      Treatment is based on the severity of the disease and it's responsiveness to prior treatments. The lowest level of treatment is topical medicine are applied to the skin, the next level involves treatments with ultraviolet light (phototherapy) and finally, taking medicines internally. Treatments from each level are often combined, or switched around every 12 to 24 months to reduce resistance and adverse reactions.

      A treatment that is effective in one person may fail in another. Both trial-and-error and personal preferences often guide treatment. Over time, psoriasis tends to resist its treatments. The locations, size and amount of psoriasis, prior treatments, and the specific form of the disorder are factored into treatment decisions.

  3. QUESTION:
    My 2 year old niece has scabs on her head. She has no lice or anything ?
    What do I do? And what is it called

    • ANSWER:
      it could be plaque soriasis or another skin condition. Here are some tips that should help:

      http://www.mademan.com/mm/5-tips-healing-scabs-scalp.html


plaque soriasis

Psoriasis Home Remedies

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies for psoriasis?
    I have had psoriasis since i have been a small child 4 or 5 yrs old. I am now 32. I feel like I have tried everything, but nothing seems to work. A few things seem to work for a while then it becomes ineffective. I have tied all kinds of prescriptions as well as home remedies. Any ideas would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      SerenaSkin psoriasis remedies cleared my skin and keep it clean months later. I used ointment and spray topically, and extract-internally, which balances the immune system, so to prevent breakouts.

  2. 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

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some good home remedies for psoriasis?
    A friend came and showed me a small patch on her arm and asked me to try to figure out some home remedies. She said creams from the doctor, and other things haven't worked. I suggested olive oil, since vinegar and other things hadn't worked. But what do you suggest. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      sunlight! Rub some sun enhancer on the area right before going into the sun.
      sea salt baths
      aloe from the aloe plant might also help.

      [My boyfriend has psoriasis]

  4. 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

  5. QUESTION:
    Home remedies or great products for getting rid of blackheads?
    I need a really good home remedy or cheap product(s), I have blackheads all over my face and I have a special tool to pop them but it isn't that effective and I have tried the neutragena wave and didn't work! I also have a very oily face and sometimes get pimples

    So does anyone have any good home remedies that works or products?

    • ANSWER:
      Home Remedies for getting rid of acne and other skin care remedies

      a hugely popular remedy for getting rid of acne is using a 100% natural soap called African Black Soap; loaded with Vitamin A &E; it reduces acne breakouts by reducing oiliness, kills the bacteria that causes acne; can also reduce the appearance of scarring.

      Remedy for oily skin: make a homemade mask by combining one egg white and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply mask and rinse with warm water after 20 minutes

      For softer skin, steam your face over boiling water (drape a towel over head to hold in steam); remove dead skin with a loofah, drink lots of water

      To rid blackheads, mix cornstarch with vinegar, plaster on the area for 15-30 minutes; wash off with washcloth and warm water.

      Put cold, cooked oatmeal on your face, it can help give you nicer skin (submitted by laura)

      Run out of shaving cream to shave your legs? Use hair conditioner. It makes legs nice and smooth too.

      Also try your favorite body wash

      To get rid of that fake tan from the tanning bottle that you may have messed up: 1/4 cup of lemon juice, 1/2 cup sugar, loofah and scrub. (You may have heard that on "The Wedding Planner.")

      To help skin glow, place hot towels on skin for 10 minutes, then splash face with cold water 10 times

      To help dry out your acne without drying out your face, put a thin layer of Phillips Milk of Magnesia over your face. It works great (submitted by visitor).

      rub cucumber peel (wet side up) on your face and leave on overnight to cure acne(submitted by visitor)

      (visitor recommendation) ~ For the smoothest skin ever... trust me I have psoriasis and it is nearly impossible to find a moisturizer that works... after a shower or bath spread vaseline over your entire body (or wherever you wish) , it's a very greasy feeling but be patient. let it soak into your skin for about an hour or more if u can handle it, while sitting on a towel. this works so well that you only need to do it once or twice a month.

  6. QUESTION:
    If you have Psoriasis,what remedies help with the pain and itching?
    My Boyfriend has open sores that hurt and itch,what works for you to relieve it.Home remedies welcome!Does the sun help clear it up and what if he has fair skin,is it too risky using UV rays?

    • ANSWER:
      Have him lay in the tub,naked,and pee on him.

  7. QUESTION:
    What treatment is good for psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis on my legs and have seen a dermatologist who prescribed two expensive creams. They help a little but it never goes away. I've been tanning for a short time in a tanning bed every other day and have seen a drastic improvement but am a little worried about skin cancer from UVA rays. Any home remedies out there? Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Exposing the affect areas to sunlight can help ease up the psoriasis flare up, but natural sunlight is better for you skin since tanning beds can be too harsh. Try natural remedies as well, like pasteurized creams, bee's wax, and lemon oil. They are really effective and cost less as well. Hope everything goes well for you!

  8. QUESTION:
    my chihuahua has psoriasis what home remedy will help?
    she is a stray we took in this winter and had treated at the vets, we are hoping for a home remedy that will work. her skin is really pink and she scratches a lot and bites herself also. would baby oil work?

    • ANSWER:
      You might consider that she has a food allergy. Ask your vet if this is a possibility. There are steroid and benedryl treatment to help stop the itch, but if it is to the food, you need to change.
      Major allergen is corn

  9. 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.

  10. QUESTION:
    What can I do for a psoriasis infection?
    I had developed a patch of psoriasis on my leg close to my ankle that I started scratching and has cause an infection, I have no money for the doctor is there any home remedies for this? Also I have cleaned it with peroxide vinegar salt baths neosporin. and seems to help a little but still there. Please let me know Thanks so much

    • 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.

  11. QUESTION:
    Any suggestions for severely dry skin and scarring from psoriasis?
    Can't afford a dermatologist or any expensive lotions, etc. Looking for home remedies. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm with you. I would rather try to save money and try home remedies. Although home remedies take a longer time to work, they are healthier and overall more effective for your health. With that being said, I would suggest you go to this page: It's a link to home remedies by the trusted Discovery Health organization. I have been using some of these for my various skin problems like contact dermatitis, xerosis, tinea versicolor, and hyperpigmentation . Evidently, they have remedies for psoriasis too. My favorites are olive oil, ingesting fish oil, and topically applying aloe vera. But that's just me :-) Going to the website, you'll be able to choose from various natural remedies.

      I hope this helps :-)

  12. 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

  13. QUESTION:
    What is a good remedy for psoriasis?
    I have a severe form of psoriatic arthritis. I have come on a RX that alleviates the pain of the arthritis, but my skin is in very bad shape. ointments and creams have not helped. And we are talking about VERY expensive RX ointments. Any home remedies anyone has tried for extreme conditions that have worked?

    • ANSWER:
      Try these home remedies:

      With regular doses of intense sun, 95 percent of psoriasis sufferers improve. It's the ultraviolet waves that fight psoriasis, and the UVB rays work the fastest. But there's a catch-22. UVB's are also the ones that give you a sunburn and run up the risks for skin cancer. They can also cause psoriasis sufferers to break out in previously unaffected areas.

      There is, however, an out. Sunscreen. "The benefits of sunbathing can outweigh the risks of skin cancer and spreading psoriasis if you use sunscreens on the places where you don't have psoriasis and only expose the affected areas to the full force of the sun.

      Get yourself a small UVB sunlamp to treat patches of psoriasis. You may prefer the UVA light found in tanning parlors, but it's weaker and needs much more time to work.

      Over-the-counter coal tar preparations are weaker than the prescription versions but can be effective in mild psoriasis. You can apply the tar directly to the plaques or immerse yourself in tar bath oil and treat your scalp with tar shampoo. Since even the OTC tars can stain and smell, they're usually washed off after a certain amount of time, but some kinds can be left on the skin to enhance the effect of sunlight or UVB treatments. "Tar makes you more sensitive to the sun, so be careful.

      Baths and heated swimming pools are excellent for psoriasis. Cold-water bath, maybe with a cup or so of apple cider vinegar added, is great for itching. "Another thing that really works is ice,". "Just dump some ice cubes into a small plastic bag and hold it against the afflicted skin."

      OTC topical cortisone creams are weaker than their prescription cousins, but they're worth trying, and they're safer on the face and genital areas..

      Researchers have discovered that covering lesions with tape or plastic wrap for days or weeks can help clear up psoriasis, especially if cortisone cream is applied first.

  14. QUESTION:
    I have horrible Psoriasis on my legs and arms?
    I have horrible psoriasis! I am only 13 years of age and its really annoying to have psoriasis! I have it on my legs and arms and it makes me look like a have a disease or something but i don't! Gymnastics is starting soon and i need to get rid of it because people are driving me nuts by asking about it. Does anybody have any suggestions, like creams or home remedies but not topical creams that i have to order.
    Suggestions please!
    Thanks.
    -Meg

    • 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

  15. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies for prickly heat rash?
    I don't have any skin conditions such as psoriasis or excema, and I don't have any skin allergies. It's definitely heat rash of some sort. I just get patches of itchy rashes during the summer when it's hot and humid. I have been China for for years and TCM hasn't helped much. Right now the best relief I can get is from taking a hot shower (to open the pores), covering my body with shampoo or other products containing menthol, waiting about five to ten minutes until my whole body tingles. After that I rinse with hot water again (to clean the products chemicals out of my pores), then a cold water rinse to close the pores and cool off. This is usually only temporary relief. I do sweat a lot (more than most people), so I take about three cold showers a day too cool off and clean out the pores. I do refrain from scratching (as I know it makes it worse) during waking hours, but during my sleep, I have involuntary scratching. I am really into alternative health and home remedies. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Prickly heat is a common condition in which areas of the skin itch intensely and often feel prickly, or sting, due to overheating. Also called heat rash prickly heat looks like tiny bumps surrounded by an area of red skin. It usually occurs on clothed parts of the body, such as the back, abdomen, neck, upper chest, groin or armpits and goes away on its own within a few days. In severe forms, however, prickly heat can interfere with the body's heat-regulating mechanism and cause fever, heat exhaustion and even death.

      Prickly heat occurs most often in hot, humid conditions, but you may develop it in cool weather if you are overdressed. The condition usually appears a few days to a few months after exposure to a hot, humid environment. It's most common in infants. Newborns are particularly vulnerable to prickly heat because their sweat ducts are not mature, which makes it easier for the beads of moisture to be trapped.

      Symptoms:
      * Small, itchy red bumps on the skin
      * Prickly, stinging or burning sensation in the affected area

      # Try to avoid scratching, for this may introduce germs into the deeper layers of the skin.
      # Wear cool, light clothing and abstain from alcoholic drinks.
      # Oatmeal baths twice a day may also relieve the itch.
      # Drink plenty of water during hot weather.
      # Keep the skin clean and avoid the use of harsh soaps.
      # Gently wash skin with soft gauze and lukewarm water and pat on a mixture of one part alcohol to three parts boiled water after cooled.
      # Make a compress by dipping a washcloth in a mixture of one teaspoon of baking soda per cup of cool water. Apply to the rash for five to ten minutes. Do this four or five times a day.
      # Avoid overdressing. Allow Skin to breathe. Avoid heavy moisturizers.
      # Dress your baby sensibly, preferably in layers that can be peeled away as conditions change and you'lllikely avoid the problem altogether.
      # Remove some clothing, take her into an air-conditioned room or sit her in a tub of tepid water.
      # Wear loose, lightweight clothing. Dust the affected area with cornstarch.
      # Avoid sweating by staying in a cool environment.
      # Apply paste of gram flour and then a cold-water bath after sometime. It will give relief.
      # Prepare a mixture by adding 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder, 1-teaspoon coriander seeds (dhania) powder, 1 teaspoon nagarmusta (Cyperus scariosus) powder and rose/cold water to make paste. Mix them well and apply on the body. Leave it on for an hour and then take cold-water bath.
      # The paste made of powdered bark of pipal tree and finely powdered brick is applied on the affected parts all over the body.
      # The powder of sandalwood dusted all over the body is effective in giving relief in prickly heat.
      # The paste made of the seeds of jambul and applied over the body is effective in treating prickly heat.
      # Persons suffering from prickly heat should avoid heavy garments and try to expose the affected area to air.
      # Dissolve Fuller's earth (Multani mitti) in water to make a thin paste. It should be smeared over the affected parts. When the paste dries, wash with cold water.
      # Apply green henna ground in water on the affected skin.
      # Grind leaves of neem in water and apply on the affected skin.
      # Take a small piece of sandalwood and rub it into a paste on a stone with rose water. Mix a pinch of powdered alum to the paste and apply to the affected skin twice or thrice a week depending upon the condition of prickly heat.
      # Leave babies nappy off as often as possible.

      Gently wash skin with soft gauze and lukewarm water and pat on a mixture of one part alcohol to three parts boiled water after cooled. Dust with Talcum powder Or, use baking soda in a little water than dust with talcum.

      Soak away the itch. To counter the itching that accompanies prickly heat, add some baking soda or a colloidal oatmeal product such as Aveeno Bath Treatment to a tub of tepid water or make your own oatmeal bath. A good soak will soothe the skin and take away the itching.

      Try a cool compress. While a thin coating of mild, water-based moisturizing lotion may help stop the itching, cool compresses sometimes work better. Make a compress by dipping a washcloth in a mixture of one teaspoon of baking soda per cup of cool water. Apply to the rash for five to ten minutes. Do this four or five times a day.

      If your child is older and is extremely uncomfortable, give him/her an antihistamine such as children's Benadryl. ( Be sure to read package directions to make certain the product is recommended for your child's age. For the correct dosage, follow package directions or consult your physician.) Kids are much more sensitive to itchiness at night, and more likely to scratch the rash, which can lead to infection

      Prevention:
      Avoid overdressing.
      Allow Skin to breathe
      Avoid heavy moisturizers. Tender newborn skin tends to be dry and in need of moisturizing. But heavy, oil-based creams can be a problem. 'Moisturize with a light, water-based lotion instead.

  16. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies for prickly heat rash?
    I don't have any skin conditions such as psoriasis or excema, and I don't have any skin allergies. It's definitely heat rash of some sort. I just get patches of itchy rashes during the summer when it's hot and humid. I have been China for for years and TCM hasn't helped much. Right now the best relief I can get is from taking a hot shower (to open the pores), covering my body with shampoo or other products containing menthol, waiting about five to ten minutes until my whole body tingles. After that I rinse with hot water again (to clean the products chemicals out of my pores), then a cold water rinse to close the pores and cool off. This is usually only temporary relief. I do sweat a lot (more than most people), so I take about three cold showers a day too cool off and clean out the pores. I do refrain from scratching (as I know it makes it worse) during waking hours, but during my sleep, I have involuntary scratching. I am really into alternative health and home remedies. Thanks
    Okay, I have posted this question in several categories and cornstarch or baking soda seem to dominate the home remedy advice. But how do I prepare and apply it to my skin? How long do I keep it on, and should I rinse with hot or cold water? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Gentle hands and a good rub down....lol..That is how you apply it!!! Or should I say how someone else would apply it for you.....
      You have a sense of haha and so do I...gottchaaaaaaa!!

