Treatment For Psoriasis In The Scalp

Did you know that a tea tree oil treatment is a safe and effective natural head lice treatment? If you're looking for an alternative to using dangerous pesticides on your child's head, take a look at this easy-to-use home remedy.

What Is Tea Tree Oil?

This essential oil comes from the leaves of the Australian tea tree, also known as Melaleuca alternifolia. The leaves were originally used as a tea substitute, which is how this tree got its name.

Australian aboriginees crushed the leaves and used them on burns, cuts, and skin infections. Today this oil is known for its antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It's used for skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne, and is also recommended for fungal infections like thrush, yeast infection, and athlete's foot.

And of course, it's highly recommended to safely remove unwanted guests from kids' heads as well.

How To Use Tea Tree Oil For Head Lice

Here are two different recipes. The first calls for adding 10 drops of melaleuca oil to about two ounces of a carrier oil. Olive or almond oil is recommended. Or you can dilute 25 drops of lavender essential oil and 25 drops of tea tree oil in about three ounces of carrier oil.

Next, coat the hair well with the oil mixture, working from the scalp where the nits love to hang out, to the ends of the hair. Leave the oil on for about three hours. To contain the mess, cover the head with a shower cap. Be sure to supervise young children if using a shower cap because it could become a suffocation hazard.

Use a fine-toothed nit comb to remove the dead lice and nits. Rinse the comb often in a mixture of melaleuca oil and water. Shampoo the hair to remove the oil. That's all there is to it.

Remember to repeat this treatment in a week to kill any newly-hatched bugs that might be present. If there's a severe infestation, it may be necessary to repeat it several times.

Safety Considerations

Never use this oil full strength when treating head lice, as it can irritate the skin, resulting in skin rashes. It can even cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

This oil should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Keep it out of the reach of children, as it can be toxic if swallowed. It has a very strong odor, so it's hard to say why a child would swallow it, but kids will do strange things sometimes.

A tea tree oil treatment is a safe and effective way to get rid of lice on your child's head.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Home remedies or other aides for psoriasis?
    In the winter I get really bad psoriasis my scalp. I've had treatments in the past but none of them seem to really work. It definitely runs in my family because my dad gets it really bad, too. Do you know of any home remedies or other over the counter treatments that might work?

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

  2. QUESTION:
    What's the best shampoo or treatment to use on itchy, scaling, plaque psoriasis on the scalp?
    I have really bad plaque psoriasis on my scalp, and it itches constantly. The scaling is getting pretty bad, and I need some kind of relief. It's embarrassing, and really annoying. What's the best shampoo I can use to decrease flaking, scaling, itching, and still maintain healthy hair?

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

  3. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies for psoriasis on the scalp?
    My sister has psoriasis on her scalp that is pretty bad. Youi cant see it unless she parts her hair in the back like for pigtails, but shes really self conscious about it. The shampoo prescribed for her is very very expensive and although it works she cant afford to pay 100 bucks a month for shampoo. Any home remedies or ideas out there for help with this> Than ks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, she can try one of the natural treatments available on the Internet (just google "natural treatment of scalp psoriasis") Some of them do actually work. For my scalp psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they then stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: Champori comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work - it's free.
      Cheers,
      Stella

  4. QUESTION:
    What is best Rx or treatment for scalp psoriasis?
    I have increasingly bad scalp psoriasis. This last winter it started even bleeding. I ALWAYS have flakes and I ALWAYS have a spot where even if I rub on it, it seems to bleed. I am so sick of this and need something super strong to help! Any suggestions? Any known prescriptions? Its just on my scalp.

    Ive also been to a dermatologist and all they gave me was a foam to apply?

    • ANSWER:
      I cleared my psoriasis with SerenaSkin psoriasis herbal remedies. I used ointment and spray on the scalp. I also took anti psoriasis extract as directed. In less than 2 weeks of treatment my scalp has been cleared. It is the only treatment that cleared it among many I've tried.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use hair products when I have psoriasis on my scalp?
    I have psoriasis on my scalp. I want to know if it is safe for me to use hair gel/spray/whatnot. Also, is it okay to color your hair if you have this skin condition? If the answer to the above is "no," then once my psoriasis has cleared up for a bit is it safe to begin using these things again, or will I be banned from hair products for life now that I have it?

    • ANSWER:
      Scalp psoriasis appears as dandruff, and treatments can leave your scalp more sensitive. There are a variety of products available on the market that are designed to reduce the amount of skin flakes and the scalp itching. Try consulting your doctor about it just to be on the safe side.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. QUESTION:
    Do you think my psoriasis is an allergic reaction?
    I am a wine drinker, and have been for about 3 yrs now. For the last year and a half, I have been dealing with psoriasis (on the scalp and body) and no medical treatments have worked. I am allergic to Sulfa medications. Do you think that b/c wine has Sulfites in it, that my psoriasis could be an allergic reaction?

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

  9. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of or at least lessen my psoriasis?
    I have had psoriasis on my scalp for many years now and it just keep getting worse and worse. I inherited it from my father, who also has it. I have tried lots of different shampoos to try and help it but nothing has worked. I dont know what more I can do. /: Does anyone have any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I cleared my psoriasis with serenaskin herbal remedies. I used ointment and spray on the skin and scalp, and took anti-psoriasis extract internally. This treatment cleared my skin just in a couple of weeks. 6 mo later it is still clear. It is the best natural treatment I've ever tried.

  10. 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

  11. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for hair to grow back after psoriasis treatment?
    I have scalp psoriasis. My case was not that bad though, I've been taking some special shampoos and hair oil for over a week. And it's working really well, it's almost gone. But I've lost some hair before the treatment and I've heard from SO many people that the hair would grow back when your scalp is back to normal. So how long would it take for the hair to grow back ?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, Ximena!

      Well, the truth about scalp psoriasis is that it doesn't have any direct relations with hair loss. So, if you are experiencing this problem, it's from another cause.

      Usually, these causes of hair loss on scalp psoriasis treatment are stress, scales removed too forcefully, frequent scratching or a too harsh treatment.

      To prevent you hair loss and thus increase hair growth after your treatment, you can take some cares: try alternating shampoos, use conditioner, let hair air dry and keep your nails short.

      With these cares, I'm almost sure that your hair will start or continue to grow normally. Hairs usually grow 1cm per month, so you don't have to worry about it if you are preventing these damages I described above.

      I hope that this can help you a bit! :D

  12. 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.

  13. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for hair to grow back after psoriasis treatment?
    I have scalp psoriasis. My case was not that bad though, I've been taking some special shampoos and hair oil for over a week. And it's working really well, it's almost gone. But I've lost some hair before the treatment and I've heard from SO many people that the hair would grow back when your scalp is back to normal. So how long would it take for the hair to grow back ?

    • ANSWER:
      >Hair< generally grows about 3/4 -1 per week to 10 days but it depends on the person. My classmate applied dermasis for psoriasis . It is really impressive so if you want to test it, you can try this site http://doiop.com/skindermasis

  14. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a good holistic shampoo that can help my psoriasis?
    Ever since I grew my hair long, I have increased psoriasis on my scalp, especially on the back of my head. Cutting my hair short is not an option because when it is short I get too many comments about looking boyish. Right now I use infusim shampoo, and it helps better than any of the supposed psoriasis or dandruff shampoos, but I am looking for a natural treatment that will increase the oxygen to my scalp and reduce or get rid of my psoriasis. I use hydrocortisone valerate cream to treat other small areas and it works great, but I can't appy it to my scalp because it doesn't get down in there. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Shawna I'm one of other pso sufferer and I have use natur shampoo for almost 5 years and its works great but where are you from ? you can get this natur shampoo in Jakarta, Indonesia, its made from herbs.
      Ok hopefully this information can help you.

      rgds.

      Ellen.
      Yayasan Peduli Psoriasis Indonesia (YPPI)
      Indonesian Psoriasis Care Foundation.

  15. 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

  16. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for hair to grow back after psoriasis treatment?
    I have scalp psoriasis. My case was not that bad though, I've been taking some special shampoos and hair oil for over a week. And it's working really well, it's almost gone. But I've lost some hair before the treatment and I've heard from SO many people that the hair would grow back when your scalp is back to normal. So how long would it take for the hair to grow back ?

    • ANSWER:
      Hair generally grows about 3/4 -1" per week to 10 days but it depends on the person.

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

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

  18. QUESTION:
    Is there a good over the counter cream or medicine for psoriasis on the face?
    I have psoriasis, mainly on ,my scalp, face and chest. I discovered T-Gel shampoo caused my scalp psoriasis to go into remission- I have psoriasis on either side of my nose- people always ask if my nose is sunburned- It's psoriasis- Is there an over the counter drug or cream i could apply to my face?

    Since T-Gel shampoo helped the psoriasis clear from my scalp- what if I applied that to my face?

    • ANSWER:
      The shampoo is likely too drying for the face, but the active ingredient, tar, is available in gel, foam and lotion forms for the skin. Try Cutar, Scytera or T-Derm oil. You should get a similar effect as the T-Gel gave for the scalp. You may not need Rx treatment.

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

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

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

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

  21. QUESTION:
    What kind of shampoo should I be using for psoriasis and dandruff?
    My scalp doesn't itch. It is just *extremely* flaky...which doesn't help because I wear black a LOT. I feel like I have tried everything: Selsun Blue, Head and Shoulders, Pert Plus, Aveda Scalp Benefits, and those tar shampoos. I know that I should probably go to a dermatologist, but I'm on an Air Force base in the middle of nowhere. Help!

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

  22. 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

  23. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a treatment for my scalp?
    I have an extremely dry, sore scalp. I've tried anti-dandruff shampoos but non seem to help. Advice please.

    • ANSWER:
      Tar products and salicylic acid are generally sufficient for treating very mild scalp psoriasis. More severe scalp psoriasis may require persistence and experimentation to find an effective treatment plan. Treatments include topical medications (applied to the skin) and occasionally ultraviolet (UV) light. Treatments are often combined and rotated because a person's psoriasis can become resistant to medications after repeated use. Systemic (oral or injected) psoriasis treatments are not commonly used just for scalp psoriasis, but they may be tried if psoriasis is present elsewhere on the body and/or the psoriasis is severe.

  24. 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.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell me the best treatment for Psoriasis?
    I have Psoriasis on my scalp and a few other places of my body. It is terrible and I have tried almost everything known to man. Please help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Ace, the best natural treatment for psoriasis (that cleared my scalp psor. in just over 2 weeks) is anti-psoriasis cream and spray from http://www.champori.com It is herbal with no steroids, and if it doesn't work - it's free (they have money back policy). Try it.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  26. 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

  27. 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

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

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

  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:
    Does anyone know of a effective solution on the market for psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis on my inner arm and I am constantly scratching. Nothing I have tried works and the itch sometimes is unbareable.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all,psoriasis can simply arise because infection or stress and could affect any region of ur skin.This would explain why u have it on ur inner arm.However,I would advise u to avoid any prescription since sometimes this could only make ur problem worse.I would suggest these homemade remedies that u could try at home to improve ur inner arm condition.Plus,these remedies could be apply on any affected areas including ur inner arm.

      Cabbage: Pick the thickest and greenest outer leaves of the cabbage. Wash leaves thoroughly in warm water. Dry with a towel. Remove the thick veins then flatten and smoothen them out using a rolling pin. Warm and make layered application on the affected part. Place a soft woolen cloth over it. Secure the whole compress using an elastic bandage.

      Bitter gourd: Mix a cup of fresh bitter gourd juice with 1 teaspoon of limejuice. Sip slowly on a empty stomach everyday. Continue treatment from 4-6 months.

      Avocado: Apply avocado oil gently on the affected parts.

      Cashew nut: Apply cashew nut oil extracted from the outer shell of the cashew nut. It has acrid and rubefacient properties that are effective in the treatment of psoriasis.

      Buttermilk: Drink liberal quantity of curd in buttermilk form. You can also try using buttermilk when compressing the affected area.

      Vitamin E: Take 400 mg of vitamin E everyday to reduce itchiness and scab formation.

      Lecithin: Take 6-9 capsules of lecithin a day. Take 2-3 capsules before and after each meal.

      Well,these are those remedies that would works best to improve ur scalp condition.Good luck trying these at home and ur scalp will improve in no time.Hope this helps.

      P/s:I would suggest u to book an appointment too with a dermatologist or a skin specialist since they will get u the right medication regarding ur problem.Plus,this could improve ur chance of healing.However,do remember bout those remedies I suggested.Good luck:-)

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

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

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for seborrheic dermatitis?
    I have Seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp so i went to see the doctor the other day basically just to ask for a refferell to a private dermotologist as i have private health care. The Doctor basically told me i would be wasting my time seeing them as she new exactly what to prescribe to get it under controll. i have been given a scalp application called Betacap which i believe is a form of steroid which will apparently get rid of the scaily skin after a month or so, amd also ketopine 2% shampoo which i believe is the same as nizoral. Does any one have any expirience with either of these as i cant seem to find many reviews on Betacap which i find a bit odd really . The doctor told me the reason i have never fully got this under controll before is because i have only ever used specialist shampoos and not a scalp application with it. Any advice/help would be greatly appriciated

    • ANSWER:
      I have psoriasis and use betnovate, which i am assmuing to be the same active chemical as what you are describing. It is a steroid, and it works very well for me, but I also like to use oils to moisturise becasue if you use steroid creams too often the skin thins.

  33. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of scalp acne scar?
    I've been using home remedies and it worked but they keep coming back. I'm convinced to start using those products like neutrogen and proactive. What products works best to keep scalp acne scars to go away. Btw I tried popping them but only boos comes out and itches a lot and causes me to scratch and leaving scars.

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

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

      OR: Here are other methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

      For more information on acne you can check out this website: http://www.acne.org/about-acne.html

  34. 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

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

    • ANSWER:
      I cleared my psoriasis with serenaskin herbal remedies. I used ointment and spray on the skin and scalp, and took anti-psoriasis extract internally. This treatment cleared my skin just in a couple of weeks. 6 mo later it is still clear. It is the best natural treatment I've ever tried.

  36. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of any natural remedies to alieve the symptoms of psoraisis?
    I have psoraisis in my scalp and on the outsides of my calves. I already take Enbrel to supress my immune system. I notice that as the weather gets colder my symptoms become worse. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all,psoriasis can simply arise because infection or stress and could affect any region of ur skin.This would explain why u have it on ur scalp.However,I would advise u to avoid any prescription since sometimes this could only make ur problem worse.I would suggest these homemade remedies that u could try at home to improve ur scalp condition.Plus,these remedies could be apply on any affected areas including ur scalp.

      Cabbage: Pick the thickest and greenest outer leaves of the cabbage. Wash leaves thoroughly in warm water. Dry with a towel. Remove the thick veins then flatten and smoothen them out using a rolling pin. Warm and make layered application on the affected part. Place a soft woolen cloth over it. Secure the whole compress using an elastic bandage.

      Bitter gourd: Mix a cup of fresh bitter gourd juice with 1 teaspoon of limejuice. Sip slowly on a empty stomach everyday. Continue treatment from 4-6 months.

      Avocado: Apply avocado oil gently on the affected parts.

      Cashew nut: Apply cashew nut oil extracted from the outer shell of the cashew nut. It has acrid and rubefacient properties that are effective in the treatment of psoriasis.

      Buttermilk: Drink liberal quantity of curd in buttermilk form. You can also try using buttermilk when compressing the affected area.

      Vitamin E: Take 400 mg of vitamin E everyday to reduce itchiness and scab formation.

      Lecithin: Take 6-9 capsules of lecithin a day. Take 2-3 capsules before and after each meal.

      Well,these are those remedies that would works best to improve ur scalp condition.Good luck trying these at home and ur scalp will improve in no time.Hope this helps.

      P/s:I would suggest u to book an appointment too with a dermatologist or a skin specialist since they will get u the right medication regarding ur problem.Plus,this could improve ur chance of healing.However,do remember bout those remedies I suggested.Good luck:-)

  37. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of this dry patch on my scalp?
    I have a dry patch of skin on my scalp.. it is on the back of my head. I do not really have dandruff from it but I have tried head and shoulders and it doesn't really help. The patch is really itchy and if i scratch it to much it starts to be painful.. when i scratch it.. pieces of the dry skin come off. Do you have any tips of how to get rid of it..or should i see a doctor or dermatologist or something?

    • ANSWER:
      It really does sound like psoriasis. I just got it =/

      Go to a dermatologist - I got this prescribed: MGP Clobetasol Propionate Topical Solution.

      It controls the psoriasis, but it's a non-greasy formula for your head so your hair doesn't get greasy. I was supposed to put this on until the patch "disappeared" and then 2 weeks after it disappeared. It actually did go away, but a few days ago it came back again. Psoriasis isn't curable, but it is treatable. Stress causes it to break out again. You have to start controlling it before it gets too bad and it could spread, like it did on my dad (all over). I also got this shampoo the dermatologist recommended: it's T-Sal by Neutrogena (just bought it at walgreens for like 6 bucks).

      But yah, go to the dermatologist to make sure. Don't bother going to the doctor - I went to the doctor first and he sent me right away to the dermatologist. Waste of for copay.

      Good luck!! (Psoriasis sucks =/)

      OH! and I don't think my topical solution has steroids (I think). They have new treatments available - steroids were in the old treatments

  38. QUESTION:
    What is good for treatment of a very dry scalp?
    My scalp often gets very scaly and dry- any suggestions about ointments or creams that may help? Is T-Gel the best shampoo?
    I do get psoriasis, but mainly on my chest- My scalp just gets bone dry...

    I can't see a dermatologist as I lack insurance, so seeing a doctor isn't in the cards

    • ANSWER:
      Try to shampoo less often, and buy a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is a good soap to use for scalp psorasis?
    I Shave my head so I Want to know about soap not shampoo. i am tired of scraping dead skin off of my scalp.

    • ANSWER:
      Tar shampoo is usually the first line therapy for scalp psoriasis. If you prefer not to use the shampoo, it is important that you choose a non-drying "soap." Dryness and irritation caused by harsh cleansers can make psoriasis worse. Two gentle cleansers are Cetaphil (see cleanser or body wash called Restoraderm) and Vanicream (a bar soap for sensitive skin).

      Moisturize your scalp after showering to help counteract the dryness and capture moisture. Try a thicker non-fragrance moisturizer like Lubriderm (or generic variety) twice a day.

      If you have thick scaling you may need to get a prescription from a medical provider for one of the following treatments:
      Keralyt: salicylic acid (6%)
      Dovonex: Vitamin D analog
      Topical steroid: Triamcinolone, Clobetasol, etc. (when using apply sparingly into affected area)

      If you have related itching, then use an over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream.

      Psoriasis may be due to family history, but it has also been related to infection, stress, smoking, and various medications (e.g. antimalarials, beta-blockers, and lithium).

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. QUESTION:
    does anyone know about any good treatments for scalp psoriasis?
    i have scalp psoriasis and it's really irritating. i've tried several drug store shampoos but i feel like they aren't working.

    • ANSWER:
      If your scalp psoriasis is severe enough, you're going to need some prescription items, rather than over the counter medicines. Your dermatologist can help you out with this.

  43. QUESTION:
    Can exfoliating help with body psoriasis?
    I am just wondering if scrubbing the body while showering or using certain body washes can help in controlling body psoriasis. Also, will it help with scalp psoriasis. My understanding of the condition is that it is over producing skin cells and the cells not being shed fast enough. Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use apricot scrubs or any thing with exfoliating beads it's bad for your skin. Use Cetaphil for sensitive skin body bar and Eucerin,Cetaphil,Nivea and keep your skin moist and clean. Scrubbing your skin to get the flakes off just encourages the skin to get thicker and produce more scales. Also the skin underneath the scales becomes more vulerable to cuts and injury when you bump into things.
      Above all see a dermatologist and treat it. I have it. I know it's a life long battle. It's embarrasing. I've tried everything I could get over the counter and nothing works to make it go away. I can't afford a visit to the dermatologist, much less what ever they would prescribe for me.
      Just watch the steroids. Doctors love to prescribe Prednisone for everything. It can make you gain weight and has other side affects.
      Do research. Go to your local library and read some books on skin disorders. Sometimes you will know as much as the doctors and that is a real big help when it comes to understanding treatments.
      The medical profession is a business. If they can keep you coming back then they make more and more money off you. That's when the knowledge comes in handy. Good luck, and see if you can get cortozone cream at 10% strength, not 1.0 like over the counter brands. That might help. Good luck.

  44. QUESTION:
    What can I do to allievate scalp itch?
    My scalp itches so much, that I end up scratching my scalp so hard it hurts.

    What can I do to make the scalp itch stop?

    • ANSWER:
      i am going through the same thing right now, and i think its because the weather is changing because this has NEVER happened to me before. i have dandruff along with it because i thought it would go away.
      i used head and shoulders, that didn't work, i also used the neutrogena t-gel shampoo, it smells awful, and that still isn't working, so i am going to try some olive oil. im not even going to try selson blue because ive already tried the other product like it, and i am sick of wasting my money.

      HERE ARE SOME HOME-REMEDIES to try, but i suggest seeing a doctor because it can get worse and it sucks.

