Treatment Light

There are a growing number of dermatologists who're now using Intense Pulsed-Light Therapy, instead of lasers, to smooth and soothe facial imperfections. With this particular new "magic wand," they are able to delete fine-to-moderate lines and wrinkles, do away with undesired facial hair, and erase an entire variety of pigment issues, including sunspots. Doctors say it really tightens up those unpleasant pores, perhaps even completely. Seek advice from your local Portland Intense Pulse-Light Therapy expert to help you take advantage of the newest technology, intense pulse-light therapy, to smooth out your minor flaws.

This new technological innovation offers dermatologists the capability to select from multiple wavelengths of light instead of using a laser which only uses one continuous wavelength. They now can enter into the computer the skin color, body area, and skin type to create a light specific to the patient's needs. Throughout the treatment, multiple wavelengths of light are penetrating the skin, focusing their power at various levels. That allows them to treat many, many different issues. The IPL energy is sent through the outer layer of skin, and the energy is targeted on the dermis, the deeper portion of the skin. Since the light generates heat, it stimulates cells in the body which then go on to make more collagen, as much as 20% more. So in effect it is like giving your self a collagen injection, but with your own collagen. Treatments usually take about 45 minutes however it could take as many as 6 treatments to get the desired results.

Intense Pulsed-Light technology has become a well-known, effective option for rosacea, age spots, sun damage, fine lines, spider veins, acne and even hair removal. But in spite of the treatment's popularity, you will still find risks and side effects involved with IPL, so check with your local Dermatologist to determine what these types of risks may mean to you, since it effects everyone differently.

Your technician or doctor will probably apply a topical anesthetic on the treatment area. After this, a cold gel is applied and a glass prism is placed over the treatment area. Pulses of light will then be flashed through the prism, directed at the treatment area. You'll most likely receive a number of treatments though your first treatment might not be as aggressive as the ones that follow. Treatments are typically performed every three to four weeks. The treated area may be slightly pink or red right after your treatment, and there might also be some mild swelling. Follow your doctor's advice regarding the use of sun block with a high sun protection factor after your IPL treatment. You may not be considered a good candidate for IPL therapy if you are vulnerable to developing red, raised keloid scars or other forms of excess scarring, hyper-pigmentation, or hypo-pigmentation. Additionally you probably are not a very good prospect for Intense Pulsed Light Therapy if you do not respond well to burns or in case you have diabetes, as this disease might have an impact on your body's wound-healing ability.

The IPL hair removal process could possibly be the way to go. It is distinct from other treatments in the sense that it uses multiple wavelengths (or powerful bursts of light), rather than single wavelengths.What this means is that it can target many different things, such as the melanin (or pigment) and melanin within your hair shaft and the hair follicles to permanently get rid of unwanted hair. This treatment can eradicate waxing, tweezing and shaving. Intense Pulsed Light Treatment is most effective for eliminating hair from lighter skin with darker hairs by focusing on the pigment. In case your skin and hair are both dark, the Intense Pulsed-Light may have a difficult time figuring out what to target. This may mean that not enough hair is eradicated or too much surrounding tissue is harmed. So if your skin is on the darker side or you are really tan, this procedure may not be for you. Additionally, in case you have lighter colored hair, for example white hair, the procedure will also not be effective. If you are unsure if your skin is simply too dark or your hair is too light, consult your dermatologist. The deeper the procedure, the greater the advantages are improved, but this has to be balanced against the elevated chance of burning. Always decide on an experienced, professional, and licensed specialist.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How can I restore a washed out clothing tag?
    I have an old, WWII era Eisenhower jacket, and, as with most jackets like these, a small, white tag made of what appears to be a thin piece of cotton with the maker and date stamped onto it is sewn into the inside pocket.

    However, the previous owner probably washed the jacket, so the black lettering on the tag is almost completely washed-out and impossible to read. I would love to know the date that this jacket was made.

    Is there any type of treatment or light I can use to make the tag readable, or is the information on it gone forever?

    • ANSWER:
      Try UV light... you may be able to make it out. Photography, then using a tool like GIMP or photoshop may also be able to bring up some details.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the best type of laser treatment for medium acne scars?
    I saved up this entire year so I could get rid of a few scars. I want to make sure I don't splurge my hard earned money on a faulty laser treatment. I am light with an olive complexion, so I'm sure I have good options.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi!
      You could try Microdermabrasion? It's more for lighter scars not very deep ones though!

  3. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of Acne Scarring?
    Is there any way to get rid of acne scars? Now that my acne is finally starting to go away, I can see the dark scars on my face!

    Is there any cream or remedy to get rid of the scars? How long will they take to fade? Someone told me to use Neosporin, and another person told me to use one of those red LED light treatment lights... Will either of these work? Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Over time they do lighten up. I know I have them too. None of those gimmicky deals will work. If these scars are really upsetting speak to a dermatologists they will have things to help you out.

  4. QUESTION:
    I have been putting hair grease on my scalp since I was young and I want to know if that is bad?
    Also I have been putting Softee Indian Hemp Hair & Scalp Treatment Light & Natural on my scalp should I stop using this?

    • ANSWER:
      The number one ingredient in that is petrolatum, or mineral oil, which is NOT good for the hair - at all. The grease sits on top of the head and doesn't penetrate the follicles to help hair grow. It actually deters hair growth. If you're looking to make your hair grow, do hot oil treatments once a week (VO5 has a kit available at Walgreens, you could use extra virgin coconut oil/olive oil) and a protein treatment at least once a month. For daily moisture, use Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil. It has no mineral oil and contains ingredients like soybean oil, jojoba oil, and castor seed oil - those of which WILL help your hair.

  5. QUESTION:
    How do you calculate the slope of best fit or avg rate of growth with a line of best fit?
    I am doing an AP environmental lab and I have to find out what the rate of growth is for the treatments of light, shade, nitrogen, and phosphorus.
    For example, I have found that the line of best fit for light is .004x+6.2748
    is there a way to find the average growth with slope for that??

    • ANSWER:
      Refer to the slope formula...

      m = (y - y1)/(x - x1)

      If you have the equation y = 0.004x + 6.2748, then you have the average growth of 0.004. That means you have the increase of the certain quantity by 0.004

      I hope this helps!

  6. QUESTION:
    Can i use my morocan oil treatment for light-coloured fine hair if i have black hair?
    I bought the wrong moroccan oil treatment, its for fine or light coloured hair but i have brown/bleached blonde tips and my hair is also black at the top LOL its different colours but i dont want to dye it black bcus its pretty dead, so my question is, will the product still work on my hair? Thanks
    My hair is also thick and wavy, but since its bleached it goes frizzy and tangly

    • ANSWER:
      I use my mom's Morrocan Oil Treatment for Light-Colored Hair on my dark brown/black dyed hair for months and it never seemed to lighten it or make a negative difference!

      I think the point of the light-hair specification is to make sure that the oil doesn't change that color of very pale blond hair (doesn't darken it etc).

      I think you should be good!

  7. QUESTION:
    Does laser hair removal work for darker skinned people without discoloring their skin?
    I've heard several women with darker skin say that in the past doctors have said that the laser hair removal treatment would create light spots on their skin where the treatment took place.

    Has this changed? Is it possible to get it done without damaging the pigmentation of my skin. Please site a source.

    • ANSWER:
      It is not like that laser hair removal work for the darker skinned people..It is quite suitable for all the people and it is quite easy but cost is high when compared to other treatment..It is not suitable for the people who have sensitive skin...It is also simple and safety way to remove the hair...

  8. QUESTION:
    Where can I get a light treatment for acne somewhere in Edinburgh?
    I'm not sure exactly what I am looking for but an in salon, skin treament center type place that treats acne I have heard a lot about these light treatments and so on, just an amazing face skin treatment in Edinburgh? Any help?

    • ANSWER:
      Seriously would not recommended any Salon based light treatments unless you have loads of money you don;t know what to do with. See your GP and get referred to a local Dermatologist

      Dr. Sasi Attili
      Consultant Dermatologist
      www.onlineskinspecialist.com

  9. QUESTION:
    How many Bleaches will it take to go from light Strawberry blonde to Platinum Blonde?
    I have light Strawberry blonde hair that's not vibrant and planning on bleaching it to go purple.. I'm going to use Shwarzkopf Live Colour XXL instead of complete bleach because it won't damage my hair as much.. How many of the dyes will it take. I see people with black hair and it takes 3-4 but with my light hair will it take as long?
    All help appreciated :)

    • ANSWER:
      Not sure, but PLEASE, PLEASE read and follow all directions on the box, and if it takes more than one treatment make sure you spread them out. Too much bleach in a short amount of time can damage your hair completely, making it impossible to dye or style in a way that looks good. It can also just break off, or even permanently burn your scalp and leave you hairless in spots. Best thing to do is to have a professional do it at a salon. But if you can't afford it, then follow directions carefully.

  10. QUESTION:
    How will teeth whitening products affect my silver fillings?
    I've just had my silver fillings done and I want to whiten my teeth. I brush them every day, but I have stains on my teeth. I don't mean laser treatment or diode light, just teeth whitening pastes.

    • ANSWER:
      Im a dental nurse, most whiting aids brought in shops dnt have much of an affect, your best going for the 15% they provide at dentist.
      As for your fillings not much affect either just slight sensitivity to cold, oh and staining wont remove itself without a scale and polish :)

  11. QUESTION:
    Can i use 2 Salicylic Acid products at the same time?
    im 17 and i have an oily complex and acne all over my face. I was wondering if i could use Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power-Cream Wash and Neutrogena Oil Free Acne wash along with the on the spot treatment. Im light skinned so im prone to redness. i was also going to moisturize with noxema.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there shouldn't be any problem just be careful not to overdry your skin.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the general cost of a tooth whitening treatment?
    What do they do?
    i've never gotten my teeth whitened and i am curious.
    do they put on a bleach or do one of those blue light treatment things?
    How many options are there?
    How much do they cost?

    • ANSWER:
      This question is a perfect example of why it is not possible to quote prices for dental treatments. The price ranges from free to 00 for various methods of bleaching and is dependent on different circumstances.

      Of course you want to know about free. In my office, we provide free bleaching trays and materials when final records are done for orthodontic patients. So really, bleaching is included with the orthodontic treatment.

      For regular patients in the office, the same procedure is . For someone who walks in off the street and is not a patient. it is 0. If you want the one hour treatment, Zoom bleaching plus trays for home after, that can run up to 00. Many offices in my area are about 0 for the regular tray and home system. Downtown fees are about 0.

      Doesn't this confuse you even more?

  13. QUESTION:
    Are there colors of fabric that will not be bleached by benzoyl peroxide?
    I want ot get a new set of sheets that will not be bleached by my benzoyl peroxide acne treatment. Currently these light green sheets get discolored to a kind of off orange. I have noticed some colors are more ikely to get bleached by benzoyl peroxide such as light blue, light green and some browns. Any die colors that won't be bleached?

    • ANSWER:
      Polyester sheets will most likely not be affected by the very strong bleach that is in benzoyl peroxide, so if you can tolerate them then you should be good with pretty much any color.

      However, polyester sheets feel icky. If you prefer to stick with cotton, the you're pretty much limited to white.

  14. QUESTION:
    What products do I use to go really light blonde, like peroxide or platinum blonde?
    I want to dye my hair really light blonde, like platinum or peroxide blonde but I don't know what products to use? Can I buy them at the supermarket?
    And please don't tell me 'don't do it it'll kill your hair!' if someone could just tell me where to buy stuff to do it it would be really good!

    • ANSWER:
      It depends how dark your hair is.

      If you have lighter hair then you can get platinum hair lighteners in the supermarket or pharmacy - look for the ones that say extra strong or platinum.

      If you have dark hair you NEED to go to a hairdresser. It is worth spending the extra money for a good job - trust me. If you do it yourself you can get quite strong yellow colours that you need a hairdresser strength toner to get rid of. Plus they can give you a treatment at the same time to minimise the damage. Once you have platinum hair they can use a product called blondeze for the regrowth which I love - it gives an awesome platinum colour and includes a toner.

      Your hair can still be in good condition with platinum hair as long as you make sure you use a really good shampoo. I love L'Oreal Expert absolute repair. It's pricey but it's the best I've found. And you'll need a purple toner that you should use once or twice a week to get rid of any yellowy tinges.

  15. QUESTION:
    Pls Help! I have some kind of light pink/white hair like algae floating in my swimming pool?
    Pls Help! I have some kind of light pink/white hair like algae floating in my swimming pool,looks like small hairs clinging together and it groups together. It looks like little needles sticking out all of the way down the string that my thermo. hangs on in the pool and its floating every where? Is it algae or Bacteria? If anyone knows what this is or has a idea of how to kill it please let me know. I put algecide in the pool yesterday and its still there today!! Please help,I can't find any info online and I'd really like to use my pool this weekend!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to shock the pool with chlorine..it is not an algae but a bacteria. you need to get rid of pool yoys and floaters as well as they will hold the bacteria end re-infect.

      Prevention:
      Prevention of "pink slime" is preferred over treatment. Follow these steps to help prevent pink slime:
      1. Physically brush & clean ALL Pool surfaces weekly, including ladder steps (especially underneath each step) & rails
      2. Expose ALL pool surfaces to as much sunlight as possible (sunlight & UV are natural oxidizers)
      3. Remove the lid from the skimmer to allow sunlight into the basket for several hours each day ** INGROUND POOLS MUST USE EXTREME CAUTION in doing this in order to avoid a person falling into or otherwise injuring themselves due to an open skimmer.
      4. Regularly add oxidizing chemicals into the skimmer to purge & clean the filtration lines of any bio-film*
      5 .When adding make-up water from the garden hose, allow the water to run for 2 to 3 minutes before putting the hose into the pool.
      6. Regularly clean pool toys & floats (use Stow Away)
      7. Regularly clean pool solar blanket (use Stow Away)
      8. Chemically clean pool filter every 4 to 6 weeks (use Strip Kwik, Kleen It or Soft Swim® Filter Cleaner)
      9. Add regular Maintenance dosages of "Shock" & Algicide every 2 to 3 weeks as prescribed.
      10. Use Optimizer Plus as a preventative measure
      11. Run the filter a minimum of 12 hours daily to prevent "dead spots" in the pool
      12. Remember to clean & rinse the brushes, hoses & vacuums that you use to clean the pool 13. Leave as much of your pool equipment exposed to the sun
      14. Keep the water balanced at all times. Recheck after heavy usage or rain or large "top-offs" of new water. Water balance refers to Free Available Sanitizer level, pH, Total Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness.

      Treatment:
      Treatment of "pink slime" MUST BE QUICK AND TOTAL! DON'T SKIMP!
      Clean all pool & affected surfaces as prescribed above.
      2. Physically clean & remove all visible "pink slime"
      3. Add an initial dosage of algicide to the pool*
      4. "Shock" the pool with a triple or quadruple dose*
      5. Run filter 24 hours daily until water is clear & halogen or peroxide levels are maintained at a "higher" level*
      6. Chemically clean the filter
      7. Bring in a fresh water sample about 4 days later for a retest & evaluation
      8. Maintain Optimizer Plus levels
      9. Maintain good water balance of pH, Total Alkalinity & Calcium Hardness

  16. QUESTION:
    At 24, what treatment should I use for gray hairs scattered my dark brown hair?
    Though there are not many gray hairs (maybe 1 to 5%), it's to the point when they are visible and makes me look older, and my hair--worse. What light treatment, that is not tough on hair, would you recommend?

    • ANSWER:
      The only thing you can do would be to dye your entire head of hair. Because if you only have a few, not trying to be funny, but you can't just pick out the gray ones and dye them. Just start dying your hair. It is not a problem.

  17. QUESTION:
    What is the best engine oil treatment and cleaner?
    I have heard that if you use a good quality oil (especially a synthetic blend or full synthetic) there is no need for an engine oil treatment or even a cleaner. But what about older cars with a lot of miles on them and you don't want to spend the extra money on synthetic oils? I would just like to know if a better way to keep an engine clean is by having regular oil changes or if using a cleaner before an oil change and a treatment afterwards is more beneficial.

    • ANSWER:
      Use whatever oil that floats your boat. The only time I would recommend synthetic is if you live somewhere with extreme winters. Otherwise, stick to regular oil changes at MANUFACTURER RECOMMENDED INTERVALS, and just be honest about whether your driving is extreme or not.

      Do not use cleaners or flushes or additives, they all are just as likely to damage your engine as to help. Look up some of the webpages I recommend below.

      If there is one thing I'd say to do for your oil changes, you (hopefully) are already doing it: change the oil HOT. This will do the same thing as adding an engine cleaner, without introducing non-lubricating, harsh chemistry to your engine: it burns out volatiles, picks up sludge, and carries everything out in the drain. Really want to "flush" your engine? Just change your oil twice in a row. I consider it a waste of money, but I suppose if you have a lot of build-up, it might do some good.

      Last thing, since you are talking about an older vehicle: stick to the "lightest" oil recommended. It has come to light in the last couple decades that the old mechanics idea that using "heavier" oil to prevent burning oil was a Really Bad Idea. Remember that the vast majority of wear happens to an engine in the first seconds of a cold start. Using heavy oil means your engine takes even longer to get lubrication to all points, so the amount of wear goes up using heavy oil, effectively making the problem worse, not better! Add to that, today's oils are light-years better than they used to be: today's 5w30 protects far better and more consistently than 10w40 did 20-30 years ago.

  18. QUESTION:
    What wall and window treatment colors should we choose in a room with a dark blue carpet?
    Our condo contains a great room (a combined living and dining room), and we currently have a dark blue carpet throughout the room. We would like to paint the living room one color, paint the dining room another color, and also choose a window treatment color for the windows in the dining room.

    Our initial ideas are silver-blue paint in the living room, brown or tan paint in the dining room, and cranberry window treatments.

    We'd appreciate any additional input people more experienced with this type of thing could provide. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I like your ideas. You could also paint the living room or dining room walls white to give the illusion of a bigger room if yours are small. If your funiture is a solid color as well, think about floral or patterned curtains/drapes to break up the solid color scheme. My living room has green carpet,furniture is green stripe and curtains are light green but the drapes are green and gold brocade(there's gold stripes in the furniture).

  19. QUESTION:
    What is a paraffin wax treatment and what is a french polish?
    I got a coupon today at the salon, and I get a free paraffin wax treatment or french polish when I pay for a manicure or pedicure. I want to go get a pedicure next month, so I'm gonna use this coupon, but I don't know what either of these are!

    Also it says "value to ". How much do each of these services cost normally?

    • ANSWER:
      paraffin wax treatments Treatment using warm paraffin wax is long established. In fact, it has been around since the early 1960's. An efficient way of helping to reduce swelling in joints and connective tissue and soothe the pain from arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, sprains, joint stiffness and sports related injuries. The treatment also helps to improve circulation. As a beauty treatment, this is a luxurious way of intense mositurising of the hands and feet making them feel refreshed, especially if you have very dry skin - and looking great. This treatment may be usefully combined with an aromatherapy facial. The intensive hand and foot treatment may be especially useful before a big day, such as a wedding or gala evening. The procedure (for hands and feet) is that they are placed in a paraffin bath, which is held at around 50 degrees. When removed, the paraffin sets, retaining the heat and this warms, sooths and moisturises. The hands or feet are placed in a plastic liner and then into special mittens or socks to retain the warmth and intensify the moisturisation process. After 15 minutes, all is removed and the procedure is completed with a light massage and the application of a suitable day cream.

      french polish is sumthin given at the end of a french manicure
      ....Finishes with a French polish. The tips of your nails are painted white and left with a natural base.
      hope this helps

  20. QUESTION:
    What are some safe flea treatment products for kittens and asthmatics?
    We have kitttens and unfortunately, also fleas. Also, we have a daughter that is severely allergic to certain chemicals.

    What are some safe treatment options for treating 15-week old kittens without creating a lot of breathing problems for our daughter?

    Also, note that cost is a big consideration. We cannot afford expensive chemicals.

    • ANSWER:
      Head and Shoulders shampoo - soap up the kitty, wait a minute or two - then rinse. The same chemical that prevents dandruff, kills fleas on the kitty.

      Now - as for your house - go to your local home supply store and get a flea trap pad. It plugs in - and usually has a night light with it - and it attracts the fleas to a sticky pad.

      Get flea collars for the cats.

      All of these are slow solutions. It's all I know of without using insecticides.

      Peace.

  21. QUESTION:
    What is a good treatment to restore skin color after a minor burn?
    I burned myself on the arm from a hot light bulb. I have been applying neosporin 2x day and it has healed well. The scab is now off and the wound is healed, but that spot is now pink.

    How do I get that spot of skin a little darker like the rest of my arm? Keep applying neosporin? Cocoa butter? Mederma?

    • ANSWER:
      When a burn has just healed, it will be pink for a while.
      The new skin is fresh, so is pink coloured.
      Over time the skin looses this pigment and the scar fades.

      You can try Bio Oil to assist in this.

  22. QUESTION:
    How much would a laser treatment for acne would cost?
    Hi! I want to know how much would a laser treatment for acne would cost? I also want to know how much frequently i need to use laser treatment? And is it really effective? I have many pimples on my face.

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on what kind of laser tx. There's IPL (intesnse pulsed light therapy) which requires about 6 tx or so and can cause you to get worse before you get better but will also help with scarring. These procedure cost about 0-0.

  23. QUESTION:
    What are some possible causes of light headedness and fatigueness? What are some solutions to these problems?
    I'm light headed quite often. I think that poor sleep patterns, low levels of physical fitness and poor choice of diet can all play a role. But, I was just wondering if there are other possible causes of light headedness, fatigueness, and low levels of awareness. I was also wondering, what are some ways I can feel better. Is there some kind of diet to go by or vitamins I could take that would help? Could I take medication to stop light headedness and fatigueness?

    • ANSWER:
      Alternative names

      Passed out; Lightheadedness - fainting; Syncope; Vasovagal
      Definition Return to top

      Fainting is a temporary loss of consciousness due to a drop in blood flow to the brain. The episode is brief (lasting less than a couple of minutes) and is followed by rapid and complete recovery. You may feel lightheaded or dizzy before fainting.

      A longer, deeper state of unconsciousness is often called a coma.

      Considerations Return to top

      When you faint, you not only experience loss of consciousness, but also loss of muscle tone and paling of color in your face. You may also feel weak or nauseated just prior to fainting, and you may have the sense that surrounding noises are fading into the background.

      Common Causes Return to top

      Fainting may occur while you are urinating, having a bowel movement (especially if straining), coughing strenuously, or when you have been standing in one place too long. Fainting can also be related to fear, severe pain, or emotional distress.

      A sudden drop in blood pressure can cause you to faint. This may happen if you are bleeding or severely dehydrated. It can also happen if you stand up very suddenly from a lying position.

      Certain medications may lead to fainting by causing a drop in your blood pressure or for another reason. Common drugs that contribute to fainting include those used for anxiety, high blood pressure, nasal congestion, and allergies.

      Other reasons you may faint include hyperventilation, use of alcohol or drugs, or low blood sugar.

      Less common but more serious reasons include heart disease (like abnormal heart rhythm or heart attack) and stroke.

      Home Care Return to top

      If you have a history of fainting and have been evaluated medically, follow your doctor's instructions for how to prevent fainting episodes. For example, if you know the situations that cause you to faint, avoid or change them. Avoid sudden changes in posture. Get up from a lying or seated position slowly and gradually. When having blood drawn (if this makes you faint), tell the technician and make sure that you are lying down.

      Immediate treatment for someone who has fainted includes:

      Checking the person's airway and breathing. If necessary, call 911 and begin rescue breathing and CPR.
      Loosening tight clothing around the neck.
      Keeping the affected person lying down for at least 10 - 15 minutes, preferably in a cool and quiet space. If the person cannot lie down, have him sit forward and lower his head below the levels of the shoulders, between the knees.
      If vomiting has occured, turning the person onto one side to prevent choking
      Elevating the feet above the level of the heart (about 12 inches).
      Call your health care provider if Return to top

      Call 911 if the person who fainted:

      Fell from a height, especially if injured or bleeding.
      Does not regain consciousness quickly (within a couple of minutes).
      Is pregnant or over 50 years old.
      Has diabetes (check medical identification bracelets).
      Feels chest pain, pressure, or discomfort; pounding or irregular heartbeat; or has loss of speech, visual disturbances, or inability to move one or more limbs.
      Has convulsions, tongue trauma, or loss of bowel control.
      Even if it's not an emergency situation, people should be evaluated by a doctor if they have never fainted before, if they are fainting frequently, or if they have new symptoms associated with fainting. Call for an appointment to be seen as soon as possible.

      What to expect at your health care provider's office Return to top

      When you see your doctor, the focus of the questions will be to determine whether you simply fainted, or if something else happened (like a seizure), and to figure out the cause of the fainting episode.

      The questions will include:

      How would you describe the dizziness that you felt before fainting? Did you feel light-headed, off-balance, or like the room was spinning?
      Was the faint associated with convulsions (jerking muscle movements), tongue trauma, or loss of control of your bowels?
      When you regained consciousness were you aware of your surroundings or were you confused?
      Did you experience chest pain or heart palpitations when you fainted?
      Is this the first time you fainted?
      When did you faint? What were you doing before it occured? For example, were you going to the bathroom, coughing, or standing for a long time?
      Does fainting occur when you change positions -- for example, go from lying to standing?
      The physical examination will focus on your heart, lungs, and nervous system. Your blood pressure may be measured in several different positions.

      Tests that may be performed include:

      ECG
      Holter monitor
      X-ray of the chest
      Echocardiogram
      EEG

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the best hot oil treatment for hair?
    My hair is light brown and a little frizzy because i have permed it, its been a couple months though since the perm. Plus i had a mishap with sun in recently which probably put more damage on my hair!! Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    What would cause my 1999 Ford Taurus to sputter?
    Buying a new car isn't an option! My husband already changed the spark plugs and wires. I know it's not the gas because it's been going on for a while and I have used premium grade gas and gas treatment. Check engine light is NOT on. It sputters when idle or when I am driving slow, not as much when I am at 55mph. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a number of things; coil pack, injectors, a sensor somewhere. Best thing to do is put it on a engine anaylzer that monitors spark, emissions, etc. for proper diagnosis.

  26. QUESTION:
    How did knowing about the dual nature of light/radiation help Neils Bohr in creating his atomic model?
    Two discoveries that helped him formulate his model: wave-particle duality of light/radiation and quantisation. I understand how quantisation helped in creation of his model but really don't get how did the concept of duality help?

    • ANSWER:
      In the Bohr model the treatment of the electron remains classical (treated as a particle which follows the classicle mechanics). Only classical electronic orbits of certain radii, corresponding to particular energies (quantized), are permitted. In his model the wavelength introduced is that of the photon which can be absorbed or emitted by the electron.

  27. QUESTION:
    What is a really good condition treatment to use after you have bleached your hair?
    I have used Redken PPT treatment in the past...but that product is so hard to get a hold of since you can only purchase it at Maly's

    So looking for something a little easier to purchase =)
    lari are you retarded? I think you might be by reading your answer...learn how to read and comprehend the question that is asked and then come back and try to give an answer....how bout that?

    • ANSWER:
      I do not have bleached hair but I do have hiplength hair that requires alot of conditioning/moisture to keep in healthy. I personally like Pantene's 5 minute strengthening treatment. It is in a little tub with a blue top. Also the restorative conditioner by them is good. Along with that I use oils in my hair to put back in moisture and even vitamins. This is very good for the hair. You can use coconut, olive, almond, jojoba, and grapeseed oil. I use grapeseed the most but they are all great. You can do a spot treatment where you just dress the middle to ends of your hair with a light coating of oil or you can do a full treatment where you put the oil throughout your whole hair and then wrap it with a warm towel and let it sit for about an hour and rinse with warm water. If you do the spot treatment and are not going out you can leave it on as for as long as you want. I actually do the spot treatment every night before bed and just leave on till morning. You can also use an oil/rawegg mixture. If you do this though, you need to rinse it out a hour or so after dressing your hair because you can't just leave the egg on your hair for hours like the oil alone lol. This is what I have to suggest. I hope it helps you. Best of luck!

  28. QUESTION:
    How fruitful is Blue Light Acne Treatment?
    Anyone tried Blue light acne treatment?
    If yes, with what results and if no, any thing odd?

    • ANSWER:
      Blue Light Acne Treatment:

      Blue Light acne treatment is a new system to get rid of the Scars and unwanted bumps. One may see outstanding improvement in his/her acne condition by simply visiting the Doctor for Once or twice in a week. The facial glands called the sebaceous glands on clogging due to dirt, dead cells and Bacteria can become a cause of spread of acne.

      Blue Light acne treatment targets directly these facial glands. In this Treatment the dermatologist applies a sensitizer to the skin for about 30 min, before the procedure. Then the patient is asked to sit in front of blue ray acne treatment lights for several min. When it seems to work well, the sensitizer penetrated the skin, and when subject to the blue light, would kill the bacteria in the sebaceous glands.

      Advantages of Blue Light Acne Treatment:

      1. Blue light acne treatment is not a painful, nor a time-consuming process.
      2. In Blue Light acne treatment there are no lasers and no other harmful rays (Ultra-Violet).
      3. It can be easily self-administered in your own home in no time than just about 20-30 min.
      4. Another advantage of this treatment is that it is 100% natural and non-invasive.
      5. Blue Light Acne Treatment is safe for all ages.
      6. Blue Light Acne treatment is drug-free with no adverse side effects.

  29. QUESTION:
    How long does radiation stay in the house after treatment?
    My aunt is moving in with me after she has radiation treatment for her cancer. She has to move out of her house because her daughter has three little babies and was told she couldn't be there for a while after treatment. I don't mind my aunt living with me, but my sister likes to visit with her newborn a lot.
    I was just wondering how long we have to wait before my house is safe from any sort of radiation so my sister's kid can be here.
    Any information would be helpful
    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      During the first month, you will need to follow special precautions. Stay at least six feet away from her. Gettting transiently closer is fine. That means that you can walk by her in a hallway without pressing yourself against the opposite wall. But don't sit next to her for an hour while you watch TV.

      She will be emitting radiation, but she will not be emmiting radiactive material. That means that you don't want to get close to her, but anything she touches is completely safe. It doesn't "spread". She could sit in a chair all day, and as soon as she walks away from the chair, the chair is completely safe for you.

      A newborn should be kept a minimum of 10 feet away from her at all times.

      Radiation exposure is determined by several things:
      The strength of the emissions. This will diminish over the month.
      The distance from the source. Every time you double the distance, you cut the exposure by 4 times. (1/4 as much).
      What is between you and the source. Other than lead or gold, not much will block the radiation.
      The time of exposure. Getting close for a few seconds is harmless. Staying close for minutes or hours is a problem.

      Just to be clear, she is emitting radiation the way a lightbulb emits light. This is very different from emiting radiactive material. (We call them both radiation, but they are very different.) She will be emitting radiation, but she will not make anything she touches radioactive. You don't want to get close to her, but anything she touches will be safe. She will not make things radiactive.

  30. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a treatment for the skin disorder Vitiligo?
    I have heard of the ultra violet light treatments, but do they really work? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hope this helps.

      Learning about Vitiligo
      by Skincare-news.com team
      A man once dubbed the "King of Pop" is now barely recognizable. Just what happened to the face of Michael Jackson? Surprisingly, Michael Jackson claimed his dramatic facial changes on Vitiligo. But what really is this mysterious skin disorder?

      What is Vitiligo?

      Vitiligo is a common dermatologic skin disorder. It is characterized by a loss of skin pigment, which results in the appearance of "white patches" on the skin. Typically, there are no symptoms surrounding this skin condition. However, the most bothersome aspect of vitiligo is its cosmetic appearance. In some individuals, this can be quite distressing and even disfiguring.

      Causes of Vitiligo

      Vitiligo is considered an autoimmune disorder (a result of a person's own cells attacking one other) that can be inherited or acquired. The exact cause is unknown but genetics is the most likely suspect. Occasionally, it can be associated with other autoimmune disorders. In the case of vitiligo, antibodies may attack the cells responsible for pigment in the skin. Other occasionally associated disorders with vitiligo include thyroid disorders, pernicious anemia and rarely, myasthenia gravis.

      Treatment for Vitiligo

      Treatment for vitiligo includes liberal use of sunscreen, as this area is more susceptible to sunburns and injury due to the absence of tanning cells. Dermatological evaluation is also necessary to rule out associated disorders and consider treatment such as topical steroids or special light treatment called PUVA. Unfortunately, no treatment is consistently effective and side effects may occur.

      Experimental therapies involving the grafting of pigment producing cells has been shown to be effective, though this treatment may not be practical in most cases.

      The most helpful way to treat vitiltigo is with cosmetic cover up. The best product on the market is Dermablend cosmetics. These products have been recommended by dermatologists for years because they are easy to apply and are excellent for matching skin tones to hide pigment irregularities.

      ATOPALM Body Wash

      Throw out your soaps and heavily scented body washes and replace them with the ATOPALM Body Wash.

      More »

  31. QUESTION:
    What is the name for a scene when light is cast on an object that is behind a screen?
    The result is the shadow of the object seen on the screen in front. I am looking for a term that is properly used in film terminology. I am writing a video treatment, and I want to make sure that I properly describe what I picture.

    • ANSWER:
      Is the effect you are searching for possibly “SCRIM”?

      “A theater scrim is a panel or back drop used in theatrical performances. The scrim allows one scene to be going on in front of the scrim while a silhouette or other scene happens behind the scrim. Most scrims are used in dream sequences or for violent imagery. A theater scrim is made from scrim fabric that is painted over to create the desired effect.”

      “Put a light behind and in front of the scrim. When the stage light is shined in front of the scrim, the scrim appears opaque. When the light is shined behind the scrim, the action and props are seen from the audience in the theater. The amount of transparency depends on the amount of light behind the scrim.

      Block your scene to create silhouettes. Place your actors and props against the back of the scrim and shine the light directly on the actors and props. To see full objects behind the scrim, move the objects 1 to 2 feet away from the scrim and shine the light onto the scrim itself.”
      http://www.ehow.com/how_2120768_use-theater-scrim.html
      How to Use a Theater Scrim | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2120768_use-theater-scrim.html#ixzz18X6p5qgK

  32. QUESTION:
    Is there any treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis in India or better way to minimise the its effects?
    I am 38 yr old suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis, confirm in last year. Now I am taking a treatment. But I hear that it is not curable? according to doctor medicine will be continue up to lifetime & they can only reduce the damage but cannot rectify permanently. Is it true? Secondly what is the side effects of there medicines.

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment: This disease can be cured by the following treatment:
      ( 1) Take treatment on all points of both the palms, five minutes on each palm twice a day.
      ( 2 ) Roll the soles on wooden rollers five minutes-twice a day.
      (3 ) Take treatment on all the endocrine glands 2/2 minutes on each point twice a day.
      (4) Drink 2 glasses of gold/silver/copper charged water reduced from 8 glasses of water, lukewarm if possible.
      ( 5 ) Rub nylon brush (big one used for washing clothes) on each sole 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the evening till the soles get warmer than the head.
      ( 6 ) Take half a teaspoonful of Mahasudarshan powder + half a teaspoonful of turmeric powder with water once in morning and once in evening. Avoid sour things totally from the diet.
      ( 7 ) (a) Make a mixture of
      Calc. Phos 200- ] + Calc. FL -200- I I oz each + Nat. Mur-200- + Fer. Phos-200- J
      and take 4 pills in the morning and 4 pills in the evening for 10 days and then once a week.
      (b) Make a mixture of Calc. Phos-6x,
      Calc. FL-6x or 12 x-, Nat. Mur-6x, Fer. Phos-6x. an oz each take.
      After 10 days take daily 4 pills in the morning + 4 pills in evening for two months.

      ( 8) Take red light on the affected area (not head) for 4 to 5 minutes on each part. Then take blue light for 5 to 6 minutes on each affected part + on head also. Take this light twice daily till the disease is cured.
      In such cases rolling of feet for 5 minutes on wooden roller has been found beneficial.

      PS.If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol.I & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  33. QUESTION:
    I had a dark blue items sneek in with my lights. How do I get the dye out?
    I just bought 3 expensive light colored shirts. I washed them today and one of my 5 month old sons bibs snuck in to the wash. Now there is dark blue spots all over my light colored shirts! I am very upset and desperate to get these stains out. Please help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Color Bleeding Stain Removal
      To remove stains caused from dyes leeching from one article of clothing to another, you can purchase a product that is designed specifically for this purpose. It is called Rit Dye Fabric Treatment - Powder Color Remover and is available everywhere that you can buy fabric dyes. Soak in the color remover, then launder as usual.:)

  34. QUESTION:
    Does treatment for genital warts brought off the internet actually work?
    I found this treatment...
    http://www.warttreatment.co.uk/

    does anyone know if this actually works? thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Most sales on the internet are scams or related to scams in most ways. Topical treatments are applied physically on the warts. Usually, they work by “burning” off the bumps and the warts. The advantage of topical treatments is that you can essentially do them at home, without needing help from someone else (and in most cases, genital warts are really something most people would rather keep to themselves).

      Remember, however, that such medications are to be used only on the external warts around your pubic area; those that are internal should only be treated by a physician. Also, when buying any topical treatments, don’t just buy anything over the counter. Make sure that you consult your doctor first and that he or she instructs you on how to apply it.

      The downside of using topical treatments is that they are essentially chemicals and as such, they might cause irritation when applied on non-infected skin. Which such a thing happens, wash the area immediately.

      They also need a strict adherence to the medication dosage; you can’t just apply it every time you feel like your wart is worsening. Lastly, pregnant women should never even attempt to use this type of medication.

      For warts that can’t be removed by the topical method, try surgery. Most warts are usually removed by the topical medications your doctor will prescribe to you. However, for cases in which such treatment doesn’t work or is not feasible (like warts inside the genitals or on pregnant women), you can try the surgical method.

      There are several methods a doctor might use. These include:

      • Cryotherapy: In this method, the doctor freezes the warts using liquid nitrogen every one to two weeks. The main idea is to cause a blister around your wart. As the skin heals in time, the warts begin to slough off, allowing the formation of new skin.

      • Electrocautery: The doctor employs an electrical current to burn off the wart.

      • Excision: Much like common surgery, the doctor will use surgical instruments in order to cut off the warts. Like other surgeries, anesthesia will also be applied.

      • Laser Surgery: Usually reserved for very tough to treat and extensive warts, this method uses lasers—intense beams of light. The downside to this treatment is it is prohibitively expensive.

      As mentioned, genital warts cannot really be totally removed, as the virus will always be there, potentially causing a recurrence. The best way to get rid of genital warts, therefore, is to prevent yourself from getting it in the first place.

      Hope this helps. Good Luck!!!!

  35. QUESTION:
    If you have cancer, What are some tips that you have found to help full as far as treatments and comfort go?
    For example "Eating pop sickles during chemo will reduce mouth sores" or chewing on ice during chemo will help reduce mouth sores. Heating pads help with pain. Warm showers, Hot water help with pain. keeping a journal helps doctors know your medical info for faster treatment when admitted for pain. Eating crackers helps with nausea caused by chemo treatments or radiation. Also do you know of a web site that offers tips such as these? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, your first two work because they are keeping the mouth moist. The reason people get mouth sores is because the chemo and radiation effect the saliva glands, and they dont produce as much saliva. So anything that keeps moisture in your mouth will help keep down mouth sores. So the things you mentioned, swishing your mouth with salt water often will help. Staying as hydrated as you can with drinks like water will help. If you get mouth sores, as for "magic mouthwash". Thats the actual name of it, and they will know what you are talking about. It is medicated to help the sores, but also has lidocain to numb them. I never could swish it like mouth wash, but took qtips and dabbed in the spots.

      While on the subj of the mouth, keep your mouth as clean as possible, as much as possible. The lack of saliva also can lead to cavaties. I had never had a cavity before cancer, and now have 3 fillings, one missing tooth, and am going next week to have 2 more filled.

      With the nausea... bland carbs. Crackers (some people like saltine, but graham crackers worked awesome for me), breads, potatoes (mashed potatoes were awesome for nausea for me) and even pastas (though I didnt use much because Im not a huge pasta person). Soda or carbonated water will help, ironically sometimes will help more when flat. Some people use ginger. And of course, I am a fan of medication for nausea. Marijauna and ativan were staples for me during my treatment. Scopalamine patches can be used for some people.

      I didnt have a whole lot of pain, so I dont really have any tips for that, that you dont already mention. My only thing to mention there is to try accupressure/puncture. I have never done the puncture side, but I have used accupressure to help relieve pain sometimes.

      Keeping a journal is a great idea. Not just for the pain, but for nausea as well. Not only will the docs know more, but you will know more. You may be able to see patterns to the pain and nausea that you wouldnt see other wise, and that can help you. Also, keeping a journal for the medical side of things can be good as well. I recommend for all new patients, and anyone else that just wants to, to write everything down about the medical side. Like, what are the meds you are taking, what did the doc say, what are your thoughts feelings about it. Also write down all your questions so you dont forget to ask.

      Getting as much sleep as possible is good. The body heals itself the most while asleep, and most patients are exhausted during treatment. Even though you may not be doing much yourself, your body is working on over time to repair the damage from the treatment. Light exercise is great, such as walking. It will keep your muscles in use, and will help prevent infections such as pnemonia from setting up in the lungs.

  36. QUESTION:
    What is Lipolysis treatment? What are all the disadvantages and dangers involved?
    What is Lipolysis treatment? What are all the disadvantages of this process? What are all the dangers involved in this treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Lipolysis is an innovative gentle non-surgical method to remove accumulation of fat deposits in specific regions of the body. It is one of the safest methods for removing, double chin, and fat around the waist, inner thigh and abdomen, under the upper arms, knees and ankles. It is also an extremely effective method for combating cellulite. Lipolysis is used to improve the effects of dieting and exercise.

      SCIENCE BEHIND LIPOLYSISs

      Lipolysis for fat removal and cellulite treatment uses fat-dissolving phosphatidyl choline injected to the localized regions of the body. The treatment is performed by a specially trained doctor and involves painless micro-injections into the targeted fat layer beneath the skin.

      The main component of soy Lecithin is Phosphatidylcholine (PPC), which has the ability to remove fat permanently. It is also known for its ability to reduce cholesterol and improve the body's metabolism. Lecithin prevents the body from storing fat in the targeted regions and improves the fat burning capacity of the body. It is not an alternative to a healthy diet or exercise, but helps to target areas not easily affected by regular exercise and dieting.

      Phosphatidylcholine has been successfully used around the world for almost 16 years as part of intravenous treatment of cholesterol related illnesses, and more recently, also for the reduction of fat deposits in targeted regions of the body. It was first used in Italy and became popular in Brazil, the USA, and recently also in South Africa.

      Back to the top ^
      EFFECTIVENESS OF THE TREATMENT

      The technique has been successfully applied in the treatment of more than 8500 patients in Latin America without any complications or side effects. According to a study conducted and published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal in 2006, 88% of the 17, 376 patients treated from 17 different countries were satisfied with the results of Lipolysis.

      WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

      People who want to remove small to medium size fat pockets in targeted areas of the body, but don't want to undergo surgery. Pregnant or breastfeeding women, as well as people allergic to soy, people with stroke histories or those who recently recovered from cancer, and people with blood clotting history, as well as those on heart disease medication, should not consider the treatment.

      WHAT ARE THE OUTCOMES?

      The results vary according to the patient's age, skin type, weight and lifestyle. Some people see results immediately, whereas others notice a gradual change over a period of weeks or months.

      Since Lipolysis is effective in dissolving surplus fat and helping the body to block fat storage the results are permanent. Improved blood flow to the targeted areas and the enhancement of lymphatic drainage, combined with the removal of fibrotic tissue result in a visible reduction of the orange peel effect associated with CELLULITE.
      People who are committed to a healthy lifestyle of regular exercise and a balanced diet should experience long term improvement.

      WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?

      Since it is a non-invasive procedure, patients can return to work immediately after the treatment although hot showers and baths should best be avoided for eight hours after treatment. Patients should refrain from excessive exercising and massages for the first week after treatment. It is a relatively painless procedure although patients may experience discomfort from the initial injection pricks. Light swelling, redness and a burning sensation may be experienced at the targeted areas for one to four days. Light bruises will disappear within a week. If a person has a low pain threshold it is recommended that the patient take a light pain killer after the treatment.

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      WHAT ARE THE COSTS?

      Lipolysis requires 1-3 treatments per body area over a period depending on the results required. The cost is normally calculated according to the targeted areas at a fixed rate. It is an extremely popular method because of its affordability.

      HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT TAKE?

      The gentle procedure takes less than 30 minutes.

      HOW OFTEN IS THE TREATMENT REPEATED?

      Patients committed to a healthy lifestyle and regular water replenishment should experience permanent results between 1 and 3 treatments to a targeted area are recommended at intervals between 2 and 6 weeks depending on the patients response to treatment.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can a cellophane treatment work for my hair?
    If my hair is like jet black, can I get a cellophane treatment that will turn it like a burgundy-red?

    • ANSWER:
      The cellophane colour won't show up very well on black hair. You may see a tinge of it in really bright light (like sunlight) but it would be mostly a waste of time and colour. What about adding highlights of burgundy instead?

  38. QUESTION:
    Do different colours of light affect plant growth?
    I am doing a science experiment for science fair this year and i want to do it on if different coloured light bulbs affect plant growth. I will use 6 different coloured incandescent light bulbs and another 6 different coloured energy saving (swirly) lightbulbs. I will have be testing the light on grass seeds.

    Can anyone give me some ideas on how to perform this experiment or how to make it better and get the best results? Or even any websites that will help me with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Some factors you will want to consider:

      You may want to reduce the number of light treatments you will be using. How much space, pots, light fixtures, and money do you have available?

      You need a light meter to measure the light intensity emitted by each lamp to be sure any differences observed is due to the color and not the amount of light being emitted. The control group would ideally be a bulb that mimics natural sunlight.

      You need to have multiple plants for each light exposure to minimize random chance occurences such as a plant getting killed in some manner.

      You need to have a way to quantify the amount of growth of the plants other than measuring the height of the plant. I would suggest you dry the plants at the end of the experiment and get dry weight of each group of plants for each light treatment.

  39. QUESTION:
    Is there a cheaper way to get Sad light therapy?
    I see all these lamps and small boxes for -0+ for Sad lamp treatment. Is there anything cheaper? Just a regular bulb I could put in a lamp I already own or anything else of that sort?
    I live way up north. I can't just go out and get tons of sunlight.
    Any links would be great too. Also if anyone has any tips of local places that would sell these types of bulbs that'd be awesome.

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, yeah. What you need is a full-spectrum light. All home improvement stores have them. The last one I got for a desk lamp was about .

      I used it to grow a beautiful pepper plant on my desk, and the light really brightened my mood too.

      Good thinking!

  40. QUESTION:
    do i have to put the conditioner and the others treatments to the aquarium?
    do i have to put the conditioner and the chlorine treatment and the quick cure to the water every time i change the 20 percent of the water , do i have to leave the fish in the aquarium or do i have to take them to another place with the same water?
    i need to treat the water becouse have planaria, but i don't know if after the treatment every time that i change the 20% have to be the same, what should i do

    • ANSWER:
      First - are you sure you have Planaria? Little whitish colored worms that usually are more visible at night when the light is out?

      If so - you are a good aqauarist for noticing this.

      But I would like to recommend that you use a product from Seachem called Prime. It is truly the bomb of water conditioners. Here's a link for you to read and order if you like

      Seachem Prime Water Conditioner
      http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/Prod_Display.cfm?pcatid=4057&inm=1&N=2004+113565

      Good luck!

  41. QUESTION:
    Has anyone been successful in lighting or disappearing stretch marks?
    I can not afford laser treatment. I look horrible for my boyfriend...Help me please. Any creams or remedies will help.

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest you abrade top layer of the skin where stretch marks are located. I've gained a lot of weight during pregnancy and got stretch marks all over my body. No stretch mark cream ever helped because stretch marks are like scars there's that dead cell buildup that you can only mechanically remove(exfoliate).
      I've researched all kinds of methods and settled for microdermabrasion because it's not painful and you can do it yourself conveniently at home.The only thing you need to get is microdermabrasion crystals. I mix these hard crystals with Eucerin Intensive Repair lotion but you can use any other vitamin rich lotion. I exfoliated before the shower for 2 months and now my belly and hips are extremely smooth and stretch-mark free.
      I'll leave you the link to the site where I order my crystals because you need to get crystals for manual use which are larger in size then those used by dermatologist because they use machine size.Here you will get manual size and they have great customer support if you need help. Also, they have great stretch mark organic oil formula if your skin is sensitive.

  42. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for Anorexia Nervosa?
    I really need to know what the best treatment is for anorexia, I have a really good friend that needs it and her mom asked me and I would really like to help.

    • ANSWER:
      your friend obviously has a lot of pain inside her.it is like anyone who drinks to excess,takes hard drugs,self harms,or overeats every single day,to reach the inner core of the problem may never be revealed simply because the mental anguish of telling anyone is too much for that person to deal with so they just bottle it up and it manifests itself into one of those problems stated above,the solution therefore is this;a really good hypnotist will gently release all the inner demons and awaken within your friend the will to self recovery,they have saved literally millions of lives over the years with simple but extremely effective techniques by re programming the sufferers mind out of the darkness and back into the light,what the mind can conceive and believe it then can achieve........

  43. QUESTION:
    What are the most common treatment methods for thyroid problems?
    My docotor is testing my blood for thyroid problems, and I would like to know what treatments they may suggest if I do have any problems. Also, what are the possible issues with my thyroid that they may be checking for? Signs and symptoms? Not sure if this makes a difference, but I am a 22 yr old female - two children/c-section.

    • ANSWER:
      FIRST THING~ If your doctor won't listen to YOU, get a new one! YOU KNOW when your body is good & when it's not! I refuse to listen to someone who won't listen to me...because they think they know it all since they "went to school for the degree". Well, they didn't go to school & study MY BODY! So, get a new doc, and don't feel bad about it. What if something bad happened to you? Would you hesitate to let that doc know at that point? DON"T LET IT GET THERE!
      I have given several links below to read & perhaps you can read through & understand the different thyroid symptoms & problems.
      Here is some information about myself, plus some symptoms since you seemed to be interested:
      I have low thyroid. I've had it for 10 years. I got it after I had my second child at about the age of 25. If you have low thyroid...here's a great question to answer: Can you see the floor of your house? That was what was asked of me at one point, and to my amazement, the answer was no!
      My signs are: messy house, no desire to do anything...go anywhere, spend time with my kids or my guy, sleep a lot, hard to keep my eyes open at times, HUGE weight gain that over the past years have not found an easy way to take off...so I give up a lot, I have terribly dry hair & don't wash it a lot so it stays strong, I have bumps on my face...not like pimples, but I think it's from dry skin, and perhaps some others that I can't remember at this time...that's another symptom--forgetfullness.
      Here are the "GENERAL" signs for most people: fatigue and lack of energy. Women suffering from underactive thyroid experience heavier menstrual periods. Sluggishness and forgetfulness are symptoms of underactive thyroid problem. Other symptoms of this thyroid disorder are dry skin and hair and constipation.
      If you have high thyroid, or an overactive one, the signs are: increased body metabolism. This is followed by weight loss and excessive warmth and sweating. Persons suffering from overactive thyroid experience trembling hands, irritability and rapid heartbeat or palpitations. Women with overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism may experience shorter or lighter menstrual periods.
      I take medication, and sadly will have to take 1 pill everyday for the rest of my life. There's a blood check that they will do to see if you have low or high. I hope i've helped you!!

  44. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to overcome being extremely light sensitive?
    My optometrist said that I am the most light sensitive patient she has seen in all her twenty-two years of experience. No optometrist has been able to finish the flashlight test for a few years now. I starting going to public school almost three years ago and fluorescent lighting seems to really bother my eyes, but it's like everywhere! Even Walmart and church! I just want to know if there is a natural way or an easy way to fix that without tinted glasses.

    • ANSWER:
      The treatment for light sensitivity depends on the cause. Usually, if the light sensitivity is a symptom of an underlying eye problem such as cataract, then treatment for the cataract can solve the glare problem. Treating eye diseases, like uveitis, often means that the eye becomes less light sensitive.

      Unfortunately not all light sensitivity caused by eye problems can be treated. For example the light sensitivity caused by macular degeneration. If this is the case then other methods may be needed to help people cope with bright light.
      Other methods are there for coping with light sensitivity

      The most obvious way to cope with glare is to limit the amount of light that is entering the eye. Some people find shading their eyes with their hand or wearing a hat with a wide brim can help cut down on glare with little expense.

      Tinted lenses help to minimise the light entering the eye and so cut down on the amount of glare someone experiences.

      Sunglasses should have an UV filter so they also protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun. The best lens will have protection against UVA and UVB light.

      Some people prefer to have light activated sunglasses, which get darker in brighter conditions, though this is a personal choice.

      Polarized lenses can cut down on reflected glare from flat surfaces, for example, light reflected off water or off the bonnet of a car.

      There are sunglasses, sometimes called solar or UV shields or wrap-around shades, which are larger than normal. They have built in sides which stop the light entering that way and they are also made to stop the light entering from above the eyes. They can also be worn over regular spectacles and come in a variety of tints. These can be very helpful but the fit of them is important. Everyone has a different shaped head and several pairs of wrap-around sunglasses should be tried to find the ones which fit closest and stop the most light from coming in around the edge of the frame.

      If you visit a low vision specialist they may be able to give you advice on coping with glare. They can talk to you about the best way to use lighting to avoid glare. This is especially important since it can be difficult to balance the amount of light someone with a sight problem needs for tasks such as reading and the fact that they may have a problem with glare.

      Some eye conditions can cause people to have great difficulty when moving between areas with different lighting levels. For example, when moving from sunlight into a dim room, or vice versa. It may be necessary to pause to put sunglasses on or to take them off and give the eyes time to adjust, and it is very important that the person does not feel rushed. Often, these changes in light levels occur at the entrance of buildings, this is particularly dangerous as there are often steps in these places.

      Many people with a sight problem need to use a task light for activities such as reading. The best lights for this type of task are adjustable lamps. The best position for an adjustable lamp, when you need more light for a task such as reading, is between you and what you want to look at, directed at the task, and below your eye level.

  45. QUESTION:
    Do water treatment plants use chemicals to kill Viruses such as AIDS?
    Are viruses such as AIDS destroyed from the chemicals in the water treatment plants, or do they die before that? Also, if the chemicals used to treat water are harsh enough to kill strong viruses, then how can it be safe to drink?

    • ANSWER:
      Most water treatment plants use chlorine to kill viruses and bacteria. Some water treatment plants use other disinfectants such as ozone or ultraviolet light to kill or inactivate pathogens (disease causing microorganisms). These plants will typically use some chlorine to prevent regrowth in the distribution system.

      As for why chlorinated water doesn't harm people: chlorine reacts with organic substances such as the food you've eaten or even the lining of your stomach so quickly that it is consumed and becomes inert before it can hurt you. The chlorine is in such trace amounts that you'd have to live in and breathe in the chlorinated water for it to start harming you. This, by happy chance, is exactly what water borne diseases do. Even a couple of accidental gulps of swimming pool water, which typically has over 50 times as much chlorine as drinking water, won't hurt you.

  46. QUESTION:
    How many treatments to remove an all black tattoo?
    I've been about 18 times!! Over a year and a half, and you can still see light shades of grey in my skin plus some of my skin has turned pale white. Any tips on how to bring back pigment or help increase the fading?

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    How to fall asleep without the light and TV on?
    I have not been able to sleep without the TV and light on ever since I remember, except for when I am not in my own room. Every time I try, I have a panic attack and get so scared and think of the worst things imaginable.

    How can I fall asleep with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Ensure that you don't get hurt while falling. Do it slowly and steadily. Slow and steady wins the race. Moreover, the quality of our sleep, dreams, thinking, speaking and actions may change. It depends. It totally depends on the quality intake of solid or liquid items. It also depends on other habits. It is a peculiar case. I am not able to guess any correct answer for this. Have some self-analysis and probe. Some bad habits/qualities may adversely affect the mental health. It may destabilize.

      Otherwise if you still have serious doubts, please consult a professionally qualified doctor and take proper treatment.


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Puva Treatment For Psoriasis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Availability of psoriasis of medication in Beijng?
    I am travelling to Beijing for a year and want to know how easy it is to obtain medication for psoriasis there.

    I would need:

    Calcipotriol (dovonex) ointment or cream;
    Xamiol (calcipotriol monohydrate);
    Hydromol Bath;
    Epaderm;
    Vitamin D tablets;
    PUVA treatment.

    Thank you all for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      To be on the safer side,e-mail this facility for details:
      http://www.unitedfamilyhospitals.com/en/bj/patientsVis/patientsServ/0/0/724.html

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

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

      so good luck with what ever you try hun

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of luck.

  4. QUESTION:
    Does light therapy work well for psoriasis?
    i have psoriasis pretty bad on my legs, i'm currently only using creams right now (i plan on starting light therapy with a dermatologist once i start my new job with health benefits). i was just wondering if anyone has had light therapy for their psoriasis? if so, did it work well for you and what kind of improvements did you see? i'm just wondering if it just clears up the psoriasis itself or does it help reduce the scars too?

    • ANSWER:
      I went to a dermotoligist and had Atinic Light Therapy or also called PUVA treatments. I had severe phoriasis. After about 6 months of visits for treatment (3 times a week) Yes my phoriasis was pretty much gone. Very bad for you though........the intense light therapy can cause a great risk for skin cancer. I will admit I had the greatest tan I ever had. After I stopped treament my phoriasis was starting to come back. There is no known cure...............There are new meds that lower your bodys immune system that supossed to treat phoriasis .but thats risky. I tend to just think the new sauves and plenty of TLC is the safe way. Its no fun.......I have had it for 40 yrs..comes and goes. Tension, Stress can cause flare ups

  5. QUESTION:
    What's the fastest most effective treatment for excema / psoriasis you've tried?

    Thanks Czar, is that a prescription drug?
    Thanks for the tip Lydia, I prefer treatments natural, without cortizone and side effects. Barney, do you know where to get the the Champori herbal treatment? And what is in it?

    • ANSWER:
      I have psoriasis, and have pretty much tried them all. As Czar said, the prescription drug Dermovate works well, but you can't use it for long. Another drug, Dovonex, can work well for some people. However, the thing which totally cleared my skin at different times through the years was doing PUVA - a combination of a drug and ultraviolet light therapy. One time I took a pill, then the light therapy; other times had a medicine in a bath at the hospital, then the light therapy.
      Meds don't work the same for everyone, and even one person may not have the same medication work well at another time.
      Best to get a good dermatologist to find out what's best for you, and what's available where you are, and the severity of your skin problem.
      At home, use creams to moisturize, not just lotions. Don't bathe a lot (keep clean of course).

  6. QUESTION:
    Any way to cure psoriasis that would actually work?
    My wife had tried any shampoo, cream, and ointment possible. She even took up yoga to relieve stress. It's all over her body, head, and is even getting in her face. Personally, I don't really mind how she looks, but I hate to see her suffer with it.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.doctorgoodskin.com/ds/psoriasis/treatment.php

      Treatment Of Psoriasis

      Psoriasis has no cure. Whenever you get episodes of psoriasis, you can be treated to clear the same. After that it may recur in weeks or years. No one can predict that. Your doctor may choose any of the following treatments.

      Topical Steroids:
      Steroids are one of the common medications for psoriasis. Strong steroids should not be used for a long period. Your doctor will tell you about the applications. Psoriasis patients prefer steroids because they are much cleaner to apply than messy coal tar applications. For severe cases of psoriasis, coal tar applications have to be used. Steroids, though much cleaner in use and highly effective, cannot be used for long. They thin the skin and lose their effect if used for long. Steroids are not a medication that can be used for long time without worrying about the consequences.

      Coal Tar Applications:
      In this application, refined coal tar is used in different forms. You get creams, gels, sticks and ointments. Your doctor will decide if you need to use coal tar applications. One has to take care while using coal tar applications before going out in the sun as they can cause sunburns.

      Anthralin Or Dithranol:
      This is an effective medication for psoriasis. It may be sometimes very irritating. Using it on body folds or face is not advised. Similarly, fair skinned people should not use it. Your doctor will guide you about the use.

      Vitamin D Analogues:
      The recent additions are Vitamin D analogues, which are used topically. They are not recommended to treat patches on face. These compounds may cause some irritation in the beginning but that clears after some time.

      UV Treatment:
      Psoriasis responds to UV treatment very satisfactorily. You may be treated with UVA, UVB or PUVA. They are all different ways of getting exposed to UV radiation. This cannot be done at home and you will have to go to a facility to get this done. Your doctor will guide you about the treatment and other aspects.

      Sun:
      The sun is also good for psoriasis treatment. But you should first talk to the doctor about the total time of exposure in the sun otherwise damaging sunrays may create other complications.

      Oral Medications:
      There are many oral medications for psoriasis. They are used only after the failure of topicals. Oral medications can cause many side-effects such as liver and kidney functions and some are potent immuno-suppressants. Your doctor will closely monitor you while giving you these medications.

      Rest & Relaxation:
      Psoriasis has some relation with stress. If you rest and be stress-free, psoriasis responds well.

      Care:
      Similarly, you must use enough moisturizers or emollient creams to keep the plaques soft, and stop development of very dry skin and more itching.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is there any treatment for Psoriasis at all?
    I have been a Psoriasis patient for over 15 years now and have tried several types of treatments including taking Steroids orally, PUVA therapy, application of salysalic acids in the affected area and Tar shampoos and cream on the scalp. The condition changes very rarely and if at all it does its only for the worse. Can anyone suggest any kind of treatment that will help, preferably non steroidal solutions?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you ever tried tea tree oil on your breakouts? I have an article on treatment that you should read. I'll try emailing it to you if I can access your email address from here.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can the severe symptoms of psoriatic arthritis be reduced?
    After several mis-diaganoses since my first visit to hospital in September 06 - they thought it was fractured metatarsals/ cuboid bones - my specialist has eventually realised that I am a long standing sufferer of Psoriasis. Psoriatic Arthritis is now suspected after a bone scan and the blood tests should confirm it.

    I am due to see my specialist again on 10th January and the foot pain/ difficulty in walking has now spread to my knee causing locking, extreme pain and clicking noises.

    Even more tests and delays are now anticipated, possibly a MRI scan with a 19 week waiting list and a sample of fluid from my knee. Meanwhile I am only taking un-prescribed drugs - Ibprofen and Anadin Extra - and am worried that irreversable damage may be caused due to the delay in diagnosis. Is there any light at the end of the tunnel? Will I always suffer pain and disability? Why don't doctors ask the right questions & arrange the right tests when you see them? I feel let down by our Health Service

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment Options

      Skin care
      Light treatment (UVB or PUVA)
      Corrective cosmetics
      Medications: glucocorticoids, NSAIDs, DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) such as methotrexate, sulfasalazine, gold, cyclosporine
      Exercise
      Rest
      Heat and cold
      Splints
      Surgery (rarely)

      The wait for MRI scans is rediculous! I had to wait for about 2 months and only got one that "quickly" as I could get to teh hospital at short notice!!!
      I hope you get some solutions to your problem soon;

  9. QUESTION:
    Do any herps know anything about photokeratoconjunctivitis (snow blind, welders eye) in chameleons?
    I know that it is caused by uvb radiation from new or high output lights, or from having the light in close proximity to the enclosure. I also know that it clears up "rapidly" when the lamp is removed. But, then again how fast is "rapidly"? Under what circumstances would this condition be permanent or irreverseable? Are there any products in the market (eyedrops) available for consumers. Any home remedies used by long time herps to soothe the discomfort to the reptile?

    • ANSWER:
      Backman HA

      Psoriasis is a common skin disease which may be treated with 8-methoxy psoralen and long-wave ultraviolet light (PUVA). Eye protection is provided during and after treatment to prevent the development of photokeratitis and cataracts. Fifteen patients, treated with medication and ultraviolet A (UVA) had an initial complete eye examination and a repeat examination after each treatment. No patients developed cataracts but almost one-half of the patients had a mild form of photokeratoconjunctivitis. The ocular manifestations included photophobia, conjunctivitis, keratitis, and dry eyes. Tear break-up time was reduced significantly immediately after treatment for two patients but returned to normal 8 hr later. Dermatologists who employ PUVA treatments should be concerned about photokeratoconjunctivitis and the dry-eye ocular manifestations included photophobia, conjunctivitis, keratitis, and dry eyes. Tear break-up time was reduced significantly immediately after treatment for two patients but returned to normal 8 hr later. Dermatologists who employ PUVA treatments should be concerned about photokeratoconjunctivitis and the dry-eye ocular manifestations included photophobia, conjunctivitis, keratitis, and dry eyes. Tear break-up time was reduced significantly immediately after treatment for two patients but returned to normal 8 hr later. Dermatologists who employ PUVA treatments should be concerned about photokeratoconjunctivitis and the dry-eye syndrome.

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the best over the counter medication for psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on the severity of your psoriasis, treatment will vary.

      For mild psoriasis, topical OTC brand like dovonex and other creams are easilly available.

      For moderate psoriasis, your dermatologist might put you to a combination of treatment. Example will be UVA or PUVA and topical medicines.

      For severe psoriasis, your dermatologist may prescibed some stronger medications like methotrexate, neotigason or even biologics (Enbrel, Raptiva and REmicade).

      Since no permanent cure has been found to treat psoriasis yet, it is wise to stay away from factors that may trigger your psoriasis. These includes alcohol consumption, staying late at night and sleep deprivation and STRESS. PUtting these stress factors at bay will surely help. Try realxing as much as you can. Meditation is FREE and will not cost you a penny. Keep your skin moist all the time by using moisturizers such as unscented lotions, VCO, Olive oils, and other naturally processed oil that are not derived from petrochemicals or animal products. HAve a good disposition in life by accepting your condition and find comfort in having a support group like your family, friends, peer-to-peer support club, or even an online community of people with psoriasis. I have put up one like this for people with psoriasis in my country. you are welcome to visit it anytime and be part of it and meet other psoriatics with positive disposition in life.
      http://www.mfipb.com/index.php?mforum=psorphil&act=idx

      Good luck and Godbless.

  11. QUESTION:
    what is the cause for baldspots throughout the scalp?
    patches of baldspots is scattered throughout my scalp. what can i do to make my hair grow and to not loose.

    • ANSWER:
      Bald spots can be caused by many different things. Genetics and stress are the top reasons for baldness to occur. Bald spots are also known as Alopecia Areata.

      There are several different treatment options for alopecia areata. The most common is observation. If the patch of hair loss is small, it is reasonable to observe it and allow the hair to regrow on its own. Another option is applying a strong topical steroid such as Diprolene or Temovate to the patch. It may take several months for the hair to grow back using this method. Another common therapeutic option is injection of a steroid, such as Celestone into the involved scalp skin. Initial regrowth of hair can be seen in 4-8 weeks and treatments are repeated every 4-6 weeks. The main side effect from any steroid use is thinning of the skin.

      Minoxidil has been used to promote hair growth and has shown cosmetically acceptable results in 30% of cases. Minoxidil does not stop the disease process so stopping applications after hair has started to grow back may cause the hair to fall out again.

      Another type of treatment is designed to produce a contact dermatitis, or irritation, at the site seemingly stimulating hair growth. The most common irritant used is called anthralin. Some studies suggest using minoxidil and anthralin in combination may be more effective.

      Finally, as a measure when "all else fails", PUVA may be used as a treatment. PUVA is also known as photochemotherapy. It involves taking a type of drug called psoralens (P) about 2 hours before measured exposure to long-wave ultraviolet light (UVA). This treatment is used most commonly in severe cases of psoriasis. The initiation of hair regrowth may take 40-80 treatments and complete regrowth up to 1-2 years.

  12. QUESTION:
    i have severe eczema, and it has already left scars and black marks over my body. How do i get rid of them?
    It has gotten very very bad, and now there are very red angry patches all over my body together with little bumps, in addition to the scars i already have. I've heard about photo-therapy, but i need more details on it and whether it can help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Photo therapy is treatment with light.