      Hope you are getting control of this thing..I had it one summer and I know what it is all about....

  17. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies for prickly heat rash?
    I don't have any skin conditions such as psoriasis or excema, and I don't have any skin allergies. It's definitely heat rash of some sort. I just get patches of itchy rashes during the summer when it's hot and humid. I have been China for for years and TCM hasn't helped much. Right now the best relief I can get is from taking a hot shower (to open the pores), covering my body with shampoo or other products containing menthol, waiting about five to ten minutes until my whole body tingles. After that I rinse with hot water again (to clean the products chemicals out of my pores), then a cold water rinse to close the pores and cool off. This is usually only temporary relief. I do sweat a lot (more than most people), so I take about three cold showers a day too cool off and clean out the pores. I do refrain from scratching (as I know it makes it worse) during waking hours, but during my sleep, I have involuntary scratching. I am really into alternative health and home remedies. Thanks
    Okay, I have posted this question in several categories and cornstarch seems to be dominate home remedy. But how do I prepar and apply it to my skin? How long do I keep it on, and should I rinse with hot or cold water? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Cornstartch----Just apply groove!!! with cotton balls a feather whatever..Hope this helps..It will stay on!! and if you shower...reapply

      Treatment

      The rash itself may be treated with topical antipruritics (itch relievers). Preparations containing aloe, menthol, camphor, eucalyptus oil, and similar ingredients are available commercially. Even more effective, particularly for widespread itching in hot weather, are cool baths with corn starch and/or oatmeal (about 0.5 lb [224 g] of each per bathtub-full).

      Dermatologists can peel off the upper layers of skin using a special ultraviolet light. This will remove the plugs and restore sweating, but is not necessary in most cases.

      Much more important, however, is to realize that the body cannot cool itself adequately without sweating. Careful monitoring for symptoms of heat disease is important. If they appear, some decrease in the ambient temperature must be achieved by moving to the shade, taking a cool bath or shower, or turning up the air conditioner.

  18. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to clear my blotchy skin?
    I have very little acne, but my face is very blotchy. Any home remedies or anything I can use to help my face? Thanks !

    • 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

  19. QUESTION:
    How to manage psoriasis?
    I suffer from psoriasis on my knees and elbows and want to know if there anyone knows anything that successfully calms it down e.g home remedies etc...

    • 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.

  20. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of Redness on your forehead?
    Anyone know how to get rid of loads of redness on your forhead????

    I have psoriasis on my scalp but thats clearing up but i just cant get rid of the redness and its doing my head in .

    I tryed creams ,moisturizers and ice......

    Nothing seems to work...

    Anyone know any home remedies or anything different to get it away????

    • ANSWER:
      stop heading the football!!

      coal tar soap and shampoo is very good

  21. 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

  22. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of pimples on back & chest?
    Lately I've been getting a lot of pimples on my back and chest. After I take a shower (every other day) i rub cream on my arms and back. It's some cream from bath&bodyworks. So how do I get rid of the pimples? Should I exfoliate? What do I do? Any home remedies. No lemon juice suggestions .
    Thankss:)

    • ANSWER:
      I used home remedies with my acne. I started taking zinc for my acne and I have no more acne. Here are other tips that might be helpful:
      1) Tea Tree Oil
      2) Lemon juice
      3) Apple cider vinegar
      4) Bamboo extract or Sarna lotion – good for rosacea, psoriasis, eczema
      5) Bio Oil or BB cream for dark spots or scars
      6) Toothpaste is very effective for acne leave on face for about 20 to 30 minutes then wash.

      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 seven best 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.

      Blue-Light Therapy
      If you want the latest preventive treatment—and don’t mind plunking down some cash for it.
      How it works: Once or twice a week, you use a handheld device to aim a beam of blue light onto your skin. “It’s wavelength hits and kills acne-causing bacteria,” so any brewing pimples never come to the surface. This method will not address existing blemishes. Doctors typically suggest combining blue-light therapy with other remedies, such as topical treatments. To make things easy, consider a blue-light device that comes in a kit. At-home devices are smart alternatives to multiple costly treatments at a doctor’s office.

      Oral Antibiotics
      If you experience painful bumps below the skin surface and your pimples leave lasting marks. “Oral antibiotics act from the inside to kill the bacteria that cause acne,” says Keri. They also reduce the inflammation associated with pimples, so deep-seated blemishes hurt less and leave fewer scars.

      Doctors usually prescribe them to get a severe condition under control and may then switch to topical treatments. Some antibiotics must be taken on an empty stomach, so read the label carefully.
      http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/skincare/face/ways-to-treat-acne-00000000038296/page9.html

  23. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for psoriasis ?
    My friend has Psoriasis almost everywhere. She is highly self conscience about it and she can't really afford the medical treatment from dermatologist but I really wanted to help. Does anyone know anything that will help her breakouts?

    • ANSWER:
      The cause of psoriasis is overreaction of the immune system. Keeping it in a balanced state is the key point of battling this disease. I try to eat healthy food and avoid stress as much as I can. Sun tanning is very helpful too.
      After using number of prescription drugs I've turned to the natural treatments.
      I used serenaskin psoriasis remedies -ointment and spray on the skin, and extract – internally to prevent breakouts. After 2 weeks of treatment my skin has been cleared. It is the best treatment I’ve ever tried.

  24. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of zits, pimples or acne?
    I'm in 7th grade, and I hate having acne. I don't really know how to get rid of them quickly. I can't go out and buy acne cream because my mom won't let me and she says it doesn't work. So is there any easy home remedies I can use to:
    •get rid of zits
    •get rid of pimples
    •get rid of all acne
    •get rid of the ones popped but still stay
    •and the bright red ones still stuck on my face
    ****REMEMBER:HOME REMEDIES IM ONLY 13****

    • 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

      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.

      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

  25. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any good home remedies for psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis pretty much everywhere, but the only spot visable to others (as long as I where long sleeves and pants) is on my hand. I really hate that spot.

    • ANSWER:
      purchase some high quality Alpha-Hydroxy lotion...and a loofah sponge and neutrogena rain bath body wash. First for 2 days apply lotion generously morning and night and also morning #3. Then on night #3 generously apply the body wash all over and wait for about 5 min...then scrub your skin in circular motion and rinse. Immediately after pat skin until still moist and use Vaseline(yes) and apply it to arms and legs and feet and hands neck chest etc. not your face though. for your face use St. Ives Apricot scrub daily and Oil of Olay regenerist on your face. NOTE. use Vaseline(petroleum jelly) everyday and avoid all powders and perfumes where you have the psoriasis....and mind what kind of products you wash your hair with or take baths soap and certain shampoos and bath soaks can agravate skin conditions. You may want to try shamppoing with head and shoulders they have a new great smelling line...dont forget to use the Alpha Hydroxy lotion every 2 and a half days.

  26. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of blackheads?
    I recently starting to get blackheads all over my face. Is there any products to help me get rid of them? or home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      I used home remedies with my acne. I started taking zinc for my acne and I have no more acne. Here are other tips that might be helpful:
      1) Tea Tree Oil
      2) Lemon juice
      3) Apple cider vinegar
      4) Bamboo extract or Sarna lotion – good for rosacea, psoriasis, eczema
      5) Bio Oil or BB cream for dark spots or scars
      6) Toothpaste is very effective for acne leave on face for about 20 to 30 minutes then wash.

      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 seven best 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.

      Blue-Light Therapy
      If you want the latest preventive treatment—and don’t mind plunking down some cash for it.
      How it works: Once or twice a week, you use a handheld device to aim a beam of blue light onto your skin. “It’s wavelength hits and kills acne-causing bacteria,” so any brewing pimples never come to the surface. This method will not address existing blemishes. Doctors typically suggest combining blue-light therapy with other remedies, such as topical treatments. To make things easy, consider a blue-light device that comes in a kit. At-home devices are smart alternatives to multiple costly treatments at a doctor’s office.

      Oral Antibiotics
      If you experience painful bumps below the skin surface and your pimples leave lasting marks. “Oral antibiotics act from the inside to kill the bacteria that cause acne,” says Keri. They also reduce the inflammation associated with pimples, so deep-seated blemishes hurt less and leave fewer scars.

      Doctors usually prescribe them to get a severe condition under control and may then switch to topical treatments. Some antibiotics must be taken on an empty stomach, so read the label carefully.
      http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/skincare/face/ways-to-treat-acne-00000000038296/page9.html

  27. QUESTION:
    My daughter has the worst case of psoriasis I have ever seen.?
    It started a year ago and basically covered her from head to toe. After much treatment, for the most part, on her body it is under control, but I have recently noticed big patches developing on her scalp again...
    Does anyone know of home remedies or efficient low-cost ways for treating this?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like my sister and I!! Good thing that summer is just around the corner, because she needs to get some sun!! My mom always bought us Eucerin (try the calming cream) and this bottle that you buy in the dandruff shampoo section called scalpacin. Scalpacin is a liquid cortizone that you can put on your scalp and wont make hair smelly, greasy, etc. Also, if you can, go to your pharmacy and see if they carry Elta Tar, if not they can order it for you, and that really seems to help also. Another thing that has helped me in the past for really big itchy spots is just getting a prescription cortizone with 2% active ingredient instead of the over the counter 1%. BTW...make sure you tell your daughter for beatiful she!! Because psoriasis is depressing and has a way of making you feel like crap about yourself! if you need anymore help or tips feel free to IM me @ iltb26

  28. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of bad toenail fungus?
    I am only thirteen, and I have really bad toenail fungus. I also have already seen the doctor, I have tried everything: Tea Tree Oil, soaking them in salt, putting Listerine on them, Miranel, E-Oil, Oregano oil, Fungi Cure, and even Cure Toenail Fungus. Any home remedies suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      You probably need oral terbinafin to get rid of bad fungus. By prescription from the doc. Ask to be checked out for psoriasis first, maybe it is not fungus after all. Terbinafin is reasonably toxic so best to be sure that it is necessary.

  29. QUESTION:
    I was diagnosed with Seborrheic dermatitis now its still itchy?
    OKay so my doctor told me i have Seborrheic dermatitis so i was prescribed ketoconazale shampoo i use it everyday and leave it in for 5 minutes. Everything was good for awhile but now my hair is no longer oily but is still extremely itchy and bleeds. I was wondering good home remedies or something. I am making a doctors appt but wont be able to go in for a few weeks would like a temporary fix.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, you can try one of the natural treatments available on the Internet. 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.
      Cheers,
      Antje

  30. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of Psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis for a long time now and i was wondering if anyone may know anything that can help relieve it or anything, well please anything from like soaps,creams, or also home remedies, etc. My birthday is between next month and i have it on both my elbows and on one of my knuckles. i want to be unnoticable so if anyone can post anything it would be very much appreciated and no sarcastic ones please and thank you.

    I have psoriasis for 7 years now and i am only 15

    • ANSWER:
      I've had psoriasis since I was 2 years old (I'm now 25). I was on prescriptions that my dermatologist put me on up until about 2 years ago. I quit responding to the prescriptions I was on which were very strong and had side effects. I was wary of going back to the dermatologist to see if there were other topical prescriptions since the ones I'd been on were so strong already - my doctor kept putting me on stronger and stronger medications over the years as the ones I'd been on had become less effective as I'd been on them for a while. Since the only non-topical psoriasis medications available suppress your immune system and I wasn't really comfortable with that idea I decided to see what I could do on my own and see if I could get by without prescriptions.

      I've combined some changes in my diet with a over the counter medication and I've had quite a bit of success. First - the diet changes. My psoriasis drastically improved while I was studying abroad in college and in my research I found that the diet that I was eating there corresponded pretty well with a lot of the recommendations that are out there for people with psoriasis. I eat lots of fruit and vegetables, VERY little red meat (one to two servings per month is all I allow myself), and the only cooking oil I use is olive oil.

      The over the counter topical medication I use is called "Skin Zinc". I picked it up at Walgreen's but you could probably find it at any major drug store. It's active ingredient is Salicylic Acid which helps to loosen the scaly dead skin that tends to build up. Since the dead skin is loosened it doesn't build up (so it doesn't look so white and scaly) and itch so much, I don't scratch at it so much (so it doesn't get so red and irritated). So the medication helps both by making it less visible and less uncomfortable.

      I also use a bar of soap that helps to soothe the skin. I buy it from a lady that makes handmade soap and sells it via her website. She has one that is specifically for psoriasis and eczema that I've been using for about 10 years now. I've included the link to the specific soap that I use below.

  31. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of psoriasis?
    i have a rash, at least i think it's psoriasis, it's itchy and it's spread over my body over the last couple of days, i have creams off the doctor but they just aren't working:( please help? home remedies if any?
    thankyou in advance.

    • 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.

  32. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of pimples fast?
    Every once and a while, I get pimples scattered around my face in random spots. I've tried toothpaste and many other things. Nothing I do seems to get rid of them quickly. I don't have any pimple treatment things at home so I need home remedies for getting rid of them. Please help :P

    • 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.

  33. QUESTION:
    what are some couth american herbal remedies?
    yea i need them pronto! lol i need to know what are some herbal/home remedies people in south america or the carribbean use when you get illnesses.

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      " Chadon beni, Bandhaniya – this leaf tea is used for diabetes; the root for fever, cold, cough, convulsion; the oil of the herb is anti-spasmodic; the plant shows anti-malarial effects"
      from an article: 'Diary from the field: traditional medicine in Trinidad and Tobago':
      http://www.ias.unu.edu/sub_page.aspx?catID=5&ddlID=326

      There is also sarsaparilla. Its a typical carribean plant. Its traditionally used for Modern herbalists believe that Sarsaparilla should be used for skin conditions including psoriasis, the treatment of colds, coughs, fevers and gout:
      http://www.matoluk.com/ingredients.htm

      Ginger is great for a sore throat. Grate ginger and squeeze the juice into a cup and add raw honey/manuka honey. Drop this into the back of the throat when it is sore and you have cough spasms.

      **********
      Other herbs from the rain-forests of south america for coughs:

      Samambaia (Polypodium decumanum) ...read this database entry on how to take this herb:
      http://www.rain-tree.com/samambia.htm

      Vassourinha (Scoparia dulcis)..read this database entry on how to take this herb:
      http://www.rain-tree.com/vassourinha.htm

      Chanca Piedra (Phyllanthus niruri)...read this:
      http://www.wholeworldbotanicals.com/herbal_breakstone.html

      Cocoa beans:
      http://www.herbs-for-healing.com/amazonhealthwave/healthy_chocolate/index.html
      http://www.chocolate.org/health/theobromine.html

      Hope this is of some help.
      Best wishes.