      Zinc Pyrithione: Wonderful stuff for scalp conditions. First synthesized in the 1930’s, this is the most widely used active ingredient from a natural source. It’s used to treat dandruff, seborrheic dermatitus, psoriasis, eczema and numerous other skin and scalp disorders. It has strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
      Jojoba: Is excellent as a scalp moisturiser and helps to rebalance sebum.
      Tea Tree: Oily hair … Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands, enlivens the scalp and brings the cells & follicles to attention
      Basil: Oily hair … promotes growth
      Chamomile: Fine to normal hair … gives golden highlights
      Clary sage: All types of hair … dandruff treatment
      Lavender: Normal hair … Scalp treatment for itchiness, dandruff, and even lice!
      Lemon: Oily hair … Gives golden highlights; treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands
      Myrrh: Dry hair … Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands
      Patchouli: Oily hair … Dandruff treatment
      Peppermint: Dry hair … Promotes hair growth
      Rose: Fine hair … Soothes scalp
      Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil: Excellent for itchy scalp, dry scalp and dandruff Rosemary: Oily hair … Dandruff treatment; promotes hair growth and is an excellent for treating dry scalp
      Tea tree: Oily hair … Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands
      Ylang-ylang: Oily hair … Dandruff treatment

  45. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  47. 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.


treatment for psoriasis in the scalp

Effects Of Psoriasis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I have psoriasis which hair dye do I dye with?
    There is two types of hair dye. There is that one which is the normal one and there is the foam one which will be better? And will it effect my psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      It does not matter and it won't affect your psoriasis at all.

      My psoriasis gets even better after a hair dye and never ever no matter the type of the hair dye have triggered a flair up.

  2. QUESTION:
    Does the sun have a bad effect on psoriasis?
    I've been told my someone (not a doctor) that sitting in the sun for too long worsens the psoriasis. But I find that the psoriasis looks a bit better after sitting in the sun for a while. Is that just my imagination? What are the effects of the sun on psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      I would not overdo the sun but in fact you are correct. Ultra-violet light, the kind found in sunlight, is beneficial for skin conditions like psoriasis. You may even find that your skin doctor puts you under a sunlamp for short periods of time in the treatment of this.

  3. QUESTION:
    Do any foods cause psoriasis? What can I change in my diet to prevent psoriasis?
    I suffer with psoriasis on my neck. I was wondering, if it can flare up when I eat certain foods? I've tried ointments but nothing is working. I couldn't get a doctor's appointment until mid-March. What can I do to help myself now?

    • ANSWER:
      Fried foods are a big culprit.

      Eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables. Keep the idea in mind to stay as close to the earth as possible (as in fruits and vegetables).

      Smoking, alcohol, stress, and normal weather associated with winter months will have adverse effects.

      Try to stay away from synthetic materials and harsh soaps.

      Supplementing with health food store quality probiotics can work wonders, as well as supplementing with GLA from Evening Primrose Oil (1,000-3,000 mg/day).

      Emu oil is wonderful for short term relief (www.desertpalmsemu.com).

      Sunlight, sunlight, sunlight! Expose the affected area to as much sunlight as possible and skip the sunblock (don't stay out so long that you get burned though).

  4. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of psoriasis of the nails?
    I have psoriasis on two nails and now it is coming on two more fingernails. I wonder is there anything out there that helps it, I have an appointment with a dermatologist in two weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. I have plaque psoriasis on arms, knees and scalp and the only remedy that works for it without fail is Champori Cream and Spray combo. You may want to try it for your nails as well: it is natural and the effect is long-lasting. They offer money back guarantee, so if it doesn't work - it's free.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  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:
    What hair colour would suit me? And would it effect my Psoriasis?
    So I have bright blue eyes, pale skin but not too pale, I have a chubby round face but not too chubby. I am wanting black, dark purple or dark brown hair but at the same time I am scared if it would course any damage to my Psoriasis.

    • ANSWER:

  7. 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

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

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

      You have 3 basic types of treatments:

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

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

      The goal is to find a treatment that works the best with the fewest side effects. One of the first principles of psoriasis treatment is to not create anything worse than the disease.

      Best Wishes

  9. 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.

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

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

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

  11. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of nervousness on your body?
    I experience nervousness very often, over the smallest things. I am wondering if there are any bad effects of this on my body.

    • ANSWER:
      If it concerns your skin, then excessive nervousness can cause some redness or pale stains on it, it may also cause psoriasis. If it concerns your body, then you should know that nervousness causes heart attacks, increasing of blood pressure, migraine, peptic ulcer and many other unpleasant things. Some people can also gain weight when they are nervous (because they usually start eating more). But some people on the contrary loose much weight 'cause they are anxious about smth and do not eat anything. So, it depends. But anyway, try not to be nervous, there is always a way out.

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi ANgee

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

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

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

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

      Natural Cures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of health to you

  13. QUESTION:
    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.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is there a good over the counter cream or medicine for psoriasis on the face?
    I have psoriasis, mainly on ,my scalp, face and chest. I discovered T-Gel shampoo caused my scalp psoriasis to go into remission- I have psoriasis on either side of my nose- people always ask if my nose is sunburned- It's psoriasis- Is there an over the counter drug or cream i could apply to my face?

    Since T-Gel shampoo helped the psoriasis clear from my scalp- what if I applied that to my face?

    • ANSWER:
      The shampoo is likely too drying for the face, but the active ingredient, tar, is available in gel, foam and lotion forms for the skin. Try Cutar, Scytera or T-Derm oil. You should get a similar effect as the T-Gel gave for the scalp. You may not need Rx treatment.

  15. QUESTION:
    What can I do to treat psoriasis under my fingernails without resorting to the prescription drugs?
    Prescription drugs available have too many horrific side effects - not worth it.

    • ANSWER:
      I assume you mean the pits in the fingernails?

      I don't know of any natural ways to treat it.
      Stress is a trigger for psoriasis outbreaks. Do you notice it getting worse when you are most stressed?

  16. 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!!

  17. QUESTION:
    what is the best medication for psoriasis?
    My girlfriend has had psoriasis for awhile & she has tried a few things & puts eucerin on the area's freaquently. It's not the worst but she is tired of the outbreaks, PLEASE HELP.

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

  18. 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

  19. QUESTION:
    are there any natural treatments or medicines for psoriasis arthritis?
    The medicines I've looked at have so many side effects I'd rather have the pain. Anyone know of any other way to help the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Topical treatments are most effective for treating mild to moderate psoriasis and are aimed at reducing swelling and skin cell turnover, helping the skin to peel, unclogging pores and suppressing the immune system. Phototherapy involves the use of natural ultraviolet light and artificial ultraviolet light – it reduces redness and slows the overproduction of skin cells that causes scaling.

      If psoriasis is severe, medication in the form of an injection or pill is administered – this is called systemic treatment. These treatment options may be combined to achieve the best results. Through constant trail and error, the psoriasis sufferer needs to discover the most effective treatment.

      The use of natural and alternative treatments has become increasingly popular among people suffering with psoriasis. Natural treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies are a safe and effective alternative to use especially when traditional therapy has failed to produce the desired results. Carefully selected ingredients have been chosen to support skin health and promote healthy cell renewal and routine shedding of old skin cells.

      Herbs such as Galium aperine (Cleavers) and Trifolium pratense (red clover) have a wide of therapeutic benefits which include acting as a cleansing tonic, blood purifier as well as lymphatic cleanser.

      Tissue salts such as Natrium Muriaticum, Kalium Sulphate and Kalium Muriaticum are excellent for maintaining skin health and supporting the natural healing and regenerative processes of the skin.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/p/psoriasis.htm

  20. 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

  21. QUESTION:
    What are the damaging effects of high liver enzymes?
    I recently took a medicine that, while working astonishingly, raised my enzyme level. Thus, the doctor took me off the medication, and my "condition" has slowly returned once more. If I continued on the meds from just 5 more months, things would have been solved for good.

    I guess my question is just how dangerous is this side effect, and are there any ways I can continue taking this past medication while taking precautions?

    • ANSWER:
      can cause psoriasis of the liver of the liver scarring basically which is bad for you but the liver is very good at healing itsself so give it a break if its only for a little bit your liver should be fine no long term damage

  22. QUESTION:
    Can finger psoriasis be treated somehow? Any suggestions for new treatments?
    I have psoriasis on my finger tips, it really disturbs me and my daily life.. sometimes it gets so bad that I start to bleed from the fingers when I write something or hold something tight..

    Have anyone experienced it before and treated it ? and if yes.. how?

    Ps. I tried almost all types of steroid creams that are out there.. from the lightest to the strongest.. nothing seem to help anymore...
    Any suggestions of new treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      Boris,
      Presumably you have been diagnosed with psoriasis as many skin problems share similar symptoms.
      I do not know if, during your 'journey' with different medications, you have been prescribed Acitretin (trade name Soriatane) which is a second generation retinoid. It is taken orally, and is typically used for psoriasis. It is a metabolite of etretinate, which was used prior to the introduction of acitretin. I presume, because of your ‘name’ that you are male and this will not apply to you, but just in case - acitretin can be reverse metabolised into etretinate which has a long half life, women must avoid becoming pregnant for at least 2 years after discontinuing acitretin. Therefore, acitretin is generally not recommended for women of child bearing age with a risk of becoming pregnant. Acitretin is the oral retinoid of choice used in the treatment of severe resistant psoriasis. It binds to nuclear receptors that regulates gene transcription. They induce keratinocyte differentiation and reduce epidermal hyperplasia, leading to the slowing of cell reproduction. Acitretin is readily absorbed and widely distributed after oral administration. A therapeutic effect occurs after 2 to 4 weeks or longer. If a patient has received the medication, he/she is advised against giving blood for at least 3 years due to the risk of birth defects (details from AABB Technical Manual). A very old-fashioned and proven method of treatment for the problem that you have with your finger tips, is to drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water a day and cut down on coffee and tea and fizzy canned drinks. Two creams/ointments come to mind, Elidel – Pimecrolimus – 1% cream, and Bonalfa – Tacalcitol monohydrate – ointment, containing synthetic Vit. D, which have both had success in the treatment of psoriasis, sometimes in combination. You would be advised to continue to be advised by your doctor, dermatologist or/and rheumatologist as the occasion arises. I wish you well.

      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

  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of a successful psoriasis treatment?
    My boyfriend has a small patch of what looks like psoriasis by his ear. We got some of this coal tar gel called Psoriasin but it doesn't seem to be helping. Anyone with this have any helpful tips or treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      The standard management for psoriasis is currently calcipotriene, (Dovonex,) Dovobet is used for rescue treatment, unfortunately it contains a powerful flourinated steroid which if used on an ongoing basis produces skin thinning, marking, (striae,) and rebound exacerbations.

      Calcipotriene is a clean and pleasant preparation with few side effects, unfortunately it is not all that potent and its effects also tend to wane with time. The older psoriasis preparations, tar and dithranol, are still excellent and very effective, but they require experience of use to manage them, something few dermatologists and even fewer GPs still possess. They need to be applied in very low concentrations and initially for very short contact periods to avoid skin damage. The concentrations and application times can be gradually increased as tolerated. Unfortunately both these preparations are smelly and messy, so they are best applied at night and washed off in the morning. Olive oil can be used to help remove the tar.

  26. QUESTION:
    What can I do about my psoriasis?
    I have it mainly on my elbows, where it itches like crazy sometimes.
    My doctor gave me cortisone cream, which helps a bit. I have been doing some research and it seems diet has a great effect. Do you have any good remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is supposed to be able to be treated in the Dead Sea region in Israel and Jordan. If you really want to spend the money, you can book a treatment in Israel or Jordan and sun bath below sea level, while going in the dead sea.

      As an alternative to travelling there, water and mud from the dead sea is also supposed to help psoriasis. So maybe buying some dead sea mud, creams made with dead sea salt or minerals, or dead sea-salt would help.

  27. QUESTION:
    What is the risk or side effects of using medicines called topical steroids for a long period?
    I have been using Dermovate scalp application for my psoriasis for many years by now and this is the only medication that seems to be working on my condition. I only apply it when redness and itchness occur. I have learned lately that using this type of medication which contains steroids may have serious side effects such as the effect on normal production of steroids in the body. What would that exactly mean? What are the symptoms in such cases? Does it have anything to do with methabolism or overweight issues?

    • ANSWER:
      Dermovate is a very potent topical steroid.Generally topical steroids side effects are effects at the site they are applied such as thinning of the skin, easy bruising, skin infection,etc. As a very potent topical steroids, Dermovate is more likely to be absorbed through the skin into the body and to cause side effects similar to oral steroids, especially if they are used continuously for long period on large areas of the body such as the back. You are right, it affect normal production of steroids in the body which is the function of the adrenal gland. Side effects would include increase risk of getting infection (takes place with very high doses), reduced calcium absorption through the gastrointestinal tract resulting to bone thinning and an increased risk of osteoporosis amongst others. It can suppress growth in children. Some of the more common side effects include changes in appearance, such as acne, development of a round or moon-shaped face and an increased appetite leading to weight gain. Steroids may also cause a redistribution of fat, leading to a swollen face and abdomen, but thin arms and legs. The side effects usually reversed once the steroids are stopped.

  28. QUESTION:
    What group of people does Atopic eczema effect and statistics?
    What group of people does Atopic eczema effect and statistics?

    • ANSWER:
      I've asked nurses and doctors this due to my psoriasis, and knowing people with eczema. Atopic eczema is usually related to allergies. It usually starts when someone is young. It can happen to males or females, though.

  29. 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.

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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.

  30. 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.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can Pustular Psoriasis be stopped from spreading?
    I have been seeing my primary care doc about a skin irritation for a couple of months and it finally occured to me that a family member has psoriasis. I told the doc and she got me an "emergency" appointment for next week. I have looked at a bunch of pics and if I have Psoriasis, it is definately pustular. Does this mean my hands will be covered? Right now the infected area is about the size of a 50 cent piece on the palm of my hand.

    • ANSWER:
      Suzanne, hello. Psoriasis is treatable and yes, it can be stopped from spreading. The problem is that there is no single remedy that would work for all. I strongly recommend that you Don't use steroidal medications doctors prescribe: side-effects are worse than the psor. itself. Check out http://www.psoriasis.org (us) or http://www.psoriasis-help.org.uk (uk) for information and support (both sites have community forums with great people). What helped me personally was the herbal cream and spray from http://www.champori.com It cleared my p. in just under 3 weeks and I haven't had a relapse in more than a year. You may want to try it as well.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  32. QUESTION:
    What are the Islamic treatments for psoriasis ?
    What are the Islamic treatments for psoriasis ?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not aware that the medications used for non Islamic sufferers are not available to Islamic sufferers. I am aware of Islamic patients who receive normal medication. In olden days, physicians, whether they were Muslims, Christians, or Jews, under the umbrella of Islam raised the dignity and calibre of the medical profession. The teaching in the light of edicts from the Holy Quran and prophetic directions led the scholars of mysticism and spiritualism to the determination between the material and the spiritual worlds. The teaching of the Holy Quran is also the belief in Allah (God) and the Day of Judgment after life. Faith exercises a deep effect on the spirit and the body of humans. Muslims believe that diseases are the result of the dissociation of the harmony between the body and the spirit, and faith is the exactitude that is extremely effective in keeping the harmony intact through its belief in "tawhid" (unity) of thought; thus, healing comes through faith. It may be of interest that in the late eighties, officials in the Red Sea region of the Gulf of Safaga noticed an amazing phenomenon, tourists who came to the Gulf of Safaga to enjoy diving and were sufferers of psoriasis recovered completely after spending two to three weeks in this region. Laboratory tests have proven that the sands of Safaga contain a high, safe percentage of radioactive material, such as uranium, thorium and potassium, as well as most other minerals. It has also been proven that the sand has a high percentage of gold salt used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, joint effusion and skin inflammations.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  33. 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! ;)

  34. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis: Does evaluation for treatment usually require testing?
    I'm not working but have to see a dermatologist for inverse psoriasis so I can only afford ~0. Does evaluation for treatment normally involve further testing or can a doctor prescribe something for me after the visit?
    ? - That's great but you didn't answer my question: does evaluation for treatment usually involve tests?

    • ANSWER:
      To begin with, psoriasis is now considered to be an autoimmune disorder, in which the body's cascade of inflammatory mediators is triggered off by an unkown antigen(s). One of the side effects of these inflammatory agents is to cause the skin cells to hyperproliferate. Hence the treatments are directed against the production of those inflammatory agents. In inverse psoriasis, the lesions tend to be in the "sensitive" areas, so that generally, milder topical agents can be used successfully. Agents such as Protopic ointment and Elidel cream have been used, often with good results. In these cases, I see no reason for blood testing to be done. However, if there is no response to topical therapy, and systemic agents (pills or shots) have to be undertaken, then blood tests are necessary, usually to check up on your liver and blood counts.

  35. QUESTION:
    What are the long term benefits of chamomile tea?
    I know that it relaxes the mind. But what about long term effects like maintains healthy blood pressure/sugar and such?

    • ANSWER:
      Chamomile can be used to treat a number of everyday ailments, such as:

      Insomnia and other sleep disorders
      Anxiety and Panic Attacks
      Muscle twitches
      Wounds, burns, and scrapes
      Skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, chickenpox, and diaper rash
      Stomach problems such as menstrual cramps, stomach flu, and ulcers

  36. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of eating psychedelic mushrooms while on enbrel injections.?
    I just started taking enbrel injections for psoriasis. I was wondering what the effect would be if I ate psychedelic mushrooms even though I take a enbrel injection twice a week. Enbrel is a drug that lowers your immune system. Will I get sick if I do this?

    • ANSWER:
      Your best (and safest) bet would be to ask a pharmacist if there are any interactions listed between the drugs and supplements you're taking. Doctors and pharmacists both have access to a database of drug interactions and they can tell you quickly if you can safely take them together or not.... anyone here will just have a best guess from searching on the internet (which isn't always accurate, as we all know) ;-)
      Also, it's not illegal to ask and pharmacists don't have to judge to answer you. Good luck!

  37. QUESTION:
    Do Hydrochloric acid supplements really work for low stomach acid?
    Whats better, the tablet or the capsule? One of the side effects of low stomach acid is itchy anus, what causes this?

    • ANSWER:
      The parietal cells of the stomach produce HCl and secrete it primarily in response to ingested protein or fat. Stress also may stimulate acid output. When we eat more frequently than required by the body or overconsume fats and proteins, acid production begins to decrease. Decreased HCl production may lead to poor digestion, with symptoms such as gas, bloating, and discomfort after rich meals. An HCl supplement may improve digestion of meals containing protein and/or fat, though not for foods such as rice and vegetables, which are largely carbohydrate and thus need less HCl for digestion.

      Hydrochloric acid is available primarily as betaine hydrochloride. When a 5–10 grain (1 grain = 64 mg.) tablet is taken before, during, or after meals, it should help proteins break down into peptides and amino acids and fats into triglycerides. Glutamic acid hydrochloride is used sometimes in formulas, but this amino acid is only mildly acidic and does not work as well as betaine hydrochloride. Betaine may be used alone, in supplements, or along with pepsin or other digestive agents.

      The use of HCl support is part of the antiaging process in this book, provided, of course, that HCl production is low. A Heidelberg capsule, gastric pH test (which directly measures stomach pH) can be done to verify a low or high acidity; then, a supplement can be administered to see what effect it has on stomach pH. One reason that stress can cause more rapid aging is that it diminishes HCl production and weakens digestion. It is the low-grade, long-term, emotionally oriented life stress that is more the culprit here. Stress in intense worriers or high-achieving businesspersons is associated more with HCl hypersecretion and peptic ulcer disease (at least initially).

      Low HCl production is associated with many problems. Iron deficiency anemia, owing to poor iron absorption, and osteoporosis, resulting in part from decreased calcium absorption, are two important problems. General allergies and, specifically, food allergies are correlated with low HCl. Poor food breakdown and the "leaky gut" syndrome are associated with food allergies (see Allergy program in Chapter 17). More than half the people with gallstones show decreased HCl secretion compared with gallstone-free patients. Diabetics have lower secretion, as do people with eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, vitiligo, and tooth and periodontal disease. With low stomach acid levels, there can be an increase in bacteria, yeasts, and parasites growing in the intestines.

      you can correct our low stomach acid by eating a balanced diet of wholesome foods and by reducing our daily levels of stress. Niacin, vitamin B3, stimulates HCl production. This can be taken before meals, as can magnesium chloride and pyridoxal-5-phosphate (the active form of vitamin B6) to help stimulate the body’s own HCl. I have suggested drinking the juice of half a lemon squeezed in water or a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water 20–30 minutes before meals with some success. Rosemary, ginger, cumin, or orange peel, used to make tea and drunk before meals, can also be helpful.

      the digestive tract and its function may be the single most important body component determining health and disease. Maintaining normal digestion, assimilation, and elimination is a necessity, and when these functions are faulty, we may not be aware that these dysfunctions are contributing to so many other problems. Another key digestive factor is that HCl is a stimulus to pancreatic secretions, containing the majority of enzymes that actively break down foods. The poor digestion of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates then further contributes to poor assimilation and nutritional problems. Thus, when they are needed, supplemental support of digestive enzymes may be even more important than HCl.

  38. 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

  39. QUESTION:
    has anyone heard of using banana peels for psoriasis?
    i'm 54 years old and with the past year i have developed psoriasis. i have tried various remedies, with not much succes.

    • ANSWER:
      Modern research has since confirmed that rubbing banana peel on red, scaly patches of psoriasis can provide relief without the side effects of conventional remedies. The active ingredients in banana peels, called esterified fatty acids, have been isolated and incorporated into a patented lotion (Exorex lotion) and sold commercially.

  40. QUESTION:
    I want to get a tattoo that has something to do with having psoriasis. I'm thinking maybe a quote any ideas?
    I already have a tattoo so i'm not worried about my psoriasis effecting it!

    • ANSWER:

  41. 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!!

  42. 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.