      Psoriasis and eczema
      A feature of psoriasis is localised inflammation mediated by the immune system. UV radiation is known to suppress the immune system and reduce inflammatory responses. Light therapy for skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema use UVA (315-400nm waveband) or UVB (280-315nm waveband) light waves. UVA, combined with a drug taken orally, is known as PUVA treatment. Narrow Band UVB is the 310nm wave length and is given as a light therapy treatment rather than full spectrum UVB.

      Disadvantages

      Safety of phototherapy
      Ultraviolet light causes progressive damage to human skin. This is mediated by genetic damage, collagen damage, as well as destruction of vitamin A and vitamin C in the skin and free radical generation.

      Visible blue light has been suggested to cause DNA breaks, but carcinogenesis has not been demonstrated, and enzymes within the cells are believed to repair the breaks reasonably well.[citation needed] However, cancer has been induced in cells with deliberately damaged repair mechanisms. Also, researchers have questioned whether limiting blue light exposure could reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).
      Modern phototherapy lamps used in the treatment of seasonal affective disorder and delayed sleep-phase syndrome do not emit ultraviolet light and are considered safe and effective for the intended purpose, as long as photosensitizing drugs are not being taken at the same time and in the absence of any existing eye conditions. Light therapy is a mood altering treatment, and just as with drug treatments, there is a possibility of triggering a manic state from a depressive state, causing anxiety and other side effects. While these side-effects are usually controllable, it is recommended that patients undertake light-therapy under the supervision of an experienced clinician, rather than attempting to self-medicate.

      It is reported that bright light therapy (BLT) may activate the production of reproductive hormones, such as testosterone, luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and estradiol (E2).

      Contraindications
      There are few absolute contraindications to light therapy, although there are some circumstances in which caution is required. These include when the patient 1) has a condition that might render his or her eyes more vulnerable to phototoxicity, 2) has a tendency toward mania, 3) has a photosensitive skin condition, or 4) is taking a photosensitizing herb (such as St. John's wort) or medication. Patients with porphyria should avoid most forms of light therapy. Patients on certain drugs like methotrxate or chloroquine should use caution with light therapy as there is a chance that these drugs could cause porphyria

      Side effects
      Side effects of light therapy for sleep phase disorders include jumpiness or jitteriness, feeling "wired," headache, and nausea. Some nondepressive physical complaints (such as poor vision and skin rash or irritation) may improve with light therapy

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  13. QUESTION:
    what is the best none expenseve way to help with plage psorious?
    i no i spelled it wrong but ive tryed everything and nothing works

    • ANSWER:
      I always tell my patients in the E.R that oatmeal bath such as aveno works great... I did pull some information from Web Md that looks great...

      Some doctors recommend salicylic acid ointment, which smoothes the skin by promoting the shedding of psoriatic scales.
      Steroid-based creams are effective, but because they can have harmful side effects, be especially careful to follow your doctor's instructions on their use.
      A topical ointment containing calcipotriene, which is related to vitamin D, has proven to be as effective as hydrocortisone creams for treating psoriasis. But use only limited amounts to avoid side effects.
      Coal-tar ointments and shampoos can alleviate symptoms, but many people are vulnerable to the side effects -- especially folliculitis, a pimple-like rash affecting the hair follicles. These medicines should be used only under a doctor's supervision.
      Anthralin therapy, which is made from the bark of a South American tree, is generally reserved for severe forms of psoriasis. Anthralin salve is carefully applied to the affected areas and removed after 10 to 30 minutes. All the white scales should be gone, revealing an underlying layer of fresh, normal skin. If not properly applied by a trained therapist, however, anthralin may irritate healthy skin and leave stains that can last several weeks.
      Prescription vitamin A-related gels don't work as quickly as steroids but tend to have fewer side effects. Women of childbearing age should use birth control while taking this medication because of the risk of birth defects if they become pregnant.

      Light Therapy
      Even regular doses of sunlight -- not enough to produce sunburn though -- can help lesions in many people. But try to avoid sunburns and other psoriasis triggers, such as skin injuries, insect bites, viral or bacterial infections, stress, and being overweight.

      For persistent, difficult-to-treat cases of psoriasis, many doctors recommend light therapy. One of the most effective treatments is PUVA (the drug psoralen combined with ultraviolet A, or UVA, light). Some people aren't good candidates for PUVA, since it has been shown to contribute to an increased risk of skin cancer, even decades after stopping to use this therapy.

      Some doctors may prescribe ultraviolet B light (UVB) treatment using a light box alone or with other therapies such as coal tar. A relatively new type of light treatment, called narrow-band UVB therapy, may be less carcinogenic than PUVA but just as effective.

      Oral Medications
      When other treatments fail, some doctors prescribe oral medications to treat psoriasis. Some of these medications affect the immune system. One such medication is methotrexate, an anticancer drug, which can produce dramatic clearing of the psoriasis lesions. However, it can cause side effects, so the prescribing doctor should perform regular blood tests. Other medications of this type include cyclosporine or hydroxyurea.

      Retinoids, compounds with vitamin A-like properties, can be helpful to people with severe psoriasis. As with topical vitamin A-like creams, women of childbearing age need to use birth control with this medication.

      New treatments for people with severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are now available. Several "biologic" drugs, which are made from human or animal proteins, focus on controlling the body's immune response. Some of these drugs are quite effective but are extremely expensive...

      If this is what you have already tried or if its not something that you wanted to do I have included the link for the web md site... I am sorry you have this and hope it gets better...

  14. QUESTION:
    Does any one know any good treatments for Psoriasis?
    my partner has it and has tried all diffrent creams from the doctor and nothing seems to work.
    Has anyone had it before and is there a cure?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately there is no permanent cure, this always leads to there being thousands of quack remedies hawked online. treatment is both site and severity dependant. The standard management these days is Calcitriol. Its clean and non-toxic, but even when it does work the effects are often temporary. Broadly steroids should be avoided except for specific areas. The face is a rare site for psoriasis, fortunately, if affected however 1% hydrocortisone can be used here safely, The other area where it can be used safely is the scalp, which can often be quite badly involved. Elsewhere if steroids are used for flare ups the motto least potent shortest time is best applied.

      I tended to find that returning to the 2 older preparations tar and dithranol was often very successful. Unfortunately they are difficult to manipulate and few younger doctors have ever used them. Both need to be applied for short periods initially and in very low strengths, gradually increasing contact time from perhaps 30 minutes initially and gradually increasing concentration. Both can burn if used inappropriately.

      In generalised widespread psoriasis PUVA is used, UV light with the initial use of a skin sensitiser.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is there a cure for psoriasis?
    I'm 15 and I've has psoriasis my whole life, it's terrible. I have itchy, sticky red patches under my arms and behind my ears. My head is constantly itchy and flaking. The medications I'm using aren't working very well but my dermatologist doesn't want to give me a higher prescription. I'm tired of being uncomfortable, and I'm sick of being made fun of. What can I do? Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately there is no cure for psoriasis but there are lots of treatments that can help.

      You will be able to get other treatments than topical creams when you grow older. Usually the first step for a doctor is to prescribe topical steroid or cortisone creams that can clear the patches. Cortisone creams if used for a long period of time can make the skin ''thin'' so use them as much as your doctor told you.
      A great steroid cream that does not thin the skin is called Protopic. Works great and quick like cortisone ones. You could ask your doctor.
      As for the scalp there's an excellent lotion called Propiosalic. It's not oily at all so it's easy to put it on and leave it there if you want without washing your head. Clears my scalp within few days. It's also not addictive.
      Shampoos with tar in them are also great. Massage the scalp with that shampoo well, rinse and then use your normal shampoo.

      Other than that you can try phototherapy. ( Uvb and Puva ) Ask your doctor. You kinda know from the start if that treatment will work for you if sun exposure mostly at summer seems to help your psoriasis.

      They are really close on finding better drugs that will help, like the biological ( injections example : Enbrel,Humira,Stellara ) so just be patient.

      The great thing about having psoriasis now in 2012 is that more and more people know about the disease. They know that it's genetic and not contagious so that's great. In America only more than 7 million people have psoriasis and after all those campaigns about the disease almost everyone knows what it is now.

      You have to take care of your psoriasis like every girl takes care of their skin and face but do not obsess about it. Anxiety triggers psoriasis. It's like a vicious circle. You get anxious about your psoriasis , your psoriasis gets worse, you get more anxious and so on.

      I am 28 years old now ( woman ) and when I was 15 ( with psoriasis ) only a few people knew what psoriasis is. But now, when someone sees a patch on me they go '' Oh you got psoriasis'' And if I start to explain they go '' Oh yea I know a friend of mine has it, it's ok'' Most of them don't even pay attention to my patches. My coworkers had no idea I had it for years. Psoriasis patients think that everyone will notice but they don't actually. If they don't know about the dermatitis you could explain if you want to but I 'm pretty sure they know what it is.

      I had psoriasis kinda all over my body back then and I still had lots of friends and boyfriends that didn't matter at all. I was amazed to see that I was the only once who cared about the condition. So there's nothing to be anxious for.

      Sun and sea salt helps a lot to clear the psoriasis and keep your skin like this for months so try to go to the sea every day at summer.

  16. QUESTION:
    Treatment of Psoriasis with cyclosporine?
    I recently found out that the rash I have all over is psoriasis. The doctor tried the medrol pack about 1 month ago, and steroid cream, but it didn't help.Well, the steroid cream made it go away, but I didn't use it right. So....since my biobsy came back as psoriasis he wants me to take cyclosporine to suppress my immune sysytem, so that the inflamtion will go away, and clear it up. I'm scared to take it though, b/c it is an immune suppressant drug, and there seems to be a lot of side effects. Am I overreaccting, or what?

    • ANSWER:
      Taking cyclosporine can cause the following potential side effects:
      Decreased kidney function
      Headache
      High blood pressure
      High cholesterol
      Excessive hair growth
      Tingling or burning sensations in the arms or legs
      Skin sensitivity
      Increased growth of gum tissues
      Flu-like symptoms
      Upset stomach
      Tiredness
      Musculoskeletal or joint pain

      Generally, these side effects go away when the dose is lowered or the drug is stopped.

      A risk of long-term cyclosporine treatment is kidney damage/toxicity. In some cases, the damage to the kidneys can be irreversible.

      People taking cyclosporine can have an increased risk of developing skin malignancies, particularly if they previously have been treated with PUVA (the use of the light-sensitizing drug psoralen plus ultraviolet light A).

      So i will suggest,that you dont take cyclosporine. Try applying butter milk, its really very good for psoriasis. And eat lots of cabbage.

  17. QUESTION:
    what is the time taken for curing the psoriasis?
    WILL IT IS A COMMUNICABLE DISEASES?
    WHAT IS A CAUSES?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is auto immune disease caused by over working genes.

      It's a chronic condition with no cure but only treatments that help as long as you keep doing them.
      If you stop the treatment the symptoms will most likely come back.

      What is psoriasis : In normal people skin cells die and reproduce themselves once every 40 days. If you have psoriasis skin cells reproduce super fast meaning once every 24/48 hours. This causes a lot of flakes ( dead skin cells ) on top of the skin making layers.
      It's exactly like Dandruff.

      It's not a contagious disease and it's not a life threatening disease but it does make you feel uncomfortable and miserable because it's on the skin it's visible and it's embarrassing.

      What triggers psoriasis and can make the spots worse : Fever, cold/flu, infections, climate, stress/anxiety, toxins from food or other products we use everyday.

      There are a lot of treatments available from Puva Phototherapy to topical treatments ( corticosteroids ) to biological drugs ( injections ) which can clear psoriasis for long.

      You need to go and see a dermatologist who specializes in Psoriasis.

      Gluck

  18. QUESTION:
    anyone here with something new on the market for psoriasis?
    I have had it for 40 years and tired of spending a lot of money on it. Anything new which works for you?
    the answer with fumaric acid sounds like a new idea. I have had the PUVA and was too sick with the other medication, fergot the name Meta.....I am no longer at a bikini stage but I am tired of the itching and to have flakes on the flour following my every step. I will not sleep over at anyone's house for that reason. Wear long sleeves...slacks and now it is back on my face.
    I WROTE THE PSORIASIS FOUNDATION THE FUM. ACID IS NOT YET ALLOWED IN THE USA THE FDA IS GOING TO WORK ON IT FOR THE FUTURE MAYBE WE WILL GET IT HERE IN 2 YEARS FROM NOW. wHY ARE WE SO OFTEN BEHIND WITH EUROPEANS, THE FDA IS SLOW AS MOLASSES. SAME THING HAPPENED WITH AN ALZHEIMER MEDS WHICH I NEEDED FOR MY HUSBAND, I WENT TO EUROPE AND BOUGHT IT THERE. IT HELPED AND FINALLY WE NOW HAVE IT HERE.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had psoriasis since I was eighteen, and tried and tested more or less every over-the-counter remedy - only to find it to be fool's gold - so to speak. Expensive and not ailing a bit. Due to the aggressiveness of my psoriasis, the standars therapy-regimes (PUVA, cortisone-, coal tar- and calcipotriole-treatments+++) in hospitals eventually proved themselves insufficient. After a serious outbreak last year, including face, soles of feet, and hands - which rendered me no longer just esthetically handicapped, but physically as well, I was prescribed Fumaric Acid by my dermatologist. Within a month, the itching had subsided; after two months no more plaques began forming, and the once present stopped flaking. Finally, after three months I was psoriasis free. I have been taking Fumaric Acid (approx. 360 mg per day - effective dosage differs from person to person though) for almost a year now, and I am very pleased with the results. The medication -according to my dermatologist and research-reports - do not cause any serious organ-damage, compared to many other systemic psoriasis-treatments. Yet, as it decreases the activity of the immune-system, I have to undertake blood-tests once a month to monitor the white blood-cell count.
      Albeit it was a hassle to remember to follow the strict medication-regime (you start out with a very low daily dosage (20 mg a day), then increase the amount over time to a maximum of 720 mg a day, before reducing to the lowest effective dosage to uphold a psoriasis-free state), it was - at least in my case - worth it. After twelve years of looking like a scabby dog, always having to dress up to cover a psoriasis-full body, let alone the social alienation due to ignorance from others, I am now going for a holiday for the first time - in a bikini.

      Good luck, and may you find something that actually helps.

  19. QUESTION:
    Do you know of any "old timey" home remedies for psoriasis ?
    My daughter, sister and myself all have it on our scalp. We all have very thick hair and with the hot waether coming on, I really dont know if i can take another summer of this! I have been to beauty school, I have tried all sorts of products. I would like to know if your granny had a special remedy or something of that nature since NOTHING has worked. Please, no stupid ansewrs just to get points. Thank you!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Sunlight helps psoriasis. and so does water.
      http://health.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=20889

      Because ultraviolet light is so effective for so many psoriasis sufferers, it is often used in various artificial forms by doctors. Ultraviolet treatment with a sunlamp is often given in hospitals for plaque psoriasis (the most common type) and guttate psoriasis.

      In severe cases of psoriasis, dermatologists may use a treatment known as PUVA — P for psoralens plus UVA. Psoralens are chemicals found in some plants which can make the skin respond to UVA, the least dangerous forms of UV light. "

      Oil of oregano has been said by some to be powerful in treating psoriasis. Oregano has recently been found to be a strong antibiotic. Some people get relief with zinc oxide. Some people get relief from coal tar treatments (used in dandruff shampoos).

      Here are some helpful websites to learn more:

  20. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know of a great treatment for psoriasis?
    I really need one!!!

    • ANSWER:
      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.

      Currently there is no cure for psoriasis. However, many types of treatment are available, including products applied to the skin, phototherapy, and oral medications, that can keep psoriasis under control. Most cases are mild and can be treated with skin products. In some cases, psoriasis can be hard to treat if it is severe and widespread. Most psoriasis returns, even mild forms.

      The purpose of treatment is to slow the rapid growth of skin cells that causes psoriasis and to reduce inflammation. Treatment is based on the type of psoriasis you have, its location, its severity, and your age and overall health. It also depends on how much you are affected by the condition, either physically (because of factors such as joint pain) or emotionally (because of embarrassment or frustration from a skin rash that may cover a large or visible area of the body).

      Initial treatment-
      Treatment for mild psoriasis, characterized by a few isolated raised patches, begins with skin care, which includes keeping your skin moist and lubricated. Basic treatment approaches often involve combinations of therapies and products that can usually be purchased without a prescription, including:

      - Creams, ointments, and lotions, to lubricate the skin.
      - Shampoos, oils, and sprays, to treat psoriasis of the scalp.
      - Ointments, to treat psoriasis of the nails.
      - Some exposure to sunlight.

      It is also important to eliminate factors that can trigger a flare-up of psoriasis or make the condition worse. Stress, skin injury, infection, and use of alcohol can all contribute to symptom flare-ups. Streptococcal infections, which usually affect the upper respiratory tract, are associated with guttate psoriasis.

      Effective treatment will address the impact the condition has on overall well-being as well as the physical symptoms.

      Ongoing treatment -

      Creams and ointments may be used in combination with sunlight or ultraviolet light (phototherapy) for moderate psoriasis that affects less than 20% of the skin surface (about equal to having both arms completely covered). However, creams, ointments, lotions, and topical (applied to the skin) medications work better for some people than for others. If one topical treatment does not clear up your psoriasis, your doctor will likely recommend that you try different combinations of treatments.

      If you use phototherapy (brief exposures to ultraviolet light such as ultraviolet light B, also known as UVB), follow your doctor's instructions carefully to avoid serious skin damage.

      - Exposure to UVB light can often improve psoriasis. UVB treatment, commonly done 3 times per week, combined with topical therapy, such as tar or calcipotriene, is well tolerated and has been shown to be effective.5, 6
      - Psoralen and UVA light therapy (PUVA) combines medication and treatment with ultraviolet A light. A photosensitizer such as methoxsalen is taken, either orally or by soaking in a tub containing the medication, before exposure to UVA in a walk-in chamber. Treatments are generally done 2 or 3 times per week, with clearing of symptoms occurring in most people after 19 to 25 treatments.7

      Topical medications used for psoriasis include:

      - Vitamin D compounds such as calcipotriene.
      - Topical corticosteroids.
      - Retinoids such as tazarotene.
      - Anthralin and tars.
      - The occlusion treatment method may be effective for some people.

      Occlusion involves first applying skin products, such as moisturizers, medicated creams, or gels, then wrapping the skin with tape, material, or plastic. Occlusion helps keep the area moist and increases the effectiveness of medicated creams.

      Medicines called "biologic drugs" have shown great promise for the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis. These medications, including alefacept (Amevive) and efalizumab (Raptiva), block the harmful response of the body's immune system that causes the symptoms of psoriasis. -

  21. QUESTION:
    why is Ultra violet radiation important to the ecosystem?

    • ANSWER:
      Human health-related effects of UV radiation
      Beneficial effects

      -Vitamin D
      The Earth's atmosphere blocks UV radiation from penetrating through the atmosphere by 98.7%. A positive effect of UVB exposure is that it induces the production of vitamin D in the skin. It has been estimated that tens of thousands of premature deaths occur in the United States annually from a range of cancers due to vitamin D deficiency. Another effect of vitamin D deficiency is poor absorption of calcium which can lead to bone diseases.

      Some studies show most people get adequate Vitamin D through food and incidental exposure.

      Many countries have fortified certain foods with Vitamin D to prevent deficiency. Eating fortified foods or taking a dietary supplement pill is usually preferred to UVB exposure, due to the increased risk of skin cancer from UV radiation.

      However, the Vitamin D received from food, fortified or not, is minuscule when compared to how much the body makes when exposed to the sun for just 10 minutes. Recent research on Vitamin D indicates that the RDA for Vitamin D of 400 IU is too low. With just 100 IU of Vitamin D in one cup of milk and similar levels in other foods, many studies show that food sources of Vitamin D are simply not adequate and therefore that taking it as a dietary supplement is preferable to relying only on food sources.

      -Aesthetics
      Too little UVB radiation leads to a lack of Vitamin D. Too much UVB radiation leads to direct DNA damages and sunburn. An appropriate amount of UVB (which varies according to skin color) leads to a limited amount of direct DNA damage. This is recognized and repaired by the body. Then the melanin production is increased which leads to a long lasting tan. This tan occurs with a 2 day lag phase after irradiation, but it is much less harmful and is longer lasting than the one obtained from UVA. However some tanning lotions and sprays available in the market don't require UV exposure.

      -Medical applications
      Ultraviolet radiation has other medical applications, in the treatment of skin conditions such as psoriasis and vitiligo. UVA radiation can be used in conjunction with psoralens (PUVA treatment). UVB radiation is rarely used in conjunction with psoralens. In cases of psoriasis and vitiligo, UV light with wavelength of 311 nm is most effective.

      There is also a bad effect!

  22. QUESTION:
    Terrible scoriossis on hands, tried all hand creams nothing works, help!!!?
    I have had terrible scoriossis on both my hands and have tried all the creams available but nothing seems to get rid of it. Is there any alternative treatments available conventional or otherwise. My Doctor will not refer me to a dermatologist until all the avenues have been exhausted. Im both in incredible pain and at my wits end as to what to do next. Help!!

    • ANSWER:
      For mild flareups, washing your hands and feet with a mild soap or soap substitute can keep them clean with minimal irritation. Superficial splits in the skin can be closed with an Over-The-Counter (OTC) medical glue (such as New-Skin Liquid Bandage, although this and other products like it may sting when placed in skin fissures) to prevent inflammation and infection. Moisturizers can help to maintain skin flexibility and reduce itching.

      What Your Doctor Can Do

      To reduce more severe inflammation, itching and scaling, your doctor may prescribe any of the following topical treatments alone or in combination:

      Medicinal coal tar can slow the overgrowth of skin cells and improve the appearance of the skin. It is available OTC in a variety of lotions, creams and bath solutions under such brand names as Elta Tar and Oxipor. Allow approximately 8 weeks for results. It is worth noting, though, that coal tar is difficult to find in California because of a concern that it may cause cancer. The FDA, though, has approved products containing up to 5% coal tar as a safe and effective psoriasis treatment.
      Salicylic acid helps to reduce scaliness. It comes in a variety of forms, including soaps and ointments. Dermarest is a common brand name. If necessary, formulas with stronger salicylic acid concentrations can be prescribed by your doctor.
      Corticosteroids, the most common topical treatment for psoriasis, work to reduce the redness and swelling of lesions. Steroid creams come in a variety of strengths. The palms and soles are the thickest, least delicate skin, so potent steroids are typically prescribed for these areas, although it is important to note that strength is not necessarily indicated by its concentration.
      In order for topical treatments to be most effective, it may be necessary to remove excess layers of skin first, so that the treatment can be properly absorbed. Try soaking the affected area in warm water -- adding some bath oil to the water may help -- and follow up with a thorough scrubbing to slough off any scales or calluses. When scrubbing, be careful not to scrub scales too hard because traumatizing the skin may actually make psoriasis worse.

      To intensify the effects of a topical treatment, your doctor may recommend occlusion, which means insulating the treated area for a period of time. This can be achieved by using cotton or plastic gloves on the hands and plastic bags covered by socks on the feet. This should only be done if a doctor recommends it , as occlusion can result in a dangerously excessive absorption of the medicine.

      If topical treatments are ineffective in more severe cases of psoriasis of the hands or feet, your doctor may choose other treatments, for example, methotrexate, Psoralen Ultraviolet A (PUVA) and Soriatane. Your doctor will advise you that methotrexate is a powerful drug that can have potentially dangerous side effects, especially ones that could damage your liver. PUVA is a process that involves taking a drug that sensitizes you to light and then exposes the affected skin to ultraviolet rays. For Soriatane, please speak with your dermatologist about whether it is a good choice for you.

  23. QUESTION:
    is there any causes for psoriasis?
    i do not find any permenent remedy for recovery. is there any suggestions to get healed by any other medications or by any other natural ways .

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis cannot be prevented, but it can be controlled. Certain triggers may be controlled or eliminated to help curb the outbreaks. Take these measures to prevent flare-ups of psoriasis.
      + Avoid sunburn by limiting sun exposure, following recommendations from the healthcare professional.
      + Limit the skin's exposure to water by taking short showers and baths and by limiting swimming.
      + Eliminate triggers such as alcohol and smoking.
      + Avoid rubbing or scratching the skin.
      + Avoid clothing or sports equipment that rubs the skin.
      + Use skin care products recommended by the healthcare professional to avoid dry skin.
      + Use stress- management techniques as needed.
      + Discuss medicines with the healthcare professional and avoid those that trigger flare-ups of psoriasis.
      + Seek prompt treatment of infections and other illnesses.

      An assessment of lifestyle, including stress levels and aggravating factors, should be made. Triggers should be reduced or eliminated. Gentle removal of scales is important. Oils or coal tar preparations can be added to baths, and a soft brush can be used to scrub lesions carefully. Emollient creams, such as those containing alpha hydroxy acids or salicylic acid, may be used after bathing to soften thick scales. A regular skin routine is important, even when no flare-up of psoriasis is present. Mild to moderate cases of psoriasis can also be treated with medicines that are applied to the skin, including:
      + anthralin
      + coal tar
      + medicines derived from vitamin D
      + retinoids, or vitamin A derivatives
      + steroid creams and ointments, which may be covered with a dressing to increase their effectiveness
      Moderate to severe psoriasis may be treated with phototherapy, or exposure to light, that is carefully prescribed by the healthcare provider. Possible options include:
      + PUVA photochemotherapy, which uses a light-sensitizing medicine known as methoxsalen (i.e., 8-MOP, Oxsoralen) together with ultraviolet A light
      + sunlight
      + ultraviolet B irradiation along with one or more topical medicines
      Severe psoriasis is often treated with the following oral medicines:
      + cyclosporine (i.e, Sandimmune, Neoral, Gingraf)
      + methotrexate (i.e., Trexall, Rheumatrex)
      + retinoids, such as isotretinoin (i.e., Accutane, Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret) and acitretin (i.e., Soriatane)
      Isolated patches of psoriasis that are resistant to other therapy may be injected with triamcinolone acetonide.
      (REMEMBER : DO NOT TAKE ANY MEDICINE WITH OUT CONSULT A DOCTOR)

      Psoriasis should clear substantially with appropriate treatment, although this varies from person to person. Treatment of psoriasis is lifelong.

  24. QUESTION:
    Experiences with PUVA treatment?
    I start a course of PUVA treatment tomorrow and wondered if anyone has any (good or bad) experiences to share as I am quite worried. Thank you :o)
    Numerous specialists have looked at my hands and they do not know what is wrong. My hands have weird blisters that split and the backs of my hands are mottled and really inflammed. I was not offered the injection but was offered some new tablets instead so I opted for PUVA. Thanks for the answer :)

    • ANSWER:
      I will suppose you're doing it for psoriasis? If so, the results tend to be very favorable. Of course, you should have been cautioned about the risk of side effects of eye damage, skin damage; but assuming that the risks are not so bad as the potential benefits, then you should do fine. Is there a reason that you've not been introduced to one of the biologic injection medications? Or, if phototherapy is the way to go, what about narrow band UVB?

  25. QUESTION:
    i have steroid acne on thighs about an area of a circle of diameter 2.5 cm.what to do?
    it happenned as a result of constant use of topical steroids for teatment of psoriasis.now its well in control except for these steroid acne.i use topical steroids now every altenate days very lightly only on affected areas, so consumption is very less now.please help me with this as its very disfiguring?

    • ANSWER:
      You have a couple of choices here. First and foremost it is important that you make a distinction between a topical corticosteroid (which is what they treat psoriasis with, as you know) and an anabolic steroid. The kind you are using is catabolic(shrinking) so you put in on an inflammed area (psoriasis) and it shrinks the swelling. The kind of steroid that is usually associated with large, sometimes cystic acne are Anabolic or tissue building and promote protein synthesis, while your cream does just the opposite. So what you have is not the acne athletes get from the juice.
      Psoriasis occurs because of abnormaly rapid growth of skin cells manifesting as patches on the skin. In order to reduce the discomfort and help to heal these rough patches he uses a catabolic steroid. He wants to stop the cells from growing and multiplying.
      Now Acne can certainly be caused by anabolic steroids. It is unlikely that what you have is steroid acne. Acne is the result of an interaction of skin oils, hormones, and of course, bacteria. Mild acne is dealt with using antibiotics (catabolic to bacteria in sebaceous glands) some topical stuff which will aggravate your existing condition, and Accutane/retina-a, which actually shrinks the sebaceous glands (the place where bacteria lives and breeds and causes eruptions) Accutane is unpleasant for most, for you I think it would be a nightmare.
      What your describing is far from mild, however, and would fit in the category of severe acne. Severe acne can cause terrible problems, physically, emotionally, it is another type of nightmare, and a 20 week Accutane cycle can permanently shut down oil production in those damn sebaceous glands. This is taken orally, but what is interesting is that if you go into your doctor and show him your outbreak, the first thing he is likely to do if he thinks that a pustule or cyst (that used to be a pimple) is out of hand, (contaminating the blood stream or if he wants to save you from scarring,
      protocol is an injection of steroid. Corticosteroids, of course, because he wants to halt protein synthesis in the trapped bacteria and otherwise shrink it down. If it they have become abscesses, he will most likely make an incision and drain it right there. So Accutane has been the only hope for people with severe acne.
      I realized I have painted a bleak picture, but here is my turn around. I don't think it's acne. And I don't think they are the result of infrequent applications of a corticosteroid. I am not invalidating any connection you have made between the acne and the topical psoriasis treatment. Since psoriasis is thought to be an immune related disorder, you may indeed be comprising your immune system with the corticosteroids. I think that might be a stretch though.
      What I have been getting to is that I firmly believe that you are experiencing an emergent property of a lifelong disorder. Their are many different types of psoriasis and thus many manifestations. I can't obviously see your eruptions but time, your immune system the nature of the disorder point to Pustule psoriasis, and a good dermatologist should point that right out. You might have taken cylosporine before, if not that is an option. In your position, I would enquire about PUVA or Psoralens plus exposure to ultraviolet A light, which you can buy in a home version. PUVA or even phototherapy on its own will help with psoriasis, pustules,nodules,abscesses and even acne. Were talking a few minutes a day, as the psoralens shorten the treatment considerably.
      But tell your dermatologist right away, and do everything you can to avoid any type of self draining. Squeezing or trying to pop an eruption like a pimple can easily rupture the membrane of the S.B. causing pus and bacteria to enter the bloodstream. As uncomfortable as they may be, your body is doing its best to keep the infection contained. If it gets into your bloodstream it can cause serious problems, and nothing is worth that risk. Hope this helped, and I would go yesterday to your dermatologist so that you can begin the treatment that you and she/he decide upon. Good luck, I think you are very smart to post your question and I amire your courage, I'm just sorry that you have had to go through this, however, I have confidence that a painless and effective treatment is around the corner. Hang in there,
      Evan
      Harvard Medical School
      Cambridge MA 02138

  26. QUESTION:
    What's a good treatment for psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis and there are good days and bad days. What successes have you had with treatments? Which were easiest?

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on the severity of your psoriasis, treatment will vary.

      For mild psoriasis, topical OTC brand like dovonex and other creams are easilly available.

      For moderate psoriasis, your dermatologist might put you to a combination of treatment. Example will be UVA or PUVA and topical medicines.

      For severe psoriasis, your dermatologist may prescibed some stronger medications like methotrexate, neotigason or even biologics (Enbrel, Raptiva and REmicade).

      Since no permanent cure has been found to treat psoriasis yet, it is wise to stay away from factors that may trigger your psoriasis. These includes alcohol consumption, staying late at night and sleep deprivation and STRESS. PUtting these stress factors at bay will surely help. Try realxing as much as you can. Meditation is FREE and will not cost you a penny. Keep your skin moist all the time by using moisturizers such as unscented lotions, VCO, Olive oils, and other naturally processed oil that are not derived from petrochemicals or animal products. HAve a good disposition in life by accepting your condition and find comfort in having a support group like your family, friends, peer-to-peer support club, or even an online community of people with psoriasis. I have put up one like this for people with psoriasis in my country. you are welcome to visit it anytime and be part of it and meet other psoriatics with positive disposition in life. http://www.mfipb.com/index.php?mforum=psorphil&act=idx

      Good luck and Godbless.

  27. QUESTION:
    Does anyone with psoriasis,the one that looks like chicken pox, have a good cream that works?

    • ANSWER:
      Ah you mean pustular psoriasis. At the lowest level oatmeal and saline baths may help.At the other extreme cytotoxic drugs or steroids may help.

      Other options include tar,dithranol and calcipotriene can be used. The latter is less messy and toxic,but much less potent.

      PUVA,treatment with UV light also helps those severely affected.

  28. QUESTION:
    is puva treatment for vitilgo dangerous. i hear UVA rays cause skin cancer.?
    should Puva treatment be discontinued in case of isolated white patch in underarm area.?can a table lamp of 150 Watts be sufficient as a home remedy, as it produces UVB rays i understand.

    • ANSWER:
      PUVA treatments are not dangerous when done under a Dr's close supervision. Make sure and wear a jock strap to protect the family jewels, as this area needs extra UVA protection. As your treatments progress your Dr will monitor your skin every 12 treatments or so. If he doesn't find another dermatologist. Generally speaking the upper limit for PUVA treatments is 2-300 but after 100 you want to make sure the Dr is carefully monitoring your skin condition for changes or potential skin cancers.
      No- the table lamp won't have enough effect to make any difference. When doing PUVA you are given a photo-sensitizing drug an hour so prior treatment that makes you photosensitive for 24 hours. Make sure and wear your sunglasses for 24 hrs after PUVA treatments.

      I don't think vitiligo patients require as many PUVA treatments as patients with psoriasis or CTCL might require, so you are probably safe unless you are very fair skinned and already prone to sunburn or skin cancers. Just make sure your Dr monitors your skin as you progress with your treatments. good luck

      http://www.psoriasis.org/treatment/psoriasis/phototherapy/puva.php

      http://www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/vitiligo/vitiligo.htm

      http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic_diseases/vitiligo.html

      You might ask your Dr about a hand held PUVA device. You would wipe psoralen ointment on the single area then treat the one spot with the hand held PUVA. These are available from:

      http://www.natbiocorp.com/home/handisol.html

      You might have trouble finding psoralen lotion in the US but I believe they sell it in Canada or you could have it compounded.

  29. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis in Infants - can they grow out of it.?
    My son, who is 3 in February has had Psoriasis since he was 6 months old. It was mis-diagnosed as eczema till he was 18 months. He was placed an a dairy free diet which controlled his outbreaks. We moved to a sub-tropical area and his psoriasis has completely gone. He is back on the milk products and leading a normal happy life.

    I am seriously considering moving BACK to the town that he was born in (where he had the psoriasis first diagnosed) but am very concerned that his condition will return. Is this something that he can grow out of, or will he struggle to keep this in check for the rest of his life?

    Thanks in advance.
    I should point out here, that with my son being THREE, I do NOT want to put him on drugs; EVER, unless absolutely necessary.
    He was on many different drugs and creams while he was being mis-diagnosed. I would much prefer to continue with the wholistic approach that allowed us to control the symptoms the first time around.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a chronic, recurring disease that causes one or more raised, red patches that have silvery scales and a distinct border between the patch and normal skin.

      Psoriasis

      The patches of psoriasis occur because of an abnormally high rate of growth of skin cells. The reason for the rapid cell growth is unknown, but a problem with the immune system is thought to play a role. The disorder often runs in families. Psoriasis is common, affecting 2 to 4% of whites; blacks are less likely to get the disease.

      Symptoms

      Psoriasis begins most often in people aged 10 to 40, although people in all age groups are susceptible.

      It usually starts as one or more small patches on the scalp, elbows, knees, back, or buttocks. The first patches may clear up after a few months or remain, sometimes growing together to form larger patches. Some people never have more than one or two small patches, and others have patches covering large areas of the body. Thick patches or patches on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, or skinfolds of the genitals are more likely to itch or hurt, but many times the person has no symptoms. Although the patches do not cause extreme physical discomfort, they are very obvious and often embarrassing to the person. The psychologic distress caused by psoriasis can be severe. Many people with psoriasis also have deformed, thickened, pitted nails.

      Psoriasis persists throughout life but may come and go. Symptoms are often diminished during the summer when the skin is exposed to bright sunlight. Some people may go for years between occurrences. Psoriasis may flare up for no apparent reason or as a result of a variety of circumstances. Flare-ups often result from conditions that irritate the skin, such as minor injuries and severe sunburn. Sometimes flare-ups follow infections, such as colds and strep throat. Flare-ups are more common in the winter and after stressful situations. Many drugs, such as antimalarial drugs, lithiumSome Trade Names
      LITHANE
      LITHONATE
      , and beta-blockers, can also cause psoriasis to flare up.

      Some uncommon types of psoriasis can have more serious effects. Psoriatic arthritis produces joint pain and swelling (see Rheumatoid Arthritis and Other Types of Inflammatory Arthritis: Psoriatic Arthritis). Erythrodermic psoriasis causes all of the skin on the body to become red and scaly. This form of psoriasis is serious because, like a burn, it keeps the skin from serving as a protective barrier against injury and infection. In another uncommon form of psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, large and small pus-filled blisters (pustules) form on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Sometimes, these pustules are scattered on the body.

      Treatment

      Many drugs are available to treat psoriasis. Most often, a combination of drugs is used, depending on the severity and extent of the person's symptoms.

      Topical drugs (drugs applied to the skin) are used most commonly. Nearly everyone with psoriasis benefits from skin moisturizers (emollients). Other topical agents include corticosteroids, often used together with calcipotriene, a vitamin D derivative, or coal or pine tar. TazaroteneSome Trade Names
      TAZORAC
      or anthralinSome Trade Names
      ANTHRA-DERM
      may also be used. Very thick patches can be thinned with ointments containing salicylic acid, which make the other drugs more effective. Many of these drugs are irritating to the skin, and doctors must find which ones work best for each person.

      Phototherapy (exposure to ultraviolet light) also can help clear up psoriasis for several months at a time. Phototherapy is often used in combination with various topical drugs, particularly when large areas of skin are involved. Traditionally, treatment has been with phototherapy combined with the use of psoralens (drugs that make the skin more sensitive to the effects of ultraviolet light). This treatment is called PUVA (psoralens plus ultraviolet A). Some doctors are now using narrow-band ultraviolet B (UVB) treatments, which are equally effective but avoid the need to use psoralens and the side effects they cause, such as extreme sensitivity to sunshine.

      For serious forms of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, drugs taken by mouth are used. These drugs include cyclosporineSome Trade Names
      SANDIMMUNE
      NEORAL
      , methotrexateSome Trade Names
      RHEUMATREX
      , and acitretin. CyclosporineSome Trade Names
      SANDIMMUNE
      NEORAL
      is an immunosuppressant drug. CyclosporineSome Trade Names
      SANDIMMUNE
      NEORAL
      may cause high blood pressure and damage the kidneys. MethotrexateSome Trade Names
      RHEUMATREX
      interferes with the growth and multiplication of skin cells. Doctors use methotrexateSome Trade Names
      RHEUMATREX
      for people whose psoriasis does not respond to other forms of therapy. Liver damage and impaired immunity are possible side effects. Acitretin is similar to the acne drug isotretinoinSome Trade Names
      ACCUTANE
      (see Acne: Mild Acne) and is particularly effective in pustular psoriasis but often raises fat (lipid) levels in the blood and might cause problems with the liver and bones. It can also cause birth defects and should not be taken by a woman who might get pregnant.

  30. QUESTION:
    I have skin infection call psoriasis and it over 85% of my body so can somebody please tell me what can l use?

    • ANSWER:
      Use a corticosteroid cream. Talk to your doctor about this topical prescription formula. Use of this medication can reduce itching and cell production by suppressing the immune system. Corticosteroids can be used for mild to moderate psoriasis and they range in strength from weak to very potent.

      Use a Vitamin A derivative. Topical retinoids were originally developed for the treatment of acne. Tazarotene is a psoriasis specific retinoid cream that can help decrease inflammation by promoting normal DNA cell activity.

      Get a nonprescription formula. Salicylic acid is a substance that can be found in over-the-counter form and it is often used for small warts. You can also apply it to psoriasis to help kill the skin cells and promote them to fall off. You can also find this in shampoo form if you have psoriasis of the scalp.

      Apply coal tar to your psoriasis. Coal tar comes in the form of creams, oils, shampoo and lotion. Using it can help reduce itchiness, inflammation and scaling.

      Get an oral medication. Oral prescription formulas can be used when topical treatments are ineffective. They can help reduce scaling, relieve itchiness and suppress the immune system. Examples of these include methotrexate, cyclosporine, biologics and hydroxyurea.

      Go outside. Natural sunlight contains ultraviolet light which can help reduce inflammation and the turnover of skin cells. Go outside and get several five- to 10-minute exposures of sunlight during the day. But do not stay out for long periods of time as it can have the opposite effect on your psoriasis.

      Get light therapy. Psoralen plus ultraviolet A (PUVA) is a treatment that involves the application of a substance called "psoralen" to the skin. Ultraviolet A light is then shot down on the skin to help dry up and heal the scales.

  31. QUESTION:
    what is the cure for seriasis?
    how do i cure the redness on my nose and the flaky spots on my head?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis

      Currently there is no cure for psoriasis. However, many types of treatment are available, including products applied to the skin, phototherapy, and oral medications, that can keep psoriasis under control. Most cases are mild and can be treated with skin products. In some cases, psoriasis can be hard to treat if it is severe and widespread. Most psoriasis returns, even mild forms.

      The purpose of treatment is to slow the rapid growth of skin cells that causes psoriasis and to reduce inflammation. Treatment is based on the type of psoriasis you have, its location, its severity, and your age and overall health. It also depends on how much you are affected by the condition, either physically (because of factors such as joint pain) or emotionally (because of embarrassment or frustration from a skin rash that may cover a large or visible area of the body).

      Initial treatment
      Treatment for mild psoriasis, characterized by a few isolated raised patches, begins with skin care, which includes keeping your skin moist and lubricated. Basic treatment approaches often involve combinations of therapies and products that can usually be purchased without a prescription, including:

      Creams, ointments, and lotions, to lubricate the skin.
      Shampoos, oils, and sprays, to treat psoriasis of the scalp.
      Ointments, to treat psoriasis of the nails.
      Some exposure to sunlight.
      It is also important to eliminate factors that can trigger a flare-up of psoriasis or make the condition worse. Stress, skin injury, infection, and use of alcohol can all contribute to symptom flare-ups. Streptococcal infections, which usually affect the upper respiratory tract, are associated with guttate psoriasis.

      Effective treatment will address the impact the condition has on overall well-being as well as the physical symptoms.

      Ongoing treatment
      Creams and ointments may be used in combination with sunlight or ultraviolet light (phototherapy) for moderate psoriasis that affects less than 20% of the skin surface (about equal to having both arms completely covered). However, creams, ointments, lotions, and topical (applied to the skin) medications work better for some people than for others. If one topical treatment does not clear up your psoriasis, your doctor will likely recommend that you try different combinations of treatments.

      If you use phototherapy (brief exposures to ultraviolet light such as ultraviolet light B, also known as UVB), follow your doctor's instructions carefully to avoid serious skin damage.

      Exposure to UVB light can often improve psoriasis. UVB treatment, commonly done 3 times per week, combined with topical therapy, such as tar or calcipotriene, is well tolerated and has been shown to be effective. 5, 6
      Psoralen and UVA light therapy (PUVA) combines medication and treatment with ultraviolet A light. A photosensitizer such as methoxsalen is taken, either orally or by soaking in a tub containing the medication, before exposure to UVA in a walk-in chamber. Treatments are generally done 2 or 3 times per week, with clearing of symptoms occurring in most people after 19 to 25 treatments. 7
      Topical medications used for psoriasis include:

      Vitamin D compounds such as calcipotriene.
      Topical corticosteroids.
      Retinoids such as tazarotene.
      Anthralin and tars.
      The occlusion treatment method may be effective for some people. Occlusion involves first applying skin products, such as moisturizers, medicated creams, or gels, then wrapping the skin with tape, material, or plastic. Occlusion helps keep the area moist and increases the effectiveness of medicated creams.

      Medicines called "biologic drugs" have shown great promise for the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis. These medications, including alefacept (Amevive) and efalizumab (Raptiva), block the harmful response of the body's immune system that causes the symptoms of psoriasis. See the Medication Choices section of this topic for more information.

      Treatment if the condition gets worse
      If you have severe psoriasis, in which the rash, or plaque, covers more than 20% of your skin surface, your doctor may recommend systemic therapy. (Having both your arms completely covered with plaque is equivalent to 20% of your skin surface.) Systemic therapy involves the use of medications such as retinoids, methotrexate, and cyclosporine, usually in addition to continued topical treatments and exposure to ultraviolet light.

      Systemic treatment for children is reserved for the most severe cases, as there is a lack of evidence on how well children can tolerate these drugs. 6

      In rare cases, medication may be injected into a skin sore or patch (plaque).

      Treatment for psoriasis may continue for a lifetime. Counseling and stress reduction may improve symptoms and help prevent flare-ups.

      *******************

      I would suggest making an appointment with a Dermatologist first & getting on a treatment plan. The Dr. can prescribe medications, shampoos, creams, or lotions that he thinks your case warrants. Hope this info helps! Good luck!

  32. QUESTION:
    I think I might have psoriasis. I heard there is broadband UVB therapy? Im not sure what it is. Is it painful?
    I need advise on how to deal with psoriasis. How long does it take to be treated? and is therapy painful?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi I had the UVB (PUVA) Treatment at the hospital, its not painful, but just time consuming, I had to go three times a week and the first session was for I think 5 seconds, and then the next time was 10 seconds. Personally it didn't work for me, and left me with a lot of scaring, but then no two people are the same. Have you had your psoriasis confirmed by a dermatologist or doctor? That may be the best thing to do first. I have had my psoriasis for 30+ years, and still looking for something to clear it. Hope you find a solution good luck.

  33. QUESTION:
    Uses and types of Coconut Oil (Cooking or Body Use)?
    I have been hearing there are a lot of different uses for coconut oil other than for cooking. I was wondering if there is 2 different kinds of coconut oil, such as one for cooking and one for your body? Or is there just one type and you can use it for cooking and for your body? I have heard of people using it in their hair, as a skin moisturizer, on cuts and scrapes, etc.....

    • ANSWER:
      * Head lice. Developing research shows that a spray containing coconut oil, anise oil, and ylang ylang oil appears to be effective for treating head lice in children. It seems to work about as well as a spray containing chemical insecticides.
      * Psoriasis. Applying coconut oil to the skin before treatment of psoriasis with ultraviolet B (UVB) or psoralen and ultraviolet A (PUVA) light therapy doesn't seem to improve effectiveness of the treatment.
      * Heart disease. A study in India suggested that eating coconut or taking coconut oil doesn’t seem to affect the chances of having a heart attack or developing chest pain (angina).
      * Weight loss.
      * High cholesterol.
      * Diabetes.
      * Chronic fatigue.
      * Crohn's disease.
      * Irritable bowel syndrome.
      * Thyroid conditions.
      * Other conditions.

      More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of coconut oil for these uses.

      Freedom(Vincent).

  34. QUESTION:
    Birth Control pill causing psoriasis outbreak?
    I'm a 20 year old female with sever plaque psoriasis. I've had it since I was 14 and had mono. My psoriasis covers 94% of my body ( arms, legs, truck, scalp, chin, bottoms of feet). I did the puva treatment when i was 15 and had been clear until about 5 months ago when i started taking Try-cyclen-lo. Since then I have been doing UVB treatments 3 times a week. After 3 months on birth control I stopped taking it and my skin began to clear up. After seeing my doctor and getting more birth control i've been on it for about 2 weeks and my psoriasis is flaring up. I live in atlantic canada right on the coast so because it is almost November it's getting chilly and the air is dry.

    I know that cold weather can cause flare ups but i was wondering if maybe my birth control and the change in hormones could be causing them as well.

    Please only serious answers from people really trying to help.

    Psoriasis is a serious condition that is very painful and changes the way you live. I'm only young and am looking for all the help I can get.

    Thank you.

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

  35. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of phsoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      I understand that they have not found any cure for it yet. Let me give you the information on the details of existing treatments...

      Today, there are many different treatments to help control psoriasis. Some can be found over the counter at a drugstore, while others require a prescription from your doctor.
      No single treatment works for everyone. The goal is to find a treatment that works the best with the fewest side effects. Your doctor will look at what kind of psoriasis you have and recommend the treatment regimen that is best for you.

      Topicals

      Topical treatments—agents applied to the skin—are usually the first line of defense in treating psoriasis. Researchers believe psoriasis occurs when faulty signals in the immune system cause skin cells to grow too rapidly, creating dry, red, scaly patches called lesions. Topicals slow down or normalize that excessive cell reproduction and reduce inflammation (redness) associated with psoriasis.

      Doctors tend to first prescribe topicals and/or phototherapy for mild to moderate psoriasis because they may be more appropriate than other treatments, such as systemic medications, which affect the entire body.
      There are many effective topical treatments. While many can be purchased over the counter (OTC), others are available by prescription only.

      Anthralin
      This prescription topical can be very effective in treating plaque psoriasis. It does not work as quickly or as thoroughly as superpotent topical steroids, but unlike steroids, it has no known long-term side effects.

      Dovonex
      A form of synthetic vitamin D3 approved for treating psoriasis, available by prescription. It slows down the rate of skin cell growth, flattens psoriasis lesions and removes scale. Dovonex also can be used on the scalp and for nail psoriasis.

      Salicylic acid
      Also known as "sal acid," salicylic acid helps remove scales and is often combined with topical steroids, anthralin or tar to enhance effectiveness. Available in both OTC and prescription forms.

      Tar
      Coal tar is available over the counter in crude and refined forms to treat mild, moderate and severe psoriasis. For decades, tar was viewed as the "traditional" treatment for psoriasis, and it remains a safe, effective and readily available treatment option for many people.

      Tazorac
      Tazorac topical gel and cream (also known by its generic name tazarotene) are FDA-approved for treating plaque psoriasis. Tazorac is a vitamin A derivative and is also known as a topical retinoid. It is available by prescription.

      Topical steroids
      Corticosteroids, ordinarily called "steroids" by doctors and patients, are routinely used to treat psoriasis. Topical steroid medications can be very effective in controlling mild to moderate psoriasis lesions. They are easy to use and work relatively quickly. Most are available by prescription.

      Other OTC topicals
      Information about bath solutions, moisturizers and nonprescription medications that can be used to moisturize, soothe, remove scale or relieve itching.

      Phototherapy

      Phototherapy involves exposing the skin to wavelengths of ultraviolet light under medical supervision. Treatments usually take place in a doctor's office or psoriasis clinic. However, it is possible to follow a treatment regimen at home with a unit prescribed by your doctor. The key to success with phototherapy is consistency.

      UVB phototherapy

      UVB treatment involves exposing the skin to an artificial UVB light source for a set length of time on a regular schedule, either under a doctor's direction in a medical setting or with a home unit purchased with a doctor's prescription.

      Home phototherapy

      PUVA is an acronym for psoralen (a light-sensitizing medication) combined with exposure to ultraviolet light A (UVA). UVA, like UVB, is found in sunlight. By itself, however, UVA is not usually used to clear psoriasis. It is relatively ineffective unless used with a light-sensitizing medication such as psoralen.

      Lasers

      Targeted UVB treatment and pulsed dye lasers can be used to treat chronic localized plaque lesions.

      Systemics

      Systemic medications are prescription medications that affect the entire body, and are usually reserved for patients with moderate to severe psoriasis who are not responsive to or eligible for conventional topical medications or ultraviolet (UV) light treatments.
      Biologics
      Biologic medications are developed from living sources, such as cells, rather than combinations of chemicals like traditional drugs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Amevive and Raptiva for the treatment of psoriasis. Enbrel is approved for the treatment of both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, while Humira and Remicade are both approved for the treatment psoriatic arthritis.

      Cyclosporine
      Cyclosporine is a prescription systemic medication used to treat psoriasis. In 1995, Neoral (one brand name for cyclosporine) was FDA-approved to help prevent organ rejection in transplant patients. In 1997, the FDA approved Neoral as a treatment for psoriasis.

      Methotrexate
      Methotrexate is a systemic medication usually sold as a generic. Initially used to treat cancer, methotrexate was discovered to be effective in clearing psoriasis in the 1950s and was eventually approved for this use by the FDA in the 1970s.

      Soriatane
      Soriatane is a prescription medication called an oral retinoid, which is a synthetic form of vitamin A. Synthetic retinoids were introduced as experimental drugs in the mid-1970s and were approved in the United States in the 1980s. Soriatane is currently the only oral retinoid approved by the FDA specifically for treating psoriasis.

      Other systemics
      Accutane, Hydrea, mycophenolate mofetil, sulfasalazine, 6-Thioguanine

      Biologics

      Most medicines are created by combining chemicals. In contrast, "biologic drugs" are made from human or animal proteins. The medications made from these proteins are specifically designed to help correct the body's process that causes psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
      Because of their recent use in treating psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, the long-term safety of biologics is not completely known.

      Understanding biologics
      About biologics: Learn how biologics are made, what makes them different, and their key features.
      How biologics work: Explains how biologics "go after" overactive immune cells in the body.

      Taking biologics: Information about who can take biologics, how well they work, cost and side effects.

      Biologics approved for psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis
      Amevive: The first biologic medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of psoriasis; given by injection in a doctor's office once per week for 12 weeks.
      Enbrel: Enbrel is FDA-approved for the treatment of psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Patients give themselves an injection under the skin.

      Humira: FDA-approved for treating psoriatic arthritis; being studied for psoriasis.

      Raptiva: Approved in October 2003 by the FDA for the treatment of psoriasis. Patients give themselves an injection under the skin once per week.

      Remicade: FDA-approved for treating psoriatic arthritis; being studied for treating psoriasis.

      Alternative approaches

      As more people have taken control of their treatment, interest in alternative medicine has grown. According to a survey released in May 2004 conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 36 percent of U.S. adults are using some form of complementary and alternative medicine.

      Alternative treatments are becoming more common, but they are not tested and studied to the same extent as traditional medical treatments.
      The information in this section is not meant to encourage treatment of your psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis on your own. Check with your doctor before beginning any new treatment, whether it is alternative or not. And always make sure your doctor is aware of any natural or herbal product you are using, as some may interact with prescription medications.

      What are alternative approaches?

      Acupuncture, herbal remedies, meditation, magnets—at one time, many people would have thought it absurd to try such things to treat the symptoms of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. But as more people have taken control of their treatment, interest in alternative medicine has grown. According to a survey released in May 2004 conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 36 percent of U.S. adults are using some form of complementary and alternative medicine.
      Conventional medicine is adjusting to this trend. Both patients and doctors have become more open to trying alternative approaches. Terms like "integrative" or "complementary" are now being used to describe these less conventional treatments. Approximately three-quarters of the medical schools in the United States offer courses covering alternative medicine, and many large hospitals are beginning to offer alternative treatments to create a setting that emphasizes treating the whole person.

      Alternative treatments are becoming more common, but they are not tested and studied to the same extent as traditional medical treatments. It is difficult to come to a universal decision regarding their effectiveness because they are administered differently from practitioner to practitioner.

      Every day, the National Psoriasis Foundation hears from its Members and the public about nontraditional treatments they are using. The Psoriasis Foundation does not endorse or recommend any treatments for psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. We also do not dismiss any treatment that may be working for someone who has psoriasis—whether that treatment is traditional or alternative.

      The information in this section is not meant to encourage treatment of your psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis on your own. Check with your doctor before beginning any new treatment, whether it is alternative or not. And always make sure your doctor is aware of any natural or herbal product you are using, as some may interact with prescription medications.

      The treatment options discussed in this section are meant for the consideration of generally healthy adults—not infants, children, pregnant women or the elderly.

      Updated February 2005
      Your diet and psoriasis

      While little scientific research on psoriasis and diet has taken place historically, the National Psoriasis Foundation hears a number of claims and theories about the effects of particular diets, foods and dietary supplements on psoriasis.
      The major problem in discussing the role of diet is that there are so many factors involved.

      People with psoriasis are individuals with different backgrounds, habits and medical histories, who respond to substances differently at different times. Moreover, people with psoriasis can have remissions that have nothing to do with changes in diets or treatments. These variables make it difficult to evaluate whether any specific dietary change is responsible for clearing or worsening psoriasis. The addition or elimination of one substance from the diet can be the remedy for one person and the culprit for another. There is certainly no harm in exploring how diet impacts your psoriasis, as long as your overall health is not compromised.
      Sun and water therapy

      Sunlight and water are natural therapies that can help improve psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis for many people. Eighty percent of the people who use regular daily doses of sunlight enjoy improvement or clearing of their plaque psoriasis. Water can help soften psoriasis lesions.
      Balneotherapy is a general term used for water-based treatments involving natural thermal springs, hot springs, mineral water or seawater. This treatment is widely used throughout Europe and Asia, and spas that feature balneotherapy are being introduced in the U.S.
      Climatotherapy is a term used to describe the combination of natural sunlight and water, such as the ocean or other bodies of water, to treat psoriasis. In particular, climatotherapy refers to certain locations around the world, like the Dead Sea in Israel, where the environment and natural elements are said to be especially therapeutic for psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis.

      No matter what it is called or where it takes place–in the backyard, at the beach or in the bathtub–sun and water may make a difference in how psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis look and feel.

      Using sunlight as a psoriasis treatment
      How to get a successful outcome and avoid sunburn when using sunlight to treat psoriasis.

      Sunlight and other psoriasis treatments
      Information about the potential risks of combining sunlight with other psoriasis treatments.

      Sunlight and skin cancer
      How to minimize the risk of skin cancer and warning signs to watch for.

      Tanning beds
      Cautionary information about using tanning salons as an alternative to natural sunlight.

      Climatotherapy sites
      The Dead Sea: The world's best known climatotherapy site, which offers formalized treatment facilities for psoriasis.

      Other sites: More locations where the environment and natural elements are considered therapeutic for psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis.

      HOWEVER, THERE ARE FORA ON THIS TREATMENTS AVAILABLE PLUS FEEDBACK ON THE EFFECTS WHICH YOU SHOULD BE CAREFUL AND CONSIDER. Search more on it before you make a decision.

      Hope this helps and you get well.

  36. QUESTION:
    Light treatment for psoriasis. Is it like a sunbed?
    Can you describe it for me and also how do you know.
    Cheers

    • ANSWER:
      Phototherapy is another form of non biologic psoriasis therapy. For the skin's health, psoriasis is treated with different types of light. UVB light is the most commonly used one, but PUVA may be tried as well. Depending on the type of treatment used, the light is in the form of a lamp or in more recent history, a laser. Some people have found success with exposing the affected areas of the skin to the sun directly. Others have tried to use tanning beds for the same purpose. You and your medical professional can make the right decision for you and your skin.

  37. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis? Please help me out :(?
    I asked another question but I'm asking again.

    I'm a 13 yr old girl and psoriasis is HORRIBLE. I read that it can be caused by having stress and I am a perfectionist and always judge myself and other horrible things. I just need to know any home remides to help with psoriasis? My dermatoligist is an idiot and i've been going to him for 3 years for acne which he has helped. But when it comes to psoriasis he's a total flop. I have it on my scalp, all over the bavk of my arms and ny my elbows and its getting worse. Theres a little on my stomach and now I'm getting little spots of it all over my legs. Please give me any tips or reccomendations you can! I will try anything honestly.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is auto immune disease caused by over working genes. To simplify it so you can understand : In normal people, skin cells ( on top of our skin) die and re-produce once every 40 days approximately. If you have psoriasis, skin cells re-produce once every 24/48 hours. This causes a lot of dead skin cells ( flakes ) on top of the skin making layers exactly like Dandruff but also on other areas of the body. The skin underneath is also inflamed.

      What triggers psoriasis : Fever, cold/flu, stress/anxiety, climate, other conditions, toxins from food or other products we use everyday.

      The healthier the diet the better. The less the chemicals you use on your body the better.

      The first treatment for mild psoriasis is the topical ones, creams/gels/lotions. Most of them contain cortisone ( like Dovobet, Butavate etc. ) and you need to be careful with them and don't use them for a long period of time because they make the skin thinner ( stretch marks ).

      Never use cortisone on and around the face. A great cream which works as fast as cortisone ones but does not contain any cortisone is called Protopic and it works great. you can use it on the face and on other sensitive areas. It clears up the skin in a few days if applied daily. Ask your dermatologist.

      Other than the topical treatments you could try PUVA phototherapy ( solarium kinda ). Again ask your dermatologist , he can arrange it.

      There are stronger treatments ( pills, injections ) which clear up psoriasis completely for as long as you keep doing them but you are too young to get those and your psoriasis is not severe.

      Psoriasis is a chronic condition with no cure but only treatments which help with the symptoms. It's really important to find a specialized in psoriasis dermatologist. Not all of them are experienced with psoriasis.

      You need to learn anything you can about the disease and the available treatments in order to treat it because something that works on me might not work on you, so it's a personal thing.

      Get a deep moisturizer cream from the drugstore ( scent/alcohol free ) and use it as often as possible. Drink a lot of water and exercise if possible.

  38. QUESTION:
    I have Psoraisis on my face. Is there treatment especially for the face that won't irritate my skin?

    • ANSWER:
      No single treatment works for everyone. The goal is to find a treatment that works the best with the fewest side effects. Your doctor will look at what kind of psoriasis you have and recommend the treatment regimen that is best for you.
      For localized disease, recent data support the combined use of topical corticosteroids with a noncorticosteroid agent (topical calcipotriene or tazarotene). For generalized disease, UVB phototherapy is an effective treatment that permits both rapid control and long-term maintenance. Use of low doses of acitretin (25mg qd or qod) potentiates both UVB and PUVA therapy. For patients unresponsive to phototherapy or who are not able to come on a regular basis, methotrexate is an effective alternative. Cyclosporine is useful, especially for short-term use in settings of acute exacerbation, but should be replaced by other modalities for long-term maintenance. Other agents that have a place in treatment of generalized psoriasis include hydroxyurea and mycophenolate mofetil.

  39. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis- help?
    Psoriasis
    ive has psoriasis for 20 years and its never been as bad as it is now.Im using Dovonex and its not working..Does anyone know what the best cream is at present please

    • ANSWER:
      My husband has psoriasis and he also uses dovonex. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. The most important thing is to get referred to a dermatologist who will help you figure out a care plan that is right for you. One thing that really helped my husband was PUVA treatment, this is UVA light treatment, and it is available on the NHS. Go back to your doctor, explain the dovonex isn't working and ask to be referred to a dematologist.

  40. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis Treatment?
    Psoriasis reduces after treatment but reappaers?

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment

      Psoriasis has no cure. Whenever you get episodes of psoriasis, you can be treated to clear the same. After that it may recur in weeks or years. No one can predict that. Your doctor may choose any of the following treatments.

      Topical Steroids:
      Steroids are one of the common medications for psoriasis. Strong steroids should not be used for a long period. Your doctor will tell you about the applications. Psoriasis patients prefer steroids because they are much cleaner to apply than messy coal tar applications. For severe cases of psoriasis, coal tar applications have to be used. Steroids, though much cleaner in use and highly effective, cannot be used for long. They thin the skin and lose their effect if used for long. Steroids are not a medication that can be used for long time without worrying about the consequences.

      Coal Tar Applications:
      In this application, refined coal tar is used in different forms. You get creams, gels, sticks and ointments. Your doctor will decide if you need to use coal tar applications. One has to take care while using coal tar applications before going out in the sun as they can cause sunburns.

      Anthralin Or Dithranol:
      This is an effective medication for psoriasis. It may be sometimes very irritating. Using it on body folds or face is not advised. Similarly, fair skinned people should not use it. Your doctor will guide you about the use.

      Vitamin D Analogues:
      The recent additions are Vitamin D analogues, which are used topically. They are not recommended to treat patches on face. These compounds may cause some irritation in the beginning but that clears after some time.

      UV Treatment:
      Psoriasis responds to UV treatment very satisfactorily. You may be treated with UVA, UVB or PUVA. They are all different ways of getting exposed to UV radiation. This cannot be done at home and you will have to go to a facility to get this done. Your doctor will guide you about the treatment and other aspects.

      Sun:
      The sun is also good for psoriasis treatment. But you should first talk to the doctor about the total time of exposure in the sun otherwise damaging sunrays may create other complications.

      Oral Medications:
      There are many oral medications for psoriasis. They are used only after the failure of topicals. Oral medications can cause many side-effects such as liver and kidney functions and some are potent immuno-suppressants. Your doctor will closely monitor you while giving you these medications.

      Rest & Relaxation:
      Psoriasis has some relation with stress. If you rest and be stress-free, psoriasis responds well.

      Care:
      Similarly, you must use enough moisturizers or emollient creams to keep the plaques soft, and stop development of very dry skin and more itching.

  41. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis and I'd like to know if any vitamins would help it? I don't want to take a prescription drug because the one they wanted to give me lowers your immune system. If anyone could help me in any way, I'd really appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had psoriais for forty six years and the one thing I know for certain is there is no magic cure and there is no one single thing you can do to help.

      A lot will depend of the type of psoriasis and the severity and location of the lesions.

      Topical treatments are always the first port of call - creams lotions, potions for during and after shower/bath and there are millions out there its a matter of tryuing to see what works best for you. Keeping skin moisturised is essential.

      UV light treatment...tanning beds work to an extent but if your psoriais is severe you may be offered PUVA

      DMARDS - drugs like sulfasalazine, methotrexate are the old tried and trusted starter drugs can be effective. It is true that they lower the immune system but that is the nature of how they work. psoriasis is an auto-immune disease after all.

      There is no proven link to any dietary factors although some individuals find that eliminating certain food groups can make a different. That is very much a trial and error personal thing but should always be discussed with your doctor.

      If you eat a balanced diet you should have no need of additional supplementary vitamins.

      Looking after your general health and well being is essential. There is evidence to suggest that flares can be triggered by excessive stress or certain infections.

      There is a wealth of general information out there and several self help groups. You may find that things will work for a while and then become less effective...unfortunately that is the nature of the disease. I wish you luck on your journey...and lots of resmissions along the way.

  42. QUESTION:
    what is good to use for psoriasis over the counter?

    • ANSWER:
      You will not get over the cunter drugs for psoriasis as this is mainly treated by PHOTOTHERAPY
      DRUGS HAVE ROLE IN CURING PSORIASIS,
      topical steroids, methotrexate, cyclosporine, and psoralen plus ultraviolet A (PUVA) can only be used for a limited time. After stopping these medications, symptoms generally return over a variable amount of time. AMEVIVE is unique in that it was well-tolerated in clinical trials and induced a remission of symptoms for up to 1 year after the treatment was discontinued.
      DO CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE TAKING ANY KIND OF TREATMENT
      AS THESE DRUGS ARE HAVING SIDE EFFECTS
      MY FRIEND GO TO DOCTOR AND ASK FOR TREATMENT,,THEY WILL TREAT ACCORDINGLY
      For ur information i will like to mention side effects of this drug,,following are so,,
      In clinical trials the most common side effect of Amevive treatment was transient chills which tended to occur soon after the first 1 or 2 doses and did not cause any patients to discontinue treatment. Although Amevive suppresses a portion of the immune system, the most serious infection reported during the clinical trials was pharyngitis, or the common cold. The FDA is encouraging physicians to monitor white blood cell counts during therapy and inform patients to report any signs of an infection or malignancy to their health care provider promptly while receiving treatment. The effect of Amevive on pregnancy and fetal development is not known, therefore treatment is not recommended during pregnancy.

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH

  43. QUESTION:
    does anyone know a real cure for psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Recent research indicates that psoriasis may be an immune disorder. The immune system has a type of white blood cell, called a T-cell, which normally protects the body against infection and disease. In psoriasis, it is believed that an abnormal immune system causes T-cells to trigger the inflammation and excessive skin cell reproduction in the skin, which results in red plaques.

      Exposing these activated T cells to specific wavelengths of UV light causes them to die, a process called apoptosis. Apoptosis reduces inflammation and slows the overproduction of skin cells that cause plaques. Frequent, short, nonburning exposure to UV light can help clear or improve psoriasis for many people. Therefore, many doctors may include phototherapy as a psoriasis treatment..
      When prescribing phototherapy as a psoriasis treatment, doctors may select either UVB or UVA light. The administration of UVB is one of the main psoriasis treatments for patients with mild to moderate psoriasis. Improved understanding of the UVB light spectrum has led doctors to refine their treatment methods to include a very precise range of UVB wavelengths, called Narrow Band UVB light or NBUVB. Evidence suggests that NBUVB phototherapy offers even better treatment results than broad band UVB therapy for certain patients.