  34. QUESTION:
    So i have this quite embarassing health condition common in men and women. help would be appreciated.?
    I have psoriasis and it seems the creams have stopped working. I'm not worried about it much because I just have two patches on my legs but I'm rather embarrassed about the one on my head. I want to know what I can do or if there is any home remedies. I work at a very popular store and its just embarrassing cause no matter how I do my hair you can see it. Please help thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I used to have psoriasis fairly bad on my head, legs and elbows whenever I was a child. The best 'home remedies' my doctor suggested was to take an oatmeal bath. Basically I soaked myself in the oats for about 30 minutes twice every two weeks. It cleared up my dry patches, but it took them a little while to completely disappear. Another thing I did was phototherapy. That type of psoriasis treatment uses natural or artificial ultraviolet light. The simplest and easiest form of phototherapy involves exposing your skin to controlled amounts of natural sunlight. Other forms of light therapy include the use of artificial ultraviolet A (UVA) or ultraviolet B (UVB) light either alone or in combination with medications. I just went to the tanning bed a few said and stayed outside in the sun. Also you might want to change the cream you've been using. Try getting a lot of vitamin D, whenever you take a lot of it it slows down the growth of skin cells and it'll help you out big time. Sometimes your skin won't respond to a medication that you've been using for a while.

  35. QUESTION:
    No psoriasis treatments that I've tried work well. Have you found anything that does work?
    I was on Enbrel which did reduce my psoriasis. I had repeated infections and was unable to continue using it. All of the topicals are useless so far. Anyone have any advice, alternatives or home remedies to suggest? Thank you in advance!!

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    Is there any home remedies for psoriasis?
    My 15 year old daughter has had psoriasis for almost a year now. It is quite painful. She cant take showers or baths without it hurting. We are not sure what type it is.

    • ANSWER:
      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 and doctors need to go back to school or better yet, change where they went to school. The drug companies that fund these schools prey on the ignorance and end up making a lot of money on this problem. 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 gall bladder to become very viscous and not work properly, hence, not digest your fats properly. You need a diet that is balanced at 30% protein, 40% carbohydrates, and 30% fats to be healthy.

      Any scars on the front of your body's torso could play a big role in this problem because the scar from the episiotomy will reflex to your adrenal glands and reduce the energy to a point where they won't work properly and cause this problem.

      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 stop, 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 at least 1/2 teaspoon of this per day.

      Any drugs you have taken, killed your intestinal flora and you have Candida Albicans (yeast problem) that you are now going to have to deal with. This has stopped your body from producing “B” vitamins naturally. If you are itching, getting styes, ringworm, etc. that is typical of this problem, 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 .com) or call them at: (310) 320 – 1123 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 at breakfast each day and NOT after 12:00 noon because it will keep you up at night. 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 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. This feeds the Candida and the phosphoric acid in the sodas is binding 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 2 to 3 Betaine HCL and 1 to 2 activators and take after each meal, and one 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 keifer milk. 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.

      All this will change your life. It really works. Then when you don't have the symptoms anymore, tell your doctor and educate him on how the body works. I hope he appreciates the advice, because you will not be going to him for medications and his services anymore for this problem.

      good luck to you

  37. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis treatments that work?
    I'm 13 years old and I've suffered with psoriasis for almost a year. Are there are any home remedies that you have tried that actually worked? I've tried name brand ointment like psoriasin that didn't work, the hydrocortisone cream worked a little bit but didn't remove the psoriasis. I tried a "hair conditioner" home remedy that didn't do anything...

    Can someone please tell me some really good ways to get rid of my psoriasis spots? The worst spots are on my legs, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      There is no cure for psoriasis; there are only treatments.
      There are things that make it worse: Alcohol. No drinking for you, Irishman!
      And avoid getting a sunburn, damaging your skin (no tats!) and avoid iodine.
      Get plenty of rest. Not sleeping will cause it to flare, as will any of the above.
      Contact the National Psoriasis Foundation https://www.psoriasis.org/ and read up on it.

      Nude sunbathing (in moderation...no sunburns!) can help. Take D3 and calcium.
      D3 (dihydrovitimin D3) is created when you sunbathe.

  38. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of pimples fast?
    i know this is a common question but i have school strating in 2days and needs some home remedys as we have picture day on the first day of school, i do have that benzayl (excuse spelling) cream but its almost all gone! ive been trying icing, i have tryed toothpaste but.. i think i used wrong one as it made it worse, i dont think i have acne just a few pimples. They are mainly forehead, chin, above lips and well pretty much everywhere! PLEASE HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      I used home remedies with my acne. I started taking zinc for my acne and I have no more acne. Here are other tips that might be helpful:
      1) Tea Tree Oil
      2) Lemon juice
      3) Apple cider vinegar
      4) Bamboo extract or Sarna lotion – good for rosacea, psoriasis, eczema
      5) Bio Oil or BB cream for dark spots or scars
      6) Toothpaste is very effective for acne leave on face for about 20 to 30 minutes then wash.

      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 seven best 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.

      Blue-Light Therapy
      If you want the latest preventive treatment—and don’t mind plunking down some cash for it.
      How it works: Once or twice a week, you use a handheld device to aim a beam of blue light onto your skin. “It’s wavelength hits and kills acne-causing bacteria,” so any brewing pimples never come to the surface. This method will not address existing blemishes. Doctors typically suggest combining blue-light therapy with other remedies, such as topical treatments. To make things easy, consider a blue-light device that comes in a kit. At-home devices are smart alternatives to multiple costly treatments at a doctor’s office.

      Oral Antibiotics
      If you experience painful bumps below the skin surface and your pimples leave lasting marks. “Oral antibiotics act from the inside to kill the bacteria that cause acne,” says Keri. They also reduce the inflammation associated with pimples, so deep-seated blemishes hurt less and leave fewer scars.

      Doctors usually prescribe them to get a severe condition under control and may then switch to topical treatments. Some antibiotics must be taken on an empty stomach, so read the label carefully.
      http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/skincare/face/ways-to-treat-acne-00000000038296/page9.html

  39. 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!

  40. QUESTION:
    I have dandruff but I am allergic to many dandruff shampoos. Anyone have a good and cheap home remedy?
    The shampoo and conditioner I have been using has been causing really dry skin around my eyes to the point it burns and has been aggravating my psoriasis around my neck and ears.

    • ANSWER:
      I really hate to hear that ...and dandruff can be such an aggervating thing to have .....Here is what I found for you and I have read alot of good reviews about doing this ....

      Dandruff is dead skin that forms on the scalp. Skin cells die and flake off the body all the time, but if the rate is increased and the scaly flakes are not removed then they can be seen on the head. Normally skin cells die and are replaced around once a month, but with people with dandruff, the process is speeded up to about once every two weeks.

      The Ingredients

      * 1/2 cup Water
      * 1/2 cup of White Vinegar

      The Instructions

      Combine ingredients then apply directly to the scalp. Use before shampooing. Apply twice a week.

      Hope this helps you ~~~

      http://www.pioneerthinking.com/dandruff1.html

  41. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any home remedies that worked for them on psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis. I have had it for 12 years, since I gave birth to my son. Have tried many medicines to keep it under control. What worked for you? It's different for everyone, but I'm open to new remedies!!

    • ANSWER:
      My wife has had psoriasis for 14 years now.She has quit using the prescribes med and lotions and now use strictly
      Melaleuca's Renew lotion.If you would like some info feel free to contact us.

  42. 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.

  43. QUESTION:
    What skin products are the best?
    I have acne and have tried everything from home remedies to proactive. Nothing will work.my mom won't take me to a dermatologist. What has worked for you guys? I honestly don't even care how much it costs. Thanks so much!!

    • 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.

  44. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any home remedy recipes for psoriasis?
    I have had psoriasis for over 2 years now and it is spreading all over my body. I'm tired of using creams and injections provided by the doctor that don't help. Does anyone have a recipe that I could try or know of a website with remedy information?

    • ANSWER:
      A friend of mine started taking cherry juice or cherry pills and hasn't had any problems since.

  45. 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 :)

  46. 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

  47. QUESTION:
    any home made solution to avoid pimples?
    i have oily skin so plz i get lots of pimlpes so any home remedies to totally avoid them and get flawless face.help!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I used home remedies with my acne. I started taking zinc for my acne. Here are some tips that might be helpful:
      1) Tea Tree Oil
      2) Lemon juice
      3) Apple cider vinegar
      4) Bamboo extract or Sarna lotion – good for rosacea, psoriasis, eczema
      5) Bio Oil or BB cream for dark spots or scars
      6) Toothpaste is very effective for acne leave on face for about 20 to 30 minutes then wash.

      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 seven best 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, occasional breakouts.
      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.

      Retinoids
      Nightly to prevent breakouts.
      How they work: Retinoids, 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 retinoids 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: Retinoids have been shown to increase collagen production and plump fine lines, making them a good choice if you’re dealing with acne and wrinkles.

      Blue-Light Therapy
      If you want the latest preventive treatment—and don’t mind plunking down some cash for it.
      How it works: Once or twice a week, you use a handheld device to aim a beam of blue light onto your skin. “Its wavelength hits and kills acne-causing bacteria,” so any brewing pimples never come to the surface.This method will not address existing blemishes. Doctors typically suggest combining blue-light therapy with other remedies, such as topical treatments. To make things easy, consider a blue-light device that comes in a kit. At-home devices are smart alternatives to multiple costly treatments at a doctor’s office.

      Oral Antibiotics
      If you experience painful bumps below the skin surface and your pimples leave lasting marks. “Oral antibiotics act from the inside to kill the bacteria that cause acne,” says Keri. They also reduce the inflammation associated with pimples, so deep-seated blemishes hurt less and leave fewer scars.

      Doctors usually prescribe them to get a severe condition under control and may then switch to topical treatments. Some antibiotics must be taken on an empty stomach, so read the label carefully.
      http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/skincare/face/ways-to-treat-acne-00000000038296/page9.html


psoriasis home remedies

Fish Oil Psoriasis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits for taking fish oil pills?
    I have heard that fish oil pills can help you feel energized throughout the day and can help with memory. I have been considering taking them, but I am not sure about the details. I would appreciate any personal experiences or information about taking fish oil pills. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The many benefits of fish oil include its ability to aid in prevention and treatment of heart diseases, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, AHDH, low immunity, cancer, diabetes, inflammation, arthritis, IBD, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, eye disorders, muscular degeneration and ulcers. It is helps in weight loss, pregnancy, fertility and skin care (particular for disorders such as psoriasis, acne).

  3. QUESTION:
    is it safe to use Borage oil and Omega3 Fish oil together to be used to help psoriasis?
    Borage Oil 1000mg and Omerga3 Fish Oil. is there certain medications it cant be used along with?

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    What does fish oil do for the body?
    I've heard that taking fish oil supplements can be healthy as well as treat a few symptoms of ADD/ADHD.

    What are the positives and negatives of taking fish oil/omega 3 supplements?

    • ANSWER:
      The health benefits of fish oil include its ability to aid in treatment of heart diseases, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, AHDH, low immunity, cancer, diabetes, inflammation, arthritis, IBD, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, eye disorders, macular degeneration and ulcers. It is helps in weight loss, pregnancy, fertility and skin care (particular for disorders such as psoriasis, acne).

      One of the most common side effect of fish oil is experiencing a fishy aftertaste, when people start consuming fish oil pills. There is also a chance for the people to experience belching after its consumption. These may seem to be minor side effects, but can create quite some discomfort amongst people.
      Another side effect that is commonly seen in people taking fish oil is stomach pain, often leading to diarrhea. When people start taking fish oil, they are likely to observe oily stools and sometimes even blood spots in their feces. They may also be at risk of experiencing heart burn or acid reflux. Many people have also reported to experience nausea for the first few days.
      Fish oil can also lead to excessive bleeding. People may experience nosebleeds, strokes and also may observe blood in urine. This happens because consumption of fish oil leads to a decrease in platelet aggregation, increasing bleeding in people.
      Diabetic people should consult the doctor before using fish oils, as the level of glucose rises in the body due to intake of fish oil. Using fish oil also interferes with the functioning of diabetic medications that help in controlling the level of glucose in the body.
      Excess use of fish oil can higher the risk of hemorrhagic stroke and also of brain damage. Some of the common symptoms of brain hemorrhage due to the use of fish oil are headache, changes in speech or vision, and also the feeling of weakness in the legs or arms. This is a very severe side effect of fish oil and if any such symptoms arises after using fish oil, one should consult the physician immediately.
      Fish oil intake is said to decrease the body's ability to absorb certain essential vitamins like Vitamin A, D, E and K and can give rise to diseases that occur due to the deficiency of these vitamins.
      Consumption of fish oil is also said to lead to rise in the level of LDL cholesterol, also known as bad cholesterol.

  5. QUESTION:
    How do I promote more oil production on skin?
    My skin is really dry and has little to no oil. How can I promote more oil production? I've heard taking fish oil can help, anything else?

    • ANSWER:
      Taking fish oil can hydrate the skin, it cannot promote more oil production. Taking testosterone injection can make you more oily. I used to be super oily and acne all over. I am glad I am dry now! Never again oily skin! Never again!

      In short, the loss of lipids that sticks the skin cells together leads to water evaporation, which makes you dry, tight, dull, painful, itchy, flaky or a combination of these symptoms. In healthy skin, the adequate amount of lipids serves as a hydrophobic barrier to ensure water retention.

      There is a unique composition of lipids to keep skin healthy: 50% ceramides, 25% cholesterol, and 15% free fatty acids. Sebaceous glands also produce a variety of oils that coat the skin to prevent it from becoming dry; they are: 41% triglyceride, 25% wax monoesters, 16% free fatty acids, and 12% squalene.

      EXTERNAL FACTORS ARE USUALLY THE CULPRITS:
      1)Low temperature and low humidity (winter) OR high temperature and low humidity (desert-area) weather
      2)Harsh detergents in cleansers, shampoo, dishwashing soap, ectcera
      3)Excessive/harsh scrubbing
      4)Acetone and alcohol in nail polish and skin care products
      5)Very hot or cold water bath or shower
      6)Chlorinated pool
      7)Frequent showers/bathing
      8)Central heating and air conditioning
      9)Malnutrition

      To TREAT and CONTROL dry skin:
      1)Replenish the skin’s protective barrier with a well-formulated moisturizer that includes a variety of humectants to draw water into the skin and lipids to seal the moisture in. It is best to apply moisturizer right after a bath or shower when your skin is moist. You should take a shower after swimming to wash off the chlorine and then apply moisturizer.
      2)If you are dry and flaky, then you can use a moisturizer with an hydroxy acid exfoliant such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acid.
      3)Use gentle cleansers with mild detergents and moisturizers and no fragrance twice a day.
      4)Avoid physical exfoliation with scrubs or loofahs.
      5)Use a humidifier to increase the vapor level in the atmosphere during low humidity seasons.
      6)Take short (e.g. 10-15 minutes) and warm showers or baths to maintain skin barrier’s integrity.
      7)Wear tightly woven clothing or use thicker blanket during low temperature seasons.
      8)Consume a balance diet high in antioxidants (e.g., fruits and vegetables) and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids (e.g., fish oils, flaxseed, or evening primrose oil).