  43. QUESTION:
    Do you guys think that chocolate can make acne worse?
    I know that most doctors say that diet does not effect acne, but It seems that everytime I eat something chocolate like ice cream or brownies, I break out with deep, painful, huge acne. Not only that, but these things take weeks to completely heal. Might this be a coincidence or does this happen to you too?

    • ANSWER:
      it could be personal, like an allergic reaction you have. doctors also told me that my psoriasis had nothing to do with diet, but i stopped eating certain foods and my condition improved a lot. so it could be related, but no one can say for sure.

  44. QUESTION:
    what is the effect of the drug hydroxychloroquine sulphateon the fetus if it is taken during fertilizatio?
    I was taking hydroxy chloroquine sulphate 200mg when i conceived and i i took it for 14 days after fertilization of ovum .As i was not aware of pregnancy which i came to know after 2 days of missing my period. What will be effect of the drug on fertilized ovum. Whether it will abort ?or can it produce madevelopment of the child. Should i go for an termination of pregnancy? Before the expected date of mensis i had already stopped the drug 4 days before. Still it can produce any malformation in fetus?

    • ANSWER:
      Hydroxychloroquine Sulphate

      How does it work?

      Hydroxychloroquinine is used in the treatment of some auto-immune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. In these diseases the body's immune system is over-active and slightly defective. The body develops antibodies which attack and cause damage to its own cells. Damage can occur anywhere in the body, such as in the joints or cartilage as in the case of rheumatoid arthritis. As a result of the damage to the joints, reduced mobility and stiffness in the affected joints is experienced. Hydroxychloroquine is thought to act by interfering with the production and release of blood cells that are involved in the body's immune defence system. Hence the autoimmune response of the antibodies against its own body, is reduced and as result the amount of damage to the cells is minimized and prevented. As it has the potential to prevent progression of the disease, by limiting the damage caused, it is often referred to as a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARDS) and is commonly used very early in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Hydroxychloroquine is also used in treating skin conditions that are caused or aggravated by sunlight.

      What is it used for?

      # Inflammatory disease of the joints
      # Long-term inflammation of skin and some internal organs (systemic lupus erythematosus) or related diseases e.g. scleroderma
      # Severe inflammatory diease of the joint that commonly occurs in children and adolescents (juvenile arthritis)
      # Skin damaged by the sun
      # Skin disorders caused or made worse by sunlight

      Warning!

      # This medication may cause a blurring of vision. If affected do not drive or operate machinery.
      # People taking this medicine should have regular blood tests to check the levels of their blood components.
      # It is recommended that eye examinations are carried out before starting treatment with this medicine and repeated every six months in the course of the treatment. This medicine should be discontinued if any visual problems develop.

      Use with caution in

      # Disease affecting the brain and nervous system (neurological disease)
      # Gastro-intestinal conditions
      # Individuals taking medicines that may cause skin reactions or impair vision
      # Kidney disease
      # Lack of the chemical G6PD in the blood (G6PD deficiency)
      # Life long inherited blood diseases which can cause a variety of symptoms, including mental health problems (porphyrias)
      # Liver disease
      # Psoriasis
      # Severe blood disorders

      Not to be used in

      # Allergy to quinine
      # Pre-existing abnormality of the eye (eye maculopathy)
      # Pregnancy

      This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy. If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

      Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

      Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.

      # This medicine should not be used in pregnancy. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
      # This medicine passes into breast milk in small amounts. Seek medical advice from your doctor before breastfeeding.

  45. QUESTION:
    what are the side effects of homeopathy medicines?
    hi, im taking homeopathy medicines for psoriasis.Is there any side effects with homeo medicines? I heard that heat will be generated in the body with homeo medicines.Is it true?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello vardhan,

      There are no side effects of homeopathy medicines.Homeopathy medicines gently works with the body to stimulate balance or healing. Also, since homeopathic medicines have no side effects, this reduces the percentage of iatrogenic diseases.

  46. QUESTION:
    Why do I get little cuts and rashes when I take Super vitamin B complex?
    The rashes from the vitamins tend to look like a psoriasis rash or a rash that is reminiscent of a mole, but is about the size of a quarter.

    • ANSWER:
      stop taking it.
      it's one of the side effects of taking vitamin b.

  47. QUESTION:
    What skin condition would a doctor prescribe Fluocinonide Cream for?
    My dermatologist prescribed Fluocinonide cream for my skin rash (for which the diagnosis, I cannot remember the name of) and I'm trying to figure it out to look it up. It's not eczema, psoriasis...etc. It was two words - or one really long word - the first word starting with a "C," and the second with an, "R" . Any ideas what the name of it is?

    **If it helps: it is not contagious, it is a reaction to some virus he claims I must have caught, itching is bare minimal, and it is often mistaken for fungus.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      CHEMICAL NAME
      CORTICOSTEROIDS.

      INDICATIONS
      Fluocinonide-(CORTICOSTEROIDS) is used to treat swelling, inflammation, and itching of skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, rashes, insect bites, poison ivy, allergies and other irritations. Corticosteroids for the skin are available in different strengths and forms (e.g., creams, ointments, lotions and gels). The type of medication used depends on the location of your condition and the type of skin problem being treated. Creams are the most frequently used form. Lotions and gels may be better suited to hairy areas. Ointments may be better suited for dry areas and when a stronger effect or skin protection is desired.

      FROM: http://www.rxzone.us/product.cfm/rx/Fluocinonide-Cream-005-120-GM-230805.html

      Sounds like the skin reactions that I was having two to three years ago. At the time I was having urticaria allergic reactions to foods and my own sweat and who knows what other toxins, that would then promote fungal infections from my weakened immune system. I eventually learned to make the right organic nutritional choices that allowed my immune system and organs to rebuild and get stronger.

      IF YI - my own skin-urticaria issues have cost about ,500 in the last three years to learn what I now know - which is that ALL skin diseases are strongly related to one's micro-nutrition and/or toxic absorption and/or hygiene and/or parasites.

      My allergic reactions continually cause small water blisters along with skin fevers and itches and then rashes and then long term scaling. When my malady was at its worst - I used to have allergic itches to my own sweat that I was burning off after showering or during exercise or when parts of my body got hot - during a time in my life when I used to have considerable toxins stored within my body fat and ‘very’ weakened immune and filter systems.

      Monistat_7 and Desenex are moist-area anti-fungals and Monistat_Derm and Head_&_Shoulders are also anti-fungals, but you really need to see an MD and do more internet research to better understand how difficult it is for an MD to diagnose serious skin maladies. Use meds that are prescribed in a very minimal way so that your body’s immune system's and skin/ organs can repair and grow stronger, which will then prevent reoccurrences in the future.

      Since when I was an asthmatic teen and could not use deodorants without rashing up, my life long triggers have taught me to use hypo-allergenic non-perfumed soaps in a minimal way and to sometimes powder different portions of my body with cornstarch to help minimize yeast infections; especially whenever my micro-nutritional absorption within my gut has been less than was necessary to adequately repair my body’s immune system, organs, and skin on a daily basis.

      Even though I might not have answered your question as ‘specifically’ as you may have wanted, to help you with simple and concise information on ALL itch rash illnesses and for short and long term solutions to them ALL - the following link has considerable info within a ‘report’ I recently posted on Y_A:

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091113104039AAbnGet

      The report at qid=20091113104039AAbnGet is an accumulation of my own investigations into itch rash illnesses that are due to my own non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, even though I have a fairly low BMI of 26.

      I eventually learned that itching or rashes are symptoms of maladies that could become much worse if not healed with better non-toxic and more ‘dense’ micro-nutritional choices. Since doctors were not very helpful and it ‘almost’ took too long to learn what I now try to teach others, I now take a little time each week to help others understand the need for non-toxic and ‘adequate’ micro-nutritional absorption in the gut AND for good hygiene - which will then prevent or minimize every ‘dis-ease’ I am aware of.

      Finally, because I am not an MD who could diagnose you ‘personally,’ I feel I should add that although I have seen that most root problems for 'skin' issues for myself and others has usually ‘always’ been from long and or short term allergic reactions to 'something' or poor hygiene COMBINED WITH a weakened lymph liver kidney skin and immune systems - IF the following symptoms would ever occur - I ‘think’ the worst rash one might possibly have quickly acquired is from deadly bacterial meningitis, ALTHOUGH bacterial meningitis would be VERY RARE.

      The two quotes below are from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacterial_Meningitis

      “IF a rash is present, it may indicate a particular cause of meningitis; for instance, meningitis caused by meningococcal bacteria may be accompanied by a characteristic rash.”

      “The MOST common symptoms of meningitis are headache and neck stiffness associated with fever, confusion or altered consciousness, vomiting, and an inability to tolerate light (photophobia) or loud noises (phonophobia). SOMETIMES, especially in small children, only nonspecific symptoms may be present, such as irritability and drowsiness.”

      For further details see: http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/about/faq.html

      I truly truly hope that what you might rapidly learn in the next few minutes will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful malady in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

      PS - IF YI - the nutrition info I have learned is posted at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091101184933AA0kQ63 .


effects of psoriasis

Psoriasis Vs Eczema

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How can you tell the difference between early Paget's disease in the nipple and dermatitis or eczema?

    • ANSWER:
      here are some links to Paget's disease..

      Paget’s Disease
      http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdbdetail_abstract.html?disname=Paget%27s%20Disease (possible cause of Paget’s disease or osteitis deformans …scroll down for organizations)
      http://www.paget.org/ (paget’s disease organization)
      http://www.niams.nih.gov/bone/hi/paget/FF_Pagets_Disease.pdf (Paget’s disease or osteitis deformans …need adobe reader)
      http://www.niams.nih.gov/bone/hi/paget/ff_paget.htm (Paget’s disease or osteitis deformans)
      http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct/search?term=osteitis+deformans&submit=Search (clinical trials for Paget’s disease..osteitis deformans)

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

      here are some links to atropic dermatitis and eczema..

      Eczema and Atropic Dermatitis (sebborheic dermatitis,etc)

      atropic dermatitis (eczema is one type) at govt. website
      http://www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/dermatitis/ffdermatitis.htm

      National eczema Association
      http://www.nationaleczema.org/lwe/aboutad.html (about atropic dermatitis)

      Government clinical trials
      http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct/gui/action/FindCondition?ui=D004485&recruiting=true

      eczema topics on medline plus (national library of medicine)
      http://search.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/qu...

      some possible vaccine problems with smallpox vaccine and people with atropic dermatitis (eczema is one type) (link above says people with eczema should NOT take the smallpox vaccine)
      http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2006/eczema_spox.htm

      they say sometimes food allergies are involved..here are some links...
      http://www.umm.edu/altmed/ConsConditions/Eczemacc.html
      http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/pa/pa_eczema_hhg.htm
      http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/allergies_immune/eczema.html

      a general discussion of food allergies (govt website)
      http://www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/food.htm

      an eczema diet
      http://kroniknya-duniaku.blogspot.com/2006/11/eczema-diet.html

      one woman's journey
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema.htm
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema2.htm
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema2.htm#cause

      another person's journey
      http://www.eczemavoice.com/forum/messages/271/48.html

      here is questions about eczema on yahoo answers
      http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061201032215AAtOUyG
      http://in.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061210040314AA20M0e
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ArFUqUXxCk8Ca4YzgxRP5uTsy6IX?qid=20070227120626AAdFeNs&show=7#profile-info-852395927c9364fe1e8c7cdf222d61dbaa
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ag6Dt9nBMrtRRIELgyTSyO_YxQt.?qid=20070305002036AAMc1lp

      In Japan and turkey they have a treatment for it where you get into a sauna and let little fish eat off the eczema flesh.
      http://www.realself.com/blog/psoriasis_treatment_doctor_fish.html

      here is the hygiene hypothesis
      http://www.theopenpress.com/index.php?a=press&id=13747

      eczema vs psoriasis
      http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=6909

  2. QUESTION:
    How can I treat my 2 month olds Eczema?
    My husband had really bad eczema when he was a baby. This is my 3rd child and now it seems as though he is the one to get this bad eczema. I tried Eucerin itch cream because he always rubs his head back and forth like it itches him. He has this scarring on his forehead and back of his neck and on his arms and legs. Any other suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      here are some links...you could take him to a dermatologist...or maybe see if one of the clinical trials in the clinical link below take babies...ask pediatrician before making any diet or other changes with babies..

      Eczema and Atropic Dermatitis (sebborheic dermatitis,etc)

      atropic dermatitis (eczema is one type) at govt. website
      http://www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/dermatitis/ffdermatitis.htm

      National eczema Association
      http://www.nationaleczema.org/lwe/aboutad.html (about atropic dermatitis)

      Government clinical trials
      http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct/gui/action/FindCondition?ui=D004485&recruiting=true

      eczema topics on medline plus (national library of medicine)
      http://search.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/qu...

      some possible vaccine problems with smallpox vaccine and people with atropic dermatitis (eczema is one type) (link above says people with eczema should NOT take the smallpox vaccine)
      http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2006/eczema_spox.htm

      they say sometimes food allergies are involved..here are some links...
      http://www.umm.edu/altmed/ConsConditions/Eczemacc.html
      http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/pa/pa_eczema_hhg.htm
      http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/allergies_immune/eczema.html

      a general discussion of food allergies (govt website)
      http://www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/food.htm

      an eczema diet
      http://kroniknya-duniaku.blogspot.com/2006/11/eczema-diet.html

      one woman's journey
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema.htm
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema2.htm
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema2.htm#cause

      another person's journey
      http://www.eczemavoice.com/forum/messages/271/48.html

      here is questions about eczema on yahoo answers
      http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061201032215AAtOUyG
      http://in.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061210040314AA20M0e
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ArFUqUXxCk8Ca4YzgxRP5uTsy6IX?qid=20070227120626AAdFeNs&show=7#profile-info-852395927c9364fe1e8c7cdf222d61dbaa
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ag6Dt9nBMrtRRIELgyTSyO_YxQt.?qid=20070305002036AAMc1lp

      In Japan and turkey they have a treatment for it where you get into a sauna and let little fish eat off the eczema flesh.
      http://www.realself.com/blog/psoriasis_treatment_doctor_fish.html

      here is the hygiene hypothesis
      http://www.theopenpress.com/index.php?a=press&id=13747

      eczema vs psoriasis
      http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=6909

  3. QUESTION:
    Can anyone offer any advice or severe eczema and allergies?
    My niece is 2 and has suffered from severe itching, eczema, and food allergies all her life. the doctors recommend massive doses of steroids, but this is not effective nor do we want to continue this route if possible. We are looking for a more permanent, natural or holistic approach if possible. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some links about that..

      Eczema and Atropic Dermatitis (sebborheic dermatitis,etc)

      atropic dermatitis (eczema is one type) at govt. website
      http://www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/dermatitis/ffdermatitis.htm

      National eczema Association
      http://www.nationaleczema.org/lwe/aboutad.html (about atropic dermatitis)

      Government clinical trials
      http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct/gui/action/FindCondition?ui=D004485&recruiting=true

      eczema topics on medline plus (national library of medicine)
      http://search.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/qu...

      some possible vaccine problems with smallpox vaccine and people with atropic dermatitis (eczema is one type) (link above says people with eczema should NOT take the smallpox vaccine)
      http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2006/eczema_spox.htm

      they say sometimes food allergies are involved..here are some links...
      http://www.umm.edu/altmed/ConsConditions/Eczemacc.html
      http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/pa/pa_eczema_hhg.htm
      http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/allergies_immune/eczema.html

      a general discussion of food allergies (govt website)
      http://www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/food.htm

      an eczema diet
      http://kroniknya-duniaku.blogspot.com/2006/11/eczema-diet.html

      one woman's journey
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema.htm
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema2.htm
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema2.htm#cause

      another person's journey
      http://www.eczemavoice.com/forum/messages/271/48.html

      here is questions about eczema on yahoo answers
      http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061201032215AAtOUyG
      http://in.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061210040314AA20M0e
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ArFUqUXxCk8Ca4YzgxRP5uTsy6IX?qid=20070227120626AAdFeNs&show=7#profile-info-852395927c9364fe1e8c7cdf222d61dbaa
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ag6Dt9nBMrtRRIELgyTSyO_YxQt.?qid=20070305002036AAMc1lp

      In Japan and turkey they have a treatment for it where you get into a sauna and let little fish eat off the eczema flesh.
      http://www.realself.com/blog/psoriasis_treatment_doctor_fish.html

      here is the hygiene hypothesis
      http://www.theopenpress.com/index.php?a=press&id=13747

      eczema vs psoriasis
      http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=6909

  4. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of eczema...??
    I just have some on my lower legs and only in winter because of the cold. Big red spots and itchy, very ugly! I've put cortisone cream for 10 days about 3 times a day but everytime I shave my legs, it bleeds and I'm back where I started. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
    I know that tanning gets rid of it but I can't because I take Naproxen and my skin can burn to the 3rd degree with that medication.

    • ANSWER:
      Using plenty of moisturizer and increasing the amount of water you take in during the winter can help to allieviate some of the dry skin symptoms. Although it may be difficult avoid shaving the areas that are red and extremely irritated until they improve. Treat eczema spots with topical cream for eczema such as Skin Zium. Limit time in shower and use warm water vs. hot (very drying). If you use soap switch to a gentle body wash and avoid using a washcloth until skin improves. Check out http://www.psoriasisreality.com for more prevention tips on psoriasis and eczema.
      Good luck and hang in there!

  5. QUESTION:
    Can eczema lead to psoriasis if left untreated?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope. Definitely not. Eczema and psoriasis are both hereditary conditions which is why they run in families. Eczema runs in families that have allergic conditions (allergies, asthma, etc.) but psoriasis runs in families with autoimmune disorders (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, etc.). Eczema only affects the skin but psoriasis affects the skin as well as joints. They are often confused for each other because of the similarities in the rashes that they cause but they're not the same and eczema will never lead to psoriasis.

      I urge you to read the article below titled Eczema VS Psoriasis. It sites the similarities and differences between the two.

      Best wishes!

  6. QUESTION:
    My 6 year old son has eczema and has since birth. I recently took him to the doctor for coughing and runny?
    nose, and she told me that he had wheezing in his lungs and that because he had eczema, that he would develop asthma and that a small percentage of children that have eczema develop ashtma later in life. I have never heard of this and can find no relation between the two on the net. I don't want to give my child a medication that he does not need. Does anyone else have any information on this? Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know, but here are some links..

      Eczema and Atropic Dermatitis (sebborheic dermatitis,etc)

      atropic dermatitis (eczema is one type) at govt. website
      http://www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/dermatitis/ffdermatitis.htm

      National eczema Association
      http://www.nationaleczema.org/lwe/aboutad.html (about atropic dermatitis)

      Government clinical trials
      http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct/gui/action/FindCondition?ui=D004485&recruiting=true

      eczema topics on medline plus (national library of medicine)
      http://search.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/qu...

      some possible vaccine problems with smallpox vaccine and people with atropic dermatitis (eczema is one type) (link above says people with eczema should NOT take the smallpox vaccine)
      http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2006/eczema_spox.htm

      they say sometimes food allergies are involved..here are some links...
      http://www.umm.edu/altmed/ConsConditions/Eczemacc.html
      http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/pa/pa_eczema_hhg.htm
      http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/allergies_immune/eczema.html

      a general discussion of food allergies (govt website)
      http://www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/food.htm

      an eczema diet
      http://kroniknya-duniaku.blogspot.com/2006/11/eczema-diet.html

      one woman's journey
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema.htm
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema2.htm
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema2.htm#cause

      another person's journey
      http://www.eczemavoice.com/forum/messages/271/48.html

      here is questions about eczema on yahoo answers
      http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061201032215AAtOUyG
      http://in.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061210040314AA20M0e
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ArFUqUXxCk8Ca4YzgxRP5uTsy6IX?qid=20070227120626AAdFeNs&show=7#profile-info-852395927c9364fe1e8c7cdf222d61dbaa
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ag6Dt9nBMrtRRIELgyTSyO_YxQt.?qid=20070305002036AAMc1lp

      In Japan and turkey they have a treatment for it where you get into a sauna and let little fish eat off the eczema flesh.
      http://www.realself.com/blog/psoriasis_treatment_doctor_fish.html

      here is the hygiene hypothesis
      http://www.theopenpress.com/index.php?a=press&id=13747

      eczema vs psoriasis
      http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=6909

  7. QUESTION:
    Cocoa Butter VS. Shea butter what are the pros and cons of both?
    i just want to know the difference between both of them like which one is better for scars, stretch marks, which one is more greasy do they clog pores do they even the skin tone and so on so if you have any knowledge on the fact i would be more than happy to read your comments thank you so so much in advvance
    By the way what about petroleum jelly i herd people talk a lot about it
    the lotion dat i use is cocoa butter but it has petroleum jelly in it is it really dat bad but i do not use it for my face though only for my body

    • ANSWER:
      Cocoa butter:

      It has been said to enhance a suntan and help fade the appearance of scars and stretch marks, although its effectiveness is uncertain. Less commonly, it has been used as an excipient in rectal suppositories.

      Shea Butter:

      Shea butter is known especially for its cosmetic properties as a moisturizer and emollient. It is also a known anti-inflammatory agent.[2] Shea butter can be effective at treating the following conditions: fading scars, eczema, burns, rashes, acne, severely dry skin, blemishes, dark spots, skin discolorations, chapped lips, stretchmarks, wrinkles and in lessening the irritation of psoriasis[citation needed]. Shea butter provides natural UV sun protection, although the level of protection is extremely variable, ranging from none at all to approximately SPF 6. Sun-sensitive persons should not rely on shea butter for protection. Shea butter absorbs rapidly into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling.