      When using UVA light, doctors typically will combine oral or topical administration of a medicine called psoralen. This psoriasis treatment is commonly referred to as PUVA. The addition of psoralen makes the skin more sensitive to the UVA light, producing a greater effect than UVA light alone.
      When comparing NBUVB and PUVA therapies, some studies have demonstrated that NBUVB was about as effective as PUVA. However, NBUVB therapy had the added advantage of producing significantly fewer side effects. These were mostly related to the adverse, long-term use of the medication psoralen.

      Phototherapy is a safe and effective psoriasis treatment option that has helped many patients. As with any medical treatment, you should consult a physician about the advantages of phototherapy to see if it is right for you.

  44. QUESTION:
    does anybody know any good medicine,or cure for psoriasis, it's ruining my life...Ive had in since i was 1
    Psoriasis----is like exima...itz dry patches of dry skin..

    • ANSWER:
      Topical treatments. The first step for treating psoriasis is using topical medications, such as ointments, creams, solutions, or sprays. There are a number of different types, with the most commonly prescribed being topical steroids such as cortisone. Other medications include Dovonex, Tazorac, and anthralin. Many of these products come in different forms and in different strengths, which would be prescribed depending on the severity of your psoriasis and the area affected. While some medications, such as coal tar and salicylic acid, are sometimes available without a prescription, you should only use them in consultation with your dermatologist. One problem with most of these medications is that they cause side effects -- such as skin irritation -- and medications such as steroids may become less effective over time. Topical therapy is unlikely to work in cases where more than 10% to 20% of the skin is affected by psoriasis.
      Phototherapy. Another approach to treating psoriasis is phototherapy, exposing the affected skin to light. Sunlight, in small doses, can help reduce the symptoms of psoriasis. There are also artificial ways of mimicking this effect with ultraviolet lights. One common type of this treatment is called UVB, using ultraviolet B light. A more refined version of this approach, called narrow band UVB, is more effective in fewer treatments. Another treatment, called PUVA (psoralen plus ultraviolet A light), combines exposure to a different kind of light with a medication, psoralen, that increases your skin's sensitivity to light. Although PUVA can be effective on difficult-to-treat psoriasis, it increases your risk of skin cancer. The newest development in phototherapy is the use of lasers, which focus the beneficial effects of light specifically on the affected areas of skin, reducing side effects and the number of necessary appointments. While phototherapy can work very well, it may involve numerous trips to the doctor's office weekly and it can be difficult to fit into a busy schedule.
      Systemic medication. Oral medications, such as methotrexate (Rheumatrex and Amethopterin) and cyclosporine (Neoral or Sandimmune) are prescribed in severe cases of psoriasis that don't respond to other treatments. While systemic treatment -- meaning medication that affects the body's entire system -- can work very well, it can also have potentially serious side effects. Your doctor will need to monitor you closely while you use these drugs. Many of the systemic medications work by weakening the response of your immune system, thereby lessening the symptoms of psoriasis.
      Biologic treatments. Recent discoveries about the causes of psoriasis have led to some new approaches to treatment. There's a great deal of excitement about biologic treatments for psoriasis, which specifically target the immune system response that causes the symptoms of psoriasis. Early evidence indicates that these new drugs have significantly fewer side effects than traditional systemic therapy. As of July 2004, three of these drugs were approved to treat chronic moderate to severe psoriasis: Amevive, Enbrel, and Raptiva. These medications can be highly effective when other treatments have failed. However, since they all decrease some aspect of the immune system and thus may increase the risk of serious infection. Other biologic drugs under study to treat psoriasis include Remicade and Humira.
      Home care. While there's nothing you can do to prevent yourself from getting psoriasis, you can take measures that will reduce the chances of having a flare-up. Always make sure to keep your skin moist, since dry weather can make psoriasis worse. Don't pick at your skin and be careful to avoid cuts and bruises because injuries can cause your psoriasis to flare. Although it hasn't been proven, many people believe that stress can make their psoriasis worse, so do what you can to relax.

  45. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis?
    no one in my family has it but i was diagnosed with psoriasis the beginning of last summer. Has anyone ever fought the disease... im young and ive seen pics of people with all over their forhead and their back and knees and pretty much everywhere....thankfully you cannot tell that i have it, but i dont want to keep worrying if it will ruin my life or not,,, i just wanted to know if anyone that has it has used anything to get rid of it or reduce it????

    Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      There are many effective topical treatments. While many can be purchased over the counter (OTC), others are available by prescription only.

      Over-the-counter topicals
      Salicylic acid
      Also known as "sal acid," salicylic acid helps remove scales and is often combined with topical steroids, anthralin or tar to enhance effectiveness. Available in both OTC and prescription forms.

      Tar
      Coal tar is available in topical, shampoo and bath solution forms. Tar can help slow the rapid proliferation of skin cells and help reduce inflammation, itching and scaling. It can also be used in combination with phototherapy.

      Other OTC topicals
      Information about bath solutions, moisturizers and nonprescription medications that can be used to moisturize, soothe, remove scale or relieve itching.

      Prescription topicals
      Anthralin
      This prescription topical can be very effective in treating plaque psoriasis. It does not work as quickly or as thoroughly as superpotent topical steroids, but unlike steroids, it has no known long-term side effects.

      Dovonex
      A form of synthetic vitamin D3 that slows down the rate of skin cell growth, flattens psoriasis lesions and removes scale. Dovonex also can be used on the scalp and for nail psoriasis.

      Taclonex
      This prescription ointment contains calcipotriene (the active ingredient in Dovonex) and the potent steroid betamethasone dipropionate. The calcipotriene slows down the rate of skin cell growth, flattens psoriasis lesions and removes scale, while the steroid helps reduce inflammation and itch.

      Tazorac
      Available as a presciption gel or cream (also known by its generic name tazarotene), Tazorac is a vitamin A derivative and is also known as a topical retinoid. It can be used on the face, scalp and nails.

      Topical steroids
      Corticosteroids, ordinarily called "steroids" by doctors and patients, are routinely used to treat psoriasis. Topical steroid medications can be very effective in controlling mild to moderate psoriasis lesions. They are easy to use and work relatively quickly. Most are available by prescription.

      Phototherapy involves exposing the skin to wavelengths of ultraviolet light under medical supervision. Treatments usually take place in a doctor's office or psoriasis clinic. However, it is possible to follow a treatment regimen at home with a unit prescribed by your doctor. The key to success with phototherapy is consistency.

      UVB phototherapy

      UVB treatment involves exposing the skin to an artificial UVB light source for a set length of time on a regular schedule, either under a doctor's direction in a medical setting or with a home unit purchased with a doctor's prescription.

      PUVA

      PUVA is an acronym for psoralen (a light-sensitizing medication) combined with exposure to ultraviolet light A (UVA). UVA, like UVB, is found in sunlight. By itself, however, UVA is not usually used to clear psoriasis. It is relatively ineffective unless used with a light-sensitizing medication such as psoralen.

      Lasers

      Targeted UVB treatment and pulsed dye lasers can be used to treat chronic localized plaque lesions.

  46. QUESTION:
    skin conditions(psoriasis)?
    I have psoriasis and it so bad now , any suggestions, i have used so many creams , nothing helps really getting me down

    • ANSWER:
      See a good dermatologist, and he'll go through the range of treatments available. I know it's tough, I got it when I was 22, and part of the problem is that some treatments work well for one person, but not for others. So basically you just have to go with the recommendations of the dermatologist, and try different things out.
      The thing that cleared my skin the most was PUVA - both with using the pills, as well as the bath. However, there are lots of different ointments and creams as well.
      Good luck. Hang tough...
      http://www.psoriasis.org/about/psoriasis/

  47. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis HELP???? Please!!!?
    I have psoriasis and i really don't like it, i was just wandering is there anything easy i can do to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many treatment options are available for the treatment of this skin condition for home easy home remedy to latest phototherapy and laser technologies.

      UVa rays based treatment PUVA is also beneficial and seem better.
      If you could find any herbal remedy it would be better for your because these could not cause any negative effects and more economical as compare to other.

      Further more you may found some tips to stop further increase in this psoriasis at http://www.vitiligoguide.com/psoriasis/


puva treatment for psoriasis

Psoriasis Natural Cures

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Which is the best cleansing program for natural cures?
    I have read and watched so much media about cleansing programs and would like to know from your experience which program is the best in terms of effectiveness and cost aimed at natural cures.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm glad you are looking for something natural to help cure and balance your body. I'm sure a cleanse will work wonders for you.

      Let me make a suggestion...
      Cleansing is great, and vital to your health, but you need to do it correctly. The purpose of a cleanse (especially if you are fighting a degenerative or chronic disease) is to detox your body AND give your body the nutrients it needs to regenerate clean, healthy cells.

      Most cleanses -- like the master cleanse -- do detox your body, but do nothing for restoring balance to your system. For example, your body is building about 1 billion new cells each day. If you cleanse without flooding your body with super-absorbable nutrients, your body has to create new cells out of whatever is left over in your system after your cleanse-- which is usually mineral, vitamin, protein and fat deficient.

      Instead, I would do a nutritional cleanse. These cleanses flush your entire system (colon included) of all the junk, while simultaneously flooding your cells with super nutrition. This way, when your body starts building new cells -- they are made out of the best "parts" available.

      This will help your body regenerate parts of your body that need help (i.e., new pancreas cells if you are diabetic, new skin cells if your suffer from eczema/psoriasis, new neural cells if you suffer from emotional imbalances). Other benefits of this type of cleanse are: eliminating unhealthy cravings, weight loss, better sleep, more energy, sharp intellect and clear skin.

      Of course, I am biased, and completely endorse the Isagenix product line :) Here's a video that explains the Isagenix nutritional cleanses -- it's only a few minutes long...

      http://media01.isagenix.com/Corporate/WW/EN/microsite/cleansedforlife/cleansed_video.html

      Here's a good place to buy it wholesale...
      http://www.naturalweightloss4life.com/30day

      Good luck and I hope you feel well soon!

  2. QUESTION:
    I have psoriasis. Is there a cure for it by eating certain foods or vitamins?
    I have had psoriasis for about 8 months now. Is there a natural cure for it that will make it go away for good? I have been drinking 6 cups of water a day and have been eating a lot of raw foods. I also put raw aloe vera on it every night and wash my hair with natural neem plant shampoo every other day. Is it true that psoriasis is caused by a weak immune system, and your skin cells are producing too rapidly?

    • ANSWER:
      sorry there nothing that can help except going to a dermatologist is slows the psoriasis to spread with speacials creams they suscribe i have had it for 8 years now

  3. QUESTION:
    How can you cure psoriasis without the crazy Diet? I have read HEALING PSORIASIS: The Natural Alternative.?
    The diet in HEALING PSORIASIS: The Natural Alternative is to restrictive. Please help, the diet works but I can't do it.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. The connection between psoriasis and food is not clear: nobody knows for sure if dieting helps at all. You can try one of the natural remedies available online: just google "natural remedy for psoriasis" and take your pick. Some of them do actually work. For my plaque psoriasis the herbal cream by Champori works the best: it takes about 2 weeks to clear the patches and then they stay clear for months on end. Try it: champori comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.
      Cheers,
      Stella

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural cure for eczema?
    I have had eczema for many years, and I have some now which will not clear-up. The doctor has not been able to provide much more than steroid cream. Is there any natural things which work?

    • ANSWER:
      The cure to eczema is specific attrition of the infected cells. Have a look at my blog at http://eczemafix.blogspot.com/index.html#7020987335704964975 for reason why and mechanism. The best cure I have found thus far is 4 days at a clean beach. Mangosteen skins are good for immediate treatment but does not provide the level that going to a warm and clean beach does.

      The cure is also a strategy. It is about depopulating the infection and infectious agents over a period of time without scarring the skin (or with minimal scarring) http://eczemafix.blogspot.com/index.html#3443886186286232409 (this shows what happens when the majority of the infection is gone but there are still some infected patches. People say it looks like psoriasis (http://www.healthy-skin-guide.com/psoriasis-photos.html)).

      As skin is naturally replaced over the course of ones life, as long as one remains vigilant, one will eventually be free of the infection. I make this period about 7 years.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. QUESTION:
    how do you lessen face and nail psoriasis?
    need help.my sister has face and nail psoriasis.is there any natural way to cure or lessen it (like oil or soap) since the dermatologist has been prescribing steroids and it causes pimples even if it cures the psoriasis.tnx.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. I don't know what to suggest for nail psor. but for the face I recommend the herbal cream and spray from http://www.champori.com It worked fast and well on my plaque p.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  8. 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.

  9. 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. :)

  10. QUESTION:
    what is the best cure and remedy for psoriasis?
    Is psoriasis curable permanentaly and how long it may take if it is in the starting stage.

    • ANSWER:
      The best cure and remedy for psoriasis is to understand what is causing it in the first place. Despite what many think the causative factors of psoriasis is known and has been since 2002.
      THERE IS A NATURAL CURE FOR PSORIASIS BASED ON FACTS THAT YOU CHECK OUT FOR YOURSELVES

      All the factors involved in psoriasis is known and you can find this out by simply typing your search box, yahoo has a few sites, google has many sites.
      'Acrylamide- Calcium Protease / Psoriasis'
      Psoriasis Is Avoidable you do not have to spend a fortune on miracle drugs, miracle creams, or whatever miracles they are promoting. The only mystery that should be considered is why your autoimmune system is not coping.
      The term 'Calcium Protease' is the name they have in medicine for psoriasis. Why is it called that? Say we took a sample of your flakes and revert the flakes back to plasma (TPA) Then took a sample of your normal skin, the difference in calcium levels between the two is obvious. The flakes have a content of calcium many times of what the normal skin has. Hence the term 'Calcium Protease'
      Acrylamide again you can type in your search box to do your own research. Acrylamide is used in many industrial applications used in sprays to stop drift, used in water purifying, paints, grouts, etc It wasn't known it existed in foods till as recent as 2002. Acrylamide does play a role in the formation of psoriasis. So hence the term
      'Acrylamide Calcium Protease/ psoriasis'
      Here's a very simple thing to do go to kitchen leave all your vegetables, fruit, meat/ fish in fridge, Take all the rest out put them on your kitchen table. Then get all the packaged food (Processed foods) and also put them on the kitchen table. All your soft drinks, wines, beers, on the table too. In all these foods you will find on labels one or the other. Calcium Ascorbate Vitamin C (302 food additive code), Ascorbic Acid V.C. (300), Food Acid or Citric Acid (330), These are used in over 90% of processed foods as antioxidant etc. This is where the calcium is coming from. It has for one very well established and known that Ascorbic Acid is able to cause calcium oxalate stones in urine.
      Acrylamide is created in foods subjected to heat Potato chips, french fries have large amounts as do cereals like corn flakes. Bread, pastries etc. This is where Acrylamide comes in. What most people don't realize the nature of Acrylamide is to bind. Again you can check all this out for yourself by doing those searches.
      Well we won't go into why this isn't made public it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out.
      http://groups.msn.com/psoriasisisavoidable
      The great news is that by simply changing your diet is all that's really required, an understanding off what foods to avoid. It's so easy to put to test, find out what so many are learning, the itch goes within days, the flakes start to drop off... Most are seeing full results from 4 to 6 weeks, the worst cases can take up to 12 weeks. As long as you avoid those foods your psoriasis will be gone for good.
      As l say Psoriasis Is Avoidable and learn what has been validated time and time again. Can't get any cheaper than this, don't forget all free, you can go straight to New Diet and copy and paste. Any queries don't hesitate to ask....
      http://groups.msn.com/psoriasisisavoidable

  11. QUESTION:
    What exactly is psoriasis and what causes this disease?
    and any other facts or cures that you know of from personal experience.

    • 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.

  12. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any natural and cheap ways to cure psoriasis?
    I have been a psoriasis sufferer for many years now and find the creams i use dont really work lomg term so if anyone has any serious and genuine ways which may help i would love to hear from you. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      UVB treatments

  13. 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!

  14. 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

  15. QUESTION:
    Why Type of Detox Do I Need for Psoriasis?
    Why type/kind of detox do I need for psoriasis? Is there some type of ointment that I can use that doesn't have a bad smell? According to the internet, Psoriasis is overreaction of the immune system. Is there some type of immune supplements that I need to use as well?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are referring to topical steriod creams and ointments, they only work temporarily. Eventually the psoriasis conditions come back again, because the source of the problem is inside your body. The immune system as you stated.

      I am a psoriasis sufferer for the last twenty-one years. I am happy there are effective solutions that are available now that weren't available over the years. Solutions that could provide medium-term relief.

      There are two routes you can take: the pharmaceutical route or the natural alternative route.

      For the pharmaceutical route, you could talk to your dermatologist about a weekly self-injected drug called Enbrel (manufactured by Amgen and Wyeth). I am currently on this medication right now and gives me medium-term relief and works fairly quickly. My body is about 60% covered with guttate psoriasis before treatment. Once I started treatment and stay on it, Enbrel lowered my psoriasis coverage to about 10% within two month period. Of course, results will vary for each patient.

      Of course, like any pharmaceutical medications, there are side effects. "Enbrel can cause serious side effects including: Infections, including serious infections like TB; hepatitis B can become active if you already have had it; nervous system problems, such as multiple sclerosis, seizures, or inflammation of the nerves of the eyes; blood problems (some fatal); new or worsening heart failure; new or worsening psoriasis; allergic reactions; autoimmune reactions, including a lupus-like syndrome and autoimmune hepatitis. Common side effects include: Injection site reactions, upper respiratory infections (sinus infections), and headache."

      Before the dermatologist could prescribe Enbrel to you, he will instruct you to get a tuberculosis test as well as a blood test to see if Enbrel is right for you. And you would need to take these tests about two to three times a year or as directed by the dermatologist.

      Lately I have been researching into natural and alternative psoriasis remedies. This would be the safe route to take to avoid the possible side effects of taking pharmaceutical drugs. Please keep in mind that there is no exact cure for psoriasis. Dermatologists will tell you that. What remedy works for one sufferer might not work for another sufferer.

      I am looking at a few books and articles about natural and alternative remedies. I came across a great article on how this woman was able to beat psoriasis: http://tinyurl.com/yg3pr74

      Good luck!!

  16. 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.

  17. QUESTION:
    What's a good, natural, way to detox your system?
    I don't want to take any kind of pills, or some detox drink. I want to do a very natural detox.

    • ANSWER:
      "Research has indicated, even without the inevitable breakdown of our body detox functions, the human body is simply not capable of eliminating the variety of toxins and chemicals that are ingested on a daily basis. The toxins will accumulate in our cells (especially fat cells), blood, tissues, organs (colon, liver and brain) and remain stored for an indefinite length of time bringing all kinds of eventual health problems as time goes by."

      Detoxing works and the proof is recorded on film and indisputable. To read more>>>

      http://www.amandahamilton.co.uk/success-stories-c-334.html

      An excerpt

      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.

      *psoriasis has been stated by modern medicine to have no cure* O_o

      Juices are an excellent way to detox your system - both vegetable and fruit juices. Skin brushing is very good to get rid of toxins and adding epsom salt to your bath helps draw out the impurities and toxins. Massage, yoga, sauna (the heat will open up the pores to draw the toxins out), aromatherapy baths and walking are a great way to destress.

      A few links to read through about natural detoxing>>>
      http://www.amandahamilton.co.uk/media/Onlinewebdocuments/Detox%20101.pdf
      http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Best-Natural-Ways-to-Detox-Your-Body!&id=3299953
      http://www.naturaltherapypages.com.au/article/Detox_for_Summer
      http://healthrecipes.com/detox_diet.htm

  18. QUESTION:
    What will happen if i leave my psoriasis alone?
    my family isnt good on money and i was told by my doctor it would be better to go to a skin specialist for my psoriasis, what will happen if i dont? if i dont do anything for my psoriasis, what will happen?

    • ANSWER:
      Doctors have no cure for psoriasis, and the only medications they know are steroid-based immunodepressants which carry nasty side-effects (cure worse than disease so to say).
      So, the answer to your question: nobody knows what will happen, but a lot of bad things will surely Not happen if you stay away from prescription medications.
      Follow common advices for psoriasis: moisturize your skin regularly; humidify the air if you live in a dry climate; eat more fish (or Omega-3 supplement); go to tanning saloon (moderation is a key though). Try some natural remedies: I recommend cream/spray combo from champori.com : it is herbal and works well and fast for me.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  19. QUESTION:
    Can laser from psoriasis treatment injure my inner ear?
    Yesterday, I had my first laser treatment for psoriasis and they did my ears. Last night I had pain inside my ears. Today, I still have lingering pain inside one ear. Anyone know if the laser could hurt my inner ear?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi
      First you should consult your doctor regarding the lingering pain in your ear.

      As with any medical procedure, excimer laser is not completely without risk. Because the excimer laser has the ability to ablate the skin, it is possible that a mishandled laser could cause some superficial tissue damage. For this reason, you should choose your cosmetic dermatologist carefully.

      Since you have Psoriasis, getting relief for your skin is a top priority. While there is currently no cure, you can still get relief with other less risky type of treatment such as applying psoriasis cream.

      There is a new natural product being promoted which is made with FDA-approved active ingredient. The product from Revitol Skin Care Product is called Dermasis Psoriasis Cream and it works to help control your skin symptoms in a smooth, non-greasy formula that absorbs quickly—and will not stain your clothes or skin.

      The product unique formulation of ingredients not only soothes and moisturizes your skin, but its active ingredient also helps control the scaling and flaking associated with Psoriasis to help your skin to heal naturally.

      Click on link to get more information on Dermasis Psoriasis Cream

  20. QUESTION:
    is there a natural cure for Pustular psoriasis?
    I suffer from it,on the feet,would like to know if there is natural ways to help controlling it

    • ANSWER:
      well there is no cure for psoriasis at all so are you looking for a natural treatment? With autoimmune stuff diet can be a big factor. Otherwise I recommend consulting your dermatologist about this.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to treat and cure psoriasis?
    I've had the whole psoriasis problem for years and have not yet found a way to treat it. I've tried lotions, bath oils, and even went as far as the holistic methods and nothing works. Am I doing something wrong? Please help!!

    • ANSWER:
      You're not doing anything wrong. Unfortunately, treatments that work for one person may not necessarily work for another. I've had it for many years now too and natural sunlight (sun tanning out side) seems to be the best. I have one cream that is very effective but I can't remember the name of it. I'll have a look and let you know.
      My wife bought this new Zinc spray and cream that's supposed to do wonders but after 1 week on one area, as a test, I see no results.
      Mitchel's Tea Tree shampoo works really well for the hair and smells much nicer than the tar shampoos.
      But I'll keep trying what comes along. Keep in touch.

  22. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used the new product Zoriasis for eczema?
    Our pharmacist can't keep it on the shelf. Supposedly it is all natural and works well with getting rid of eczema. My 8 month old son has it really bad and the typical heavy lotion, hydrocortizone, neosporan, treatments aren't working.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Good Luck !

  23. QUESTION:
    What is Holistic system cure for Tinnitus ringing in ears acne yeast infection psoriasis hemorrhoids etc?
    I have never heard the term holistic cure.

    • 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.
      Abi

  24. QUESTION:
    Do you think a dermatologist can cure my acne?
    I have tried all the supermarket products and the seem to work for a small amount of time but then the acne just starts coming back, maybe my skin become immune to it, same story with Proactiv it worked for a wee while but now we are back at square one. Can a dermatologist really cure acne or is that just wishful thinking, and what sort of things can they prescribe?

    • ANSWER:
      HI Jake

      Take your chances on the dermatologist, but here are some facts.

      Here are some real answers on skin conditions. Remedies at the bottom. Cleansing the body of toxins is the key. Especially a colon cleanse! Educate yourself on detoxifying the blood and removing excess waste from the body.

      Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D. - "What is your skin trying to tell you? Often the skin is a metaphor for deeper issues and a way for your body to send up a red flag to warn you that all is not well underneath. When our skin is unhealthy it is usually a reflection of the internal state of our bodies, and is often a sign of poor elimination of toxins and waste products. Most of us are embarrassed by skin problems such as rashes, rosacea, boils or acne, especially in places where others can see our imperfections. The skin is the body's first line of defense against the environment. It has to deal with the effects of weather, sun , cold, heat, dryness, humidity, scrapes, bumps, soaps, detergents, chemicals, perspiration and dirt of all kinds. It is a wonder that our skin stays healthy most of the time! We can help our skin deal with this onslaught by optimizing our general health and by protecting our skin from harsh environmental exposure. Western medicine generally treats skin eruptions with either antibiotics, cortisone, or antifungal preparations. These medicines may alleviate the skin problem temporarily, or occasionally for good, but do not address the source of the problem. Putting a lid on skin symptoms without getting to the root of the imbalance may even result in suppression, that means the imbalance may be driven deeper causing more serious health problems later without ever strengthening the underlying vital force of the person. Fortunately, naturopathic medicine offers a wide vareity of effective treatments for skin problems."

      Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D. - "Your skin is a reflection of how well your body is eliminating the toxins that build up on a daily basis. Chronic skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis stem from a combination of genetic factors, immune stress, dietary deficiencies or sensitivities, and the accumulation of toxins in the body. For our skin to be radiant and clear, it is very important that the other organs of elimination (kidneys, liver, lungs, and colon) are cleansing the body effectively. If not, the skin will be overtaxed, pores will become clogged, and eruptions of one sort or another will result. Here are a number of steps you can take to improve your body's overall elimination wtih specific emphasis on your skin."

      Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin. Juice Fasting is the world's most ancient and natural healing mechanism. Fasting triggers a truly wondrous cleansing process that reaches right down to each and every cell and tissue in the body.

      Learn more about Therapeutic Fasting and Detoxification - Colon Cleansing is the main step. Must remove the toxins from the colon, so the toxins dont get in the blood and cause illness and disease.

      Natural Cures

      1. Fruits and Vegetables for Acne: Carrot & spinach, celery & watercress, grapefruit juices are all useful to combat acne.

      2. Unwholesome Foods: Acne, a prevalent problem among teen-aged boys would not be possible in our society if our foods were wholesome. A most sad and disgusting sight is the pus-filled pimples due to inner toxicity --- wastes trying desperately to escape through the face. This condition often turns a gentle face in the blossom of youth into a waste dump of pimples, pus and subsequent pock marks which can be prevented. The tons of acne medications and prescriptions sold annually act only on the effect of the harmful food, and not the cause of the disease, malnutrition. The traditional teenage meal, a grease burger, french fries and a milk shake or cola simply does not provide enough nourishment for anyone, let alone a boy going through puberty to adulthood. Our highly processed foods are devoid of hormones found in fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Must do a colon cleanse to rid of all the toxins in the body, which eventually get into the blood and cause acne and all other diseases.

      3. Cabbage: Apply a lotion of freshly prepared cabbage juice preceded, if desired, by the application of leaves. The eating of cabbage leaves or juice is also helpful.

      4. Lemon Juice: Skin problems such as acne... will often respond to a treatment of lemon juice. For blackheads rub lemon juice over them each night.

      5. Black Walnut: Externally, Black Walnut is nearly a miracle worker in cases of ...acne, dandruff, boils, itch, shingles, ringworm--we could go on, but you can see that you can use Black Walnut whenever a skin disorder appears! The tincture is an excellent first-aid remedy for wounds.

      Best of health to you

  25. 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

  26. QUESTION:
    What medicine is highly effective in getting rid of sebhorreic dermititis?
    I have an annoying condition of sebhorriec dermititis. Now that it's getting cold, the condition is worstening! I'm really tired of going through this EVERY winter. I've all ready tried selenium sulfite 2.5% and i didn't see any results! Plz is there a medicine that is highly effective (for brown skin people) in curing this ANNOYING condition?

    • ANSWER:
      The main cause of seborrheic dermatitis 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.
      After using number of prescription drugs I've turned to the natural treatments.
      Now I use anti-psoriasis 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.

  27. 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

  28. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any tips on managing psoriasis?
    It's mainly on my knees and lower legs, and I have a little on my elbows. Now that it's summer, I'd love to wear cute dresses and shorts, but I want to clear up my psoriasis first. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      These are some natural remedies that will help manage Psoriasis..

      * Peppermint Essential Oil Has Been Known to Relieve Skin Conditions Such as Psoriasis, Eczema and Dermatitis. It Helps to Lessen the Redness of Skin and Also Prevents Irritation, Itchiness and Joint Pain (for those with Psoriatic Arthritis)! Just remember not to ever use an essential oil in its raw form on your bare skin!

      * Rubbing Vitamin E Directly On the Affected Skin Will Help Moisturize and Heal the Skin. This Natural Oil Will Also Help Prevent Scarring.

      * Aloe ferox, commonly referred to as bitter aloe and red aloe, grows throughout the eastern areas of South Africa. It is one of many aloe species used medicinally. Though it is not the same as its sibling species aloe ve...ra, it yields chemically identical substances and is often called by the same name.

      According to the report in the International Journal of Pharma Sciences and Research, "a double-blind, placebo-controlled study examined the effect of aloe extract---0.5 percent in a hydrophilic cream---for 60 psoriasis vulgaris patients, aged 18 to 50 years. The aloe cream cured 25 out of 30 patients compared with a placebo rate of 2 out of 30. The authors concluded it was a safe alternative treatment for treating psoriasis."

      * Licorice Root Contains the Compound Glycyrrhetinic Acid (GA), Which Works Similar to Hydrocortisone & Superior to Topical Cortisone In Treating Psoriasis, Eczema & Allergic Dermatitis.

      * Chamomile Contains Two Compounds; Levomenol & Azulene, Which Preliminary Studies Show Act as Anti-Inflammatory Agents and Antioxidants to Repair Damaged Skin Cells Due To Psoriasis.

      * Neem oil is an emollient, a substance that softens and moistens dry cracked skin. This straight away eliminates a lot of the irritation and itchiness. It moisturizes and protects, and heals any lesions or scaling.

      Neem also soothes the redness and irritation directly, through the steroid like effect of some of its ingredients. Yes, neem can affect your skin similar to the way steroids do, but without all the nasty side effects.

      Neem oil generally enhances skin health and the natural immunity of your skin, which is one of the biggest factors in psoriasis.

      Neem oil is strongly antibacterial, and the benefit of this for psoriasis is obvious. Neem cleans up any skin infections that may have developed because of cracked broken skin (due to dryness or scratching). When used regularly (by using a neem soap, neem shampoo, or neem lotion) neem also prevents any future skin infections that may aggravate or bring back psoriasis symptoms.

  29. 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! ;)

  30. QUESTION:
    Do you know of any home remadies for my skin problem?
    I ich allot. I have a goldish brown complexion, but these really dark over-tones on my chin, neck, back, thighs, And a big dark patch on my under-arms. I do not have boils, but every now and then, I break out pretty badly. I have Eczema. And maybe a form of psoriasis... Do you know of any natural or home remadies for my problem? It would be so nice to have an even complexion.

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend Namyang aloe's ATOALOE !!!

      1. Cures problem areas using powder of Active Aloe extract. Powder of Active Aloe extract provides an ideal environment for skin by strengthening homeostasis and vitalizing metabolism of skin.
      So it cures problem areas effectively.

      2. Moisturizing and protection effect. Botanical oil containing rich ceramide, lecithin, and a fatty acid moisturizes and protects skin from the harmful external environment.

      3. Effect of skin protection and aroma therapy. Containing botanical essential oil, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Clary sage, Pine, Cypress, Rosemary, Cedawood, and botanical extracts. It improves clarity and health of skin by preventing skin problems caused by the harmful external environment. Also the aroma of this product stabilizes your soul.

      4. Fresh feeling of use. Silky feeling of use and freshness with no stiff. It doesn't leave unnecessary oil on your face.

  31. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of my psoriasis?
    I've had psoriasis ever since I could remember, and it's really starting to hurt now. When i itch it it starts to bleed and it really itches so i can't help it. The areas of the patches on my skin are hard now and my hands and legs are starting to get the patches too. One of my toes is basically like an old person now and my skin really hurts when I eat shellfish or go into the salt water. Right now I'm thirteen and the creams that my doctor gave me aren't working that well.

    • ANSWER:
      I know how you feel. I am a psoriasis sufferer for the last twenty-one years. I am happy there are effective solutions that are available now that weren't available over the years.

      There are two routes you can take: the pharmaceutical route or the natural alternative route.

      For the pharmaceutical route, you could talk to your dermatologist about a weekly self-injected drug called Enbrel (manufactured my Amgen and Wyeth). I am currently on this medication right now and gives me medium-term relief and works fairly quickly. My body is about 60% covered with guttate psoriasis before treatment. Once I started treatment and stay on it, Enbrel lowered my psoriasis coverage to about 10% within two month period. Of course, results will vary for each patient.

      Of course, like any pharmaceutical medications, there are side effects. "Enbrel can cause serious side effects including: Infections, including serious infections like TB; hepatitis B can become active if you already have had it; nervous system problems, such as multiple sclerosis, seizures, or inflammation of the nerves of the eyes; blood problems (some fatal); new or worsening heart failure; new or worsening psoriasis; allergic reactions; autoimmune reactions, including a lupus-like syndrome and autoimmune hepatitis. Common side effects include: Injection site reactions, upper respiratory infections (sinus infections), and headache."

      Before the dermatologist could prescribe Enbrel to you, he will instruct you to get a tuberculosis test as well as a blood test to see if Enbrel is right for you. And you would need to take these tests about two to three times a year or as directed by the dermatologist.

      Lately I have been researching into natural and alternative psoriasis remedies. This would be the safe route to take to avoid the possible side effects of taking pharmaceutical drugs. Please keep in mind that there is no exact cure for psoriasis. Dermatologists will tell you that. What remedy works for one sufferer might not work for another sufferer.

      I am looking at a few books and articles about natural and alternative remedies. I came across a great article on how this woman was able to beat psoriasis: http://tinyurl.com/yg3pr74

      Good luck!!

  32. QUESTION:
    Is there a cure for psoriasis or psoriasis guttate?
    I wanna know if there is a cure for psoriasis/psoriasis guttate because my mom has it. Not only my mom but my dad used to have it around the middle of his body a bit lower and then by a year its gone! So i wanna know if there is a cure because people online say that there isnt.

    • 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.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is there evidence that psoriasis could be linked to taking medications like Lipitor?
    I have psoriasis on the palms of both hands.... no medication prescribed for this condition seems to do much good. I believe that psoriasis is caused by a liver disorder... and Lipitor can definitely cause problems in the liver. I'm trying to find an answer in order to cure the psoriasis.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, The cause of psoriasis is not known (that is why there is no cure) and nobody is in the position to tell you when it will subside or flare up more. You can try one of the natural treatments available on the Internet (just google "natural treatment of psoriasis") and take your pick. Some of them do actually work. For my psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they then stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: Champori is available online without prescription and comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.
      Miko

  34. 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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi SHerri

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

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

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

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

      Natural Cures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of health to you

  36. QUESTION:
    how to stop the itchiness from psoriasis?
    I have severe psoriasis. I am going to the Dermatologist monday, but i want to stop the unbarable itching now! any help?

    • ANSWER:
      i have used vitamin E cream and even apple cider vinegar on the affected area...seem to work for me..

      im not too keen on using medication so i opted for a more natural healing method...u can check out www.howtocureeczema.org...got my tips from their 7 day natural cure program...hope this helps..cheers

  37. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of acne without having to buy expensive products?
    I wash my face every day and I have tried acne products. Are there any other ways to get rid of it? I am 20 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi KC

      Here are some real answers on skin conditions. Remedies at the bottom. Cleansing the body of toxins is the key. Especially a colon cleanse! Educate yourself on detoxifying the blood.

      Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D. - "What is your skin trying to tell you? Often the skin is a metaphor for deeper issues and a way for your body to send up a red flag to warn you that all is not well underneath. When our skin is unhealthy it is usually a reflection of the internal state of our bodies, and is often a sign of poor elimination of toxins and waste products. Most of us are embarrassed by skin problems such as rashes, rosacea, boils or acne, especially in places where others can see our imperfections. The skin is the body's first line of defense against the environment. It has to deal with the effects of weather, sun , cold, heat, dryness, humidity, scrapes, bumps, soaps, detergents, chemicals, perspiration and dirt of all kinds. It is a wonder that our skin stays healthy most of the time! We can help our skin deal with this onslaught by optimizing our general health and by protecting our skin from harsh environmental exposure. Western medicine generally treats skin eruptions with either antibiotics, cortisone, or antifungal preparations. These medicines may alleviate the skin problem temporarily, or occasionally for good, but do not address the source of the problem. Putting a lid on skin symptoms without getting to the root of the imbalance may even result in suppression, that means the imbalance may be driven deeper causing more serious health problems later without ever strengthening the underlying vital force of the person. Fortunately, naturopathic medicine offers a wide vareity of effective treatments for skin problems."

      Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D. - "Your skin is a reflection of how well your body is eliminating the toxins that build up on a daily basis. Chronic skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis stem from a combination of genetic factors, immune stress, dietary deficiencies or sensitivities, and the accumulation of toxins in the body. For our skin to be radiant and clear, it is very important that the other organs of elimination (kidneys, liver, lungs, and colon) are cleansing the body effectively. If not, the skin will be overtaxed, pores will become clogged, and eruptions of one sort or another will result. Here are a number of steps you can take to improve your body's overall elimination wtih specific emphasis on your skin."

      Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin. Juice Fasting is the world's most ancient and natural healing mechanism. Fasting triggers a truly wondrous cleansing process that reaches right down to each and every cell and tissue in the body.

      Learn more about Therapeutic Fasting and Detoxification - Colon Cleansing is the main step. Must remove the toxins from the colon, so the toxins dont get in the blood and cause illness and disease.

      Natural Cures

      1. Fruits and Vegetables for Acne: Carrot & spinach, celery & watercress, grapefruit juices are all useful to combat acne.

      2. Unwholesome Foods: Acne, a prevalent problem among teen-aged boys would not be possible in our society if our foods were wholesome. A most sad and disgusting sight is the pus-filled pimples due to inner toxicity --- wastes trying desperately to escape through the face. This condition often turns a gentle face in the blossom of youth into a waste dump of pimples, pus and subsequent pock marks which can be prevented. The tons of acne medications and prescriptions sold annually act only on the effect of the harmful food, and not the cause of the disease, malnutrition. The traditional teenage meal, a grease burger, french fries and a milk shake or cola simply does not provide enough nourishment for anyone, let alone a boy going through puberty to adulthood. Our highly processed foods are devoid of hormones found in fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Must do a colon cleanse to rid of all the toxins in the body, which eventually get into the blood and cause acne and all other diseases.

      3. Cabbage: Apply a lotion of freshly prepared cabbage juice preceded, if desired, by the application of leaves. The eating of cabbage leaves or juice is also helpful.

      4. Lemon Juice: Skin problems such as acne... will often respond to a treatment of lemon juice. For blackheads rub lemon juice over them each night.

      5. Black Walnut: Externally, Black Walnut is nearly a miracle worker in cases of ...acne, dandruff, boils, itch, shingles, ringworm--we could go on, but you can see that you can use Black Walnut whenever a skin disorder appears! The tincture is an excellent first-aid remedy for wounds.

      Best of health to you

  38. 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.

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

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

    Thank you!
    Thank you all so much!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  40. QUESTION:
    Any natural remidies ot treatments for psoriasis?
    Hoping that someone has found a natural treatment that works really well for psoriasas. If you have any opinions or opinions about other treatments I would be interested as well. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Good Luck !

  41. QUESTION:
    How can you cure Scalp psoriasis?
    I've tried the medicated prescription shampoos and it only helps alleviate the "scales" for a couple of days. Is there a natural way of getting rid of psoriasis? I've heard of swimming in the Dead Sea and direct sunlight.

    • ANSWER:
      A good natural remedy for scalp psoriasis is made by Champori. They have a cream and a spray; used in combination (first spray then put cream thinly on top) it cleared my psor. in about 10 days and now 5 months later it is still clear. Try it: it is herbal, with no steroids or allergens.
      Cheers,
      SC

  42. QUESTION:
    Is it normal if one have psoriasis repeating on the same spot?
    And what happened if one uses desonide cream repeating on the same psoriasis spot?

    • ANSWER:
      yup it is....plain and simple....

      i would suggest a natural cure...try not to use creams and medications too much. ..of course i dunno how serious are your breakouts...anyways u can get good resources from the 2 sites i listed below... hope it helps...

  43. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of breakouts and acne?
    I tried this new stuff on my face its called hope and a prayer i think. I used it only once, and my face will not stop breaking out. Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Pink Dancer

      Here are some real answers on skin conditions. Remedies at the bottom. Cleansing the body of toxins is the key. Especially a colon cleanse! Educate yourself on detoxifying the blood.

      Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D. - "What is your skin trying to tell you? Often the skin is a metaphor for deeper issues and a way for your body to send up a red flag to warn you that all is not well underneath. When our skin is unhealthy it is usually a reflection of the internal state of our bodies, and is often a sign of poor elimination of toxins and waste products. Most of us are embarrassed by skin problems such as rashes, rosacea, boils or acne, especially in places where others can see our imperfections. The skin is the body's first line of defense against the environment. It has to deal with the effects of weather, sun , cold, heat, dryness, humidity, scrapes, bumps, soaps, detergents, chemicals, perspiration and dirt of all kinds. It is a wonder that our skin stays healthy most of the time! We can help our skin deal with this onslaught by optimizing our general health and by protecting our skin from harsh environmental exposure. Western medicine generally treats skin eruptions with either antibiotics, cortisone, or antifungal preparations. These medicines may alleviate the skin problem temporarily, or occasionally for good, but do not address the source of the problem. Putting a lid on skin symptoms without getting to the root of the imbalance may even result in suppression, that means the imbalance may be driven deeper causing more serious health problems later without ever strengthening the underlying vital force of the person. Fortunately, naturopathic medicine offers a wide vareity of effective treatments for skin problems."

      Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D. - "Your skin is a reflection of how well your body is eliminating the toxins that build up on a daily basis. Chronic skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis stem from a combination of genetic factors, immune stress, dietary deficiencies or sensitivities, and the accumulation of toxins in the body. For our skin to be radiant and clear, it is very important that the other organs of elimination (kidneys, liver, lungs, and colon) are cleansing the body effectively. If not, the skin will be overtaxed, pores will become clogged, and eruptions of one sort or another will result. Here are a number of steps you can take to improve your body's overall elimination wtih specific emphasis on your skin."

      Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin. Juice Fasting is the world's most ancient and natural healing mechanism. Fasting triggers a truly wondrous cleansing process that reaches right down to each and every cell and tissue in the body.

      Learn more about Therapeutic Fasting and Detoxification - Colon Cleansing is the main step. Must remove the toxins from the colon, so the toxins dont get in the blood and cause illness and disease.

      Natural Cures

      1. Fruits and Vegetables for Acne: Carrot & spinach, celery & watercress, grapefruit juices are all useful to combat acne.

      2. Unwholesome Foods: Acne, a prevalent problem among teen-aged boys would not be possible in our society if our foods were wholesome. A most sad and disgusting sight is the pus-filled pimples due to inner toxicity --- wastes trying desperately to escape through the face. This condition often turns a gentle face in the blossom of youth into a waste dump of pimples, pus and subsequent pock marks which can be prevented. The tons of acne medications and prescriptions sold annually act only on the effect of the harmful food, and not the cause of the disease, malnutrition. The traditional teenage meal, a grease burger, french fries and a milk shake or cola simply does not provide enough nourishment for anyone, let alone a boy going through puberty to adulthood. Our highly processed foods are devoid of hormones found in fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Must do a colon cleanse to rid of all the toxins in the body, which eventually get into the blood and cause acne and all other diseases.

      3. Cabbage: Apply a lotion of freshly prepared cabbage juice preceded, if desired, by the application of leaves. The eating of cabbage leaves or juice is also helpful.

      4. Lemon Juice: Skin problems such as acne... will often respond to a treatment of lemon juice. For blackheads rub lemon juice over them each night.

      5. Black Walnut: Externally, Black Walnut is nearly a miracle worker in cases of ...acne, dandruff, boils, itch, shingles, ringworm--we could go on, but you can see that you can use Black Walnut whenever a skin disorder appears! The tincture is an excellent first-aid remedy for wounds.

      Best of health to you

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

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

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

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

      Natural Cures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of health to you

  45. QUESTION:
    does anyone suffer from nummular eczema? what are some natural ways to heal it?
    Just started suffering with this. Open to suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Good Luck !

  46. 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.

  47. 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


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  1. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between psoriasis and eczema?
    What is the difference between psoriasis and eczema?

    I have a patch of dry scaly red skin on my thigh that is itchy. How can I tell if it is psoriasis or eczema?

    • ANSWER:
      My guess is you have eczema a.k.a. dermatitis. Psoriasis is usually constant, more intense, usually involves a lot of flaking, and can be very widespread. From what you describe it sounds like an occasional localized flare-up, so that's why I think it's dermatitis. If this is a rare or one-time occurance, I'm thinking contact dermatitis, meaning you rubbed your thigh against an irritant. If it happens regularly, it may be atopic, meaning it's most likely triggered by pollen, weather, or food.

      Try keeping it moisturized. You may have to experiment with different products to find the one best suited for your skin. If you're not going to see a doctor, try any of the various OTC steroid-based creams and ointments out there.

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. QUESTION:
    Am i allergic to pizzas burgers buns and other maida products?
    henever i eat products made of refined wheat flour(maida) my face swells up, itching and redness follows. Am i allergic to refined wheat flour, though it never happens when i eat products made of whole wheat?

    • ANSWER:
      That sounds like diet induced psoriasis.. Whole grains are something recommended for it. It could also be an allergy. I would keep a diary of what you eat and what happens after and take that to a doctor.

  5. QUESTION:
    What can i use for my scalp because i have psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis and lots of people come up to me at school and ask what is it my hair and skin. People say i have dunduff but i dont. Can you please help . Thanks Hannah Amy
    How much is T gel?

    • ANSWER:
      I have it it, too. The only thing that helps me is this product:
      http://www.champori.com

      I literally just had a flare up and I used the spray for 3 days (I put it in one of those hair coloring applicator bottles I bought on Ebay so it goes right on the scalp) and now it's mostly gone!! This stuff is a Godsend!! And best of all, I no longer have to use Clobetasol.

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

    • ANSWER:
      HI Sylvie

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

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

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

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

      Natural Cures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of health to you

  7. QUESTION:
    How long will it take for my mild Psoriasis to heal if I apply vitamin e?
    I have about 10 Psoriasis blotches on my legs and I've been following a certain diet, and trying to improve my lifestyle so that I could heal my Psoriasis and prevent it from emerging again.

    • ANSWER:
      Vitamin E will not heal your psoriasis. Pure Vitamin E oil is pretty greasy and doesn't really absorb very well. Try Dermarest Psoriasis Medicated Moisturizer; it's available from drugstore.com -- and possibly from your local drugstore or pharmacy, as well. It will help to heal your psoriasis much more effectively. If you have plaque psoriasis, you might want to be seen by a dermatologist for stronger treatments. Good luck!

      On Drugstore.com: Dermarest Psoriasis Medicated Moisturizer
      http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=53371&catid=44613

  8. QUESTION:
    What are some otc body products that reduce redness and inflammation?
    I have Eczema around my knees and elbows, Keratosis Pilaris on my arms and legs, and Psoriasis on my scalp. My skin is soooo red, what could help me?

    My dermatologist gave me a steroid ointment, but it doesn't work very well and it's not healthy, so I'm looking for an alternative.

    Any help is appreciated!

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

  10. 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:
      Vinegar is great to use for everything. I know of some people have used this had great success. Just pour enough to saturate your hair and rinse. The sad thing you can't clean mattresses & furniture with it.

      Another product that is even better is Melaleuca.They print on the package it is good for this problem. They guarantee it or money back. You can use it on cuts, burns, bedding, laundry, etc...everything.

      They have many products on their website from vitamins to make-up, gifts, candles. My sister and I use it all the time. It's ecosense and very affordable.

      I'll leave the link to their site. http://www.melaleuca.com

      If you have any questions, let me know. I don't sell it, I'm a customer. Just to let you know there's 2 prices listed. One for customers (wholesale price) and retail.

      Jehovah's Girl!

  11. 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.

  12. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of acne without having to buy expensive products?
    I wash my face every day and I have tried acne products. Are there any other ways to get rid of it? I am 20 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi KC

      Here are some real answers on skin conditions. Remedies at the bottom. Cleansing the body of toxins is the key. Especially a colon cleanse! Educate yourself on detoxifying the blood.

      Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D. - "What is your skin trying to tell you? Often the skin is a metaphor for deeper issues and a way for your body to send up a red flag to warn you that all is not well underneath. When our skin is unhealthy it is usually a reflection of the internal state of our bodies, and is often a sign of poor elimination of toxins and waste products. Most of us are embarrassed by skin problems such as rashes, rosacea, boils or acne, especially in places where others can see our imperfections. The skin is the body's first line of defense against the environment. It has to deal with the effects of weather, sun , cold, heat, dryness, humidity, scrapes, bumps, soaps, detergents, chemicals, perspiration and dirt of all kinds. It is a wonder that our skin stays healthy most of the time! We can help our skin deal with this onslaught by optimizing our general health and by protecting our skin from harsh environmental exposure. Western medicine generally treats skin eruptions with either antibiotics, cortisone, or antifungal preparations. These medicines may alleviate the skin problem temporarily, or occasionally for good, but do not address the source of the problem. Putting a lid on skin symptoms without getting to the root of the imbalance may even result in suppression, that means the imbalance may be driven deeper causing more serious health problems later without ever strengthening the underlying vital force of the person. Fortunately, naturopathic medicine offers a wide vareity of effective treatments for skin problems."

      Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D. - "Your skin is a reflection of how well your body is eliminating the toxins that build up on a daily basis. Chronic skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis stem from a combination of genetic factors, immune stress, dietary deficiencies or sensitivities, and the accumulation of toxins in the body. For our skin to be radiant and clear, it is very important that the other organs of elimination (kidneys, liver, lungs, and colon) are cleansing the body effectively. If not, the skin will be overtaxed, pores will become clogged, and eruptions of one sort or another will result. Here are a number of steps you can take to improve your body's overall elimination wtih specific emphasis on your skin."

      Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin. Juice Fasting is the world's most ancient and natural healing mechanism. Fasting triggers a truly wondrous cleansing process that reaches right down to each and every cell and tissue in the body.

      Learn more about Therapeutic Fasting and Detoxification - Colon Cleansing is the main step. Must remove the toxins from the colon, so the toxins dont get in the blood and cause illness and disease.

      Natural Cures

      1. Fruits and Vegetables for Acne: Carrot & spinach, celery & watercress, grapefruit juices are all useful to combat acne.

      2. Unwholesome Foods: Acne, a prevalent problem among teen-aged boys would not be possible in our society if our foods were wholesome. A most sad and disgusting sight is the pus-filled pimples due to inner toxicity --- wastes trying desperately to escape through the face. This condition often turns a gentle face in the blossom of youth into a waste dump of pimples, pus and subsequent pock marks which can be prevented. The tons of acne medications and prescriptions sold annually act only on the effect of the harmful food, and not the cause of the disease, malnutrition. The traditional teenage meal, a grease burger, french fries and a milk shake or cola simply does not provide enough nourishment for anyone, let alone a boy going through puberty to adulthood. Our highly processed foods are devoid of hormones found in fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Must do a colon cleanse to rid of all the toxins in the body, which eventually get into the blood and cause acne and all other diseases.

      3. Cabbage: Apply a lotion of freshly prepared cabbage juice preceded, if desired, by the application of leaves. The eating of cabbage leaves or juice is also helpful.

      4. Lemon Juice: Skin problems such as acne... will often respond to a treatment of lemon juice. For blackheads rub lemon juice over them each night.

      5. Black Walnut: Externally, Black Walnut is nearly a miracle worker in cases of ...acne, dandruff, boils, itch, shingles, ringworm--we could go on, but you can see that you can use Black Walnut whenever a skin disorder appears! The tincture is an excellent first-aid remedy for wounds.

      Best of health to you

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

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

      so good luck with what ever you try hun

  14. 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

  15. QUESTION:
    What can I do to get reid of my psoriasis. I'm not working right now and I seriously need help?
    I'm a psoriasis sufferer. The worst case is I'm not working right now and I really need help to get reid of this diseas.Please help me. I can take it any longer and I don't have any insurance.

    • ANSWER:
      I have heard that complete elimination of dairy products and switching to a primarily vegetable diet helps tremendously.

  16. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of Psoriasis without going to the doctor?
    i heard there is a way that the doctors wont tell you. all it takes is a couple products from a drug store???

    • ANSWER:
      Hello. Doctors prescribe only approved medicines for psoriasis, i.e. Steroids or Immuno-suppressants. Both choices are fraught with nasty side effects. Go for the natural medicines available online: just google "natural treatment of psoriasis" and take your pick. For my plaque psor. I've been using Champori cream with better results than from any other remedy .
      Best,
      Stella

  17. QUESTION:
    Can psoriasis be caused by products with sodium laureth sulfate?
    I have never been to a dermatologist for it because my dad, uncle, cousin and sister have it too. But I was spraying my hair with detangler when I accidently got some on my face and it burned and turned red with bumps, sort of like what psoriasis looks like when its new. Then I remembered reading something about laureth sulfate aggravating your skin, looked at the back of the bottle and thats in it, both my detangler and my shampoo. Has anybody heard of this before?
    I forgot, I only have psoriasis on my scalp, nowhere else.

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't heard of this particular agent causing psoriasis. If you are genetically pre-disposed to p. , then it can be triggered by anything, I am sure. You may want to try the anti-psoriaisis spray and cream for your scalp. Get it from http://www.champori.com It helped my plaque p. like nothing else I tried: it cleared after just 3 weeks of treatment, and I haven't had a relapse for a year now.
      Best,
      Bernadette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  19. QUESTION:
    What is the altmed view on skin conditions, are they normal, or a product of poor diets or pollution?
    By skin conditions I mean like acne, psoriasis, eczema, etc. The dermatology business is certainly thriving. Are these types of conditions avoidable, or do they indeed require topical or prescription medications ?

    • ANSWER:
      On balance, I'd say mostly avoidable.

      Pollution: Acne, oiliness and general skin condition is affected. Also by municiple versus rain water. Quite startling differences after a week in the country following living in the city. You can see the difference, if you use a cream cleanser, in how dirty the makeup pad becomes. And municiple water is at least drying, and probably irritating to sensitive skin types.

      Diet: This can make a massive difference. Wheat free and dairy free diets can eliminate psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. And a diet that leaves the metabolism sluggish affects skin condition and acne.

      Exercise: Cardio vascular exercise makes a big difference to acne and skin condition, provided sufficient water is also consumed.

      Stress: I won't go into the miriad ways of dealing with and preventing stress. But dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema (possibly acne) are definitiely impacted by stress. My own experience is that too much stress combined with a poor diet often creates these conditions.

      Skin conditions come from within the body. They are an external manifestation of something that is out of balance. If we take the holistic view, our body is giving us warning signs of things we need to change to take better care of ourselves. No topical nor prescription medication is going to resolve those problems. They might provide some relief and/or temporarily eliminate the condition, but lifestyle changes are the only things that get to the root cause.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the best facial product you have used?
    My skin has been bad lately and I have been breaking out, so I was wondering what a good cleaning product for my face would be. I've tried many products but none of them seem to work. My skin is fairly dry so a product that doesn't irrate my skin would be nice.

    • ANSWER:
      go to lush!

      why you ask?

      - all natural
      - vegan and vegatrian
      - works well
      - feeds your skin with nutirents
      - uses good quality and organic stuff
      - suits every skin even people with psoriasis etc
      - look good and smell nice
      - work very well
      - dont dry your skin
      - dont fill your skin with chemicals
      - helps in the long run, by working to keep skin great

      xx

  21. 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.

  22. 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 :)

  23. 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!

  24. 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

  25. QUESTION:
    Can laser from psoriasis treatment injure my inner ear?
    Yesterday, I had my first laser treatment for psoriasis and they did my ears. Last night I had pain inside my ears. Today, I still have lingering pain inside one ear. Anyone know if the laser could hurt my inner ear?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi
      First you should consult your doctor regarding the lingering pain in your ear.

      As with any medical procedure, excimer laser is not completely without risk. Because the excimer laser has the ability to ablate the skin, it is possible that a mishandled laser could cause some superficial tissue damage. For this reason, you should choose your cosmetic dermatologist carefully.

      Since you have Psoriasis, getting relief for your skin is a top priority. While there is currently no cure, you can still get relief with other less risky type of treatment such as applying psoriasis cream.

      There is a new natural product being promoted which is made with FDA-approved active ingredient. The product from Revitol Skin Care Product is called Dermasis Psoriasis Cream and it works to help control your skin symptoms in a smooth, non-greasy formula that absorbs quickly—and will not stain your clothes or skin.

      The product unique formulation of ingredients not only soothes and moisturizes your skin, but its active ingredient also helps control the scaling and flaking associated with Psoriasis to help your skin to heal naturally.

      Click on link to get more information on Dermasis Psoriasis Cream

  26. QUESTION:
    How does a 16 yr old cope with having psoriasis?
    i was diagnosed with the skin diseas psoriasis on my 16th birthday adnd dont know how to cope with it...i hate looking in the mirror let alone have others look at me. will anything help?

    • ANSWER:
      It's hard enough being a 16 year old without added pressures so I'm really sorry to hear about your having to deal with it so early in your life. I wasn't diagnosed with it until I was in my early 20's so I was out of school already. I'm thankful for that. I'll give you some suggestions of things to try at home and see how that goes for you.

      I am going to try this one since I just heard about it. Soak your elbows in vinegar or apple cider vinegar and then wrap it with a pad soaked in olive oil. I'd suggest doing this in the evenings before bed so it can really soak in.

      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.

      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.

      The main thing is to keep the areas moist or protected from drying out. Don't forget as much as we want to be "normal" with our skin it's just not so also protect yourself from injuring your skin since that can also bring on plaques. That includes shaving cuts so try not to shave every day and if you can get away with once a week that would be better. On the side of skin creams, 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 and good luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    Which is the latest and most effective ointment for servere psoriasis treatment?
    I tried proactiv and it got rid of my acne, but now I have acne scars and I can't get rid of them. Are there any home products that I can use toget rid of acne scars?

    • ANSWER:

  28. 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

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

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

  30. QUESTION:
    what is the best soap to use if you have psoriasis?
    I know using regular soap is bad, but I know using fragrance free type stuff isn't too bad...but which kind is the best? I don't want to spend a ton of money I only have it in a small area. I am currently using some dermarest products but I still use regular body wash. Anyone know of anythign that I can use?

    • ANSWER:
      My husband has had severe psoriasis for many many years now, and he has always been told to use ONLY Dove or Ivory soap.

  31. QUESTION:
    What is the best over the counter acne product?
    I recently started using proactiv for very mild pimples. I would get the most at a time 4. I used it more for my black heads. I stopped using it and my whole face broke out with acne. I've never had acne this bad. I'm 22 and its just horribly bad. I would appreciate any suggestions for OTC product.

    • 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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Good Luck !

  33. QUESTION:
    What ingredient is best to treat dandruff on the scalp?
    I noticed that Selsun Blue has one active ingredient in their products, but like 3 different ones. Head&shoulders uses a different one as well. So we have all these shampoos and conditioners doing the same thing, but having different active ingredients. So which one is best or are all good enough?

    • ANSWER:
      I used Selsun Blue a very long time ago and it worked excellent..Now, I use Head & Shoulders and I am OK, I think that my dandruff problem has somewhat gone, because my hair and scalp is no longer dry. I use Olive Oil products in my hair, and Dr. Miracle for massaging my scalp. If your dandruff problem persist maybe you have Psoriasis. Most dandruff products are good.

  34. QUESTION:
    What organ and organ system does Psoriasis target?
    What is the effect of the disease on the organ? What are common symptoms of psoriasis? What are the causes? Is there a cure? Thank You In Advance to whoever helps me. :D

    • ANSWER:
      There is never just one organ or system that is being affected when any ill symptoms are experienced, it always has to do with the body as a whole. This is where the medical profession gets it wrong. - They concentrate on single parts of the body and for this reason, they miss the mark when it comes to true healing!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  35. QUESTION:
    What are the best bath & beauty products for sensitive skin?
    Preferably for someone with a mild case of eczema or psoriasis. Anti-aging lotions, foundation, body wash, mosturizing body lotion, face/body scrub, acne wash, etc.....Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Anything made by Aveeno! They are the best. Once you use their shaving gel, you'll never use anything else.

  36. QUESTION:
    Do you suggest a hair product for extremely frizzy THICK and curly hair?
    I have extremely frizzy hair and that does not go well with thick and curly hair and psoriasis on my scalp. Because of the psoriasis I can only wash it every 3 or so days. I am tired of straightening it about 2 times a week. I also sweat a lot so that does not help either. Does anyone have a suggestion that will help? I really don"t want to look bad my freshman year with my terrible hair as it was very unruly this past year.

    • ANSWER:
      I too have curly, frizzy hair and I use Frizz Ease. You can buy it at any drugstore or Walmart. The trick is not to use too much to avoid greasy hair. Hope that helps!

  37. QUESTION:
    Help! How to get rid of eczema and psoriasis?
    I have a terrible skin condition - eczema and psoriasis. Different patches are all over my face, arms and legs!
    Can anyone help me?

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely see a dermatologist for best treatment. My boyfriend also suffers with eczema and he's found relief with the topical cream "Elidel" (available by prescription). Also, I've recently bought him Eucerin Calming Creme, which he applies right after he gets out of the shower. This has helped too. Remember, always avoid unprotected sun exposure, very hot showers, soaps, and fragrances--as these will aggrevate the problem futher. Try to wear 100% cotton as often as possible, as this will let the skin breathe. Maybe even try a humidifier in dry or cold weather, which will help with dry skin.

      Here are some useful links:
      http://www.eucerinus.com/products/hb_calming.html

      http://www.elidel.com/index.jsp

  38. 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

  39. QUESTION:
    What foods are staples in a dairy and gluten free diet?
    I'm going on a dairy and gluten free diet because of complications with psoriasis and was wondering which foods are commonly consumed by people who eat this way.

    Also, what are some common foods that I would think are fine that I should avoid?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest you check out the low carb recipe sites. Their recipes are almost all lactose & gluten free.

      Gluten is also used in foods in some unexpected ways, for example as a stabilizing agent or thickener in products like ice-cream and ketchup.

      Lactose is usually the allergen in milk but you should be able to have cheese, butter, whey protein, cream and probably even yogurt. I have been low carbing for nearly 6 years and my diet is very high in seeds now. I eat flax seeds & chia seeds almost every day. Chia seeds really have no taste, and swell up absorbing 10X their weight in fluid, an ounce will make 10 oz of food. I usually include them as half the volume of most all foods.

      Chia seeds sound so expensive but 1# will make 10# food - Amazon.com has couple lbs. for shipped to you. I buy in bulk (24#) from getchia.com for # with free shipping.

      Chia seeds - 3.5 oz is nearly 500 calories, half calories from fat (high in Omega3 fatty acids) 38g fiber 151%DV & 16grams of COMPLETE protein for 6grams carbs & 63% DV Calcium - 95% Phosphorus - 23% Zinc - 9% Copper - 108% Manganese.

      Faux tapioca - 2 cups of water, 5 scoops of low carb whey protein powder, stir together & add cup of chia seeds, after they have started to absorb the water, add in 2 cans of coconut milk (or cream and added water) & sweetener if you like and mix it all in. Can be eaten after an hour but will be better tomorrow. Cream a pkg. of cream cheese into a can of pumpkin and add to the faux tapioca for an even more nutritious pumpkin pie pudding.

      per wiki -

      Several grains and starch sources are considered acceptable for a gluten-free diet. The most frequently used are maize, potatoes, rice, and tapioca (derived from cassava). Other grains and starch sources generally considered suitable for gluten-free diets include amaranth, arrowroot, millet, montina, lupin, quinoa, sorghum (jowar), sweet potato, taro, teff, chia seed, and yam. Various types of bean, soybean, and nut flours are sometimes used in gluten-free products to add protein and dietary fiber. In spite of its name, buckwheat is not related to wheat; pure buckwheat is considered acceptable for a gluten-free diet, although many commercial buckwheat products are actually mixtures of wheat and buckwheat flours, and thus not acceptable. Gram flour, derived from chickpeas, is also gluten-free (this is not the same as Graham flour made from wheat).

  40. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any suggestions to clear up psoriasis?
    I have a little psoriasis on my elbows and knees and Im really tired of it!

    • ANSWER:
      I use a product called Lumar it is made by LUZIER and the number to call is 1-800-821-6632 and the web site is http://www.luzier.com
      I can tell you this has worked better for me than any product that i have used.

  41. QUESTION:
    Will having scalp psoriasis slow my hair growth?
    I have scalp psoriasis and I am trying to grow my hair long again. It has not caused any hair loss, but could it slow down my hair growth. I want it to grow at least at the ordinary 1/2 inch a month but more if possible.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you taking medications, supplements, anti-acne products, birth control pills?

      Yeah. They all have effects. Have you seen a doctor, did he tell you the side effects on scalp psoriasis?

      I'm not a doctor, but I know about hair growth, hair loss, reasons why that happens, for 5 decades, and I'm also a cancer awareness. My mom, my sister, and my dad, and two of hubby's family all have cancer. I am trying to avoid to be cancer free as much as possible.

  42. QUESTION:
    Any good products to get rid of acne scars?
    I have white skin, and acne scars, luckily I was on acutane(severe acne medicine) for enough time to get rid of the acne from coming, but not too long to pull away some scars, it was too strong and it gave me mood swings.
    Is there any good products to help my acne scars go away? Thank you, 10 easy points I guess

    • ANSWER:
      Yes Bio Oil is good for scars. 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

      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

  43. 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

  44. QUESTION:
    are there any products that work well with back acne?
    I know this sounds really gross (and yes it is), but what are some good products that can get rid of back and chest acne? Its horribly disgusting and embarrassing.....T_T.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi I tell it like it is

      So do I. Here you go

      Here are some real answers on skin conditions. Remedies at the bottom. Cleansing the body of toxins is the key. Especially a colon cleanse! Educate yourself on detoxifying the blood and removing excess waste in the body.

      Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D. - "What is your skin trying to tell you? Often the skin is a metaphor for deeper issues and a way for your body to send up a red flag to warn you that all is not well underneath. When our skin is unhealthy it is usually a reflection of the internal state of our bodies, and is often a sign of poor elimination of toxins and waste products. Most of us are embarrassed by skin problems such as rashes, rosacea, boils or acne, especially in places where others can see our imperfections. The skin is the body's first line of defense against the environment. It has to deal with the effects of weather, sun , cold, heat, dryness, humidity, scrapes, bumps, soaps, detergents, chemicals, perspiration and dirt of all kinds. It is a wonder that our skin stays healthy most of the time! We can help our skin deal with this onslaught by optimizing our general health and by protecting our skin from harsh environmental exposure. Western medicine generally treats skin eruptions with either antibiotics, cortisone, or antifungal preparations. These medicines may alleviate the skin problem temporarily, or occasionally for good, but do not address the source of the problem. Putting a lid on skin symptoms without getting to the root of the imbalance may even result in suppression, that means the imbalance may be driven deeper causing more serious health problems later without ever strengthening the underlying vital force of the person. Fortunately, naturopathic medicine offers a wide vareity of effective treatments for skin problems."

      Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D. - "Your skin is a reflection of how well your body is eliminating the toxins that build up on a daily basis. Chronic skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis stem from a combination of genetic factors, immune stress, dietary deficiencies or sensitivities, and the accumulation of toxins in the body. For our skin to be radiant and clear, it is very important that the other organs of elimination (kidneys, liver, lungs, and colon) are cleansing the body effectively. If not, the skin will be overtaxed, pores will become clogged, and eruptions of one sort or another will result. Here are a number of steps you can take to improve your body's overall elimination wtih specific emphasis on your skin."

      Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin. Juice Fasting is the world's most ancient and natural healing mechanism. Fasting triggers a truly wondrous cleansing process that reaches right down to each and every cell and tissue in the body.