      To PREVENT dry skin, it is imperative that you cautiously avoid the listed external factors. The provided tips should instantly ameliorate dry skin. Otherwise, if your condition does not improve within a few weeks, then it may be a more serious condition.

      If you have any of the medical or hereditary skin condition that is associated with dry skin, then you should consult with a board-certified dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment protocol. These illnesses include atopic dermatitis (eczema), diabetes, ichthyosis, psoriasis, hypothyroidism, and malnutrition. You can do your own preliminary research on these skin conditions online or speak with a local pharmacist.

      If you want product recommendations, then you can email me.

  6. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of taking flax seed oil?
    I been seeing alot about flax seed and fish oil what are the benefits of taking them.

    • ANSWER:
      There are so many benefits of taking flaxseed oil. Flaxseed oil provides your body of much needed essential fatty acids, particularly Omega 3 essential fatty acids.

      Your body needs essential fatty acids for the proper functioning of all of its many systems including your circulatory system, your skin, your immune system, etc.

      Since most people get more omega-6 fatty acids than the omega-3 variety, and since your body cannot make essential fatty acids on its own, you need to get it in your diet. Flaxseed oil is the best source of omega-3s. It's even better than fish oil, because it comes from plants and you don't have to worry about contamination with mercury and other toxic chemicals.

      Flaxseed oil can help heal skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. It can also help prevent strokes, heart disease, and even cancer! They also help to reduce inflammation. Overall, it promotes a healthy body.

      I found some really good pages that explain flaxseed oil. Check them out!

  7. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of the red bumps on the back of my upper arms?
    I'm Caucasian and have sensitive skin. I think I read somewhere that eating some kind of fish oil helps; that the red bumps signify the body is missing some mineral or something?

    • ANSWER:
      I know what you are talking about as well. My daughter and I both get this. We are blond/blue and we get this on the underside of our upper arms. It is not scabies, eczema or psoriasis. I have known people with all of those conditions, and this ain't it! I will have to research KP and look for pictures. KP sounds "stronger" than what we have. I have noticed that the bumps are not as pronounced in the summer when I have been out in the sun more. Also, as I have gotten older (I am 34 now), they are not as pronounced. Good luck to you (and us!)

  8. QUESTION:
    Has anyone else with chronic psoriasis tried taking fish-oil pills? What were your results?
    I'm 22 and have had psoriasis since I was about one year old. I currently treat it with over-the-counter lotion, topical steroids (which have worked well), and the occasional 15 minutes in the tanning bed, but am considering taking fish oil pills. I love fish and have heard good things about fish meds. Thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Fish oil, or better cod liver oil are excellent sources of vitamin E the skin vitamin it will help.
      It definitely wont hurt. It will also help your hair and nails. I also suggest applying generous amounts of Aloe Vera. I once dated a Wiccan high priestess and she gave my sister a concoction of Aloe tar and cod liver oil it cleared it up at least temporarily.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is fish oil good for?
    My doctor recently advised me to get some fish oil pills from the healthfood store and take them.

    What is this fish oil good for and has anyone tried it ?

    If so did you notice an improvement in your health?

    • ANSWER:
      I use and recommend all natural OmegaGuard. It's ultra pure and pharmaceutical grade. It uses a triple molecular distillation and purification process that concentrates natural beneficial omega 3 fatty acids and helps remove harmful contaminants including heavy metals lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, dioxins and PCBs.

      Some of the benefits are:
      Natural anti-inflammatory. Reduces risk of heart disease/stroke, triglycerides, cholesterol, blood pressure, blood clots, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, psoriasis, eczema, ADD, depression/mental illnesses.

      It's a great supplement and I have taken it regularly for several years.

      Hope this is helpful and feel free to contact me with questions.

  10. QUESTION:
    Nutritional Knowledge™: What are the benefits of Fish Oil supplements?
    I know they contain Omega Oils but what benefits do those impart to the body?

    • ANSWER:
      Help relieve symptoms of

      1. Arthritis
      2. Swollen joints
      3. Dermatitis
      4. Psoriasis
      5. Inflammatory Disorders

      Maintains normal and healthy

      1. Cardiovascular system
      2. Eye function
      3. Brain function
      4. Cholesterol level
      5. Nervous system

      What is the scientific evidence behind omega-3?

      After some research, there are many things supporting that omega-3 work. According to one website, there are 5 types of evidence supporting this supplement. They are:

      1. Epidemiological evidence
      2. Archeological evidence
      3. Animal study evidence
      4. Observation studies
      5. Interventional studies.

  11. QUESTION:
    What medications has anyone had success with for Psoriasis?
    I have Psoriasis on about 30% of my body. I have been using Skin Zinc products and it helps some but is expensive and is getting hard to find.
    Has anyone had success with any other over the counter products?

    • ANSWER:
      Fish oil, Vitamin D. You can get a ton of info from http://www.talkpsoriasis.org forum.

  12. 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.

  13. QUESTION:
    Ae Omega 3 fish dietary supplements worth taking?
    I bought these Spring Valley One-per-day omega 3 fish oil dietary supplement. It says that it has been verified by the US Pharmacopoeia if that makes a difference. Oh, and will this help improve my skin? Oh and I don't like the taste of fish so eating fish isn't really an option. Also, what are the benefits of vitamin E skin oil?

    • ANSWER:
      Omega 3 has said to be very beneficial for the brain and memory cell's. It's more like brain food.

      Vitamin E skin oil:

      Benefits of Vitamin e for Skin

      In terms of skin health and skin care, vitamin e benefits are numerous. In fact, skin care products that contain vitamin e have become an essential part of healthy skin care.

      Antioxidant

      First of all, because of its antioxidant activity, vitamin e is vital in protecting skin cells from ultra violet light, pollution, drugs, and other elements that produce cell damaging free radicals. It is believed that vitamin e is most effective in its natural alcohol form rather than its acetate form where it is a less effective antioxidant. Watch for this in the labelling of skin care products.

      Regulator for Vitamin A

      The benefits of vitamin e for healthy skin care also include its ability to regulate vitamin a in the body, which itself is important for healthy skin.

      Anti-Aging Benefits of Vitamin E

      Vitamin e added to lotions, creams, and other skin care products, as well as taken orally, plays a role in the anti-aging of skin. It helps skin look younger by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Also, free radicals are believed to play an important role in skin aging and therefore the antioxidant activity is quite valuable for this skin problem.

      Sun Protection and Sun Burn Treatment

      Vitamin e lotions provide some benefit in preventing and treating sunburns. These lotions protect the epidermis layer of the skin from early stages of ultra violet light damage. Vitamin e preparations also increase the effectiveness of sunscreens. Such lotions do not work immediately. They must be applied about 20 minutes before sun exposure in order to allow the vitamin e to be absorbed deep into the epidermis layer.

      Treatment of Skin Diseases

      Vitamin e can aid in the treatment of various skin diseases or skin conditions. Topical applications such as those used to treat psoriasis is one of the benefits of vitamin e. Orally ingested vitamin e can help treat erythema (a skin inflammation that results in reddish, painful, and tender lumps).

      Treatment of Scars

      This is one of the more controversial benefits of vitamin e. Initially, it was thought that vitamin e was very beneficial in the prevention and treatment of scarring (acne scars or surgical scars) and healing of skin from various forms of damage such as burns. Some recent research has questioned this benefit of vitamin e. In fact some studies have indicated that vitamin e creams do not help prevent surgical scarring and may actually make the scar look worse. This is in opposition to the experience of a number of individuals that claim vitamin e creams help soften the appearance of scars.

      Skin Cancer

      One of the most important benefits of vitamin e is the prevention of skin cancer. This occurs because of its sun protection quality and of course its powerful antioxidant properties, which help reduce or prevent sun damage.

      Other

      There are a variety of other benefits of vitamin e for skin care:

      vitamin e products help reduce the appearance of stretch marks
      vitamin e can help prevent the appearance of age spots
      it helps maintain the skin’s oil balance during the cleansing process
      it reduces transepidermal water loss from skin and strengthens the skin’s barrier function
      Overall for skin care, more benefit is obtained from topical application of vitamin e through creams or lotions rather than taking vitamin e orally. Skin is able to absorb natural vitamin e effectively. However, taking vitamin e orally is important for the good health of other areas of the body.

      The recommended skin lotions and creams by many experts are those that contain the alcohol form of vitamin e (alpha-tocopherol) instead of the acetate form (alpha-tocopherol acetate). The acetate form does not penetrate the skin’s surface well and provides less of the benefits of vitamin e such as antioxidant activity for the skin.

      Why is vitamin e important for good health?

      There are several benefits of vitamin e for your body. Some preliminary studies involving intakes of vitamin e higher than the daily-recommended requirement have shown that vitamin e may be useful in treating or possibly preventing:

      menstrual pain
      low sperm count
      inflammation of eye tissues
      cataracts
      restless leg syndrome or relief from muscle cramping
      Alzheimer’s disease
      Parkinson’s disease
      rheumatoid arthritis
      asthma
      various diabetes related complications and maybe helpful in treating and preventing diabetes itself
      cardiovascular disease
      prostate cancer and breast cancer
      Benefits of vitamin e also include helping the body increase and regulate the levels of vitamin a in the body and as a general immune system booster, especially in older adults. Topical vitamin e might also promote good blood circulation and prevent the formation of blood clots, especially in people with diabetes.

      The problem is that although it is a

  14. QUESTION:
    What exactly do fish oil capsules do thats good?
    My mom told me to start taking them because they are "good for your body". But I am just curious as to what they do? Make you taller? Make you smarter?

    • ANSWER:
      Fish oil is good for alot of things!

      The magic of fish oils!

      Many of us will have memories of our childhood days when we were encouraged to take our daily spoonful of cod liver oil. It tasted foul, but the attitude then was ...

      "If it tastes awful, it must be good for you"!

      Our parents and grandparents knew that cod liver oil and halibut liver oil were good for us, as these fish oils were excellent sources of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. What that generation did not realise, was that ther regular use of fish oils may bestow some other very important medical benefits upon our bodies.

      For example, did you know that Eskimos rarely suffer from heart attacks, and the Japanese who are a nation of heavy smokers, are rarely afflicted by heart disease! What these two countries have in common is a diet rich in fish!

      Now there is also medical evidence to show that fish oils may improve other conditions, such as
      Raised blood fats such as cholesterol and triglyceride
      High blood pressure
      Angina
      Rheumatoid arthritis
      Osteoarthritis
      Psoriasis
      Eczema
      Asthma

      Now don't get carried away, and dash off to your local pharmacy, thinking that cod liver oil, is the 'cure all' for every single one of these conditions. The evidence from much of the research is controversial. So let's have a sensible look at what these fish oils can do for you!

      What's the magic ingredient?

      Fish oils contain substances known as essential fatty acids .The two important ones are known as EPA and DHA. If you want to impress your friends, EPA stands for eicosapentaenoic (ay kosa pent ay no ik) acid and DHA stands for docosahexaenoic (doe kosa hex ay no ik) acid!! These fatty acids are only found in sea fish and cannot be produced within the body. Once in the body, they have widespread effects, especially upon blood fat levels, the joints and upon the skin.

      Effects upon the heart
      Cholesterol and triglyceride are two fatty substances in our blood which, when raised, cause a furring up of the inside of our blood vessels. This narrows the blood vessels and makes us more prone to clot formation (thrombosis). If a clot blocks off an artery to the heart, a heart attack is the result.

      Fish oils have been found to drop the levels of these blood fats, and also decrease the likelihood of clot formation in blood vessels. They also have an 'opening up' effect upon blood vessels, which improves the circulation to the heart and also helps to lower our blood pressure.

      Effects on the skin
      When patients with psoriasis were given fish oils, their skin became less itchy, less reddened and less scaly. A similar improvement has been noticed by some, though not all sufferers of eczema. These conditions can be very distressing, and so any improvement brought about by simply adding fish to the diet is indeed worth trying.

      Effects upon the joints
      Research in the USA has shown that taking the fatty acids EPA and DHA present in fish oils, led to fewer joint pains and stiffness in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. The treatment had to be taken for three months to produce it's best effect.

      Sources of fish oils

      You can obtain fish oils naturally from your diet by eating any of the oily fish, such as herring, mackerel, sardines, tuna and salmon. It is advised that you should take this type of fish at least three times a week to obtain the beneficial effects. Otherwise, you can take liquid fish oils in the form of cod liver oil or halibut liver oil. The recommended dose is two 5ml teaspoons per day. Many people find the taste of these oils unpleasant, though you can buy orange or cherry flavoured cod liver oil!! If you prefer to take your cod liver oil in capsule form you will have to take two capsules three times a day with each meal. A concentrated blend of fish oils is also available, called 'Pulse' capsules which are taken at the dose of one capsule twice a day. The oils and capsules can all be bought from your local pharmacist. For those patients who actually do have a raised fat level (specifically raised triglyceride) in their bloodstream, a capsule is available on prescription called 'Maxepa', but you have to take 5 capsules twice a day!

      Well, I don't want to die from a heart attack and I don't want arthritis, so I'll be taking my fish oil capsules every day because herring and mackerel give me indigestion!

      A thought has just occurred to me ...... do herring, mackerel and sardines get heart disease, arthritis or psoriasis? They shouldn't, should they?

      The Best of health, to all of you!
      Dr. Chris Steele.

  15. QUESTION:
    What are the health benefits of taking ?
    Evening Primrose Oil? How long will it take to see the benefits from using it?

    • ANSWER:
      It helps the skin,I have psoriasis and it helps clear it up.It also helps your immune system and is good for your heart like fish oil but even better.If you have skin problems it should take 2-3 weeks before you see a change.

  16. 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.

  17. QUESTION:
    What does Omega 3 Fish Oil do for your skin?
    I know it does many things for not only your face but your entire body, but what EXACTLY does it do for your skin?

    • ANSWER:
      Omega 3 and skin care do go together. Here’s why.

      Omega 3 fish oil supplements are some of the fastest growing biggest selling supplements on the planet, and for good reason. Science has confirmed over and over that Omega 3 fatty acids found primarily in fish are extremely good for us, and we all ought to be eating more.

      But because fish is expensive and normally contaminated with some heavy metals like Mercury, we shouldn’t eat it all the time. So Omega 3 capsules are usually taken.

      But there is also a link between Omega 3 and skin health. And so many people who take fish oil capsules do so for better skin as well as for better health.

      One of the major reasons is that Omega 3 fats play a significant role in reducing inflammation in our bodies, and this is also extremely beneficial to the skin.

      There’s a range of conditions that can benefit from fish oils supplementation. Studies have shown a lessening of wrinkles after some months of Omega 3 fish oil supplementation, and an improvement in skin firmness.