      Shea butter absorbs into your pores without leaving any greasy feeling, however cocoa butter does.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can sleep apnea in a child...?
    be caused by allergies, he also has eczema what i think is caused from milk allergy, could that cause his sleep apnea too.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know, but here are some links..you could take him to a university sleep clinic or an ear nose and throat specialist...

      Eczema and Atropic Dermatitis (sebborheic dermatitis,etc)

      atropic dermatitis (eczema is one type) at govt. website
      http://www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/dermatitis/ffdermatitis.htm

      National eczema Association
      http://www.nationaleczema.org/lwe/aboutad.html (about atropic dermatitis)

      Government clinical trials
      http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct/gui/action/FindCondition?ui=D004485&recruiting=true

      eczema topics on medline plus (national library of medicine)
      http://search.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/qu...

      some possible vaccine problems with smallpox vaccine and people with atropic dermatitis (eczema is one type) (link above says people with eczema should NOT take the smallpox vaccine)
      http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2006/eczema_spox.htm

      they say sometimes food allergies are involved..here are some links...
      http://www.umm.edu/altmed/ConsConditions/Eczemacc.html
      http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/pa/pa_eczema_hhg.htm
      http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/allergies_immune/eczema.html

      a general discussion of food allergies (govt website)
      http://www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/food.htm

      an eczema diet
      http://kroniknya-duniaku.blogspot.com/2006/11/eczema-diet.html

      one woman's journey
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema.htm
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema2.htm
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema2.htm#cause

      another person's journey
      http://www.eczemavoice.com/forum/messages/271/48.html

      here is questions about eczema on yahoo answers
      http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061201032215AAtOUyG
      http://in.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061210040314AA20M0e
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ArFUqUXxCk8Ca4YzgxRP5uTsy6IX?qid=20070227120626AAdFeNs&show=7#profile-info-852395927c9364fe1e8c7cdf222d61dbaa
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ag6Dt9nBMrtRRIELgyTSyO_YxQt.?qid=20070305002036AAMc1lp

      In Japan and turkey they have a treatment for it where you get into a sauna and let little fish eat off the eczema flesh.
      http://www.realself.com/blog/psoriasis_treatment_doctor_fish.html

      here is the hygiene hypothesis
      http://www.theopenpress.com/index.php?a=press&id=13747

      eczema vs psoriasis
      http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=6909

  9. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis vs. Eczema
    What is the difference?

    • ANSWER:
      They are very similar. They both tend to affect similar places, but psoriasis tends to affect the outside of the elbows and front of knees, while eczema affects the inside of the elbows and the back of the knees. Both affect the scalp, both affect the feet. However, the big difference is that eczema can be moist and oozing liquid. Psoriasis is dry. When the hands are affected, fingernails will have pits in them if it's psoriasis. Eczema does not leave pits in nails.

  10. QUESTION:
    Eczema - School - P.E.?
    I have eczema and in school, I have to wear shorts. I feel very uncomfortable with this as I have eczema at the back of my legs. I used to wear tracksuit bottoms, but the teacher said no-one is allowed to wear them anymore.

    What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Talk to the Principal. You can get an exemption due to your health disability. If this does not work, call the school district and ask if they have leagal council on retainer. Then explain to them how many hours it will cost them in legal fees, VS you to wear long pants while in gym class.

      (All school districts in the United States either have legal council working full time, or have them on retainer, and they don't like spending 5 an hour to call them in to review a problem - if they can avoid it. )

      This is a demo video to watch for the eczema cure as seen in Japan. It is not used in Hospitals all over the world yet – but as more people get this water then they will all see that Eczema is curable.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxLW-HKgQzU&feature=PlayList&p=262C30FDF046ADAB&playnext=1&index=4

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

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

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

      Good Luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    My daughter,5, has severe eczema. She has no relief from her prescriptions. Does anyone know what i could use?

    • ANSWER:
      here are some links to info...

      Eczema and Atropic Dermatitis (sebborheic dermatitis,etc)

      atropic dermatitis (eczema is one type) at govt. website
      http://www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/dermatitis/ffdermatitis.htm

      National eczema Association
      http://www.nationaleczema.org/lwe/aboutad.html (about atropic dermatitis)

      Government clinical trials
      http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct/gui/action/FindCondition?ui=D004485&recruiting=true (clinical trials for eczema…hit map button for local trials..don’t forget to turn pages)

      eczema topics on medline plus (national library of medicine)
      http://search.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/qu...

      some possible vaccine problems with smallpox vaccine and people with atropic dermatitis (eczema is one type) (link above says people with eczema should NOT take the smallpox vaccine)
      http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2006/eczema_spox.htm

      they say sometimes food allergies are involved..here are some links...
      http://www.umm.edu/altmed/ConsConditions/Eczemacc.html
      http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/pa/pa_eczema_hhg.htm
      http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/allergies_immune/eczema.html

      a general discussion of food allergies (govt website)
      http://www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/food.htm

      an eczema diet
      http://kroniknya-duniaku.blogspot.com/2006/11/eczema-diet.html

      one woman's journey
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema.htm
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema2.htm
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema2.htm#cause

      another person's journey
      http://www.eczemavoice.com/forum/messages/271/48.html

      here is questions about eczema on yahoo answers
      http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061201032215AAtOUyG
      http://in.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061210040314AA20M0e
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ArFUqUXxCk8Ca4YzgxRP5uTsy6IX?qid=20070227120626AAdFeNs&show=7#profile-info-852395927c9364fe1e8c7cdf222d61dbaa
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ag6Dt9nBMrtRRIELgyTSyO_YxQt.?qid=20070305002036AAMc1lp

      In Japan and turkey they have a treatment for it where you get into a sauna and let little fish eat off the eczema flesh.
      http://www.realself.com/blog/psoriasis_treatment_doctor_fish.html

      here is the hygiene hypothesis
      http://www.theopenpress.com/index.php?a=press&id=13747

      eczema vs psoriasis
      http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=6909

  12. QUESTION:
    what is the synthesis of hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose(HPMC)for treatment of dry eyes?please explaine perfet
    HPMC is a drug(liquid) that synthesises in germany and its application is for treatment of dry eyes

    • ANSWER:
      Exemplary compositions for oral administration include suspensions which may contain, for example, microcrystalline cellulose for imparting bulk, alginic acid or sodium alginate as a suspending agent, methylcellulose as a viscosity enhancer, and sweeteners or flavoring agents such as those known in the art; and immediate release tablets which may contain, for example, microcrystalline cellulose, dicalcium phosphate, starch, magnesium stearate and/or lactose and/or other excipients, binders, extenders, disintegrants, diluents and lubricants such as those known in the art. The present compounds may also be delivered through the oral cavity by sublingual and/or buccal administration. Molded tablets, compressed tablets or freeze-dried tablets are exemplary forms which may be used. Exemplary compositions include those formulating the present compound (s) with fast dissolving diluents such as mannitol, lactose, sucrose and/or cyclodextrins. Also included in such formulations may be high molecular weight excipients such as celluloses (avicel) or polyethylene glycols (PEG). Such formulations may also include an excipient to aid mucosal adhesion such as hydroxy propyl cellulose (HPC), hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose (HPMC), sodium carboxy methyl cellulose (SCMC), maleic anhydride copolymer (e. g., Gantrez), and agents to control release such as polyacrylic copolymer (e. g., Carbopol 934). Lubricants, glidants, flavors, coloring agents and stabilizers may also be added for ease of fabrication and use.

      Use of the compounds of the present invention in treating exemplified by, but is not limited to, treating a range of disorders such as: treatment of transplant rejection (e. g.. kidney, liver, heart. lung, pancreas (e. g., islet cells), bone marrow, cornea, small bowel. skin allografts. skin homografts (such as employed in burn treatment). heart valve xenografts, serum sickness, and graft vs. host disease. in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, multiple sclerosis, juvenile diabetes, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease (such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitus), pyoderma gangrenum. lupus (systemic lupus erythematosis), myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, dermatitis, dermatomyositis; eczema, seborrhoea, pulmonary inflammation, eye uveitis, hepatitis, Grave's disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, autoimmune thyroiditis, Behcet's or Sjorgen's syndrome (dry eyes/mouth)

  13. QUESTION:
    Help with acne? Tretinoin Vs. Benzoyl Peroxide.?
    hey. so i need some advice. i'm trying to pick between using Benzoyl Peroxide and Tretinoin gel for my acne regimen. about hlf a year ago my doctor prescribed me with B.P. & Clindamycin Phosphate gel to use at night. I used them for about 2 months but I didn't realize I had to actually keep the stuff in. I used it as a wash. I did notice my acne get a bit better but then stopped completely when I realized I was doing it all wrong. Now (7 months later) I went back to the doctor & she gave me tretinoin. I've been using it for a few weeks now but for some reason I'm kind of skeptic. It also seems to be more dangerous and I don't want to damage my skin. My acne is mild. Which one should I use? Experiences & good input is greatly appreciated. thanks. (i'm a 15 year old girl btw).

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

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

      OR: Here are other methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

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

  14. QUESTION:
    itching body?
    Why do itches in general occur? I am talking about random areas in the body. I always get this problem, it's really annoying. Can stress be related to this in any way?

    • ANSWER:
      You could have sensitive skin and prone to itch from almost anything. You could have tiny out breaks of eczema or allergies. Here is a website below that focuses on skin conditions.

      Diagnosis/Symptoms
      Skin Rashes and Other Changes(American Academy of Family Physicians)
      Treatment
      Dermatologic Surgery(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Dermatology Procedures(American Osteopathic College of Dermatology)
      Laser Surgery Information(American Society for Dermatologic Surgery)
      Prevention/Screening
      Skin Care: Top 5 Habits for Healthy Skin(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Nutrition
      Your Meal Ticket to Healthy Skin(Cleveland Clinic Foundation)
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      Disease Management
      About Ichthyosis: Skin Care Tips(Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types)
      Skin Emergencies(National Center for Farmworker Health)
      Also available in Spanish
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      Specific Conditions
      Acanthosis Nigricans(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Boils and Carbuncles(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Bullous Disease(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Common Growths(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Common Rashes: Granuloma Annulare, Lichen Planus, and Pityriasis Rosea(Cleveland Clinic Foundation)
      Corns and Calluses(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Dandruff(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Dermatographia(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Dermatomyositis(National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) - Short Summary
      Dry Skin(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Erythema Nodosum(American Osteopathic College of Dermatology)
      Granuloma Annulare(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Graves' Dermopathy: What Causes It?(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Henoch-Schönlein Purpura(National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse)
      Ichthyosis Vulgaris(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Intertrigo(American Academy of Family Physicians)
      Also available in Spanish
      Keratosis Pilaris(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Lichen Nitidus(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Lichen Planus(American Academy of Family Physicians)
      Also available in Spanish
      Lichen Striatus(American Osteopathic College of Dermatology)
      Mastocytosis(National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
      Molluscum (Molluscum Contagiosum)(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
      Neurodermatitis (Lichen Simplex Chronicus)(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Pityriasis Rosea(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Questions and Answers about Epidermolysis Bullosa(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
      Questions and Answers about Lichen Sclerosus(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
      Scalp Psoriasis vs. Seborrheic Dermatitis: How Are They Different?(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Seborrheic Dermatitis: What It Is and How to Treat It(American Academy of Family Physicians)
      Also available in Spanish
      Seborrheic Keratoses(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Stevens-Johnson Syndrome(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Sweet's Syndrome(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Unexplained Dermopathy (Morgellons)(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
      What Is Epidermolysis Bullosa?(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
      What Is Lichen Sclerosus?(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
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      Related Issues
      Skin of Color(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Skin Problems in Construction(Center to Protect Workers' Rights) - Links to PDF
      Also available in Spanish
      Under-Eye Puffiness: How to Reduce It(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Warnings for Makers of Compounded Pain Products(Food and Drug Administration)
      Your Dermatologist(American Academy of Dermatology)
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      Pictures & Photographs
      Capillaritis(Logical Images)
      Cutaneous Horn(Logical Images)
      Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra(Logical Images)
      Dry Skin (Xerosis)(Logical Images)
      Epidermoid Cyst(Logical Images)
      Erythema Nodosum(Logical Images)
      Erythrasma(Logical Images)
      Fordyce Spots(Logical Images)
      Granuloma Annulare(Logical Images)
      Intertrigo(Logical Images)
      Keratoacanthoma(Logical Images)
      Keratosis Pilaris(Logical Images)
      Lichen Planus(Logical Images)
      Milia(Logical Images)
      Molluscum Contagiosum(Logical Images)
      Notalgia Paresthetica(Logical Images)
      Poikiloderma of Civatte(Logical Images)
      Pyogenic Granuloma(Logical Images)
      Razor Bumps (Pseudofolliculitis Barbae)(Logical Images)
      Scaly Skin (Ichthyosis Vulgaris)(Logical Images)
      Sebaceous Hyperplasia(Logical Images)
      Seborrheic Dermatitis/Dandruff(Logical Images)
      Seborrheic Keratoses(Logical Images)
      Skin Tag (Acrochordon)(Logical Images)
      Stasis Dermatitis(Logical Images)
      Stretch Marks (Striae)(Logical Images)
      Syringoma(Logical Images)
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      Anatomy/Physiology
      Atlas of the Body: The Skin(American Medical Association)
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      Clinical Trials
      ClinicalTrials.gov: Skin Diseases(National Institutes of Health)
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      Genetics
      Genetic Findings Lead to Prenatal Testing and Counseling for Blistering Skin Disease(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
      Genetics Home Reference: Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Darier disease(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Epidermolysis bullosa simplex(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Harlequin ichthyosis(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Rothmund-Thomson Syndrome(National Library of Medicine)
      Mutations in Gene Cause Ichthyosis Vulgaris(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
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      Research
      Researchers Test New Ways to Assess Burden of Skin Disease(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
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      Journal Articles
      References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

      Article: Biobrane: a versatile tool in the armamentarium of the reconstructive...
      Article: Recent updates on genetics: teaching old dogmas new tricks.
      Article: Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis/nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy: a primer for radiologists.
      Skin Conditions -- see more articles
      Erythema -- see more articles
      Ichthyosis -- see more articles
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      Dictionaries/Glossaries
      Dermatologic Surgical Procedures: Glossary of Terms(American Society for Dermatologic Surgery)
      Dermatology Terms(American Osteopathic College of Dermatology)
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      Directories
      Find a Dermatologist(American Academy of Dermatology)
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      Organizations
      American Academy of Dermatology
      American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
      National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
      Also available in Spanish
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      Statistics
      FASTATS: Dermatological Conditions(National Center for Health Statistics)
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      Children
      Cradle Cap (Pediatric Seborrheic Dermatitis)(Logical Images)
      Erythema Toxicum(Nemours Foundation)
      Taking Care of Your Skin(Nemours Foundation)
      Also available in Spanish
      Whole Story on Skin(Nemours Foundation)
      Also available in Spanish
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      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/skinconditions.html

  15. QUESTION:
    Rashes, need advice.?
    A few days a go i developed a rash on the side of my neck, it started becoming very itchy and red, and bigger. I went to the chemist and got some eumovate cream to put on it, it started to settle, but then a few days later started appearing on the sides of my face, and now, more are appearing the back of my neck and on the other side, it's quite uncomfertable and mostly itchy. Now when i try putting on cream, it stings slightly.
    I am going to the doctors, but i would just like to know what it could be?
    Thanks. x

    • ANSWER:
      OK...Skin changes that are hallmarked by redness generally can be classified by external or internal as causative. Externally caused can be Thermal (blistering, charring)...radiation or contact in nature, e.g. sun vs hot water, etc., Chemical...any agent that causes an immune system hypersensitivity response. These chemical agents are organic in nature, but can be liquid or solid (plant). The last category are Infective in nature. These are viral, bacterial, or fungal/yeast.

      By the nature of your explanation of signs, symptoms, and timing, we can exclude radiation as the causative agent. That leaves us with External-Chemical, and Internal (psoriasis, eczema, etc).

      This next step is a little more difficult. We have to ask more questions and look at the type of rash more closely...area, border of rash, uniformity of area, any exudate. We have to ask a few more questions. 1. Do you have any previous history of similar events. 2. Can you associate the application of any chemical agent to your neck area, e.g. perfumes, lotions, any agent that you only apply to this area as in occupational.

      Also, the history of improvement by use of a topical corticosteroid is important, but not conclusive. By its very nature, corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory agents. In the case of fungal infections, the topical application of a corticosteroid will reduce the immune system inflammatory response of the body without killing the infective agent. That is why diagnosis is important. There are many combination therapeutic agents available that have both antibiotic/anti-yeast/anti-fungal as well as corticosteroid chemicals. Treating the inflammation without treating the infection can be potentially dangerous.

      Let's now consider the shape of the rash. Bacterial infections are usually seen as small single or multiple red round areas (infected wounds are the exception). Viral infections are red dots that are single to multiple. They usually coalesce to form a vesicle. Bacterial usually enlarge to form an exudate to crust. Both yeast and fungal usually form flat, red, itchy, expansive rashes over time. Yeast and fungus usually like dark, warm areas (groin, arm pit, under breast and abdominal folds), but there are exceptions, e.g. toenails, truncate, scalp.

      So, by your history of suddenness, itchiness, area exposed to outer environment, area at risk to contact by topical agents, previous history of positive response to corticosteroid, I would wager that you are experiencing an allergic response to something that you are putting on your body there on your neck that you don't put on other places on your body, e.g. lotion, perfume, or accidental occupational exposure. This would be called Contact Dermatitis.

  16. QUESTION:
    Please help! Excema ruining my legs!?
    Hi ppl
    I need need help with this!! Im going on holiday next month and want to wear short skirts/bikini etc. The only problem is my excema on the back of my legs. I suffered with it for years now (im 21). Please can you advise me some creams/ointments/pills whatever for 2 things:
    1 - to stop the actual itching - it can get SOOO bad and i cant stop until i am left bleeding
    2 - help me improve the skin tone. I am of Asian origin so have light/golden brown skin but the backs of my knees have bumpy irritated skin and overall the skin colour is quite dark due to scarring. It doesnt look nice at all :(

    I really hate this coz the itching is bad enough to deal with but the fact i am harming my legs myself is getting me down. Also im not too sure what is causing it ... it happens in the heat/cold/when i try to wear shorts to give them sum air/trousers to cover them up etc.

    Thanks - herbal/organic or not - i will try anything!
    Cheers! :D

    • ANSWER:
      go to a dermatologist...here are some links to info..

      Eczema and Atropic Dermatitis (sebborheic dermatitis,etc)

      atropic dermatitis (eczema is one type) at govt. website
      http://www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/dermatitis/ffdermatitis.htm

      National eczema Association
      http://www.nationaleczema.org/lwe/aboutad.html (about atropic dermatitis)

      Government clinical trials
      http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct/gui/action/FindCondition?ui=D004485&recruiting=true (clinical trials for eczema…hit map button for local trials..don’t forget to turn pages)

      eczema topics on medline plus (national library of medicine)
      http://search.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/qu...

      some possible vaccine problems with smallpox vaccine and people with atropic dermatitis (eczema is one type) (link above says people with eczema should NOT take the smallpox vaccine)
      http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2006/eczema_spox.htm

      they say sometimes food allergies are involved..here are some links...
      http://www.umm.edu/altmed/ConsConditions/Eczemacc.html
      http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/pa/pa_eczema_hhg.htm
      http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/allergies_immune/eczema.html

      a general discussion of food allergies (govt website)
      http://www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/food.htm

      an eczema diet
      http://kroniknya-duniaku.blogspot.com/2006/11/eczema-diet.html

      one woman's journey
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema.htm
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema2.htm
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/eczema2.htm#cause

      another person's journey
      http://www.eczemavoice.com/forum/messages/271/48.html

      here is questions about eczema on yahoo answers
      http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061201032215AAtOUyG
      http://in.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061210040314AA20M0e
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ArFUqUXxCk8Ca4YzgxRP5uTsy6IX?qid=20070227120626AAdFeNs&show=7#profile-info-852395927c9364fe1e8c7cdf222d61dbaa
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ag6Dt9nBMrtRRIELgyTSyO_YxQt.?qid=20070305002036AAMc1lp

      In Japan and turkey they have a treatment for it where you get into a sauna and let little fish eat off the eczema flesh.
      http://www.realself.com/blog/psoriasis_treatment_doctor_fish.html

      here is the hygiene hypothesis
      http://www.theopenpress.com/index.php?a=press&id=13747

      eczema vs psoriasis
      http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=6909


psoriasis vs eczema

Nail Psoriasis Treatments

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

  2. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for hair to grow back after psoriasis treatment?
    I have scalp psoriasis. My case was not that bad though, I've been taking some special shampoos and hair oil for over a week. And it's working really well, it's almost gone. But I've lost some hair before the treatment and I've heard from SO many people that the hair would grow back when your scalp is back to normal. So how long would it take for the hair to grow back ?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, Ximena!

      Well, the truth about scalp psoriasis is that it doesn't have any direct relations with hair loss. So, if you are experiencing this problem, it's from another cause.

      Usually, these causes of hair loss on scalp psoriasis treatment are stress, scales removed too forcefully, frequent scratching or a too harsh treatment.

      To prevent you hair loss and thus increase hair growth after your treatment, you can take some cares: try alternating shampoos, use conditioner, let hair air dry and keep your nails short.

      With these cares, I'm almost sure that your hair will start or continue to grow normally. Hairs usually grow 1cm per month, so you don't have to worry about it if you are preventing these damages I described above.

      I hope that this can help you a bit! :D

  3. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies for psoriasis on nails and head?
    I have had psoriasis on my thumb and forefinger since I've been 2, and I am looking for natural or OTC remedies to clear it up.