      Learn more about Therapeutic Fasting and Detoxification - Colon Cleansing is the main step. Must remove the toxins from the colon, so the toxins dont get in the blood and cause illness and disease.

      Natural Cures

      1. Fruits and Vegetables for Acne: Carrot & spinach, celery & watercress, grapefruit juices are all useful to combat acne.

      2. Unwholesome Foods: Acne, a prevalent problem among teen-aged boys would not be possible in our society if our foods were wholesome. A most sad and disgusting sight is the pus-filled pimples due to inner toxicity --- wastes trying desperately to escape through the face. This condition often turns a gentle face in the blossom of youth into a waste dump of pimples, pus and subsequent pock marks which can be prevented. The tons of acne medications and prescriptions sold annually act only on the effect of the harmful food, and not the cause of the disease, malnutrition. The traditional teenage meal, a grease burger, french fries and a milk shake or cola simply does not provide enough nourishment for anyone, let alone a boy going through puberty to adulthood. Our highly processed foods are devoid of hormones found in fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Must do a colon cleanse to rid of all the toxins in the body, which eventually get into the blood and cause acne and all other diseases.

      3. Cabbage: Apply a lotion of freshly prepared cabbage juice preceded, if desired, by the application of leaves. The eating of cabbage leaves or juice is also helpful.

      4. Lemon Juice: Skin problems such as acne... will often respond to a treatment of lemon juice. For blackheads rub lemon juice over them each night.

      5. Black Walnut: Externally, Black Walnut is nearly a miracle worker in cases of ...acne, dandruff, boils, itch, shingles, ringworm--we could go on, but you can see that you can use Black Walnut whenever a skin disorder appears! The tincture is an excellent first-aid remedy for wounds.

      Best of health to you

  45. QUESTION:
    Can you get your hair colored with scalp psoriasis?
    Normally I just color my own hair, but I decided to treat myself to get it done. Big mistake! I went to a salon and they said they couldn't apply hair color to my scalp with active psoriasis. They offered to do highlights instead. I told them I do my hair color all the time and they said that they couldn't do it. I'm so embarrassed to even go to another salon because I don't want to go through the humiliation again :-( also, I'm very limited to what I can use to treat it right now because I am pregnant and my docs don't really want me on anything.

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't! You're also pregnant, the more you want to remain chemical-free.

      Style meets chemistry meets biology: We're talking hair coloring.

      Playing with chemicals is not like playing with clothes, or doing a manicure, there are penalties for playing chemicals in the lab. Even hair color experts at the salon are not rocket scientists, they do a bang up dye jobs to their clients or their own hair.

      Chemicals can enter the body through the skin.

      > > > Hair dye chemicals linked to cancer
      London, Feb 20, 2013 I've been saying that since 2009.
      Hair dyes, which include home hair colouring kits and those used at pricey salons, are linked to deadly cancer-causing chemicals, warn scientists. In 2009 the Mail revealed that women who used hair dyes more than nine times a year had a 60% greater risk of contracting blood cancer.
      A year later the European Commission banned 22 hair dyes which put long-term users at risk of bladder cancer. < < < <

      Google: Teen 'feared she would die' after reaction to hair dye
      The allergic reaction was caused by a well-known brand of semi-permanent hair dye Chloe used to turn her hair black for a Hallowe’en party. . . . . called for beauty bosses to ban hair dye chemical PPD (para-phenylenediamine) from the shelves. 11-04-11

      The chemical is not new and is present in a number of brands of dark hair colours, acting to help adhere the dye to the hair so that it doesn't wash out. It’s made from coal tar and is used in both permanent and semi-permanent hair colours. It’s well-known to be a cause of serious allergic reactions -- including something called contact dermatitis which can lead to rashes, blisters, and open sores.
      PPD is sometimes added to black henna tattoos and that using them is not safe. Allergic reactions usually begin within two to 10 days following application. One bad reaction can lead to sensitivities to other products such as hair dye, sunblock and some types of clothing dyes. Oftentimes, it's using the product a second or third time.

      Google: A 38-year old mother left in a coma after using hair dye. SHE DYED HER HAIR MANY TIMES BEFORE, USING THE SAME BRAND. The British woman who went into coma after a reaction to hair dye has died after a year. Updated 11-25-12. The woman suffered a heart failure, struggled for breath and became unconsciousness. Her family blamed paraphenylenediamine, a chemical found in hair colour. Her family has now called for paraphenylenediamine to be banned from home dye kits. In 2000, a 38-year-old Indian-origin woman from Birmingham, Narinder Devi, died after an allergic reaction to hair dye.

  46. QUESTION:
    Is there a connection between different illnesses and conditons?
    I've had a few health problems recently and have seen my doctor about them (psoriasis, acne rosacea, a suspected stomach ulcer, and suspected rheumatoid arthritis) so I am seeing the relevant specialists and have appropriate creams etc. But I did wonder, are they linked?
    I read an article which said that many people who had the Helicobacter pylori which caused their ulcers, also had acne rosacea. Are there any other links, and if so, what can I do to aid my recovery?

    • ANSWER:
      The healthcare philosophy that I live by is to treat the patient as a whole because all parts of the body are connected with each other in some way. Often when you eliminate the cause of one symptom, other seemingly unrelated symptoms clear up. For your situation, I would focus on gut health first. It is possible that if you heal up your gut your other symptoms could clear up as well. Why? Proper gut health is essential for proper absorption of nutrients. In other words if you are eating a food that you have a sensitivity/allergy to it may be hindering your absorption of very important vitamins and nutrients which your body would otherwise use to maintain overall health.

      The following could help with your acne...

      Acne rosacea: diet

      1. if on a regular diet, try a vegetarian and complex carbohydrates. If on a vegetarian diet, try a fruit and vegetable diet or a short fast. Hypoallergenic /rotation diet
      2. high fiber diet
      3. small amounts of monounsaturated fats
      4. increase: squash, cucumber, watermelon, winter melon, celery, carrots, cabbage, beet tops, dandelines, aloe vera, mulberry leaves, lettuce, potato, cherries, papaya, pear, persimmon, raspberries, buckwheat, alfalfa sprouts, millet, brown rice, mung beans, burdock root, onions
      5. drink plenty of water
      6. formula: 4 oz mung beans and 2 oz raw brown sugar boiled in 1 ½ pt. Water until volume is reduced to half. Eat and drink

      Avoid:

      1. food intolerances (diet diary/elimination diet http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AiSaDi67cXjV6jPsRPeiXQHty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20080831071918AA6JZO9&show=7#profile-info-3J9jLcPlaa)
      2. simple carbohydrates and sugar, fried, fatty, rich foods, chocolate, nuts, coffee, alcohol, ice cream and other dairy products, soft drinks, red meat, shellfish, bamboo shoots, white mushrooms, check for fruit sensitivities
      3. trans-fatty acids, hydrogenated oils (margarine, vegetable shortening, imitation butter spreads, most commercial peanut butters, oxidized fats (deep fried foods, fast food, ghee, barbecued meats)
      4. spices
      5. smoking, stress, constipation, washing with harsh soaps

      Acne Rosacea: supplements
      qd=every day; bid=twice daily; tid=3 times a day; T=tablespoon

      1. vitamin A (100 000-200 000 IU qd) [toxic dose] --ONLY UNDER DOCTOR SUPERVISION
      2. vitamin B6 (esp. pre-menstrual acne) (50 mg qd for 1 week pre-menses, 100 mg tid)
      3. vitamin C (1000 mg qd)
      4. vitamin E (400-800 IU qd)
      5. zinc (50mg tid)
      6. copper (5 mg qd)
      7. selenium (200mcg qd)
      8. folic acid (5-10 mg qd)
      9. omega-6 fatty acids; safflower oil (1 T. bid)
      10. Brewer’s yeast (1 T. bid)
      11. HCl with meals (10-50 grains, work up slowly)

      I hope this info can get you started on your quest for health.

  47. QUESTION:
    How long should an allergic reaction symptom to an antibiotic last?
    I was put on Ciprofolxacin for an infection and had an allergic reaction. I started taking it on dec 19th and stopped 3 days later when I realized that the spots on my arms weren't a flare-up of psoriasis, but an allergic reaction. The rash has gotten steadily worse since then instead of better. It's been about 11 days since I stopped taking it, Shouldn't the symptoms be lessening by now?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd like to ask some additional questions, but you don't allow email.

      I'm going to assume that this is a self-medication and that you are aware of what cipro is good at treating and what it is not. After all, the spots on your skin could actually be a low-level infection caused by an opportunistic fungus, a frequent cause of psoriasis. The sudden death of millions of staph epidermidis, etc on your skin is great food for fungus. It could also be a product of your original infection. So, I'm questioning your understanding of what you think the problem is.

      Cipro also increases sensitivity to sunlight, so your "rash" could be a type of sunburn.... I could go through many issues without detail, but I won't.

      If you are under the care of a physician, have a real evaluation. If you are in a third world country self-medicating with cipro, you're part of the problem of drug resistance and the reason why cipro can no longer be held as a drug of last resort. Shame.

      You need to see a physician and have them evaluate the visual and textural quality of the rash. Otherwise, what you would do to help an allergy will make anything else much worse. Since cipro half-life is 4 hours, 8 days is plenty of time for it to be gone from your system and the rash to start getting better.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of chronic psoriasis?
    I have a chronic head and I dont know how to get rid of it.

    • 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.

  2. QUESTION:
    Will the Army take me if I have a chronic skin condition?
    I'm a 22-year-old girl who's suffered from chronic guttate psoriasis/strep throat infections my entire life. In spite of the skin condition, I have no trouble with physical activity or staying generally healthy. I'm curious as to whether the Army would take me because of this health issue if I was to enlist. How healthy, exactly, are you supposed to be? Would I be automatically discounted because of this condition?

    • ANSWER:
      It is according how bad it is ,if it bothers you and is noticeable probably not.But I'll tell you a little secret,if your hell bent on getting in,go join the National Guard their physical is much easier.Then after boot camp tell them you want to go active they will just make you sign some paper work and poof your in.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the chances that my baby will inherit psoriasis from his father?
    My husband has a mild case of psoriasis. On his elbows, knees, back and lower back. He doesn't treat it because he says it is sometime that won't go away, he uses certain products for relief sometimes. What are the chances our baby will get that? And can he get it on his face? Thanks
    I am pregnant

    • ANSWER:
      they don't even know for sure if it's genetic, so no one will be able to answer your question

      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] 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  5. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of luck.

  7. QUESTION:
    How easy is it to have my dog trained to be an ESA due to my disabilities?
    I have been on disability for 3 years now for severe allergies, pustular psoriasis, chronic nerve pain in both legs, bad enough that I can't get around very gpod . My landlady is not very understanding about this & wants the dog gone until I can get whatever paper work needed, but I am uncertain what I need to do.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, the good news about ESA's (Emotional Support animals) is that they don't require any special training (except obediance training), unlike service dogs, which require extensive, specialized training.

      The bad news - to have an ESA you have to get a letter explaining your mental condition and what benefit the dog will provide - written by your current mental health professional, and you need a new letter every year. GP's can't write them.

      Since allergies, psoriasis and what sounds like neuropathy aren't mental disorders, you don't qualify for an ESA.

      Since allergies, psoriasis aren't disabilities needing physical assistance, and you didn't say that your neuropathy was severe enough to qualify as a legal disability, or that it limited you in a physical task that the dog could be trained to perform, you also don't qualify for a service dog.

      There are exceptions with ESA's and the elderly, but you didn't say how old you were.

      Here's the best website on the internet for correct information regarding ESA's and Service Dogs.

      Http://www.servicedogcentral.org

      Service dogs and ESA's differ in that Service Dogs can ONLY be used by legally disabled persons that have a task (or tasks) that the dog can perform (which the person cannot) that mitigates the disabled person's disability. They can go anywhere the person goes (except operation rooms and places like that). For a service dog, no letter is needed, no prescription for one is needed and there isn't a registry or certification required by federal law. No "papers" are needed or need to be shown upon request. For a legally disabled person that qualifies for one, a service dog is a civil right protected under federal law.

      ESA's do NOT have the same access. They are only given special consideration in "no pets" housing and on airplanes. Nothing more. They're not protected by federal law, are not a civil right and are not protected under ADA law. Their status is considered to be just above a pet. They are NOT permitted in businesses with a "No Pets" policy.

      You may just have to chuck it up and pay the pet deposit and monthly pet few

      Good Luck!!

  8. QUESTION:
    What exactly about psoriasis causes hair loss?
    What aspect of psoriasis promotes hair loss on the scalp?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on whether your taking a medication for the treatment of psoriasis or not.

      I have the chronic/severe psoriasis so my Dermatologist started me on Methodrexate. The medication made my hair fall out not psoriasis. I had balding spots all over. I was finally taken off that medication and my hair grew back.

      It scared the heck out of me at first, but with proper help I got through it. Today, I'm psoriasis free with the right type of medications. Good Luck!!!

  9. 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.

  10. QUESTION:
    Which one is best for psoriasis treatment ayurvedic,homeopathy or allopathy?
    my dad has got chronic psoriasis and although he doesn't admit it i know it gets him down, at the moment its (barely) controlled by several creams and regular baths (everyday) but, it still causes him pain, especially since the weather is so cold, if anyone has any advice to relieve the symptoms (or even a temporary cure) it would be much appreciated - seriously we live in the uk so things that we could get would be a bonus, thank you and have a merry Christmas and a happy new year :) x

    • ANSWER:
      It's horses for courses as they say. What works well for one doesn't necessarily work for another (with the exception of maybe steroidal medications; and those do more harm than good). You may want to try psoriasisx cream and spray from Champori.com : it is the best medicine (ayurvedic I think) for psor. in MY book (it's herbal and it's been keeping me clear for more than a year now). If it doesn't work for you - it's free: they have money back guarantee. Cheersx, PS My Brother had the Same trouble like you. His doctor commend Dermasis. He tested it and the result is amazing. Dermasis is not a trouble at all. You can learn more about Dermasis here: http://doiop.com/curepsoriasis

  11. QUESTION:
    My sister has chronic psoriasis, Its a terrible disease. How can I help her?
    Are there any new trial drugs that have had good a response? Any self help groups?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. I suggest that your sister 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 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 sister - it's free.
      Best,
      Bernadette
      ps She may also want to look into psoriasis.org site: tons of useful info and a forum there.

  12. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of psoriasis?
    I've had it since I was about 7 years old. Really flared up in 6th grade, it was almost all over my body. I'm 18 now and it's not so bad but it just keeps coming back. I've tried just about every cream there is and more. Did UV light treatments as well, but that worked only for so long. I know it's chronic but I've heard of people getting rid of it for long periods of time. I'm getting really tired of it and want it gone. Anyone got any answers?

    • 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.

  13. QUESTION:
    What are some of the test available to confirm CID(Chronic Inflammatory Disease)?
    What are some of the test available to confirm CID(Chronic Inflammatory Disease)?? I have looked in google, and it does not show any test that can confirm it. If there any test that CAN confirm it?

    Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe you don't know what CID is. It's actually chronic inflammatory diseases. Diseases, as in plural. This is not a single disease. This term refers a large group of diseases that are inflammatory in nature and they include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), irritable bowel disease (IBD), psoriasis and atherosclerosis. And there are more.

      No wonder you haven't been able to find a test for chronic inflammatory disease. You've been looking for the wrong thing. I've given you a list of disorders and now you should be able to run a search for available tests for each one.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is there any good ayurveda medicine for psorisis?
    chronic Psorisis.It is itching and burnning.It is for the last 8 years on my ankles and on elbows.

    • ANSWER:
      No, go with the dermatologist.
      Don't mess with psoriasis & atopic dermatitis.
      One is for bacteria ,the other is an allergy.
      Search diprosone cream, ph5 eucerin cream, avoid dust, smoke, alcohol, strong chemicals and pets.

  15. 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.

  16. QUESTION:
    Do you keep your options open when it comes to an alternative all natural supplement for pain & discomfort?
    If you are in chronic pain, have diabetes, cancer, MS, ADHD, psoriasis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, no energy, lack of sleep plus much more and you have NOT heard of mangosteen, vitamins and essential minerals, answer this question.

    • ANSWER:
      Yah, considering the side affects of meds. Its better to be on less meds or none if you can help it, right?

      I mean, the third leading cause of death is from properly prescribed drugs because the liver and heart can only handle so much.

      So, if you can get any kind of alternative pain management then your quality of life goes up instead of down, correct?

  17. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between eczema and psoriasis?
    I am looking to really understand the difference, if anyone knows, can you tell me?

    • ANSWER:
      psoriasis is a chronic, recurrent disorder. classic lesion is a well marginated, erythematous(red) plaque with silvery-white surface scale. distribution includes extensor surfaces like knees, elbows, and buttocks.may also involve palm and scalp.associated findings include nail changes like pitting or thickening of nail plate with accumulation of subungual(under the nail) debris and psoriatic arthritis.
      eczema on the other hand is a reaction pattern that presents with variable clinical and histologic findings.usually an intermittent chronic severely pruritic dermatitis with scaly erythematous patches, vesiculation, crusting and fissuring.lesions are most commonly on flexures.
      i hope you understood the difference
      i'll be happy to explain more if you need it

  18. QUESTION:
    How many of you outhere has or had psoriasis?
    Exchange ideas please? How can I help my mom heal this weird all of a sudden sickness? I am her only hope. What can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a chronic disease of the immune system that appears on the skin, usually in the form of thick, red, scaly patches. Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis is associated with other serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. According to the National Institutes of Health, as many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis.
      I don't think there a cure but if she goes to the doctor i'm sure they can give her medication to make the psoriasis less noticeable..

  19. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between Psoriasis and Urticaria?
    What is the difference between Psoriasis and Urticaria (Hives)?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a common skin disease that affects the life cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin, 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 worsens.
      There is no cure, but psoriasis treatments may offer significant relief. Lifestyle measures, such as using a nonprescription cortisone cream and exposing your skin to small amounts of natural sunlight, can improve your psoriasis symptoms.

      Chronic hives, also known as urticaria, are batches of raised, red or white itchy welts (wheals) of various sizes that appear and disappear. While most cases of hives go away within a few weeks or less, for some people they are a long-term problem. Chronic hives are defined as hives that last more than six weeks or hives that go away, but recur frequently.

      In most cases of chronic hives, a cause is never clearly identified. In some cases, chronic hives may be related to an underlying autoimmune disorder, such as thyroid disease or lupus.

      While the underlying cause of chronic hives is usually not identified, treatment can help with symptoms. For many people, antihistamine medications provide the best relief.

  20. QUESTION:
    what is the difference between psoriasis and eczema?
    I was told it was one and now I'm just not sure. I would also like to know how I got it? I have just gotten it in the past 4 months and I live in Texas, I have been here just 2 years, and I think I'm getting allergies too. What is it with TX?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a skin disease that occurs when cells in the outer layer of skin reproduce faster than normal and pile up on the skin's surface. This produces scaling, itchiness and irritation of the skin. Psoriasis is non-contagious.

      Currently in the United States almost 5 million people are affected by this disease. It occurs in all age groups and about equally in men and women.

      When psoriasis develops, thick patches of skin become red with silvery scales. Often the skin at the joints cracks making outbreak very painful. Psoriasis most often occurs on the knees, lower back, soles of the feet, scalp, elbows, face and palm.

      There have been huge strides in understanding what causes psoriasis. Recently, a team from the University of Michigan looked for the gene -- called PSORS1 -- in more than 2,700 people from 678 families in which at least one family member had psoriasis. According to the researchers, PSORS1 is the first genetic determinant of psoriasis to be definitively identified in a large clinical trial. The finding may help in the development of new, more effective treatments for the disfiguring inflammatory skin disease.

      Some other research has found that psoriasis may be a disorder of the immune system. In a normal immune system a type of white blood cell, called a T cell is produced, that normally helps protect the body against infection and disease. Top Scientists have concluded that an abnormal immune system produces too many T cells in the skin. These excess T cells trigger the inflammation and excessive skin cell reproduction seen in people who suffer with psoriasis.

      Doctors usually diagnose psoriasis after a careful examination of the skin. However, diagnosis may be difficult because psoriasis often looks like other skin diseases. A pathologist may assist with diagnosis by examining a small skin sample under a microscope.

      What’s the difference between eczema and atopic dermatitis?
      Eczema is a general term encompassing various inflamed skin conditions. One of the most common forms of eczema is atopic dermatitis (or "atopic eczema"). Approximately 10 percent to 20 percent of the world population is affected by this chronic, relapsing, and very itchy rash at some point during childhood. Fortunately, many children with eczema find that the disease clears and often disappears with age.

      In general, atopic dermatitis will come and go, often based on external factors. Although its cause is unknown, the condition appears to be an abnormal response of the body’s immune system. In people with eczema, the inflammatory response to irritating substances overacts, causing itching and scratching. Eczema is not contagious and, like many diseases, currently cannot be cured. However, for most patients the condition may be managed well with treatment and avoidance of triggers.

      What does eczema look and feel like?
      Although eczema may look different from person to person, it is most often characterized by dry, red, extremely itchy patches on the skin. Eczema is sometimes referred to as "the itch that rashes," since the itch, when scratched, results in the appearance of the rash.

      Eczema can occur on just about any part of the body; however, in infants, eczema typically occurs on the forehead, cheeks, forearms, legs, scalp, and neck. In children and adults, eczema typically occurs on the face, neck, and the insides of the elbows, knees, and ankles. In some people, eczema may "bubble up" and ooze. In others, the condition may appear more scaly, dry, and red. Chronic scratching causes the skin to take on a leathery texture because the skin thickens (lichenification).

  21. 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!!!!

  22. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between Psoriasis, Eczema and Dermatitis?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a chronic (long-lasting) skin disease characterized by scaling and inflammation. Scaling occurs when cells in the outer layer of skin reproduce faster than normal and pile up on the skin's surface.

      Eczema is a rash, as is dematitis. Dermatitis is usually a contact reaction to an irritating substance. Dermatitis is a blanket term meaning any "inflammation of the skin" (e.g. rashes etc.). There are several different types. Usually all of them have in common an allergic reaction to specific allergens. The term may be used to refer to eczema, which is also known as Dermatitis eczema.

      The word "rash" means a change in the color and texture of skin that usually causes an outbreak of red patches or bumps on the skin. In common usage of the term, a “rash" can refer to many different skin conditions. A rash can be caused, directly or indirectly, by a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection. Alternatively, a rash may be unrelated to an infectious organism, such as from an underlying medical illness. Medications, chronic medical conditions, and allergic reactions (hives) are among the multiple different causes of rash.

  23. QUESTION:
    Can hair bleaching cause permanent damage to one's scalp?
    About 5 months ago my sis bleached my hair 2xs, since then I have been having Psoriasis -like scabs on my scalp around my hair line from the sideburn area to my forehead and severe itching all over my scalp. The itching and scabs go away and the return. Even though the scabs go away the areas where the scab would be are still flakey. I don't know what to do. I've tried tea tree oil, olive oil, washing my hair less often, using head n shoulders, selsum blue. Unfortunately I don't have medical at this time otherwise I would have already seen the doc. I was just wondering if anyone might know if this is perm. Damage and/or what options i might have to fix this :(

    • ANSWER:
      This is not caused from the bleach and the hair dye. It's a dermatitis, psoriasis or Dandruff ( same cause same treatments ).

      Hair dye or bleach can cause damage to the scap, burns, allergies etc but not a dermatitis at any case. They can only trigger / flair up an existing issue. If you already have Psoriasis or Dandruff in the past ( even once in your life ) then the chemicals from the dye can trigger it and cause a flair up.

      A dermatitis is a chronic condition and it's caused by over working genes. It's not a virus that you can clear up.
      So tea tree oil will do absolutely nothing.

      How the flakes are created : The genes involved with the skin cell reproduction over work. In normal people skin cells die and reproduce themselves once every 40 days. If you have a dermatitis, skin cells reproduce once every 24/48 hours. That is why you get all those extra skin cells ( flakes ) on the skin making layers.

      What you need to do to get rid of it :

      Don't use Head and Shoulders or anything similar. Those shampoos change the ph balance of the scalp because they so harsh and no other treatment or shampoo will help in the future.
      Use only drugstore dandruff shampoos with tar in them. They work great and they are not harsh.

      Shampoos are only for maintenance and not for treatment so if you get and a flair up which can be really bad it will take a long time for it to go away by just using the shampoo itself.

      You need a proper lotion treatment. The best one I've been using for ages when I need it ( I sometimes get scalp psoriasis ) is Propiosalic. It's at about , it contains salicylic acid ( well known ingredient in lots of cosmetics ) and it clears up the scap in a few days to a week or 2 , depending on the severity.
      You just apply it on the scalp once or twice a day and let it dry. It dries out completely in about half an hour and you don't have to wash your hair afterwards at all, not even the next day. It's not noticeable when it's dry and if you brush your hair they look normal. It's not oily at all, it's a lotion formula. Ask your dermatologist or your pharmacist for more info.

      After you have cleared up your scalp completely you can keep using your tar shampoo if needed. Meaning if you see after a while that the problem is coming back, which I doubt. If you see that everything is ok there's no need to keep using a special shampoo.

      Gluck

  24. QUESTION:
    Could you get Anemia from having chronic/severe Psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis and i get really, really bad phases sometimes. Anyway, i've always thought i had anemia, but recently my boyfriend noticed it too and asked me the same thing. I was wondering if they are connected somehow and if i should go see my doctor.
    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Highly doubtful as psoriasis is autoimmune. If you suffer from anemia it could be due to many things such as diet or menstruation. Try increasing your iron intake from lean meats and veggies like broccoli and spinach. Good luck!

  25. QUESTION:
    How can you tell when got psoriasis?
    near the end of the palm of my hand stays real red my mother notice my hand was real red lastnight she told me psoriasis was developing on my hand.
    I also have a friend who has got this skin condition is it contagious.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is not contagious. It's a common chronic skin disorder. The red patches have a well defined border covered by thick, dry silvery/gray scales. These lesions can appear anywhere on the body but are more common on extensor surfaces (backs of arm and hands), bony areas, scalp, ears, genitalia and the perianal area. A red area on the palm of the hand is unlikely to be psoriasis.

      Run a search for "psoriasis" and check out websites that offer photographs. Compare your red area to the photos and read about this condition to learn more.

  26. QUESTION:
    Has anyone here herd of fulvic acid and if so does it really increase your energy?

    Sorry about the spelling. It should ask if you have HEARD of fulvic acid.

    • ANSWER:
      Reported claims of effective treatment using humic acid of the following symptoms:
      Anaemia
      Angina
      Arteriosclerosis
      Arthritis
      Burns
      Blood Clots
      Cancers
      Chemical Burns
      Chronic fatigue
      Chronic Indigestion
      Chronic Psoriasis
      Circulation Problems
      Common colds
      Cystitis
      Dermatitis
      Diabetes
      Diarrhoea
      Diverticulitis
      Fractures
      Gallstones
      Gastritis
      Gout
      Heartburn
      Haemorrhoids
      High Blood Pressure
      Hypoglycaemia
      Migraine Headaches
      Multiple Sclerosis
      Muscle Cramps
      Nervous Disorders
      Open Sores
      Parasite infection
      Shingles
      Sunburn
      Stroke
      Toxic Buildup
      Ulcers
      Varicose veins
      Yeast Infection

      Yes, if you get healed than it means you have more energy :)

  27. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend an alternative remedy for dermatitis ?
    My Doctor prescribed steriod cream which I have been using for over a year. It thins the skin so I am not keen on using it any more. I have started taking Evening Primrose capsules as I heard they may help. Any other suggestions ?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathy on Eczema, Allergic Dermatitis, Uriticaria, Skin Allergy, Psoriasis, Herpes etc.

      Note. Skin affections are merely local manifestations of some constitutional affection. They represent the effort of nature to get rid of some poison in the system, congenital or acquired, which effort should not be suppressed but abetted. The indications for our remedies will not only aid in this by correction of the soil, but also avoid the dangers of suppression by external applications.

      Homeopathic Medicines & Treatment for Eczema, Allergic Dermatitis, Uriticaria, Skin Allergy, Psoriasis, Herpes etc.

      #Graphites. [Graph]
      our great remedy for all sorts of skin diseases, no doubt often mis-prescribed, and hence frequently disappoints. The symptoms calling for it are very clear; there are moist scabby eruptions on the scalp, face, bends of joints, between fingers and behind the ears. The corners of the mouth and eyes are cracked, bleeding and oozing a gluey, honey-like, thick, tenacious discharge, a fissured eczema is the type. Great itching always accompanies the eruption. The skin may be dry and horny. The hair is dry and falls out. Lycopodium. Dry scaly eruptions. Calcarea carbonica. Eczema on scalp which extends to face. Crusts are white, and on awakening, in the morning especially, the child will scratch furiously.

      #Arsenicum Album. [Ars.Alb]
      A useful remedy in all cases of skin troubles when the skin is thickened, such as in chronic eczema, psoriasis and chronic urticaria. The sensations are itching, burning and swelling, it also has papules, nettle rash and pimples. Burning sensitive ulcers with offensive discharges. It is almost a specific for hives from shell fish, which itch and burn, and for repercussed hives. Pustules form into scabs. Pellagra may find its simillimum in Arsenicum. Bovista. Baker's and grocer's itch, and eruption on the back of the hands. It is also recommended in pellagra, also phosphorus and Argentum nitricum. Sepia. Dry desquamation. Ringworm. Rhus. Vesicles on an erysipelatous base. Clematis. Rawness, worse washing, moist eruption.

      #Sulphur. [Sulph]
      The great characteristic of this remedy is the aggravation from washing; this, with scratching, makes the parts burn intensely. The skin is rough, coarse and measly, and there is much soreness in the folds of the skin and a tendency to pustular eruptions. Dryness and heat of scalp, with intense itching, especially at night, and scratching causes soreness; wetting makes it burn. Eczema erythematosum. Eruption of yellow crusts. Eruption at the margin of the hair. Dearborn says Sulphur 6 will cure more pruritus than any other drug. It is our great antiseptic. Selenium. Itching in folds of skin and about ankle joints. Hair falls out with eczematous eruptions. Antimonium crudum. Thick callosities on the skin. Deficient growth of nails. Honey colored crusts on heads of children; cracking in the nostrils and corners of mouth. Antimonium tartaricum. Variola. Impetigo of scrotum. Thuja. Warts and eczema following vaccination. Also an excellent remedy in the higher potencies for acne facialis. Natrum muriaticum. Dry scaly or herpetic eruption of little water blisters in bends of joints, hydroa labialis, fever blisters. Moist eczema without much itching. The Natrum muriaticum patient continually suffers from "hang nails." (Hepar, Rhus, Natrum muriaticum, Arsenicum, cold sores.) Herpes circinatus. Eczema, with thick scabs oozing pus. Urticaria, with itching about the joints when occurring, with intermittent fever worse at seashore. Kreosote. Eruptions on the extensor surfaces of joints. Berberis aquifolia. Scaly pustular eruptions on the face. It is one of the most reliable remedies in the cure of psoriasis. Hydrocotyle. Great dryness and desquamation of the epidermis. Acne rosacea. Its special field is in psoriasis and Dearborn praises it in leprosy. The writer cured a case of inveterate psoriasis universale with this remedy. Dr. H.V. Halbert, of Chicago, considered Thyroidine in the 3X or 30X potency as worthy a trial in psoriasis. He reports excellent results from its use. Indications are a dry and impoverished skin, cold hands and feet. Psoriasis is a pregrowth symptom of cancer. The condition of the skin should always be noted, being the great organ of elimination of poisons. Borax was considered by Dr. McClatchey as curative of many cases of psoriasis, and indeed it corresponds to many symptoms of this disease. Petroleum. Pictures pure eczema with its thick scabs, oozing pus and rhagades; the skin is harsh and dry, the finger tips crack and the hands chap. It is especially suitable to eczema behind the ears. Use the 12X potency.

      #Mezereum. [Mez]
      Baehr considers this remedy the best one in crust lactea. There is great itching, which is worse when the patient is warm or wrapped up. There are small vesicles with terrible itching, and the great characteristic is that the secretion dries quickly, producing scabs from beneath which an acrid thick pus oozes. Crusts and itching are the features. Herpes zoster, with neuralgic pains along the nerves. Nux juglans. Tinea favosa on scalp, behind ears, itching worse at night, preventing sleep.

      #Rhus toxicodendron. [Rhus-t]
      Vesicular eruption characterizes Rhus, so it becomes a remedy in herpes, eczema, pemphigus and prurigo. It is useful in right-sided zoster with extensive vesication and perhaps accompanied with rheumatic pains. The skin is covered with numerous vesicles, there is great itching and tingling, the skin is often swollen and oedematous and these vesicles have a red areola around them. the symptoms are all worse at night, in damp weather and in winter. Rapid vesication and angry-looking skin are characteristics. Apis. More burning and stinging and more oedema. Cantharis. Large blisters with smarting and burning. Croton tiglium. Small blisters with much itching. Hughes says that Croton relieves the itching of eczema rapidly and permanently. Anacardium. Small blisters with an umbilicated center. The eruption itches excessively and burns. The remedy has been used successfully in Rhus poisoning. Dolichos. Itching without eruption. the writer has a number of times verified this symptom. It will sometimes control diabetic itching, and it is especially useful in senile pruritus. Worse at night. Worse across the shoulders. Fagopyrum. Itching worse by scratching. With here and there red blotches which are sore. The hairy portions of the body itch more.

      #Psorinum. [Psor]
      Herpetic eruptions with much itching, worse when getting warm in bed; the skin is dirty, greasy, unwashed in appearance. Tinea capitis, offensive matter oozes out. Sebaceous glands secrete in excess. Eczema more on the sides of the head and face, cheeks and ears. Eruption in the bends of joints. Pustules or boils remaining after itch. A most important remedy in all skin affections and we should not forget Tuberculinum and Syphilinum, for each has its special field and symptoms. Clarke advises the nosodes, especially in leprosy.

      #Oleander. [Olnd]
      Skin eruptions with gastro-energetic troubles; the skin is very sensitive, slight friction causes chafing and soreness, especially about the neck, scrotum and thighs. Crusta lactea on scalp and back of ears. There is great itching; scartching relieves at first but the parts become very sore. It will be all the more strongly indicated if gastro-enteric symptoms be present. Vinca minor. Eczema of scalp and face, matted hair and offensive odor. A crust is formed, the discharge is retained underneath and causes the hair to fall out or to mat together, forming the plica polonica. Viloa tricolor. Hughes lauds this remedy and rarely uses any other in crusta lactea and impetigo in children. It has crusts with a copious exudation and it is accompanied with offensive urine. Staphisagria. Eruptions worse on the occiput, eczematous eruption on the ears, yellow scabs. Scratching changes the place of the itching. Eruptions forming figwarts or condylomata; especially useful in sickly children after the abuse of mercury.

      #Ranunculus bulbosus. [Ran-b]
      Vesicular eruptions along the course of the nerve; vesicles filled with serum and burn greatly; large blisters form on a raw surface. Herpes zoster. Pemphigus in the new born. Thickening of the skin into yellow hard horny scabs. Ranunculus sceleratus. Vesicular eruption, with thin, acrid discharge, large blisters.

      #Nitric acid. [Nit-ac]
      Our great remedy in ulcers when these symptoms are present. 1. Ragged zigzag, often raised edges. 2. Profuse granulations, proud flesh. 3. Vascular, bleeding easily where touched. 4. Splinter-like pains in them. Sycotic excrescences.

      #Pulsatilla .[Puls]
      An indicated remedy in hives when of gastric or uterine origin, or with diarrhoea and chilliness; hives after eating pork, fruit or buckwheat cakes. Scanty menses. Hives with profuse menses call for Belladonna. Hempel recommends Aconite and Ipecac in Hives. Antimonium crudum. Urticaria of gastric origin. Urtica urens. Intense intolerable fiery itching of the skin from any trifling change in the temperature. Itching swellings on the fingers also indicate Urtica. Face blotched. Note the urinary symptoms which will often accompany. Dulcamara. Suppression of the hives, with catarrhal symptoms arising. Nettle rash, chronic cases always worse at beginning of winter, itching always on exposure to cold air as when undressing. Rhus. Hives, with ague or rheumatism worse in cold air. Bovista. Hives with diarrhoea. Calcarea carbonica. Chronic urticaria, worse from drinking milk. Terebinth. Hives form shell fish. Kali bromatum. Hives or acne, with nervous symptoms. Chloral. A very useful remedy for hives, will often relieve in the form of a grain of Chloral dissolved in a glass of water and a teaspoonful given at a dose. It suits large wheals coming on suddenly from a chill.

      #Apis mellifica. [Apis]
      Urticaria, with cold or intermittent fever; there is a sudden eruption of welts with terrible itching Lichen and erythema nodosum. Sulphur. Itching hives over whole body, worse from warmth of bed; chronic cases. Radium. Itching all over body, burning of skin as if a fire. Such a general itching very often is a precursor to serious affections. It may even be a pre-growth symptom of cancer.

      #Sepia. [Sep]
      Brownish spots on the skin. Herpetic conditions about the knees and ankles,in the bends of joints and behind the ears, at first dry, it becomes moist and discharges copiously. Yellow spots, liver spots; urticaria worse from warmth of bed. Ringworms, herpes circinatus. Chronic nettle rash after milk or pork. Tellurium. Ringworm is children. Psoriasis, annular type. Eruption shows bleeding points when scales are removed. Baryta carbonica. Eczema on dorsa of hands, skin rough, dry and chapped. Herpetic eruptions. Sepia is also a remedy in psoriasis.

      #Hepar sulphur. [Hep]
      Moist eruption in folds of skin and itching in the bends of joints; the skin is extremely sensitive and suppurates easily, and pimples form around ulcers. Humid eczema of the scalp, sore and sensitive to touch. Eczema of the scrotum and genital organs, boils. It is especially useful after the abuse of salves or ointments containing containing zinc or mercury. Graphites is distinguished by not having the sensitiveness. Silicea. Skin suppurates easily. Onchia at roots of nails. Fluoric acid. A powerful antipsoric and produces itching red vesicles with tendency to scale off; very valuable in eczema.

      #Kali muriaticum. [Kali-m]
      One of the most satisfactory remedies in the treatment of eczema capitis and moist eczemas, especially when chronic and obstinate in character. This observation has been repeatedly verified. Cartier and our Brazilian confreres endorse it. It is also a most useful remedy in acne and in sycotic skin manifestations.

      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/skin-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and 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

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  28. QUESTION:
    What are the requirements to get a Medical Marijuana Card?
    How do you qualify for a medical marijuana card? What are the requirements and how is the process of obtaining one? Is it easy or difficult to get one?
    Can I have examples on how it is in different states?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a general list of sicknesses with symptoms and/or side effects that have been treated with medical marijuana:

      Agoraphobia
      AIDS Related Illness
      Alcohol Abuse
      Alcoholism
      Alopecia Areata
      Amphetamine Dependency
      Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
      Angina Pectoris
      Ankylosis
      Anorexia
      Anorexia Nervosa
      Anxiety Disorders
      Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease
      Arthritis
      Asthma
      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
      Autoimmune Disease
      Back Pain
      Back Sprain
      Bell's Palsy
      Bipolar Disorder
      Brain Tumor, Malignant
      Bruxism
      Bulimia
      Cachexia
      Cancer
      Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
      Cerebral Palsy
      Cervical Disk Disease
      Chemotherapy
      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
      Chronic Pain
      Chronic renal failure
      Cocaine Dependence
      Colitis
      Conjunctivitis
      Constipation
      Crohn's Disease
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Damage to Spinal Cord Nervous Tissue
      Degenerative Arthritis
      Delirium Tremens
      Diabetes
      Depression
      Diabetic Peripheral Vascular Disease
      Diarrhea
      Diverticulitis
      Dysthymic Disorder
      Eczema
      Emphysema
      Emphysema
      Endometriosis
      Epididymitis
      Epilepsy
      Fibromyalgia
      Gastritis
      Genital Herpes
      Glaucoma
      Graves Disease
      Headaches, Cluster
      Headaches, Migraine
      Headaches, Tension
      Hemophilia A
      Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
      Hepatitis C
      Hereditary Spinal Ataxia
      HIV/AIDS
      Hospice Patients
      Huntington's Disease
      Hypertension
      Hypertension
      Hyperventilation
      Hypoglycemia
      Impotence
      Insomnia
      Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated arthritis
      Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
      Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)
      Intractable Vomitting
      Lipomatosis
      Lou Gehrig's Disease
      Lyme Disease
      Lymphoma
      Major Depression
      Malignant Melanoma
      Mania
      Melorheostosis
      Meniere's Disease
      Motion Sickness
      Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS)
      Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
      Muscle Spasms
      Muscular Dystrophy
      Myeloid Leukemia
      Nail-Patella Syndrome
      Nightmares
      Obesity
      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
      Opiate Dependence
      Osteoarthritis
      Panic Disorder
      Parkinson's Disease
      Peripheral Neuropathy
      Peritoneal Pain
      Persistent Insomnia
      Porphyria
      Post Polio Syndrome (PPS)
      Post-traumatic arthritis
      Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
      Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
      Prostatitis
      Psoriasis
      Pulmonary Fibrosis
      Quadriplegia
      Radiation Therapy
      Raynaud's Disease
      Reiter's Syndrome
      Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
      Rheumatoid Arthritis
      Rheumatoid Arthritis
      Rosacea
      Schizoaffective Disorder
      Schizophrenia
      Scoliosis
      Sedative Dependence
      Seizures
      Senile Dementia
      Severe Nausea
      Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
      Sinusitis
      Skeletal Muscular Spasticity
      Sleep Apnea
      Spasticity
      Spinal Stenosis
      Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS)
      Stuttering
      Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)
      Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
      Tenosynovitis
      Thyroiditis
      Tic Douloureux
      Tietze's Syndrome
      Tinnitus
      Tobacco Dependence
      Tourette's Syndrome
      Trichotillomania
      Viral Hepatitis

      Choose any sickness/ side-effects from above for example: depression, pretend that you are suffering from depression and get the medical prescription from your nearby mj doctor.

      To get an mmj card, just follow the instruction mentioned below:

      Find a Medical Marijuana Doctor near by your area. Get your doctor to write a statement and/or prescription that he recommends medical marijuana to treat your ailment. If your doctor will not give you a statement contact the THC Foundation, they have several medical cannabis clubs in different states that support medical marijuana and will be able to help you either find a doctor, or get your statement from your doctor. Get the documentation done. With proper documentation you can get a Medical Marijuana Card.

      In all there are 16 states, where medical marijuana is legal. California was the first state to be legalized for medical marijuana in the year 1996. And then in 1998 Alaska, Oregon, Washington. Later medical marijuana was legalized in other states i.e Arizona(2010), Colorado(2000), DC(2010), Delaware(2011), Hawaii(2000), Maine(1999), Michigan(2008), Montana(2004), Nevada(2000), New Jersey(2010), New Mexico(2007), Rhode Island(2006) and Vermont(2004).

  29. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of acne without having to buy expensive products?
    I wash my face every day and I have tried acne products. Are there any other ways to get rid of it? I am 20 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi KC

      Here are some real answers on skin conditions. Remedies at the bottom. Cleansing the body of toxins is the key. Especially a colon cleanse! Educate yourself on detoxifying the blood.

      Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D. - "What is your skin trying to tell you? Often the skin is a metaphor for deeper issues and a way for your body to send up a red flag to warn you that all is not well underneath. When our skin is unhealthy it is usually a reflection of the internal state of our bodies, and is often a sign of poor elimination of toxins and waste products. Most of us are embarrassed by skin problems such as rashes, rosacea, boils or acne, especially in places where others can see our imperfections. The skin is the body's first line of defense against the environment. It has to deal with the effects of weather, sun , cold, heat, dryness, humidity, scrapes, bumps, soaps, detergents, chemicals, perspiration and dirt of all kinds. It is a wonder that our skin stays healthy most of the time! We can help our skin deal with this onslaught by optimizing our general health and by protecting our skin from harsh environmental exposure. Western medicine generally treats skin eruptions with either antibiotics, cortisone, or antifungal preparations. These medicines may alleviate the skin problem temporarily, or occasionally for good, but do not address the source of the problem. Putting a lid on skin symptoms without getting to the root of the imbalance may even result in suppression, that means the imbalance may be driven deeper causing more serious health problems later without ever strengthening the underlying vital force of the person. Fortunately, naturopathic medicine offers a wide vareity of effective treatments for skin problems."

      Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D. - "Your skin is a reflection of how well your body is eliminating the toxins that build up on a daily basis. Chronic skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis stem from a combination of genetic factors, immune stress, dietary deficiencies or sensitivities, and the accumulation of toxins in the body. For our skin to be radiant and clear, it is very important that the other organs of elimination (kidneys, liver, lungs, and colon) are cleansing the body effectively. If not, the skin will be overtaxed, pores will become clogged, and eruptions of one sort or another will result. Here are a number of steps you can take to improve your body's overall elimination wtih specific emphasis on your skin."

      Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin. Juice Fasting is the world's most ancient and natural healing mechanism. Fasting triggers a truly wondrous cleansing process that reaches right down to each and every cell and tissue in the body.

      Learn more about Therapeutic Fasting and Detoxification - Colon Cleansing is the main step. Must remove the toxins from the colon, so the toxins dont get in the blood and cause illness and disease.

      Natural Cures

      1. Fruits and Vegetables for Acne: Carrot & spinach, celery & watercress, grapefruit juices are all useful to combat acne.

      2. Unwholesome Foods: Acne, a prevalent problem among teen-aged boys would not be possible in our society if our foods were wholesome. A most sad and disgusting sight is the pus-filled pimples due to inner toxicity --- wastes trying desperately to escape through the face. This condition often turns a gentle face in the blossom of youth into a waste dump of pimples, pus and subsequent pock marks which can be prevented. The tons of acne medications and prescriptions sold annually act only on the effect of the harmful food, and not the cause of the disease, malnutrition. The traditional teenage meal, a grease burger, french fries and a milk shake or cola simply does not provide enough nourishment for anyone, let alone a boy going through puberty to adulthood. Our highly processed foods are devoid of hormones found in fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Must do a colon cleanse to rid of all the toxins in the body, which eventually get into the blood and cause acne and all other diseases.

      3. Cabbage: Apply a lotion of freshly prepared cabbage juice preceded, if desired, by the application of leaves. The eating of cabbage leaves or juice is also helpful.

      4. Lemon Juice: Skin problems such as acne... will often respond to a treatment of lemon juice. For blackheads rub lemon juice over them each night.

      5. Black Walnut: Externally, Black Walnut is nearly a miracle worker in cases of ...acne, dandruff, boils, itch, shingles, ringworm--we could go on, but you can see that you can use Black Walnut whenever a skin disorder appears! The tincture is an excellent first-aid remedy for wounds.

      Best of health to you

  30. QUESTION:
    Where can I find information on enzyme deficiency?
    I want the causes, effects and related information. Preferably from reputable websites. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Enzymes and Health
      ENZYME DEFICIENCIES
      Have you ever asked yourself, `How is it possible that I am sick even though I eat organic foods and am very careful with my diet?' The answer most likely revolves around an ENZYME DEFICIENCY. An enzyme deficiency can manifest itself as a variety of conditions. Presented here is a brief look at causes and symptoms.

      SYNDROMES COMMON TO ENZYME DEFICIENCY
      PMS
      Hot flashes Fatigue
      Cold hands and feet Neck and shoulder aches Sprue
      Inflammation
      Protease Deficiency Back weakness
      Fungal forms Constipation High Blood Pressure Insomnia
      Hearing problems Parasites
      Gum disorders Gingivitis
      Lipase Deficiency Aching feet Arthritis Bladder problems Cystitis
      Acne
      Gall bladder stress Gallstones
      Hay fever Prostate problems Psoriasis
      Urinary weakness Constipation Diarrhea
      Heart problems
      Combination Deficiency Chronic allergies
      Common colds Diverticulitis Irritable Bowel Syndrome Chronic fatigue
      Sinus infection
      Immune depressed conditions
      Amylase Deficiency Breaking out of the skin - rash Hypoglycemia
      Depression Mood swings Allergies

      Enzymedica Enzyme Fortifiers are intended to aid in the correction of nutritional imbalances. The fortifiers are also designed to be used under direction of health care professionals in enzyme therapy.

      DIGESTIVE ENZYMES
      Protease Deficiency:
      Protease digests protein. The benefit of proteolytic enzymes has been studied for decades in the United States, Germany and Japan primarily. Research has focused on immune support, inflammation and cancer.

      Since everything that makes us sick is either protein or is protected by protein, the immune system is in constant need of protease. Bacteria, parasites, and fungal forms are all protein. Viruses and cancer cells are protected by protein. Protease has the ability to digest these unwanted debri in the blood. Therefore, protease deficient people are immune compromised, making them susceptible to bacterial, viral and yeast infections and a general decrease in immunity.

      Amylase Deficiency:
      Amylase digests carbohydrates (converts them to sugars) along with dead white blood cells. When you are low in amylase you are a candidate for blood sugar imbalances, Hypoglycemia, Type II Diabetes, carbohydrate cravings and allergies. Amylase is also involved in anti-inflammatory reactions such as those caused by the release of histamine and similar substances. Asthma and emphysema may also be exacerbated by an amylase deficiency.

      Lipase Deficiency:
      Since lipase digests fat, fat-soluble vitamins and balances fatty acids, lipase deficient people can be expected to have a tendency towards high cholesterol, high triglycerides and difficulty losing weight. The future outcome of these tendencies is heart disease, which kills more Americans than any other disease. Lipase deficient people also have decreased cell permeability, meaning nutrients cannot get in and the waste cannot get out. The condition of vertigo or labrynthis, also called Meniere's Disease (dizziness aggravated by movement such as walking or driving), can also result from lipase deficiency.

      Cellulase Deficiency
      The symptoms of cellulase deficiency can best be described as malabsorption syndrome (impaired absorption of nutrients, vitamins, or minerals from the diet by the lining of the small intestine). Malabsorption has many symptoms including lower abdominal gas, pain, bloating and problems associated with the jejunum and pancreas. The consumption of fiber enriched nutritional drinks, which are full of cellulose, can exacerbate these problems.

      A cellulase deficiency can also lead to fungal overgrowth such as Candida. The cell wall of Candida contains chitin which is very similar to cellulose (fiber). This can often make it difficult to remove once an overgrowth develops. Cellulase taken orally can often assist in bringing the Candida overgrowth back into balance.

      Cellulase breaks down the fiber in our diet. Because our body does not produce cellulase, this food enzyme is essential. The Lactase deficient people also have classic symptoms which include abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Other allergic symptoms, including asthma, have been witnessed from the ingestion of lactose-containing products.

      Sucrase, Lactase & Maltase Deficiency:
      People who have malabsorption syndrome and cellulose deficiency also have a tendency towards sugar (sucrose, lactose, & maltose) and/or gluten intolerance. Sucrose, lactose and maltose are three common sugars which some people cannot tolerate. They are broken down and absorbed into the system by three enzymes; sucrase, lactase and maltase.

      Sucrase deficient people cannot split the sucrose disaccharide into twin partners, two units of glucose. Glucose is a primary brain food so expect mental and emotional problems in people who are sucrase deficient. Symptoms include depression, moodiness, panic attacks, manic and schizophrenic behavior and severe mood swings.

      Maltase Deficiency
      Maltase deficient people are generally sensitive to environmental conditions.
      An intolerance to sucrose, lactose or maltose may be worsened by a deficiency in sucrase, lactase or maltase.

      Combination Deficiency
      Combination Deficiency is when an individual has more than one of the above deficiencies. The person will most often have the most severe digestive issues. Crohn's Disease, Colitis, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome are quite common.

      Gluten grains can be a real problem for example. These grains include wheat, oats, rye and barley. Not everyone has to avoid all four grains; however, sometimes it is a must. Gluten intolerance is associated with Celiac Disease and Malabsorption Syndrome. It is also associated with Crohn's Disease. Gluten is actually a protein that exist in these high carbohydrate grains. The best way to address this is usually a high potency protease and amylase enzyme combination.

      The insidious thing about gluten intolerance is that it creates a sugar intolerance because when gluten intolerant people eat gluten containing foods, the brush border cells of the jejunum are injured and thus unable to secrete the disaccharidases (sucrase, lactase and maltase) leading to sugar intolerance. The problems discussed here are just the tip of the iceberg. More discoveries continue to emerge as research with food enzymes continues.

      THERAPEUTIC USES OF ENZYMES
      If enzymes truly are catalysts which participate in virtually every bodily process, and if a shortage can cause a variety of illnesses, then why are they not widely used as a treatment? It is certainly true that they are not widely used here in the Americas, but what about other countries? In Europe enzyme therapy is routinely used to treat a variety of illnesses.

      As you become familiar and comfortable working with enzymes they will serve you as no other supplementation program. The one thing we must all be able to do is digest, assimilate, utilize, eliminate and create healthy cells to live. The body requires enzymes to do all this work. If it is true the body uses 80% of its energy just to digest food, there can be no limit to the benefit of plant based enzymes in this process.

      Protease:
      It is known that protease's are able to dissolve almost all proteins as long as they are not components of living cells. Normal living cells are protected against lysis by the inhibitor mechanism. Parasites, fungal forms, and bacteria are protein. Viruses are cell parasites consisting of nucleic acids covered by a protein film. Enzymes can break down undigested protein, cellular debris, and toxins in the blood, sparing the immune system this task. The immune system can then concentrate its full action on the bacterial, viral or parasitic invasion.

      Protease is a polymorphic enzyme. The enzyme action it produces can adapt to meet the current digestive or metabolic needs of the body. It should be noted that protease when taken on an empty stomach is readily taken up into the mucosa cells of the intestine and passed into the blood circulation. Clinical observations (manuscript in preparation) have noted that upon high intake of oral protease, heavy metal concentrations have been significantly decreased in the blood.

      Lipase:
      Fats are the most difficult component of the diet to digest. Fatty foods cause more indigestion than proteins or starches.

      Most Americans have crossed-wires when it comes to fats. Because of bulging waistlines, most Americans battle between fat-phobia and fat-craving. The human body is programmed to crave fats. Without essential fats and fatty nutrients animals and humans cease to thrive. Omega-3 and omega-6 fats from flaxseed and cold-water fish were found to be essential for human health by physiologists in the 1930s. Fat-soluble nutrients such as beta carotene, lutein, and vitamins A, D, E and K fulfill important functions in health maintenance. So fat isn't all bad.

      The American diet is intentionally laden with saturated fats and hardened hydrogenated fats, leaving about 80% of the population deficient in the essential fats required for the maintenance of the human nervous system, the production of hormones and the control of inflammation.
      Foods actually taste better when they contain fats. A famous fast-food quarter-pound hamburger actually has a saturated fat content equivalent to 16 pats of butter! The fast-food engineers really know how to stimulate our taste buds.

      It is worth noting here that weight loss is a common finding among individuals with chronic heart failure. It is evident that malabsorption of fats is related to heart failure. In one study subjects with heart disease had 10 times more fat in their stool than heart-healthy individuals. This means those with heart disease weren't absorbing their fats (Am J Cardiology 5: 295, 1960). Yet heart patients are typically placed on low-fat diets! These individuals were leaner, but not healthier.

      For these same reasons, fat blockers such as Olean and Elestra are undesirable. They keep fat from being absorbed, but they also keep fatty nutrients from being available. Under-nutrition occurs in about half of the patients with chronic heart failure.

      Fats are a major source of fuel for the heart muscle. The use of lipase has been suggested to improve fat absorption (Am J cardiology 8: 43, 1963).

      It was not until 1997 that researchers found that lipase also can help to control LDL cholesterol and is helpful in stubborn cases of high triglycerides. (Lipids 32: 1147, 1997).

      Low levels of lipase have been found among adults who have benign fatty tumors surrounding their eyelids, an unsightly condition called xanthelasma. Adults with this condition often hide these fatty growths with makeup. While lipase is untried in these cases, a course of daily lipase with meals may prove to be a remedy.

      Plant Based Enzymes Vs. Animal Enzymes
      Enzymes are the energy of life. All supplemental enzymes, with very rare exception, can be beneficial to one degree or another. If you must choose one, which would it be? When considering the benefits of animal (or glandular, usually represented by USP) verses plant enzymes, the following may be helpful.

      Animal enzymes, or pancreatic enzymes, are from the pancreas of a slaughter house animal. Ask yourself "What was the condition of this animal and its organs before he was slaughtered." How does anyone know?

      Pancreatic enzymes tend to claim high unit amounts, such as 31,500 units of protease. However, this amount, or unit measurement, does not indicate the actual enzyme activity level. 31,500 units of protease will yield a level of only 356 units of digestive activity. Compare this to hundreds of thousands of actual protease activity in our plant based enzymes. Enzyme effectiveness depends on activity not weight. Remember to compare "apples to apples".

      Don't forget about the importance of the pH balance. Pancreatin requires an 8.0 pH to be of use in the system. The human body reaches this 8.0 pH in the small intestine after major digestion has already taken place. Plant enzymes have the capability to work between 3 and 9 pH. They are blended as neutral, alkaline and acidic to cover all concerns in our formulations. This means they work throughout the entire digestive tract and in the blood. For instance, one English study showed a small dose of acidstable lipase from a plant source was more effective than a dosage 25 times larger of conventional pancreatin in the treatment of malabsorption and malnutrition due to pancreatic enzyme deficiency.

      References
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      These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease.

  31. 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.

  32. QUESTION:
    What is a good skin treatment for sun damage?
    My mom wants a product that will help reduce the look of sun spots, sun damage and just plain old skin. She was a sun goddess in her teens years, and now she is paying for it. Does anyone know or heard of products that help these things? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment For Sun Damaged Skin
      OTC Treatment:There are a number of products and treatments available to try to reverse some of the signs of sun damage. These include preparations available over the counter, prescription medications and medical procedures.

      The use of products containing alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid and lactic acid may have a smoothing effect on the skin. We also know that vitamin C preparations will also have modest effects on reversing the appearance of sun damage.

      These products will have benefit after they have been used for many months. They peel off the dead surface of the epidermis, which allows more ultraviolet light to penetrate so sun protection is most important when these products are used. These products can be used in conjunction with prescription vitamin A preparations.

      Medical Treatments:Tretinoin (creams and gels):

      Tretinoin creams and gels have been documented as reversing sun damage, smoothing of the skin may occur within a number of weeks. There is some thickening of the epidermis as well as the dermis. The increased pigmentation may be reduced by inhibiting epidermal melanin content. If this product is used over many month or years there can be a visible reduction in the wrinkling and fine lines.

      Tazarotene:

      Tazarotene is the newest product shown to have advantages in reversing sun damage. It is also a retinoid or a vitamin A product that was initially used for the condition of psoriasis. It is also effective in the treatment of acne and has shown to be of significant benefit in reversing chronic sun damage or photo aging.

      Chemical peels:

      Chemical Peels are procedures that remove the upper parts of the skin allowing recovery and re-growth of the surface. This relies on initially wounding the skin which stimulates growth of fresher, newer looking skin. The peels can either be superficial or quite deep into the dermis. Superficial peels include glycolic acid preparations.

      The deeper peels such as trichloroacetic acid and phenol are used less often. These produce more benefit but also carry an increased risk of pigmentary changes or possibly very superficial scarring. Recovery is quicker with the more superficial peels and may take weeks with the deeper procedures. The peels treat fine lines, age spots and uneven pigmentation.

      Laser surgery:

      The use of dermabrasion has diminished. This was performed by mechanically peeling off the skin surface with a metallic rotating instrument and then supporting the skin as it healed.

      Laser brasion has been used over the last decade with quite significant results. The laser essentially vaporizes the skin away in very thin layers. The CO2 laser was first used and later the Erbium Yag laser became more popular as it produced less heat damage to the skin, which meant a more superficial layer of damage and a faster recovery.

      The disadvantage of these procedures which essentially peel the surface of the skin allowing renewed growth of skin, which has less of a photo-damaged appearance, is the lengthy healing time. There is considerable redness for the first 10 days that usually requires time off work. The risk of prolonged redness and some whitening of the skin are also observed in some.

      Non-Ablative Laser Surgery is a new development in the treatment of photo damage. These procedures involve the use of a broad-spectrum intense pulse light or laser, which is used repeatedly on the skin. This heats the dermis and encourages collagen production. It can also minimize some of the redness from broken blood vessels and diminish the hyper-pigmentation, which may be a consequence of photodamage.

      Pulse Dye lasers that are used for red birthmarks or rosacea also have a benefit in photo damage in that they heat the skin, encouraging production of collagen with subsequent smoothing of the skin. These lasers also reduce the red vessels that often can be of cosmetic concern.

      Skin fillers:

      Skin fillers can be used for individuals with deep lines and wrinkles. These include collagen or hyaluronic acid. These are useful for lines that are seen in the resting phase. These have gained popularity. Collagen purified from the skin of cows is injected into skin wrinkles to fill in the depression. The benefit lasts for 3-6 months.It is usually used for correcting the naso-labial folds or deep smile lines or crows feet.

      The treatment is usually well tolerated but there is usually some stinging or burning. Slight swelling and redness may be transient after treatment. It is essential that a small quantity of collagen be injected into a test area of skin weeks before the treatment to ensure that there is no allergy to the product.

      Artecoll is collagen which has been impregnated with minute spheres of methylmethacrylate. This gives a long lasting effect to the injection. It appears that the injected collagen dissolves allowing the skins own collagen to grow on to these tiny beads. It is u

  33. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to detox your body?
    I'm vegan, but I want to detox my entire body. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      CAN BE DONE IN THE USA TOO

      Hydrocolon Therapy - large intestine irrigation - detoxication, and purification of organism.

      The large intestine plays an important role in the human´s digestive tract. That is the reason why we offer you the possibility to purify this part of your organism by Hydrocolon therapy. This method was introduced in ancient times, and its modern form was developed in the US. Owing to this method we can help you to overcome consequences of unsuitable lifestyle, improper regime, and often impacts from taking modern medicaments, especially antibiotics on intestinal microflora.

      Why go through hydrocolon Therapy?
      In curves of large intestines are persistently cumulating food remainders that form culture medium for putrid, and fermentative processes. Yeasts, moulds, and bacteria multiply on these remainders, and disturb natural balance. They also produce increased amounts of toxins (poison) which pass through mucosas, simultaneously are absorbed into blood, and lymphatic systems. In a fundamental manner then weight down the organism, and immune system, and become the reason for an array of medical problems, and illnesses. They as well disturb abilities of intestinal mucosa to absorb significant vitamins, and nutrients. Among frequent complaints that are bound to this process belong for example:

      Acne, skin diseases, psoriasis, various mould ailments, allergies
      Overweight, enlarged abdomen, constipation, articulary problems, rheumatism, high blood pressure, pain in the small of the back
      Headaches, chronic weariness, weakened defensiveness, proneness to illnesses, anemia, bodily odour, bad breath
      Therapy progress
      The procedure is carried out in a lying position on the back by professional personnel - skilled nurses, and lasts approximately 45 to 60 minutes.
      To the client’s intestine is alternately pumped warm and cold water by a tube inserted into the rectum. Uneven temperatures stimulate peristalsis and clean the intestine. Hydrotherapy gently dissolves, and cleanses intestinal contents including toxic wastes, sediment mass, pathogenic micro-organisms, and parasites. Simultaneously activates immune system. Water with dregs is conducted away from the body without you smelling any stench, since the whole system is closed. Clients can observe the irrigated content in a transparent pipe during the procedure.
      Hydrocolon therapy is perceived pleasant, and creating content feeling. The therapy does not cause any pain or spasms. In certain phases of the procedure appears a feeling of full intestine.

      Preparation before the therapy
      One day before the irrigation is appropriate to consume only easily digestible food, for example: yogurt, kefir, puree, fish, pasta, vegetable soup, tea, juice. Inappropriate is flatulent food for example: legume, fresh bakery products, cabbage, kale, raw vegetables, and fruit, meat, milk.

      Recommended number of procedures
      Under the terms of this purgative method are completed 3 to 5 applications out of which are 1 to 3 completed in the first week. After the irrigation is recommended to take a preparation with microbial flora – lactoflora by Pharma Nord company. Subsequently is appropriate to go for a sustentative purification once a year.

      Make an appointment, if you want.

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      Services Period Price
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      next application after crust 60 min 700 CZK
      1 alone application 60 min 1190 CZK

  34. QUESTION:
    How to completely eliminate the dandruff ?
    I am trying to eradicate my dandruff in many ways, but its still persist in my hair. Do you have any idea?

    • ANSWER:
      Dandruff is one of the most common ailments affecting the scalp. Dandruff is nothing but excessive scaling of dead cells of the skin of the scalp. As you are aware, body undergoes constant but gradual renewal every 24 hours. However, when it is much faster renewal of the skin, it becomes visible in the form of scales, which we call dandruff.
      Symptoms of dandruff:
      Dandruff, per se, is not a disease but a symptom. Excessive and obvious scaling of skin which is visible in the form of white (grey), flaky substance is the most common symptom (or sign) of dandruff. It may often be associated with itching, oily skin, irritation or redness of underlying skin. It tends to be chronic (long lasting) as well as recurring.
      Dandruff could be of two major types: a. Dry (flakes appear silvery and white) b. Moist. (where the flakes appear pale yellowish with unpleasant smell.)
      Causes of dandruff:
      Dandruff results from rapid maturing (and hence shedding) of the cells every week, instead of every month. Excessive oil (sebum) production precipitates dandruff in many people. This over activity could result from more than one reason.
      The causes, triggering factors and maintaining factors can be categorized as under:
      Internal causesExternal causes
      Hormonal imbalanceInfection (Pityrosporum Ovale or Malassezia Globosa) (Debatable.)
      Poor HealthExcessive use of hair sprays, gels
      Allergic HypersensitiveImproper use of hair : coloring products, hot iron curls
      Emotional StressCold weather, dry indoor heating
      Excessive consumption of fat, starch, sugarInfrequent shampooing of hair or Inadequate rinsing or shampooing of hair
      Improper Nutrition Poor Hygiene
      Hereditary PredispositionExcessive junk food
      Dandruff is often found to be is mostly seasonal. Some patients find it most severe during winter and mildest during summer.
      Though Dandruff is called as Dry Scalp but the people with oily scalp tend to suffer the most.
      Diagnosis of dandruff:
      While concluding the exact diagnosis of dandruff, your doctor often requires ruling out other underlying diseases, which often resemble present like dandruff: They are
      a. Seborrhoeic dermatitis b. Psoriasis c. Fungal infection
      Your doctor will be able to evaluate your history and the exact diagnosis could be arrived at by a close clinical examination. No biopsy is required.
      Treatment of dandruff:
      The challenge of treating dandruff lies in the successful control of its relapse. It is not very difficult to treat dandruff for once. However, it is not easy to treat dandruff forever!
      The treatment for dandruff should aim at controlling the underlying causing factors as well as the symptoms.
      Conventional treatment:
      The conventional treatment often treats the end result rather than the root cause of dandruff. Most commonly measures are use of
      a. Use of Anti-dandruff shampoo.
      b. Ketoconazole
      c. Antifungal shampoo
      d. Selenium sulphide (available as SELSUN LOTION)
      Homeopathic treatment:
      Homeopathic treatment aims are treating dandruff in totality. In other words, it treats the underlying cause of dandruff (please check the causes as described above) and hence helps preventing recurrence of dandruff.
      The medicines uses for dandruff are geared towards altering the activity of the scalp tissue and therefore slow down the multiplication of the cells of the scalp. Homeopathic medicines possibly depress the abnormal multiplication of cells of the scalp called ‘stratum corneum’. Homeopathic medicines are unique in the respect that they can act as immune-modulators and address underlying immunological parameters while treating dandruff. Homeopathic treatment is safe and very effective for dandruff, which is strongly recommended.

  35. QUESTION:
    How easy is it to get medical marijuana in California?
    I'm aware that medical marijuana is legal in California, but how easy is it to get a hold of it? Is it like any other prescription? Can you ask for it? What are the facts and rules on California's medical marijuana?

    • ANSWER:
      Patients, diagnosed with debilitating illnesses and recommended marijuana by a physician, and their primary caregivers may possess up to eight ounce of dried marijuana and/or six mature (or 12 immature) marijuana plants. However, Senate Bill 420, effective from January 1, 2004, allows patients to possess larger amounts of marijuana on physician’s recommendation.