      Not only that there is a strong link between Omega 3 and dry skin improvemeny. Fish oil has polyunsaturated fats, and these help replenish fats lost in the skin causing skin dryness or excessive flaking.

      For example dry skin caused by strong winds or sun can benefit from more fish oil to replenish the skin fats lost to exposure. The dry skin benefits of fish oil are quite pronounced.

      There are also various specific skin conditions that can benefit from fish oil supplementation, for similar reasons. These include eczema and dermatitis as well as psoriasis. All these benefit from the anti inflammatory qualities of fish oil.

      One of the main fats in Omega 3 fish oil supplements in DHA, or Docosahexaenoic Acid. This is the primary polyunsatured fat in Omega 3s that is of benefit to both our bodies and our skin. Others are also beneficial, but DHA is the most important, and it’s essential to choose fish oil capsule that is high in DHA, not all are.

      However although fish oil is extremely healthy for us generally, and is also very good for our skin, it is still taken internally. So if you’re interested in the best skin care taking fish oil supplements is only going half way. You need topically applied skin care products as well as fish oil supplements, and if you combine the very best natural skin care products with the best Omega 3 fish oil supplements you’ve got a recipe for great general health as well as greatly improved skin.

      So remember, Omega 3 and skin care go together. Both are complementary to each other.So for the best skin care regime, combine the two.

  18. 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.

  19. QUESTION:
    Any suggestions for severely dry skin and scarring from psoriasis?
    Can't afford a dermatologist or any expensive lotions, etc. Looking for home remedies. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm with you. I would rather try to save money and try home remedies. Although home remedies take a longer time to work, they are healthier and overall more effective for your health. With that being said, I would suggest you go to this page: It's a link to home remedies by the trusted Discovery Health organization. I have been using some of these for my various skin problems like contact dermatitis, xerosis, tinea versicolor, and hyperpigmentation . Evidently, they have remedies for psoriasis too. My favorites are olive oil, ingesting fish oil, and topically applying aloe vera. But that's just me :-) Going to the website, you'll be able to choose from various natural remedies.

      I hope this helps :-)

  20. QUESTION:
    I have severe psoriasis, and I hate taking drugs, so what natural kind of medication is out there?
    I have tried fish oils, many varieties of vitamins, there just has to be something out there, some sort of concauction!
    I thought it had something to do with my liver. Like psirosis, but I will try some of these methods and get back with you!!!

    • ANSWER:
      HOMŒOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR PSORIASIS :-

      Take PSORINUM in 1M potency one dose after a week take SULPHUR in 1M potency one dose keep taking these two remedies in the same sequence weekly, 3 doses of both remedies exactly as directed. Report back with your progress atleast every week.
      Avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or complications thats the beauty of Homeopathic Medicine.

      Best of Health to you.
      Take Care and God Bless.

      Edit :- About your question in your email, Where to buy Homeopathic Medicine ? You can get them from most Health and Herbs Stores they sell Homeopathic Medicine too. If you cant find any stores around you, you can buy them online too from anyone of these sites :-
      http://www.naturesway.com/NaturesWay/products.aspx?productid=Homeopathic_Category
      http://www.homeopathic.com/
      http://www.hylands.com/
      http://www.freemans.uk.com/index2.html
      http://www.nutrovita.com/store/Homeopathy.htm
      http://www.homeopathystore.in/products.php
      http://www.homeopathyworks.com/index.php
      http://www.boiron.com/index_en.asp
      http://www.hpathy.com/homeopathicmall/Scripts/default.asp

      Or you can check the Links on this answer to my question :- http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AqAiIEgQyuzZ1ZO2sCSC7vXty6IX?qid=20060803152648AAGFqcM&show=7#profile-info-AA11612867

      I hope the links are helpful to you.
      Take care.

  21. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any ways to help psoriasis?
    I've been using what's prescribed. Now with the summer heat here, nothing is working. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      To overcome psoriasis, the best remedy is fish oil. Eat plenty of fatty fish as there is a connection between the onega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils and psoriasis. It helps promote the body’s use of vitamin D and other vitamins necessary for healthy skin. This oil also improves the health of skin, nails and hair. Try it works!

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of taking Omega-Berry 3 Fish Oil?
    I have heard good things about Omega 3 fatty acids and I am just wondering what are the health benefits from taking this vitamin supplement and if anyone knows the price range of a bottle of it? Thanks in advanced!

    • ANSWER:
      Fish Oil – Health Benefits

      Fish oil high in omega3 fatty acids has been shown by several research studies to have many health benefits. These can include:

      Cholesterol/ Cardiovascular Disease

      Research has shown that omega3 fatty acids from fish oil help to remove the ‘stickiness’ of blood cells, reducing the chances for it to clot and prevent the heart from beating irregularly.

      By stopping platelets from clustering together the coronary artieris are pretected from being damaged. The omega3s from fish oil can also help to reduce the risk for angina through the reduction of high blood pressure, the lowering of triglyceride levels and the reduction of high blood pressure.

      This, in itself provides a strong case for adding omega3 fish oil to our diets!

      Arthritis and other Inflamatory Diseases

      Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis have been shown to respond to an increase in intake of omega3 based fish oils. According to research published in the highly respected medical journal The Lancet, patients with rheumatoid arthritis respond particularly well to fish oil supplementation. Fish oils can significantly decrease pro-inflammatory compound production which can lead to a decrease in joint stiffness and pain.

      Other research has been able to show a direct link between the onset of arthritis and a deficiency in omega3 fatty acid levels in the body.

      The Arthritis Council and the Arthritis Research Council in the UK both strongly recommend omega3 fatty acid supplementation from fish oil or other oils such as flax.

      Healthy Pregnancy

      It is widely accepted that a woman’s nutritional needs change when she becomes pregnant. This includes both an increase, as well as a decrease of certain foods, drinks and supplements. While we all know that an increase in nutrients during this time is beneficial, however, just as an increase in certain nutrients can support fetal development, deficiency of a number of nutrients can lead to birth defects or complications.

      Essential Fatty Acids (omega3 and omega6) in the correct ratio and quantifty can offer exceptional benefits in terms of fetal development, the health of the mother-to-be and the health of the baby after being born.

      Menstrual Cramps

      According to the San Diego State University Health Centre, 10% of the 37.5 million menstruating women in the US can become completely incapacitated by menstrual pain and research from the University of California states that 42 million women in the US suffer from menstrual pain in total.

      Research studies are now showing a strong correlation between the levels of omega3 in the diet and the level of menstrual pain experienced. One particular study undertaken in Denmark has shown that fish oils can result in a dramatic reduction in menstrual pain as the omega3 fatty acids effectively reduce pain and cramps are relieved by the relative amounts of omega6 as found in most fish oil supplements.

      Mental Disorders

      New research has again shown that a diet rich in omega3 fatty acids can effectively treat and prevent depression and other mental disorders. The research, published in issue 15 of the journal Biological Psychiatryhas actually shown that omega3 fatty acids and foods that are high in uridine were as good as (and often better than) different anti-depressant drugs in reducing the symptoms of depression.

      A high-profile article in 1999, published by the Harvard University, put omega3 fish oil in the mental health limelight by offering solid proof that fish oil could significantly reduce the effects of bipolar disorders. Individuals who had been condemned to years of high-strength, high-risk pharmaceuticals began to switch to courses of omega3 supplementation.

      Skin Conditions

      Omega3 rich fish oils are highly effective in releiving the symptoms of, and preventing, skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and lupus. Omega3 fatty acids are highly effective at contolling inflammation and have been shown to improve the condition of skin, hair and nails generally.

      Similarly to with arthritis, in many studies these conditions correlate with an omega3 deficiency. Studies also suggest that individuals who are supplementiing their diet with omega3 fish oil can see measurable improvements in as little as one-month.

      Raynaud’s Disease

      Fish oils can help to delay the onset of the numbness, tingling and other symptoms of Raynaud’s disease. Omega3’s help particularly by inhibiting the inflamation of vessels. The benefits as outlined above, with regards to cardiovascular disease, can also be very beneficial to those suffering from Raynaud’s i.e. the benefits of omega3 in improving circulation of the blood can help to improve tolerance to cold etc.

      Folic acid, vitamin B6 and magnesium are also reputed to benefit those with Raynaud’s.

      Alzheimer’s Disease

      Fish oils and omega3 in general has been proven to have a positive effect on those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and can be hig

  25. QUESTION:
    What does Omega 3 do for your skin, exactly?
    I've been instructed to take Omega 3 twice daily for my skin, but I don't know what it's supposed to do, and if they are just like oil, can they make you gain weight?

    • ANSWER:
      Omega 3 fatty acids and protein are great for healthy skin. Hair, skin and nails are mostly made of protein, though the minerals, vitamins, and phytochemicals we get from the best type of carbohydrates - fruit and vegetables - are also crucial if skin care is your goal.

      In one study, 13 people with a particular sensitivity to the sun known as photodermatitis showed significantly less sensitivity to UV rays after taking fish oil supplements. Still, research indicates that topical sunscreens are much better at protecting the skin from damaging effects of the sun than omega-3 fatty acids. In another study of 40 people with psoriasis, those who were treated with medications and EPA supplements did better than those treated with the medications alone. In addition, many clinicians believe that flaxseed (which contains omega-3 fatty acids) is helpful for treating acne.

  26. QUESTION:
    Is there any treatment available for Psoriasis?What diet should a person having Psoriasis take?
    My mother has Psoriasis in hands,elbow and on sole of the feet

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. I suggest that your mother 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 psoriasis cream from Champori.com works the best; and I spent many years looking for something that is safe, effective and fast-working. And: it comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for your friend - it's free. As for the diet: fish oil and Omega-3 supplements are very beneficial for psoriasis.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  27. QUESTION:
    I need help with any idea how to help psoriasis with out meds from a doctor?
    I have the psoriasis on my scalp and legs can anyone give me any ideas what can work to try to help with the itching and break outs that happen the scalp really can get bad at times and have to shave the head to try tio keep the flaking down Thanx Richard.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a psoriasis suffer myself and i have been in those psychological trauma of dealing with this disease eventually i got over it.. i was given those synthetic drugs doctors give you and it didnt work for me.. so i switched to alternative medicine.. take fish oils, flax seed, evening primrose, acidophilus, silymarin milk thistle.. they work.. although you wont expect overnight success.. in time, those flares will subside and the disease is controlled.. take sessions for tanning beds.. i heard it worked too.. check out the sites below they give herbal treatments..

  28. QUESTION:
    Why does my face always look clumpy and patchy when I use my foundation?
    It even looks like that in the morning but gets worse during the day. I've tried neutrogena healthy skin foundation, and now I switched to tinted mousteriser by aveeno but it still did he same thing. My mousterizer is Cetaphil and it has SPF in it. I even exfoliate my face, so it may not be dry skin. What am I doing wrong?!
    Btw, they are both brand new bottles so it's not expired.
    I have acne.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't put too much chemicals on your face because it may result adverse reactions. Resort to natural methods or use products containing natural ingredients. Nature has its own way of curing itself if you know how.
      Here are some tips for you:
      1. Use dry brush exfoliation every morning or before taking shower. It decreases puffiness and improve blood circulation.
      2. Improve your digestion. People having digestive problem may also have acne, psoriasis or other skin disorder.
      *Increase your water intake.
      *Eat meals with high fiber content.
      3. Do some regular exercises to improve your blood circulation also for good body metabolism.
      4. Avoid Excess sugar.
      5. Eat some good fats-- Essential fatty acids are needed for a healthy body.
      *Flaxseed and walnut oil
      *Cold water fish
      *Supplement--fish oil supplements

      Additional tips:
      Some beauty products are not working consistently well for different persons or skin types. Choose products best for your skin. Choose from wide range of products available and don't limit yourself from what you have accustomed to or recommended by your friends. Do some researches and know your skin type.

  29. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between EFA and Omega 3 nutritional supplements?
    I would like to know what the functions of each one of these are, and if they contain similar nutritional value.

    • ANSWER:
      Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are necessary fats that humans cannot synthesize, and must be obtained through diet. EFAs are long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids derived from linolenic, linoleic, and oleic acids. There are two families of EFAs: Omega-3 and Omega-6. Omega-9 is necessary yet "non-essential" because the body can manufacture a modest amount on its own, provided essential EFAs are present. The number following "Omega-" represents the position of the first double bond, counting from the terminal methyl group on the molecule. Omega-3 fatty acids are derived from Linolenic Acid, Omega-6 from Linoleic Acid, and Omega-9 from Oleic Acid.
      EFAs support the cardiovascular, reproductive, immune, and nervous systems. The human body needs EFAs to manufacture and repair cell membranes, enabling the cells to obtain optimum nutrition and expel harmful waste products. A primary function of EFAs is the production of prostaglandins, which regulate body functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, blood clotting, fertility, conception, and play a role in immune function by regulating inflammation and encouraging the body to fight infection. Essential Fatty Acids are also needed for proper growth in children, particularly for neural development and maturation of sensory systems, with male children having higher needs than females. Fetuses and breast-fed infants also require an adequate supply of EFAs through the mother's dietary intake.
      EFA deficiency is common in the United States, particularly Omega-3 deficiency. An ideal intake ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids is between 1:1 and 4:1, with most Americans only obtaining a ratio between 10:1 and 25:1. The minimum healthy intake for both linolenic (Omega-3) and linoleic (Omega-6) acid via diet, per adult per day, is 1.5 grams of each. One tablespoon of flaxseed oil can provide this amount, or larger amounts of other linolenic-rich foods. Because high heat destroys linolenic acid, cooking in linolenic-rich oils or eating cooked linolenic-rich fish is unlikely to provide a sufficient amount.
      EFA deficiency and Omega 6/3 imbalance is linked with serious health conditions, such as heart attacks, cancer, insulin resistance, asthma, lupus, schizophrenia, depression, postpartum depression, accelerated aging, stroke, obesity, diabetes, arthritis, ADHD, and Alzheimer's Disease, among others.

      Omega-3 (Linolenic Acid)

      Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) is the principal Omega-3 fatty acid, which a healthy human will convert into eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and later into docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and the GLA synthesized from linoleic (Omega-6) acid are later converted into hormone-like compounds known as eicosanoids, which aid in many bodily functions including vital organ function and intracellular activity.
      Omega-3s are used in the formation of cell walls, making them supple and flexible, and improving circulation and oxygen uptake with proper red blood cell flexibility and function.
      Omega-3 deficiencies are linked to decreased memory and mental abilities, tingling sensation of the nerves, poor vision, increased tendency to form blood clots, diminished immune function, increased triglycerides and "bad" cholesterol (LDL) levels, impaired membrane function, hypertension, irregular heart beat, learning disorders, menopausal discomfort, itchiness on the front of the lower leg(s), and growth retardation in infants, children, and pregnant women.
      Omega-6 (Linoleic Acid)

      Linoleic Acid is the primary Omega-6 fatty acid. A healthy human with good nutrition will convert linoleic acid into gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which will later by synthesized, with EPA from the Omega-3 group, into eicosanoids.
      Some Omega-6s improve diabetic neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, PMS, skin disorders (e.g. psoriasis and eczema), and aid in cancer treatment.
      Although most Americans obtain an excess of linoleic acid, often it is not converted to GLA because of metabolic problems caused by diets rich in sugar, alcohol, or trans fats from processed foods, as well as smoking, pollution, stress, aging, viral infections, and other illnesses such as diabetes. It is best to eliminate these factors when possible, but some prefer to supplement with GLA-rich foods such as borage oil, black currant seed oil, or evening primrose oil.