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

  4. QUESTION:
    Is there a safe treatment for psoriasis? how long does it take to cure ?
    My finger nails are getting deshaped and detached from the nail beds, there is a powder formation underneath the nails, there is also a white scales formation on one of my thighs.This has been diagnosed as a type of psoriasis. Is there a treatment which is certain and free of side effects?

    • ANSWER:
      No, at this time there is no cure, or treatment that is free of side effects.
      If you are looking for something like an aveno oatmeal bath for some help with the dryness, that may help, but there isn't anything that is curative at this point.

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

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

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

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

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the cause of an odd fingernail abnormality?
    A thumbnail has a vertical gouged-out place on it about a fourth of an inch long and a sixteenth of an inch wide. It doesn't go all the way through to the skin, but it is deep and noticeable. The fingernail flattens out around it. Elsewhere on the same thumbnail, it has horizontal dips and ridges. Other fingernails are normal. For about two years these odd changes have been appearing on this thumbnail. They start at the base of the nail and gets worse at is grows.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a case of psoriasis of the nails. Psoriasis can effect any or all parts of the body on the outside as well as inside such as the mouth.
      It could also be a nail fungus that grows under the nails. I suggest seeing a dermatologist and seek his opinion on a treatment. I cant see why it would start doing this spontaneously for no reason whatsoever. There has to be some stimulus or conditon.
      Hope you the best with finding out what this is and its treatment.

  7. 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.

  8. QUESTION:
    Anyone suffer from nail psoriasis or nail fungus?
    I have heard of having the nails removed??? Any other treatments? Nothing seems to help.

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    How can I prevent biotin from causing acne?
    So I recently started taking biotin to help my hair and nails grow (duh) and unfortunately my skin has started to brake out. I'm not sure

    if it's the biotin that's making me brake out or if it's because I've been stressed lately (I always brake out really bad when I get stressed). Since ive been stressed, I'm taking stress B complex too and I heard that taking vitamin B can help prevent brake out when taking biotin. If it is the biotin what can I do to help keep my skin clear? And dont say "stop taking the biotin" because I really need it to help my hair grow. Thanks for any advice!

    • ANSWER:
      By not using it at all. Stress can affect hormones and can theoretically promote acne. I try to do natural home remedies but here are some helpful tips that might be helpful for acne and scar:
      1) Tea Tree Oil
      2) Lemon oil or juice
      3) Mandarin oil
      4) Cedar wood – good for eczema
      5) Lavender
      6) Apple cider vinegar
      7) Bamboo extract or Sarna lotion – good for rosacea, psoriasis, eczema
      8) Bio Oil or BB cream for dark spots or scars
      9) Toothpaste is very effective for acne leave on face for about 20 to 30 minutes then wash.
      10) Zinc really works on acne
      11) 2% Erythromycin
      12) Benzoin Peroxide

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

      OR: Here are other methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  11. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used anything successfully in the treatment of eczema?
    A friend of mine has it really bad on his legs and torso. Not bad on his arms & back, but none on his face, neck or chest. He uses hydrocortizone cream, but I didn't know if there were any other treatments found to work more effectively. He also has four fingernails on his left hand that are thick, obviously from a fungal problem, but the prescription meds haven't affected that either.

    • ANSWER:
      here is an idea that may work for the fingernail fungel infection -- ADD SOME ZINC to the daily vitamin supplements. Bathing your hands in a bowl of wather with 2 drops of essential oil of sage, every day for a week, will help too. Its caused from bacteria for one thing.. and thick fingernails are a sign of poor diet but also in the maturing years. "Tea Tree" essential neat oil drops massaged on nail & nail beds may also help. IF you know of a armomatherapy shop in your area they can make a mixture of Tea Tree & Tagetes (5 drops each) oils diluted with 2 teaspoons of olive or grapeseed oil - if its not a fungus.

      as for the "eczema" -- the root problem may be due to allergy - cow's milk or eggs. There also is some type of correlation between allergies in the family and eczema. Even if parent or grandparent has history of hay fever, eczema, asthma, psoriasis -- or even food allergies!! If mom has allergies she probably passed them on....
      Dermatoligist should check that all out -- if its truly bothersome & itches alot -- it can be releaved by applying affected area twice a day with essential oils. Again, check with nearest aromatherapy shop -- mixure should be chamomile, yarrow, tagetes with 10 drops of primrose oil --

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

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

  13. QUESTION:
    Fungus treatment question: by using over the counter treatments will I create more resistant fungus?
    I have successfully treated my own fungus skin infections, or so I thought, with over the counter medications, but it always came back a while later.

    Just now I read that I should treat it with over the counter product till it's gone and then treat it once a week for two years and it won't come back. Is this good advice or will there be bad results?

    • ANSWER:
      The fungus may infect just one area of the body, or there may be several infected areas.
      Fungal infections of the scalp or beard can lead to hair loss. Fungal rashes can sometimes be confused with other skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.
      Causes
      A number of things can make fungal infections more likely. You'ree more at risk from fungal infections if you:
      have recently taken a course of antibiotics
      have been taking oral steroids
      have diabetes
      are obese
      are African-Caribbean
      have a history of fungal infections have a weakened immune system caused, for example, by cancer or AIDS. Moist skin encourages fungal infections. This means fungal infections are more likely when skin isn't dried properly after sweating or bathing, or when it is covered with a material that doesn't allow sweat to evaporate. Damage to the skin surface, such as a cut or graze, can also encourage fungi to grow.

      Fungal infections inside the body can cause more serious health problems than those on the skin. These infections only affect people whose immune systems aren't working properly - either as a result of another illness such as AIDS, or because of immunosuppressant medicines, such as those taken after having an organ transplant.

      How do fungal infections spread?
      Fungal infections can be spread between humans. For example, athlete's foot is thought to be spread in communal areas, such as gyms and swimming pools. Contact with bed sheets or towels can also spread fungal infections.

      It's also possible to catch fungal infections from animals such as cats or dogs, and, more rarely, cattle. Ringworm is occasionally caught this way.

      Diagnosis
      Sometimes fungal infections are easy for doctors to diagnose from the appearance and location of the rash, such as athlete's foot. Sometimes your doctor will take a skin scraping, or a fragment of nail or hair, and send it to the laboratory to confirm the diagnosis.

      Treatment
      Since most fungal skin infections are surface infections, antifungal treatments are usually applied directly to the skin in the infected area (topical treatments).

      There are a variety of treatments available in the form of creams, lotions and medicated powders. If the rash covers quite a large area of skin, or affects the nails or scalp, then tablets may be required.

      Some treatments are available over-the-counter from a pharmacist, without a prescription. For example, sprays are available for treating athletes foot. Ask your pharmacist for advice.

      Stronger forms of topical treatments and antifungal in tablet form are only available on prescription. You may also be prescribed antifungal shampoo for scalp infections.

      These treatments are usually effective. Like any drug, they can occasionally cause side effects. These may include skin irritation or an upset stomach. It isn't unusual for the rash to return, even when it seems to have been treated. The treatment may need to be used for at least four weeks to prevent the infection from coming back.

      If you are buying an over-the-counter antifungal treatment, you need to be sure that you have a fungal infection. You may recognize the rash from a previously diagnosed fungal infection. But if there's any doubt about your diagnosis, or if over-the-counter treatments don't work, then you should seek advice from your GP.

      Prevention
      Taking the steps listed below may help to reduce the risk of getting a fungal infection.
      Dry your skin carefully after bathing.
      Wear loose fitting clothes and underwear.
      Avoid sharing towels, hair brushes, and combs, which could contain skin fragments that harbors fungal colonies.
      Change socks or tights daily.
      For athlete's foot, alternate shoes every two or three days so that they have time to dry out.
      Choose fabrics that allow the skin to "breathe" - natural fibres such as cotton are better than nylon or polyester for underwear.
      For sportspeople, synthetic fibres that "wick" the sweat away from the body, helping to keep the skin dry, may be preferable.
      If you have diabetes you need to keep good control of your blood sugar (for more information see the Bupa factsheets on Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes).

      Now we are going to treat the infections with natural Medicine and things we have around the house. Of course if there is infections out of control you have to go and see and MD General Practitioner or Dermatologist do not wait until the infections are out of control.
      Things you need to do:
      1. Go to a health Food Store and get a body desintoxication program.
      2. Then after finishing the program get something to rebuild your immune system.
      3. Get a natural Antibiotics
      For example: Echinacea & Goldenseal capsules and Neem capsules , Tea Tree capsules are natural antibiotics.
      4. Aloe Vera caps

  14. QUESTION:
    How to ease sebo psoriasis itch?
    I have had sebohorric psoriasis for as long as I can remember, but it just recently started flairing up worse than ever. I think it's because I moved from a really dry climate to a really wet one. Anyway, the itch is just staggering! I almost can't keep my nails from digging into my scalp because it itches so much. Any advice for how to deal with this? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to try natural remedies. SerenaSkin anti-psoriasis remedies worked wonders for me. The scalp has been cleared up in a couple of weeks. Anti-psoriasis extract balances the immune system, so to prevent new ones from appearing. I'm really satisfied with this treatment.

  15. QUESTION:
    How many different reasons are there for hair loss or thinning hair?
    i know someone who im very close with that her hair is apparently beggining to thin and some of it comes out when you comb it and she got tested for a thyroid and its negative so were really afraid it might be cancer and im really scared
    This girl is 17 she had a blood test for a couple things including cancer which came out negative along with the thyroid but shes going in for a sonogram to make sure in a couple days.

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer doesn't cause hair to fall out. treatments for cancer like, chemotherapy, or radiation cause hair to fall out. Chemotherapy drugs are powerful medications that attack rapidly growing cancer cells. A reason that her hair falls out might be

      Seasonality which makes you lose the most hair in the fall -- typically November and December when hair reaches maturity in its growth cycle.

      Androgenic Alopecia, which is the prodominant cause of hair loss in both men and women. it occurs as the result of a build-up of the hormone DHT in the bloodstream. DHT binds itselt to your hair follicles and- long story short, it strangles them to death.

      Vitamin & Mineral Deficiencies
      People with poor dietary habits are far more likely to experience thinning hair in their lifetime. Vitamins and minerals keep us functioning. They are the catalyst for all of our life's functions. Specifically, vitamins A, B, C, and E... along with magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper all work together to keep our integumentary system (skin, hair, and nails) tip-top and growing properly.

      Poor pH Balance

      This is one of the most overlooked principles in the entire world of health. Our bodies are only as healthy as the state of our blood. When we become acidic (as opposed to alkaline), all sorts of health challenges arise. Among these, dermatological conditions such as severe acne, cysts, psoriasis, and hair loss are not only possible, they're to be expected.

      I hope this helps and you guys figure out whats wrong.

  16. QUESTION:
    What vitamin is important for good skin?
    or just skin texture in general.
    Cuz Ima pop some vitamin pills and use the liquid on my face or something. Or create a mask with it.

    (I've heard a lot about Vitamin E, but not sure if that's the one or the only one)

    • ANSWER:
      Hello!! (sorry for my bad english)
      Let me help you,
      the essential vitamins for the skin are :

      Vitamin A (as betacarotene) :
      The body does not produce vit A, therefore must be obtained in our diet. Vitamin A increases the activity of enzymes and stimulates cell division of the skin (regenerating skin), improving the skin condition. Cosmetic products containing Vitamin A improves skin elasticity and regenerate prematurely aged skin, contribute to a more youthful skin looking smooth and even. Vitamin A normalizes the skin keratizacion (cell renewal), this is the process that acts against dry skin. This makes it very effective in improving conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne vulgarities. Also enhances the production of collagen and therefore contributes to a firmer skin. Vitamin A (beta carotene)

      Vitamin E (as you said) :

      Is a key component in the structure of body cells and helps improve the immune system which prevents cell degeneration. Vitamin E in cosmetic creams increases the microcirculation of the skin (the blood flowed) ensuring better nutrition improve tissue elasticity of the skin and reducing wrinkles. The external application of vitamin E help to inhibit inflammation and heal the scars. These anti-inflammatory properties to help the skin regenerative process in nature. It is especially useful to reduce scarring after surgery or in cases of acne. This also provides a natural protection against ultraviolet rays and its negative effects

      Vitamin C :

      This vitamin plays an important role in the sintering process of collagen improving skin elasticity. External applications of vitamin C helps refine the texture of the skin, reduce pigmentation spots and significantly improves skin tone. It stimulates collagen production helping the firmness of the foot.

      Vitamin C is water soluble and has a limited ability to penetrate the skin. It is also recommended that this vitamin is obtained in a formulation containing a system for transfer to the skin such as liposomes.

      Pantenol :

      It belongs to the group of vitamin B. In the skin is tranformed to ​​pantotenic acid, which is part of every cell and is essential for cell metabolism. It helps the body use other vitamins and improves the body's resistance to stress. Creams containing panthenol help provide calm and heal the skin in case of damage. Panthenol helps speed keratization the dermis and increases the level of moisture in the skin leaving the skin feeling soft and supple. This is very important when skin exfoliating treatment resurfaces after or laser. It also improves cell regeneration and has anti-inflammatory. Creams for hands and nails with panthenol help to strengthen them and feed them.

      _____________________________________________________________________________

      Also you can apply some oils to your face to restore the moisture(they usually have many of the components mentioned above) like emu oil, grape seed oil, almond oil, extra virgin olive oil.. and better if you apply them at night, just before going to bed and leaving it all night for better results. (As the skin repair is done at night when you sleep)

      But the better way to have a radiant skin, is to take care from within. The skin , partly reflects the inside of ourselves.Ensure to take that vitamins from your diet better than creams, and don't forget to do some sport, eat balanced and if you can, don't smoke!! as the smoker's vit. C is lower in comparision to no smokers.

      Take care.

  17. 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.

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

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

  19. QUESTION:
    Is there any treatment for PITTED NAILS?
    I don't have a major pitted nails. I don't have psoriasis kind of nails. I feel embarrassed in public places like in buses, trains to show off my nails.I always try to cover up my nails, by wearing gloves or with a newspaper.

    • ANSWER:
      Pitted nails:
      This is a symptom of poor nutrition or it can indicate psoriasis. Smokers often have
      pitted nails. Eat more vegetables and see your doctor.

      Warm a cup of whole milk in the microwave until warm but comfortable to the
      touch (about 30 sec). Soak your hands for five minutes to strengthen nails and
      hydrate skin. Milk is loaded with lactic acid, a natural alpha-hydroxy acid that
      gently exfoliates dead skin, and its high calcium content will strengthen fragile
      nails.

      The links below should help.
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  20. QUESTION:
    help ! I have psoriassis any natural treatments that work ?
    I have it on my knees,elbows,hands,back and other places
    I want natural remedies - I know the sun helps clear it up but i just cant be in the sun every day, what about salt baths ? selinium- also have it on my nails and scalp

    pretty girl with ugly skin

    • ANSWER:
      Hey mamamia !!!

      I have a book here called "1,801 Home remedies" & I will write down everything that it says in here about it & I hope that it will help U in some way, okay !!! So here we go.....

      Psoriasis:
      - There R good days & there R bad days & if U're trouble with psoriasis, U know the diffrence all 2 well. On the good days, U hardly need 2 pay attention 2 what U're skin's doing. On the bad 1's, red itchy patches R crying for attention so here R ways 2 make good days better & the bad more bearable.

      See the Light:
      - Sunlight is an exellent remedy for psoriasis. Every day, spend 15 to 30 minutes in the sun & U should see results in less than 6 weeks. While doctors don't have full explanation, research show that sunlight decreases the activity of the skin's T cells. These specialized cells produce substances called cytokines which initiate a cycle of inflamation. When U expose T cells 2 sunlight, it quells their action, breakingthe cycle.
      - Protect yourself from burning by wearing sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 on healthy areas of skin.

      Go Skin Dipping:
      - Take a good long soak in warm water, then add some vegetable oil. Here's why:
      - a long bath can soften scaly patches & smoothe itching, but bathing can also dry U're skin & make itching worse so sit in the tub for about 10 minutes, letting U're skin get thoroughly soaked, but 5 minutes before U get out, add a few spoonfull of vegetable oil. That's all it takes 2 seal the water into U're skin. (be careful getting out of the tub because the oil will make the tub slippery)
      - 2 relieve itching, try a cool-water bath, adding vinegar 2 the bathwater. Many people find that vinegar helps psoriasis even though doctors aren't sure why. What's known is that acetic acid in vinegar kills bacteria & 1 theory holds that psoriasis is made worse bt bacteria.
      - Fine-ground oatmeal is another good ingredient for itch relief. U can sprinkle in an oatmeal product specially made for bathing such as Aveeno or put unflavored oatmeal in a blender, grind it until it turns into a fine powder & then just sprinkle it in the water.

      Don Another Layer:
      - After bathing, spread on a moisturizing cream 2 lock in U're skin's natural moisture. Make sure 2 add a thick layer 2 the psoriasis patches. This helps prevent cracking. Avoid liquidlotions which dry up 2 quickly & instead choose a heavy cream or ointment. Among the best R Lacticare or Amlactin, which contain lactic acid 2 prevent skin from drying out or Dermal Therapy which contains urea 2 help loosen scales.
      - Try Bag Balm, a product originallly designed for use on cow's udders. It's gained a reputation for soothing dry, cracked skin. look for it in farm-supply or pharmacies.
      - Try cream that contains chamomile, if U can find 1. This plant has a long-held reputation for reducing inflamation & soothing flaky skin.
      - Rub a few drops of tea-tree oil into U're psoriasis patches several times a day. This Australian remedy is useful for relieving itch & softening psoriasis patches, especially if U have mild case. However, some people have an allergic reaction 2 tee-tree oil so be sure 2 test it on a small patch of skin & also, the skin covered with tea-tree oil may have increased sensitivity 2 sunlight.
      - 2 soften the skin & remove scaly patches, U can also use pretoleum jelly. Apply it as often as necessary.

      Get Oiled:
      - Mix a teaspoon of flaxseed oil into U're cerial, yogurt or other food each day.
      - This isn't for flavoring, it's for U're psoriasis. Flaxseed oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids & these compounds helps 2 block a chemical in U're body called arachidonic acid which causes inflamation.
      - Oily fish R also high in omega-3's. If U like salmon, it's a good idear 2 have it at least once a week. Other fish that R high in omega 3's R sardines & mackerel.
      - U can also get fatty acids by taking 1,000 milligrams of fish oil 3 times a day. Remember that a large amount of fish oil can thin the blood, so make sure 2 check with U're doctor first if it's okay.

      Okay I can't write anymore cause theirs like 2 more pages lol, but I really hope that this gives U an idear on how to treat it so GOOD LUCK.

      U're pal;
      Yar

  21. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of mild "Psoriasis" on inner palms?
    whats an good cure for mild psoriasis, it's not contagious.. it make your skin flake and peel and it keeps recurring, it's on both hands in the palm.. i'm so embarrassed because i love to get my nails done.. how and y do i have this.. it could been that filthy apartment i had to stay in for 6 months.. i'm clean it was just the apartment debris

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

  22. QUESTION:
    Why my nails are getting brown?
    my both the toe nails have brown patches and a light brown vertical streak has appear on my middle fingernail. I am not an athelete and i have not hit myself.

    • ANSWER:
      It has been said that our nails are the window to our health. That's because certain conditions such as heart disease, liver or kidney problems, and nutritional deficiencies can show up in our nails. Since you've noticed this change in your nail color, I encourage you to talk with your doctor, who can give you the best advice for your specific situation. Based on the information I have from your question, I'll try to provide some possibilities that can cause dark coloring of the fingernails.

      The most common causes of yellow or brown fingernails are the frequent use of nail polish and cigarette smoking. Taking a break on the polish or quitting smoking may allow the dark nail to grow out as the new nail comes in.

      A yellowish coloring of the nails may also be caused by diabetes, lung problems, arthritis, lupus, certain medications, lymphatic system disorders and liver disease. Not having enough vitamin B-12 can cause nails to turn dark, thin and possibly spoon shaped. Your doctor may want to perform some tests to check for nutrition problems or an illness.

      Fungus infections of the fingernails can also turn the nails brown or yellow. The texture usually also changes; nails often become very thick and may crack or peel. Nail fungus infections are more common in the toes than the fingers. They affect about 12 percent of Americans and may run in families. These infections can be difficult to treat, and taking an oral antifungal medication is usually required.

      Dark spots or streaks rather than full discoloration of the nails may be caused by bruising, psoriasis, melanoma (a type of skin cancer), chronic infections, and medications such as from cancer chemotherapy.

      Treatment of the darkened nails will depend on what's causing the discoloration in the first place. It's helpful to know what other symptoms you may have and what medications you are taking. I wish you luck as you work with your doctor to find the cause

  23. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of dry/sensitive skin? How to deal with it?
    I'm not sure if its just dry or if my skin is naturally sensitive and how do I treat it?

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend Argan

      "The oil, which is said to have restorative and age-defying effects, has become one of the latest miracle ingredients in the beauty industry. High in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, it is believed to help all sorts of skin conditions: dry skin, acne, psoriasis, eczema, wrinkles. Moroccans slather it on their skin, hair, nails and even their babies...." NYT

      “It was the best facial I’d ever received,” she says. “I had to know more about the oil called the ‘gold of Morocco.’” She brought a bottle to her London laboratory for analysis. The chemists, impressed by its ...antioxidant activity, formulated Superbalm, a healing skin treatment, around it." Elle Beauty

  24. 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!