      Its very easy to qualify for getting prescription of medical marijuana if you can prove that you suffer from sickness followed below:

      Agoraphobia
      AIDS Related Illness
      Alcohol Abuse
      Alcoholism
      Alopecia Areata
      Amphetamine Dependency
      Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
      Angina Pectoris
      Ankylosis
      Anorexia
      Anorexia Nervosa
      Anxiety Disorders
      Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease
      Arthritis
      Asthma
      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
      Autoimmune Disease
      Back Pain
      Back Sprain
      Bell's Palsy
      Bipolar Disorder
      Brain Tumor, Malignant
      Bruxism
      Bulimia
      Cachexia
      Cancer
      Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
      Cerebral Palsy
      Cervical Disk Disease
      Chemotherapy
      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
      Chronic Pain
      Chronic renal failure
      Cocaine Dependence
      Colitis
      Conjunctivitis
      Constipation
      Crohn's Disease
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Damage to Spinal Cord Nervous Tissue
      Degenerative Arthritis
      Delirium Tremens
      Diabetes
      Depression
      Diabetic Peripheral Vascular Disease
      Diarrhea
      Diverticulitis
      Dysthymic Disorder
      Eczema
      Emphysema
      Emphysema
      Endometriosis
      Epididymitis
      Epilepsy
      Fibromyalgia
      Gastritis
      Genital Herpes
      Glaucoma
      Graves Disease
      Headaches, Cluster
      Headaches, Migraine
      Headaches, Tension
      Hemophilia A
      Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
      Hepatitis C
      Hereditary Spinal Ataxia
      HIV/AIDS
      Hospice Patients
      Huntington's Disease
      Hypertension
      Hypertension
      Hyperventilation
      Hypoglycemia
      Impotence
      Insomnia
      Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated arthritis
      Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
      Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)
      Intractable Vomitting
      Lipomatosis
      Lou Gehrig's Disease
      Lyme Disease
      Lymphoma
      Major Depression
      Malignant Melanoma
      Mania
      Melorheostosis
      Meniere's Disease
      Motion Sickness
      Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS)
      Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
      Muscle Spasms
      Muscular Dystrophy
      Myeloid Leukemia
      Nail-Patella Syndrome
      Nightmares
      Obesity
      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
      Opiate Dependence
      Osteoarthritis
      Panic Disorder
      Parkinson's Disease
      Peripheral Neuropathy
      Peritoneal Pain
      Persistent Insomnia
      Porphyria
      Post Polio Syndrome (PPS)
      Post-traumatic arthritis
      Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
      Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
      Prostatitis
      Psoriasis
      Pulmonary Fibrosis
      Quadriplegia
      Radiation Therapy
      Raynaud's Disease
      Reiter's Syndrome
      Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
      Rheumatoid Arthritis
      Rheumatoid Arthritis
      Rosacea
      Schizoaffective Disorder
      Schizophrenia
      Scoliosis
      Sedative Dependence
      Seizures
      Senile Dementia
      Severe Nausea
      Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
      Sinusitis
      Skeletal Muscular Spasticity
      Sleep Apnea
      Spasticity
      Spinal Stenosis
      Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS)
      Stuttering
      Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)
      Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
      Tenosynovitis
      Thyroiditis
      Tic Douloureux
      Tietze's Syndrome
      Tinnitus
      Tobacco Dependence
      Tourette's Syndrome
      Trichotillomania
      Viral Hepatitis

      Just follow the instruction mentioned below:

      Find a Medical Marijuana Doctor near by your area. Get your doctor to write a statement and/or prescription that he recommends medical marijuana to treat your ailment. If your doctor will not give you a statement contact the THC Foundation, they have several medical cannabis clubs in different states that support medical marijuana and will be able to help you either find a doctor, or get your statement from your doctor. Get the documentation done. With proper documentation you can get a Medical Marijuana Card.

  36. QUESTION:
    What are a list of symptoms one can get a prescription for medicinal marijuana for?
    if you cant find a full list a couple symptoms would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      Below is a general list of sicknesses with symptoms and/or side effects that have been treated with medical marijuana

      Agoraphobia
      AIDS Related Illness
      Alcohol Abuse
      Alcoholism
      Alopecia Areata
      Amphetamine Dependency
      Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
      Angina Pectoris
      Ankylosis
      Anorexia
      Anorexia Nervosa
      Anxiety Disorders
      Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease
      Arthritis
      Asthma
      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
      Autoimmune Disease
      Back Pain
      Back Sprain
      Bell's Palsy
      Bipolar Disorder
      Brain Tumor, Malignant
      Bruxism
      Bulimia
      Cachexia
      Cancer
      Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
      Cerebral Palsy
      Cervical Disk Disease
      Chemotherapy
      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
      Chronic Pain
      Chronic renal failure
      Cocaine Dependence
      Colitis
      Conjunctivitis
      Constipation
      Crohn's Disease
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Damage to Spinal Cord Nervous Tissue
      Degenerative Arthritis
      Delirium Tremens
      Diabetes
      Diabetic Peripheral Vascular Disease
      Diarrhea
      Diverticulitis
      Dysthymic Disorder
      Eczema
      Emphysema
      Emphysema
      Endometriosis
      Epididymitis
      Epilepsy
      Fibromyalgia
      Gastritis
      Genital Herpes
      Glaucoma
      Graves Disease
      Headaches, Cluster
      Headaches, Migraine
      Headaches, Tension
      Hemophilia A
      Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
      Hepatitis C
      Hereditary Spinal Ataxia
      HIV/AIDS
      Hospice Patients
      Huntington's Disease
      Hypertension
      Hypertension
      Hyperventilation
      Hypoglycemia
      Impotence
      Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated arthritis
      Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
      Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)
      Intractable Vomitting
      Lipomatosis
      Lou Gehrig's Disease
      Lyme Disease
      Lymphoma
      Major Depression
      Malignant Melanoma
      Mania
      Melorheostosis
      Meniere's Disease
      Motion Sickness
      Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS)
      Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
      Muscle Spasms
      Muscular Dystrophy
      Myeloid Leukemia
      Nail-Patella Syndrome
      Nightmares
      Obesity
      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
      Opiate Dependence
      Osteoarthritis
      Panic Disorder
      Parkinson's Disease
      Peripheral Neuropathy
      Peritoneal Pain
      Persistent Insomnia
      Porphyria
      Post Polio Syndrome (PPS)
      Post-traumatic arthritis
      Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
      Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
      Prostatitis
      Psoriasis
      Pulmonary Fibrosis
      Quadriplegia
      Radiation Therapy
      Raynaud's Disease
      Reiter's Syndrome
      Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
      Rheumatoid Arthritis
      Rheumatoid Arthritis
      Rosacea
      Schizoaffective Disorder
      Schizophrenia
      Scoliosis
      Sedative Dependence
      Seizures
      Senile Dementia
      Severe Nausea
      Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
      Sinusitis
      Skeletal Muscular Spasticity
      Sleep Apnea
      Spasticity
      Spinal Stenosis
      Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS)
      Stuttering
      Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)
      Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
      Tenosynovitis
      Thyroiditis
      Tic Douloureux
      Tietze's Syndrome
      Tinnitus
      Tobacco Dependence
      Tourette's Syndrome
      Trichotillomania
      Viral Hepatitis

  37. QUESTION:
    How does meditation effect your stress tolerance? Can it keep you from being irritated by little things?

    Do you complain often, are you easily annoying when someone interrupts you?
    in calm surroundings huh? ..so you're calm only when it's convenient

    • ANSWER:
      Stress not only destroys our peace of mind, but causes a variety of diseases, and causes financial loss worth billions of dollars every year due to decreased productivity. Harvard physiologist Walter Cannon discovered 90 years ago that when we are stressed, our blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and breathing rate increases. In 1967, Dr. Herbert Benson, also from Harvard, found that the effect of meditation on our body is exactly opposite – i.e. lessens our blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and breathing rate. He wrote a book entitled ‘The Relaxation Response’ – where he argued that meditators counter acted the stress induced ‘fight or flight response’ and achieved a calmer, happier state. The book became a best seller. Several researches has also found that meditation decreases the secretion of cortisol, a hormone responsible for stress.

      Since then, research has proved again and again the meditation is one of the most effective ways to combat stress. Researchers have studied the impact of meditation on the stress levels of different groups of people, including students, critical care nurses, incarcerated people, war veterans etc. and found that meditation helps reduce stress in all these groups. Researchers have also found that meditation helps recover from post traumatic stress disorder.

      Increasing evidence suggests that chronic stress may increase a process called ‘oxidative stress’ in our bodies, in which. There is considerable evidence that oxidative stress is one of the causes of aging and the diseases associated with it, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, psoriasis etc. Several studies have found that meditation reduces oxidative stress. For example, in 2006 and 2008, researchers Van Wijk and others have used an innovative technique – ultra weak photon emission measurement- to measure the amount of the reactive oxygen species that causes damage in 60 male volunteers divided into two groups. They found that the levels of photon radiation, and there for oxidative stress, was much less in meditators in comparison to not meditators.

  38. 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.

  39. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of acne and redness quickly?
    I have acne all over my forehead, and it looks like I have the measels.
    :/
    I haven't tried everything.
    The only thing I really do is put alchohol on them when i get them.
    I can't buy Proactive. And I CAN'T convince my mom to buy it for me. (I've already tried)
    So, is there anything else I could do?
    Or is there a product that's availible in like..Wal mart or Target or something that works fast!
    :D
    Thankss.

    • ANSWER:
      Orange Peel Remedy for Acne
      Homemade Acne Treatment with orange peel has been found very effective. Pound the orange peel with water on a piece stone and apply on acne affected areas.

      Lemon Cure for Acne

      A simple remedy at home for acne: Apply lemon juice regularly to reduce pimples and acne. This has proven beneficial results

      Garlic Remedy for Acne

      Garlic has been used successfully to cure acne. Rub with raw garlic several times a day. Garlic is known to cure the toughest of acne problems. The external use of garlic helps to clear the skin of spots, pimples and boils. To cure acne further, eat three seeds of raw garlic once daily for a month. This purifies the blood stream and ensures basic cleansing of blood & keeps acne away.

      Coriander and Mint Juice Therapy for Acne

      A teaspoon of coriander juice, mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder, is another effective home remedy for pimples and blackheads. Apply mixture on the face after thoroughly washing it every night before retiring. Use mint juice in a similar manner as coriander juice.

      Acne Fenugreek Treatment

      Fenugreek is another useful remedy for acne. Make a paste of fenugreek leaves and apply over the face every night before going to bed. Wash off with warm water in the morning. This prevents pimples and blackheads.

      Acne Cucumber Treatment

      Grated cucumber applied over the face, eyes, and neck for fifteen to twenty minutes has been found effective. It is the best tonic for your complexion. Its regular use prevents pimples and blackheads.

      Orange peel has been found very effective home remedy for acne treatment . mixed well with water on a piece of stone, the peel should be applied to the affected areas.
      There are several things that you can do with fresh lemon. Slice a lemon in half and rub it on the effected area and leave it over night and rinse your face in the morning or squeeze the juice and mix it with rose water and apply to the effected areas.
      Aloe Vera juice applied twice a day can greatly help in healing of the scars of the acne. Aloe Vera juice can be found at most health stores.
      Cucumber is one of the easiest and refreshing treatments used for the treatment of acne and to refreshen up the skin. It makes our skin feel looking young. Blend the cucumber into a paste and apply it on the affected area. Leave it for 30 to 45 minutes and then wash it off.
      Paste of sandalwood (chandan) powder with black gram (masoor) dal can be used on facial skin for acne treatment. Keep it overnight and wash it with cold water the next day.
      Tomato can also be used for the treatment of blackheads and to open the pores of the skin. Cut the tomato and rub it on the skin. Leave on for fifteen minutes. Wash it off with water. This will reduce open pores and blackheads. This treatment is good particularly for oily skin.
      Garlic has been used successfully in the treatment of acne. Rub raw garlic on the affected skin several times a day, it will help to remove the scars. Chronic forms of acne are also healed by this method.
      Make a paste of nutmeg (jaiphal) with unboiled milk and apply on affected area. This works as a wonderful ointment. Pimples disappear without leaving a mark.
      Egg whites are also used to get rid of acne. Apply it on face and leave overnight. Wash off in the morning.
      Neem is used for the treatment of all sorts of skin problems. It contains Nimbidol and Gedunin, which have very good fungicidal properties. Neem has proved to be beneficial in skin disorders such as warts, scabies, psoriasis, eczema, and even dandruff. It is extremely effective in acne treatment.
      Take 3 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Make a paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. Repeat for two weeks, pimples will disappear forever. This is an effective home remedy for acne treatment.
      Before going to bed apply ice on the face. This will reduce the inflammation and burning sensation on the skin and also lighten the scars of the acne.
      Mix 1-tablespoon groundnut oil with 1-tablespoon fresh limejuice to prevent formation of blackheads and pimples.
      Make a paste of fresh methi (fenugreek) leaves. Apply it over the face every night for 10-15 minutes and washed with warm water. This will prevent pimples, blackheads, and wrinkles.
      Niacin and vitamin A are used for the treatment of the acne. It is recommended to take100 mg niacin, three times daily, and 50,000 international units of vitamin A, three times daily. Vitamin E, 400 mg, should be taken once daily. This therapy should be continued for a month.
      Take a teaspoon of coriander juice; mix it with a pinch of turmeric powder. It is a very effective home made ointment for pimples and blackheads. The mixture should be applied to the face after thoroughly washing it every night before going to bed. Mint juice can be used in a similar manner as coriander juice.
      Juice of raw papaya (including the skin and seed) can also be applied on swelling pimples.
      For acne treatment, cornstarch when combined with water can be used as a mask to absorb oil.
      Hot fomentation can be applied locally to open up the pores and to bring out the waste matter. The affected parts should then be washed with cold water. The patient should take sun and air baths by exposing the whole body to the sun and air.
      For acne treatment, do not wash face with soap and water, wash it in the morning and night with lukewarm salty water. Soap is a drying agent and may worsen the acne, whereas lukewarm salty water may help remove oils without drying the skin.
      Fresh limejuice mixed to a glass of boiled milk can be applied to the face as a face wash for pimples, blackheads, and cracked skin.
      Make a paste of roasted & powdered pomegranate skin with fresh lime juice and apply over boils, pimple, blackheads and whiteheads.
      Drinking of wheatgrass juice may remove acne.
      Apply a small amount of toothpaste (paste, not gel) on pimples before bed; this helps dry out the pimples.

      Acne diet

      Avoid all rich foods, excessive amounts of sugar, and particularly chocolate and nuts. Choose a plain, well balanced diet containing plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink water and fruit juices, but avoids highly sweetened drinks. Extra vitamin A tablets should be added to the diet.

      Try to sleep at least eight hours every night. Avoid all strains, and follow the principles of good health, as these are essential for health.

      There are many natural home remedies for acne that we have in our kitchen or we can get from the health food store. These are not very expensive.

      All-fruit Acne diet

      To begin with, the patient should take only an 'all-fruit' diet for a week, taking three meals a day, of fresh juicy fruits, such as apples, pears, grapes, grapefruit, pineapples, and peaches. Only unsweetened lemon or plain water, either hot or cold, should be drunk and nothing else.

      Well-balanced Acne diet

      After the one-week, all-fruit diet, the patient can gradually adopt a well-balanced diet with emphasis on raw foods, especially fresh fruit and vegetables, sprouted seeds, raw nuts, and wholegrain cereals, particularly millet and brown rice. Further short periods of the 'all-fruit' diet for three days or so may be necessary at a monthly interval till the skin's condition improves.

      Avoid strong tea/coffee, soft drinks and processed foods

      Meats, sugar, strong tea or coffee, condiments, pickles, soft drinks, candies, ice cream, refined and processed foods should be avoided as far as possible.

      sorry if it's a bit long!!

  40. QUESTION:
    How many people deal with chronic pain on here?
    Is your whole day consummed with manageing pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Fibro, Raynard's, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Osteopenic, Peripheral Neuropathy and then the Disc. Is my whole day consumed with pain? Well usually I do not get out of bed until about 11am. It then takes 1-2 hours to get mobile. By 3pm I have my energetic time, by 5pm I am running out of steam. 6pm I usually need a rest. Wake at 9pm, could be up until 1am, then back to bed. Add on the medications and having to eat food to take the drugs to kill the pain, let alone the drugs I need to get a good nights rest, I figure I am good for roughly about three to four hours a day. So with 3-4 hours per day, no my whole day is not consumed by pain. However I am 49, already been measured for a electric wheelchair and so perhaps in a few years time the answer will be yes? Until then I will keep going with what I am doing. Good Luck

  41. QUESTION:
    what's the difference between dandruff n scalp psoraisis?
    What causes each? How do u treat each? Just for knowledge, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      In dandruff flakes of skins range from small and white to large, greasy and yellow. This Itchy flaking appears on the scalp or eyebrows, or around the hairline, ears or nose and it is not move to other parts of the body.
      While psoriasis is a very problematic skin condition that affects overall body including scalp. Plaques on the scalp can be particularly embarrassing as flaky plaque in the hair can be mistaken for dandruff. But these flaky plaques are also found on other parts of the body.
      The most common causes of dandruff are a dry scalp while psoriasis is a chronic disease and recent research indicates that psoriasis is likely a disorder of the immune system.
      Use of Vitamin B12 , B5, B6 help to eradicate dandruff. Application of moisturizing lotion and Coal-tar shampoos relieves symptoms of dandruff. While for psoriasis individual must consult to physician.

  42. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between eczema and dermatitis?
    Also there's seborrhoeaic dermatitis and seborrhaeic eczema....are they the same thing?
    What do you mean ' a form of'....what are other forms? How can you tell which is which?

    • ANSWER:
      First, dermatitis simply means inflammation of the skin, with ailments like the different types of eczema and psoriasis being variations of different types of dermatitis or skin inflammation. I'll cut and paste a little information from the health-cares.net website to give you a brief overview of some of the differences between the main types of eczema and skin ailments you mention above then will add a little information of my own at the end:

      "Atopic eczema (atopic dermatitis) - This type of eczema comes and goes repeatedly, and usually occurs in people who have a genetic
      (inherited) tendency to have allergies. In about 70 percent of cases, either the patient or a family member has allergic asthma, hay fever or food allergies. Atopic eczema appears early in life, usually in babies between 2 months and 18 months old. In babies, atopic eczema primarily affects the face, neck, ears and torso. It also appears on the tops of feet or the outside surface of elbows. Atopic eczema also is seen in older children, teen-agers and adults, where it usually involves the skin inside the creases of the inward bend of the elbow, knee, ankle, or wrist joints, the hands, or the upper eyelids.

      Contact dermatitis - When irritants touch the skin, they can produce two types of contact dermatitis. Irritant contact dermatitis is direct irritation of the skin. The problem is called allergic contact dermatitis when an allergic reaction occurs in the skin. Irritant contact dermatitis can be caused by prolonged contact with mild irritants such as bubble bath, soap, sweat, saliva, urine and even water. Allergic contact dermatitis only occurs in people who have an allergy to a specific substance. Each year, about 70 percent of people in the United States are affected by some type of skin allergy. The most common allergens are poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. Other common substances that trigger skin allergies include construction materials used to build homes and offices, cleaning products, deodorants, cosmetics and medications. Dermatitis of the earlobes can be caused by an allergy to earrings that contain nickel. Chemicals in fragrances, skin cream and lotions, shampoos and shoes or clothing also can cause allergic reactions.

      Hand eczema - This form of chronic eczema is limited to the hands. It can be related to atopic eczema or it can occur because of repeated hand washing or exposure to strong detergents. Occasionally, hand eczema is caused by an allergy, such as a latex allergy.

      Seborrheic dermatitis (seborrhea) - Some doctors consider seborrhea to be a type of eczema, although it creates a greasier rash than is usual for eczema conditions. This scaly dermatitis commonly appears on the scalp as "cradle cap" in infants or dandruff in adults. It commonly affects the face or neck around the nose and at the scalp line. It probably is triggered by the skin fungus Pityrosporum ovale."

      The different types of eczema generally have a different look to them (Wikipedia lists some good descriptions) but for most types, resolution requires a two pronged approach: inner/nutrition and outer/natural moisturizing skin care products.

      If you are looking for input on dealing with eczema, I really encourage you to try some dietary changes. A lot of my clients (I'm a holistic nutritionist) find that going totally off dairy and/or grains helps their eczema a lot. Or, if there is a yeast overgrowth component, then moving to an anti-Candida dietary plan can be very helpful. Lastly there are often nutritional deficiencies such as omega 3 and omega 6 deficiencies. Those would all be worth taking a look at.

      Finally, if you have eczema, some of the products you are using may be making things worse. If they have synthetic chemicals (i.e. parabens), the ingredients can provoke a response in the skin or make the skin drier. You may want to check EWG's Skin Deep Data Base and check your products out on their rating system to see if maybe switching to a natural or certified organic product for sensitive skin might help. Good luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    What is medical marijuana prescribed for in Arizona?
    I would like to know if anyone has had personal experience obtaining a medical card in AZ, and what ailment it was prescribed for.
    There is an obvious list of conditions that marijuana will treat, but I need something that will work without proof (medical documentation/tests).
    Arizona is not as lax as the California system, so it has to be something more legitimate.
    Thanks for any help!

    • ANSWER:
      Medical Marijuana is legal in Arizona. Here is a general list of sicknesses with symptoms and/or side effects that have been treated with medical marijuana:

      Agoraphobia
      AIDS Related Illness
      Alcohol Abuse
      Alcoholism
      Alopecia Areata
      Amphetamine Dependency
      Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
      Angina Pectoris
      Ankylosis
      Anorexia
      Anorexia Nervosa
      Anxiety Disorders
      Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease
      Arthritis
      Asthma
      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
      Autoimmune Disease
      Back Pain
      Back Sprain
      Bell's Palsy
      Bipolar Disorder
      Brain Tumor, Malignant
      Bruxism
      Bulimia
      Cachexia
      Cancer
      Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
      Cerebral Palsy
      Cervical Disk Disease
      Chemotherapy
      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
      Chronic Pain
      Chronic renal failure
      Cocaine Dependence
      Colitis
      Conjunctivitis
      Constipation
      Crohn's Disease
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Damage to Spinal Cord Nervous Tissue
      Degenerative Arthritis
      Delirium Tremens
      Diabetes
      Depression
      Diabetic Peripheral Vascular Disease
      Diarrhea
      Diverticulitis
      Dysthymic Disorder
      Eczema
      Emphysema
      Emphysema
      Endometriosis
      Epididymitis
      Epilepsy
      Fibromyalgia
      Gastritis
      Genital Herpes
      Glaucoma
      Graves Disease
      Headaches, Cluster
      Headaches, Migraine
      Headaches, Tension
      Hemophilia A
      Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
      Hepatitis C
      Hereditary Spinal Ataxia
      HIV/AIDS
      Hospice Patients
      Huntington's Disease
      Hypertension
      Hypertension
      Hyperventilation
      Hypoglycemia
      Impotence
      Insomnia
      Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated arthritis
      Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
      Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)
      Intractable Vomitting
      Lipomatosis
      Lou Gehrig's Disease
      Lyme Disease
      Lymphoma
      Major Depression
      Malignant Melanoma
      Mania
      Melorheostosis
      Meniere's Disease
      Motion Sickness
      Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS)
      Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
      Muscle Spasms
      Muscular Dystrophy
      Myeloid Leukemia
      Nail-Patella Syndrome
      Nightmares
      Obesity
      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
      Opiate Dependence
      Osteoarthritis
      Panic Disorder
      Parkinson's Disease
      Peripheral Neuropathy
      Peritoneal Pain
      Persistent Insomnia
      Porphyria
      Post Polio Syndrome (PPS)
      Post-traumatic arthritis
      Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
      Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
      Prostatitis
      Psoriasis
      Pulmonary Fibrosis
      Quadriplegia
      Radiation Therapy
      Raynaud's Disease
      Reiter's Syndrome
      Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
      Rheumatoid Arthritis
      Rheumatoid Arthritis
      Rosacea
      Schizoaffective Disorder
      Schizophrenia
      Scoliosis
      Sedative Dependence
      Seizures
      Senile Dementia
      Severe Nausea
      Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
      Sinusitis
      Skeletal Muscular Spasticity
      Sleep Apnea
      Spasticity
      Spinal Stenosis
      Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS)
      Stuttering
      Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)
      Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
      Tenosynovitis
      Thyroiditis
      Tic Douloureux
      Tietze's Syndrome
      Tinnitus
      Tobacco Dependence
      Tourette's Syndrome
      Trichotillomania
      Viral Hepatitis

      You can get a medical marijuana card in Arizona if you can follow instruction mentioned below:

      Find a Medical Marijuana Doctor near by your area. Get your doctor to write a statement and/or prescription that he recommends medical marijuana to treat your ailment. If your doctor will not give you a statement contact the THC Foundation, they have several medical cannabis clubs in different states that support medical marijuana and will be able to help you either find a doctor, or get your statement from your doctor. Get the documentation done. With proper documentation you can get a Medical Marijuana Card.

  44. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of breakouts and acne?
    I tried this new stuff on my face its called hope and a prayer i think. I used it only once, and my face will not stop breaking out. Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Pink Dancer

      Here are some real answers on skin conditions. Remedies at the bottom. Cleansing the body of toxins is the key. Especially a colon cleanse! Educate yourself on detoxifying the blood.

      Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D. - "What is your skin trying to tell you? Often the skin is a metaphor for deeper issues and a way for your body to send up a red flag to warn you that all is not well underneath. When our skin is unhealthy it is usually a reflection of the internal state of our bodies, and is often a sign of poor elimination of toxins and waste products. Most of us are embarrassed by skin problems such as rashes, rosacea, boils or acne, especially in places where others can see our imperfections. The skin is the body's first line of defense against the environment. It has to deal with the effects of weather, sun , cold, heat, dryness, humidity, scrapes, bumps, soaps, detergents, chemicals, perspiration and dirt of all kinds. It is a wonder that our skin stays healthy most of the time! We can help our skin deal with this onslaught by optimizing our general health and by protecting our skin from harsh environmental exposure. Western medicine generally treats skin eruptions with either antibiotics, cortisone, or antifungal preparations. These medicines may alleviate the skin problem temporarily, or occasionally for good, but do not address the source of the problem. Putting a lid on skin symptoms without getting to the root of the imbalance may even result in suppression, that means the imbalance may be driven deeper causing more serious health problems later without ever strengthening the underlying vital force of the person. Fortunately, naturopathic medicine offers a wide vareity of effective treatments for skin problems."

      Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D. - "Your skin is a reflection of how well your body is eliminating the toxins that build up on a daily basis. Chronic skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis stem from a combination of genetic factors, immune stress, dietary deficiencies or sensitivities, and the accumulation of toxins in the body. For our skin to be radiant and clear, it is very important that the other organs of elimination (kidneys, liver, lungs, and colon) are cleansing the body effectively. If not, the skin will be overtaxed, pores will become clogged, and eruptions of one sort or another will result. Here are a number of steps you can take to improve your body's overall elimination wtih specific emphasis on your skin."

      Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin. Juice Fasting is the world's most ancient and natural healing mechanism. Fasting triggers a truly wondrous cleansing process that reaches right down to each and every cell and tissue in the body.

      Learn more about Therapeutic Fasting and Detoxification - Colon Cleansing is the main step. Must remove the toxins from the colon, so the toxins dont get in the blood and cause illness and disease.

      Natural Cures

      1. Fruits and Vegetables for Acne: Carrot & spinach, celery & watercress, grapefruit juices are all useful to combat acne.

      2. Unwholesome Foods: Acne, a prevalent problem among teen-aged boys would not be possible in our society if our foods were wholesome. A most sad and disgusting sight is the pus-filled pimples due to inner toxicity --- wastes trying desperately to escape through the face. This condition often turns a gentle face in the blossom of youth into a waste dump of pimples, pus and subsequent pock marks which can be prevented. The tons of acne medications and prescriptions sold annually act only on the effect of the harmful food, and not the cause of the disease, malnutrition. The traditional teenage meal, a grease burger, french fries and a milk shake or cola simply does not provide enough nourishment for anyone, let alone a boy going through puberty to adulthood. Our highly processed foods are devoid of hormones found in fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Must do a colon cleanse to rid of all the toxins in the body, which eventually get into the blood and cause acne and all other diseases.

      3. Cabbage: Apply a lotion of freshly prepared cabbage juice preceded, if desired, by the application of leaves. The eating of cabbage leaves or juice is also helpful.

      4. Lemon Juice: Skin problems such as acne... will often respond to a treatment of lemon juice. For blackheads rub lemon juice over them each night.

      5. Black Walnut: Externally, Black Walnut is nearly a miracle worker in cases of ...acne, dandruff, boils, itch, shingles, ringworm--we could go on, but you can see that you can use Black Walnut whenever a skin disorder appears! The tincture is an excellent first-aid remedy for wounds.

      Best of health to you

  45. QUESTION:
    What can I do to make the little white spots on my fingernails go?
    I know it's due from a calcium deficiency, so I guess what I'm basically asking is, what food has enough calcium to make these whetever they're called disappear?

    • ANSWER:
      What Are These White Spots?

      Should I be concerned about white spots on my fingernails? By Nelson Lee Novick, MD, FACP, FAAD

      May 8, 2000 -- In most cases, no. While there are many reasons for these white spots (called leukonychia), most of them are due to mild trauma -- such as hitting or slamming your fingernail on or into something -- and there's usually little cause for worry. The good news is they'll simply grow out with time.

      Because a normal fingernail takes about eight months to grow out completely, you may not notice the mark of an injury for several months after the fact. If you see white spots about halfway up the nail, you can assume that the insult took place approximately four months earlier. But if you can' t remember slamming that finger keep in mind there are other causes for white spots.

      If you use nail enamels, nail hardeners, or artificial nails, it's also possible that you're having an allergic reaction. Such products can cause nail fragility and very fine splitting or layering of the nail plate, which may result in whitish spots.

      The white spots may also be something that you picked up at the gym or during your monthly manicure, namely a fungal, yeast, or bacterial infection that attacks the substance of the nail directly, leaving a whitish streak or spot behind. If you've forgotten to wear your flip-flops at the gym or if you're unsure about the hygiene at your nail salon, ask your doctor to take scrapings of nail tissue for fungal and bacterial cultures. If there's a pesky organism causing the spots, both topical and oral therapies can clear up this problem in a few weeks.

      Two skin conditions that affect millions of Americans, psoriasis and eczema, could also be the cause. Both can occasionally leave whitish spots on the nails, either by disrupting normal nail production at the root or causing separation at the tip. Because both disorders typically involve the skin as well as the nails, they're almost always diagnosed as a result of the accompanying skin problems, so if you've got the spots alone, it's unlikely you've got psoriasis or eczema.

      Finally, there are a number of total-body ("systemic") conditions that can leave white spots on your otherwise unblemished talons. Certain nutritional deficiencies, particularly a lack of zinc or protein in your diet, can cause a nearly total whiteout of your nail except for the tips or even a pattern of white bands across the width of the nail. Cirrhosis, a form of chronic liver disease usually brought about by alcoholism, can also result in nails that are almost completely white. Keep in mind, though, that white spots in that case are rarely the primary flag for diagnosis but usually occur well after this disease has made its presence known in other ways.

      Given the number of conditions that can cause white spots, if you have a sudden crop of them on your nails (and you haven't caught your digits in the car door during the last six months), make an appointment to see your dermatologist.

      Nelson Lee Novick, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, N.Y., and author of You Can Look Younger At Any Age: A Leading Dermatologist's Guide (Holt, 1999). His private practice is devoted primarily to the treatment of hair, skin, and nail conditions and to cosmetic dermatology.

  46. QUESTION:
    Why does my skin itch everytime I get out of the shower?
    Everytime i get out the shower my skin is VERY itchy. And it will last until my skin is competly dry. Usully about 10 or 15 minutes. I used a store bought cream for extra dry skin, that i apply right when i get out and usully one other time through out the day, b/c i thought it was dry skin, but that doesnt help. I also use soap for sensative skin. Nothing is working. Any idea as to what might help, or what it is?

    • ANSWER:
      HI TJ

      It's an internal issue.

      Cause
      Itch is caused by various germs or bacteria trying to clean the body through the pores of the skin (instead of through the kidneys and the bowels) resulting in formation of pustules or rashes accompanied by intense itching.

      Herbal Aids
      1.General Instructions: For itch and other skin problems, use a fomentation over the irritated area made with chickweed tea and/or plantain, burdock root, Oregon grape root, and echinacea--covered with plastic. Or, bathe the area with the tea a number of times during the day. Chickweed or plantain ointment is an aid for small outbreaks. Drink a cup of the tea two or three times or more a day. To each cup of the tea you drink add three to six drops of tincture of lobelia.

      A wonderful aid to relieve cases of dermatitis is found in the walnut family, using black walnut hulls or leaves or bark (Juglans nigra), English walnut (Juglans regia), or butternut (Juglans cinerea). Treat the skin malfunctions the same as above.

      Take one ounce of powdered golden seal root and mix thoroughly with nine ounces of linseed oil. Use the medicinal linseed oil from the health food store or drug store; DO NOT use linseed oil from the paint store or hardware store--apply freely, externally. Use as an oral aid white poplar bark (Populus tremutoides--also known as quaking aspen), one cup three times a day.

      For the most severe cases of skin diseases in the advanced stage, use a combination we have called Bone, Flesh and Cartilage combination, internally and externally. Repeat procedure. Make a tea of the following herbs: six parts oak bark, three parts marshmallow root, three parts mullein herb, two parts wormwood, one part lobelia, one part skullcap, six parts comfrey root, three parts walnut bark (or leaves) and three parts gravel root. Soak the combined herbs in distilled water (at the rate of one ounce of the combined herbs to the pint of distilled water) for four to six hours, simmer thirty minutes (do not boil), strain and then simmer the liquid down to one-half its volume. Example: One gallon of tea simmered down to two quarts of tea, which is called "concentrated" tea. Soak flannel, cotton, or any white material other than synthetic--never use synthetic--wrap fomentation (soaked cloth) around the malfunction area and cover with plastic or wax paper, leave on all night six days a week and for as many weeks as needed until relief appears. Then continue a week or two for severe cases. Drink one fourth cup of finished concentrated tea with three-fourths cup of distilled water three times or more each day.

      2.Plantain and Yellow Dock: Make a strong tea of equal parts of plantain and yellow dock , and bathe the affected area frequently as a wash.

      3.Itch Ointment: See formula using burdock root, olive oil and bee's wax.

      4.Black Walnut: Black walnut tincture can be applied on itching skin. This works especially well if the irritation is due to a fungus or similar invasion. One ounce of powdered golden seal root mixed with nine ounces of pure, food-grade linseed oil (not paint store linseed oil) can be applied externally with good results. White poplar bark tea should be taken internally.

      5.Poke: The skin is an indicator of toxicity in the body. Poke is a good remedy for skin problems. It is also good for "the itch" in cases of scabies. Anytime you have skin which doesn't eliminate properly along with vitiated blood, you can well use Poke. It is said to be a great eliminator of toxins out of the system. Usually the glands are not performing properly in these conditions so the herb works on both areas. It is often used in chronic eczema, syphilitic eruptions, psoriasis, varicose veins and leg ulcers.

      6.Plantain: Plantain bruised, or juiced in a juicer, and placed over the sting or bite will generally bring relief within a short time. The pain and itch will cease and the swelling will leave.

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  47. QUESTION:
    Is there a suplement you can take to keep your liver healthy?
    drinking is bad for the liver... is there a suplement or vitamin you can take that will somewhat protect you from liver failure when you get older?

    • ANSWER:
      review your current medications first (if there are any?) before taking any dietary supplements. as these supplements will have hazardous interactions with your meds. my mom has a fatty liver [due to her hypothyroidism and poorly controlled diabetes (type2)]. with all the meds shes taking, she decided to take liveraide/sylimarine to protect her liver from any further damage. after taking it for one week, she had blood pressure changes. the doctor told us that one of the possibilities that triggered it was silymarine's interaction with my moms meds

      to answer your question:

      yes there is a liver supplement. LIVERAIDE contains Silymarin, an active natural extract from milk thistle plant, it is a powerful substance composed of three flavanoid molecules (silybin, silydianin and silycristin) which have been shown to have positive effects in treating different kinds of liver diseases including hepatitis, psoriasis and cirrhosis (chronic scarring of the liver, often caused by alcoholism). silymarin is also a strong anti-oxidant more powerful than vitamin E that may help the aging process.

      how does liveraide/silymarine actually help the liver?

      >liveraide/silymarine protects the liver by strengthening the outer membranes of the liver cells, thereby preventing the toxins from entering the cells. it also stimulates protein synthesis in the liver cells, which helps regenerate and repair the liver.


chronic psoriasis

Psoriasis Plaque Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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

  2. QUESTION:
    How long will it take for my mild Psoriasis to heal if I apply vitamin e?
    I have about 10 Psoriasis blotches on my legs and I've been following a certain diet, and trying to improve my lifestyle so that I could heal my Psoriasis and prevent it from emerging again.

    • ANSWER:
      Vitamin E will not heal your psoriasis. Pure Vitamin E oil is pretty greasy and doesn't really absorb very well. Try Dermarest Psoriasis Medicated Moisturizer; it's available from drugstore.com -- and possibly from your local drugstore or pharmacy, as well. It will help to heal your psoriasis much more effectively. If you have plaque psoriasis, you might want to be seen by a dermatologist for stronger treatments. Good luck!

      On Drugstore.com: Dermarest Psoriasis Medicated Moisturizer
      http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=53371&catid=44613

  3. 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

  4. QUESTION:
    What did your dermatologist prescribe for plaque psoriasis (last 4 months)?
    I am trying to decide on a health insurance plan and don't want to spend more than I need to. I need prescriptions for psoriasis and a couple of specialist visits per year. If you were prescribed a topical medication for plaque psoriasis in the last 4 months, please list the drug, concentration/volume, if it was a generic, and cost with or without insurance. Thank you very much.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are other wise healthy and have a good immune system..Humira is the most effective treatment available now..The doctor will talk to you about side effects..Ask Dr to give you some samples..Dermatologist get lots of samples and will gladly share..If you have trouble with paying for the medicine..you can call1-888-4ppa-now or email them at www.pparx.org

  5. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have psoriasis just once in your lifetime?
    Hi I'm 20 and I have developed psoriasis just a few months ago for the first time. There is also no history of this disease in my family. I'm beginning to get really worried about it. One of my most worst fears is pain and by looking through all the info if I get psoriasis arthritus it sure wud be painful T-T. Since it is my first time of getting it I just really wish it would just be a one time thing and never come back again. So I just want to ask to see if anyone out there has had it once only? and is it possible too. thanx.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure it is psoriasis? If yes, then, unfortunately, you may have to deal with it for a long time. I have had plaque psoriasis for the last 4 years, and the only treatment that cleared it (for the last year at least) was the cream and spray from http://www.champori.com You may want to know that famous author John Updike has psoriasis (since the age of 6). If you google "hidden delights of psoriasis" you will find a fascinating article about it in the British Medical Journal.
      Best,
      Bernadette.

  6. QUESTION:
    My girlfriend has psoriasis mainly on her back with some patches about the size of a 50p and others smaller?
    She has some cream for it but its hard for her to put it her back when i'm not there so i was wondering if anybody has an alternative treatment they have used, somebody recommended sulphur tablets?

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Kacey

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

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

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

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

      Natural Cures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of health to you

  8. QUESTION:
    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

  9. QUESTION:
    Can psoriasis be caused by products with sodium laureth sulfate?
    I have never been to a dermatologist for it because my dad, uncle, cousin and sister have it too. But I was spraying my hair with detangler when I accidently got some on my face and it burned and turned red with bumps, sort of like what psoriasis looks like when its new. Then I remembered reading something about laureth sulfate aggravating your skin, looked at the back of the bottle and thats in it, both my detangler and my shampoo. Has anybody heard of this before?
    I forgot, I only have psoriasis on my scalp, nowhere else.

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't heard of this particular agent causing psoriasis. If you are genetically pre-disposed to p. , then it can be triggered by anything, I am sure. You may want to try the anti-psoriaisis spray and cream for your scalp. Get it from http://www.champori.com It helped my plaque p. like nothing else I tried: it cleared after just 3 weeks of treatment, and I haven't had a relapse for a year now.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  10. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a shampoo that gets rid of psoriasis that doesn't smell bad?
    My psoriasis is pretty bad and i'm not so sure if anyone knows of any shampoo that will work effectively but not smell really bad!

    • ANSWER:
      I have been dealing with psoriasis for 32 years and the best medication that I have used is Dermarest from Wal-Mart for . Believe me I have tried all the expensive medications and this works better.

      For the scalp I have discovered that Head and Shoulders Intensive Treatment Dandruff Shampoo works well and cost about .

      Unpredictable and irritating, psoriasis is one of the most baffling and persistent of skin disorders. It's characterized by skin cells that multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. As underlying cells reach the skin's surface and die, their sheer volume causes raised, red patches covered with white scale. Psoriasis typically occurs on the knees, elbows, and scalp and can also affect the torso, palms, and soles of the feet.

      The symptoms of psoriasis vary depending on the type you have. Some common symptoms for plaque psoriasis -- the most common variety of the condition -- include:

      Patches of red, inflamed skin, often covered with loose, silver-colored scales. These patches may be itchy and painful and sometimes crack and bleed. In severe cases, the patches of irritated skin will grow and merge into one another, covering large areas.

      Disorders of the fingernails and toenails, including discoloration and pitting of the nails. The nails may also begin to crumble or detach from the nail bed.

      Patches of scales or crust on the scalp.

      Small areas of bleeding where the skin is scratched.

  11. QUESTION:
    Will chlorine help in the treatment of psoriasis?
    I suffer from plaque psoriasis, will chlorine help to clear it up?

    • ANSWER:
      usually it is used for dandruff but u can use t-gel .. its labeled as tgel no specific brand or store just wear u could get it target , walmart , cvs etc good luck

  12. QUESTION:
    Can Psoriasis affect my chances at a military career?
    I'm 16 years old have plaque Psoriasis, I just ended a 12 week regiment of 2 shots a week and now on a once a week shot. which should hopefully clear up all psoriasis.But I've heard the military might not accept me with this disease. Any input would be great.
    Alright to the suggestion of the poster, im In the United states, looking to join either navy or the airforce.

    • ANSWER:
      unfortunatley the army are strict with skin conditions, i know that they do not accept people with bad acne for the comfort of the sufferer also it would cause problems having to deal with this sort of illnesses

      however if youve gone through treatment perhaps you have a chance? Im sure if you felt comfortable enough to try they would happily give you a chance, I would suggest going to an army careers office and talking directly to someone there

      good luck! Perhaps you should state what exactly you want to sign up for and what country? If english for instance do you mean the TA etc etc

  13. 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

  14. 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!

  15. QUESTION:
    do you shave off psoriasis plaques from your body?
    I often wonder if shaving off thick psoriasis plaques from your body will keep them from coming back...

    • ANSWER:
      Although self-help measures won't cure psoriasis, they may help improve the appearance and feel of damaged skin. These measures may benefit you:

      Take daily baths. Bathing daily helps remove scales and calm inflamed skin. Add bath oil, oiled oatmeal, Epsom salts or Dead Sea salts to the water and soak for at least 15 minutes. Avoid hot water and harsh soaps, which can make your symptoms worse. Instead, use lukewarm water and mild soaps that have added oils and fats.
      Use moisturizer. Blot your skin after bathing, then immediately apply a heavy, ointment-based moisturizer while your skin is still moist. For very dry skin, oils may be preferable — they have more staying power than creams or lotions do and are more effective at preventing water from evaporating from your skin. During cold, dry weather, you may need to apply a moisturizer several times a day.
      Cover the affected areas overnight. To help improve redness and scaling, apply an ointment-based moisturizer to your skin and wrap with plastic wrap overnight. In the morning, remove the covering and wash away the scales with a bath or a shower.
      Expose your skin to small amounts of sunlight. A controlled amount of sunlight can significantly improve lesions, but too much sun can trigger or worsen outbreaks and increase the risk of skin cancer. If you sunbathe, it's best to try short sessions three or more times a week. Keep a record of when and how long you're in the sun to help avoid overexposure. And be sure to protect healthy skin with a sunscreen of at least 15 SPF, paying careful attention to your ears, hands and face. Before beginning any sunbathing program, ask your doctor about the best way to use natural sunlight to treat your skin.
      Apply cortisone. Apply an over-the-counter cortisone cream 0.5 percent or 1 percent, for a few weeks when your symptoms are especially bad.
      Avoid psoriasis triggers, if possible. Find out what triggers, if any, worsen your psoriasis and take steps to prevent or avoid them. Infections, injuries to your skin, stress, smoking and intense sun exposure can all worsen psoriasis.
      Avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol consumption may decrease the effectiveness of some psoriasis treatments.

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

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

  17. QUESTION:
    I have plaque psoriasis, does desoximetasone and triamcinolone creams work the same?
    I was first prescribed desoximetasone, which seemed to work good, however was very expensive. I was then prescribed triamcinolona cream, and I was wondering if anyone know if one was better or what. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Desoximetasone is a higher-potency corticosteroid than triamcinolone, but triamcinolone may provide just as much relief. You generally obtain the best results with "combination therapy", when you use a topical corticosteroid along with a medication like salicylic acid and or a vitamin D cream (calcipotriene). However, phototherapies are more effective than drugs and have fewer side effects than most systemic agents. In a 2000 analysis comparing psoriasis treatments, an advanced phototherapy called narrow band UVB achieved the highest complete clearance rate (86% of patients).

      Good luck!

  18. 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.

  19. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of Psoriasis without going to the doctor?
    i heard there is a way that the doctors wont tell you. all it takes is a couple products from a drug store???

    • ANSWER:
      Hello. Doctors prescribe only approved medicines for psoriasis, i.e. Steroids or Immuno-suppressants. Both choices are fraught with nasty side effects. Go for the natural medicines available online: just google "natural treatment of psoriasis" and take your pick. For my plaque psor. I've been using Champori cream with better results than from any other remedy .
      Best,
      Stella

  20. QUESTION:
    is there a difference in the treatment of eczema and psoriasis?
    according to the med websites I have eczema but when i went to see my doc he said it was psoriasis. Am I splitting hairs here? are the treatments the same?

    • ANSWER:
      There are definitely differences between them. The treatments are different as well but suprisingly some treatments for eczema can help psoriasis plaques, go figure!

      My daughters both have eczema and I have psorasis so this is how I know the differences. Their skin that is affected is covered in bumps. It looks like goose bumps kinda that never goes away. The more severe it is, the more bumps. Really for them the best thing I've found is to use Vaseline Intensive Care lotion after they bathe and it is kept under control.

      However, if you were diagnosed with psoriasis the difference would be bubbled up skin that's really red and it'll flake. Their skin never flakes so that was a real indicator of a difference.

      Listen to your doctor about treatments and don't bother so much with other skin conditions treatments since that'll get you more confused than ever. As I've researched, even though several things can treat both conditions, some things can't. The last thing you want to do is use something that won't help your skin or make it worse. Good luck with it!

  21. 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.

  22. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever cleared up plaque psoriasis?
    I've had plaque psoriasis on my legs arm and scalp for a long time now. Its now growing on my back and slowly on my forearms and i'm really worried. Its hard to cover up the forearm thats why. I just want to know if anyone has ever cleared it up and what did you do/ apply/ or drink. Thanks.
    by the way im 16 and i've had it for more than half my life.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi David L

      Psorias may be connected with Vitamin D deficiency.

      Here are some ideas for both an internal and an external approach.

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

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

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

      The combination of salt water and UVB (simulated beach!) seems to work especially well for some. Either regular cooking salt or epsom salts are effective when dissolved in a tub full of water.

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

      I hope that helps some!

      Good luck!

  23. QUESTION:
    What's the skinny on Psioratic arthritis and psoriasis?
    Is there anything I should know? What are some of the best treatments? Is it something that you are often born with or that just can happen any time?

    Thanks,

    Sarah

    • 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
      PS for a lot of other treatment options visit http://www.psoriasis.org/

  24. QUESTION:
    anyone help me i need some tips on how to control psorasis?
    i have psoriasis on my ears and in my scalp really bad,and i get the odd patch on my leg.the doctor prescribed me capisal shampoo and dont seem to be doin anything.i have also been prescribed other things that dont really do any good,can anyone give me anytips on how to keep it under control.

    • ANSWER:
      I have tried many natural remedies for my plaque psor. (Iegs, elbows and scalp) and the one that works for me is the herbal Cream and Spray from champori.com I haven't had a flare up in more than a year now after only 2.5 weeks of treatment.
      Try it: they offer money back if it's not working so there is nothing to lose.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  25. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have some good ways to relieve psoriasis.?
    I have had this condition for a while. It continues to flair up. Can anyone help with some remedies they use to relieve it?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a persistent skin disease that got its name from the Greek word for "itch." The skin becomes inflamed, producing red, thickened areas with silvery scales, most often on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. It results when skin cells start reproducing wildly, and piling up on the surface. The most common symptoms of psoriasis are thick, red patches known as plaques, and dry, silvery scales. Recent research indicates that psoriasis is likely a disorder of the immune system. No one knows what triggers your immune system to cause psoriasis. It is believed that you must have a genetic tendency to be susceptible to the condition. But once your immune system is triggered, it sends a false alarm to your skin cells, telling them that they’ve been damaged. The skin cells react by attempting to repair this “damage.” They begin reproducing at an accelerated rate, rising to the skin surface, dying, and building up there. The skin surface thickens. As blood vessels expand and more blood flows to the skin, it becomes red. The result is the flaky, red patches you know as plaques.

      While Eczema and Psoriasis are completely different skin disorders, they are often treated with the same methods. Cortisone creams, ointments, and lotions commonly prescribed for skin disease may clear the skin temporarily and control the condition in many patients. Side effects from steroids include thinning of the skin, dilated blood vessels, bruising, and skin color changes. Treatments that are recommended by doctors and pharmaceutical companies worldwide amounts to futile attempts at mere symptom treatment, instead of the trying to address the root causes of the condition. Symptoms you see on the skin express the body's attempt to heal, but are not the cause of disease

      Because the causes of Psoriasis are due to autoimmune disorders, I recommend products which are high in anti-oxidants to help boost and maintain a healthy skin matrix. This includes Vitamin Supplement. And Aloe Based Skin Care
      Here's why Aloe is good for you:
      1.) It Penetrates. It actually sinks down into the lower layers of the skin (dermis) where your collagen
      is. Nothing you buy over the counter can do that. Why is that important? Cause if you buy something
      that says it boost collagen, it's not true. If it can't reach the collagen, it can't help the collagen.
      Penetration is also important when it come to cleansing, you want an aloe based cleanser to clean
      deep down in your pores.

      2.) It Exfoliates, Aloe is a natural exfoliator, the plant enzymes actually break down the soap and
      residue that hold dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. Dead skin cells make your skin look flaky,
      dry and dull. A build up of dead skin can also break down your collagen over time (causing wrinkles)
      which is why it is so important to exfoliate. Aloe does it naturally without scrubs or chemicals.

      3.) Aloe Regenerates- Aloe regenerates skin 11 times faster than you body does naturally. That's
      why aloe is often used on burns. If you have scars, sun spots, wrinkles or any other skin damage, aloe
      can help heal it fast!

      4) Aloe is a Natural Anti- inflamitory - Acne anyone? Redness? Aloe cleanses, removes impurities,
      and shrinks and tightens pores all at once.

      Here are a few more things aloe can do for you:
      Heals psoriasis in up to 83% of suffers in 16 weeks.
      Rub it on inflamed joints to ease pain.
      Drink aloe juice to build a stronger immune system.

      If you're interested I can create a Psoriasis program for you. You can contact me through my website at
      http://www.thealoespa.com/index.html

  26. QUESTION:
    Serenaskin psoriasis treatment. Does it work?
    I began using the serenaskin products for my psoriasis. Just wondering if anyone has any experience with the stuff. Does it work or am I wasting my time?

    • ANSWER:
      It has been very effective for my plaque psoriasis. I've got tied of the side effects of prescription medications, so I decided to try the alternative treatment. It has been an answer that I hoped for.

  27. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any good treatments for psoriasis?
    I have had psoriasis for 13 years now infact i got it the day after the birth of my first daughter! It has never ever gone away even after using many different treatments from the doctors! Can anyone advise on any good treatments...

    • 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.[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.

      [edit] Topical treatment
      Bath solutions and moisturizers help sooth affected skin and reduce the dryness which accompanies the build-up of skin on psoriasis plaques. Medicated creams and ointments applied directly onto psoriasis 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 variabily that they can often irritate normal skin, can be 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. Topical lotions and creams that contain fragrances should be avoided as they will sting when applied.

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

      [edit] Phototherapy
      It has long been recognised that daily, short, nonburning exposure to sunlight helped to clear or improve psoriasis. Niels Finsen was the first physician to investigate the theraputic 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.

      Dark glasses must be worn during PUVA treatment because there is a risk of cataracts developing from exposure to sunlight. 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 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.

      [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, 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.
      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. [4]
      It is possible that Epsom salt may have a positive effect in reducing the effects of psoriasis.

      [edit] Historical Treatment
      The history of psoriasis is littered with treatments of dubious effectiveness and high toxicity. These treatments received brief popularity at particular time periods or within certain geographical regions. The application of cat faeces to red lesions on the skin, for example, was one of the earliest topical treatments employed in ancient Egypt. Onions, sea salt and urine, goose oil and semen, wasp droppings in sycamore milk, and soup made from vipers have all been reported as being ancient treatments.

      In the more recent past Fowler's solution, which contains a poisonous and carcinogenic arsenic compound, was used by dermatologists as a treatment for psoriasis during the 18th and 19th centuries. Grenz Rays (also called ultrasoft X-rays or Bucky rays) was a popular treatment of psoriasis during the middle of the 20th century. This type of therapy was superseded by ultraviolet therapy.

      All these treatments have fallen out of favour.

      [edit] Future drug development
      Historically, agents used to treat psoriasis were discovered by experimentation or by accident. In contrast, current novel therapeutic agents are designed from a better understanding of the immune processes involved in psoriasis and by the specific targeting of molecular mediators. Examples can be seen in the use of biologics which target T cells and TNF inhibitors. Future innovation should see the creation of additional drugs that refine the targeting of immune-mediators further.[7]

      Research into antisense oligonucleotides is in its infancy but carries the potential to provide novel theraputic strategies for treating psoriasis

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

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

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

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

      Natural Cures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of health to you

  29. QUESTION:
    I think I have very mild psoriasis on my knees/elbows- do I need to see a dermatologist?
    Based on photos I've seen, I think it's plaque psoriasis. I've been keeping my skin moisturized and using some cortisone when it gets really itchy. Just not sure if all people with psoriasis actually need to see a doctor, or if it's just the people who have more severe cases...

    • ANSWER:
      Dermatologist will prescribe steroid cream or worse - immunosuppresant. 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.

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Fiddler

      Here are remedies to correct your issue.

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

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

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

      Natural Cures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  31. QUESTION:
    How can i improve my memory am so forgetful and forget things very easily?
    When am told something i take long to understand and forget it very easily.

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest you try Ginko Biloba.You can get it anywhere that sells vitamins and suppliments.It comes in pill form. Extracts from the Ginkgo leaves contain flavonoid glycosides, among others, ginkgolides and are therefore used as a pharmaceutical. The extract has many properties but it is mainly used as memory enhancer and anti-vertigo agents. However, studies differ about its efficacy.
      Throughout the past three decades, more than 300 studies have shown Ginkgo that provides a number of benefits. The most important are listed below.

      Increases blood flow to the brain and throughout the body's blood vessels that provide blood and oxygen to the organ systems
      Increases metabolism efficiency, regulates neurotransmitters, and oxygen levels in the brain
      Enhanced circulation in the brain include improved short and long term memory, reaction time and mental clarity
      Helps control the transformation of cholesterol to plaque associated with the hardening of arteries, and may relax constricted blood vessels
      Ginkgo has been shown to be a supportive herb for treating infertility or impotence in males
      Aids in preventing damage to organs from free radicals, and also blocks the platelet activating factor which causes some skin disorders such as psoriasis
      Helps in the treatment of eye and ear disorders
      Recent studies have shown that Ginkgo helps reduce altitude sickness.

  32. QUESTION:
    What other drugs aside from daivonex can help cure psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh, dear. Davonex doesn't cure anything: it just alleviates the symptoms for some time in the meantime damaging your liver and immune system (it is immunodepressant, see). If you younger than 70, and not at the point of jumping off the bridge because of your psor. - stay away from Davonex.
      Try something natural instead: Omega-3 oil, UV treatment, Dead Sea.
      From my personal experience: anti-psoriasis cream and spray from http://www.champori.com worked wonders on my plaque psor. : in just few weeks I got clear and have stayed clear for over a year now! Try it instead (if it doesn't work for you - it's free: they have money back guarantee).
      Best,
      Bernadette

  33. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for psoriasis?
    I have tried all types of medications. it didnt help me in any way.?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a non-contagious, long-term skin disease.
      There are namely five categories of psoriasis:

      • Plaque, which surfaces as raised, red patches or lesions covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells, called scale.
      • Guttate, this appears as small red spots on the skin.
      • Inverse, which occurs in armpits, groin and skin folds.
      • Pustular, which develops as white blisters surrounded by red skin.
      • Erythrodermic, which appears as intense redness over large areas.

      Though at present there is no cure for psoriasis. Yet, there are few treatments which are devised to lessen the symptoms and signs of Psoriasis

      Topical treatments are by and large the first line of defense in treating psoriasis. Soriatane and Tazorac are two topical treatments, which you can get access to at Online Skin Care Tips.

      Soriatane is the only medication which can treat all five types of severe psoriasis namely plaque, guttate, pustular, palmar-plantar, and erythrodermic. It works by targeting certain receptors in the skin which are responsible for normalizing the growth cycle of skin cells. This process, in turn can facilitate treatment of psoriasis.

      For detailed info on Soriatane visit: http://www.onlineskincaretips.com/soriatane.html

      Tazorac is used to treat psoriasis as well as acne. It is available in the form of gel and cream which should be consumed in adherence to medical supervision. Usage of Tazorac should be refrained by women with child bearing potential, expectant women, and nursing mothers.

      For detailed info on Tazorac visit: http://www.onlineskincaretips.com/tazorac.html

  34. QUESTION:
    How can you tell if a re occurring flakey skin rash on your face and hair line is really psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      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, 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. So do you think your condition is psoriasis?
      If you do not then consider that the rashes on face and hairline might be simply reactions to whatever it is you are applying to your skin and hair. My similar but much more serious symptoms (Entire scalp was flaking and itching and much of my face was flaking) were completely got rid of by stopping using shampoos and face cleaners which I found contained countless toxic and skin harming ingredients, If you do web searches. "Shampoos harmful?" "Soaps, face cleaners Harmful?" you will get confirmation. Also do web searches for safe, non harming products. What healed my skin and scalp was massaging quite vigorously with olive oil for 15 to 30 min each day. Olive oil is a natural moisturizer and quickly absorbs into skin not leaving face oily and has remarkable healing qualities (confirm with another web search). Within one week both were completely (and permanently) healed.

      SOURCE(S): 20+ years research into natural healing treatments for skin, scalp and hair conditions and anti-aging and rejuvenation treatments.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to have a Rosy Boa Snake if my mom has a Weak Immune System?
    I really want a rosy boa but my mom has psyriusus (Ik i spelt it wrong idk how :D)
    And has a Weak Immune System.

    • ANSWER:
      It's fine as long as you keep things clean.

      If your mom has "psoriasis" which is often shown by flaky red patches on the skin then she has an overactive immune system not a weaker one, because of this it's often called the healthy man's disease. People with this disorder very rarely get sick. http://www.inspire.com/groups/talk-psoriasis/discussion/does-psoriasis-weaken-your-immune-system/ If it gets real severe then a doctor might prescribe immunosuppressants to slow it down a bit such as methotrexate or cyclosporine. If the dosage is correct then this just brings their immune system down to a normal level, not a weaker one.

      Even if for whatever reason she has a weak immune system from something else, it's still okay to have a snake. Use common sense cleaning rules - don't handle it then stick your finger in your mouth or touch food other people are going to eat, don't bath it in the kitchen sink, sanitize your hands afterwards, don't kiss the herp etc etc

      As a child I grew up in a psoriasis family, all the males on my dad side had it real bad including my younger brother. It's very severe plaque all over their bodies.
      I also grew up in a herp family. Growing up it was my dad that got me into reptiles, as long as I can remember we had our iguana, my father's boa collection, water dragons, and whatever scaly thing he could get a hold of. He bought us leos and beardies for our birthdays. He loved reptiles, he was the kind of wacko who grew up with pet alligators.

      He often went to the dermatoligist for him and my brother, all the doctors were aware of our reptiles. Our GP always asked to see pictures.
      If there was a risk to them then the doctors would have said so and my dad would have rehomed the herps even if only for my brother.

      When I was 15 I was diagnosed with burkitt's lymphoma, a non-hodgkin's blood cancer, and had to go through 9 months of chemo that brought my immune system down to zilch. My counts were /literally/ at zero for the second and later third week after each chemo. My oncologist said there was no need to get rid of the reptiles during treatment, he just didn't want me handling them and he wanted everyone in my family to sanitize their hands afterwards which they already did anyways.
      I was good at first, for probably the first month or so but then I went back to handling them even during treatment. I usually waited until the third week each time so my system was a little up. I always sanitized my hands afterwards and never got sick from them. The only time I ever got sick from my low immune system was after my first chemo - I hadn't handled the reptiles at all, I just got a ton of (germy) visitors and thanks to that had to spend 18 days back in the ward stuck in quarantine...So that's basically saying people are more germy than animals. (Don't take it too seriously)

      Educate yourself on the risks.
      Snakes have a lower risk of salmonella than say...turtles, but you should still assume it's there because about 60% of them have it. I'm in reptile circles, but I've never known anyone to get it. I have known a lady to get it from chicken though.
      The CDC estimates that in the US about 50,000 cases of salmonella are caused by reptiles as opposed to the 4,000,000 cases caused by contaminated eggs/chicken/beef every year. They guestimate that 2-5% of all salmonella cases were caused by herps.
      About 500 people die in the US every year from salmonella and it's estimated that 1% of those were caused by reptiles. So 5 people die each year in the US from reptile-transmitted salmonella, those are usually toddlers or people with weak immune systems, neither of which washed their hands.

      Discuss this with your mom and get her opinion. Overall I'd say that as long as it's not in her room and you sanitize your hands afterwards I'd say the risks are minimal.

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi THere

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

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

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

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

      Natural Cures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of health to you

  37. QUESTION:
    what are some good ways to use turmeric root?
    i want to use it in a sauce or anything. i just fried it.. forced myself to eat half of it and threw the rest out... im determined to make something that wont make me gag lol so think u can help? im a vegetarian also. so its like i got this hard roots that are not mashable and idk what to do with it! THANKS X)
    im a guy.. i have to eat it for health reasons

    • ANSWER:
      20 Health Benefits of Turmeric

      Turmeric is one of nature's most powerful healers. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Tumeric has been used for over 2500 years in India, where it was most likely first used as a dye.

      The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer's disease.

      Here are 20 reasons to add turmeric to your diet:

      1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.

      2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.

      3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.

      4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.

      5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.

      6. Is a natural liver detoxifier.

      7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.

      8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.

      9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

      10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.

      11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.

      12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.

      13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.

      14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

      15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.

      16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.

      17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.

      18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.

      19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.

      20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

      Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form. It is available in pill form in most health food stores, usually in 250-500mg capsules.

      Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it's fun to find new ways to use it in recipes. My favorite way to use it is to add a pinch of it to egg salad. It adds a nice flavor and gives the egg salad a rich yellow hue.

      Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.
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      Lentils with Zucchini Recipe
      This Indian dish combines lentils and zucchini with turmeric, garam masala, ginger, and chile for a tasty side dish with a bit of a bite.
      Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

      Ingredients:

      * 1/2 cup lentils, rinsed
      * 2-1/2 cups water
      * 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
      * 3 Tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
      * 2 garlic cloves, chopped
      * 1 (1/2-inch) piece ginger
      * 1 green chile, chopped
      * 1 small zucchini, chopped
      * Salt
      * 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
      * 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

      Preparation:
      Place lentils, water, and turmeric in a pot over medium heat and bring to a boil. Continue cooking, removing the froth from the top from time to time.

      In a separate pot, heat half the ghee. Saute onion and garlic till golden. Stir in ginger, chile, and zucchini. Mix thoroughly and continue to cook for 5 minutes.

      Transfer the lentils to the zucchini mixture. Stir in salt and garam masala. Half cover the pot, lower the heat and cook for 15 minutes.

      In the remaining ghee, toss in the cumin seeds and heat till they sizzle and change color.

      Serve lentils hot with the ghee cumin seeds.Yield: 4 servings
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      SAAG PANEER
      Tart cheese and spicy spinach combine in this classic recipe. If you can't find paneer, use farmer cheese from the supermarket. Serves 6.

      1 10-oz bag spinach, washed and trimmed
      1 tsp salt
      1/2 tsp turmeric
      1/2 tsp paprika
      1 tsp garam masala
      Dried red chiles, to taste (1 for a mild dish)
      1/4 cup water
      3 Tbsp ghee or clarified butter
      8 oz paneer or farmer cheese, cut into chunks

      In a large pot, add first 7 ingredients; cover and cook over medium heat for 6-8 minutes, until spinach is completed wilted. Add contents of the pot, including all liquid, to the workbowl of a blender, and process to a smooth puree. Place in a serving bowl. In a frying pan, heat the ghee until it is very hot, and add the cheese. Cook, stirring constantly, until the cheese is lightly browned, 2-3 minutes. Add to the spinach, and serve hot.
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      Sunchoke Daylily Casserole Recipe
      Sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes) are seasoned with garlic, turmeric, tarragon, and chili paste, then baked with tofu and walnuts.Prep Time: 15 minutes
      Cook Time: 40 minutes
      Total Time: 55 minutes
      Ingredients:

      * 1 cup vegetable stock
      * 2 Tablespoons kudzu or arrowroot
      * 1-1/2 teaspoons miso
      * 2 cloves garlic, chopped
      * 1 teaspoon turmeric
      * 1 teaspoon dried mint, finely crumbled
      * 1 teaspoon dried tarragon, finely crumbled
      * 1/2 teaspoon chili paste or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
      * 2 cups sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes), sliced
      * 1-1/2 cups daylily shoots or chopped scallions
      * 1 cup drained and diced firm tofu
      * 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

      Preparation:
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

      In a blender, combine the stock, kudzu, miso, garlic, [b">turmeric]turmeric, mint, tarragon, and ground chiles. Process until smooth.

      Combine the stock mixture with the sunchokes, daylily shoots or scallions, tofu, and walnuts in a 1-1/2 quart oiled casserole dish. Bake, covered, until bubbly, about 40 minutes. Serve hot.

      Yield: 4 servings
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  38. QUESTION:
    How to treat psoriasis?
    Any suggestions on treating psoriasis.
    Can you explain what greek folk remedy is.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. First off: keep your skin moisturized; Avoid scratches and cuts; sunbathe (in moderation, of course); increase vitamin D and omega-3 supplement intake.
      Stay away from steroids and immuno-depressants (humira and the like): they do more harm than good. Excercise, generate good thoughts and maintain a sunny outlook.
      Try the herbal anti-psoriasis spray and cream combo from Champori.com: it is natural and works better than anything else for my plaque psoriasis (I haven't had a flare-up for over a year now after only few weeks of treatment!)
      Best,
      Bernadette

  39. QUESTION:
    good threatment for psoriasis on the scalp?
    I was wondering if anyone knows any treatment for Psoriasis on the scalp? Mine is pretty bad and i cant get to my doctor for another 2 more months. I have used T-Gel, metrogel (metronidazole gel 1%) Psoriasin gel and scalpicin. But nothing seems to work. anyone have any more ideas?

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

  40. 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!

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi KDI

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

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

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

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

      Natural Cures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of health to you.