      Found in foods:

      Flaxseed oil, flaxseeds, flaxseed meal, hempseed oil, hempseeds, grapeseed oil, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, pistachio nuts, sunflower seeds (raw), olive oil, olives, borage oil, evening primrose oil, black currant seed oil, chestnut oil, chicken, among many others.
      Avoid refined and hydrogenated versions of these foods.
      Corn, safflower, sunflower, soybean, and cottonseed oils are also sources of linoleic acid, but are refined and may be nutrient-deficient as sold in stores.

      Omega-9 (Oleic Acid)

      Essential but technically not an EFA, because the human body can manufacture a limited amount, provided essential EFAs are present.
      Mon

  30. 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

  31. QUESTION:
    How do I get a REAL stay at home job?
    I am 54 years old, college degree. I have some debilitating diseases that make it impossible to work outside the home. I need to get a job, desperately, and wanted to know if anyone had found a LEGITIMATE company that lets you work from home.

    • ANSWER:
      I am independent sales rep for iHerb.This company pays you 5% on every sale and they pay you once you reach 0 in that month.Once you place your first order you will receive your own coupon code to pass along to everyone.Any new iherb customer that use your discount code will also receive off their first order.If you decide to join please use my discount code TAW742 to receive your discount.You could order 1 cheap product to get your foot in the door like a bar of their famous acne soap (which is free with my coupon code)
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      After you place your order it will log you out,log back in and go to my account then click iHerb Rewards and you will see your discount code.Iherb suggest setting up a second email account so you can use one account for your rewards and the other account so you can make purchases on your own without using the money you have in your rewards account. You can also submit your coupon code on coupon sites,your blogs,some forums,youtube videos and so forth.I also help other companies.For more leads visit
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      he best products for Psoriasis plus so much more are:
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  32. 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!!

  33. QUESTION:
    What are the health/weight loss benefits of taking fish oil?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are Omega 3 benefits proven by clinical studies:

      1. Improves Heart Health - fish oil and Omega 3 benefits include reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, reducing the risk of heart-related sudden death and lowering unhealthy triglyceride levels. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends two servings of fish a week for healthy persons and one serving per day of fish or fish oil supplement containing at least 900mg of fish oil for persons with heart disease.

      2. Improves Mood - persons suffering from mood disorders such as depression benefit from fish oil supplementation and Omega 3. The lack of omega 3 fatty acids (DHA) has been linked by researchers to depression.

      3. Reduces Risk of Developing Altzheimer's Disease - clinical studies suggest that fish oil and DHA may protect the nervous system in humans.

      4. Improves Memory and Brain Function - DHA and fish oil have been proven to stimulate memory and the ability to learn. Research has shown that mothers who take supplemental DHA during their pregnancy and lactation may increase their baby's IQ.

      5. Reduces Allergies - fish oil protects against the symptoms of hay fever, sinus infections, asthma, certain food allergies and allergic skin conditions like hives and eczema.

      6. Reduces Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms - Omega 3 benefits come from the EPA and DHA in fish oil that reduce the amount of compounds causing inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis and other forms of inflammatory arthritis.

      7. Improves Eye Health - consuming fish oil is related to lowered risk of developing age related macular degeneration, an increasing common eye disease in people over 50.

      8. Reduces PMS Symptoms in Women - Omega 3 is converted into substances called 'prostaglandins type-3' that control contractions of the uterus, which cause the cramping.

      9. Improves Skin and Hair Health - fish oil helps protect the skin against damage from UV exposure, and skin disorders such as psoriasis can consider fish oil supplenentation a treatment option.

      10. Lowers Cancer Risk - studies on Omega 3 benefits have linked lowered risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer to the consumption of fish oil.

  34. QUESTION:
    What do Omega 3 Fish Oils do for you?
    I hear a lot of people say that they take them everyday. I hear that it's good for you're skin. What all does it do for you and is it really good for your skin? Also, do you have to consult a doctor before you start taking them?

    • ANSWER:
      It's true, fish oil for skin care can really help you to have a healthier, younger looking complexion, and this on top of the many of great benefits to be had from this amazing oil.

      It works on many levels, helping to prevent the skin from drying out and its anti-inflammatory qualities make it effective for treating many ailments like psoriasis, eczema and acne.

      Fish oil for skin health also helps to protect against the suns harmful UV rays due to its potent omega 3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, and helps to promote elasticity and firmness. It is one of the few supplements recommended as an addition to any healthy skin care regime.

      With current recommendations that we only eat one portion of oily fish a week due to the toxins and the fact that an estimated 80% of us are deficient in them, a daily supplement is the ideal solution.

      It is important to know that of the two omega 3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA, it is DHA that provides most of the benefits especially for skin, heart and brain health so check the label or website carefully to ensure it is the highest level; otherwise you will have greatly reduced fish oil for skin benefits.

      Ensure it has been molecularly distilled to remove any toxins like mercury and lead, leaving only pure concentrated oil, rich in omega 3.

      The Hoki fish from the pristine oceans of New Zealand provide some of the highest levels of DHA and lowest levels of contaminants in the world and are the best source currently for omega 3 oil.

      By taking a daily supplement you will not only be benefiting from fish oil for skin health, but from protection against the many other dangers it provides.

      Providing you are a normal healthy person not taking anything that thins your blood like aspirin then there is no need for you to consult your doctor about embarking on a normal daily dose.

      If you would like to learn more about the high quality DHA fish oil supplements I personally take daily, visit the website below.

  35. 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.

  36. QUESTION:
    What can Happen to a pitbull or any k-9 if they live off of eukanuba?
    i dont feed my dog the FOOD...i HATE it...Bt my friends do..and i care about dogs...but i had no arguement to lay down because i dont know the side affects it can bring to the dog..i heard it was very bad...What do you have to say?

    • ANSWER:
      im glad you know its bad.dogs who are fed bad quality food their lifespans are often shortened.tell your friends if they want their dogs to live long,happy,and healthy lives they should switch to a better dog food like canidae.the best and most affordable dog food is canidae all lifes stages.watch out for the dog foods iams,pedigree,purina,ol'roys,kibbles n bits,eukanuba,authority,and alpo.heres some other good foods too.hope you can convince your friends to switch.telll them there is too much corn in eukanuba and that is highly undigestable for dogs.

      canidae http://canidae.com/

      chicken soup for the dog lovers soul http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssou...

      eagle pack http://www.eaglepack.com/

      wellness
      http://www.omhpet.com/wellness/dog_welln...
      artemis http://www.artemiscompany.com/

      innova http://www.naturapet.com/brands/innova.a...

      merrick http://www.merrickpetcare.com/

      timberwolfs organics http://timberwolforganics.com/

      solid gold http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/...

      over all of these foods I'd still pick canidae.heres why.

      they use hormone and antibiotic free meats.

      its holisic and human grade yet not pricey at all.so i give it to my dog guilt free.it got a 5 out of 6 star rating.
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_...
      i am guilt free feeding it.

      All Natural and made the CANIDAE® Way with Superior Quality in Every Bag with No Corn, Wheat, Soy, Grain Fractions, Fillers or by products and Naturally Preserved

      Benefits
      Four Human Grade Meats – Chicken, Turkey, Lamb and Fish
      10 Natural Skin & Coat Conditioners
      Balanced Omega 6 & 3 Fatty Acids
      Digestive Enzymes, Probiotics and Superior Digestibility
      Guaranteed Enzyme Activity
      Antioxidant Vitamins & Amino Acid Chelated Minerals
      Excellent for Problem Skin & Allergies
      Holistic & Herbal Benefits
      Formulated for All Life Stages – Puppies, Adults, Seniors & Overweight
      Excellent Palatability - Dogs Love CANIDAE®

      All Natural Ingredients
      Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Brown Rice, White Rice, Lamb Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Herring Meal, Flax Seed, Sun Cured Alfalfa Meal, Sunflower Oil, Chicken, Lecithin, Monocalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Linoleic Acid, Rosemary Extract, Sage Extract, Dried Enterococcus Faecium, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract, Inulin (from Chicory root), Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Fermentation Solubles, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Mixed Tocopherols (source of Vitamin E), Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (source of B2), Beta Carotene, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, D-Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Papaya, Vitamin B12 Supplement

      Chicken & Turkey Meal – (Human Grade)
      Hormone free, antibiotic free and ethoxyquin free. Human quality meat, flesh tissue and skin only.

      Lamb Meal – (Human Grade)
      Finest American lamb, hormone free, antibiotic free and ethoxyquin free. Human quality meat.

      Herring Meal – (F.D.A. Inspected), (Omega 3)
      Meats have been tested to have No Ethoxyquin Residual.

      Brown Rice – (U.S.D.A. Grade #1)
      Rice has been tested to have no pesticide residual; contains a generous supply of B vitamins, plus calcium, phosphorus, and iron.

      White Rice – (U.S.D.A. Grade #1)
      Rice has been tested to have no pesticide residual; also nutritious, and of all grains, Rice is the most easily digested and least likely to cause allergic reactions. Rice helps clear up psoriasis and has anticancer and antidiarrheal properties. Rice helps to lower cholesterol and may also help to prevent kidney stones.

      Chicken Fat – (Omega 6), (Human Grade)
      Naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols and ascorbic acid.

      Sunflower Oil – (Omega 6)
      Cold pressed, naturally preserved, Rich in linoleic acid and is known for producing a beautiful skin and coat, as well as visible sheen.

      Omega-6 & Omega-3 Fatty Acids – (5:1 Ratio)
      With balanced Omega's we can improve the coat and help to avoid hot spots, hair loss and allergy problems caused from flea bites, repeated licking and from a fat imbalance.

      Eggs
      An excellent source of protein and contains all the essential Amino Acids.

      Flaxseed Meal – (Omega 3)
      Aids in the movement of food through the digestive tract. Flax nourishes and is soothing to the stomach and intestinal linings. This plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids helps enhance the coat’s sheen.

      Linoleic Acid – (Omega 6)
      Essential fatty acid for healthy skin and coat.

      Lecithin
      Is used in the digestion and absorption of fats.

      Alfalfa
      Aids in healing allergies, stomach ailments and bad breath; cleanses the kidneys and removes poisons from the body; neutralizes acids; is an excellent blood purifier; improves the appetite and aids in the assimilation of protein, calcium and other nutrients.

      Sage
      Strengthens the mind and concentrating abilities; it aids in healing skin sores and skin eruptions and removing dandruff. It has been mostly employed in disordered states of the digestion and for its savory usage.

      Rosemary
      Is a stimulant of the circulatory system; to treat bad breath; stimulates the hair bulbs to new growth. Employed for its savory usage.

      Cranberries
      Prevents the spread of bacterial infections in kidneys and the urinary tract. Helps prevent Cystitis.

      Apples
      Rich in soluble fiber, helps lower blood cholesterol levels and normalizes blood sugar.

      Amaranth
      Vitamin packed herb, calms the stomach, reduces
      tissue swelling, removes worms and parasites from the digestive tract.

      Kelp
      Rich in vitamins and contains 30 minerals, controls the thyroid and regulates the metabolism which aids in the digestion of foods and the burning of calories. Kelp aids with improved brain and nerve functions.

      Taurine
      An amino acid derivative found in meat that shields the heart from harm. Studies also show that Taurine may also benefit vision disorders, epilepsy, and gallstones. Plays an important part as a neurotransmitter, maintains the correct composition of bile and the solubility of cholesterol.

      Yucca Schidigera Extract
      Used for its reduction of both breath and stool odor! A cleansing agent. Used by the Indians of the southwest for skin disorders, skin eruptions and helps avoid inflammation.

      Psyllium
      All natural fiber intake to help in digestion, improve intestinal health and effective in reducing cholesterol. Also known as an anticarcinogenic.

      Glucosamine
      An amino acid sugar necessary for construction of connective tissue and healthy cartilage. Benefits include prevention of arthritis and improved joint health.

      Chondroitin
      Exist naturally in cartilage. When combined with Glucosamine it is known to produce a synergetic effect in helping prevent arthritis and improving joint health.

      Prebiotics
      Inulin (from chicory root), Fructooligosaccharide (FOS) / Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Fermentation Solubles, Mannan-Oligosaccharide (MOS) - Stimulates the growth of friendly and healthy bacteria. Benefits Include: Helping to prevent cancers and have antimicrobial activity. Prebiotics may further help in lowering triglycerides, stabilizing blood glucose levels, boosting the immune system and helping to improve mineral absorption and rid the gut of harmful microorganisms.

      Probiotics
      Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Products - Aid in the maintenance of the healthy balance of intestinal flora. Benefits Include: Improved Digestion, Lower Cholesterol Levels, Strengthened Immune Systems and help Correct Digestive Disorders. Probiotics also aid in helping to prevent ulcers, inflammatory bowel diseases, lactose intolerance, yeast infections and colon cancer.

      Digestive Enzymes
      Aspergillus Oryzae, Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extracts, Papaya (containing the enzyme Papain), Pineapple (containing the enzyme Bromilian) – Hydrolyzes proteins, fats, oils, starches and carbohydrates for better digestion and absorption of nutrients.

      Cellulase
      Digestive enzyme that hydrolyzes fiber for better digestion and absorption of nutrients. Canidae Pet Foods is once again the leader in cutting edge nutrition by being the first pet food manufacturer to include proven enzymatic activity in our products backed by scientific data and proven methodology on the inclusion of Cellulase.

      Saccharomyces Cerevisiae
      All natural live culture. Acts in stimulating microbial and enzyme populations in the animal’s digestive system. This improves feeding efficiency and digestion.

      Vitamins
      Complete Vitamins including Antioxidants, Vitamin A, Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Alpha Tocopherols.

      Minerals
      Complete balanced minerals containing Amino Acid Chelated Minerals. When Amino Acids are bound to minerals they produce Chelated Minerals, which can be attributed to 3 to 10 time better assimilation of minerals.

      hope this helped! this food is not pricey.its about for a 40 lb bag.good luck. go to these websites to find a store near you or order it.this food is so nutrional that you don't have to feed much of it.+ its designed for all lifes stages so you never have to switch!

      http://www.canidae.com/company/storeloca...

      http://www.PetFoodDirect.com

      https://www.fetchdelivers.com/php/index....

      go to these websites to learn more about canidae.
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_...

  37. QUESTION:
    What causes the red bumps on the back of people's (mostly girls) arms?
    The bumps are usually small but many and sometimes they are red. Almost like razor bumps only on the back of the upper arm.
    Can it be inherited?
    O yeah, how to solve it?