  25. QUESTION:
    ive had athletes foot between my toes for years - but hasnt spread to the rest of my feet - how serious is it?
    its only affecting two toes on one foot, and slightly affecting two nails on that foot, the other foot is fine. ive had it for a good five years, how serious would you say it was? can i treat it using over the counter treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      Buy a packet of sea salt and take a bath every night with a cupful of it in. It should clear up within a week, it did for me and mine was much worse than yours.
      This is why people are recommended to bathe in the Dead Sea , which is full of salt, to treat athletes foot and psoriasis.

  26. QUESTION:
    Any suggestions of non steriod treatment for psoriasis?

    Coal tar stuff doesn't really work and potential to be cancerous, so I've heard and been labeled on products under CA laws/regulation.
    Coal tar stuff doesn't really work for me and potential to be cancerous which is labeled on products under CA laws/regulation.

    • ANSWER:
      I was diagnosed with Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis 8 years ago.
      I had severe patches on my palms with nail involvment.
      Other than that I only had the sporatic psoriasis bump or two on the trunk and legs.

      After 2 years of using every cream, lotion, and pill my dermatologist gave me, I broke down and tried EPO which was discussed indepth in my PA support group.
      I had not tried it previously because my Dermatolgist had not recommended it and I felt if it were noteworthy he certainly would at least mention it.
      But alas in a moment of desperation, I tried the EPO.

      Th psoriasis on my palms were gone within the week.
      It took about 3-4 months for my finger nails to grow back in.

      I haven't had any recurrance of psoriasis which I could not halt immediately with Evening Primrose Oil.

      I used Natures Plus EPO 1500 with 150mg GLA.
      I took 3 pills per day for one year and once I was convinced that the psoriasis outbreak would not return, I then just used EPO as needed at the first sign of psoriasis outbreak.

      Upon asking my Dermatologist why he had not discussed EPO with me previously so that I might try it, he responded by saying that it was not an approved FDA psoriatic drug and not everyone in clinical testing had significant improvement.
      (Keep in mind that my psoriasis was not significant bodily coverage)

      Evening Primrose Oil 1500 with 150 gla is a natural suppliment, and therefore can not be patented by pharmacuidical companies.

      It can be obtained at Health Food Stores.

      This is my own personal experience and not intended to take the place of Physician review and/or treatment.

      Good Luck.

  27. QUESTION:
    what's the difference between psoriatic nail and nail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      The difference is in what causes the nail to change and its treatment. Psoriasis is treated with steroids, sunshine and allergy avoidance. Fungus is treated with antifungal agents.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is there any treatment that can get rid of finger and toe nail fungus in a month or two? My nails are twisting?
    My nails are raising up off my skin, they are inflamed under the nail and also they are yellow and brown. i think this is due to my psoriasis, but I need to get rid of the ugly nails asap! thanks

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    I have recently developed nail psoriasis, obviously being told there is no cure, is there anything out there?
    I recently developed psoriasis as I mentioned in my finger and toe nails. I did have it behind my ear also but used Betnovate Oinment and it has vanished. I'm not very happy to hear that I cannot rid it from my nails but just wondering if anyone has managed to make it go away? Help needed!!!

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

  30. QUESTION:
    How can I revive my dry skin?
    I tried to clear my face up a bit before Christmas with a benzoyl peroxide lotion which completely dried out my usually oily skin. It isn't flaking kind of dry. It's tight, red, and sandpaper kind of dry. I haven't been wearing makeup and have just been applying a light moisturizer to my face. I only used the bp lotion two nights in a row before Christmas but I used it all over my face. How can I make my skin better?!?!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  31. QUESTION:
    Treatment for psoriasis on the face?
    I've had psoriasis on my face for 4-5 years and I've just used lotion on it and it worked well. I've used a few different ones and I found one that really worked well , but lately it seems like it hasn't been working as well. Its lubriderm advanced therapy. Is there any lotions out there I can use that wont make my face greasy or break out?

    • 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.

      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.

  32. QUESTION:
    any product to relieve the symptoms of genital herpes?
    over the counter maybe something I can get at the heathfood or a homeopathic store?

    • ANSWER:
      HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR SKIN DISEASES (Eczema, Allergic Dermatitis, Uriticaria, Skin Allergy, Psoriasis, Herpes etc)

      Note. Skin affections ares 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.

      #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. [Ars]
      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.
      _____________________________________

      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.

      Best of Health to you.

      Take Care and God Bless You

  33. QUESTION:
    What causes toenails to become very thick?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormonal changes can cause the toenails to grow abnormally. Fungal infection,however is the most common cause.

      Toenails will often become thick as an individual grows older. Thickening may also occur as a result of trauma to the toenail, such as when it repeatedly hits the end of a shoe that is too short. Sometimes when something is dropped on the toenail, the nail will fall off. When a new toenail grows back it will often be thicker than it was previously.

      Thick toenails can also be seen in individuals with nail fungus (onychomycosis), psoriasis, and hypothyroidism. Those who have problems with the thickness of their toenails should consult a foot and ankle surgeon for proper diagnosis and treatment.

  34. QUESTION:
    Weird itchy blister problem on my hands?
    For the last 2 years I have had these flare ups of small blisters on my hands that itch like crazy. They seemed to stay in the same general area at first (index fingers) but have been spreading slowly. I noticed this summer when I swam in a chlorinated pool they went away for a while. What do I have and how do I treat it?

    • ANSWER:
      HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR SKIN DISORDERS :_

      Note. Skin affections ares 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 Itching, 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. [Ars]
      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.

      As given in :- 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 (Cures Par Excellence)

      Take Care and God Bless.

  35. QUESTION:
    Any suggestion for home remedy treatment for body, scalp and nail psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      I have used Denorex Shampoo to help with my scalp psoriasis. I use it twice a week instead of my reg. shampoo. I may tingle but it works it seams to be the only thing that works for me. I have used those other shampoos and They don't wash out of my hair( I have very thick hair). And doesn't seam to do the job.
      I get psoriasis so bad that I get it on my face. It takes care of that also. So just by using it may help your hands also. Not a home remedy but It's worth a try.
      You can find it in any store. It is about a bottle but does last a long time. Hope this helps.

  36. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a cream that works for psoriasis please.?
    My partner suffers from it, go's to the hospital regular and is just given dermovate and moisuriser. He has it on his feet/legs they are cracked and sometimes bleed. Most nights he applies the cream and puts them in bags to stop it going everywhere ( what a nuisance). I've had some great advice from yahoo members regarding products to use for bath/shower etc which I thought the hospital should have recommended months ago - winter is coming and i know as soon as he starts wearing shoes, its going to get really bad. Any advice would be appreciated - thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      Try to get hold of some licorice cream. This one has licorice and other anti-inflammatory herbal extracts:
      http://www.healthstore.uk.com/p351861/hopes-relief-cream-for-eczema-amp-psoriasis-60g.html
      ...........but do some research and shop around if cost is a consideration.

      The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook might give you a better idea on what to try for psoriasis:
      http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Bookshelf/Books/41/98.cfm

      He could also try Sarsaparilla smilax capsules. It is a traditional rain forest treatment for psoriasis.
      http://www.rain-tree.com/sarsaparilla.htm
      Holland and Barrett in the UK sell Sarsaparilla smilax root capsules.

      Someone I know who has a psoriasis-like skin condition on their hands and feet uses Cuticura hand and nail cream and that stops the flaking and cracking....though the skin still bubbles when under stress. Not sure if that would help your partner though but it might be worth trying. However, I would still try a cream containing licorice [an anti-inflammatory herb] and other anti-inflammatory herbs such as chamomile and calendula.

      He should also take fish oil as that is anti-inflammatory and might help with skin dryness in the winter months.

      Do some research on these supplements.

      Hope that helps.

  37. QUESTION:
    What's the best treatment for nail psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Hiya please check this site out and it will tell you all you need to know,,, Don't give up i got mine cured
      http://www.paalliance.org/nail_psoriasis.htm
      Good Luck

  38. QUESTION:
    Please help me with my toe nails - Whats wrong with me?
    My girlfriend has psoriasis so her nails are different but anyways;

    My toe nails are weird, the big nails have hard areas and are brownish in a weird colour and I have white vertical lines on my finger nails.

    My nails are also hard to cut sometimes, my mom has to cut them because its just so much easier.

    Please help me, I'm 14.

    • ANSWER:
      The discoloration of the nails, lines and other changes on the surface indicate nail fungus.

      Nail fungus is extremely difficult to treat. It takes time and you need to be patient and do your treatment every day.

      You need to see a dermatologist and do a nail biopsy. They take a small piece and test it to find out what kind of nail fungus you got.
      The doctor will prescribe strong pills to treat it and the treatment can take up to a year or 2.

      Avoid pasta and especially sugar. Fungus stays alive and gets stronger from sugar.

      Use 100% Tea Tree Oil ( the bottle and will last you for ever ) and apply it 2 times a day ( morning -night ) around the nails and also underneath it with a q-tip.
      Be patient and do that every day.

      Keep your hands clean and dry.

      Cut your nails short but not too short, just normal size.

      P.S. : Psoriasis affected nails look almost the same as nail fungus affected nails. I have Psoriasis and it's also on my nails. I also had to do a biopsy to find out that I have not a fungus there.
      Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease caused by over working genes, so it's not contagious.
      Your girlfriend just has nail psoriasis but you have a fungus.

      Do not use the same nail clippers with your family or other people. Nail fungus is contagious.

  39. QUESTION:
    What are those little white marks on your fingernails?

    • ANSWER:
      Medically speaking, those little white marks that sometimes appear as dots or lines on the fingernail are known as leukonychia. There are several possible causes for the discoloration, but the most common are mild trauma, a fungal infection, skin conditions, or nutritional deficiencies.
      This WebMDHealth column gives an overview of how leukonychia can occur. For example, if you accidentally slam your fingernail into an object, a white mark will likely develop. But because a normal fingernail takes months to grow, by the time a blemish appears you may have forgotten what caused the trauma.

      White marks on your nails that are more linear could be a sign of a fungal infection. Gyms and nail salons are hotbeds for fungus and yeast, and are common places for contracting infections. These infections attack your nail directly, causing discoloration and even separation from the nailbed. If you suspect that's the cause for the white on your claws, see a dermatologist about a culture sample and diagnosis.

      Another culprit, although not as common, is psoriasis, a chronic skin condition that causes red, irritated blemishes and scaling throughout the body. In extreme cases, fingernails are affected by dead skin cells that accumulate in the nailbed and form thick layers, also known as "plaque." Treatment varies from prescription creams to ultraviolet light therapy.

      Finally, an old wives' tale fingers another suspect: your diet. In folklore, the most commonly cited cause for those white marks (and probably something your mom warned you about) is a deficiency of certain minerals in your body, such as zinc and calcium. Adding nutritional supplements or foods containing these minerals to your diet could clear up your white flecks in a few months.

  40. QUESTION:
    My nail is coming off because i chipped it, help?
    only the white part is because somehow it got chipped.
    if i leave it will it just grow back to how it was or do i have to clip it off? (id rather not because my nails grow slow and theyre finally long!)

    • ANSWER:
      37,Surgical Pathologist,Greece

      You better take it of (not yourself,ask a doctor's help).Below is some (hopefully interesting :-) info about nail growth:

      (From Sternberg's "Histology For Pathologists")

      The rate of growth of the nail plate has been studied extensively. Normal nail growth varies between 0.1 and 1.12 mm per day, or 1.9 to 4.4 mm per month.This growth, however, is not the same in all fingers or toes.For example, fingernails grow faster than toenails.Whereas a normal fingernail grows out completely in approximately six months, a normal toenail takes 12 to 18 months to do the same. Nails grow faster when regenerating after avulsion.
      Several physiological circumstances can cause variations in the nail growth.Nail growth is quicker in males, during the day, during pregnancy, in persons who bite their nails,and in summer or warm climates.Conversely,nails grow more slowly in females,during the night,in toes,in winter,after age 20,and during lactation.
      Nail growth is also altered in several diseases. Nails grow quicker with psoriasis,pityriasis rubra pilaris,etretinate treatment, and hyperthyroidism; nails grow slower in cases of immobilization or paralysis, local ischemic conditions, cytostatic therapy, denutrition, hypothyroidism, and yellow nail syndrome.

      Good luck,and don't worry-nobody will notice! :-)

  41. QUESTION:
    Any suggestion for nail psoriasis natural treatment and psoriasis in general?

    • ANSWER:
      My son has psoriasis and the only thing that helps is the beach. Salt water and sun. He doesn't have nail psoraisis though, but everywhere else.
      Best of luck to you

  42. QUESTION:
    What causes pits in nails? Please help, cause or treatment?
    At first I noticed pits in my thumb (like ridges but just dots instead of lines) but in 5 months+ it has progressed to 6 more of my nails. It kind of reminds me of the surface of a golfball. The pits are still part of the nail, just embedded. It this a symptom of something, or what? They are too deep to adequately buff out. I use ridge filler but I'd love an actual treatment. Thanks for your help :) (p.s I can't use biotin vitamins)

    • ANSWER:
      Nail Pitting is one sign of Psoriasis a skin condition. Therefore see the Doctor. Best of Luck

  43. QUESTION:
    I want to do something in the health field but I don't know what?
    I don't want to do any math because I'm dreadful at it(Health Administrator); and I don't want to be a doctor or nurse. Isn't there anything else?

    • ANSWER:
      Well i'm going for a pediatric dermatologist and I chose this because I really don't like dealing with high tech math everyday and i'm not really into performing big time surgery. I also think not having to be on call and getting off work at reasonable times is worth all the work. Dermatology pretty much deals with skin, hair, and nails.(Especially skin conditions.) Skin conditions such as:
      Diagnosis and treatment of various skin conditions,
      including contact dermatitis, eczema,
      psoriasis, vitiligo, hives, warts, hemangiomas,
      birthmarks, and congenital skin disorders
      • Prescription treatment of skin conditions
      • Medical and/or surgical treatment of skin
      conditions such as warts and molluscum
      (pea-sized yellow or pink lumps)
      • Surgical removal of molluscum, warts, and
      other small lumps in the skin (eg, cysts)
      • Skin biopsies

      But I think its a good choice because average pay a year would be 0,000!(But remember the more schooling and bigger areas it could be more money a year.)

      Hope I could help! =)

  44. QUESTION:
    Why does it smell under my fingernails?
    It smells really nasty IDK what it is, I wash my hands a lot and even when I use soap and scrub my hands until they hurt, it still smells. Even when I clip my nails, It still smells weird. Why????????????????????

    • ANSWER:
      There's two things that could be related to bad odors in your fingernails:
      One of them could be caused by psoriasis of the nail which is called onychomadesis, a separation of the nail plate that starts at the free edge of the nail and the problem doesn't get to the borders on the sides of the fingernails
      also known as onycholysis, if you have no swelling or pain, this usually shows also some discoloration underneath the nail bed
      Besides the little bit of knowledge I had about this which I learned
      from nail technicians(manicurists) that worked for me during the
      time I owned a beauty salon. I also made some research, and one of the things you are doing ,and you should avoid is that you're
      constantly washing your hands thinking this would make the smell go away. Keep them dry,and you should even wear gloves when you work with and around water or moisture.
      If you have pain and discomfort you didn't mention that! this would be fongus of the nail, you may even pick up fungus at nail salons that
      do not keep their tools sterilized. And there is treatments for both cases.
      If you have fungus there's drops that you may find in a Pharmacy to kill the fungus, and on the other hand if you have psoriasis
      http://tinyurl.com/n3q2bu this link might be of some help to you.

  45. QUESTION:
    Do you think Psoriasis is an immune system fault?
    and will there ever be a cure for this skin condition.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Psoriasis is a skin disorder characterised by red, swollen skin lesions covered with silvery white scales. It is not infectious.

      Psoriasis is an inherited disease. However there are certain triggering factors such as injury to the skin, vaccinations and certain medications that have been responsible for the development of this condition. It usually takes about a month for new cells to move from the lower layers of the skin to the surface. In psoriasis, this process takes only a few days, resulting in a build up of dead skin cells and formation of thick scales. Excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, lack of or overexposure to sunlight, stress, cold climate and general poor health result in flaring up of psoriasis.

      The main symptoms

      Skin patches: dry, red and covered with silvery scales; may crack and become painful; usually found on the elbows, knees, trunk, scalp, hands and nails.

      Skin lesions: formation of pustules, cracking of skin and redness.
      Itching

      Small scaling dots on the skin.

      Joint pain and aches.
      Additional symptoms that may be associated with the disease are nail abnormalities, lesions on the genitalia, burning, itching and discharge from the eyes.

      The different types of psoriasis

      Different types of psoriasis exhibit different characteristics that may change over time. One form may change to another, or several forms may exist at the same time.
      Plaque psoriasis : This is the most common type of psoriasis. It is characterized by raised, red lesions covered with silvery white scales. The scales are caused by a building up of dead skin cells. It may appear on the knees, elbows, scalp, trunk or any other skin surface.

      Guttate psoriasis : It is characterised by small red dots of psoriasis. The lesions may have some scaling. It may appear suddenly following a bacterial or viral infection or the administration of drugs like ketoconazole and salicylic acid.

      Inverse psoriasis : This is usually found in the folds of the skin in the armpits, groin or under the breast. It appears as smooth, red lesions without scaling and may cause irritation due to rubbing and sweating.

      Pustular psoriasis : It is characterized by blisters filled with pus on the skin. The blisters are not infectious. It may be found on the hands and feet or may be spread all over.

      Psoriatic arthritis : About 10% of the patients with psoriasis may develop a form of arthritis called psoriatic arthritis. This may cause redness and swelling, primarily on the hands, feet, knees, hips, elbows and spine. It may cause stiffness, pain and joint damage.

      Nail psoriasis : Psoriasis can affect the toes and fingernails causing pits of various size, shape and depth. The nails may turn thick and yellow. They may turn red and crumble easily.

      The diagnosis is usually based on the appearance of the skin. A skin biopsy or a culture of skin patches may be needed to confirm psoriasis. A blood test may be done to confirm the presence of antigens that cause the problem.

      The Treatment

      Treatment focuses on control of symptoms and prevention of secondary infection. Severe cases involving large areas of the body, may require intensive treatment. The disorder may be acutely painful. The body may lose fluids and may become susceptible to infections of the internal organs. The condition may further deteriorate resulting in septic shock and death in some cases.

      Treatment includes pain killers, sedatives, intravenous fluids and antibiotics. Medicated shampoos or lotions that contain coal tar, cortisone or other corticosteroids, lubricants, antifungal medications, phenol, antibiotics, sodium chloride and other ingredients may be prescribed.

      Other treatments include moderate exposure to sunlight or phototherapy. The skin may be sensitised to light by the application of coal tar ointment or by taking oral psoralens (a medication that causes the skin to become sensitive to light). The person is then exposed to ultraviolet light. Sunburn should be avoided as it can worsen the condition.

      Maintaining general good health can help reduce the risk of flareups. Adequate rest and exercise, a well balanced diet and treatment of infections can help in making the treatment effective. It is recommended that general skin hygiene should be maintained by taking daily baths. Oatmeal baths may be soothing and may help to loosen the scales.

  46. QUESTION:
    Bumps on the back of my scalp?
    I noticed that on the back of my head there are occasionally little bumps of skin (I think) and when I peel them it feels like skin in my nails. (I know its really gross. Sorry) and I am just curious what it could be. I shower daily with dandruff shampoo. and they feel like they are always there. Does anybody know what it could be?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis. I have it myself. Try witch hazel, tea tree oil, or a tar treatment like T-Gel to get rid of it. WARNING! T-Gel smells like tar.

  47. 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. -


nail psoriasis treatments

Topical Psoriasis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What do i do about my dry cracking pinky. Its been this way for two years! Help!!! ?
    My pinky is ultra dry, it cracks constantly, this dryness does not spread my other pinky
    Isnt afflicted. Its been this way for two years, i manage the dryness with neosporin multiple times daily but it isnt curing it, it just prevents it from cracking and bleeding. I thought it might be psoriasis at first but it doesnt look like it and i have tried topical psoriasis medicine with no results. Please help im worried!

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Did you ever get stretch marks because of your topical psoriasis meds?
    I have read in some of the sheets that come with the meds that you may get stretch marks, and I have them. I'm average weight. There are some stretch marks I have from growing taller, but others didn't appear until i started using topicals. Has this happened to you? Is there anything I can do for this?

    • 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=oXeo6-sNqJA&feature=PlayList&p=262C30FDF046ADAB&index=5&playnext=2&playnext_from=PL

      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 !

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the risk or side effects of using medicines called topical steroids for a long period?
    I have been using Dermovate scalp application for my psoriasis for many years by now and this is the only medication that seems to be working on my condition. I only apply it when redness and itchness occur. I have learned lately that using this type of medication which contains steroids may have serious side effects such as the effect on normal production of steroids in the body. What would that exactly mean? What are the symptoms in such cases? Does it have anything to do with methabolism or overweight issues?

    • ANSWER:
      Dermovate is a very potent topical steroid.Generally topical steroids side effects are effects at the site they are applied such as thinning of the skin, easy bruising, skin infection,etc. As a very potent topical steroids, Dermovate is more likely to be absorbed through the skin into the body and to cause side effects similar to oral steroids, especially if they are used continuously for long period on large areas of the body such as the back. You are right, it affect normal production of steroids in the body which is the function of the adrenal gland. Side effects would include increase risk of getting infection (takes place with very high doses), reduced calcium absorption through the gastrointestinal tract resulting to bone thinning and an increased risk of osteoporosis amongst others. It can suppress growth in children. Some of the more common side effects include changes in appearance, such as acne, development of a round or moon-shaped face and an increased appetite leading to weight gain. Steroids may also cause a redistribution of fat, leading to a swollen face and abdomen, but thin arms and legs. The side effects usually reversed once the steroids are stopped.