      Cheers

  42. QUESTION:
    what is the best treatment for psorasis either home remedies or medical?
    i am suffering for posarise for last 10 years i used many medicines but no relief so please suggest some things

    • ANSWER:
      These are my best tips though it doesn't provide an immediate answer -
      fist off,my bad.... if it isn't psoriasis that you were asking about...

      there are actually many different types, the plaque ones, pustular ones ( nasty type ) etc
      and a general treatment won't do you any good, especially if you've had it for 10 years.
      you're skin has probably developed resistancy to the medicines you've been taking.

      The best thing is to ask your doctor to refer you to a dermatologist, and get more help there.

      another tip about this stuff is that - i find that it is sometimes very tempting to put on more topical cream than prescribed, just because it gives a sense of security that it will work.
      To tell you, dont do it. It can cause your skin to be damaged further, develop immunity, and even if it might seem to work at first, it will cause you many "after" problems.
      The safer way to approach topical treatments are to hold back a little ( unless the prescription tells you to really glop it on ) and keep using it for a few days after the affected stuff goes away ( again, unless the medicine is strong, and the prescription says no....)

      in terms if pills and stuff you ingest or needles - you should always talk to a GOOD doctor and not someone random online. ( notice if he actuall tells you all the bad points, alternative treatments, looks at your skin, touch maybe? but definitely examine. in truth, some doctors now are only in fer money,, you gotta look for the ones that are there to really help you out. )

      These are the most effective, but if you screw up on any procedure, you really do screw up, and it can be hard to reverse sometimes. especially in overdose, timing, allergies or sensitized stuff,, all the crap that a normal bop might not know.

  43. QUESTION:
    Can I colour my hair when using Dovobet gel for scalp psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Shazza,
      You can if you so wish. It may be better to apply it after the gel has ‘soaked in.’ However, you will find that all your dead skin and plaques will become the colour that you apply to your hair! If your psoriasis is cyclical, you might be better off waiting until it has lessened in it’s intensity. If you coloured your hair the last time when you had psoriasis, you should recall the result. [Also, I believe the correct name for Dovobet is Daivobet which is Calcipotriol - related to Vitamin D and Betamethasone dipropionate – a corticosteroid].

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      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.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  44. QUESTION:
    Anybody ever find a successful treatment for psoriasis?
    The only thing that works for me is a vacation on a tropical beach...sun and salt water.

    • ANSWER:
      The only thing that worked for my plaque p. was cream and spray from http://www.champori.com/psoriasis-relief.asp These are natural remedies and they cleared my blotches in just under 3 weeks. I haven't had them back in almost a year now!!

  45. QUESTION:
    Can I get a medical waiver to get into the Military?
    If I have mild Plaque Psoriasis?

    Also I have a 2 year degree, That would most likely be helpful towards my MOS

    • ANSWER:
      you will have to go and take the ASVAB and physical first. your going to fail the physical portion but you may draw a consultation, or may indeed need the waiver. either way be sure you bring all medical documentaion to the recruiters office from the day you started treatment to present day. it would be even better if you could get your doc to write something that briefly explains your situation to summarize your trreatment.

      IF you do get the waiver you WILL NOT qualify for AIRBORNE.

  46. QUESTION:
    how can I toughen up my skin?
    I have a skin condition called eczema and it is getting better and I am trying to find a way to make my skin more immune to my allergies so it won't come back. If there is any tips out there that can help me please tell me.

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  47. QUESTION:
    what is the best treatment for psoriasis?
    it doesnt matter if it is an oral med. or a topical med. just what works the best.

    • ANSWER:
      there is no "best treatment"; it really depends on your condition because there are so many different varieties and levels of psoriasis.

      Therefore, go to a dermatologist and see what they prescribe for you. Depending on the severeness it may be an oral or topical medicine, but due to the different types of the disease (plaque, scalp, etc.) the type of medicine you need can only be determinded by a registered dermatologist.


psoriasis plaque treatment

Treating Plaque Psoriasis

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

  2. QUESTION:
    How to treat psoriasis?
    Any suggestions on treating psoriasis.
    Can you explain what greek folk remedy is.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. First off: keep your skin moisturized; Avoid scratches and cuts; sunbathe (in moderation, of course); increase vitamin D and omega-3 supplement intake.
      Stay away from steroids and immuno-depressants (humira and the like): they do more harm than good. Excercise, generate good thoughts and maintain a sunny outlook.
      Try the herbal anti-psoriasis spray and cream combo from Champori.com: it is natural and works better than anything else for my plaque psoriasis (I haven't had a flare-up for over a year now after only few weeks of treatment!)
      Best,
      Bernadette

  3. 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

  4. QUESTION:
    I think I have very mild psoriasis on my knees/elbows- do I need to see a dermatologist?
    Based on photos I've seen, I think it's plaque psoriasis. I've been keeping my skin moisturized and using some cortisone when it gets really itchy. Just not sure if all people with psoriasis actually need to see a doctor, or if it's just the people who have more severe cases...

    • ANSWER:
      Dermatologist will prescribe steroid cream or worse - immunosuppresant. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of psoriasis?
    I have really bad psoriasis just now. I'm a 16yr old male and i'm looking for certain things that will help me clear it up. Its really horrible and flakey:(

    • ANSWER:
      Common understanding is that you can't get rid of it for good. But: there are remedies that control psoriasis and keep it in check for long periods of time. I haven't had mine (plaque psor. on my scalp, elbows and knees) come back for more than a year after having treated it with Cream and Spray from Champori.com The best part is that Champori is non-steroidal, herbal remedy. Try it. (they offer money back guarantee, so if it doesn't work - it's free)
      Best,
      Bernadette

  8. 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

  9. QUESTION:
    is there a difference in the treatment of eczema and psoriasis?
    according to the med websites I have eczema but when i went to see my doc he said it was psoriasis. Am I splitting hairs here? are the treatments the same?

    • ANSWER:
      There are definitely differences between them. The treatments are different as well but suprisingly some treatments for eczema can help psoriasis plaques, go figure!

      My daughters both have eczema and I have psorasis so this is how I know the differences. Their skin that is affected is covered in bumps. It looks like goose bumps kinda that never goes away. The more severe it is, the more bumps. Really for them the best thing I've found is to use Vaseline Intensive Care lotion after they bathe and it is kept under control.

      However, if you were diagnosed with psoriasis the difference would be bubbled up skin that's really red and it'll flake. Their skin never flakes so that was a real indicator of a difference.

      Listen to your doctor about treatments and don't bother so much with other skin conditions treatments since that'll get you more confused than ever. As I've researched, even though several things can treat both conditions, some things can't. The last thing you want to do is use something that won't help your skin or make it worse. Good luck with it!

  10. QUESTION:
    what's the difference between dandruff n scalp psoraisis?
    What causes each? How do u treat each? Just for knowledge, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      In dandruff flakes of skins range from small and white to large, greasy and yellow. This Itchy flaking appears on the scalp or eyebrows, or around the hairline, ears or nose and it is not move to other parts of the body.
      While psoriasis is a very problematic skin condition that affects overall body including scalp. Plaques on the scalp can be particularly embarrassing as flaky plaque in the hair can be mistaken for dandruff. But these flaky plaques are also found on other parts of the body.
      The most common causes of dandruff are a dry scalp while psoriasis is a chronic disease and recent research indicates that psoriasis is likely a disorder of the immune system.
      Use of Vitamin B12 , B5, B6 help to eradicate dandruff. Application of moisturizing lotion and Coal-tar shampoos relieves symptoms of dandruff. While for psoriasis individual must consult to physician.

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Fiddler

      Here are remedies to correct your issue.

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

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

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

      Natural Cures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  12. 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.

  13. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have some good ways to relieve psoriasis.?
    I have had this condition for a while. It continues to flair up. Can anyone help with some remedies they use to relieve it?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a persistent skin disease that got its name from the Greek word for "itch." The skin becomes inflamed, producing red, thickened areas with silvery scales, most often on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. It results when skin cells start reproducing wildly, and piling up on the surface. The most common symptoms of psoriasis are thick, red patches known as plaques, and dry, silvery scales. Recent research indicates that psoriasis is likely a disorder of the immune system. No one knows what triggers your immune system to cause psoriasis. It is believed that you must have a genetic tendency to be susceptible to the condition. But once your immune system is triggered, it sends a false alarm to your skin cells, telling them that they’ve been damaged. The skin cells react by attempting to repair this “damage.” They begin reproducing at an accelerated rate, rising to the skin surface, dying, and building up there. The skin surface thickens. As blood vessels expand and more blood flows to the skin, it becomes red. The result is the flaky, red patches you know as plaques.

      While Eczema and Psoriasis are completely different skin disorders, they are often treated with the same methods. Cortisone creams, ointments, and lotions commonly prescribed for skin disease may clear the skin temporarily and control the condition in many patients. Side effects from steroids include thinning of the skin, dilated blood vessels, bruising, and skin color changes. Treatments that are recommended by doctors and pharmaceutical companies worldwide amounts to futile attempts at mere symptom treatment, instead of the trying to address the root causes of the condition. Symptoms you see on the skin express the body's attempt to heal, but are not the cause of disease

      Because the causes of Psoriasis are due to autoimmune disorders, I recommend products which are high in anti-oxidants to help boost and maintain a healthy skin matrix. This includes Vitamin Supplement. And Aloe Based Skin Care
      Here's why Aloe is good for you:
      1.) It Penetrates. It actually sinks down into the lower layers of the skin (dermis) where your collagen
      is. Nothing you buy over the counter can do that. Why is that important? Cause if you buy something
      that says it boost collagen, it's not true. If it can't reach the collagen, it can't help the collagen.
      Penetration is also important when it come to cleansing, you want an aloe based cleanser to clean
      deep down in your pores.

      2.) It Exfoliates, Aloe is a natural exfoliator, the plant enzymes actually break down the soap and
      residue that hold dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. Dead skin cells make your skin look flaky,
      dry and dull. A build up of dead skin can also break down your collagen over time (causing wrinkles)
      which is why it is so important to exfoliate. Aloe does it naturally without scrubs or chemicals.

      3.) Aloe Regenerates- Aloe regenerates skin 11 times faster than you body does naturally. That's
      why aloe is often used on burns. If you have scars, sun spots, wrinkles or any other skin damage, aloe
      can help heal it fast!

      4) Aloe is a Natural Anti- inflamitory - Acne anyone? Redness? Aloe cleanses, removes impurities,
      and shrinks and tightens pores all at once.

      Here are a few more things aloe can do for you:
      Heals psoriasis in up to 83% of suffers in 16 weeks.
      Rub it on inflamed joints to ease pain.
      Drink aloe juice to build a stronger immune system.

      If you're interested I can create a Psoriasis program for you. You can contact me through my website at
      http://www.thealoespa.com/index.html

  14. QUESTION:
    How can i improve my memory am so forgetful and forget things very easily?
    When am told something i take long to understand and forget it very easily.

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest you try Ginko Biloba.You can get it anywhere that sells vitamins and suppliments.It comes in pill form. Extracts from the Ginkgo leaves contain flavonoid glycosides, among others, ginkgolides and are therefore used as a pharmaceutical. The extract has many properties but it is mainly used as memory enhancer and anti-vertigo agents. However, studies differ about its efficacy.
      Throughout the past three decades, more than 300 studies have shown Ginkgo that provides a number of benefits. The most important are listed below.

      Increases blood flow to the brain and throughout the body's blood vessels that provide blood and oxygen to the organ systems
      Increases metabolism efficiency, regulates neurotransmitters, and oxygen levels in the brain
      Enhanced circulation in the brain include improved short and long term memory, reaction time and mental clarity
      Helps control the transformation of cholesterol to plaque associated with the hardening of arteries, and may relax constricted blood vessels
      Ginkgo has been shown to be a supportive herb for treating infertility or impotence in males
      Aids in preventing damage to organs from free radicals, and also blocks the platelet activating factor which causes some skin disorders such as psoriasis
      Helps in the treatment of eye and ear disorders
      Recent studies have shown that Ginkgo helps reduce altitude sickness.

  15. QUESTION:
    For anyone else that has plaque psoriasis?
    What do you do to treat it? I have it on my head really badly at the moment, and also on my knee. It looks like I have friggin leprosy or something and I'm sick of it. Everytime I go to the dr. they give me some other useless cruddy cream and they never work. Please 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 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 for you - it's free.
      Cheers,
      Stella

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi THere

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

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

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

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

      Natural Cures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of health to you

  17. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for psoriasis?
    I have tried all types of medications. it didnt help me in any way.?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a non-contagious, long-term skin disease.
      There are namely five categories of psoriasis:

      • Plaque, which surfaces as raised, red patches or lesions covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells, called scale.
      • Guttate, this appears as small red spots on the skin.
      • Inverse, which occurs in armpits, groin and skin folds.
      • Pustular, which develops as white blisters surrounded by red skin.
      • Erythrodermic, which appears as intense redness over large areas.

      Though at present there is no cure for psoriasis. Yet, there are few treatments which are devised to lessen the symptoms and signs of Psoriasis

      Topical treatments are by and large the first line of defense in treating psoriasis. Soriatane and Tazorac are two topical treatments, which you can get access to at Online Skin Care Tips.

      Soriatane is the only medication which can treat all five types of severe psoriasis namely plaque, guttate, pustular, palmar-plantar, and erythrodermic. It works by targeting certain receptors in the skin which are responsible for normalizing the growth cycle of skin cells. This process, in turn can facilitate treatment of psoriasis.

      For detailed info on Soriatane visit: http://www.onlineskincaretips.com/soriatane.html

      Tazorac is used to treat psoriasis as well as acne. It is available in the form of gel and cream which should be consumed in adherence to medical supervision. Usage of Tazorac should be refrained by women with child bearing potential, expectant women, and nursing mothers.

      For detailed info on Tazorac visit: http://www.onlineskincaretips.com/tazorac.html

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi KDI

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

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

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

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

      Natural Cures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of health to you.

      Cheers

  19. QUESTION:
    do you shave off psoriasis plaques from your body?
    I often wonder if shaving off thick psoriasis plaques from your body will keep them from coming back...

    • ANSWER:
      Although self-help measures won't cure psoriasis, they may help improve the appearance and feel of damaged skin. These measures may benefit you:

      Take daily baths. Bathing daily helps remove scales and calm inflamed skin. Add bath oil, oiled oatmeal, Epsom salts or Dead Sea salts to the water and soak for at least 15 minutes. Avoid hot water and harsh soaps, which can make your symptoms worse. Instead, use lukewarm water and mild soaps that have added oils and fats.
      Use moisturizer. Blot your skin after bathing, then immediately apply a heavy, ointment-based moisturizer while your skin is still moist. For very dry skin, oils may be preferable — they have more staying power than creams or lotions do and are more effective at preventing water from evaporating from your skin. During cold, dry weather, you may need to apply a moisturizer several times a day.
      Cover the affected areas overnight. To help improve redness and scaling, apply an ointment-based moisturizer to your skin and wrap with plastic wrap overnight. In the morning, remove the covering and wash away the scales with a bath or a shower.
      Expose your skin to small amounts of sunlight. A controlled amount of sunlight can significantly improve lesions, but too much sun can trigger or worsen outbreaks and increase the risk of skin cancer. If you sunbathe, it's best to try short sessions three or more times a week. Keep a record of when and how long you're in the sun to help avoid overexposure. And be sure to protect healthy skin with a sunscreen of at least 15 SPF, paying careful attention to your ears, hands and face. Before beginning any sunbathing program, ask your doctor about the best way to use natural sunlight to treat your skin.
      Apply cortisone. Apply an over-the-counter cortisone cream 0.5 percent or 1 percent, for a few weeks when your symptoms are especially bad.
      Avoid psoriasis triggers, if possible. Find out what triggers, if any, worsen your psoriasis and take steps to prevent or avoid them. Infections, injuries to your skin, stress, smoking and intense sun exposure can all worsen psoriasis.
      Avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol consumption may decrease the effectiveness of some psoriasis treatments.

  20. QUESTION:
    I have not been diagnosed with psoriasis, but sure I have it on my legs. How do you shave???
    Everytime I try to barely go over the bumps (which are mainly on the fronts of my legs) I bleed and it becomes more irritated. Just wondering if another woman has this problem and could help me out with it!

    • ANSWER:
      Misty, hello. You can treat your psoriasis with the herbal cream and spray from http://www.champori.com It flattened my plaques in jjust a couple of weeks; and I haven't had a flare up in more than a year now. Try it (it comes with the money back guarantee so there is nothing to lose).
      Best,
      Bernadette

  21. QUESTION:
    Whats the best way to treat Psoriasis?
    My heart breaks for my 21 yr old daughter..she has plaque Psoriasis...whats the usual treatment ?..thank you ~

    • ANSWER:
      I've had severe guttate psoriasis, that turned into plaque, and covered up to 70% of my body. I tried to do things naturally, with supplements and diet. I tried topicals, I tried light treatments. (Light treatments from a dermatologist {not just going to a tanning bed} can be pretty helpful). I had to go to the biologics. Enbrel cleared it up about 50%. I'm now on Remicade and Methotrexate, and I'm 99% clear. In my opinion, if it's severe, you can't do it with diet and supplements and homeopathic medicines alone. You really need to do everything--eat a really good, natural diet, maybe take some supplements (look up the thread "Barney's Formula" on the National Psoriasis Foundations website forum, it's a wonderful regimine of supplements for a person with psoriasis to try), and medication. Your daughter needs to get the best dermatologist she can find. It took me five quacks before I found the right doctor. The National Psoriasis Foundation can even help you find a good doctor in your area--that's how I found mine. I called them, weeping, and they hooked me up with a real winner.

      I know you feel terrible about your daughter's condition. My mother used to cry and feel so sorry for me...I hated that she went so overboard with all that...and she used to blame herself...but I'm adopted! Genetically, she had nothing to do with it! If your daughter has never checked out the NPF website, she should, because there is a plethora of information on there.

  22. QUESTION:
    I have a small cluster of bubbly looking things what are they and how can i treat it?
    It looks just like my skin and it doesnt stick out very much but its a cluster of small circles and ovals just right under the nail on my pinky on my skin
    WHAT IS IT?!?!?
    and WHAT DO I DO?

    • ANSWER:
      I cannot be certain without looking at it but it could be 1 of 2 things.
      1. A fungal infection of the nail---This is contagious and could spread to other parts of your body and to other people. You could try some "athletes foot" medications to see if that helps although please note that it can take your finger nail 6-8 months for the affected area to grow out completely. This is fairly common and can be cured.
      2. Psoriasis--not curable but can be maintained. This is not a skin disease it is an immune disease, and is not contagious. There are several different types of Psoriasis, the most common being plaque. Stress or trauma can be a contributing factor for flare ups. I however started out having similar symptoms as you are, mine was on my thumb. The dermatologist first treated it as a fungus for 6 months finally I had a biopsy done b/c it had spread To my other hand and my feet. The type I have is one of the least common-- Palmar plantar pustular psoriasis.
      Therapies: many are available although they do not all work for everyone. Some are light therapies, biologic drugs (ex. humira,raptiva etc.),methotrexate, cyclosporine, as well as many creams and lotions.

      Visit: www.psoriasis.org for more info and if you believe this may be what you infact have, see a dermatologist.

  23. QUESTION:
    My head sweat too much, and i got a serious dandruff problem?
    I want to know what's wrong with my body: My head sweat too much, and i got a serious dandruff problem, and my skin of nose and ears peels off like dandruff sometimes. And a while ago, doctor gave me medicine for curing dandruff to cure the red dots on my lower body. Anyone knows what kind of disease is it?

    • ANSWER:
      could be psoriasis (pronounced: sore eye asses)

      "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."

      a bit more info

      " 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)"

      good luck.. I hope this will help you get the proper help you need. since you may not be able to cure it...but may be able to treat the symptoms and alleviate your discomfort.

  24. QUESTION:
    has anyone else been on a medication called tazorac?
    okay i just got off of a medication called accutane a.k.a isotetrinoin and i have to get on this other medication called tazorac, it's a topical gel. has anyone used it before. why is it so expensive?

    • ANSWER:
      Tazarotene belongs to a group of medications called retinoids. It is used to treat plaque psoriasis and acne vulgaris. The cream form is also used to treat the signs and symptoms (appearance and texture) of premature aging of the skin caused by overexposure to the sun (photodamage).

      Tazarotene helps psoriasis by reducing inflammation and keeping skin cell growth down to a normal rate. It appears to help acne partly by keeping skin pores clear. You will begin to see improvement about 1 to 4 weeks after starting the medication, depending on what you are using it for.

      Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

      Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

      For psoriasis, apply a thin film of tazarotene cream or gel once daily in the evening only to the affected areas. The skin should be dry before applying the medication. If emollient or moisturizing creams are also being used, apply these first and allow them to absorb into the skin before applying the tazarotene cream or gel.

      For acne, gently cleanse and dry the skin. Apply a thin film of cream or gel to the entire face (everything between the hairline, jawline, and ears) once a day in the evening.

      For photodamage, remove makeup before applying the cream. Apply a pea-sized amount of cream to the entire face, including a careful application to the eyelids if desired.

      Take special care to minimize contact with the eyes, lips, and mucous-producing areas. Make sure the skin is dry before application. If you apply a moisturizer before this medication, allow it to absorb into the skin before applying the tazarotene cream.

      This medication may cause increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight. Sunscreen (minimum SPF 30) and protective clothing should be used when the skin is exposed to sunlight. Avoid getting the medication in your eyes, and do not take the medication by mouth. Do not cover the treatment areas with dressings or bandages. Do not apply to skin that is broken or severely inflamed.

      Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

      It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose of this medication, do not apply the missed dose but return to your regular schedule as soon as possible. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

      Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of reach of children.

      Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

  25. QUESTION:
    how can I toughen up my skin?
    I have a skin condition called eczema and it is getting better and I am trying to find a way to make my skin more immune to my allergies so it won't come back. If there is any tips out there that can help me please tell me.

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  26. QUESTION:
    Is there a working psoriasis cure?
    I have had bad psoriasis for over 15 years and I have tried everything. I am sometimes embarrassed to go into public it is so bad. They say there is no pure psoriasis cure created, but is there close to one? One that can help lessen these horrible patches of skin I have?

    • ANSWER:
      Common understanding is that there is no cure. But there are remedies that control psoriasis and keep it in check for long periods of time. I haven't had mine (plaque psor. on my scalp, elbows and knees) come back for more than a year after having treated it with Champori cream and spray combination. The best part is that Champori is non-steroidal, herbal remedy. Try it. (they offer money back guarantee, so if it doesn't work for you - it's free)
      Cheers,
      Stella

  27. QUESTION:
    Is there any cure to psoriasis?
    Does anyone know any cure for psoriasis or any natural things I could use?

    • ANSWER:
      Common understanding is that there is no cure. There are however remedies that control psoriasis and keep it in check for long periods of time. I haven't had mine (plaque psor. on my scalp, elbows and knees) come back for more than a year after having treated it with Champori cream and spray combination. The best part is that Champori is non-steroidal, herbal remedy. Try it. (they offer money back guarantee, so if it doesn't work for you - it's free)
      Best,
      Max

  28. 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 :)

  29. 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.

  30. QUESTION:
    Do you know of any "old timey" home remedies for psoriasis ?
    My daughter, sister and myself all have it on our scalp. We all have very thick hair and with the hot waether coming on, I really dont know if i can take another summer of this! I have been to beauty school, I have tried all sorts of products. I would like to know if your granny had a special remedy or something of that nature since NOTHING has worked. Please, no stupid ansewrs just to get points. Thank you!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Sunlight helps psoriasis. and so does water.
      http://health.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=20889

      Because ultraviolet light is so effective for so many psoriasis sufferers, it is often used in various artificial forms by doctors. Ultraviolet treatment with a sunlamp is often given in hospitals for plaque psoriasis (the most common type) and guttate psoriasis.

      In severe cases of psoriasis, dermatologists may use a treatment known as PUVA — P for psoralens plus UVA. Psoralens are chemicals found in some plants which can make the skin respond to UVA, the least dangerous forms of UV light. "

      Oil of oregano has been said by some to be powerful in treating psoriasis. Oregano has recently been found to be a strong antibiotic. Some people get relief with zinc oxide. Some people get relief from coal tar treatments (used in dandruff shampoos).

      Here are some helpful websites to learn more:

  31. QUESTION:
    How do I know if i have psorasis for sure? And what is a good medication.?
    that will stop and not spread

    • ANSWER:
      The dermatologist will tell you if it's a psoriasis. If it is, the dermatologist will prescribe some steroidal medication (which is the only way to treat psor. dermatologists know). Before you subject yourself to them (and their harmful side-effects) - try anti-psoriasis cream and spray from http://www.champori.com It is natural (herbal) remedy, and it cleared my 4 yr old plaque psoriasis in just under 3 weeks! I haven't had a relapse for almost a year now..
      Best,
      Bernadette

  32. QUESTION:
    Dr fish cure psoriasis in Kangal, Turkey, have you been there?
    Has anyone out there been to a spa in Kangal, Turkey where "dr fish" help to releive conditions such as psoriasis, arthritis etc? I would like to go, but would like some feedback first if anyone has been. I don't think it is a cure, but if I could get several months relief from a visit it may be worth it. Bookings can be made through Blue World Travel, has anyone used Blue World Travel before? Please reply if you or someone you know has been to see the "dr fish".

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Odashar

      I dont know Dr fish, but I do know how to heal the issue (below).

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

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

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

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

      Natural Cures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of health to you

  33. QUESTION:
    How could I treat people with psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease. Its treatment is based on the type of psoriasis, its location, extent and severity.

      As a first step, topical treatment in which medicated ointments or creams are applied to the skin. This will help reduce inflammation, remove built-up scale, reduce skin turn over, and clear affected skin of plaques.

      If it fails to achieve the desired goal then the next step would be to expose the skin to ultraviolet (UV) radiation,it is called phototherapy. It is usually combined with topical treatment.

      The third step involves the use of medications which are ingested orally or by injection. Treatments may be periodically changed to prevent resistance developing and to reduce the chance of adverse reactions occurring.

      Psoriasis is a chronic lifelong condition. There is currently no cure but various treatments can help to control the symptoms.

  34. QUESTION:
    psoriasis has flared after three years ON MY SCALP. I'm a female. Ideas to treat scalp?
    I have tried all over/counter oils/scalpicin. Burt's Bees oil. My head is in a flare-up, I can hardly control the plaque associated with scalp discomfort.

    • 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, as less red meat as possible, 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 herbal remedies -ointment and spray on the skin, and extract – internally to prevent breakouts. It took less than 2 weeks to clear the skin. This treatment is the most effective among many I've tried.

  35. QUESTION:
    Stubborn psoriasis on scalp?
    The plaques on my body have cleared up, but on my scalp it's a different story.10 years of thick stubborn plaques. Do I keep using Daivonex and Diprosone. I have resorted to trying omega 3 and Primrose caps also. Any home remedies that can help that have helped you?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a video clip on how they treat it in Japan.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxLW-HKgQzU&feature=channel_page

      It is fairly easy to treat, if you find a source for the water. You can also rinse your hair with the 5.5 PH water, it will make it smother, and tangle free.

      You can get the water in home based water processors. Do a search on Craigslist.org for 8.5PH water or place a wanted add for 8.5 PH drinking water - used in the video, and many times the same machine can make the 2.5 PH water at the same time.

      Good Luck !

  36. 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

  37. QUESTION:
    Will Psoriasis get worse after 30 years ?
    I got psoriasis since my 7 years..... now i am 31 and it spreads all over my body and these days it reoccurs often and heard that it will be severe after 30 years...... will it get worser after 30?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Paltogod

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue. You probably didnt understand what this issue really is and after reading below you'll be on your way to healing in no time.

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

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

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

      Natural Cures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of health to you

  38. QUESTION:
    Is the dead sea effective for psoriasis problems?

    • ANSWER:
      See the link below for more information about dead sea treatments;

      http://www.psoriasis.org/treatment/psoriasis/sun/deadsea.php

      Sivas Thermal Fish Springs in Turkey is a place that also treats many sufferers of psoriasis. The fish nibbe away at the diseased skin plaques. I first heard about it on a televison show and people seemed really pleased with the results. See the link below for more info.

      http://www.tourboxantalya.com/eng/medical/balik.htm

      Hope these are of some help to you .

  39. QUESTION:
    What is the true cause of psoriasis? How do you get rid of it naturally?

    • ANSWER:
      What causes psoriasis?
      In psoriasis, skin cells move up from below the surface and pile up on the outer layer before they have a chance to mature normally. Usually it takes about a month for cells to move to the surface, but in psoriasis it may occur in only a few days leading to the characteristic plaques described below. Psoriasis is an inflammatory disorder in which a certain type of cell called a T-lymphocyte becomes overactive and initiates a series of biochemical events leading to inflammation.

      How is psoriasis treated?
      There is no cure for psoriasis, but doctors have long been able to offer treatments to help relieve symptoms. Recently, researchers have been testing new drugs, called biologics, which may treat the disease itself. One such drug, alefacept (Amevive), has been approved for the treatment of moderate to severe cases of plaque psoriasis. More information on biologics follows at the end of this section. First, here's an outline of the standard methods of treating psoriasis. Doctors usually treat psoriasis in a series of three steps based on:

      * How severe the disease is
      * How much of the body is affected
      * What type of psoriasis the patient has
      * How well the disease responds to treatment

      Doctors sometimes call this step-by-step plan the "1-2-3" approach. In step 1 - topical treatment - patients apply medicines to their skin. In step 2 - phototherapy - patients use exposure to light. In step 3 - systemic treatment - patients take medication. Because psoriasis is chronic and unpredictable, patients often experiment before they find a treatment - or combination of treatments - that works for the

  40. QUESTION:
    Difference between psoriasis and guttate psoriasis?
    hey, can anyone tell me what the difference between guttate psoriasis and psoriasis is? i tried to check couple of websites but they weren't very helpful? is guttate psoriasis treated more easily? does it return once it is cured? does it leave any scars?
    thank you a lot!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I attached a link below that provides contains an exhaustive discussion of this condition. Below are a few excerpts. Good news is no scarring!! Good luck.

      Guttate psoriasis is a milder and less common type of psoriasis that looks like small, salmon-pink drops on the skin. Usually there is a fine scale on the drop like lesion that is much finer than the scales in plaque psoriasis, which is the most common type of psoriasis. The guttate form of psoriasis is relatively uncommon. Fewer than 2% of those with psoriasis have the guttate type.

      This form of psoriasis is usually a mild inconvenience to most people. Usually, this type of psoriasis goes away in a few weeks without treatment. Simple reassurance and moisturizers to soften the skin may be sufficient care. Once the outbreak clears, many patients have limited or no evidence of psoriasis for prolonged periods.

      Scarring is not a problem.

      Outlook
      Although guttate psoriasis usually clears up within a few weeks, it may also be the first step to chronic plaque psoriasis. The acute guttate form progresses into the chronic plaque form in an estimated 68% of people.

  41. 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.

  42. QUESTION:
    PSORIASIS Please could anybody help ?
    My brother has this terrible inflammation all over his body and medication does not seem to help. Any suggestions on medications , diets, etc that can help, would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      How to treat psoriasis:your brother will neeed the following items:
      Hemorrhoid treatments
      Shower caps
      Epsom salts
      Plastic wrap
      Moisturizers
      Green-tinted sunglasses
      Toothbrushes

      1)reduce stress as much as possible
      2)try Ointments that contain tar preparations, anthralin and salicylic acid work1trust me!cover your head with saran wrap after you apply the ointments.do that 2twice and remove that nasty oiment before you go to sleep!then apply tar preparation or anthralin at night1okay?

      3)aviod cold weather as much as possible!

      4)do not let your skin dry out.so if you have dry skin be careful.

      5)use lukewarm water when washing

      6)try not to wash your skin a lot!

      7)Reduce itching by soaking for 15 minutes in water containing a tar solution or Epsom salts.

      8)Remove thick scalp plaques by applying a 10 percent salicylic acid in mineral oil with a toothbrush before going to bed. Wear a shower cap when you sleep. Wash out the 10 percent acid with a tar-based shampoo the next morning.

      9)wear sunglasses.avoid sunlight as much as possible!Especially your hair!

  43. QUESTION:
    any home remedies for psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis on my knee and I tried using vaseline it only kept it from drying too fast but never relieved the itch which causes it to spread if you scratch it so I was just wondering if anyone know f anything I can use to help get rid of this thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      the most important step in controlling psoriasis is to keep skin well moisturized. A big problem with psoriasis is scale buildup, and moisturizers are extremely effective at preventing this. Plain petroleum jelly is a very effective moisturizer. But if you're buying a commercial moisturizer, those that contain lactic acid, such as LactiCare, seem to work better. Also, Eucerin cream works well as a moisturizer for those with psoriasis.

      Moisturize after bathing. To get the most from your moisturizer, apply it within three minutes after leaving the shower or bathtub. We recommend that you pat yourself dry and apply the moisturizer liberally all over your body--not just on plaques. That's because even 'clear' skin in people with psoriasis is drier than in people who don't have psoriasis. It's thought that little cracks on dry skin might encourage more psoriasis.

      Soak up the sun. Many psoriasis patients are prescribed a specific regimen of ultraviolet light treatments. Getting artificial sunlight from a special lamp or tanning booth can help. An easier and less expensive method is simply to hit the Great Outdoors. "We know that exposure to sunlight is extremely helpful for treating psoriasis," says David Kalin, M.D., a family practitioner in Largo, Florida. A moderate amount of sunlight enhances the production of vitamin D, which may be effective in controlling psoriasis.

      But don't soak up the booze. Doctors are still trying to find out for sure why alcohol exacerbates psoriasis. They suspect that alcohol increases activity of a certain kind of white blood cell that's found in psoriasis patients but not in other people. (But it's also possible that drinkers are just more highly stressed and therefore more prone to psoriasis.)

      "Alcohol is a definite problem," according to Stephen M. Purcell, D.O., chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and assistant clinical professor at Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. "It's best to not drink at all if you have psoriasis."

      Spice up your bath. Bathing is often a catch-22 for those with psoriasis. That's because soaking in warm water helps soften psoriasis plaques, but it sometimes dries skin and worsens itching. "One way to get the benefits of a bath without the dryness is to add a couple of capfuls of vegetable oil to your bath," says McNeal. "The best way to do it is to get in the tub first, so your body soaks up the water, and then add the oil." Another alternative suggested by McNeal: Mix two teaspoons of olive oil in a large glass of milk and add that to your bath.

      Be extra careful stepping out of the tub, since oils can make surfaces very slippery. (Be sure to scrub the tub afterward.)

      Head to the kitchen to soothe that itchin'. To soothe itching caused by dry skin and psoriasis, dissolve 1/3 cup of baking soda in a gallon of water. Soak a washcloth in the solution, wring it out, and then it apply to the itchy area. Or add a cup of apple cider kitchen vinegar to the water and apply that to the skin.

      Cover the cracks with cow cream. If your skin is cracked because of psoriasis--which can cause itching and more plaques--do what dairymen do. "They found that Bag Balm, a product originally used to relieve cracking in cow udders, worked just as well on their cracked hands," says McNeal. "Then people with psoriasis found it worked great on their dry or cracked skin." Bag Balm is available at most feed stores; some drugstores may be able to order it.

      Take care of mind and body. Stress is a known trigger of psoriasis, so managing your mental state--through exercise, relaxation techniques or whatever mellows you out--is one way to keep your condition under control.

      Guard against infection and injury. "Infection may lead to an outbreak or worsen your condition, so it's important to try to avoid infectious disease," says Dr. Kalin. New lesions may also appear on injured skin, so try to avoid cuts and scrapes.

      Watch what you eat. "Although there are no specific links that have been proven, it appears a diet high in oily fish--such as tuna, mackerel, sardines and salmon--helps reduce the itching and inflammation of psoriasis," says Dr. Lowe.

      Avoid certain foods. "Some anecdotal reports suggest patients do better when they reduce or eliminate tomatoes and tomato-based dishes--possibly because of high acidity levels," says Dr. Kalin. "Also, some of my patients with psoriasis have noticed a decrease in plaques by avoiding or limiting their intake of pork products and other fatty meats as well as caffeine."

      Go electric. If you have plaques on your face, neck, legs or other areas that require shaving, use an electric razor instead of a blade. "An electric razor won't cut skin as easily, and every time you cut yourself, you risk new lesions," says

  44. QUESTION:
    is there any cure for psoriasis?
    Is there any cure for psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Common understanding is that there is no cure. But: there are remedies that control psoriasis and keep it in check for long periods of time. I haven't had mine (plaque psor. on my scalp, elbows and knees) come back for more than a year after having treated it with Champori cream and spray combination. The best part is that Champori is non-steroidal, herbal remedy. Try it. (they offer money back guarantee, so if it doesn't work for you - it's free)
      Best,
      Gus

  45. QUESTION:
    I have extremely bad dandruff?
    when i wake up in the morning my pillow is full of flakes, if i even shake my head gently loads of flakes fall off. I've tried denorex but it hasn't helped :( my scalp doesn't itch at all though. What can I do to get this under control?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis Of The Scalp

      * Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disease characterized by an increased rate of skin cell turnover.
      * It presents as plaques with thick scales appearing on the skin and scalp. The skin lesions appear as discrete scaly plaques on the scalp and along the hairline and often extends to the skin of the forehead and sides of the scalp. The plaques are pink and covered by silvery scales.
      * Psoriasis is usually non-itchy.
      * Nail changes may occur.
      * Psoriasis of the scalp is treated with coal tar shampoo and coal tar ointment or topical steroid spray or gel.

      To read more about disorders of the scalp: http://www.globale-dermatologie.com/en/maladies-inflammatoires-de-peau-sur-le-cuir-chevelu.html

  46. QUESTION:
    The medication I'm using on my psoriasis lightened my skin...?
    I was diagnosed with psoriasis yesterday and last night I used a topical medication on the spots for the first time. This morning the psoriasis seemed lighter, but the skin around it was lightened noticeably to say the least. Will this go away???
    Also, has anyone used Champori Cream??

    • ANSWER:
      It's common to have a lighter area that surrounds a patch of psoriasis (Woronoff ring), which becomes "unveiled" as the psoriasis plaque becomes less thick. Should the patch of psoriasis stay away, and the use of the topical medicine is no longer needed, then the area of the skin should, in time, return to normal. In addition, i'm sure that you were given a cortisone salve to treat the psoriasis, and these topical medications also make the blood vessels constrict, making the skin become blanched and white..

  47. QUESTION:
    How to cure my psoriasis ?

    • ANSWER:
      Common understanding is that there is no psoriasis cure. But: there are remedies that control psoriasis and keep it in check for long periods of time. I haven't had mine (plaque psor. on my scalp, elbows and knees) come back for more than a year after having treated it with Champori cream and spray combination. The best part is that Champori is non-steroidal, herbal remedy. Try it. (they offer money back guarantee, so if it doesn't work for you - it's free)
      Best,
      Gus


treating plaque psoriasis

How Do I Treat Psoriasis

Joints soreness, redness and severe pain at the base of the big toe are symptoms which probably indicate that you are suffering from gout. The excruciating pain which comes from the big toe may make you wake up at night. These sharp pains are possible signs of one the most severe forms of arthritis. Gout attacks can cause burning sensation and intense pain in the big toe. This sort of illness may affect anyone at any age and make you feel helpless in search for gout pain relief.
Finding gout pain relief to alleviate and ease the pain is probably the first requirement when suffering from a gout attack. Severe gout attacks can cause severe pain and intense burning sensation leaving the affected parts inflamed, raw and hot which couldn't even bear the slightest of touch. The good news is that, you can find remedy to gout pain and reduce its painful symptoms, and prevent it from occurring again. But first of all, let's get to know what is gout? What are the types of gout? What causes gout?

What is gout?

Gout is often referred to as the most painful type of arthritis. The high deposit of uric acid in the blood is what results in gout. It can be an extremely painful situation and affects your joints. Gout takes place when your body tends to produce too much of uric acid and cannot dispose the exact quantities. Uric acid is the waste product of the purines. It is processed by the digestive system of the human body. Generally, the uric acid flows in the blood stream and departs through kidneys.

What causes gout?

Remember when your body produces high level of uric acid, you are more vulnerable to suffer from hyperuricemia. Urate crystals gathered around the tendon areas causes intense pain and swelling during any gout attack. When uric deposits reach to its extreme, the joints around the affected area become inflamed and swollen.
The inflammation taking place is the reaction of your body failing to fight off the disturbance caused due to excess of uric acid. With the production of too much of white blood cells, the swollen and inflamed joints experience a burning sensation.

What are the different gout types?

Recurrent Gout
This is the sort of gout which offers sufferers a few years or months of possible respite from the pain and the symptoms. The joints can go back to its normal function without any problem. The lapses can even last up to many years. But, when the gout attacks take place again, it can appear more dangerous than the earlier attacks. And the second time when it appears, it can spread to the other neighboring joints.

Hyperuricemia
This sort of gout points out to a high level of uric acid in the body. There are 2 sorts of hyperuricemia- secondary and primary hyperuricemia. The primary hyperuricemia is a type of inherited dysfunction in kidneys which disables its capability to excrete the correct amount of uric acid that leads to the accumulation of the uric acid in your blood stream. On the other hand, secondary hyperruricemia is caused due to certain treatments and medications. Eating few particular food groups can even trigger this disease.

Acute Gouts
The acute gout is usually characterized by the swelling of the joints due to the high amount of the uric acid crystals. An intense pain and inflammation may take place and continue for several days. Acute gout attacks can bring on a throbbing and excruciating pain. And the burning sensation can even spread out throughout the affected areas. Big toes are the major victims of this sort of gout. However, it can even extend to the other areas.

Chronic Gouts
This is one of the most dangerous kinds of gout types. This causes permanent damage to the joints and the kidneys. It may affect tendons, and build lumps in knees, ears, hands and in the other body parts. Puss may appear from your skin. In such a condition, gout pain relief should be administered quite immediately, if you are suffering from this sort of gout.

Gout Cures & Remedies

For quick gout pain relief, immediate medication is required. There are various types of medications available in the market. Doctors usually prescribe medications depending on the state of your health. Generally, medications are prescribed to cure the acute and painful gout attacks and to restrain it from getting back again.
Treatments are recommended to lessen chances of the gout complications, like a sudden increase in the urate crystal deposits which causes lumps to develop under your skin. Treating gout pain with proper medications is a useful way of getting rid of this painful disease. However, to cure gout a proper lifestyle change is necessitated which starts with the regular diet. Drinking 2 to 4 liters of water in a day will help in flushing out toxins from your system and avoid gout attacks. Avoid alcohol and fast foods which includes a high fat content. You should even eat less of fish, poultry and meat, especially when you are trying hard to free yourself from the painful gout attacks to ensure gain gout pain relief.

Many people feel that alternative and natural treatments to seek gout pain relief are the safest and the best options to put an end to this painful condition. For instance, coffee is considered a possible remedy as it helps to reduce the level of uric level. However, there is a lack of evidence, so non-coffee drinkers might not be encouraged to begin with the habit. But you never know few clues can lead to new discoveries to treat gout in future. Cherries and Vitamin C have been discovered to minimize the uric acid levels in the human body. Even deep breathing exercises and meditation are few other alternative gout treatments which can help you to manage the gout attacks. Paying attention to your diet is the most crucial thing to ensure the removal of the uric acid build up stored in your body and thus get a proper gout pain relief. Be sure to take Vitamin C supplements, grapes, avocados, strawberries, cherries and blueberries. Also, limit the total protein intake as well. Make sure to follow these simple tips and soon enough you'll start feeling better and be on your way to a gout free life.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

      Cabbage: Pick the thickest and greenest outer leaves of the cabbage. Wash leaves thoroughly in warm water. Dry with a towel. Remove the thick veins then flatten and smoothen them out using a rolling pin. Warm and make layered application on the affected part. Place a soft woolen cloth over it. Secure the whole compress using an elastic bandage.

      Bitter gourd: Mix a cup of fresh bitter gourd juice with 1 teaspoon of limejuice. Sip slowly on a empty stomach everyday. Continue treatment from 4-6 months.

      Avocado: Apply avocado oil gently on the affected parts.

      Cashew nut: Apply cashew nut oil extracted from the outer shell of the cashew nut. It has acrid and rubefacient properties that are effective in the treatment of psoriasis.

      Buttermilk: Drink liberal quantity of curd in buttermilk form. You can also try using buttermilk when compressing the affected area.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  6. QUESTION:
    How to treat psoriasis?
    Any suggestions on treating psoriasis.
    Can you explain what greek folk remedy is.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. First off: keep your skin moisturized; Avoid scratches and cuts; sunbathe (in moderation, of course); increase vitamin D and omega-3 supplement intake.
      Stay away from steroids and immuno-depressants (humira and the like): they do more harm than good. Excercise, generate good thoughts and maintain a sunny outlook.
      Try the herbal anti-psoriasis spray and cream combo from Champori.com: it is natural and works better than anything else for my plaque psoriasis (I haven't had a flare-up for over a year now after only few weeks of treatment!)
      Best,
      Bernadette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Gluck

  12. 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.

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

    • ANSWER:
      PRESLEY recipe for Lye Soap

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

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

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

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

      Let mixture set overnight.

      Cut into squares.

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

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

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

  15. 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)

  16. 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

  17. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

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

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

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxLW-HKgQzU&feature=channel_page

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

      Good Luck!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Light therapy sounds right on for the hands.

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

  25. 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.

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

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

      other suggestions:
      *triamcinolone
      *betnovate(betamethasone)

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

      good luck.

      JOMAR S.T. NDGM '96

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best,

      J.

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

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

  30. QUESTION:
    Treating psoriasis. Have have ever had it ?, have you got rid of your psoriasis ?
    I have suffered from psoriasis all my life. I am aware that this skin problem effects 2 per cent of the British population. I cant find a solution to this skin problem. And i've been told there is no remedy to get rid of it. It's about the skin cells not renewing themselves properly.

    What's your story ?

    • ANSWER:
      It's not curable, as it's caused by a fault in the immune system. Basically skin cells renew themselves too quickly, so you get thick patches that flake off leaving raw skin underneath.

      There are lots of treatments to keep it under control, so if it is causing you discomfort talk to your GP . I'm lucky in that I only have relatively small patches and steroid creams clear them up reasonably well. I have an acquaintance who has it all over his trunk and legs, so he gets regular injections.

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

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

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I think you are correct about it having very little effect. Flowers use that frequency to attract bees. They are more visible in UV and the bees see patterns that help it find the nectar.
      http://web1.stmaryssen-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/SMSHS/ricks%20sites/Biology%20web%20site/HSC_9_5%20communications/Bee%20eye%20folder/bee_eye.html

  32. 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.

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Try this website:

      http://www.psoriasis.org/home/

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Give it a try, the main ingredient is Clobetasol propionate, and below is a study where researchers tested that ingredient on SD and found that it helps get rid of it in some people.
      http://www.faqs.org/patents/app/20080275014

  36. QUESTION:
    Whats the best lotion to treat psoriasis behind neck?
    got a patch of psoriasis on my neck, itchy and flaky, any suggestions on how to calm it down or get rid of it?

    • 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. A year later it is still clear. It is the best natural treatment I've ever tried.

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

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

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

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

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

      Best Wishes

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

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

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

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

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

      www.chinabuyagency.com

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. I suggest that your dad should look into natural remedies before subjecting himself to the steroidal and immunosuppressant drugs the official medicine today use for treating psoriasis. The side effects are worse than the disease itself. For me personally the herbal cream/spray combo from 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 dad - it's free.
      Cheers,
      Stella

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Further to your reply above:

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. I suggest that your friend should look into natural remedies before subjecting herself to the steroidal and immunosuppressant drugs the official medicine today use for treating psoriasis. The side effects are worse than the disease itself. For me personally the natural remedies from 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

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

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

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

  46. QUESTION:
    WITHOUT taking a pill, what is the best way to treat psoriasis??
    HAVE TRIED HYDROCORTIZONE,SHAMPOOS FOR PSORIASIS,DERMAREST,MISC LOTIONS AND SOME TAR MEDICINE. ANY HELP WOULD BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.
    this question is for my 29 year old wife. we have heard that it is diff between men and women. as far as treatment goes.

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

      Chemical medications to treat psoriasis include: These are creams:

      Corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are the most common treatment for psoriasis.

      Calcipotriene, which contains vitamin D3.

      Retinoids, including tazarotene and acitretin.

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

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

      Click link for further information: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/Psoriasis-Medications

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

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


how do i treat psoriasis

Cure For Dry Skin

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do you cure dry skin in cats?
    How to cure dry skin in cats?

    • ANSWER:
      Grooming
      Brushing your cat on a regular basis can not only help to prevent hairballs, but it will remove dead skin that can clog pores and prevent their skin from being moisturized by their own natural oils.

      Natural Diet Supplements
      Cats need fatty acids to have healthy skin. Supplement its diet with omega-3.

      Environment
      It may be that the conditions inside your house, especially in the winter when the furnace or electric heat is running, are the main contributors to your cat's dry skin. Adding a humidifier to the room where the cat sleeps may help to provide some moisture for its skin. You can also try putting your pet in a steamy bathroom after you've taken a shower. The humidity may provide some temporary relief.

  2. QUESTION:
    Which soap is the best for curing dry skin by which skin of the body stays smooth?
    Which soap is the best for curing dry skin by which skin of the body stays smooth?That soap should be easily taken from any shop of delhi.

    • ANSWER:
      If your using water from a municipal source it's probably the water that's causing your trouble. It's full of chlorine that causes dry skin and hair. Some people are more sensitive than others. Elle magazine says in an article that putting a Nikken shower head on your shower is the best thing you can do for your skin and hair. Removes all the chlorine and other contaminants.

  3. QUESTION:
    How can you cure really dry skin?
    How can you cure dry skin WITHOUT any lotions? Some lotions that I use, well, my skin kind of ends up STICKY. Like half a foot above the ankles is where it's kinda sticky. Not sticky sticky, but when you touch it, it feels kind of weird. I want to try some natural cures.
    I only prefer non greasy lotions, if lotions at all.

    Any types of foods I should eat for good skin? Please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      Since I adopted a primarily vegetable diet, lost weight, and exercise regularly, my skin has improved tremendously. I'm 55 and my skin feels like it did when I was a teen.

  4. QUESTION:
    How to cure dry skin on feet?
    I am needing some good home remedies to curing dry skin on feet. I have scrubbed them with all the applications they sale and lotioned them but still no cure....any other ideas out there?

    • ANSWER:
      Get a cheap dish bucket. (you can get them for under .00 at Wal-Mart)

      Put some warm water & body wash (like Dove or Generic Body Wash with moisture in it) Put about a tablespoon of the body was in the bucket. Rinse feet afterwoods. Dry feet, Then put on a pair of socks.

      Soak your feet for about 20 minutes. Also try to wear socks for a week. Wearing sandals or flip flops can cause dryness)

  5. QUESTION:
    Can wearing a mask with lotion underneath cure extremely dry skin?
    I heard that if you put a good amount of facial lotion on your face then put on some sort of mask (maybe a skii mask) while you sleep it will cure dry skin.. is this true? I know people that do this for their hands... do you think it works both ways?

    • ANSWER:
      ya it can work even i do this

  6. QUESTION:
    What lotion will cure reacorring dry skin once n for all?
    I've tried what feels like every lotion out there n my skin just keeps getting dryer n dryer. It peels n flakes n gets ashy. Its the worst dry skin ever! Its awful! What can I. Buy to cure my dry skin once n for all?

    • ANSWER:
      Try cocoa butter, it works very well and quite quickly. Paw paw cream also works quickly but it stays on the surface of your skin for a while but it works brilliantly. Both these options are quite cheap (under in most supermarkets) but if you want very fast results and are willing to pay a bit more shark oil and vitamin E cream both work very well. They can be much more expensive but you don't need to use as much of them as often. You can also get vitamin E cream at a reasonable price but I have found it doesn't work as quickly as the oil.

      I have tried all of these products in the past and all have worked. I hope this helps :)

  7. QUESTION:
    How to deal with dry red skin on face?
    Hi, On my lower forehead I have dry red skin. Can somebody recommend products or natural remedies that cure dry skin. By the way I have sensitive skin so nothing that's too harsh. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Milk bath can surely cure any form or type of dry skin on human bodies. So, do use milk bath. If u dont know what milk bath is all about, I guess u should google it.

  8. QUESTION:
    What should i do about dry skin on my face?
    I cant seem to find a cure for my dry skin with regular mousturizers, and alot of them just make my skin really oily because i have combination skin, but i have really dry skin on my nose and lip. Any reccomended products or remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Yogurt-honey combination helps dry skin. Make an egg pack with a yolk, a teaspoon of honey, a tablespoon of milk powder. This is beneficial to dry skin types. There are many helpful tips to cure dry skin at http://useinfo-dryskin.blogspot.com/

  9. QUESTION:
    How to reduce acne cure dryness on skin and reduce redness?
    So I'm cursed by having the worst facial problems. I've tried fixing it with make up but it looks Cakey, so does anyone know of a great produce that reduces redness cures dry skin and reduces some acne? It doesn't have to be one product it can be one for each or something. And some good foundation?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the grocery store and get Ground Turmeric. It has a yellow tint (found in the spice aisle) and it an excellent anti-inflamatory. It removes redness and evens your skin tone. Since green is a contrast to red, I like to use avocado and turmeric together and apply it as a face mask. Mash up half of an avocado and mix it with the turmeric powder, add a little water to make it a paste. Put it all over your face or anywhere you wish to remove redness and inflamation, and leave it on for about 20 minutes or until your skin feels tighter. I used to hate covering everything up with makeup so doing this really helped get rid of the problem. I wish you good luck!

  10. QUESTION:
    What can a person do to cure his or her dry skin?
    What can a person do to cure his or her dry skin?By using dove soap can the dryness be cured?

    • ANSWER:
      Eucerin has a new product out and it is wonderful. I have been using it myself because my skin was so dry . I highly recommend it to repair really dry skin. It is a body wash and it has oils in it. Heres a website review that can tell you alot more.

      Product Review: Eucerin Calming Body Wash
      http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1451264/product_review_eucerin_calming_body.html?cat=5

  11. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of taking evening primrose oil?
    I heard its good to take it to help cure dry skin - i have dry skin and dont want premature ageing so im thinking of using it.

    What are the benefits of EPO?

    • ANSWER:
      It is basically good for anything to do w/ skin, hair & nails. It's been called the "beauty pill" before because it has those qualities. I take it primarily for the growth of my nails, but since I've been on it I've noticed many positive results. For instance, my hair seems to be more lustrous, my nails have grown quite a bit, my skin feels smoother & less dry. I've also heard that it's good for balancing out hormones. Basically, it's going to help you in one way or another! Just remember that in order for it to work you have to actually take the recommended amount. For the smaller pills they recommend taking 1 pill twice a day, but I actually take more. It should definitely help w/ your dry skin.
      Good luck! =)

  12. QUESTION:
    How to cure dry skin on face?
    My fiance is having issues with dry skin on his face.
    It shows up randomly, and only on his face. They're little red, flaky patches around his nose, on his chin, and between his eyebrows.
    Does anyone know the cause of this and is there a good way to cure it?
    Will take home remedies or cosmetic remedies!

    • ANSWER:
      if you can, you might want to check with a dermatologist, they would have the most information on the subject. i would say that something you could do though to cure the dryness is get some types of face moisturizer, usually they are intensely moisturizing and should be used twice a day :).

  13. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of dry skin?
    Any home remedies to cure my dry skin? .. I'm dry on my face and legs.

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    How do I cure my dogs very dry skin?
    My shitzu is 9 and all over his body he is flaky with dry skin. He has always had dry skin, but as he getts older his skin getts worse. He has a great diet, I wash him with a special oatmeal shampoo 2/3 times a month, and I give him treats a couple times a day. Nothing seems to help. When I do a search to find a a cure the resultes are expensive pills. Without having to take him to a vet, what can I do to cure or help his dry skin?

    • ANSWER:
      There are 2 more things I would try, the cheapest being to go to walmart and pick you up some cod liver oil, or any other fish oils they have there (cod liver is the best, but really any is worth a shot).. they will have it in liquid form and in capsules. I would buy the capsules so measurement isnt needed, just cut open the capsules and pour the liquid over the food. This was recommended for my dry skinned cat and it worked great. I am assuming that the taste will be as good for the dog as the cat. Also, vets as well as pet stores sell a capsule that isnt too expensive and works the same way (all vets seem to have a diff name for it) They will most likely be more expensive than the oil, but more effective as they are made for animal consumption. Try the cod liver oil first and see how that works. (However, the results wont be overnight, they say it can take 30-60 days to start effecting the skin and coat, just keep at it and be patient!)

  15. QUESTION:
    How do you cure dry skin in your eyelids?
    I know this guy who's eyes always get gunked up with dry skin and stuff. Is there any way to cure this?

    • ANSWER:
      he needs to use a gentle facial scrub, wash his face with a mild face wash morning AND night, and put on a good eye cream at night. he should use a face lotion during the day and be sure to put it on his eyelids as well.

  16. QUESTION:
    What's the most effective way to cure dry skin in a 5 month old chihuahua?
    My chihuahua often scratches herself because of dry skin. Should I put a little oil in her diet?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a chi too and he was like that for a while. I actually bought this moisturinzing cologne and spray it on him after baths and a few times per week and it works great. It could be also because of the weather. It's wiinter, her skin will dry out some. Limit the baths. For example, if you do once a week, do once every two weeks. It works...I know

  17. QUESTION:
    Whats a good technique to cure dry skin?
    What is a good ritual to get rid of dry skin? Everyone keeps telling me to moisturize and exfoliate? What does this do?

    • ANSWER:
      Exfoliating is excellent for the skin. It gets rid of all the dead, DRY skin cells. After you exfoliate, it's good to protect the new layer of skin from drying up. I would use a natural lotion, make sure it doesn't contain alcohol. A lot of those lotions that clam to make your skin not oily, are actually bad. Because alcohol will dry up your skin more then it already is. I would try any product by Burt's Beeswax or Aveeno! =)

  18. QUESTION:
    Is moisturizer a good option for those with dandruff and a bald head?
    My thinking was, if dandruff was caused by a dry scalp, and moisturizer cures dry skin, then if it's not getting on your hair (if you don't have any, how can it?) you can just apply it directly to your scalp.

    Is this a solution?

    • ANSWER:
      I have alopecia and my head gets REALLY dry and itchy. I not only use moisturizer but also a dandruff shampoo in the shower. Even though I don't have hair, it helps to have the medicated shampoo on your scalp. Sometimes I use the medicine "scalpicin" that's supposed to be for itchy scalp. I guess you may not be wondering more about a dry scalp than an itchy one, but I think these things help the basic problem - dry skin! Good luck!

  19. QUESTION:
    How to cure dry skin on your face?
    what is the fastest way to cure dry skin... I stopped wearing make up for quite a while, iv tried loads of different face washes and creams. none seem to work... please it... It makes me look so unattractive :/

    • ANSWER:
      Wet your face with a wash cloth then massage olive oil into your face. Put a warm rag over your face for 3-5 minutes then wipe the olive oil off. Be sure to moisturize with moisturizer that contains spf

  20. QUESTION:
    How do i cure the dry skin around my eye?
    I have really dry skin around my left eye, mostly on the top part of my lid and just past the crease. my eye lid has turned red, my birthmark is a red spot around my eye but it wasnt noticeable until now. ive tried putting lotion and eye creams on it but it doesnt cure the dryness and its made it more red. is there a way i can cure the dryness without irritating it and making the redness worst?

    • ANSWER:
      The most probable cause is sickening toxins in skin care, cosmetic and skin medicating products. Many teenage girls use 20 or more products daily and an alarming number of products contain skin(and health) harming toxins. See this site Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. A Feelgood Resource. The Database has tested many thousands of products and identifies which ones are the most harming and those which are non or only minimally harming. So first thing to do is stop using the harmful ones and select the none or least harming products.on the Database. The lotions and eye creams you have been applying are clearly worsening the condition
      It's best to apply a totally safe, only skin benefiting extra virgin olive oil. It will cure the dryness even the first day and stop the redness

      SOURCE(S): Consultant with many years research into safe, natural cures/treatments - skin conditions, skin enhancement, anti aging and rejuvenation treatments

  21. QUESTION:
    How do you cure dry skin if lotion doesn't work?
    Applying lotion once in a while and everyday after shower seems to have no effect.
    This rough, white-ish skin at the inner bend of the elbow occaisonally gets itchy.
    Enough scratching about that dry skin area might cause bleeding specks but would cause more dry skin to eventually appear at itchy, formerly-not-dry skin about that dry skin area.

    • ANSWER:
      drink more water. a lot more water.

  22. QUESTION:
    How to deal with dry skin?
    I moisturise my face every morning and no matter how much I moisturise it it still becomes dry (especially on my forehead and near my eyebrows). I use either Johnson's daily essentials moisturiser or Olay (I switch between the two).

    What can I do to cure dry skin? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      hey..

      Dry skin can be uncomfortable, and it can also manifest in the form of scaly, reddened patches which some people find unsightly. In some cases, dry skin is only treatable through prescription medication under the care of a doctor, as is the case with extreme conditions like psoriasis. However, dry skin can also be treated and cared for at home, and establishing a good skin care regimen will ensure that your skin stays supple and healthy throughout your life.

      People generally have dry skin because their sebaceous glands do not produce enough oil. Dry skin can also be caused by exposure to extreme weather, excessive sun, improper hydration, and the use of alcohol and some drugs. Some of these conditions can be addressed, while others, such as an inability to produce enough oil, cannot be cured. If you know that you have dry skin, start by avoiding temperature extremes, and also use moisturizing sunscreen on your body when you go out to avoid skin damage.
      Hot water can be very drying, so bathe in lukewarm to cool water, and try to minimize the amount of time you spend in the bath. While bathing, use gentle cleansers, preferably soaps specially formulated for dry skin. When you get out of the bath, pat dry rather than rubbing with a towel, so that some moisture has been left behind. Follow immediately with body oils or moisturizer while your pores are still open.

      For very dry skin, skin care oils can relieve symptoms while keeping your skin moist and supple. Ingredients like vitamin E will also nourish the skin, making it more healthy in the long term. If body oils do not appeal, use a moisturizer designed for dry skin, and avoid moisturizers with alcohol or heavy scents. Reapply periodically throughout the day, and use a special facial moisturizer to keep your face in good shape. Dry lips often accompany dry skin as well, so make sure to carry lip cream.
      Hope this helps... :')

  23. QUESTION:
    I need a good face moisturizer for dried skin?
    My face gets really dry in the winter (lack of enough water I think), but I want a nice, not too expensive (although I will splurge), face lotion that doesn't smell! (My current one reeks of sun-screen).

    My face isn't oily at all, but I don't want one that clogs pores. I just want something light to cure my dry skin.

    • ANSWER:
      i have the same problem

      i'm trying to wash my face with soap less (which is hard to resist because i wear eye makeup everyday and i guess i just need to give in and buy makeup remover)

      i have this lotion that my mum bought in a huge container and i used it but it didn't seem to be working until i read the instructions and i sat there before i went to bed for like a week rubbing this lotion in (tonnes of it) for like 10 minutes

      ...and i also actually exfoliated lightly to get the top layer of dried skin off (which i think is bad) but i'm trying to not wear makeup for awhile and only use luke warm water on my face until my skin adjust to winter weather

      but yeah i think drinking more water will help - i think people forget to be conscious of their water intake in the winter (vs the summer) because they forget that the dryness of the air sucks the moisture right out of you

      anyways
      sorry to babble
      i don't think it particularly matter what brand of lotion you use (maybe extra dry skin formula or something that specifically says it won't clog your pours)

      the lotion i'm using right now is: Pond's dry skin cream - it's a night time formula and it's working but if your skin is bad you'll probably just want to get a regular light day time moisturizer (i think you'll be hard pressed to find one with out sun cream in it)

  24. QUESTION:
    How to cure dry skin on my face?
    Every morning i wake up with really dry skin on my nose, cheeks and forehead. and ill put moisturizer on but it only works for an hour or so, then my face starts drying up again. and the moisturizer breaks me out. i exfoliate my skin a few times a week but that doesnt help either. and every time i wipe my face with my jacket by accident it dries out even more. :( what can i do? its really embarrassing.

    • ANSWER:
      To your surprise, the cure to your dry skin could be as easy as putting a few ingredients together that you should already have in your kitchen. That's right, you don't need to buy a really expensive, well known brand of moisturizer, all you need to do is make it yourself!! There is a really great scrub you can make that hydrates the skin really well. All you need is extra virgin olive oil, sugar and honey! There's no need to worry about the oil clogging your pores either, because olive oil is actually very hydrating for the skin, and besides, the particles are too big to clog. Enjoy this home made recipe! ♥

      Try this link!
      http://www.youtube.com/user/michellephan?blend=1&ob=4#p/search/2/zAF9PPhnatU

      Hope this helps! ^_^

  25. QUESTION:
    How to cure dry skin on your face?
    I have dry skin on the sides of my chin my the corners of my lips. It is dry and peely but only when i get kind of tan. Or during the winter time.
    How to i fix this? I put face lotion on always after i shower or wash my face, i use Olay.

    • ANSWER:
      Moisturize, yes. Also try a gentle exfoliate.

  26. QUESTION:
    How do you cure irritation dry skin when lotion burns and makes it worse?
    I have dry skin on my face that gets worse whenever my face gets wet and it also gets very red. I have tried multiple lotions and all of them just burn and make my face more red because my skin is so sensitive. Is there any way to make it less irritated without making it worse. Please help. thanks =)

    • ANSWER:
      If you can't even get it wet, I'd see a dermatologist. Until then, maybe cortisone cream to bring down the redness and irritation, or just neosporin, a thin coating, to protect it. Nothing else, except maybe vaseline to seal it all in.

  27. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to cure dry, rough, skin around your heels?
    you know that hard dry skin around your heel?.... I am a chef and I walk around all day for years now, and that skin is rough... so help!

    • ANSWER:
      First, i would pick up something to 'shave' the callous' down. You can pick it up at any drug store, and it would be with the nail care stuff. Then, get plain vaseline, coat your feet really well before bed, and put on a pair of socks. Do that for a week or so, and you will have baby soft feet.

  28. QUESTION:
    How do I cure a diabetics dry skin?
    My 5 yr. old diabetic has really dry skin. We have tried almost everything. She wants to be a model but that won't happen until we get passed the dry skin.

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure she is hydrated!!! Diabetics suffer from dehydration and dehydration can lead to dry skin, chapped lips, and other much more severe symptoms. If her urine is very dark, chances are she is quite dehydrated. Ensure she is drinking plenty of liquids and keeping her sugar levels as close to normal levels as possible. Lack of liquids and increased glucose levels only increase dehydration.

  29. QUESTION:
    How do i cure my dry red skin?
    I've got some red areas behind my neck, above my armpit next to my shoulder. It is very itchy and stings sometimes. And i got dry skin on the other side of my knee (legpit?) Any suggestions or help? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      lol.
      Your best bet is to ask a dermatologist if it stings and is itchy. But then again do you live in cold climate, have you alwyas been like this? Maybe you should buy a good lotion that is scent free that is for the skin needs you described above and if you see no improvement after applying it at least a few times a day everyday see a doctor. Yuou may have to spend at least 6 bucks for a really good lotion/cream but it depends. Try looking at ecerin or neutrogena or other lotions that describe what you have.
      Also your skin could just be sensitive to something you are using like clothes detergent or a very drying soap. Or it could be sweat tahts causing chaffing, if you find taht to be the case use powder like gold bond or one for babies.

  30. QUESTION:
    How to cure dry skin overnight?
    I have dry skin over my arms and face and its peeeling and gross! Anyone know how to make it look less noticeable without makeup. (Trust me makeup makes it look worse)
    Ex foliating does not help it does the opposite, but thanks for the answers anyways

    • ANSWER:
      Drink lots of water and exfoliate and moisturize!

  31. QUESTION:
    What can I do to cure dry, flaky skin on nipples during breastfeeding?
    I know this sounds gross but I need help. This is baby number 3. She is now 8 months old. She only nurses a few times a day now. I have noticed that between feedings my nipples are so dry. They have flaky skin on them that peels off when touched. They are just so dry. I have used Palmer's Cocoa butter but it only soothes them, it doesn't make the dry skin go away. Thanks so much for you advice!!! :)

    • ANSWER:
      lansinoh lanolin ointment
      (squeeze some on breast pads then stick them in the freezer for a while then put them on, it feels great) it does not need to be washed off before nursing

  32. QUESTION:
    How do I treat red irritated dry skin on my face?
    I have really dry skin and occasionally certain areas (around the eyes, mouth and nose) become red and irritated. What products could I use to reduce this?