    • ANSWER:
      This is a symptom of Vitamin A deficiency. It is called Chicken Skin. An early sign of Vitamin A deficiency is chicken skin - small raised bumps on the back of the neck, upper arms, back and shoulders. Other deficiency symptoms are premature wrinkles, acne, pimples, blackheads, psoriasis, vision disorders, respiratory problems, dry, rough, itchy, scaly, cracked skin and slowed healing.

      You need to increase your dietary intake of Vitamin A. Once eaten, beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A(retinol) in the body when needed. It's a powerful antioxidant in its own right.

      Foods rich in Beta Carotene (Vitamin A) are:- Fish liver oil, liver, carrots, dark green and yellow vegetables, eggs, milk and dairy products, margarine and yellow fruits.

      Vitamin A rich foods will keep the outer layers of your tissues and organs healthy, help in the removal of age spots, if you have them, promote growth, strong bones, healthy skin, hair, teeth and gums, help treat acne, superficial wrinkles, impetigo, boils, carbuncles and open ulcers when applied externally.

      Another deficiency symptom of Vitamin A is night blindness.

      Recommended daily intake of Vitamin A is 4,000 IU for females.

      I'm sure if you follow my advice you will be more than pleased with your renewed skin texture !!!

      PEACE & LIGHT

  38. QUESTION:
    How do I get acne/pimples off of my back, please?
    I have pimples/acne on my back, and it hurts very bad. I mean all over my back. How do I get rid of it? (in a cheap way) I want to try Proactiv but I don't know if it will actualy work, and I don't think I have enough money for it. Help Me Please. i feel confused about thing store from help rid of acne and pimlpes

    • ANSWER:
      1. Cleansing Routine: A beauty must! Cleanse your skin twice daily (only once if your skin is dry) using a mild, natural, inexpensive cleanser designed for your skin type. Add a couple of drops essential oil of rose, spearmint, or orange to your cleanser to boost its cleaning effect and aromatic quality. Cleansing your skin is especially important before going to bed, because your body excretes toxins through your skin as you sleep. If facial pores are clogged with makeup and dirt, breakouts can occur. If you perspire a lot in your line of work or exercise heavily, then rinse off and massage your body with a coarse cloth or loofah before retiring to remove salt and dead-skin buildup. Your skin needs to breathe while you sleep!

      2. Exercise: Try to exercise outside, to help oxygenate your cells with fresh air and facilitate waste removal through your skin. Exercises such as walking, biking, in-line skating, and weight lifting improve cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance, which translates into increased energy and a rosy complexion. If you live in a city, try to find a green space--a park or a greenway--in which to exercise. If city streets, with their attendant pollution, are your only outdoor option, exercising in a gym may be a better alternative.

      3. Sleep, Blissful Sleep: I don’t care what else you do to your skin, if you are sleep deprived your skin will look sallow, dull, tired, and saggy; with your puffy eyes, you will resemble a frog prince or princess. And of course, your energy level will be less than desirable. Sleep: It’s the best-kept skincare secret there is!

      4. Sunlight: Ten to fifteen minutes unprotected exposure to sunlight several times a week is essential to the health of your bones and skin. It helps your body absorb calcium, due to the skin’s ability to convert the sun’s rays into vitamin D. Sun exposure helps heal eczema, psoriasis, and acne, and energizes your body. Plus those warm rays just make you feel good all over. If your dermatologist advises you to avoid the sun entirely, other sources of vitamin D include egg yolks, fish liver oil, vitamin-D-supplemented soy or cow’s milk, organ meats, salmon, sardines, and herring.

      5. Water: What goes in must go out, and water helps move everything along. Impurities not disposed of in a timely manner via the internal organs of elimination (such as the kidneys, liver, lungs, and large intestine) will find an alternate exit, namely your skin, sometimes referred to as the “third kidney.” Pimples and rashes may develop as your body tries to unload its wastes through your skin. Eight to 12, 8-ounce glasses of pure water a day combined with a fibrous diet will help cleanse your body of toxins and keep your colon functioning as it should. Water also keeps your skin hydrated and moisturized, so drink up!

  39. QUESTION:
    Is Omega 3 Fish Oil good for Anxiety and Depression?

    Can it treat and help anxiety and Depression disorder?

    • ANSWER:
      Omega-3:
      Most experts believe that it is the omega-3 fatty acids in the fish which help to protect against heart and circulation problems; they are thought to reduce the risk of thrombosis and may also improve the flow of blood through small blood vessels.
      Studies show that the consumption of oily fish helps to relieve some symptoms of psoriasis and many other inflammatory conditions.
      This is mainly due to the omega-3 fatty acids or, in some case, to the large amounts of vitamin D in oily fish such as herring and mackerel.
      Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the healthy development of the eyes and brain; in particular, mothers-to-be should include them in their diet.
      The British Government's 1994 COMA report on cardiovascular disease suggests a daily intake of 0.2g of omega-3 fatty acids (1.5g a week); other nutritional experts believe that 0.5 - 1g a day (up to 7g a week) would have a more protective effect.
      Fish that are farmed, such as salmon and trout, contain similar levels of omega-3 fatty acids to the wild varieties and, because they consume a similar diet, differ little nutritionally.
      Just one small portion of fish (100g, 3 1/2 oz), supplies between a third an a half of the protein required each day.
      Most fish are also rich in vitamin B12, which is vital for a healthy nervous system, and iodine, which the thyroid gland needs to function effectively.
      Studies have found that people who eat oily fish at least once a week are less likely to suffer from heart disease or stroke.

      Nutritional guidelines from the Department of Health offer pointers on nutrition for sufferers of depression:
      Plenty of whole grains and pulses, and regular amounts of lean meat, offal, oily fish, shellfish and eggs, will supply B vitamins, iron, potassium, magnesium, copper and zinc.
      A high intake of fresh fruit and vegetables (such as asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, melon, oranges and berries) will supply ample vitamin C.
      Dark green leafy vegetables will improve levels of calcium, magnesium and iron; dried fruit will provide potassium and iron, while dairy produce (preferably low - fat) will boost reserves of calcium.
      Cut down on Alcohol, Caffeine, in tea, coffee, colas and energy drinks.
      If you are taking certain antidepressant that contain monoamine oxidase, you should avoid any food that contains high levels of tyramine.
      Such as, canned and processed meat, calves or chicken liver, salamis, tinned meats, soya sauce, yeast extracts, herring and kippers.
      Other foods that should be limited and contain lower levels of tyramine include bananas, avocados, figs, chocolate, products containing vanilla, and drinks such as hot chocolate, beer, red wine and liqueurs, processed or ripe cheese.
      A reaction between tyramine and chemicals in some antidepressants and tranquillisers can effect the nervous system, causing symptoms which include palpitations, noose bleeds and headaches.
      And remember to always consults a doctor or nutritionist.

      I hope this information will help you.

  40. QUESTION:
    What to eat when u have Guttate Psoriasis?
    i was just diagnosed with this skin condition n got antibiotics n ointment but i forgot to ask my doctor do i have to avoid eating or drinking certain things?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no clear connection between diet and psoriasis. If you think that certain foods trigger an outbreak - avoid them. Some say that Omega-3 supplement and Fish Oil are beneficial. 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,
      Fina

  41. QUESTION:
    Fish oils, what are their health benefits? Especially the oils guaranteed to be non-toxic?
    What do fish oils do for you? Do they help to keep your arteries cleaned out or what? I hear a lot about fish oils but actually know very little of their benefits. Dave.

    • ANSWER:
      Scientists noticed a curiously low incidence of heart disease among Greenland Eskimos despite their high-fat diet. The reason?

      They were eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Later studies confirmed the cardioprotective effect of fish oils while uncovering other benefits as well.

      The fat in fish has a form of polyunsaturated fatty acids called omega-3s. These differ from the polyunsaturated fatty acids found in vegetable oils (called omega-6s), and they have different effects on the body. (Fish don't manufacture such fats but get them from the plankton they eat-the colder the water, the more omega-3s the plankton contains.)

      The two most potent forms of omega-3s, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA), are found in abundance in cold-water fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel, and tuna (including the canned variety).

      The sources of a third type of omega-3, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), are certain vegetable oils (such as flaxseed oil) and leafy greens (such as purslane). However, ALA doesn't affect the body in the same way that EPA and DHA do.

      Omega-3s play a key role in a range of vital body processes, from blood pressure and blood clotting to inflammation and immunity. They may be useful for preventing or treating many diseases and disorders.

      Prevention:

      Fish oils appear to reduce the risk of heart disease. They do this in several ways. Most importantly, the presence of omega-3s makes platelets in the blood less likely to clump together and form the clots that lead to heart attacks. Next, omega-3s can reduce triglycerides (blood fats related to cholesterol) and may lower blood pressure.

      In addition, recent research has shown that omega-3s strengthen the heart's electrical system, preventing heart-rhythm abnormalities. However, the strongest evidence for the cardiovascular benefits of fish oils comes from studies in which the participants ate fish rather than taking fish oil supplements.

      Within the artery walls, omega-3s inhibit inflammation, which is a factor in plaque buildup. As a result, therapeutic doses of fish oils are one of the few successful ways to prevent the reblockage of arteries that commonly occurs after angioplasty, a procedure in which a small balloon is guided through an artery to a blockage and then is inflated to compress plaque, widen the vessel, and improve blood flow to the heart. This effect on blood vessels makes fish oils helpful for Raynaud's disease as well.

      Additional benefits:

      Omega-3s are also effective general anti-inflammatories, useful for joint problems, lupus, and psoriasis. Studies indicate that people with rheumatoid arthritis experience less joint swelling and stiffness, and may even be able to manage on lower doses of anti-inflammatory drugs, when they take fish oil supplements.

      In a yearlong study of people with Crohn's disease (a painful type of inflammatory bowel disease), 69% of those taking enteric-coated fish oil supplements (about 3 grams of fish oils a day) stayed symptom-free, compared with just 28% of those receiving a placebo.

      Fish oils may also help ease menstrual cramps. In addition, omega-3s may play a role in mental health. Some experts believe there's a correlation between the increasing incidence of depression in the United States and the declining consumption of fish.

      And a preliminary study suggested that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the severity of schizophrenia by about 25%.

      Fish oils may help prevent colon cancer. Participants in a recent study who took 4,400 mg of fish oils a day produced much less of one potent carcinogen associated with colon cancer than those on a placebo.

      According to a preliminary study from the University of California, Los Angeles, omega-3s may help fight breast cancer and maintain healthy breast tissue. Animal studies also indicate that fewer breast tumors develop when fish oils are part of a healthy diet.

      Forms : Fish oil comes in softgel , capsules, and liquid formats.

      When you find you can't tolerate one brand of fish oil supplements, try another. Side effects vary from brand to brand.

      Don't try to save money by buying fish oil supplements in bulk because they can go rancid very quickly. Always store fish oil pills in the refrigerator.

      Don't buy cod liver oil to get your omega-3s. It contains high amounts of vitamin A and vitamin D, both of which can be toxic in large doses.

      Common Uses -
      Help prevent cardiovascular disease; useful for other circulatory conditions as well.
      Block disease-related inflammatory responses in the body.
      May lower blood pressure.

      Guidelines for use:

      Fish oil supplements are not necessary for heart disease prevention or treatment if you eat fish at least twice a week. However, supplements are recommended for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.

      Take capsules with meals. Supplements may be easier to tolerate if you take them in divided doses; for example, 1,000 mg three times a day,
      instead of 3,000 mg in one sitting.

      Fish oil capsules may cause belching, flatulence, bloating, nausea, and diarrhea. Very high doses may result in a slightly fishy body odor. There's some concern high doses can lead to internal bleeding. But a study of people with heart disease who took 8,000 mg of fish oil supplements in addition to aspirin (an anticoagulant) found no increase in internal bleeding.

      Some studies found high doses of fish oils worsen blood sugar control in people with diabetes; others have shown no effect. To be safe, people with diabetes should not take more than 2,000 mg of fish oil supplements a day without the advice of their doctor.

      Individuals with high fasting triglycerides should be careful if they also have high LDL ("bad") cholesterol: Therapeutic doses of fish oils can increase LDL.

      Garlic supplements, however, may be the remedy. One study found garlic reversed the fish oils' LDL-raising effect. For rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions, eating fish is probably not sufficient, and fish oil supplements are recommended.

      Warnings -

      Because omega-3 fatty acids inhibit blood clotting, consult a doctor before using fish oil supplements if you have a blood disorder or if you are taking anticoagulant medications such as enoxaparin and warfarin.

      Fish oils intensify the blood-thinning effect of long-term aspirin use and may lead to internal or excessive bleeding.

      Don't take fish oil supplements two days before or after surgery.

      High doses of fish oils may worsen blood sugar control in people with diabetes.

      Reminder: If you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor before taking supplements.

  42. QUESTION:
    Which is the better dog food brand, Flint River Ranch or Wellness?
    I am thinking of switching, and was curious which one, Flint River Ranch or Wellness, is a better brand and higher quality.

    • ANSWER:
      wellness is better but wellness itself is not that great because it uses rye flour which is not good.i recomend you feed canidae which is better and cheaper.its holistic and human grade.they use hormone and antibiotic free meats.

      its holisic and human grade yet not pricey at all.so i give it to my dog guilt free.it got a 5 out of 6 star rating.
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_...
      i am guilt free feeding it.

      All Natural and made the CANIDAE® Way with Superior Quality in Every Bag with No Corn, Wheat, Soy, Grain Fractions, Fillers or by products and Naturally Preserved

      Benefits
      Four Human Grade Meats – Chicken, Turkey, Lamb and Fish
      10 Natural Skin & Coat Conditioners
      Balanced Omega 6 & 3 Fatty Acids
      Digestive Enzymes, Probiotics and Superior Digestibility
      Guaranteed Enzyme Activity
      Antioxidant Vitamins & Amino Acid Chelated Minerals
      Excellent for Problem Skin & Allergies
      Holistic & Herbal Benefits
      Formulated for All Life Stages – Puppies, Adults, Seniors & Overweight
      Excellent Palatability - Dogs Love CANIDAE®

      All Natural Ingredients
      Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Brown Rice, White Rice, Lamb Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Herring Meal, Flax Seed, Sun Cured Alfalfa Meal, Sunflower Oil, Chicken, Lecithin, Monocalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Linoleic Acid, Rosemary Extract, Sage Extract, Dried Enterococcus Faecium, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract, Inulin (from Chicory root), Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Fermentation Solubles, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Mixed Tocopherols (source of Vitamin E), Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (source of B2), Beta Carotene, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, D-Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Papaya, Vitamin B12 Supplement

      Chicken & Turkey Meal – (Human Grade)
      Hormone free, antibiotic free and ethoxyquin free. Human quality meat, flesh tissue and skin only.

      Lamb Meal – (Human Grade)
      Finest American lamb, hormone free, antibiotic free and ethoxyquin free. Human quality meat.