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

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

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

  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:
    Does anyone know of a good medication for managing psoriasis?
    I'm already using a topical prescription medicine (a foam) from my doctor. It helps a little but does nothing to keep new ones from coming out. Maybe someone knows of a homeopathic remedy or a newer type of prescription that I could ask my doctor for.

    • ANSWER:
      Natural treatments are better alternatives for psoriasis since there are still a lot of things that need to be studied. http://www.skinoriginal.com/psoriasis/32-psoriasisnatural.htm has some great options you can try, and they are easy to find and convenient as well. Good luck to you!

  8. 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

  9. 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

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

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

      You have 3 basic types of treatments:

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

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

      The goal is to find a treatment that works the best with the fewest side effects. One of the first principles of psoriasis treatment is to not create anything worse than the disease.

      Best Wishes

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!!

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for psoriasis?
    I have it on my fingers and the skin breaks up and bleeds. It has been diagnosed by a consultant as a hybrid type of psoriasis. Need help!

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is treatable with topical steriods, but they only suppress the symptoms, they don't treat the cause. Stress is a major cause of psoriasis outbreaks and anything you can do to reduce stress in your life can help reduce the symptoms.

      I use an essential oil mix to treat my psoriasis: lavender, bergamot and neroli in jojoba oil. It isn't a cure, but helps keep it under control without using steroids. All three oils are useful in reducing stress and treating skin conditions.

      Diet can also affect psoriasis. Alcohol, caffeine, sugar and other stimulants can make it worse. Reducing the use of stimulants, doing a colon detox and eating organic foods can help.

  15. QUESTION:
    is it okay to go in the pool with my psoriasis medication?
    I use a topical steroid, triamcinolone for my psoriasis which is all over my skin. Is it okay if I swim in a pool?

    Like considering that the medicine might spread into the pool and potentially harm others or myself.
    Maybe it can get into my eyes too or something.

    • ANSWER:
      Just rinse or wash off before going into the pool. There won't be enough left to harm anyone or your eyes. Some sunlight may help psoriasis.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the best foundation (make-up) for psoriasis?
    im 13 and i got psoriasis i want a foundation which will help my psoriasis. Also i want no one to see my psoriasis on my face. Please help Hannah Amy.

    • ANSWER:
      You poor thing. I am 36 years old and have had psoriasis for 25 years. I had minor serious for the first 20, patches on my joints (ankles, knees, elbows), in the front and behind my ears, and in my scalp. Now, I have severe arthritis, but never on my face.

      For minor psoriasis, topicals such as creams and gels prescribed by a dermatologist may be all you need. Stay away from asrtingents and regular facial soaps. A mild exfoliating wash might help (but ask your dermatologist first and good a good one, like neutrogena). Whatever you do, don't experiment and don't take advice from your friends. It is not like acne or pimples and certain things that treat those problems, can make your problem worse. If you don't have a dermatologist, ask your doctor for a referral right away.

      A foundation will not help your psoriasis. If it is scaling and flaking, it will probably draw more attention to it because it will cake on to those areas. If you are talking about the fresh new skin after the psoriasis has been treated (or the difference in pigmentation because it has been treated) then that's different, and you would probably have to use something a little thicker for fuller coverage like a concealer or try self-tanning lotions, but goods ones.

      Getting back to if it is flaking and scaling, ask you dermatologist before you try any recommendations, because you don't want to cause scarring on your face. I am sure there are many psoriasis creams that would help you a great deal or psoriasis facial washes. Or ask your dermatologist about tanning beds. While dermatologists hate tanning for obvious reasons, they do often recommend it for psoriasis. Then you will have change in pigmentation for a short while because there's baby skin exposed. But that will go away after the new skin catches up with the rest of your tan (again ask your doctor before you tan, but it shouldn't cause scarring because it doesn't on the rest of the body). You will also need parental consent because of your age.

      Tanning works wonders for even the most severe cases such as mine.

      Don't focus so much on hiding your psoriasis. Put your energy into treating it. You will definately find something that words for you and it will go away once you discover what works best.

      A little personal advice: High school is rough. I was a late bloomer and believe me I bloomed when it actually mattered. That was after high school. All of those cool kids you might be worried about, they won't matter after graduation and generally don't know what to do with themselves after high school. Believe me, it's true. Further, lots of people have all kinds of skin problems at your age, acne, etc., that can be harder to treat than your psoriasis will be if you get the right dermatologist. Lastly, if anyone bothers you or causes you pain about it, they truly do have their own problems and you'll see that just a few more years down the road. Just remember, we fellow psoriasis sufferers are here for you and so are your family and friends. Talk about it.

  17. 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

  18. QUESTION:
    What is your best topical and/or dietary remedy for Psoriasis?
    Is there a 'sure-fire' remedy for this auto-immune skin ailment? Diet? topical solutions or ointments? Supplements? No sales pitches please. I am trying to gather as broad an information base as possible to sift through and help resolve this nemesis. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. QUESTION:
    What treatment for psoriasis has worked for you?
    I am on topical steroids that cost like 0 a tube, and its a pain to put on....is there any prescription that will work better for me? I'm on talclonex, i'm looking for maybe something oral? Mine is classified "severe" so...idk if that makes a difference when its an oral medication, i know when i started talclonex it was the strongest thing out.

    Also: I'm on seroquel for BPD hopefully oral meds wont interfere with that....

    • ANSWER:
      I treat my psoriasis with herbal remedies from serenaskin.com. Cream and spray cleared my skin and now i just take anti-psoriasis extract to prevent future flare-ups. It works wonders for me and I'm very happy with the results.

  22. 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.

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

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

  24. QUESTION:
    What is a over the counter treatment for keratosis pilaris?
    I have used prescription topical creams and amlactin for my kp but neither of them have worked...

    so what have you heard has worked? a specific brand would be great! thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I found that champori cream for psoriasis clears my kp better than anything else: takes just a few days and then my skin stays smooth for months on end. Try it: champori is available without prescription and comes with money back guarantee, so if it doesnt work for you - it's free.
      Best,
      Mol.

  25. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis: Does evaluation for treatment usually require testing?
    I'm not working but have to see a dermatologist for inverse psoriasis so I can only afford ~0. Does evaluation for treatment normally involve further testing or can a doctor prescribe something for me after the visit?
    ? - That's great but you didn't answer my question: does evaluation for treatment usually involve tests?

    • ANSWER:
      To begin with, psoriasis is now considered to be an autoimmune disorder, in which the body's cascade of inflammatory mediators is triggered off by an unkown antigen(s). One of the side effects of these inflammatory agents is to cause the skin cells to hyperproliferate. Hence the treatments are directed against the production of those inflammatory agents. In inverse psoriasis, the lesions tend to be in the "sensitive" areas, so that generally, milder topical agents can be used successfully. Agents such as Protopic ointment and Elidel cream have been used, often with good results. In these cases, I see no reason for blood testing to be done. However, if there is no response to topical therapy, and systemic agents (pills or shots) have to be undertaken, then blood tests are necessary, usually to check up on your liver and blood counts.

  26. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of Psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis for a long time now and i was wondering if anyone may know anything that can help relieve it or anything, well please anything from like soaps,creams, or also home remedies, etc. My birthday is between next month and i have it on both my elbows and on one of my knuckles. i want to be unnoticable so if anyone can post anything it would be very much appreciated and no sarcastic ones please and thank you.

    I have psoriasis for 7 years now and i am only 15

    • ANSWER:
      I've had psoriasis since I was 2 years old (I'm now 25). I was on prescriptions that my dermatologist put me on up until about 2 years ago. I quit responding to the prescriptions I was on which were very strong and had side effects. I was wary of going back to the dermatologist to see if there were other topical prescriptions since the ones I'd been on were so strong already - my doctor kept putting me on stronger and stronger medications over the years as the ones I'd been on had become less effective as I'd been on them for a while. Since the only non-topical psoriasis medications available suppress your immune system and I wasn't really comfortable with that idea I decided to see what I could do on my own and see if I could get by without prescriptions.

      I've combined some changes in my diet with a over the counter medication and I've had quite a bit of success. First - the diet changes. My psoriasis drastically improved while I was studying abroad in college and in my research I found that the diet that I was eating there corresponded pretty well with a lot of the recommendations that are out there for people with psoriasis. I eat lots of fruit and vegetables, VERY little red meat (one to two servings per month is all I allow myself), and the only cooking oil I use is olive oil.

      The over the counter topical medication I use is called "Skin Zinc". I picked it up at Walgreen's but you could probably find it at any major drug store. It's active ingredient is Salicylic Acid which helps to loosen the scaly dead skin that tends to build up. Since the dead skin is loosened it doesn't build up (so it doesn't look so white and scaly) and itch so much, I don't scratch at it so much (so it doesn't get so red and irritated). So the medication helps both by making it less visible and less uncomfortable.

      I also use a bar of soap that helps to soothe the skin. I buy it from a lady that makes handmade soap and sells it via her website. She has one that is specifically for psoriasis and eczema that I've been using for about 10 years now. I've included the link to the specific soap that I use below.

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

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

  28. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for Psoriasis?
    My Friend is having this Problem:-

    1.Kindly guide me the best treatment available for Psoriasis in Siddha, Unani, Ayurveda, Homeopathy or in English Medicine..
    2.Also tell me the food habits for this type of syndrome? (What he should avoid and what he should intake in-particular for a better cure?
    3.What is the normal period or duration for complete cure or it’s not a curable disease?
    Kindly guide us on these areas!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Sunlight and topical ointments such as clobetasol work best. Avoid cortisone because it will make the disease worse in the long term. As for foods it varies from person to person, but you'll want to avoid alcohol. There is no cure, but the right medicine will keep it under control. Your friend really needs to see a doctor though.

  29. 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.

  30. QUESTION:
    Are there any good over the counter remedies to help soothe psoriasis?
    Nothing seems to help improve the psoriasis except tropical climates, do any of you know of a topical ointment that may help at least soothe it a bit?

    • ANSWER:
      I will give you the answer. You are absolutely correct when you say tropical climates. I have had severe eczema & psoriasis all my life. My 17 year old son had it so bad that his hair fell out. He had it on his back, legs and arms. We tried every thing that the doctors could prescribe to no avail. Think about your question a little. You say the only time it improves is when you are in a tropical climate. This is what I did for my son, and believe me when I tell you, within one week there was an 80% improvement and within 2 weeks he was 99.9% clear of any skin condition. I took him to a tanning studio. On the first visit he tanned for just 1 minute. We increased this to 5 minute sessions over a 2 week period. 10 sessions later and presto no visible signs of skin conditions. Discuss this with the tanning studio for the best amount of time to spend under the lights. They will give you a better idea of what's best. Now let me tell you that when I told my dermitoligist what I had decided to do for my son's condition, he did not agree. However, he was astonished when he examined my son and saw such an unbelievable improvement. If it doesn't work for you, at the very least you'll walk away saying you tried, and you'll have a nice tan. I have recommended this to others who have had remarkable results as well.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can skin grow back after using steroid topical cream?
    I believe I have used too much topical steroid on the skin just below the ridge of my penis to treat what appeared to be a recurring case or psoriasis. It would go away and I would stop using the steroid, but I believe I put too much on prior to knowing the severity of the side effect in an attempt to "fix it faster with more." Please let me know if the skin should in time restore itself?

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    Would anyone date me even if I have psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis. And I'm worried about never getting married or even getting a girlfriend. So I would like to know, does it really matter if I have psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi THere

      Here is a herb remedy that will work.

      1. Take 1-3 droppersful of Echinacea Plus Tincture (at herbdoc.com or another qualified site) to strengthen the immune system.

      2. Rub Garlic oil ALL over the affected area (Garlic will kill anything if you use enough of it)

      3. Give 1-3 glasses of Activated Charcoal Slurry per day (to absorb the toxins out of the blood)

      4. Mix equal parts of Aloe Vera Gel, Slippery Elm Powder and Activated Charcoal Powder together (absorbs the toxins externally)

      5. Apply a thin layer of this mixture over the AFFECTED area(s).

      6. Continue this treatment, until the desired Results are achieved.

      This is healing at it's highest point.

      Cause
      Eczema is often called Dermatitis, and may be a symptom of an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency. Eczema can be due to allergies, allergies secondary to digestive disorders such as hydrochloric acid deficiency, rashes secondary to immune diseases, genetic metabolic disorders, and/or nutritional deficiencies, especially of niacin (vitamin B3) and B6, as well as other B vitamins.

      To minimize your risk of developing eczema, avoid irritating substances, wear natural nonirritating materials, use soothing ointments, and check to see if dietary, nutritional, and/or and allergy-causing factors need to be considered.

      Other ideas that will help:

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can help speed healing: black currant and red grapes; carrot, beet, spinach, cucumber, and parsley; and wheat grass juice.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Vitamin A and GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), an omega-6 essential fatty acid found in high quantities in evening primrose oil, have both been shown to improve the symptoms of eczema. Vitamin E. Other useful supplements for preventing and reversing eczema include vitamin B complex, vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc.

      Topical Treatment: Apply evening primrose oil directly to cracked and sore areas of the skin. A topical paste made from ginkgo and licorice root extract has also been shown to improve eczema symptoms.

      Best of health to you

  33. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of psoriasis?. treatment methods? .?
    Hi,

    I have symptoms of itching on joints and silvery patches on my body. I have consult the doctor and he give some tablets. Again i have the problems. Can u tell me the treatment methods. The doctor wrote the prescription sheet as PSORIASIS P.D

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, America Reid!

      Take care with what other people are talking about psoriasis: it is NOT a fungal infection of your skin. It's an auto-immune disease, that happens when your body's immune system is somehow disregulated. When psoriasis is detect, this means that your skin cells are growing too fast, causing the lesions.

      There are a lot of psoriasis treatment methods available on the market today, but they can be divided in three categories: topical treatments (cream and ointments), systemic medications and phototherapy.

      If your psoriasis symptoms aren't too severe, the best treatment type for you is only a topical medication.

      I'm researching about psoriasis a lot the last few months, and I recommend Revitol Dermasis Psoriasis Cream as a topical solution for psoriasis, because it contains a lot of ingredients believed to relieve and solve psoriasis lesions, red patches and silvery scale.

      I hope this can help you a bit. :D

  34. QUESTION:
    I have horrible Psoriasis on my legs and arms?
    I have horrible psoriasis! I am only 13 years of age and its really annoying to have psoriasis! I have it on my legs and arms and it makes me look like a have a disease or something but i don't! Gymnastics is starting soon and i need to get rid of it because people are driving me nuts by asking about it. Does anybody have any suggestions, like creams or home remedies but not topical creams that i have to order.
    Suggestions please!
    Thanks.
    -Meg

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

  35. QUESTION:
    Remedies for Topical Psoriasis?
    Any good over the counter remedies for Topical Psoriasis (scalp)?

    Not sure why this year it seems worse...Weather? Allergies?

    • ANSWER:
      Usually is called topic dermatitis, caused by allergies.
      Every change of season, specially spring or fall, the spores create allergy.
      The solution:
      *Diprosone= betametasone/Shering Plough
      *Warm showers with a neutral soap
      *Caliderm cream
      *Avoid smoke, alcohol, carbonated drinks, smog, dust.
      *Atarax pills
      *Benadryl pills

  36. 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

  37. 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!

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is sun tanning or tanning beds good for Psoriasis?
    I am going away in a few weeks and I hate my skin, I dont have it as bad as some but it brings my self esteem down looking at it. If so what would be good a sun tan lotion as well? Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      It is true that natural sun is better but takes longer and is not always available. I have severe psoriasis (covering a larger percentage of my body, mostly my legs). Truth is, tanning beds work like a charm and you will notice a marked imrpovement after your first three visits. If you have no base tan, I recommend you don't go in for more than 12 minutes the first two or three times (three times in the first week).

      I am 36 years old and have been dealing with it for 25 years. Topicals worked for minor psoriasis because it was more localized on my knees, elbows, ankles and ears for the first 20 years.

      Since it became severe (I stopped tanning for a couple years because I didn't have a spare moment for myself, but I am at it again), I couldn't possibly dot my entire body with topical creams. I'd use the entire tube in one application and it would take hours. That is unrealistic.

      So, since it had become severe, I have been on methotrexate and Enbrel. Did wonders for my once very painful arthritis, but nothing really for the psoriasis (which these two meds also treat. I hear they do work for many people though).

      By far, my greatest success has been tanning. And tanning beds do work.

      If legs are your troubled area, do not be afraid to shave. I was for a long time when my legs first became covered. Finally, I said, the heck with the fear of cutting myself, I was ashamed to be walking around with hairy legs. Shaving also worked wonders and didn't hurt at all.

      As far as tanning lotions, you have to use ones intended for tanning beds. They sell them at the tanning salon. Remember to ask for one without tingle factor. If you want to use one with a bronzer, go for it but make sure you pay a little extra for a good one so you don't streak. And wipe your hands on a towel they provide or bring a paper towel from the bathroom in with you and wash your hands immediately after tanning or your palms will be streaked orangey-brown. The indoor tanning lotions can be used outdoors too, but be advised that there are no sunscreens. (Don't use a tanning oil).

      Don't be alarmed when the tanning clears the psoriasis and there is some difference in pigmentation there. With a little more tanning, that will change. The cause: it is the fresh, untanned skin that needs to catch up.

      Again, don't overdue it in the beginning, because, perhaps you already know that when you cause injury to yourself, psoriasis will form in that area. For example, it you get a cut or scrape somewhere on your body, psoriasis will form there in the process of your healing. Major overexposure, my aggravate it.

      You will want to go at three times in the first week of tanning. In fact, go three times a week before your vacation since you are leaving soon and I promise you will be clear by then. Then you can go once or twice a week.

      Good luck and enjoy your trip

  41. 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

  42. QUESTION:
    What would be the best OTC and prescription medication for mild Eczema?

    Looking for pills, I've had enough of creams and other topical treatments.

    Are there any pills that can control itching, reduce inflammation(which would be very mild), or perhaps even make all/most symptoms diminish altogether?

    • ANSWER:
      I can understand your frustrations. I have psoriasis and it's taken a lot of years to find something that works for me.

      I know you said you don't want creams and what not but I found my cure. You might have already tried it and it does take a few weeks to start seeing the effects but I found it worth it and it's cheaper than all that other crap!!! Coal Tar soap. It's not the prettiest smelling soap, but you don't end up smelling like it all day! I also use coal tar shampoo as I get shocking psoriasis on my scalp. It lessens the itching and flakiness and has given me huge amounts of relief!
      I really hope you find something that works for you. Good luck.

  43. QUESTION:
    What do I do with psoriasis in middle school?
    I have had psoriasis for about 3 years now and I am 13. I am so sick of not getting results!! I think I am to young to take a pill or something because I am only 13 but there has to be something out there!! Oh and I have psoriasis on my scalp and I use a topical liquid every night and neutragena tsal or sometimes t/gel. I can't take it anymore! Please Help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      psoriasis is a pain in our rear end. The problem with having and treating psoriasis is that what medications we are using that works today may not work for us tomarrow. You will need to go and tell the doctor about what you are going thru, he may change your med's. You can also join an online teen psoriasis group, it helps to talk to people that have our skin problem, we understand better and may have tips on what to tell our friends, how to handle breakouts, and our feelings. Here is one on yahoo: health.groups.yahoo.com/group/teensandpsoriasis I found that explaining to people who look at my psoriasis makes the situation easier. Educating people on psoriasis is important. Stay positive, there are medicines out there that can help.

  44. 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

  45. 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.

  46. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies for prickly heat rash?
    I don't have any skin conditions such as psoriasis or excema, and I don't have any skin allergies. It's definitely heat rash of some sort. I just get patches of itchy rashes during the summer when it's hot and humid. I have been China for for years and TCM hasn't helped much. Right now the best relief I can get is from taking a hot shower (to open the pores), covering my body with shampoo or other products containing menthol, waiting about five to ten minutes until my whole body tingles. After that I rinse with hot water again (to clean the products chemicals out of my pores), then a cold water rinse to close the pores and cool off. This is usually only temporary relief. I do sweat a lot (more than most people), so I take about three cold showers a day too cool off and clean out the pores. I do refrain from scratching (as I know it makes it worse) during waking hours, but during my sleep, I have involuntary scratching. I am really into alternative health and home remedies. Thanks
    Okay, I have posted this question in several categories and cornstarch seems to be dominate home remedy. But how do I prepar and apply it to my skin? How long do I keep it on, and should I rinse with hot or cold water? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Cornstartch----Just apply groove!!! with cotton balls a feather whatever..Hope this helps..It will stay on!! and if you shower...reapply

      Treatment

      The rash itself may be treated with topical antipruritics (itch relievers). Preparations containing aloe, menthol, camphor, eucalyptus oil, and similar ingredients are available commercially. Even more effective, particularly for widespread itching in hot weather, are cool baths with corn starch and/or oatmeal (about 0.5 lb [224 g] of each per bathtub-full).

      Dermatologists can peel off the upper layers of skin using a special ultraviolet light. This will remove the plugs and restore sweating, but is not necessary in most cases.

      Much more important, however, is to realize that the body cannot cool itself adequately without sweating. Careful monitoring for symptoms of heat disease is important. If they appear, some decrease in the ambient temperature must be achieved by moving to the shade, taking a cool bath or shower, or turning up the air conditioner.

  47. QUESTION:
    Can I stop psoriasis with this DNA technique?
    I have bad psoriasis.

    I've read papers on helping people with psoriasis lately.

    Interestingly it has to do with STAT3.

    Simply put, STAT3 is a signal transduction system in cells with an output of transcription factors that are involved in maintaining psoriasis.