    • ANSWER:
      Use aloe vera gel after bathing on the dry areas.There are many helpful tips to cure dry skin at http://useinfo-dryskin.blogspot.com/

  33. QUESTION:
    How to moisturize extremely dry skin?
    My whole body seems to be one big desert.lol. My hands and nuckles are so dry the bleed. Also, I have a bad cold right now, so my skin around my nose and my lips are extremely dry. Even when I put lotion on, my body still seems to itch and bleed. How can I cure even the dryest skin?

    • ANSWER:
      I also have that same problem in the winter. Bath and Body Works has a really good sugar scrub in their aroma therapy line. My fav scent is the Black Currant Vanilla, but they have other scents. It has cured my dry skin. I would recommend that to anybody. And for a quick fix like for your hands, use aquaphor, it's great, and you can get it anywhere.

  34. QUESTION:
    How can I make homemade facials?
    So I am going to the store soon. and me and my friend were thinking about making facials. We need something to cure dry skin or cure pimples. Any recipes? Something that I can buy from a grocery store. thanks so much ♥-allie

    • ANSWER:
      Mask, hmm try these-

      Sugar (brown or cane) mixed with a good moisturizer. Leave on for ten minutes.

      Tea tree oil, dab on pimple(s)

      Plain yougurt by it's self or with some flour.

      Avacodo (smashed) and honey, leave on for 15 minutes.

      Backing Soda with a little bit of water, and mix together.

      16 more points 'till level 3!

  35. QUESTION:
    what will cure dry skin on face and elbows?
    for a few months now i have been suffering with severely dry skin which is strange because i normally have normal to oily skin. it started with my eyelids. the skin was peeling and flaking and even bleeding. the doctor told me i have eczema. i have used all the eczema treatments and nothing helps. i now have some really dry skin patches on my elbows and wrist. what could be the cause of this and what can cure it?

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of dry skin and spots?
    My face is rank it has dry skin and spots on it how do I cure it?

    • ANSWER:
      First if you have dry skin do not use face masks cause mud and clay masks are meant to take oils away. Second don’t use toner because most are alcohol based which again strips oils. Change the soap that you use , to a soap without any soap , go for more of a lather. Dove makes a good moisturizing bar soap. For your hands you could use salt scrub with vitamin E, I have personally used coconut grove from ivoryshores.com. It exfoliates and moisturizes , you can also use this all over your body except for the face for the face you can use a sugar scrub. Try taking fish oils and eating foods that promote healthy skin. Niacin (vitamin B3) is especially important for healthy skin, and avocados contain lots of it. Niacin, an anti-inflammatory, soothes irritated skin and red, blotchy skin. One avocado has 3.8 mg niacin – 27% of your daily need. Then mangos contain a ton of vitamin A. Almonds, which have a ton of vitamin E. The selenium in cottage cheese which is a valuable anti oxidant. If you can find them , acerola cherries contain a full days worth of vitamin C. Mushrooms are packed full of riboflavin or vitamin B2 which helps with skin repair and tissue maintenance . Flax seed oil is always a good and easy choice because of all the omega 3s These are some simple easy every day things that you can do to improve your skin. Just remember there is no substitute for a good moisturizer and nice mild soap without alcohol because that to dries skin out.

  37. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of dry skin and acne?
    I have horrible dry skin and I also get acne.. So I use acne medication and it dries my, already dry, skin out. It doesn't help that im allergic to the only ingredients that are put in acne medications to cure it. I put moisturizer on before I do my makeup and at night... And sometimes throughout the day. It's a big problem because I want to use foundation to cover my acne but it just emphasizes my dry skin.
    Although proactive is a great suggestion but unfortunately I'm allergic.

    • ANSWER:
      Get some moisturizers for your skin right away, this is the most important since you have the dry skin. The next thing that you might want to consider is to start working on eating healthy and having foods that are good for your body.

      Cleaning your face every day is also very beneficial to your skin.

      Good Luck

  38. QUESTION:
    Is Vaseline okay to use as moisturizer for my combination skin?
    I have clogged pores pretty much all over my t-zone (but not pimples or blemishes), and I tend to have oily skin. Around this time of year, my skin gets super dry and chapped all over my face. The lotion I normally use for oily skin is now too light, and my skin gets flaky.
    Vaseline pretty much cures the itchy, dry skin, but will it cause the oily parts to break out?
    I've heard both sides, but never any actual arguments.

    • ANSWER:
      Vaseline is Thick it would clog pores you can use Grisi Aloe vera cream
      is great soothing cheap too.

      also a good one is Eucerin extra protecting face lotion -

  39. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of redness and dry skin that is around my eye.?
    Right above my eye lids there are red and rough dry skin. Every morning when i go to school you can see redness and its been like that for about a month. I been using new contacts but not sure if thats a problem. And i dont think its pink eye because it has to be on the eye. Any idea i can get rid of this because its starting to be embrassing walking about with this redness around the eye. Many thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Dry skin types have to be extremely careful to protect their skin.Yogurt-honey combination helps dry skin. Make an egg pack with a yolk, a teaspoon of honey, a tablespoon of milk powder. This is beneficial to dry skin types. There are many helpful tips to cure dry skin at http://useinfo-dryskin.blogspot.com/

  40. QUESTION:
    How to cure severely dry skin?
    I have ridiculously dry skin, and not only is it uncomfortable but it's not attractive at all. What can I do to get rid of it? I moisturize so often it's a little ridiculous. I really want to fix it or heal it or whatever you want to call it, but nothing tends to work. My doctor even gave me prescription cream.. that didn't work. help me, please!

    • ANSWER:
      Have you ever washed your face with soap? Because if you do that on a daily basis it can dry your skin. Try moistering clay, they sell it at Bath & Body Works, or Neutrogena.

  41. QUESTION:
    What's a really good moisturizer for dry skin?
    I need help finding a decent moisturizer - non-tinted preferably - that helps INCREDIBLY dry skin. For some reason I have a large patch of very, very, VERY dry skin on my forehead at the moment, and even when I lather on my Olay moisturizer, the dry skin will come back within 10 minutes.

    Preferably the moisturizer would be from an everyday drug store instead of top-notch makeup store.. I work at a pharmacy store and I get discounts haha!

    • ANSWER:
      Any brand of moisturizer will have the same effect, dry skin has to be treated from inside so you should start drinking loads of water to hydrate your skin first, if you want something from your store then you can try applying aloe Vera gel, Apply after bathing on the dry areas.There are many helpful tips to cure dry skin at http://useinfo-dryskin.blogspot.com/

  42. QUESTION:
    How to clean rust stains from skin?
    What is the best way to cure rough dry rusty skin.

    • ANSWER:
      the best thing for dry rusty skin is moisturize daily with a good lotion

  43. QUESTION:
    What are good facial products for dry skin?
    Cleasner, Toner, Moisturizer? What ingredients should I look for in a product for dry skin.

    • ANSWER:
      Dry skin types have to be extremely careful to protect their skin. Yogurt-honey combination helps dry skin. Make an egg pack with a yolk, a teaspoon of honey, a tablespoon of milk powder. This is beneficial to dry skin types. There are many helpful tips to cure dry skin at http://useinfo-dryskin.blogspot.com/

  44. QUESTION:
    How to treat dry skin on my face?
    I have really bad dry skin on my face, legs and arms. I've been using "Suave Cocoa butter with Shea." But that isn't really working. So how do I treat it?

    • ANSWER:
      Once a week take a milk bath it will nourish and smoothen your skin. Mix two table spoons of milk powder in your bucket of water and use it for bathing and rinse with plain water in the end. There are many helpful tips to cure dry skin at http://useinfo-dryskin.blogspot.com/

  45. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a good solution for Dry Skin?
    I am on Dialysis and I suffer from very Dry Skin. I've tried about every moisturizer on the market, but nothing seems to help. The Dermatologist just tell me to use moisturizers, but the regular ones on the market aren't much help. I could use a miracle cure.

    • ANSWER:
      Dry skin or xerosis is a common condition for people who need dialysis. Kidney failure may cause changes in the sweat glands and oil glands, this can then cause the skin to dry out. Dry skin is a serious issue because it can lead to infections and can cause skin wounds to heal slower than they should. Dry skin can also cause itching.

      For those on dialysis to prevent or treat dry skin, avoid long, hot showers or baths as they can dry the skin even more, continue to bath daily but turn down the temp i.e. a warm shower rather than a hot shower.

      Choose your soaps carefully. Look for soaps that have natural, pure ingredients without harsh perfumes and chemicals. A moisturizing soap for sensitive skin can be a good choice. There are also bath products made with oatmeal created for dry, itchy skin that can be found at drug stores.

      Apply a moisturizing, high-water content gel, lotion or cream to the body right after bathing, while the skin is still damp. Avoid creams or lotions with alcohol. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about dry skin treatments that are available. You may have to try a few products before you find one that works best for you.

      A "home remedy" to soothe itching would be to add a few tablespoons of cornstarch, baking soda or oatmeal to a bath or you might want to try a product like Aveeno Bath for Itchy, Irritated Skin.

  46. QUESTION:
    How do I cure an allergic reaction that causes dry skin?
    I used a bengay patch on my back and after 8 hours (thats how long it lasts) i took it off and my skin was severely red and dry and itches. its been like this for 3 days already. i used a lotion for dry skin and that only increased the irritation. any advice on what to do? I can't afford to go to the doctors so that is out of the question.

    • ANSWER:
      Hydrocortisone 1 cream is your friend. Pick it up at any pharmacy or Wal Mart for like dirt cheap.

  47. QUESTION:
    How can i cure my puppy's dry skin?
    I have an 11 week old puppy who had dry skin and dandruff. We found a flea on him and we gave him a dawn bath (bad idea) and it dried out his skin. We have puppy flea and tick shampoo but we dont know if that will dry it out more. Is there any thing we can buy or do for him. I heard a bad diet can dry out skin but we are using chicken soup for the puppy lovers soul and my vet said thats a good kind. Any suggestions would help. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:


cure for dry skin

Acute Psoriasis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    how is a psoriatic person can be employed if people find them unattractive?
    psoriasis is of unknowm etiomology.it is characterized by red patches of skin covered with silvery scales. normally a person sheds dead skin cells for about 3 days while in a psoriatic person these dead skin cells shed rapidly and go hayward only in less than a day.that caused the silvery scales which is not good to look at.its seen mostly at the face and upper and lower extremities.but for acute cases it's seen from head to toe plus the fingernails.categorically speaking this disorder is not contagious so it does not post any harm or danger to others. people with such condition is,moreover,intelligent individuals well educated backgrounds nonetheless most likely highly qualified in any field of work.however,in this world of ours,people judge people only on their outer appearance and priority is much given on those endowed with aesthetic beauty. why?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the industry and where they'll be working. Unfortunate as it may seem, most places wouldn't put a sufferer into a customer-contact role, because it will deter customers. Sad but true.

      On the other hand, people with this (and other) disorder can be quite successful in behind-the-scenes roles and their ailment will almost always be ignored by potential employers - once they know what it is, of course.

      Turning up to a job interview and not saying what it is, would not help.

  2. QUESTION:
    I have been diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis and also severe psoriasis. Is there any connection?
    I never had any health problems before and just about two years ago I both the psoriasis and colitis seemed to have arrived together. I have been seeing a dermatologist for a while and he said psoriasis without hesitation. There is not a part on my body that is uneffected by the psoriasis. Just resently I had all the great colon tests (at 20 years old) and told i have severe ulcerative colitis. I seem to be the only person thinking there might be some kind of link between these two horrible/un-curable diseases. Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there is a connection and is part of the extraintestinal complications of ulcerative colitis. There are several dermatological manifestations that can result from the drugs used to treat the condition or from the body's immune response.

      I don't know the specific etology of psoriasis, but here is a blurb from my online text about other skin conditions associated with UC.

      The most common skin manifestations of UC are complications of drug treatment. These include hyper-sensitivity, photosensitivity, and urticarial rashes related to sulfasalazine and less commonly to mesalamines. Patients receiving glucocorticoids often develop acne, which can be distressing cosmetically. Other common dermatologic manifestations associated with UC are erythema nodosum and pyoderma gangrenosum. Erythema nodosum occurs in 2% to 4% of patients with UC. Its activity typically parallels the activity of the underlying bowel disease. Erythema nodosum also may occur as a drug reaction to the sulfapyridine component of sulfasalazine. It classically presents as single or multiple tender, raised, erythematous nodules on the extensor surfaces of the lower extremities. If possible, the diagnosis should be made clinically without biopsy, because biopsy is associated with increased tendency to scar formation. Erythema nodosum usually responds to treatment of the UC. Severe or refractory cases may require systemic glucocorticoids or immunosuppressive therapy. Pyoderma gangrenosum is less frequent than erythema nodosum and occurs in 1% to 2% of patients. It is usually related to the activity of colitis but may present or persist despite inactive bowel disease. Lesions may be single or multiple and usually occur on the trunk or extremities but may develop on the face, breast, or sites of trauma, including stoma and intravenous sites.The classic lesion begins as erythematous pustules or nodules that break down, ulcerate, and coalesce into a larger, tender, burrowing ulcer with irregular, violaceous edges. Although the appearance can be dramatic, the ulcers are sterile. Histopathologically, pyoderma has the features of a sterile abscess with a marked neutrophilic infiltration. Pyoderma gangrenosum may resolve with treatment of the underlying colitis. Most cases usually respond to intra-lesional glucocorticoid injections or topical therapy with cromolyn sodium, mesalamine, glucocorticoids, or tacrolimus. More severe cases may require systemic glucocorticoids, immunosuppressants, such as cyclo-sporine, azathioprine, methotrexate, and tacrolimus, dapsone, or infliximab. Other less common skin manifestations associated with UC include Sweet's syndrome or acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis, and pyodermite végétante Hallopeau. The latter has a similar presentation to pyoderma gangrenosum but also involves the mouth

  3. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of the itching of Neurodermatitis?. Is this disease curable?
    I have a persistent itch on my face. The diagnosis from a lab-test is neurodermatitis. My research through Google tells me that it is not curable. How do I stop the itching? Is there anyone with this problem who can give me some help? I have suffered for the past 8 months and I am frustrated. Doctors prescribe lotions and the 5 different prescriptions do not help. Anyone who can provide me with information that might be helpful would have my sincerest gratitude.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Moisturizers- Moisturizers or emollients including bath oils, soap substitutes can be applied to the dermatitis as frequently as required to relieve itching, scaling and dryness. Emollients should also be used on the unaffected skin to reduce dryness. Emollient therapy helps to restore one of the skin's most important functions, which is to form a barrier to prevent bacteria and viruses getting into the body and therefore help to prevent a rash becoming infected. Emollients are safe and rarely cause an allergic reaction. Occasionally, products with lanolin may cause a reaction. Ideally, moisturizers should be applied three to four times a day. Apply in a gentle downward motion in the direction of hair growth to prevent accumulation of cream around the hair follicle (this can cause infection of the follicle).

      Coal Tar- Coal tar has been used to treat the itching and inflammation caused by skin conditions for hundreds of years. The tar contains chemicals that soothe the skin. Crude coal tar is a byproduct of oil production. It makes the skin more sensitive to light. In its natural state it is a thick, brownish-black substance that is messy to apply to the skin. Refined coal tar preparations, many of which are available over the counter, may be more cosmetically acceptable. Coal tar has been used for many years to treat psoriasis and it has few side effects. However, it does not work for everyone. In addition to being messy to use, it has a strong odor and can stain skin and clothing. It can cause sun sensitivity, and may irritate acute dermatitis. Tar creams or bath emulsions can be helpful for mild inflammation of atopic dermatitis. The smell may be offensive to some people.

      Corticosteroids / Topical steroids – Topical steroid medications are one of the most common treatments for mild to moderate psoriasis. They reduce redness (inflammation) and itching and stop the rapid build-up of dead skin cells. They come in varying strengths, from weak to highly potent. They are available as creams, gels, lotions, ointments, or solutions. A steroid mousse is now available to treat scalp psoriasis. Topical steroids can become less effective if used repeatedly for a long time. This is called resistance. The best outcome may be achieved when topical steroids are combined with other medications applied to the skin. Steroids in the form of pills or injections are generally not used to treat psoriasis because they have too many serious side effects. Also, psoriasis can come back worse than ever when treatment stops. Long-term use of potent topical steroids on large areas of skin can produce side effects such as stretch marks, thinning and reddening of the skin, and the appearance of small blood vessels through the skin. These medications should not be put on the face or on areas of the body where the skin folds, such as the armpits, groin, and webs of the toes. Use of steroid ointments and creams requires good judgment and careful supervision. They come in various strengths from mild to super-potent. Ask the doctor about potency and side effects of prescribed corticosteroid medicines. Corticosteroid medicines are prescribed for atopic dermatitis to calm the inflamed skin. Avoid combination topical steroid/antifungal cream in the treatment of diaper rash.

      Topical Immunomodulators- Topical immunomodulators (TIMs) are a new type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug for the treatment of eczema. Mild burning sensations have been reported when applying TIMs. In general, however, TIMs have fewer side effects than corticosteroids. TIMs are topical drugs that modulate the immune response (alter the reactivity of cell-surface immunologic responsiveness). Studies have shown that this class of drugs will improve or completely clear eczema in more than 80 percent of treated patients, with a side-effect profile comparable with topical steroids.

      Antibiotics- Damaged skin is susceptible to bacterial infection. People living with eczema tend to develop more skin infections than others. Antibiotics, topical or oral, may be required to treat eczema. Oral eczema treatments are not used as frequently as topical therapies. However, oral medication may be required to treat complications, or especially severe cases of eczema. Many different types of antibiotics are available. Consult your medical professional to find out about the side effects of antibiotics prescribed to you. Oral or topical antibiotics reduce the surface bacterial infections that may accompany flares of Atopic dermatitis. In the treatment of stasis dermatitis, oral antibiotics are useful when cellulitis is present; topical antibiotics are useless and often cause contact dermatitis.

      Antifungal agents - Indicated for suspected candidiasis or proven candidal infection by a medical practitioner. Commonly used topical antifungal agents are nystatin cream or ointment and econazole nitrate cream.

      Antihistamines- Antihistamines are occasionally prescribed to control itching and help the eczema sufferer sleep. Their effectiveness as anti-itch medication is limited, however, as histamines are not important components of eczema-associated itching. Antihistamines can make you very drowsy. Driving while on antihistamines is not recommended.

      Phototherapy- involves the use of light to treat a medical condition. Ultraviolet light therapy improves eczema symptoms in some people. Phototherapy may only use ultraviolet light, or may combine the use of ultraviolet light with psoralen, a drug that increases light sensitivity. While ultraviolet rays occur naturally in sunlight, excessive sun exposure causes sunburn, which can make symptoms worsen. Phototherapy uses carefully measured amounts of ultraviolet light; a safety measure that cannot be duplicated by simple exposure to the sun. A side effect of this is photo damage or increased risk of skin cancers.

      Natural sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) light. UV light kills T cells in skin, reducing redness and slowing the overproduction of skin cells that causes scaling. This is why brief, regular periods of sun exposure can help to clear psoriasis. Exposing the skin to UV light in carefully controlled doses is called phototherapy. Sunlight contains two kinds of UV light, known as UVA and UVB. Both can be used to treat psoriasis. In phototherapy, the affected person sits or lies inside a "light box," a booth fitted with special light-emitting tubes. Usually, people go to a doctor's office to receive phototherapy. Sometimes a light box can be purchased with a doctor's prescription for use at home.

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      UVB therapy: Treatment with UVB light is the safest form of phototherapy for widespread psoriasis or psoriasis that has not responded to medications applied to the skin. Usually 3 to 5 treatments a week are recommended, with a gradual increase in UV exposure depending on skin type. Significant clearing of psoriasis can be expected in 1 to 3 months. Exposure to UVB light must be carefully monitored to prevent sunburn. During treatment, the eyes must be shielded with goggles to guard against the possible formation of cataracts. Skin aging may be a side effect of UVB treatment. Large long-term studies have found no evidence of an increase in the risk of skin cancer as a result of UVB treatment. UVB phototherapy may be combined with tar, anthralin, topical steroids, or other medications applied to the skin. The Goeckerman regimen, developed at the Mayo Clinic, uses crude coal tar, tar baths, and UVB treatment to treat widespread psoriasis. The Ingram regimen uses coal tar baths, anthralin paste, and UVB therapy.
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      PUVA: This treatment combines a medication called psoralen with exposure to UVA light. (PUVA stands for Psoralen with UVA.) Psoralen may be taken by mouth or applied to the skin. It makes the skin more sensitive to light. Treatment is given 2 or 3 times a week, with a gradual increase in UV exposure depending on skin type. As with UVB therapy, significant clearing of psoriasis can be expected in 1 to 3 months. Compared with UVB therapy, PUVA clears skin more consistently with fewer treatments. However, PUVA has more short-term side effects, such as nausea, headache, fatigue, burning, and itching. When psoralen is taken by mouth, nausea may be avoided by taking food at the same time. As with UVB therapy, the eyes must be shielded with goggles during UVA exposure to guard against the formation of cataracts. Psoralen can be applied to the skin in the form of a cream, lotion, gel, or solution. After the paint, soak, or bath routine, the person is exposed to UVA light in a light box. UVA light is the same kind used in commercial tanning salons. Treating psoriasis in tanning salons is not recommended because attendants are untrained and the dose of UVA is not controlled. UVA therapy must be given in carefully controlled doses and supervised by a doctor. PUVA is recommended for people with moderate to severe psoriasis or who have not improved with other treatments. Long-term use of PUVA increases the risk of developing certain types of skin cancer. Regular medical examinations are advised to check for signs of skin cancer.

      OTHER TREATMENTS

      Sunshine. Brief, regular periods of exposure to natural sunlight can improve or clear psoriasis in some people. This approach to treating psoriasis is called climatotherapy. Sunburn should be avoided because it can make psoriasis worse. Exposure to sunlight is not recommended for people who are sun-sensitive. Sun exposure can cause aging of the skin. An annual medical checkup is advised because sun exposure can increase the chance of skin cancer.

      Dermatitis-Ltd III. is a great option for individuals whose skin has been left sensitive and delicate by over-the-counter or prescription medications which often are messy, smelly, stain clothing, or thin the skin such as steroids. Skin appears more conditioned, even, elastic, and calm with Dermatitis-Ltd III. The ingredients of Dermatitis-Ltd are: zinc oxide, sodium chloride, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol, iron oxide, copper oxide, and sulfur. Zinc oxide is well known for its ability to protect and heal the skin. This product is currently only available at www.dermatitis-ltd.com.

      Methotrexate. This medication slows down the build-up of dead skin cells by interfering with DNA and by suppressing the immune system. Methotrexate is also used to treat cancer. The doses used to treat psoriasis are much smaller than those used in cancer treatment. A supplement of folic acid (a B vitamin) may be taken at the same time. Methotrexate is very effective for people with widespread psoriasis that does not respond to ultraviolet light treatment or to medications applied to the skin. It is also effective for psoriatic arthritis. Skin improvement usually begins within several weeks of starting treatment. Maximum improvement is usually seen within 2 to 3 months. Medications applied to the skin may be used to treat any remaining plaques. If psoriasis still does not clear completely, or if the drug dose must be lowered to reduce side effects, methotrexate may be combined with UVB or PUVA phototherapy or with another medication, such as a retinoid. People taking methotrexate must be closely monitored. The drug can cause liver damage. It can also decrease the body's production of red and white blood cells and platelets. Regular blood tests should be done to check the blood count and liver and kidney function. A periodic liver biopsy may also be recommended because the drug's effects on the liver may not show up on blood tests. People who have liver disease or anemia should not take methotrexate. Methotrexate can cause birth defects. It cannot be used by pregnant women, women planning to become pregnant, or their male partners.

      Retinoids. These drugs are related to Vitamin A. They normalize the growth of skin cells in psoriasis. A new retinoid, acitretin (Soriatane) was introduced in 1998, replacing etretinate (Tegison). This drug is useful in treating severe forms of psoriasis, such as Erythrodermic and pustular psoriasis that do not respond to other therapies. Retinoids are almost certain to cause birth defects. They cannot be used by pregnant women, women planning to become pregnant, or their male partners. Women who take acitretin must avoid pregnancy for up to 3 years after they stop taking the drug. Women also must not drink alcohol while they are taking acitretin and for 2 months after they stop taking it. Alcohol can cause the drug to change to its chemical cousin, etretinate, in the blood. Etretinate can cause severe birth defects for many years after its use. Other possible side effects of retinoids are dry skin, chapped lips, dryness of the eyes and nasal passages, hair thinning, sun sensitivity, and bone spurs of the long bones or spine. The drugs may also increase blood levels of liver enzymes and triglycerides, a type of fat found in the blood. Reducing the dose of the drug usually reduces these side effects. Another retinoid, isotretinoin (Accutane) is sometimes used to treat psoriasis. It may be helpful for some people, especially if combined with ultraviolet light treatment, but it is generally less effective than acitretin. Isotretinoin is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat severe acne but not to treat psoriasis.

      Cyclosporine. This drug is widely used to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs. It is used to treat severe, disabling psoriasis in people who cannot tolerate other therapies or for whom other therapies have not been effective. Cyclosporine works by suppressing the immune system in a way that slows the build-up of dead skin cells. Depending on the daily dose, the drug can clear most or all skin plaques within several weeks to a month. However, when a person stops taking the drug, the disease can come back. People taking cyclosporine must be closely monitored by a doctor. The drug can cause high blood pressure and damage kidney function. It is not recommended for people who have a weak immune system or by people who have used ultraviolet light treatment a lot. Women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breast-feeding also must not use it. Cyclosporine may also be used as a short-term crisis therapy. Other therapies with different side effects are then used to maintain the clearing of skin plaques.

      Hydroxyurea. This drug reduces the build-up of dead skin cells by interfering with DNA. Like methotrexate, hydroxyurea is also used to treat cancer. In psoriasis, it may have fewer side effects than methotrexate or cyclosporine but it is also less effective. It is sometimes used in combination with ultraviolet light treatment. Possible side effects of hydroxyurea include anemia and a decrease in white blood cells and platelets. Like methotrexate and cyclosporine, it must not be used by women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

      Anthralin: Anthralin is a synthetic medication that has an effect on enzymes in the skin cells of people with psoriasis. It comes in a variety of strengths and in the form of an ointment, cream, or paste. Side effects include irritation of normal skin that is near patches of skin affected by psoriasis. A disadvantage of traditional formulations of anthralin has been that they temporarily stain skin, clothing, and furniture purplish-brown. However, a new formulation of anthralin has recently been introduced that will not stain household items. It is applied to the skin at body-surface temperature. Warm water releases the active ingredient in this product, so it should be washed out with cold water. In the so-called minute’s therapy, anthralin cream is applied to skin plaques for 30 minutes to 2 hours, and then thoroughly removed with a detergent-based soap and water. Over a period of weeks, redness and scales decrease and plaques gradually flatten. In the Ingram regimen, anthralin paste is applied to widespread plaques of psoriasis. This is followed by a tar bath and ultraviolet light treatment. This regimen produces significant clearing in about 3 weeks at a supervised day-treatment center.

      Calcipotriene. Also called calcipotriol or Dovonex7, this medication is a chemical cousin of Vitamin D3. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1995. It is odorless and non-staining. It comes in the form of an ointment or cream. A calcipotriene solution is available to treat scalp psoriasis. Calcipotriene is most effective for mild to moderate psoriasis. It can irritate the skin and is not recommended for use on the face or genitals. Use of calcipotriene in combination with a topical steroid, or diluted with petroleum jelly, may reduce irritation and increase effectiveness. Calcipotriene may also be used in combination with ultraviolet light treatment. Calcipotriene's safety for the treatment of psoriasis that affects more than 20% of the skin is unknown. Using it on widespread areas of the skin may raise the amount of calcium in the body to unhealthy levels. Vitamin D3 is not the same as the Vitamin D found in over-the-counter vitamin supplements. Vitamin D3 should not be taken by mouth because it may raise blood calcium levels and increase the risk of kidney stones.

      Tazarotene: This medication belongs to a class of drugs known as retinoids, which are chemical cousins of Vitamin A. Also known as Tazorac7, it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1997. It is a clear, water-based gel that is recommended for the treatment of mild to moderate psoriasis. Tazarotene clears skin more slowly than topical steroids but has fewer side effects. It may be used in combination with topical steroids or ultraviolet light treatment. Tazarotene can be irritating to normal skin and should be used with caution in skin folds. Like other retinoids, tazarotene can cause birth defects. Pregnant women must not use it. Women of childbearing age who use it must also use an effective method of birth control.

      Dithranol is derived from a natural product, chrysarobin, the active constituent of Goa powder, derived from the bark of a Brazilian tree. It is an extremely effective treatment for chronic plaque psoriasis. Its main disadvantage is that it stains the skin (temporarily) and clothes (permanently). It burns normal skin, so must be very carefully applied to the plaques only. Always start with a low concentration and gradually increase the strength. These are the mainstay of treatment for psoriasis of the face, flexures and genital area. They are often combined with coal tar. The quantity used must be carefully supervised to avoid unwanted side effects, which should not occur if used properly. When used alone they usually just suppress the psoriasis rather than actually clearing it (like tar or dithranol). Since they are cosmetically acceptable, they may be prescribed for use in the morning when the patient has to wear smart clothes for work, etc. in conjunction with messier treatments for home use later.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the best non-prescription medicine for athlete's foot?
    I seemed to have picked it when trying on shoes with bare feet. It's only between two of my toes.
    Thanks, I will try those natural cures. I already have been carefully cleaning and thouroughly drying my feet at least twice a day and keeping them exposed to air instead of stuck in shoes.
    For the last three days I have been wearing sandles (my "Jesus" shoes) only if anything at all on my feet. Plus the powder. I have already found the skin on the underside to lose that funky look (like I burned them) and the skin between the toes is getting better. I guess that is where it will cure last. Thanks for all your suggestions.
    For the last three days I have been wearing sandles (my "Jesus" shoes) only if anything at all on my feet. Plus the powder. I have already found the skin on the underside to lose that funky look (like I burned them) and the skin between the toes is getting better. I guess that is where it will cure last. Thanks for all your suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      Athlete's foot is a very common skin problem caused by a fungus, and unfortunately it is not limited to athletes. In an acute outbreak of athlete's foot, the skin on the foot becomes red or white, with cracks, scales, cuts, blisters and painful inflammation. Burning, stinging and itching can also occur. The most common place for athlete's foot to manifest itself is between the toes, but it can appear anywhere. Chronic athlete's foot causes the skin on the sides and the sole of the foot to become pink and scaly, but no itchiness generally accompanies the chronic variety.
      The fungus that causes athlete's foot lives off of dead skin cells, and it thrives in warm, damp environments, such as those found in locker rooms and the areas around indoor swimming pools.

      Athlete's foot is often confused with other conditions, such as dermatitis, allergic contact eczema, atopic eczema, psoriasis and erythrasma, so it is important to get a definitive diagnosis before starting treatment. In addition, you should consult your physician if you see an accumulation of pus in the cracks or blisters on the skin, or if your symptoms interfere with your day to day activities.

      After treatment, it is important to take steps to avoid the infection from coming back. The fungus that causes athlete's foot is quite contagious, and it can be difficult to eradicate. Taking the following steps will help you avoid re-infection:

      * Keep your feet as dry as possible, particularly between the toes where moisture can accumulate;
      * Wear cotton socks, and change them at least once a day;
      * Avoid tight, closed toed shoes. The moisture and heat built up by this type of footwear can cause athlete's foot fungus to thrive;
      * Never go barefoot in public places. Always wear some sort of shoe, such as sandals or flip flops;
      * Use a foot powder to keep your feet dry. Plain cornstarch makes a great foot dusting powder;
      * Always wash your socks in the hot water setting of the washer.

      There are many natural treatments to keep athlete's foot infections at bay. Some of the most effective are listed below.

      Herbs and essential oils

      Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil is the most common way to treat athlete's foot naturally, and one of the most effective. Tea tree oil is one home remedy that has proven to be as effective as over the counter athlete's foot medications. Tea tree oil contains anti-fungal qualities, and for best results it should be applied directly to the affected area three times per day. The usual dosage of tea tree oil is from four to ten drops. Treatment with tea tree oil should continue for two weeks after the infection seems to have disappeared to make sure that it is gone.
      In addition to its use as a stand-alone therapy, tea tree oil can also be used in combination with aloe vera gel. A good approach is to mix about four ounces of aloe vera gel with 1/2 teaspoon of tea tree oil in a spray bottle and spray this on the affected area twice a day. The feet should then be allowed to dry completely before putting on socks and shoes. Tea tree oil is available at health food stores and on the Internet. When buying tea tree oil it is important to buy a 100% solution of the essential oil.

      Grapefruit seed extract: Grapefruit seed extract has been shown to have strong anti-fungal effects. The best way to use this extract is to apply a few drops to the palm and rub it into the feet two or three times daily. Grapefruit seed extract can also be added to the washing machine when washing socks.

      Diet and athlete's foot

      Those with chronic athlete's foot conditions, or those who suffer from recurrent athlete's foot, are advised to avoid high consumption of breads, baked goods and other yeast containing products. It is thought that excessive consumption of yeast can exacerbate an athlete's foot outbreak. Vinegar and alcohol are also best avoided by chronic athlete's foot sufferers.

      - Apply some tea tree oil in the affected skin, it acts such an antiseptic that can relief the itchy cessation.

      - Soak your foot in the vinegar. They act such anti fungal can kill off the fungus.

      - Mixture baking soda with warm water and rub on the affected skin and between your nail then rinse and dry properly.

      - Clean your toenails, toenails are favorite breeding place for the fungus, so make sure to clean your toenails.

      - Keep your feet and area between each toenails dry and clean after your get wet, consider using a hair dryer set on low to thoroughly dry your feet.

      - Practice good habit such change your socks every day, dry your shoes, and don’t barefoot in the public toilet or pools.

      You’ve tried other treatment to cure your athlete’s foot with a little or maybe no result. You should try this best home remedy for athlete’s foot to solve your problem forever. Don’t hide your problem inside your shoes, which just make worst everyday, and only spread to your other body.

  5. QUESTION:
    The sole of my feet are peeling and itching and dry?
    It's that athletes foot? I've had that before, but it always stayed around my toes, never along the whole sole of my feet.

    • ANSWER:
      Skin peeling from the bottom of the feet can result from a few different causes. The most likely reason is a fungal infection, although this condition is more commonly associated with skin peeling and itching between the toes. Two other possible causes include having an illness with a fever, and a disorder called reactive arthritis.

      Athlete's Foot
      Athlete's foot, technically known as tinea pedis, has acute symptoms of intense itchiness and peeling skin between and around the toes. A chronic form of this fungal infection also is possible, as explained by Framingham Podiatry, and has different symptoms. They include scaling, flaking and peeling skin on the bottom of the feet, which can extend from the heel to the toes. People commonly think this is just dry skin, particularly because it usually isn't itchy. To eliminate athlete's foot, wash your feet with soap and water twice a day, dry your feet completely and apply an over-the-counter antifungal spray or cream. See your doctor if the infection doesn't clear up within two weeks or if your feet become red or sore.

      Fever
      A high fever that causes sweating can lead to skin peeling on the bottom of the feet, according to Net Doctor. This occurrence can cause retention of sweat in the soles of the feet as well as on the palms of the hand, where skin is thicker than elsewhere. You may see blister-like formations that later break down and slough away.

      Reactive Arthritis
      Reactive arthritis, also known as Reiter's syndrome, is a disorder that causes inflammation not only in the joints but also in the skin, mouth, eyes and urinary tract. It seems to involve an immune system reaction to a bacterial infection, as explained by Disabled World. A possible symptom includes tiny blisters developing on the soles of the feet and palms of the hands. The blisters may lead to flaking and peeling skin, which might look similar to psoriasis.

  6. QUESTION:
    what is the use of pyrogallic acid?Can we use any other chemical as a subtitute?
    hey,am doing a project on yeast fermentation and have to add pyrogallic acid.my problem is i don't hav it.i really want to do this project.so,i want to know is there any other chemical that does the same function as pyrogallic acid?
    is there any other chemical that i can use instead of pyrogallic acid but has the same effect?

    • ANSWER:
      Pyrogallic acid is a powerful antiseptic by reason of its affinity for oxygen. Taken internally it exerts a toxic action on the blood, methaemoglobin is formed, passes into the plasma, and leaves the red corpuscles as granular debris; jaundice and acute nephritis may follow, hence the drug is now very rarely given internally. It is used as an antiseptic and mildly irritant ointment in chronic skin diseases such as psoriasis, also to destroy lupus; it is of value as a parasiticide in ringworm. Mixed with four times its weight of starch, the acid is applied as a powder to phagedaenic chancres. It has the disadvantage of staining the skin and hair black, and must be used with caution on account of the danger of absorption. Stains upon the skin may be removed with ammonium persulphate. Pyrogallic acid is an ingredient of hair dyes, usually with silver nitrate; and is largely used as a reducing agent in photography

      http://www.henriettesherbal.com/eclectic/bpc1911/acidum-pyro.html

  7. QUESTION:
    Why do I always feel depressed or shameful after I've fingered myself?
    I feel good while I do it and for like five seconds after but then I get all depressed. What's up?

    • ANSWER:
      Because you have all of the following:
      Acid Reflux Disease (GERD)
      Acne
      Allergies
      Antisocial Personality Disorder
      Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
      Altitude Sickness
      Alzheimer's Disease
      Andropause
      Anorexia Nervosa
      Arthritis
      Aspergers Syndrome
      Asthma
      Autism
      Avoidant Personality Disorder
      Back Pain
      Bad Breath (Halitosis)
      Baldness
      Bedwetting
      Bipolar Disorder (BD)
      Bladder Cancer
      Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
      Bone Cancer
      Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
      Brain Cancer
      Breast Cancer
      Brain Tumors
      Brain Injury
      Bronchitis
      Burns
      Bursitis
      Cancer
      Canker Sores (Cold Sores)
      Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
      Celiac Disease
      Cervical Cancer
      Cholesterol
      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
      Colon Cancer
      Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
      Cradle Cap
      Crohn's Disease
      Dandruff
      Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
      Dehydration
      Dependent Personality Disorder
      Depression
      Diabetes
      Diaper Rash
      Diarrhea
      Disabilities
      Diverticulitis
      Down Syndrome
      Drug Abuse
      Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding (DUB)
      Dyslexia
      Ear Infections
      Ear Problems
      Eating Disorders
      Eczema
      Endometriosis
      Enlarged Prostate
      Epilepsy (Seizure)
      Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
      Eye Problems
      Fibromyalgia
      Fracture
      Freckles
      Flu
      Gallbladder Disease
      Gallstones
      Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
      Genital Herpes
      Genital Warts
      Glomerulonephritis (Nephritis)
      Gonorrhea
      Gout
      Gum Diseases
      Gynecomastia
      Head Lice
      Headache
      Hearing Loss
      Heart Attacks
      Heart Disease
      Heartburn
      Heat Stroke
      Heel Pain
      Hemorrhage
      Hemorrhoids
      Hepatitis
      Herniated Discs
      Hiatal Hernia (Hiatus Hernia)
      Histrionic Personality Disorder
      HIV/AIDS
      Hives
      Hyperglycemia (High Blood Sugar)
      Hyperkalemia (High Potassium)
      Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
      Hyperthyroidism
      Hypothyroidism
      Infectious Diseases
      Infectious Mononucleosis (Glandular Fever)
      Influenza
      Infertility
      Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM)
      Iron Deficiency Anemia
      Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
      Irritable Male Syndrome (IMS)
      Itching
      Joint Pain
      Juvenile Diabetes
      Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA)
      Kidney Diseases
      Kidney Stones (Renal Calculi)
      Leukemia
      Liver Cancer - Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)
      Lung Cancer
      Mad Cow Disease
      Malaria
      Melena (Blood in Stool)
      Memory Loss
      Menopause
      Mesothelioma
      Migraine
      Miscarriages
      Mucus In Stool
      Multiple Personality Disorder
      Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
      Muscle Cramps
      Muscle Fatigue
      Muscle Pain
      Nail Biting
      Narcissistic Personality Disorder
      Neck Pain
      Obesity
      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
      Osteoarthritis (OA)
      Osteomyelitis
      Osteoporosis
      Ovarian Cancer
      Ovarian Cyst
      Pain
      Panic Attack
      Paranoid Personality Disorder
      Parkinson's Disease (PD)
      Penis Enlargement
      Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
      Personality Disorders
      Peptic Ulcers
      Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
      Peyronie's Disease
      Phobias
      Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)
      Polio
      Pneumonia
      Post Nasal Drip
      Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
      Premature Baby
      Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
      Propecia
      Prostate Cancer
      Psoriasis
      Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
      Renal Failure
      Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
      Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
      Rheumatic Fever
      Ringworm
      Rosacea
      Rotator Cuff
      Scabies
      Scars
      Sciatica
      Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
      Schizoid Personality Disorder
      Schizophrenia
      Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)
      Sinus Infections
      Skin Cancer
      Skin Rash
      Sleep Disorders (Sleep Apnea)
      Smallpox
      Snoring
      Social Anxiety
      Staph Infection (MRSA)
      Stomach Cancer
      Strep Throat (Sore Throat)
      Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
      Sunburn
      Syphilis
      Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
      Tennis Elbow
      Termination of Pregnancy (Abortion)
      Testicular Cancer
      Tooth Decay
      Trisomy Syndrome
      Tuberculosis (TB)
      Ulcers
      Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
      Varicose Veins
      Vagina
      Vertigo
      Warts
      Williams Syndrome
      Yeast Infection (Candidiasis)
      Yellow Fever

  8. QUESTION:
    Are there any deadly diseases still around today?
    A long time ago, almost every sickness was deadly because they didn't have the right medicine or cure. Are there any diseases still that we can't cure and ends in death? What are they?

    • ANSWER:
      Is this a joke?? Have you ever heard of cancer??

      Acute Myeloid Leukemia
      Acquired Immune Defficiency Syndrome (AIDS) see also HIV
      Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD)
      Alzheimer disease
      Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS,Lou Gehrig's disease)
      Aspartylglucosaminuria
      Asthma
      Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
      Autism
      Avian Influenza
      B-Mannosidosis
      Batten disease (Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis)
      Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE, "Mad Cow" disease)
      Bipolar disorder (Manic-depression)
      Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
      Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)
      Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) see also Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and Kuru
      Common Cold
      chicken pox aka Herpes Zoster aka varicella-zoster aka Shingles
      Currarino Triad
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Cystinosis
      Dementia
      Diabetes
      Dysmyelogenic leukodystrophy (DMD a.k.a. Alexander disease)
      Ebola
      Emphysema (C.O.P.D.)
      Farber disease
      Fatal Familial Insomnia
      Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva
      Flu
      Fucosidosis
      Galactosialidosis (Goldberg syndrome)
      Gaucher disease
      GM1 Gangliodsidosis
      Hairy cell leukemia
      Herpes Zoster aka varicella-zoster aka chicken pox
      Hopeless Astrocytoma (Brain Cancer)
      Hurler syndrome (includes Hurler-Scheie)
      Hunter syndrome
      Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis
      Infertility
      Krabbe disease
      Kuru see Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
      Lissencephaly
      Lymphocytic Lymphomas
      Hodgkin Lymphoma
      Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
      Small lymphocytic lymphoma
      Maroteaux-Lamy
      Measles
      Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD)
      Morquio A
      Mucolipidosis II (I-Cell Disease)
      Mucolipidosis IV
      Multiple sclerosis (MS)
      Niemann-Pick disease, Types A and B
      Polio
      Pompe disease
      Prosaposin
      Progeria
      Pseudomyxoma peritonei
      Psoriasis
      Salla disease
      Sandhoff disease
      Sanfilippo A
      Scheie syndrome
      Schindler disease
      Schizophrenia
      Sialidosis (Mucolipidosis I)
      Sly syndrome
      Spreading Adenocarcinoma
      Spreading Melanoma
      Takayasu's arteritis (Pulseless Disease)
      Tay-Sachs disease
      Tinnitus
      Wolan disease

      Need I go farther?

      Hope this helps

  9. QUESTION:
    what in pills makes them deadly to od on?
    im just curious cause you always here about people oding and i was just wondering what inside them, acid or whatever, makes them bad to od on.

    • ANSWER:
      You body i f it gets to much of anything it effects the organs. Drugs can mess with blood your body stores certain things. When it stores to much of it in the liver or what eve r you OD. Also your kidneys can get damaged. Accidental drug overdose may be the result of the misuse of prescription medicines or commonly used medications such as pain relievers and cold remedies. Symptoms differ depending on the drug taken. Some of the drugs commonly involved in overdoses are listed below along with symptoms and outcomes.

      Acetaminophen is the generic name for the commonly used pain reliever Tylenol. An overdose of this drug can cause liver damage with symptoms that include loss of appetite, tiredness, nausea and vomiting, paleness, and sweating. The next stage of symptoms indicates liver failure and includes abdominal pain and tenderness, swelling of the liver, and abnormal blood tests for liver enzymes. In the last stage of this poisoning, liver failure advances and patients become jaundiced, with yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes. They may also experience kidney failure, bleeding disorders, and encephalopathy (swelling of the brain).

      Salicylates are found in aspirin and some creams or ointments used for muscle and joint pain such as Ben-Gay and for psoriasis, a skin condition. Initial symptoms are gastrointestinal irritation, fever, and vomiting, possibly with blood in the vomit. An overdose of salicylates will cause metabolic acidosis and respiratory alkalosis, conditions in which the body's pH (acid/base balance) malfunctions. Symptoms include rapid heart beat and fast breathing. Nervous system symptoms include confusion, hallucinations, tiredness, and ringing in the ears. An increased tendency to bleed is also common. Serious complications include acute renal failure, coma, and heart failure. Acute salicylate poisoning can lead to death.

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the seven deadliest diseases today?
    For an Environmental Science paper.

    • ANSWER:
      it depens...if u want the incureable diseases take all...................... ....* Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
      * Acute Myeloid Leukemia
      * Acquired Immune Defficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
      * Alzheimers
      * Asparylglucosaminuria
      * Asthma
      * Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
      * Autism
      * B-Mannosidosis
      * Batten disease (Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis)
      * Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy ("Mad Cow" disease)
      * Bipolar disorder (Manic-depression)
      * Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
      * Chronic myeloid leukemia
      * Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
      * Currarino Triad
      * Cystic Fibrosis
      * Cystinosis
      * Emphysema (C.O.P.D.)
      * Farber disease
      * Fucosidosis
      * Galactosialidosis (Goldberg syndrome)
      * Gaucher disease
      * GM1 Gangliodsidosis
      * Hairy cell leukemia
      * Hopeless Aatrocytoma (Brain Cancer)
      * Hurler syndrome (includes Hurler-Scheie)
      * Hunter syndrome
      * Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis
      * Infertility
      * Krabbe disease
      * Lissencephaly
      * Lymphocytic Lymphoma
      * Maroteaux-Lamy
      * Metachromatic Leukodystrophy
      * Morquio A
      * Mucolipidosis II (I-Cell Disease)
      * Mucolipidosis IV
      * Multiple sclerosis (MS)
      * Niemann-Pick disease, Types A and B
      * Polio
      * Pompe disease
      * Prosaposin
      * Pseudomyxoma peritonei
      * Psoriasis
      * Salla disease
      * Sandhoff disease
      * Sanfilippo A
      * Scheie syndrome
      * Schindler disease
      * Schizophrenia
      * Sialidosis (Mucolipidosis I)
      * Sly syndrome
      * Spreading Adenocarcinoma
      * Spreading Melanoma
      * Takayasu's Arteritis (Pulseless Disease)
      * Tay-Sachs disease
      * Wolman disease

  11. QUESTION:
    How does urine therapy work? I need practical solutions about how it works. How it is started.?
    how does urine help heal the body? I really want to start using my urine to heal myself. How does it work? Someone should send me a mail or manual or anything that would get me started. My e-address is efiprince@yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      Urine therapy entails using your own urine externally or internally as a way to promote or maintain good health. Sometimes when all else fails, AUT will turn a patient around. The first question that probably comes to mind is whether urine is a toxic substance and how a waste product already excreted from the body can be of any benefit for your health. Urine is NOT a toxic waste product, claim AUT practitioners. They cite that 95 per cent of urine is water, 2.5 per cent consists of urea and the remaining 2.5 per cent is a mixture of minerals, salt, hormones and enzymes.

      Urea is an antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral agent that forms when the body balances its ratio of sodium chloride to water. Urea is often used to make ointments and lotions for its properties of reducing inflammation and ability to kill bacteria. It can be duplicated under laboratory conditions by dissolving calcium cyanamid in water, and then heated under high pressure to produce a compound of urea and calcium hydroxide.

      Urine therapy has been touted as a remedy for a long list of ailments, including multiple sclerosis, colitis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, hepatitis, hyperactivity, psoriasis, eczema, diabetes, herpes, mononucleosis, and adrenal failure. It is a commonly used treatment for snakebites and bee and jellyfish stings. Childhood illnesses such as acute flu, colds, viral infections, mumps, chicken pox, and allergies are also said to be alleviated by urine therapy. Urine is an ingredient in Pergonal, a fertility drug, and in pharmaceuticals used to dissolve blood clots.

      Urine therapy can be applied internally or externally. For internal use, a sample of the morning's first urine is collected in a sterile container. Using a clean medicine dropper, the patient places an amount between one to ten drops under the tongue. Usually, one to five drops are applied on the first day; 5-10 drops on the second day; 5-10 drops on the morning of the third day, followed by 5-10 drops that evening.

      Only fresh urine should be used when taken orally. The genital area should be washed before collecting a specimen. The best time to collect urine is first thing in the morning, and collecting the sample mid-stream. Individuals should refrain from eating for a half hour after ingesting the urine.

      For external use, new or old urine can be applied. Old urine has a higher ammonia content that is more effective on skin such rashes as eczema and psoriasis. To store urine for later use, one should pour it into a dark glass bottle and close it tightly. Keep the bottle in a cool, dark place for at least four days.

      A small amount is applied to the affected area with a cotton ball or pad. Continue massaging 5-10 applications to the area until it is soaked. Tape a clean, soaked pad to the area for several hours. The urine can also be sprayed onto the skin. For cosmetic purposes, fresh or 1-2 dayold urine can be lightly massaged into the skin or added in small amounts to moisturizing cream. Some practitioners recommend avoiding the use of soap or lotion after applying urine to the skin. Dryness can be alleviated with sesame oil.

  12. QUESTION:
    how can i calm my psoriasis?
    i had an acute flair up of psoriasis after catching a virus recently. it covers about 50% of my body and is killing my confidence, not to mention its really itchy.
    i was hospitalised and given antibiotics and cortizone cream. the antibiotics did nothing and my skin became addicted to the steroids in the cortizone cream, so it went away but now has flaired up terribly again. i want to take a homeopathic route with my treatment as i hate western medicine.
    what can i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, you can try one of the natural treatments available on the Internet (just google "natural treatment of psoriasis") and take your pick. Some of them do actually work. For my psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they then stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: Champori comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.
      Cheers,
      Stella

  13. QUESTION:
    Anyone know anyting about the pill called vistaril?
    My husbands doctor put him on this pill and I am wondering if it is going to make him a zombie!

    • ANSWER:
      Vistaril is an antihistamine and antianxiety agent. It is prescribed for nausea, vomiting, anxiety, tension, agitation, itching caused by allergy, and sedation. It also is a muscle-relaxing antiemetic (antivomiting), bronchial dilating, pain relieving and antispasmodic problems, used for stress due to dental or surgical problems, acute emotional problems, anxiety associated with heart disease, and skin problems. My husband was given it for itching due to psoriasis. It will make him sleepy, it does my husband. It can also cause your sinuses to get too dry because it is an antihistamine. It has side effects that can be life threatening like breathing difficulties, chest tightness, wheezing which all are signs of a drug sensitivity reaction. Changes in heart rhythem have occured. It depresses the central nervous system so don't take with alcohol, tranquilizers, sedatives or other antihistamine products or CNS depressants. It produces sleepiness and drowsiness. Take with food to avoid upset stomach. It also causes dry mouth. hope this helps.

  14. QUESTION:
    Can a Violent Temper and Stress cause a Heart Attack or Stroke?
    i'm turning 16 and i have a violent temper and i am stress with school and thinking about the future. i had this problem for many years now. i know how i got the violent temper.
    i have thought about seeing a therapist and going to anger management but that cost money and i don't want to waste my parent's money. besides, do they really work?

    • ANSWER:
      Effects of Stress

      Stress can affect you both immediately (acute stress) and over time (chronic stress).

      Tension is often the first signal of acute stress. Tense muscles are tight and feel "hard" to the touch. A tense mind makes you feel jumpy, irritable, and unable to concentrate. This could be your signal to do something about stress, both for your immediate comfort and to prevent the long-term effects of stress.

      Symptoms of stress

      Common symptoms of stress include:

      * Rapid heartbeat.
      * Headache.
      * Stiff neck and/or tight shoulders.
      * Backache.
      * Rapid breathing.
      * Sweating and sweaty palms.
      * Upset stomach, nausea, or diarrhea.

      You also may notice signs of stress in your thinking, behavior, or mood. You may:

      * Become irritable and intolerant of even minor disturbances.
      * Feel irritated or frustrated, lose your temper more often, and yell at others for no reason.
      * Feel jumpy or exhausted all the time.
      * Find it hard to concentrate or focus on tasks.
      * Worry too much about insignificant things.
      * Doubt your ability to do things.
      * Imagine negative, worrisome, or terrifying scenes.
      * Feel you are missing opportunities because you cannot act quickly.

      Use this form to assess your stress style and examine how you physically and emotionally cope with stress. Click here to view a form.(What is a PDF document?)

      Acute stress problems

      Acute (short-term) stress is the body's immediate reaction to any situation that seems demanding or dangerous. Your stress level depends on how intense the stress is, how long it lasts, and how you cope with the situation. The body usually recovers quickly from acute stress, but it can cause problems if it happens too often or your body doesn't have a chance to return to normal. In people who have heart problems, acute stress can trigger an abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia) and even a heart attack.

      Life-threatening or traumatic events, such as sexual abuse or war experiences, can cause acute stress disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For more information, see the topic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

      Chronic stress problems

      Chronic stress can be the result of a host of irritating hassles or a long-term life condition, such as a difficult job situation or living with a chronic disease. In people who have higher levels of chronic stress, the stress response lasts longer. Over time, chronic stress can have an effect on: 1, 3

      * Cardiovascular disease. Stress can lead to high blood pressure, abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia), problems with blood clotting, and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). It is also linked to coronary artery disease, heart attack, and heart failure.
      * Muscle pain. People who are stressed often have neck, shoulder, and low back pain. This may be caused by constant tension in the muscle because of stress. Stress also affects rheumatoid arthritis.
      * Stomach and intestinal problems. Stress may be a factor in gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease, and irritable bowel syndrome.
      * Reproductive organs. Stress can result in painful menstrual periods, decreased fertility, and erection problems.
      * The lungs. Stress can make symptoms of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) worse.
      * Skin problems. Stress can make disorders such as acne or psoriasis worse.
      * The immune system. Under stress, the body becomes more vulnerable to illnesses, from colds and minor infections to major diseases. If you have a chronic illness such as AIDS, stress can make the symptoms worse.

      Individual differences

      How stress affects you depends on several things including:

      * Inherited traits.
      * Your experience with stress.
      * How you perceive stress.
      * Your coping strategies.
      * Your social support.

      Some people seem to stand up to or bounce back from stress better than others, and some even seem to thrive on stress; this is known as being stress-hardy or resilient.

      To find out how well you cope with and recover from stress, use this Interactive Tool: How Well Do You Bounce Back?

      http://health.yahoo.com/ency/healthwise/rlxsk/ta4209

      When you understand how you deal with stress, you can make lifestyle changes to lower your stress level, help you cope with stress better, and help you recover from stress more quickly.

      Anger is a natural human emotion, experienced by all of us. However, many people think of anger as a "bad" or "negative" emotion, which can prevent themselves or others from expressing it in a healthy and helpful way. This topic explores anger and how you can use anger as a positive influence in your life.

      What is anger?

      Anger is a natural human emotion, just like happiness, sadness and grief. Emotions are simply the feelings you get when something happens to you.

      When you get angry, your body releases a whole load of chemicals into your brain and they change the way your body is working.

      Physical signs of anger

      Your body may show some or all of these signs when you are getting angry:

      * your heart beats faster
      * your breathing becomes shorter and faster
      * your body heats up and you sweat
      * you start shaking or trembling
      * you clench your jaw.

      Your thought patterns can also change. You may start to think 'angry' or in negative ways.

      angerThese changes are your body's way of preparing you for 'fight or flight'. They give you extra strength and alertness so you can protect yourself by either running away, or standing up to fight for your rights or personal safety.

      Anger is closely related to other emotions like fear and hurt or disappointment or frustration, but is sometimes the only emotion you choose to show (sometimes you don't even realise you have the others).

      * To illustrate this, imagine an iceberg. Above the water there is one small part of the iceberg that shows, which could be seen as anger. Most of the iceberg is actually under the water, and this hidden part represents the other emotions linked to anger, like fear, hurt, embarrassment, sadness etc.

      Next time you are angry, stop and ask yourself why you are really angry.

      * Is it because you fear something?
      * Do you feel you have been treated unfairly?
      * Did someone say or do something that embarrassed you?
      * Did something hurt your feelings?
      * Did you feel a lack of respect for you and your needs?
      * Does it remind you of another experience where you were hurt?

      Releasing anger

      Things happen every day that make us feel angry. You can't avoid feeling angry but you can make choices about how you are going to express your anger. Remember that abuse toward yourself or others is never an OK way of dealing with anger. Healthy choices are those that help you resolve a problem, or let you deal with your anger. What you do with your anger is your choice only - it is never anyone else's fault.

      Here are three steps that may help you deal with anger in a healthy way.

      1. Stop.

      * Be aware of how you are feeling. If you are getting angry in a situation just say to yourself – STOP. Take a minute to recognise how you are feeling.
      * Recognise that it is a normal emotion you are feeling because you believe you have been treated unfairly or that you are being threatened in some way.

      2. Work out the actual cause of the anger.

      * Who, why or what happened to make you feel angry? Identify when you first became angry. Was it because you were scared of something, or your feelings were hurt? Find the underlying emotions to your anger and name them.
      * Are you feeling angry partly because of something that happened a long time ago (eg. in your childhood)?
      * Anger is often a sign that you feel someone is acting inappropriately. It is good to notice this, but remember: you cannot have much effect on how others act. You can only control how you act.
      * Sometimes you may feel that some of your beliefs have been violated. It is important to take time to work out if your beliefs are appropriate in each situation, or if there could be another way to look at it. Taking time to consider all the possibilities will give you another perspective and also time to let the physical symptoms of anger reduce.

      3. Consider ways to deal with the cause of the anger.

      * How could you try to explain or express why you are angry or upset?
      * What sort of compromise could be made (recognising your own and other's rights)?
      * Would it help to look at the situation from another person's point of view?
      * Make a list of your choices, and try to imagine what might happen if you tried them.
      * Choose the one you think will be most beneficial for everyone involved.
      * If you are angry because of something that happened a long time ago, or you can't really work out why you are angry, you may find it useful to talk to a counsellor.

      Using assertive language is very helpful in these situations. When you have finished reading this topic, check out the topics Assertiveness and Conflict resolution.

      Letting go

      * Try exercise - let anger out by doing something physical. You will burn up the adrenaline and get a boost of positive energy. Check out our topic Exercise to get some ideas.
      * Have a good cry or scream in your car, or at the waves on the beach - let your anger out all at once. This can help express feelings of fear, hurt or grief. If this sort of 'letting go' makes you feel more worked up, then it's best to try some of the other suggestions.
      * Write a letter. List the things you're angry about. Destroy it if you want! If you want to send the letter, it can be a good idea to put it away for a few days before you put it in the mail.
      * Letting go can also mean letting some feelings go. If your beliefs lead you to feel you are constantly being mistreated or threatened, then it may be a good idea to talk to a counsellor to see if some of your beliefs need to be changed or let go of all together.

      Research shows a connection between stress and anger. If you are stressed out, you are likely to get angry more easily. If you are angry most of the time, you are more likely to feel stressed and anxious. Things you find relaxing can lower levels of stress and anger.

      Chilling out

      * Control your breathing. When your body is experiencing the signs of anger, the best way to control them is by slow steady breathing. Keep an eye on your body and try to notice when you are showing the signs of anger, then slow your breathing down and try to think about calm thoughts.
      * Count to ten - we've all heard this old favourite! It gives you time to get back in control of your feelings before you do or say something you regret.
      * Use relaxation techniques like meditation and visualisation - our topic Stress and relaxation has heaps of ideas!
      * Go for a walk or bike ride. Wander around and enjoy your surroundings.
      * Take a warm relaxing bath - bubble bath bonanza!
      * Listen to music you enjoy and find relaxing.

      Getting help to sort things out

      If you are angry because of harassment/bullying or discrimination, there are laws and policies at work, school, college or university to deal with this. Make an appointment with a counsellor or equal rights representative and find out the steps you can take.

      If you're angry because you are the victim of a violent crime, ring your local police station or legal advice service to gain further information.

      If anger has become a problem in your life, you may want to visit a counsellor. They can help you explore personal issues that help you to stay angry most of the time. Sometimes life experiences can hold you back from moving on with your life. Many people get help when they feel the things they're trying on their own aren't working!

      How anger can be helpful

      In spite of the way anger is often viewed, it can be a helpful emotion in our lives. Anger can help you by:

      * driving you to reach your goals, handle emergencies and solve problems
      * helping you express stress and tension
      * communicating to others what you are feeling
      * motivating change towards social justice.

      In more primitive times anger was used as a survival tool. In more modern times, anger is also useful to:

      * notice you have been treated unfairly or been emotionally attacked by others
      * help you protect your emotional well-being
      * allow you to stand up for yourself and your rights
      * show disapproval when someone breaks social rules or 'norms'. Anger communicates a message that some behaviour is not OK, eg. you might get angry at Joe when he "beats up his girlfriend" because you see violence as illegal and not OK
      * lead to changes in the way our society runs. When a group of people get angry over the same things, they will often join together to change the situation, eg. marches against racism or protests against war.

      Read Assertiveness to learn how to express yourself in helpful ways.

      Note: Your anger can be useful, but only if you express it in a helpful way. It is important that you don't hurt yourself or other people or damage property.

      Expressing anger in hurtful ways

      When people are not aware of how they are feeling, they can sometimes let anger cause an unhealthy outburst. Anger then becomes negative, destructive and can harm you or other important people and things in your life.

      If you frequently lose your temper, you may find it can:

      * be hard to keep friends, partners, family or employment
      * end up making both yourself and other people miserable
      * hurt yourself or others (often loved ones)
      * lead to loneliness and unhappiness
      * lead to violence - this is illegal, you may be charged with assault, or other crimes.

      Anger can take over your life!

      If you feel low or have little control in your life, you can sometimes use anger to manipulate or make others afraid of you. This can give you a sense of strength, power and control over the people around you. Using anger this way can hurt other people and yourself. It makes it difficult to keep friends or other relationships and can lead to feelings of guilt or shame. These feelings can lead to low self-esteem, and increased anger and loneliness. It becomes a vicious cycle! It is never OK to use anger to hurt people in any way!

      On the other hand, when people ignore their anger, it has nowhere else to go, and can often turn upon its owner.

      When you bottle up your anger, you may:

      * find this method only works for a short period of time
      * have depression, low self-esteem or anxiety
      * use drugs and alcohol to "cover it up"
      * feel ugly, horrible and hate yourself
      * hurt or punish yourself
      * explode - often over little things that wouldn't normally worry you
      * aim it at people who had nothing to do with the original cause of the anger
      * let anger take over your life!

      Bottling it up means anger continues to lurk like an emotional monster, waiting for opportunities to hurt you or someone else.

      Physical health problems

      When you stay angry for a long time, the chemical changes in your body keep going, placing strain on your body, and can cause a range of health problems.

      Short-term problems may be:

      * headaches
      * stomach aches
      * insomnia (trouble getting to sleep, or waking up many times during the night)
      * increased stress levels and feelings of anxiety
      * injury caused by fighting or doing things like punching walls or windows, etc.

      Long-term health problems may be:

      * stroke
      * heart attack
      * depression, even possibly leading to suicide attempts
      * using alcohol and smoking to 'get you through' and all the health problems they cause.

      Some of these conditions could kill you, but any of them would affect your ability to have a happy, healthy lifestyle.

      Who experiences anger?

      Everybody, young and old, male and female, feels angry at some time or another. Many people think that men, especially young men, get angry more often than women. This is a myth. This belief may have come about because men and women tend to express their anger in different ways.

      * Men and boys are given messages that they should be 'tough' and that it is unmanly to express feelings such as fear, hurt, rejection and other 'painful' emotions. We've all heard males called certain names if they show an emotion other than anger? "Pansy", "girl", "wimp..."
      * Women and girls are generally taught that getting angry is 'unladylike' or unfeminine. What names have you heard females called if they show anger? "Tomboy", "out of control", "bitch..". This can mean that women are more likely to bottle up their anger or ignore it, while men lose their temper and let people know they feel angry.

      Violence is a learned behaviour

      The way you express your anger is often learned from the people around you. If children are raised in a home where they see or experience violence, it is not surprising that they might grow up to think violence is the way to express anger.

      The more you are around violence, the more likely you are to think it's OK. If your friends are violent, you might become used to it and think it's all right. If you see lots of violence on things like TV or video games, you might see it as a way to let out your anger.

      The good news is that any 'learned' behaviour can be 'unlearned'. If you want new ways of managing your angry feelings, practise them regularly and the new behaviours will soon become old habits.

      Dealing with other people's anger

      If you are with people who are angry and you think they may become violent, it is important to make sure that you are safe before the violence begins. This can mean leaving the situation or telling someone you trust and who can help you. You can't change the way someone else uses his or her anger. Your safety is most important.

      Some people may blame others for their anger. They might call you names or say things like "you make me so angry" or "you know I get angry when you do that". You are not to blame for the other person's anger. It is up to everyone to take responsibility for the way they choose to deal with their anger, and change the way they act. You can't change a relationship by changing the things you do, or by hoping to change the other person.

      It may be helpful to listen to what the angry person is saying and, where reasonable, agree that she has a right to feel angry about whatever it was that upset her. This strategy can establish some 'common ground' and, as long as you are safe, you can help the person who is angry to calm down and talk calmly about the problem.

      If you are living with a violent partner, it is a good idea to have a 'safety plan' worked out. This might include having some money hidden away, some clothing packed in a suitcase (so you can leave quickly), or organising somewhere to stay in an emergency situation. There are many crisis and domestic violence services that can give you advice and assistance. Have a look at the topic Relationship violence.

      If you are living in a situation of child abuse, it is important to tell someone you trust and who might be able to help. Remember you are not the cause of violence - it is not your fault.

      There will be times when angry strangers confront you, possibly at work or even driving your car. If an angry person confronts you, it is important to stay calm. If you lose your temper as well, this can make things worse and anger can escalate. You may like to use some of the skills outlined in Conflict resolution. If you are ever concerned about your safety, contact your local police.