      Herring Meal – (F.D.A. Inspected), (Omega 3)
      Meats have been tested to have No Ethoxyquin Residual.

      Brown Rice – (U.S.D.A. Grade #1)
      Rice has been tested to have no pesticide residual; contains a generous supply of B vitamins, plus calcium, phosphorus, and iron.

      White Rice – (U.S.D.A. Grade #1)
      Rice has been tested to have no pesticide residual; also nutritious, and of all grains, Rice is the most easily digested and least likely to cause allergic reactions. Rice helps clear up psoriasis and has anticancer and antidiarrheal properties. Rice helps to lower cholesterol and may also help to prevent kidney stones.

      Chicken Fat – (Omega 6), (Human Grade)
      Naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols and ascorbic acid.

      Sunflower Oil – (Omega 6)
      Cold pressed, naturally preserved, Rich in linoleic acid and is known for producing a beautiful skin and coat, as well as visible sheen.

      Omega-6 & Omega-3 Fatty Acids – (5:1 Ratio)
      With balanced Omega's we can improve the coat and help to avoid hot spots, hair loss and allergy problems caused from flea bites, repeated licking and from a fat imbalance.

      Eggs
      An excellent source of protein and contains all the essential Amino Acids.

      Flaxseed Meal – (Omega 3)
      Aids in the movement of food through the digestive tract. Flax nourishes and is soothing to the stomach and intestinal linings. This plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids helps enhance the coat’s sheen.

      Linoleic Acid – (Omega 6)
      Essential fatty acid for healthy skin and coat.

      Lecithin
      Is used in the digestion and absorption of fats.

      Alfalfa
      Aids in healing allergies, stomach ailments and bad breath; cleanses the kidneys and removes poisons from the body; neutralizes acids; is an excellent blood purifier; improves the appetite and aids in the assimilation of protein, calcium and other nutrients.

      Sage
      Strengthens the mind and concentrating abilities; it aids in healing skin sores and skin eruptions and removing dandruff. It has been mostly employed in disordered states of the digestion and for its savory usage.

      Rosemary
      Is a stimulant of the circulatory system; to treat bad breath; stimulates the hair bulbs to new growth. Employed for its savory usage.

      Cranberries
      Prevents the spread of bacterial infections in kidneys and the urinary tract. Helps prevent Cystitis.

      Apples
      Rich in soluble fiber, helps lower blood cholesterol levels and normalizes blood sugar.

      Amaranth
      Vitamin packed herb, calms the stomach, reduces
      tissue swelling, removes worms and parasites from the digestive tract.

      Kelp
      Rich in vitamins and contains 30 minerals, controls the thyroid and regulates the metabolism which aids in the digestion of foods and the burning of calories. Kelp aids with improved brain and nerve functions.

      Taurine
      An amino acid derivative found in meat that shields the heart from harm. Studies also show that Taurine may also benefit vision disorders, epilepsy, and gallstones. Plays an important part as a neurotransmitter, maintains the correct composition of bile and the solubility of cholesterol.

      Yucca Schidigera Extract
      Used for its reduction of both breath and stool odor! A cleansing agent. Used by the Indians of the southwest for skin disorders, skin eruptions and helps avoid inflammation.

      Psyllium
      All natural fiber intake to help in digestion, improve intestinal health and effective in reducing cholesterol. Also known as an anticarcinogenic.

      Glucosamine
      An amino acid sugar necessary for construction of connective tissue and healthy cartilage. Benefits include prevention of arthritis and improved joint health.

      Chondroitin
      Exist naturally in cartilage. When combined with Glucosamine it is known to produce a synergetic effect in helping prevent arthritis and improving joint health.

      Prebiotics
      Inulin (from chicory root), Fructooligosaccharide (FOS) / Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Fermentation Solubles, Mannan-Oligosaccharide (MOS) - Stimulates the growth of friendly and healthy bacteria. Benefits Include: Helping to prevent cancers and have antimicrobial activity. Prebiotics may further help in lowering triglycerides, stabilizing blood glucose levels, boosting the immune system and helping to improve mineral absorption and rid the gut of harmful microorganisms.

      Probiotics
      Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Products - Aid in the maintenance of the healthy balance of intestinal flora. Benefits Include: Improved Digestion, Lower Cholesterol Levels, Strengthened Immune Systems and help Correct Digestive Disorders. Probiotics also aid in helping to prevent ulcers, inflammatory bowel diseases, lactose intolerance, yeast infections and colon cancer.

      Digestive Enzymes
      Aspergillus Oryzae, Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extracts, Papaya (containing the enzyme Papain), Pineapple (containing the enzyme Bromilian) – Hydrolyzes proteins, fats, oils, starches and carbohydrates for better digestion and absorption of nutrients.

      Cellulase
      Digestive enzyme that hydrolyzes fiber for better digestion and absorption of nutrients. Canidae Pet Foods is once again the leader in cutting edge nutrition by being the first pet food manufacturer to include proven enzymatic activity in our products backed by scientific data and proven methodology on the inclusion of Cellulase.

      Saccharomyces Cerevisiae
      All natural live culture. Acts in stimulating microbial and enzyme populations in the animal’s digestive system. This improves feeding efficiency and digestion.

      Vitamins
      Complete Vitamins including Antioxidants, Vitamin A, Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Alpha Tocopherols.

      Minerals
      Complete balanced minerals containing Amino Acid Chelated Minerals. When Amino Acids are bound to minerals they produce Chelated Minerals, which can be attributed to 3 to 10 time better assimilation of minerals.

      hope this helped! this food is not pricey.its about for a 40 lb bag.good luck. go to these websites to find a store near you or order it.this food is so nutrional that you don't have to feed much of it.+ its designed for all lifes stages so you never have to switch!

      http://www.canidae.com/company/storeloca...

      http://www.PetFoodDirect.com

      https://www.fetchdelivers.com/php/index....

      go to these websites to learn more about canidae.
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_...

      http://canidae.com/

  43. QUESTION:
    Will Omega 3 Krill Oil raise Blood Sugar?
    I started taking Omega 3 Krill Oil and the Psoriasis Ive had on my hands for several years went away. But Ive wondered if it is making my Blood Sugar go up; Im considered to have uncontrolled diabetes. Ive read 2 articles from Livestrong website. One says Omega3 raises blood sugar, the other article says it lowers it and improves insulin resistance. Any comments please?

    • ANSWER:
      DHA and EPA are found in high amounts in fish products as well as Krill/fish oil supplements. DHA and EPA may help control HIGH BLOOD SUGAR

      Both fish oil and krill oil can relieve high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease. I feel it's best when taken with CoQ10.

  44. QUESTION:
    The BEST moisturizer for extremely dry skin?
    I have insanely dry skin. I can put straight up olive oil, baby oil, AND vaseline on my face (together!) and it will still be dry and flaky in a few hours. I'm at a loss. What can I do to moisturize my skin? I'm thinking about using Vitamin E oil, but I'm not too hopeful.

    • ANSWER:
      You should be using something with glycerin, which helps your skin retain moisture. I use Neutrogena Norwegian Formula on my hands. It's expensive, but a little goes a long way. It's almost pure glycerin. Be sure to use it on slightly damp skin - it works much better that way.

      You might try taking shorter, cooler showers if you aren't already. Moisturize your skin while it's still slightly damp (but not soaking wet). Aveeno has some nice "skin-soothing" options. Eucerin is supposed to be good for extremely dry skin. Unscented is generally less irritating than scented. My skin isn't that dry, I just know what works for me.

      You should also be taking supplements like fish oil or DHA. If none of this works, see a dermatologist. Hopefully your skin is just dry and you don't have a skin disease like psoriasis or an internal problem like kidney disease (that really makes you itch - I speak from experience).

      P.S. I would NOT suggest a petroleum product like vaseline, because petroleum isn't really that healthy. A lot of oils just stay on the surface of your skin and make it greasy but not really moisturized.

  45. QUESTION:
    Olive oil and coconut oil good for psoriasis?
    Leaving it in over
    Night, is it helpful?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah using coconut oil as a moisturizer is great anyways.... you might want to get your riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), and vitamin A levels checked up. the nurse will take a blood test to see if you are low in any of them. Because if you don't have enough of these, you can get skin problems. oh yeah, and the essential fatty acids is REALLY important for your skin too! walnuts, fish oil capsules, flaxseeds, chia seeds, etc.. have the essential fatty acids in them!

  46. QUESTION:
    Which has more benefits Omega 3 or Flax Seed ?
    I am currently taking Omega 3, but I have also heard a lot of buzz about the benefits of Flax Seed. Does anyone know if one is better than the other?
    From the posted response it seems both have different benefits. Is it ok to take both supplements at the same time?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, it depends on what benifits you are looking for....

      Omega 3.....helps treat/prevent....

      Acne
      Anorexia nervosa
      Anxiety
      Asthma
      Atherosclerosis
      Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
      Breast cancer
      Burns
      Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
      Colorectal cancer
      Crohn's disease
      Depression
      Diabetes
      Glaucoma
      Hypercholesterolemia
      Hypertension
      Lyme disease
      Macular degeneration
      Menstrual pain
      Migraine headache
      Osteoarthritis
      Osteoporosis
      Peptic ulcer
      Photodermatitis
      Prostate cancer
      Psoriasis
      Rheumatoid arthritis
      Stroke
      Systemic lupus erythematosus
      Ulcerative colitis

      http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-3-000316.htm#Uses

      And Flax Seed

      Its high content of alpha linolenic acids has made the ancient flax seed become our modern miracle food. Alpha linolenic acid is a type of plant-derived omega 3 fatty acid, similar to those found in fish such as salmon. Benefits of flax seed as shown in many studies include lowering total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the Bad cholesterol) levels. Other benefits show that flax seed may also help lower blood triglyceride and blood pressure. It may also keep platelets from becoming sticky therefore reducing the risk of a heart attack.

      Other Benefits of Flax seed
      Flax Seed

      discounted Flax Seeds and Flax Seed oil from drugstore.com

      Aside from alpha linolenic acid, flax seed is rich in lignan. Lignan is a type phytoestrogen (antioxidant) and also provides fiber. Researches reveal that lignan in flax seed shows a lot of promise in fighting disease -- including a possible role in cancer prevention especially breast cancer. It is thought that lignan metabolites can bind to estrogen receptors, hence inhibiting the onset of estrogen-stimulated breast cancer.

      Recent studies also showed positive benefits of flax seed oil in IBD (Crohn's Disease and Colitis). Flax seed oil seems to be able to heal the inner lining of the inflamed intestines.

      Moderately include flax seed in your diet. Indeed, a lot of food products contain flax seed such as bread, cereal and bakery goods. Bakers may use flax seed flour or include flax seed in baking.

      http://www.healthcastle.com/flax.shtml

  47. QUESTION:
    What are your nails suppose to look like when you are low on iron?

    • ANSWER:
      Nutritional deficiencies may produce the following changes in the nails:

      *Calcium, magnesium and vitamin D are the foundation for nails.

      *Lack of vitamin A , D and calcium causes dryness and brittleness.

      *Protein deficiency may make the nail beds appear white. Protein (free form amino acids) helps aid in building materials for new nails. Free form amino acids are rapidly absorbed and assimilated by the body. Brewer’s yeast-contains all the needed nutrients high in protein.

      *Vitamin A and B deficiency causes fragile nails, with horizontal and vertical ridges.

      *Insufficient intake of vitamin B12 leads to excessive dryness, very rounded and curved nail ends, and darkened nails.

      *Lack of protein, folic acid, and vitamin C causes hangnails. White bands are also an indication of protein deficiency.

      *If there are insufficient “friendly” bacteria (lactobacillus) present in the body, fungus forms under and around nails.

      *Lack of hydrochloric acid (HCI) contributes to splitting nails.

      *Essential fatty acids, aid in the health of skin and nails. They also help to relieve many inflammation problems that occur around the nails. Fatty acids are found in omega fatty acids from fish oil, flax seed oil, and borage seed oil. The fatty acids work well with the amino acid called L-methione.

      *Lack of linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid) may cause the nail to split and flake. If your nails are flaking or brittle give them a boost by increasing your intake of key nutrients. Such as calcium, omega-3, vitamin C and zinc.

      *For fungal or bacterial nail infections, boost immunity by eating garlic and onions, foods rich in zinc (nuts, root vegetables, shellfish) vitamin C and flavonoids (fruits and vegetables), and omega-3 (nuts, seeds, dark green leafy vegetables).

      *Nails that break easy (chip, peel, crack)- may indicate a poor nutrition, insufficient hydrochloric acid, and protein in the diet. As well as deficiency in minerals. increase your vitamin A, by drinking carrot juice. Eat three servings of fish each week and/or consider taking a fish oil supplement.

      *White spots in the nail increase your intake of B vitamins by eating more organic poultry; seafood, and whole grains and vitamin B complex, vitamin B deficiency can also result in fragile nails.

      *For nail problems caused by psoriasis, eat more fish and other foods with essential fatty acids (whole grains, nuts, seeds).

      *Iron-deficiency anemia may cause the nails to appear pale and become thin, brittle, ridged, and easily cracked or broken. Eat more iron rich foods, eat more iron-rich foods such as eggs, liver, green-leafy vegetables, blackstrap molasses, almonds, poultry, whole grain breads and cereals, avocados, beets, dates, lima beans, pumpkins, peaches, pears, prunes, watercress, soybeans, raisins, if changing the way you eat doesn't help, see your health care practitioner

      *Thick, distorted fingernails - can signify a fungal condition: tea tree oil applied externally and taking probiotics (either acidophylis or bifidus capsules from your health food store) may help; the condition could also be due to a vitamin deficiency, make sure you're eating 5-10 fruits and veggies a day and take a daily multivitamin; soak fingers in a mixture of warm pacu d'arco and goldenseal tea for 15 minutes a day; avoid all foods that contain sugar or refined carbohydrates because fungi thrive on them; avoid meat, dairy products, cola drinks, grains, processed foods, and fried greasy foods; apply crushed raw garlic or honey on the nails; take two garlic (Kyolic) capsules 3 times daily with meal to neutralize fungi; take acidophilus as directed on the label to supply the friendly bacteria usually deficient if you have a fungal infection distorted fingernails could also be due to arterial sclerosis, so see your health care conditioner to rule that out.

      *L- Cysteine and L-Methionine (amino acids), supplies the body with sulfur, which contributes to healthy skin, and strong hair and nails.

      *Silicon, (oat straw tea and horsetail), promote strength in the hair, skin, and nails. Silicon is widely available in food.

      *Add Folic acids supplements or folate from natural food source (fruits and vegetables) for healthy nails.

      *Hangnails and ingrown toenails can cause inflammation of the tissue surrounding the nails (i.e., paronychia) and are linked to vitamin C deficiency.

      *Horsetail, this herb helps the body use calcium properly and it is good for the flexibility of the fingernails and toenails.


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