  15. QUESTION:
    What are the academic and physical requirements for NROTC?

    • ANSWER:
      Academic Requirements:
      -Complete all requirements for bachelor's degree under college/university rules and regulations
      -Complete certain courses specified by Navy
      -Requirements may vary by college, but Navy and Marine Corps highly emphasize academic success
      -Normal course load required by college or university for degree completion
      -In addition to normal course load, midshipmen must follow these general academic guidelines:
      o Calculus (one year by end of sophomore year) (not required for Nurse- or Marine Corps- option students)
      o Physics (one year of calculus-based physics by end of junior year) (not required for Nurse- or Marine Corps- option students)
      o English grammar and composition (one year) (not required for Marine Corps option)
      o National Security Policy/American Military Affairs (not required for Nurse-option)
      o One semester of language or culture is required.
      -Naval Science course each semester
      -Weekly drill instruction periods
      -Four- to Six- week training period each summer
      -Scholarship midshipmen may enroll in courses requiring five years for bachelor’s degree provided they will not have reached their 27th birthday on June 30 of year in which they complete fifth year and are commissioned

      Physical Requirements:
      -Military service is a physically demanding profession and requires a high degree of physical preparedness and a healthy constitution. Physical and scholarship qualification processes are independent of each other, but students must receive favorable endorsement in both to receive NROTC scholarship.
      -Partial list of disqualifying medical diagnoses:
      o Vision not correctable to 20/20
      o Substandard color vision (Does not apply for Marine Corps or Nurse Option)
      o History of asthma
      o Acute or chronic cardiac/pulmonary conditions
      o Chronic skin disorders such as:
      + Psoriasis
      + Atopic dermatitis
      + Eczema
      o Ununited fractures or major joint surgery
      o Seizure disorders
      o Severe motion sickness susceptibility
      o Alcohol or drug abuse
      -Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) schedules and reviews all physical examinations for service academies and NROTC candidates; candidates applying for more than one military academy or NROTC scholarship program require only one physical examination
      -If DODMERB determines a disqualifying condition exists, some medical conditions may be waived after further review
      -Applicants will be notified by DODMERB of any additional requirements for medical history consultations or diagnostic tests
      -Keratoconus or a history of treatment for this condition is absolutely disqualifying

      Check out https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/ for lots of additional information.
      Good luck.

  16. QUESTION:
    Cleaning your ears after swimming?
    I have always cleaned my ears out with rubbing alcohol after swimming to prevent swimmers ear. Well 2 Saturdays ago I went to clean out my ear with it & felt like someone was sticking a knife in my ear. (brought me to tears) any over the weekend I had forgot & did it again & the same thing happened in the same ear. I was planning on making Dr. appt., today but I was wondering if anyone could tell me whats going on.
    I never actually touched the inside of my ear - I just took a cap full of rubbing alcohol & dumped in & then dumped it right back out. (I have been doing the since I was 5 & have done it ever since)

    • ANSWER:
      Swimmer's ear can be caused by several things, but primarily is caused by the LACK of ear wax in your ear. Water and excessive moisture wash away the ear canal's protective skin and earwax barrier and create a medium for bacterial growth. Surprisingly, using cotton-tip applicators to clean the ears is the leading cause of Swimmer's Ear. A few twists with an applicator is all that it takes to rub away the protective skin and earwax in the canal. Swimmer's ear is occasionally associated with middle ear infection (otitis media) or upper respiratory infections such as colds. Moisture in the ear predisposes the ear to infection from fungus or water-loving bacteria such as Pseudomonas species.

      There is an acidic coating on the ear canal that contains lysozymes and other substances that inhibit bacterial and fungal growth. Water elevates the pH in the ear canal, washes away the ear wax, allowing keratin debris to absorb the water and creates a great medium for bacterial growth. Normally, the tympanic membrane (ear drum) creates an epithelial migration in an outward direction carrying any debris with it protecting the ear drum.

      Swimmer’s ear infection is due to either a bacterial infection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, or Proteus bulgaris. These bacteria are very common in the environment. Chlorine does not kill these bacteria in the quantities used in swimming pool concentrations.

      Candida Alibicans and Aspergillus are two fungus that can cause swimmer’s ear. Chlorine does not kill these fungus in pools, either.

      To determine which of the above is causing the swimmer’s ear, Acute Bacterial Infection has a scant white mucus, but occasionally thick. Chronic Bacterial Infection is characterized by bloody discharge, especially in the presence of granulation tissue. Fungal Infection is characterized by fluffy and white to off-white discharge, but may be black, gray, bluish-green or yellow.

      The most common cause is bacterial infection, but fungal overgrowth is a principal cause in about 10% of all cases. Of the fungal infections, Aspergillus is found in about 80% - 90% of all cases and the other 10% is usually Candida Albicans.

      Classically, fungal infection is the result of prolonged treatment of bacterial swimmer’s ear that alters the flora of the ear canal. Mixed bacterial and fungal infections are thus common.

      There are some other causes that can cause swimmer’s ear that include atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, acne and lupus erythematosus.

      The rubbing alcohol you have been using should be mixed with a little white vinegar (acetic acid) to lower the pH. If you don’t lower the pH, the rubbing alcohol will only dry out the ear and not counter the affect the water has on the ear of raising the pH allowing germs to grow. Also, you can go to the drug store or health food store and purchase some Aqua Ear, Ear magic, or Swim Ear to help alleviate some of the discomfort you are experiencing.

      A really wonderful herbal mixture for this problem I highly suggest you try is Mullein oil mixed in olive oil is used as earache drops. This mixture has analgesic, antihistaminic, antiinflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant, antiviral, bacteristat, cardiodepressant, estrogenic, antifungicide, hypnotic, and sedative qualities.

      As a pool professional, I used to put a chemical in the water sufficient to create suds when you swished your hand in the water (about 4 ounces) of 80% concentrated 2,4 n-butyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride. This chemical is used as a quaternary ammonium algaecide. This prevented the swimmer’s ear because it was capable of killing the bacteria & fungus that chlorine didn’t.

      Bottom line is to keep the ears dry, use the MIXTURE of acetic acid and rubbing alcohol, and if you get the swimmer’s ear, keep your ears dry and out of moisture for at least 3 weeks to allow the ear a chance to heal, and you can also use a mixture of 2 drops Carvacol (wild oregano) and 2 drops of Lemonine mixed in some olive oil as ear drops to kill the infection and relieve the pain. You can purchase this at: www.healthline.cc (not .com).

      Good luck to you.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can you please list known diseases that have no known cures?
    So for A.P. bio we have to come up with a cure for any known disease,but im having trouble trying to pick a disease for me to come up with a good cure,but im having trouble trying to understand the diseases and having even more trouble trying to think of a cure for it.So can anybody help me by telling a disease and a possible cure for it.Thanks it would definelty help me a tons

    • ANSWER:
      No cure for these:

      Acute lymphocytic leukemia
      Acute myeloid leukemia
      acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), see also HIV
      Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD)
      Alzheimer's disease
      Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease)
      Aspartylglucosaminuria
      Asthma
      Avian influenza
      B-mannosidosis
      Batten disease (juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis)
      Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, "mad cow" disease)
      Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
      Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)
      Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), see also bovine spongiform encephalopathy and kuru
      Currarino triad
      Cystic fibrosis
      Cystinosis
      Dementia
      Diabetes
      Dysmyelogenic leukodystrophy (DMD, a.k.a. Alexander disease)
      Ebola
      Emphysema (C.O.P.D.)
      Farber disease
      Fatal familial insomnia
      Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva
      Fucosidosis
      Galactosialidosis (Goldberg syndrome)
      Gaucher disease
      GM1 gangliodsidosis
      Hairy cell leukemia
      Herpes zoster, a.k.a. varicella-zoster, a.k.a. chicken pox
      Hopeless astrocytoma (brain cancer)
      Hurler syndrome (includes Hurler-Scheie)
      Hunter syndrome
      Huntington's disease
      infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis
      Immune or idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura
      Influenza
      Krabbe disease
      Kuru, see Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
      Lissencephaly
      Lymphocytic lymphomas
      Hodgkin Lymphoma
      Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
      Small lymphocytic lymphoma
      Maroteaux-Lamy
      Measles
      Metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD)
      Morquio A
      Mucolipidosis II (I-cell Disease)
      Mucolipidosis IV
      Multiple sclerosis (MS)
      Niemann-Pick disease (All types: A, B and C)
      Parkinson's disease
      Polio
      Pompe disease
      Prosaposin
      Progeria
      Pseudomyxoma peritonei
      Psoriasis
      Salla disease
      Sandhoff disease
      Sanfilippo A
      Scheie syndrome
      Schindler disease
      Schizophrenia
      Sialidosis (mucolipidosis I)
      Sly syndrome
      Spherocytosis
      Spinocerebellar ataxia
      Spreading adenocarcinoma
      Spreading melanoma
      Takayasu's arteritis (pulseless disease)
      Tay-Sachs disease
      Wolan disease

      http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090318120826AAW1hN4

  18. QUESTION:
    how long can a HIV+ person live with liver cirrhosis?
    My friend was diagnosed with HIV four years ago. He had drinking and drug abuse problem in his youth now he is 41 years.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey Brian, There is no way to give you an answer with so little information. As you likely know, while HIV is a chronic disease, it often kills from an acute, opportunistic Infection.

      While cirrhosis can be fatal in and of itself, it is just as likely that the problem will be another disease that cannot be treated well because of the cirrhosis. Liver disease puts a lot of drug and treatment options out of play.

      My sister is still living, and has never had a drug or alcohol problem. She has non-alcoholic cirrhosis. She also has psoriasis, which sometimes covers up to 60% of her body. On top of that she has a mild form of bipolar disorder. The best drugs for both of these diseases have a quick and huge effect on liver function. So, she is constantly adjusting meds for her mental health that only partially work. For the psoriasis, she has to wait until her skin situation is so bad that it is a bigger risk than her liver disease. Then she receives treatment only to abate, not remove the psoriasis because she can only take that drug for a couple weeks before she must stop.

      As you see, it is a viscious circle. Some days she has to drag herself out of bed and paste a smile on her face until her attitude catches up with her intention.

      I don't mean to paint such a grim picture. Your friends HIV status might mean that they have caught the liver disease early..so it might be some time before things get to this point.

      Take care

  19. QUESTION:
    I'm writing a story about a sick girl?
    I can't really think of a disease, it would have to be a fairly serious disease.

    • ANSWER:
      It all depends on whether A: the disease is meant to be fatal, B: if the disease is meant to be physical or mental, C: if the disease is meant to be genetic (she might unreasonably blame her parents in the course of the story), D: if the disease is non-fatal, but painful and chronic. E: How rare it's meant to be.

      A: Forms of cancer, heart disease, HIV etc.

      B: If it's mental, then depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia come into mind. Autism awareness needs to be raised, but generally it's easier writing the story from the perspective of the carer and sufferer's interaction (it's very hard to write an autism sufferer well, you'd need to do a lot of research).

      C: Genetically linked illnesses are fairly common. Haemophilia, certain diseases of the heart and lung, certain bone diseases. Wiki will have a helpful list.

      D: Chronic and painful diseases include ones like: rheumatoid arthritis (more common in older people, but does exist in the youth population), lupus and acute psoriasis.

      E: Rarity... too many people play on all-too-rare diseases, making their character more of a victim than they need to be. Playing the tragedy and victimhood card is rather over-done and people get quickly sick of a character that thinks the world owes them because they are ill.

  20. QUESTION:
    Drugs that alter the immune response?
    I have an exam soon and one of the question is to discuss situations where the immune reposes needs to be altered for the well being of the individual. I need to explain the mechanisms of action of drugs as well the condition. I feel that autoimmune, hypersensitivity and transplantation would be a good spread.

    Can some of you please offer suggestions as to what drug and condition I could use from these three groups.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Some severe Chronic inflammatory diseases are also treated with cytokines that lower the immune and the inflammatory response, such as IL-10. As well as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and inflammatory lung disease, these diseases include atherosclerosis, psoriasis and inflammatory bowel disease.

      Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (UC), is a chronic disorder of the gastrointestinal tract. The inflammatory process in UC is confined to the mucosa and submucosa and it involves only the colon. In contrast, in Crohn's disease the inflammation process extends through the bowel wall layers and it can involve any part of gastrointestinal tract. Moreover, inflammatory bowel disease of the colon may be associated with complications, such as toxic megacolon, fulminant colitis, acute bleeding, fistulas, abscesses, and ultimately cancer of the colon.

      Some other types of very aggressive tumours, such as melanoma, non-small cell lung adenocarcinoma and skin squamous carcinoma are also considered inflammatory cancers and therefore treated with interferon gamma

  21. QUESTION:
    Difference between psoriasis and guttate psoriasis?
    hey, can anyone tell me what the difference between guttate psoriasis and psoriasis is? i tried to check couple of websites but they weren't very helpful? is guttate psoriasis treated more easily? does it return once it is cured? does it leave any scars?
    thank you a lot!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I attached a link below that provides contains an exhaustive discussion of this condition. Below are a few excerpts. Good news is no scarring!! Good luck.

      Guttate psoriasis is a milder and less common type of psoriasis that looks like small, salmon-pink drops on the skin. Usually there is a fine scale on the drop like lesion that is much finer than the scales in plaque psoriasis, which is the most common type of psoriasis. The guttate form of psoriasis is relatively uncommon. Fewer than 2% of those with psoriasis have the guttate type.

      This form of psoriasis is usually a mild inconvenience to most people. Usually, this type of psoriasis goes away in a few weeks without treatment. Simple reassurance and moisturizers to soften the skin may be sufficient care. Once the outbreak clears, many patients have limited or no evidence of psoriasis for prolonged periods.

      Scarring is not a problem.

      Outlook
      Although guttate psoriasis usually clears up within a few weeks, it may also be the first step to chronic plaque psoriasis. The acute guttate form progresses into the chronic plaque form in an estimated 68% of people.

  22. QUESTION:
    Will my psoriasis come back again?
    i have had psoriasis at 10 and now I am 16 years old, with my psoriasis not returning for this 6 years. Is it high likely that my psoriasis will not return again?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. It most commonly begins between ages 8 and 35 and can appear suddenly or slowly. In many cases, psoriasis goes away and then flares up again repeatedly over time. The condition is not contagious. Most doctors believe psoriasis is an inherited disorder, and occurs when the body's immune system mistakes healthy cells for dangerous substances (autoimmune). There is no cure for psoriasis and it is a life-long condition that can be controlled with treatment. It may go away for a long time and then return. With appropriate treatment, it usually does not affect your general physical health. The biggest challenge for those with psoriasis is to prevent secondary infections due to severe itching.

      A biotechnology company (HGSI) is having great success with a new drug called Benlysta to treat systemic lupus. SLE or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is an autoimmune disease characterized by acute and chronic inflammation of various tissues of the body. Autoimmune diseases are illnesses that occur when the body's tissues are attacked by its own immune system. The immune system is a complex system within the body that is designed to fight infectious agents, such as bacteria and other foreign microbes.

      While lupus is considered a more serious disease, and there is no connection between SLE and psoriasis, severe psoriasis sufferers hope Benlysta may provide help against antibodies that attack and destroy the body’s own healthy tissues.

  23. QUESTION:
    Why do you need arsenic in the human body?

    • ANSWER:
      Applications
      Lead hydrogen arsenate has been used, well into the 20th century, as an insecticide on fruit trees (resulting in brain damage to those working the sprayers), and Scheele's Green has even been recorded in the 19th century as a coloring agent in sweets. In the last half century, monosodium methyl arsenate (MSMA), a less toxic organic form of arsenic, has replaced lead arsenate's role in agriculture.

      The application of most concern to the general public is probably that of wood which has been treated with chromated copper arsenate ("CCA", or "Tanalith", and the vast majority of older "pressure treated" wood). CCA timber is still in widespread use in many countries, and was heavily used during the latter half of the 20th century as a structural, and outdoor building material, where there was a risk of rot, or insect infestation in untreated timber. Although widespread bans followed the publication of studies which showed low-level leaching from in-situ timbers (such as children's playground equipment) into surrounding soil, the most serious risk is presented by the burning of CCA timber. Recent years have seen fatal animal poisonings, and serious human poisonings resulting from the ingestion - directly or indirectly - of wood ash from CCA timber (the lethal human dose is approximately 20 grams of ash). Scrap CCA construction timber continues to be widely burnt through ignorance, in both commercial, and domestic fires. Safe disposal of CCA timber remains patchy, and little practiced, there is concern in some quarters about the widespread landfill disposal of such timber.

      During the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, a number of arsenic compounds have been used as medicines, including arsphenamine (by Paul Ehrlich) and arsenic trioxide (by Thomas Fowler). Arsphenamine as well as Neosalvarsan was indicated for syphilis and trypanosomiasis, but has been superseded by modern antibiotics. Arsenic trioxide has been used in a variety of ways over the past 200 years, but most commonly in the treatment of cancer. The Food and Drug Administration in 2000 approved this compound for the treatment of patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia that is resistant to ATRA.[1] It was also used as Fowler's solution in psoriasis.[2]

      Copper acetoarsenite was used as a green pigment known under many different names, including Paris Green and Emerald Green. It caused numerous arsenic poisonings.

      Other uses;

      Various agricultural insecticides and poisons.
      Gallium arsenide is an important semiconductor material, used in integrated circuits. Circuits made using the compound are much faster (but also much more expensive) than those made in silicon. Unlike silicon it is direct bandgap, and so can be used in laser diodes and LEDs to directly convert electricity into light.
      Also used in bronzing and pyrotechny.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the cause of a rash?
    Do you know what would cause a rash on the trunk of the body that itches and stings. Tiny bumps. They are also on the underdside of the arm. More condenced down the spine.

    • ANSWER:
      Rash in short: is an acute and widespread temporary reddish eruption on the skin. A rash can develop in individuals that are sensitive to a particular drug, prescription or nonprescription. The rashes are characterized by itching of an intensity that can interfere with sleep or normal activities. The rash results from the entire body reacting to the drug itself and usually develops early in treatment rather than after the drug has been taken for a period of time.

      Rash is a change in the skin which affects its appearance and or texture. Most often a rash is localised to one part of the body, but other times it can have an affect on the entire body. Rashes can cause the skin to change color, become bumpy, dry, itchy, swell among other things that can result in alot of pain. Because of the wide array of rash symptoms treatments also vary widely. A proper diagnosis should look at all of the visual and physical symptoms of the rash, and also what the possible cause of the rash was. Often times the area in which the rash exists can tell alot about it's condition, and where it is going. Rashes are often times associated and a result of diseases. For example, measles with cause a rash, that begins a few days after the fever begins.

      The most common causes of rashes today are: allergies, (ex. allerfic reaction to: foods, animeals, dyes, medicines, insect stings,etc), skin contact with an irritant, infection or reaction to a vaccine, skin diseases such as eczema or acne, autoimmune disorders such as psoriasis, cancer or other disease, pregnancy and, exposure to sun or heat.

      For more information on clearing your rash
      http://acnecureinfo.blogspot.com
      http://www.acnecureinformation.com
      You can also check out the sidebars throughout the site to have the wealth of knowledge

  25. QUESTION:
    What do you know about iritis?
    Knowledgable answers only please.

    • ANSWER:
      There are two main types of iritis, which are called acute iritis and chronic iritis. Acute iritis is a type of iritis that can heal independently within a few weeks. If treatment is provided, acute iritis improves quickly. Chronic iritis can exist for months or years before recovery occurs. Chronic iritis does not respond to treatment as well as acute iritis does. Chronic iritis is also accompanied by a higher risk of serious visual impairment.

      Symptoms
      Ocular and periorbital pain
      Photophobia
      Consensual photophobia (pain in affected eye when light is shone in unaffected eye)
      Blurred or cloudy vision
      White blood cells (leukocytes) (resulting in a grey or near-white haze) and protein (resulting in tiny white dots) in the anterior chamber, often called "cells and flare."
      Synechia or adhesion of iris to lens or cornea

      People with ankylosing spondylitis and other HLA-B27 related disorders are prone to iritis, iridocyclitis, and other forms of uveal tract inflammation. Iritis is also found in those with rheumatoid arthritis, Behcet's disease, Crohn's disease, lupus, Reiter's disease, chronic psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, sarcoidosis, scleroderma, and ulcerative colitis. Iritis is usually secondary to some other systemic condition, but can be the only apparent somatic symptom.

  26. QUESTION:
    WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE CAN I TAKE 10 mg OF PREDNISOLONE WITH APROVEL 150mg?
    HISTORY OF H.P. THO OK WITH THE BETA BLOCKERS I TAKE I NEED TO KNOW IF IT,S SAFE TO TAKE THE STEROID PREDNISOLONE 10mg per day . I HAVE ACUTE CASE OF PSORIASIS THAT I NEED THE STEROID FOR

    • ANSWER:
      i would check with your doctor before mixing medication

  27. QUESTION:
    What is BIRM natural medicine for?
    What is it used for and where do I get it?
    What is it made of and who invented it?

    • ANSWER:
      Dr. Edwin Cevallos in Ecuador,discovered some unique qualities in certain plants from the Ecuadorian Amazonian, which, after a process patented by himself, have been used to treat incurable diseases like AIDS, cancer, lupus, among some other ones, obtaining extraordinary and scientifically proved results. BIRM is a root extract of an Andean plant, Solanum
      dulcamara.
      BIRM can be used as a helper within all medical specialties, and as a first choice for infections which have built up a resistance to all the antibiotics, and chronic diseases considered incurable such as:

      ANTIVIRAL
      * AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
      * Hepatitis
      * HPV or Human Papiloma Virus localized in the Uterine Cervix
      * Respiratory and ocular infections
      * Warts
      * Yellow Fever, Dengue, Encephalitis, etc..

      AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES
      * Systemic Erythematosus Lupus
      * Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
      * Graves’ Disease
      * Hyperthyroidism
      * Diabetes Mellitus Insulin Dependent
      * Immune Action Barren
      * Addison’s Autoimmune Disease
      HEMATOLOGY
      * Autoimmune Haemolytic Anaemia
      * Autoimmune Thrombocytopenic Purpura
      * Polyglobulia
      * Autoimmune Neutropenia
      NEUROMUSCULAR SYSTEM
      * Multiple Sclerosis
      * Myasthenia Gravis
      * Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis
      * Guillain – Barré Syndrome
      * Chronic Inflammatory Disemielinizant Polyrradiculoneuropathy
      HEPATIC-GALL SYSTEM
      * Chronic Active Autoimmune Hepatitis
      * Sclerosant Colangitis
      GASTROINTESTINAL SYSTEM
      * Pernicious Anaemia
      * Intestinal Inflammation Disease
      * Irritable Colon
      * Ulcerous Colitis
      * Chronic Gastritis
      NON SPECIFIC ORGAN DISEASES
      * Alzheimer’s Disease
      * Connective Tissue Disease
      * Rheumatoid Arthritis
      * Systemic Erythematosus Lupus
      * Systemic Sclerosis
      * Reactive Arthritis
      * Polyomyositis / Dermatomyositis
      * Sjogren’s Syndrome
      * Psoriasis
      VASCULATORY SYNDROMES
      * Allergic Rhinitis
      * Asthma
      * Pneumonitis due to Hypersensitivity
      * CUTANEOUS
      * Eczema
      * Atypical Dermatitis
      * Allergic Dermatitis produced by contact
      * Contact Allergy

      * CANCER
      * Lymphoma
      * Leukemia
      * Multiple Myeloma
      * Burkitt Lymphoma
      * Gastrointestinal Cancer
      * Breast Cancer
      * Malignant Melanoma
      * Ovarian Cancer
      * Lung Cancer
      They sell it in Ecuador.

  28. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had success with using acupunture for treating diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      According to the American Academy of medical Acupuncture the following conditions have responded to acupuncture.

      Acute and chronic pain control
      Postraumatic and postoperative ileus
      Muscle spasms, tremors, tics, contractures
      Paresthesiae
      Anxiety, fright, panic
      Drug detoxification
      Neuralgias (trigemnial , Herpes Zoster, postherpetic, other)
      Seventh nerve palsy Sequelae of CVA's (aphasia, hemiplegia)
      Certain functional gastro-intestinal disorders (nausea and vomiting, esophageal spasm, hyperacidity, irritable bowel, etc.)
      Headache, vertigo (Meniere's), tinnitus
      Phantom pain
      Frozen shoulder
      Cervical and lumbar spine syndromes
      Plantar fasciitis
      Arthritis/arthrosis
      Bursitis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome
      Sprains and contusions
      In fractures, assisting in pain-control, edema, and enhancing healing process Temporo-mandibular joint derangement, bruxism
      Dysmenorrhea, pelvic pain
      Insomnia
      Anorexia
      Atypical chest pain (negative work-up)
      Idiopathic palpitations, sinus tachychardia
      Allergic sinusitis
      Persistent hiccups
      Selected dermatoses (urticaria, pruritus, eczema, psoriasis)
      Constipation, diarrhea
      Urinary incontinence. retention (neurogenic. spastic, adverse drug effect)
      Abdominal distention/flatulence
      Severe hyperthermia
      Cough with contraindications for narcotics
      Acupuncture anesthesia for high risk patients, or patients with previous adverse responses to anesthetics

      Unfortunately diabetes is not mentioned.

  29. QUESTION:
    After swimming in a pool my ears were fine. The next day when i woke up i had an ear ache on my right ear...?
    ..the next morning when i woke up i couldnt hear in my right ear. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Chlorine in swimming pools is very toxic to the body, but even worse are the disinfecting byproducts created by the combination of organic materials like hair, sweat, urine, etc. and chlorine as well as the chloramines from combining ammonia with chlorine. These byproducts are 10,000 times more toxic than chlorine itself. The sodium hydroxide that is part of making chlorine is LYE WATER and is very toxic to the body as well. The sodium hydroxide is what causes the "green hair," burning eyes, and drying of the skin. It's lye water; what they make soap out of.

      There is a condition that happens to many people that swim in pools called Swimmer's Ear. Swimmer's ear can be caused by several things, but primarily is caused by the LACK of ear wax in your ear. Water and excessive moisture wash away the ear canal's protective skin and earwax barrier and create a medium for bacterial growth. Surprisingly, using cotton-tip applicators to clean the ears is the leading cause of Swimmer's Ear. A few twists with an applicator is all that it takes to rub away the protective skin and earwax in the canal. Swimmer's ear is occasionally associated with middle ear infection (otitis media) or upper respiratory infections such as colds. Moisture in the ear predisposes the ear to infection from fungus or water-loving bacteria such as Pseudomonas species.

      There is an acidic coating on the ear canal that contains lysozymes and other substances that inhibit bacterial and fungal growth. Water elevates the pH in the ear canal, washes away the ear wax, allowing keratin debris to absorb the water and creates a great medium for bacterial growth. Normally, the tympanic membrane (ear drum) creates an epithelial migration in an outward direction carrying any debris with it protecting the ear drum.

      Swimmer’s ear infection is due to either a bacterial infection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, or Proteus bulgaris. These bacteria are very common in the environment. Chlorine does not kill these bacteria in the quantities used in swimming pool concentrations.

      Candida Alibicans and Aspergillus are two fungus that can cause swimmer’s ear. Chlorine does not kill these fungus in pools, either.

      To determine which of the above is causing the swimmer’s ear, Acute Bacterial Infection has a scant white mucus, but occasionally thick. Chronic Bacterial Infection is characterized by bloody discharge, especially in the presence of granulation tissue. Fungal Infection is characterized by fluffy and white to off-white discharge, but may be black, gray, bluish-green or yellow.

      The most common cause is bacterial infection, but fungal overgrowth is a principal cause in about 10% of all cases. Of the fungal infections, Aspergillus is found in about 80% - 90% of all cases and the other 10% is usually Candida Albicans.

      Classically, fungal infection is the result of prolonged treatment of bacterial swimmer’s ear that alters the flora of the ear canal. Mixed bacterial and fungal infections are thus common.

      There are some other causes that can cause swimmer’s ear that include atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, acne and lupus erythematosus.

      The rubbing alcohol you have been using should be mixed with a little white vinegar (acetic acid) to lower the pH. If you don’t lower the pH, the rubbing alcohol will only dry out the ear and not counter the affect the water has on the ear of raising the pH allowing germs to grow. Also, you can go to the drug store or health food store and purchase some Aqua Ear, Ear magic, or Swim Ear to help alleviate some of the discomfort you are experiencing.

      A really wonderful herbal mixture for this problem I highly suggest you try is Mullein oil mixed in olive oil is used as earache drops. This mixture has analgesic, antihistaminic, antiinflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant, antiviral, bacteristat, cardiodepressant, estrogenic, antifungicide, hypnotic, and sedative qualities.

      As a pool professional, I used to put a chemical in the water sufficient to create suds when you swished your hand in the water (about 4 ounces) of 80% concentrated 2,4 n-butyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride. This chemical is used as a quaternary ammonium algaecide. This prevented the swimmer’s ear because it was capable of killing the bacteria & fungus that chlorine didn’t.

      Bottom line is to keep the ears dry, use the MIXTURE of acetic acid and rubbing alcohol, and if you get the swimmer’s ear, keep your ears dry and out of moisture for at least 3 weeks to allow the ear a chance to heal, and you can also use a mixture of 2 drops Carvacol (wild oregano) and 2 drops of Lemonine mixed in some olive oil as ear drops to kill the infection and relieve the pain.

      good luck to you

  30. QUESTION:
    What are some incurable diseases?
    I'm writing a short novel and plan to have one of the main characters die from some sort of disease.
    I need to know some incurable diseases with almost certain death. Or just anything that someone can die from.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
      Acute Myeloid Leukemia
      Acquired Immune Defficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
      Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD)
      Alzhiemers
      Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS,Lou Gehrig’s disease)
      Aspartylglucosaminuria
      Asthma
      Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
      Autism
      Avian Influenza
      B-Mannosidosis
      Batten Disease (Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis)
      Bi-polar Disorder (Manic-depression)
      Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE, “Mad Cow” disease)
      Chicken pox aka Herpes Zoster aka varicella-zoster aka Shingles
      Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
      Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
      Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
      Currarino Triad
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Cystinosis
      Dementia
      Diabetes
      Dysmyelogenic leukodystrophy (DMD a.k.a. Alexander disease)
      Ebola
      Eczema
      Emphysema (C.O.P.D.)
      Farber Disease
      Fatal Familial Insomnia
      Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva
      Fucosidosis
      Galactosialidosis (Goldberg Syndrome)
      Gaucher Disease
      GM1 Gangliodsidosis
      Hairy cell leukemia
      Hodgkin Lymphoma
      Hopeless Aatrocytoma (Brain Cancer)
      Hurler-Scheie
      Hurler Syndrome
      Hunter Syndrome
      Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis
      Infertility
      Interstitial Cystitis
      Krabbe Disease
      Lissencephaly
      Lymphocytic Lymphoma
      Maroteaux-Lamy
      Metachromatic Leukodystrophy
      Morquio A
      Mucolipidosis II (I-Cell Disease)
      Mucolipidosis IV
      Multiple sclerosis (MS)
      Niemann-Pick, Types A and B
      Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
      Polio
      Pompe Disease
      Progeria
      Prosaposin
      Pseudomyxoma
      Psoriasis
      Salla Disease
      Sandhoff Disease
      Sanfilippo A
      Scheie Syndrome
      Schindler Disease
      Schizophrenia
      Sialidosis (Mucolipidosis I)
      Sly Syndrome
      Small lymphocytic lymphoma
      Spreading Adenocarcinoma
      Spreading Melanoma
      Takayasu’s Arteritis (Pulseless Disease)
      Tay-Sachs Disease
      Wolman Disease

  31. QUESTION:
    what kinds of medical or beauty treatments do they use the element arsenic in?
    need help for project :)

    • ANSWER:
      Hey,
      I found this in Wikipedia, there is more there.

      Medical application:
      Arsenic trioxide has been used in a variety of ways over the past 200 years, but most commonly in the treatment of cancer. The US Food and Drug Administration in 2000 approved this compound for the treatment of patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia that is resistant to ATRA. It was also used as Fowler's solution in psoriasis.

      Recently new research has been done in locating tumours using arsenic-74 (a positron emitter).

      Hope this helps a little
      :)

  32. QUESTION:
    My 7 years old daughter got Guttate psoriasis. Anyone know about the Guttate psoriasis?
    I'm worried about her future, will she be recovered?

    • ANSWER:
      I wish I had more, I feel so bad that this is affecting a 7 year old.

      General Description
      Guttate psoriasis is a form of psoriasis that often starts in childhood or young adulthood. The word guttate is from the Latin word meaning "drop." Guttate lesions are drop-like and usually appear on the trunk and limbs, and sometimes on the scalp. These lesions appear as small red dots and tend to enlarge rapidly.

      Onset
      Guttate psoriasis often comes on quite suddenly. It is sometimes preceeded by a streptococcal infection of the throat, also known as strep throat. However, a variety of conditions have been known to bring on an attack of guttate psoriasis. In a study of 100 pediatric psoriasis patients, it was found that outbreaks of guttate psoriasis had been preceded by sore throats or tonsilillitus, colds, chicken pox, physical traumas, psychological stress, illnesses and administration of drugs to prevent malaria.

      Development
      This form of psoriasis may resolve on its own, leaving a person free of further outbreaks, or it may clear for a time only to reappear later as patches of plaque psoriasis. One study estimated that 14 to 17 percent of chronic plaque psoriasis cases were initiated by guttate outbreaks.

      Guttate flares in children tend to continue throughout childhood, decreasing with age. Guttate lesions can reappear after bouts of strep throat or tonsillitis. Some physicians prescribe penicillin to help prevent an occurrence of an infection that can cause the outbreak of guttate psoriasis.

      It also has been observed that people with chronic plaque psoriasis can develop an acute guttate flare after covering topical steroids with air-tight dressings, but this is rare.

      Treatments
      Bland ointments are considered safest treatment during the acute eruptive stage of guttate psoriasis. Ultraviolet light can be administered followed by application of topical preparations.

      GUTTATE PSORIASIS

      This patient information on Guttate Psoriasis is provided by John L. Meisenheimer, M.D. a board certified Dermatologist and skin care specialist based in Orlando, Florida. This information is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice or treatment of a dermatologist or other physician.

      What is it? Guttate psoriasis is a peculiar disorder of the skin. It is an unusual presentation of a common skin problem, psoriasis. Guttate psoriasis occurs at any age, but is is more commonly seen in older children and young adults. Typically it appears as multiple, small, red, scaly bumps which suddenly appear on the trunk, arms and legs. These spots may appear rapidly in just a few days. It may look like a "shower" of spots on your skin.

      What causes it? Psoriasis is caused by skin cells dividing too rapidly which results in thickening and scaling of the skin. The reason the skin cells begin to divide so rapidly remains unknown, but part of the cause is inherited.

      Guttate psoriasis is an unusual form of psoriasis. Unlike regular psoriasis this type of psoriasis may be associated with a preceding cold or a strep infection.

      How is it diagnosed? I may suspect the diagnosis of Guttate Psoriasis based on the clinical appearance of the rash and a history of a preceding infection. I may also do a skin biopsy, where the skin is looked at under the microscope, to confirm the diagnosis.

      Is it dangerous? This is a harmless disorder. It is not related to cancer and it does not involve internal organs.

      Can it be cured? The treatment program I put you on will help control or clear the disorder, but it is not a cure. Even if the psoriasis is totally cleared, you may be predisposed to have repeat episodes. Repeat treatments may be needed and some individuals may require continuous therapy. Guttate psoriasis in some cases may clear without reoccurrences.

      Is it contagious? Guttate psoriasis is not contagious and you cannot "catch it" from anyone.

      Was this caused by something I ate? No. Special diets or avoidance of certain foods will not improve the condition.

      © John L. Meisenheimer, M.D. 2004 WWW.OrlandoSkinDoc.com

  33. QUESTION:
    Looking for information on Trazadone and side effects.?
    Hello, I would like to know if anyone here has been on Trazadone (Desyrl) and what side effects you may have experienced from it. Also, did it work for you, did the benefits outweigh the drawbacks?

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Trazodone

      All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Trazodone:

      Blurred vision; constipation; decreased appetite; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; general body discomfort; headache; incoordination; light-headedness; muscle aches/pains; nausea; nervousness; sleeplessness; stomach pain; stuffy nose; swelling of the skin; tiredness; tremors.

      Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Trazodone:

      Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blood in urine; chest pain; fainting; hallucinations; irregular heartbeat; light-headedness when rising from a lying or seated position; prolonged, inappropriate, or painful erections; seizures; shortness of breath; stroke; vomiting.
      Psychiatric side effects

      Psychiatric side effects have been reported and include mania, paranoia, hypomania (during and following therapy), increased libido, delirium, agitation, psychosis, hallucinations and self- destructive behavior.Cardiovascular side effects

      Some investigators have suggested that trazodone exerts fewer adverse cardiovascular effects than many other antidepressants.

      Cardiovascular side effects including arrhythmias, hypotension, peripheral edema, postural hypotension, ventricular ectopy, ventricular tachycardia, torsades de pointes, rapid atrial fibrillation, heart block, and other conduction abnormalities have been reported.Genitourinary side effects

      Genitourinary side effects including priapism, clitoral priapism, ejaculatory inhibition, and anorgasmia have been reported.

      Priapism has been rarely reported (0.01% to 0.1%). Priapism has occurred with doses of 50 to 150 mg daily and typically within the first 28 days of treatment. Approximately one-third of affected individuals have required surgical intervention. It has been suggested that trazodone's alpha-adrenergic blocking properties may contribute to the induction of priapism.

      One case of spontaneous orgasms in an elderly postmenopausal woman has also been reported.Other side effects

      Anticholinergic (and possibly alpha-adrenergic blocking) side effects have been reported, although much less frequently than with many other antidepressants. The effects reported include dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, and urinary retention.Hepatic side effects

      One case of severe hepatotoxicity followed a four day course of trazodone therapy.

      Hepatic side effects including cases of chronic active hepatitis and drug-induced hepatotoxicity have been reported rarely.

      Dermatologic side effects

      Dermatologic side effects including erythema multiforme, leukocytoclastic vasculitis, pustular psoriasis, drug eruptions, and acute peripheral edema have been reported rarely.

      Hematologic side effects

      Hematologic side effects have included alterations in laboratory studies such as significant decreases in hematocrit, hemoglobin, red blood cell count, serum cholesterol, serum calcium, and serum albumin levels. Pseudoanemia (laboratory findings suggestive of anemia without pathologic significance) has been reported in 36% of treated patients.

      Endocrine side effects

      Endocrine side effects have included hyperprolactinemia and hyponatremia (in association with the syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone).

      Gastrointestinal side effects

      Gastrointestinal side effects have included dry mouth (up to 34%) and constipation.

  34. QUESTION:
    Can I join the army with psoriasis?
    I am a navy vet and have had a small pox vaccine during Iraqi freedom. I am physically stronger than I was during my navy days not to mention have a BA. I haven't been able to get a job at all after graduation. can i get a waiver for psoriasis. I have acute guttate psoriasis. thank you in advance.
    I don't have a problem at this moment but when it started 4 months ego it was bad. The VA doctors took a month to diagnose the condition and were completely clueless. But then again the VA is a piece of S**t as many other veterans might already know. I have two choices be homeless or join again. It is sad to see all these homeless veterans I never though I would be one of them especially after graduating from college.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is an automatic DQ from the military. You can speak to a recruiter but even if he COULD apply for a waiver he probably wouldn't even try. There are so many people trying to get into the military that don't need any waivers. Psoriasis is pretty much a done deal.

  35. QUESTION:
    Benefits of Milk Thistle and Bilberry ?
    What are the benefits of taking those two ? and are there any side effects ?

    • ANSWER:
      MIlk Thistle (Silybum marianum) is used as an antioxidant (specifically for hepatic cells) therefore helps with acute/chronic hepatitis, jaundice and stimulation of bile secretion. Also used as adjunct to chemotherapy and radiation, used for constipation, eczema, gall bladder, halitosis, hepatoprotection, hyperthyroidism, psoriasis and rosacea.

      It has been used as a digestive tonic for spleen, stomach and liver and as a stimulant for milk flow in nursing mothers.

      Bilberry is reported to be used in vascular disorders, such as varicose veins, for peripheral circulation. Also for diarrhea, hemorrhoids, ophthalmologic disorders (myopia, glaucoma, cataracts) and scleroderma.

      Yes, side effects may occur but more in people who are taking other medications (i.e. interactions) and in people who have exisiting medical conditions.

  36. QUESTION:
    Does acupuncture work?
    What EVIDENCE is there that Acupuncture works?

    • ANSWER:
      Acupuncture literally means 'needle piercing," the practice of inserting very fine needles into the skin to stimulate specific anatomic points in the body (called acupoints or acupuncture points) for therapeutic purposes. Along with the usual method of puncturing the skin with the fine needles, the practitioners of acupuncture also use heat, pressure, friction, suction, or impulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate the points. The acupoints (acupuncture points) are stimulated to balance the movement of energy (qi) in the body to restore health.
      The body continually generates tiny but detectable electrical discharges. This electrical field influences the growth, maturation, and functioning of some types of cells. It is known that acupuncture points are concentrated in regions of low electrical resistance. Studies have shown that there is a correlation between the electromagnetic fields in the body and the channels or meridians. So, this electrical theory of acupuncture suggests that acupuncture works by influencing the body's electromagnetic fields. Acupuncture points have certain electrical properties, and stimulating these points alters chemical neurotransmitters in the body.
      The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (2004) states: "In e United States, acupuncture has greatest success in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain.. They say that acupuncture may be considered for the conditions in the list below, noting: "
      •Abdominal distention/flatulence
      •Acute and chronic pain control
      •Allergic sinusitis
      •Anesthesia for high-risk patients or patients with previous adverse responses to anesthetics
      •Anorexia
      •Anxiety, fright, panic
      •Arthritis/arthrosis
      •Atypical chest pain (negative workup)
      •Bursitis, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome
      •Certain functional gastrointestinal disorders (nausea and vomiting, esophageal spasm, hyperacidity, irritable bowel) *
      •Cervical and lumbar spine syndromes
      •Constipation, diarrhea •Cough with contraindications for narcotics
      •Drug detoxification
      •Dysmenorrhea, pelvic pain
      •Frozen shoulder
      •Headache (migraine and tension-type), vertigo (Meniere disease), tinnitus
      •Idiopathic palpitations, sinus tachycardia
      •In fractures, assisting in pain control, edema, and enhancing healing process
      •Muscle spasms, tremors, tics, contractures
      •Neuralgias (trigeminal, herpes zoster, postherpetic pain, other)
      •Paresthesias
      •Persistent hiccups
      •Phantom pain •Plantar fasciitis
      •Post-traumatic and post-operative ileus
      •Selected dermatoses (urticaria, pruritus, eczema, psoriasis)
      •Sequelae of stroke syndrome (aphasia, hemiplegia)
      •Seventh nerve palsy
      •Severe hyperthermia
      •Sprains and contusions
      •Temporo-mandibular joint derangement, bruxism
      •Urinary incontinence, retention (neurogenic, spastic, adverse drug effect)
      •Weight Loss
      In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a review and analysis of controlled clinical trials on acupuncture. They listed the following as "Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved - through controlled trials - to be an effective treatment":
      •Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
      •Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
      •Biliary colic
      •Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
      •Dysentery, acute bacillary
      •Dysmenorrhoea, primary
      •Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
      •Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
      •Headache
      •Hypertension, essential
      •Hypotension, primary
      •Induction of labour
      •Knee pain •Leukopenia
      •Low back pain
      •Malposition of fetus, correction of
      •Morning sickness
      •Nausea and vomiting
      •Neck pain
      •Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
      •Periarthritis of shoulder
      •Postoperative pain
      •Renal colic
      •Rheumatoid arthritis
      •Sciatica
      •Sprain
      •Stroke
      •Tennis elbow
      Additionally, the WHO listed several dozen additional conditions "for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed".

  37. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a cure for acute psoriaza?

    • ANSWER:
      Normally there is only a cream you can use, but that's almost all.
      First I was wondering what you're talking about, but than I found that for you..

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psoriasis

  38. QUESTION:
    is this a bad idea to go on a water fast?
    i was thinking of going on a 30 day water fast to see if it heals my stretch marks because i heard that on a water fast scars and stretch marks get healed. i think its because scar tissue is cannobolised by the body on a fast.
    oh my god a waterfast is when you drink only water and eat no food. not a dry fast ok!

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't say it's a bad idea, unless you are underweight because you will lose at least 30 pounds. But if you have never fasted before it will be really hard to go 30 days, unless you practice first.
      Benefits-
      * Fasting is exceptionally beneficial in chronic cardiovascular disease and congestive heart failure, reducing triglycerides, atheromas, total cholesterol, and increasing HDL levels.

      * Fasting has been found effective in the treatment of type II diabetes, often reversing the condition permanently.

      * Because of its long term effects on metabolism, fat stores in the body, leptin, and disease conditions associated with obesity, fasting has been found to be one of the most effective treatments for obesity.

      * A number of studies have found that fasting is beneficial in epilepsy, reducing the length, number, and severity of seizures. Fasting is especially effective for helping alleviate or cure childhood epilepsy.

      * In a 1988 trial of 88 people with acute pancreatitis, fasting was found better than any other medical intervention. Neither nasogastric suction or cimetidine were found to produce as beneficial effects as those from fasting. Symptoms were relieved irrespective of the etiology of the disease.

      * A number of studies have found that fasting is effective for treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Fasting induces significant anti-inflammatory actions in the body and researchers found decreased ESR, arthralgia, pain, stiffness, and need for medication.

      * Autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rosacea, chronic urticaria, and acute glomerulonephritis have all responded well to fasting.

      * Severe toxic contamination has been shown to be significantly helped with fasting. Clinical trials have found that people poisoned with PCB experienced "dramatic" relief after 7-10 day fasts.

      * Poor immune function improves during fasting. Studies have found that
      there is increased macrophage activity, increased cell-mediated immunity,
      decreased complement factors, decreased antigen-antibody complexes, increased immunoglobulin levels, increased neutrophil bactericidal activity, depressed lymphocyte blastogenesis, heightened monocyte killing and bactericidal function, and enhanced natural killer cell activity.

      * Other diseases that have responded to fasting are: psychosomatic disease, neurogenic bladder, psoriasis, eczema, thrombophlebitis, varicose ulcers, fibromyalgia, neurocirculatory disease, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, bronchial asthma, lumbago, depression, neurosis, schizophrenia, duodenal ulcers, uterine fibroids, intestinal parasites, gout, allergies, hay fever, hives, multiple sclerosis, and insomnia.

      * The historically lengthy claim that fasting increases life span is beginning to garner some support in research literature. Regularly repeated 4-day fasting has been found to increase the life span in normal and immunocompromised mice.

      * Although the use of fasting in the treatment of cancer is controversial, there is some emerging data SHOWING that fasting helps prevent cancer. Intermittent fasting (2 days weekly) has shown an inhibitory effect on the development of liver cancer in rats.

      People Who Should Not Fast
      Although most people can fast, there are a few who, because of special
      conditions, should not.

      * People who are extremely emaciated or in a state of starvation
      * Those who are anorexic or bulimic
      * Pregnant, diabetic women
      * Nursing mothers
      * Those who have severe anemia
      * Those with an extreme fear of fasting
      * Those with porphyria. Porphyria refers to a genetic metabolic defect that affects the body's ability to manage porphyrins. Porphyrins are a group of compounds that combine with iron to produce blood, are involved in the control of electron transport systems, and, within mitochondria, are intricately involved in the production, accumulation, and utilization of energy. Porphyria can cause malfunctions in the liver, bone marrow, and red blood cells and produces a wide range of symptoms including seizures.
      * People with a rare, genetic, fatty acid deficiency which prevents THE INITIATION OF KETOSIS. This is a deficiency involving the enzyme acetyl-CoA, a mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation enzyme, that is essential to ketosis. Those with this deficiency who do fast can experience severe side effects, including hepatic steatosis, myocardial lipid accumulation, and severe hypoglycemia.
      *Clears skin, after the fast.
      Also make sure to eat right and exercise after, so you don't gain all the weight back.

  39. QUESTION:
    what are some health problems associated with smoking?

    • ANSWER:
      Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (gum disease)
      Muscle injuries

      Angina (20 x risk)
      Neck pain

      Back pain
      Nystagmus (abnormal eye movements)

      Buerger’s Disease (severe circulatory disease)
      Ocular Histoplasmosis (fungal eye infection)

      Duodenal ulcer
      Osteoporosis (in both sexes)

      Cataract (2 x risk)
      Osteoarthritis

      Cataract, posterior subcapsular (3 x risk)
      Penis (Erectile dysfunction)

      Colon Polyps
      Peripheral vascular disease

      Crohn’s Disease (chronic inflamed bowel)
      Pneumonia

      Depression
      Psoriasis (2 x risk)

      Diabetes (Type 2, non-insulin dependent)
      Skin wrinkling (2 x risk)

      Hearing loss
      Stomach ulcer

      Influenza
      Rheumatoid arthritis (for heavy smokers) [6]

      Impotence (2 x risk)
      Tendon injuries

      Optic Neuropathy (loss of vision, 16 x risk)
      Tobacco Amblyopia (loss of vision)

      Ligament injuries
      Tooth loss

      Macular degeneration (eyes, 2 x risk)
      Tuberculosis

      Function impaired in smokers

      Ejaculation (volume reduced)
      Sperm count reduced

      Fertility (30% lower in women)
      Sperm motility impaired

      Immune System (impaired)
      Sperm less able to penetrate the ovum

      Menopause (onset 1.74 years early on average)
      Sperm shape abnormalities increased

      Symptoms worse in smokers

      Asthma
      Graves’ disease (over-active thyroid gland)

      Chronic rhinitis (chronic inflammation of the nose)
      Multiple Sclerosis

      Diabetic retinopathy (eyes)
      Optic Neuritis (eyes)

      Disease more severe or persistent in smokers

      Common cold
      Pneumonia

      Crohn’s Disease (chronic inflamed bowel)
      Tuberculosis

      Influenza

      Deaths caused by smoking

      One in two long-term smokers will die prematurely as a result of smoking – half of these in middle age. The most recent estimates show that around 114,000 people in the UK are killed by smoking every year, accounting for one fifth of all UK deaths. [7] Most die from one of the three main diseases associated with cigarette smoking: lung cancer, chronic obstructive lung disease (bronchitis and emphysema) and coronary heart disease. The table below shows the percentage and numbers of deaths attributable to smoking, based on the latest available detailed breakdown (2002 data).

  40. QUESTION:
    What type of disease is this?
    My cuticle is being removed.

    • ANSWER:
      it is called paronychia.
      Paronychia is inflammation of the tissue around the finger nail, with pus accumulating between the cuticle and the nail matrix, leading to loss of cuticle of the nail. The area may become swollen, red and tender. Acute paronychia is usually due to bacterial infection, particularly Staphylococcus aureus. Chronic paronychia may be associated with eczema or psoriasis. It is often due to candidal infection but other pathogens, e.g. Pseudomonas spp. (produces a green or black discolouration) may be the cause.

  41. QUESTION:
    what is aloe good for because i heard its good for a lot of things?

    • ANSWER:
      From time in memoriam, Aloe Vera is used as a readymade herbal remedy. In fact, the cultivation of Aloe Vera is beneficial for its utility and emergency use as a perfect herbal remedy for some acute problems like burn injury, Acne, Athletes’ foot, psoriasis, Varicose vein, corn and calluses, canker sources, and cellulite. This plant was probably from Grecian origin because in ancient ages Greeks used Aloe Vera for multiple therapeutic effects. According to myth, Aloe Vera was the secret of glowing skin of legendary queen Cleopatra.

      In 18th and 19th century onward the use of Aloe Vera became popular in USA and presently it is used as a effective remedy for ailments like radiation burn, sun burn, frostbite, ulceration, poison ivy, insect sting, and psoriasis kind of painful skin problems. Although many herbal medicines are formed by extensive R&D process, the use of Aloe Vera as herbal remedy is popular in home also. Aloe Vera is rich in vitamin E, Vitamin C, and zinc in adequate proportion; it has certain anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that help in soothing burn injuries and ready made skin care.

  42. QUESTION:
    what is the height and weight for qualifying for the Navy....?
    i weight 240 and im 6'2 what weight should i be at for the Navy

    • ANSWER:
      Physical Requirements

      Physical and scholarship qualification processes are independent of each other, but students must receive favorable endorsement in both to receive an NROTC scholarship at Northwestern University.

      Partial list of disqualifying medical diagnoses:

      Vision not correctable to 20/20
      Substandard color vision (Does not apply for Marine Corps or Nurse Option)
      History of asthma
      Acute or chronic cardiac/pulmonary conditions
      Chronic skin disorders such as:
      - Cystic acne
      - Psoriasis
      - Atopic dermatitis
      - Eczema
      Ununited fractures or major joint surgery
      Arthritis
      Seizure disorders
      Severe motion sickness susceptibility
      Alcohol or drug abuse

      Branch Height Weight Color Vision
      Navy Men 62-78"
      Women 60-78" Proportionate to Height Normal
      Navy Nurse Corps Men 62-78"
      Women 60-78" Proportionate to Height No standard
      Marine Corps Men 66-78"
      Women 58-78" Proportionate to Height No standa

  43. QUESTION:
    Daivobet? Psoriasis ointment -has anyone?
    My doctor has just prescribed Diavobet Ointment for my psoriasis -particularly bad on my feet. Has anyone used it, and if so , what results did you have?? I am so fed up getting cream after cream, and nothing helps, or relieves it. My feet are cracking and bleeding at the moment-so I need something to work!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Dovobet is a potent combination of Dovonex, a psoriatic specific, and Betnovate a potent flourinated steroid. It tends to work in the short term and can be used for acute flare ups for limited periods of time. The problem is that prolonged use of the steroid thins and marks the skin. It also produces a rebound phenomenon which makes it difficult to stop using the ointment as rebound flare ups tend to occur when you stop applying it.

  44. QUESTION:
    Does eczema/psoriasis have a mental counterpart?

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely. My experience with psoriasis is that it tends to get worse during stressful times, or perhaps when you're feeling a bit low or miserable. And eczema's the same - I don't suffer with it day to day, but if I'm stressed about something, I get acute patches of it all over, which are just slight red marks the rest of the time.

  45. QUESTION:
    cleaning my ears the right way?
    how can i clean my ears easy and safely i have been using q tips but i dont no if they work good and it sum times hurt so whats the best way?

    • ANSWER:
      The risk you run of using Q-tips is to remove too much protective wax. When moisture is introduced into the ear, you can get what is called "Swimmer's Ear."

      Swimmer's ear can be caused by several things, but primarily is caused by the LACK of ear wax in your ear. Water and excessive moisture wash away the ear canal's protective skin and earwax barrier and create a medium for bacterial growth. Surprisingly, using cotton-tip applicators to clean the ears is the leading cause of Swimmer's Ear. A few twists with an applicator is all that it takes to rub away the protective skin and earwax in the canal. Swimmer's ear is occasionally associated with middle ear infection (otitis media) or upper respiratory infections such as colds. Moisture in the ear predisposes the ear to infection from fungus or water-loving bacteria such as Pseudomonas species.

      There is an acidic coating on the ear canal that contains lysozymes and other substances that inhibit bacterial and fungal growth. Water elevates the pH in the ear canal, washes away the ear wax, allowing keratin debris to absorb the water and creates a great medium for bacterial growth. Normally, the tympanic membrane (ear drum) creates an epithelial migration in an outward direction carrying any debris with it protecting the ear drum.

      Swimmer’s ear infection is due to either a bacterial infection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, or Proteus bulgaris. These bacteria are very common in the environment. Chlorine does not kill these bacteria in the quantities used in swimming pool concentrations.

      Candida Alibicans and Aspergillus are two fungus that can cause swimmer’s ear. Chlorine does not kill these fungus in pools, either.

      To determine which of the above is causing the swimmer’s ear, Acute Bacterial Infection has a scant white mucus, but occasionally thick. Chronic Bacterial Infection is characterized by bloody discharge, especially in the presence of granulation tissue. Fungal Infection is characterized by fluffy and white to off-white discharge, but may be black, gray, bluish-green or yellow.

      The most common cause is bacterial infection, but fungal overgrowth is a principal cause in about 10% of all cases. Of the fungal infections, Aspergillus is found in about 80% - 90% of all cases and the other 10% is usually Candida Albicans.

      Classically, fungal infection is the result of prolonged treatment of bacterial swimmer’s ear that alters the flora of the ear canal. Mixed bacterial and fungal infections are thus common.

      There are some other causes that can cause swimmer’s ear that include atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, acne and lupus erythematosus.

      Rubbing alcohol should be mixed with a little white vinegar (acetic acid) to lower the pH. If you don’t lower the pH, the rubbing alcohol will only dry out the ear and not counter the affect the water has on the ear of raising the pH allowing germs to grow. Also, you can go to the drug store or health food store and purchase some Aqua Ear, Ear magic, or Swim Ear to help alleviate some of the discomfort you are experiencing.

      A really wonderful herbal mixture for this problem I highly suggest you try is Mullein oil mixed in olive oil is used as earache drops. This mixture has analgesic, antihistaminic, antiinflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant, antiviral, bacteristat, cardiodepressant, estrogenic, antifungicide, hypnotic, and sedative qualities.

      As a pool professional, I used to put a chemical in the water sufficient to create suds when you swished your hand in the water (about 4 ounces) of 80% concentrated 2,4 n-butyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride. This chemical is used as a quaternary ammonium algaecide. This prevented the swimmer’s ear because it was capable of killing the bacteria & fungus that chlorine didn’t.

      Bottom line is to keep the ears dry, use the MIXTURE of acetic acid and rubbing alcohol, and if you get the swimmer’s ear, keep your ears dry and out of moisture for at least 3 weeks to allow the ear a chance to heal, and you can also use a mixture of 2 drops Carvacol (wild oregano) and 2 drops of Lemonine mixed in some olive oil as ear drops to kill the infection and relieve the pain.

      good luck to you

  46. QUESTION:
    Where to find MEDROL 3 mg Tablets?
    It is not available in India. Where in the world, and how, is it available?

    • ANSWER:
      It is prescribed from a physician. As far as how to recieve the medication, I am not sure from India. If you can have it prescribed and then have it filled through an online pharmacy or a mail order pharmacy.

      GENERIC NAME: methylprednisolone
      BRAND NAME: Medrol

      DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Methylprednisolone is a synthetic (man-made) corticosteroid. Corticosteroids are naturally- occurring chemicals produced by the adrenal glands located adjacent to the kidneys. Corticosteroids block inflammation and are used in a wide variety of inflammatory diseases. There are numerous preparations of corticosteroids including oral tablets, capsules, liquids, topical creams and gels, inhalers, eye drops, and injectable and intravenous solutions. Methylprednisolone, a corticosteroid which is prescribed as an oral tablet or liquid, is addressed in this article.

      PRESCRIPTION: yes

      GENERIC AVAILABLE: yes

      PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 2mg, 4mg, 8mg, 16mg, 24mg, 32mg

      STORAGE: Tablets should be kept at room temperature, between 15° and 30°C (59-86°F).

      PRESCRIBED FOR: Methylprednisolone is used to achieve prompt suppression of inflammation. Examples of inflammatory conditions for which methylprednisolone is used include rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, acute gouty arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's disease. Severe allergic conditions that fail conventional treatment also may respond to methylprednisolone. Examples include bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis, drug-induced dermatitis, and contact and atopic dermatitis. Chronic skin conditions treated with methylprednisolone include dermatitis herpetiformis, pemphigus, severe psoriasis and severe seborrheic dermatitis. Chronic allergic and inflammatory conditions of the uvea, iris, conjunctiva and optic nerves of the eyes also are treated with methylprednisolone.

      DOSING: Dosage requirements of corticosteroids vary among individuals and the diseases being treated. In general, the lowest effective dose is used. Corticosteroids given in multiple doses throughout the day are more effective but also more toxic than the same total daily dose given once daily, or every other day. Methylprednisolone should be taken with food.

      DRUG INTERACTIONS: Troleandomycin (TAO), an infrequently used macrolide antibiotic, reduces the liver's ability to metabolize methylprednisolone (and possibly other corticosteroids). This interaction can result in higher blood levels of methylprednisolone and a higher probability of side effects. Erythromycin and clarithromycin (Biaxin) are likely to share this interaction, and ketoconazole (Nizoral) also inhibits the metabolism of methylprednisolone. Estrogens, including birth control pills, can increase the effect of corticosteroids by 50% by mechanisms that are not completely understood. For all of the above interactions, the dose of methylprednisolone may need to be lowered.

      Phenobarbital can increase the metabolism of methylprednisolone and other corticosteroids, resulting in lower blood levels and reduced effects. Therefore, the dose of methylprednisolone may need to be increased if treatment with phenobarbital is begun.

      PREGNANCY: Methylprednisolone and other corticosteroids do not appear to pose a risk to the developing fetus.

      NURSING MOTHERS: Only minute amounts of methylprednisolone (or other corticosteroids) appear in mother's milk after consumption of standard doses. Doses reaching the infant are far lower than the infants adrenal glands produce themselves.

      SIDE EFFECTS: Methylprednisolone side effects depend on the dose and the duration and the frequency of administration. Short courses of methylprednisolone usually are well-tolerated with few and mild side effects. Long term, high doses of methylprednisolone usually will produce predictable and potentially serious side effects. Whenever possible, the lowest effective doses of methylprednisolone should be used for the shortest length of time to minimize side effects. Alternate day dosing also can help reduce side effects.

      Side effects of methylprednisolone and other corticosteroids range from mild annoyances to serious irreversible bodily damage. Side effects include fluid retention, weight gain, high blood pressure, potassium loss, headache, muscle weakness, puffiness of the face, hair growth on the face, thinning and easy bruising of the skin, glaucoma, cataracts, peptic ulceration, worsening of diabetes, irregular menses, growth retardation in children, convulsions, and psychic disturbances. Psychic disturbances may include depression, euphoria, insomnia, mood swings, personality changes, and even psychotic behavior.

      Prolonged use of methylprednisolone can depress the ability of the body's adrenal glands to produce corticosteroids. Abruptly stopping methylprednisolone in these individuals can cause symptoms of corticosteroid insufficiency, with accompanying nausea, vomiting, and even shock. Therefore, withdrawal of methylprednisolone usually is accomplished by gradual tapering the dose. Gradually tapering methylprednisolone not only minimizes the symptoms of corticosteroid insufficiency, it also reduces the risk of an abrupt flare of the disease being treated.

      Methylprednisolone and other corticosteroids can mask signs of infection and impair the body's natural immune response to infection. Patients on corticosteroids are more susceptible to infections and can develop more serious infections than individuals not on corticosteroids. For example, chicken pox and measles viruses can produce serious and even fatal illnesses in patients on high doses of methylprednisolone. Live virus vaccines, such as small pox vaccine, should be avoided in patients taking high doses of methylprednisolone since even vaccine viruses may cause disease in these patients. Some infectious organisms, such as tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, can remain dormant in patients for years. Methylprednisolone and other corticosteroids can allow these infections to reactivate and cause serious illness. Patients with dormant TB may require anti-TB medications while undergoing prolonged corticosteroid treatment.

      By interfering with the patient's immune response, methylprednisolone can prevent vaccines from being effective. Methylprednisolone also can interfere with the TB skin test and cause falsely negative results in patients with dormant TB infections.

      Methylprednisolone impairs calcium absorption and new bone formation. Patients on prolonged treatment with methylprednisolone and other corticosteroids can develop osteoporosis and an increased risk of bone fractures. Supplemental calcium and vitamin D are encouraged to slow this process of bone thinning. In rare individuals, destruction of large joints can occur while undergoing treatment with methylprednisolone or other corticosteroids. These patients experience severe pain in the joints involved, and can require joint replacement. The reason behind such destruction is not clear. Methylprednisolone can be used in pregnancy, but is generally avoided.

  47. QUESTION:
    I want to START smoking cigarettes?
    Im 21 and i tried the other day a cigarette. It felt really good, i enjoy it really much. I will start smoking tomorrow but i will not smoke more than 3 cigarettes at day, that way i will always feel the relaxing buzz it gives. About those sidefects well i have seen many of people living long and great lifes and they smoke, including my father who is 86 and has smoked for 67 years, he is very happy and has never suffered nothing. I know about lots of people who died early and never smoked and even exercised daily, so to me is destiny and smoking is great, people are just hysterical. Anyone agrees with me?

    • ANSWER:
      Illness caused by smoking

      Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases, and reduces quality of life and life expectancy. It has been estimated that, in England, 364,000 patients are admitted to NHS hospitals each year due to diseases caused by smoking. This translates into 7,000 hospital admissions per week, or 1,000 day. [1] For every death caused by smoking, approximately 20 smokers are suffering from a smoking related disease. [2] In 1997/98, cigarette smoking caused an estimated 480,000 patients to consult their GP for heart disease, 20,000 for stroke and nearly 600,000 for COPD. 1
      Half of all teenagers who are currently smoking will die from diseases caused by tobacco if they continue to smoke. One quarter will die after 70 years of age and one quarter before, with those dying before 70 losing on average 21 years of life. [3] It is estimated that between 1950 and 2000 six million Britons, 60 million people worldwide, died from tobacco-related diseases. [4]

      Non-lethal illness
      Smokers face a higher risk than non-smokers for a wide variety of illnesses, many of which may be fatal (see “Deaths caused by smoking” below). However, many medical conditions associated with smoking, while they may not be fatal, may cause years of debilitating illness or other problems. These include: [5]

      Increased risk for smokers

      1)Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (gum disease)
      2)Muscle injuries
      3)Angina (20 x risk)
      4)Neck pain
      5)Back pain
      6)Nystagmus (abnormal eye movements)
      7)Buerger’s Disease (severe circulatory disease)
      8)Ocular Histoplasmosis (fungal eye infection)
      9)Duodenal ulcer
      10)Osteoporosis (in both sexes)
      11)Cataract (2 x risk)
      12)Osteoarthritis
      13)Cataract, posterior subcapsular (3 x risk)
      14)Penis (Erectile dysfunction)
      15)Colon Polyps
      16)Peripheral vascular disease
      17)Crohn’s Disease (chronic inflamed bowel)
      18)Pneumonia
      19)Depression
      20)Psoriasis (2 x risk)
      21)Diabetes (Type 2, non-insulin dependent)
      22)Skin wrinkling (2 x risk)
      23)Hearing loss
      24)Stomach ulcer
      25)Influenza
      26)Rheumatoid arthritis (for heavy smokers)
      27)mpotence (2 x risk)
      28)Tendon injuries
      29)Optic Neuropathy (loss of vision, 16 x risk)
      30)Tobacco Amblyopia (loss of vision)
      31)Ligament injuries
      32)Tooth loss
      33)Macular degeneration (eyes, 2 x risk)
      34)Tuberculosis
      35)General functions impaired in smokers
      36)Ejaculation (volume reduced)
      37)Sperm count reduced
      38)Fertility (30% lower in women)
      39)Sperm motility impaired
      40)Immune System (impaired)
      41)Sperm less able to penetrate the ovum
      42)Menopause (onset 1.74 years early on average)
      43)Sperm shape abnormalities increased

      Symptoms worse in smokers
      1)Asthma
      2)Graves’ disease (over-active thyroid gland)
      3)Chronic rhinitis (chronic inflammation of the nose)
      4)Multiple Sclerosis
      5)Diabetic retinopathy (eyes)
      6)Optic Neuritis (eyes)

      Disease more severe or persistent in smokers
      1)Common cold
      2)Pneumonia
      3)Crohn’s Disease (chronic inflamed bowel)
      4)Tuberculosis
      5)Influenza

      Deaths caused by smoking

      One in two long-term smokers will die prematurely as a result of smoking – half of these in middle age. The most recent estimates show that around 114,000 people in the UK are killed by smoking every year, accounting for one fifth of all UK deaths. [7] Most die from one of the three main diseases associated with cigarette smoking: lung cancer, chronic obstructive lung disease (bronchitis and emphysema) and coronary heart disease. The table below shows the percentage and numbers of deaths attributable to smoking, based on the latest available detailed breakdown (2002 data).
      Deaths caused by smoking are five times higher than the 22,833 deaths arising from: traffic accidents (3,439); poisoning and overdose (881); alcoholic liver disease (5,121); other accidental deaths (8,579); murder and manslaughter (513); suicide (4,066); and HIV infection (234) in the UK during 2002. 8 World-wide, almost 5 million die prematurely each year as a result of smoking. Based on current trends, this will rise to 10 million within 20 years.

      Still Interested? If yes is your answer, Only God Can Save You!!!
      You are a matured young person and have the right to decide for youself.If the statistics above dont appeal to you, nothing would !
      Hope that good sense prevails.Remember, your father may be one of the lucky few.This need not be the case with you.
      Also remember,SMOKING MAY NOT NECESSARILY KILL YOU, BUT WILL YOU CRIPPLED HEALTHWISE AND DEPENDANT ON EVERYONE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LONG LIFE.
      All the best.


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