    I read that decoy oligonucleotide therapy helps with this.

    Here are my questions.

    If I purchased two oligos and encouraged them to anneal, and then applied them directly to my skin (in either water or EDTA), would the DNA enter the cell topically? My oligo sequence would be for STAT3 transcription factor.

    Do I need a sulfur group to inhibit DNA Nuclease?

    Is there another factor for cell-mediated incorporation of DNA into the cell cytoplasm, and then the nucleus, that you know about?

    What other things should be considered with topical DNA oligo's?

    Mine is pretty painful. I have it on one elbow, and as a kid I had it all over.

    I still don't fully understand the physiology of why it comes and goes.

    HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds possible but I doubt that it would work in practice;


topical psoriasis

Over The Counter Scalp Psoriasis Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    does anyone know about any good treatments for scalp psoriasis?
    i have scalp psoriasis and it's really irritating. i've tried several drug store shampoos but i feel like they aren't working.

    • ANSWER:
      If your scalp psoriasis is severe enough, you're going to need some prescription items, rather than over the counter medicines. Your dermatologist can help you out with this.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can exfoliating help with body psoriasis?
    I am just wondering if scrubbing the body while showering or using certain body washes can help in controlling body psoriasis. Also, will it help with scalp psoriasis. My understanding of the condition is that it is over producing skin cells and the cells not being shed fast enough. Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use apricot scrubs or any thing with exfoliating beads it's bad for your skin. Use Cetaphil for sensitive skin body bar and Eucerin,Cetaphil,Nivea and keep your skin moist and clean. Scrubbing your skin to get the flakes off just encourages the skin to get thicker and produce more scales. Also the skin underneath the scales becomes more vulerable to cuts and injury when you bump into things.
      Above all see a dermatologist and treat it. I have it. I know it's a life long battle. It's embarrasing. I've tried everything I could get over the counter and nothing works to make it go away. I can't afford a visit to the dermatologist, much less what ever they would prescribe for me.
      Just watch the steroids. Doctors love to prescribe Prednisone for everything. It can make you gain weight and has other side affects.
      Do research. Go to your local library and read some books on skin disorders. Sometimes you will know as much as the doctors and that is a real big help when it comes to understanding treatments.
      The medical profession is a business. If they can keep you coming back then they make more and more money off you. That's when the knowledge comes in handy. Good luck, and see if you can get cortozone cream at 10% strength, not 1.0 like over the counter brands. That might help. Good luck.

  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:
    Fungus treatment question: by using over the counter treatments will I create more resistant fungus?
    I have successfully treated my own fungus skin infections, or so I thought, with over the counter medications, but it always came back a while later.

    Just now I read that I should treat it with over the counter product till it's gone and then treat it once a week for two years and it won't come back. Is this good advice or will there be bad results?

    • ANSWER:
      The fungus may infect just one area of the body, or there may be several infected areas.
      Fungal infections of the scalp or beard can lead to hair loss. Fungal rashes can sometimes be confused with other skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.
      Causes
      A number of things can make fungal infections more likely. You'ree more at risk from fungal infections if you:
      have recently taken a course of antibiotics
      have been taking oral steroids
      have diabetes
      are obese
      are African-Caribbean
      have a history of fungal infections have a weakened immune system caused, for example, by cancer or AIDS. Moist skin encourages fungal infections. This means fungal infections are more likely when skin isn't dried properly after sweating or bathing, or when it is covered with a material that doesn't allow sweat to evaporate. Damage to the skin surface, such as a cut or graze, can also encourage fungi to grow.

      Fungal infections inside the body can cause more serious health problems than those on the skin. These infections only affect people whose immune systems aren't working properly - either as a result of another illness such as AIDS, or because of immunosuppressant medicines, such as those taken after having an organ transplant.

      How do fungal infections spread?
      Fungal infections can be spread between humans. For example, athlete's foot is thought to be spread in communal areas, such as gyms and swimming pools. Contact with bed sheets or towels can also spread fungal infections.

      It's also possible to catch fungal infections from animals such as cats or dogs, and, more rarely, cattle. Ringworm is occasionally caught this way.

      Diagnosis
      Sometimes fungal infections are easy for doctors to diagnose from the appearance and location of the rash, such as athlete's foot. Sometimes your doctor will take a skin scraping, or a fragment of nail or hair, and send it to the laboratory to confirm the diagnosis.

      Treatment
      Since most fungal skin infections are surface infections, antifungal treatments are usually applied directly to the skin in the infected area (topical treatments).

      There are a variety of treatments available in the form of creams, lotions and medicated powders. If the rash covers quite a large area of skin, or affects the nails or scalp, then tablets may be required.

      Some treatments are available over-the-counter from a pharmacist, without a prescription. For example, sprays are available for treating athletes foot. Ask your pharmacist for advice.

      Stronger forms of topical treatments and antifungal in tablet form are only available on prescription. You may also be prescribed antifungal shampoo for scalp infections.

      These treatments are usually effective. Like any drug, they can occasionally cause side effects. These may include skin irritation or an upset stomach. It isn't unusual for the rash to return, even when it seems to have been treated. The treatment may need to be used for at least four weeks to prevent the infection from coming back.

      If you are buying an over-the-counter antifungal treatment, you need to be sure that you have a fungal infection. You may recognize the rash from a previously diagnosed fungal infection. But if there's any doubt about your diagnosis, or if over-the-counter treatments don't work, then you should seek advice from your GP.

      Prevention
      Taking the steps listed below may help to reduce the risk of getting a fungal infection.
      Dry your skin carefully after bathing.
      Wear loose fitting clothes and underwear.
      Avoid sharing towels, hair brushes, and combs, which could contain skin fragments that harbors fungal colonies.
      Change socks or tights daily.
      For athlete's foot, alternate shoes every two or three days so that they have time to dry out.
      Choose fabrics that allow the skin to "breathe" - natural fibres such as cotton are better than nylon or polyester for underwear.
      For sportspeople, synthetic fibres that "wick" the sweat away from the body, helping to keep the skin dry, may be preferable.
      If you have diabetes you need to keep good control of your blood sugar (for more information see the Bupa factsheets on Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes).

      Now we are going to treat the infections with natural Medicine and things we have around the house. Of course if there is infections out of control you have to go and see and MD General Practitioner or Dermatologist do not wait until the infections are out of control.
      Things you need to do:
      1. Go to a health Food Store and get a body desintoxication program.
      2. Then after finishing the program get something to rebuild your immune system.
      3. Get a natural Antibiotics
      For example: Echinacea & Goldenseal capsules and Neem capsules , Tea Tree capsules are natural antibiotics.
      4. Aloe Vera caps

  5. QUESTION:
    i have scalp psoriasis how can i treat it and does it go away for good?
    i have been diagnosed with scalp psoriasis, due to stress! it is itchy flaky and humiliating! i have a treatment from the doctor that really has done nothing except stop the itching for awhile. is there any herbal or natural remedy i could use, and, does it go away, or is it here for good? thankyou for your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many over-the-counter treatments available, but no cure. Coal Tar is one of the most widely used and effective means of counteracting the flaking associated with psoriasis. It's found in the highest concentration in T-Fal shampoos, as well as sensitive skin dandruff shampoos. Look for one with extra moisturizing ingredients.

      Also, regularly washing your hair and avoiding using any kind of products containing alcohol -- which can irritate and dry out your scalp -- is also good therapy.

  6. 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.

  7. QUESTION:
    Home remedies or other aides for psoriasis?
    In the winter I get really bad psoriasis my scalp. I've had treatments in the past but none of them seem to really work. It definitely runs in my family because my dad gets it really bad, too. Do you know of any home remedies or other over the counter treatments that might work?

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

  8. QUESTION:
    What is a good soap to use for scalp psorasis?
    I Shave my head so I Want to know about soap not shampoo. i am tired of scraping dead skin off of my scalp.

    • ANSWER:
      Tar shampoo is usually the first line therapy for scalp psoriasis. If you prefer not to use the shampoo, it is important that you choose a non-drying "soap." Dryness and irritation caused by harsh cleansers can make psoriasis worse. Two gentle cleansers are Cetaphil (see cleanser or body wash called Restoraderm) and Vanicream (a bar soap for sensitive skin).

      Moisturize your scalp after showering to help counteract the dryness and capture moisture. Try a thicker non-fragrance moisturizer like Lubriderm (or generic variety) twice a day.

      If you have thick scaling you may need to get a prescription from a medical provider for one of the following treatments:
      Keralyt: salicylic acid (6%)
      Dovonex: Vitamin D analog
      Topical steroid: Triamcinolone, Clobetasol, etc. (when using apply sparingly into affected area)

      If you have related itching, then use an over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream.

      Psoriasis may be due to family history, but it has also been related to infection, stress, smoking, and various medications (e.g. antimalarials, beta-blockers, and lithium).

  9. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of scalp acne scar?
    I've been using home remedies and it worked but they keep coming back. I'm convinced to start using those products like neutrogen and proactive. What products works best to keep scalp acne scars to go away. Btw I tried popping them but only boos comes out and itches a lot and causes me to scratch and leaving scars.

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

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

      OR: Here are other methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

      For more information on acne you can check out this website: http://www.acne.org/about-acne.html

  10. QUESTION:
    What do you call the skin condition on your scalp?
    When your scalp produces too much oil and all these folds of skin grow out of the scalp. Often caused by stress. Also do you know what the best treatment for it is?

    • ANSWER:
      As you see above, could be several things. Psoriasis, seborrhea, dandruff (but probably not, too severe), alopecia. You need to be seeing a dermatologist. They say that stress makes these things worse, but my psoriasis has always been very bad, whether I was stressed or not.

      There are new treatments available for psoriasis if that is what you have. See a physician.

      You could try the over-the-counter shampoos for scalp conditions -- some may work for you. None work for me. What could give you some relief is to put oil -- baby, olive, vegetable -- all over the scalp, cover with a shower cap, and sleep. Oh, cover the pillow with a towel because some will leak out. Wash it out in the morning -- hard to do, but use a clarifying shampoo and shampoo two or three times until it is out of the hair. That will lubricate it enough to give you some relief.

      Again, see a doctor.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is there a good over the counter cream or medicine for psoriasis on the face?
    I have psoriasis, mainly on ,my scalp, face and chest. I discovered T-Gel shampoo caused my scalp psoriasis to go into remission- I have psoriasis on either side of my nose- people always ask if my nose is sunburned- It's psoriasis- Is there an over the counter drug or cream i could apply to my face?

    Since T-Gel shampoo helped the psoriasis clear from my scalp- what if I applied that to my face?

    • ANSWER:
      The shampoo is likely too drying for the face, but the active ingredient, tar, is available in gel, foam and lotion forms for the skin. Try Cutar, Scytera or T-Derm oil. You should get a similar effect as the T-Gel gave for the scalp. You may not need Rx treatment.

  12. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of the back acne on my back?
    I've had back acne for almost a year and a half, and the back acne is still there, idk what to do, what is the best treatment for it or product to get rid of them? Is proactiv good?

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

      This is something I use every day and I got rid of my cystic acne. I really recommend this.
      Neem oil: It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection. Other benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products. If you like you can purchase at Lucy Vitamin or in health food stores. It is the same price as some of the acne medications, either prescribe or over-the-counter.

  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:
    My daughter has the worst case of psoriasis I have ever seen.?
    It started a year ago and basically covered her from head to toe. After much treatment, for the most part, on her body it is under control, but I have recently noticed big patches developing on her scalp again...
    Does anyone know of home remedies or efficient low-cost ways for treating this?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like my sister and I!! Good thing that summer is just around the corner, because she needs to get some sun!! My mom always bought us Eucerin (try the calming cream) and this bottle that you buy in the dandruff shampoo section called scalpacin. Scalpacin is a liquid cortizone that you can put on your scalp and wont make hair smelly, greasy, etc. Also, if you can, go to your pharmacy and see if they carry Elta Tar, if not they can order it for you, and that really seems to help also. Another thing that has helped me in the past for really big itchy spots is just getting a prescription cortizone with 2% active ingredient instead of the over the counter 1%. BTW...make sure you tell your daughter for beatiful she!! Because psoriasis is depressing and has a way of making you feel like crap about yourself! if you need anymore help or tips feel free to IM me @ iltb26

  15. 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.

  16. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of pimples fast?
    Every once and a while, I get pimples scattered around my face in random spots. I've tried toothpaste and many other things. Nothing I do seems to get rid of them quickly. I don't have any pimple treatment things at home so I need home remedies for getting rid of them. Please help :P

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

      This is something I use every day and I got rid of my cystic acne. I really recommend this.
      Neem oil: It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection. Other benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products. If you like you can purchase at Lucy Vitamin or in health food stores. It is the same price as some of the acne medications, either prescribe or over-the-counter.

  17. QUESTION:
    How do I deal with getting ugly?
    I'm seventeen years old and I have acne, so I take this acne treatment cream that made my face and scalp itchy. The acne doesn't go away and now I have eczema and I am losing hair. When I get older I will get acne scars, go bald, and my face will be peeling.

    • ANSWER:
      For the eczema, itch and acne, research products made by a British company, Salcura

      Salcura Dermaspray Gentle for the itchy skin (many eczema sufferers say this is the best)
      Salcura Shampoo for the scalp (psoriasis sufferers say this is the best they've found)
      Salcura Antiac for the acne (you tube video by Embarrassing Bodies tv show)

      there may be other products in the stores but this stuff worked for our child when nothing else did. Plus it's over the counter, all natural. Look for reviews on the web by actual users.

  18. 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

  19. QUESTION:
    does baking help get rid of acne and acne scars?
    I've heard that it does but i'm not sure. Does it really and how long of treatment would it take to remove my acne?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, Baking Soda works to! Heres some other causes of Acne and Help to.

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

      This is something I use every day and I got rid of my cystic acne. I really recommend this.
      Neem oil: It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection. Other benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products. If you like you can purchase at Lucy Vitamin or in health food stores. It is the same price as some of the acne medications, either prescribe or over-the-counter.

  20. QUESTION:
    I have really bad cystic acne on my lower chin and overly dry skin in that same area. What should I do?
    I have been using a variety of treatments from dabbing homemade green tea liquid on my face to using the Queen Helena Mint Julep Masque and now I'm using the Neutrogena Complete Acne Therapy System. I've been washing my face twice daily with these products (except for the masque) and I'm afraid to stop because I do not want to get any more breakouts on my usually extremely oily skin. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      This is something I use every day and I got rid of my cystic acne. I really recommend this.
      Neem oil: It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection. Other benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products. If you like you can purchase at Lucy Vitamin or in health food stores. It is the same price as some of the acne medications, either prescribe or over-the-counter.

  21. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a pimple overnight?
    I'm looking for the single, best solution. I don't usually get bad acne, but I have a large pimple on my forehead and I want to know the fastest, most efficient way to get rid of it.
    I don't want a ton of answers, just one or two good ones. I really just want this thing gone.
    I already use clindamycin phosphate nightly, but it doesn't keep them all away.
    I'll choose the best answer tomorrow, after I try and see if anything works.

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

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

      Here are other methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the beat way to heal an acne scar by saturday?
    like i have a huge acne scar on the left side of my eyebrow area. its pretty bad i trued pitting clear pore stuff but it isnt helping so whats the fastest way to heal it by saturday. its pretty bad but i need a solution im going to play at a jazz festival on fullerteon so i need a way like ASAP!

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing happens that fast when it comes to acne. Stress can affect hormones and can theoretically promote acne.
      1) Tea Tree Oil- An essential oil is diluted and applied topically to acne lesions.
      2) Lemon oil or juice - Applied lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to face or you can drink it through using it in water a few drops a day. You can leave overnight don't expose yourself to sunlight. Will help with both acne, and scars as well.
      3) Mandarin oil
      4) Cedar wood – good for eczema
      5) Lavender
      6) Apple cider vinegar
      7) Bamboo extract or Sarna lotion – good for rosacea, psoriasis, eczema
      8) Bio Oil or BB cream for dark spots or scars
      9) Toothpaste is very effective for acne leave on face for about 20 to 30 minutes then wash.
      10) Zinc really works on acne
      11) 2% Erythromycin
      12) Benzoin Peroxide
      13) Neem oil- good for acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers (taken either orally or externally)
      14) Hydrogen Peroxide 3% - It can help to dry out acne by killing bacteria on the skin.Soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and apply it either to the acne breakouts on your face. You also may opt to apply hydrogen peroxide to your entire face to help prevent future breakouts. Allow the hydrogen peroxide to do its job -- wait until the bubbling stops in approximately a minute or two. Rinse your face with water. Apply an oil-free moisturizer to prevent skin from drying out.
      15) Vitamin B3- also known as niacin. It promotes healthy skin, can be utilized as an acne treatment.
      16) Retinoid- increase collagen production and plump fine lines, making it a good choice if you’re dealing with acne and wrinkles.
      17) Sulfur- dries up pimples and keeps sebum production in check, helping to prevent future blemishes. Sulfur has a distinct smell think rotten eggs.

      This is something I use every day and I got rid of my cystic acne. I really recommend this.
      Neem oil: It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection. Other benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products. If you like you can purchase at Lucy Vitamin or in health food stores. It is the same price as some of the acne medications, either prescribe or over-the-counter.

  23. QUESTION:
    Most efficient way to get rid of dandruff?
    I thought the flakes on my scalp was just dry skin, so i bought moisturizing shampoo but it hasn't seemed to work. So my questions are:
    1.) Which dandruff shampoo ACTUALLY works the best?
    2.) How long does it take to work (like one wash, or the whole bottle?)

    (i know, gross question... i just don't want to waste money)
    by the way, i only wash my hair when it gets greasy, which is only once or twice a week.

    • ANSWER:
      1.- Selsun Blue.
      2.- Probably a week you will start noticing the difference but maybe 2 weeks max.

      Dandruff is a condition that affects many people. Dandruff causes a lack of confidence and self esteem because of the self conscience effect of the very evident flaking. I know that a friend suffers with severe dandruff, She feels that she cannot wear dark clothing, as it really makes it stand out. I’ve found from my own experiences, that it strikes when you least want it too. I have found that when I’m about to enter a stressful situation, it comes on hard, so stress is definitely a factor of what causes dandruff as well.

      Methods of getting rid of dandruff

      Commercial dandruff shampoos

      Here I will list the active ingredients used in the most common anti-dandruff shampoos and explain what they do. Make sure you read the labels when shopping for a particular ingredient since the same brand often produces similar products with different ingredients. Always follow the instructions on the labels.

      1. Zinc pyrithione (Head & Shoulders classic, Pert Plus dandruff control)

      Zinc pyrithione, or Zinc omadine is an anti-fungal and antibacterial agent that is most commonly used to fight the dandruff caused by yeasts and fungi. Once you begin using this treatment, stopping will often cause dandruff to return worse than before treatment began.

      2. Ketoconazole (Nizoral AntiDandruff shampoo)

      Ketoconazole is an anti-fungal drug used to treat dandruff caused by yeasts and fungi. Dandruff usually returns after treatment is stopped.

      3. Selenium sulfide(Selsun blue, Head & Shoulders Intensive)

      Selenium sulfide is an anti-fungal agent used to treat dandruff caused by yeasts and fungi. In the US, 1% solutions can be purchased over-the-counter and 2.5% solutions are available by prescription. Dandruff often returns when treatment is stopped.

      4. Coal tar(Ionil-T, Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic)

      Coal tar is a liquid by-product of the distillation of coal. It is used in shampoos meant to treat head lice and psoriasis. Be warned, coal tar is on the NIOSH carcinogen list as a potential cancer-causing agent.

      5. Salicylic acid(Ionil)

      Salicylic acid based shampoos are used to help the scalp shed excess skin more easily, which in turn helps to keep skin pores from getting clogged.

      Home remedies

      There are tons of home brew dandruff cures out there, every family likely knows of a different one that they will swear by to cure dandruff. Here I'll list some of the most commonly recommended concoctions.

      1. Tea tree oil

      Tea tree oil has an anti-fungal quality and can be mixed into lotions, oils and shampoos. Massage the mixture into the scalp and let it sit for 15 minutes prior to rinsing clean.

      2. Coneflower and red clover extracts

      Aveda has a product named "Scalp Remedy" that is growing in popularity. It contains both coneflower and red clover extracts, comes with a dropper and is applied directly to the scalp after you shower.

      3. Oil soaks

      Scalp massages with moisturizing oils an hour or so before bathing are said to rejuvenate a dry scalp. Skin lotions will likely work as well.

      4. Vinegar rinses

      Some people have reported success after rinsing their hair with white or apple cider vinegar prior to bathing. It may have something to do with correcting your hair's PH balance.

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

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

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

      Here are other methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      This is something I use every day and I got rid of my cystic acne. I really recommend this.
      Neem oil: It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection. Other benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products. If you like you can purchase at Lucy Vitamin or in health food stores. It is the same price as some of the acne medications, either prescribe or over-the-counter.

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

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

      This is something I use every day and I got rid of my cystic acne. I really recommend this.
      Neem oil: It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection. Other benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products. If you like you can purchase at Lucy Vitamin or in health food stores. It is the same price as some of the acne medications, either prescribe or over-the-counter.

  27. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of acne on my back?
    I get very bad spots on my back that go and then come back again, which is very irritating. Please help?

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

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

      Here are other methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  28. 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.

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

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

      This is something I use every day and I got rid of my cystic acne. I really recommend this.
      Neem oil: It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection. Other benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products. If you like you can purchase at Lucy Vitamin or in health food stores. It is the same price as some of the acne medications, either prescribe or over-the-counter.

  30. QUESTION:
    What is the best shampoo for psoriasis ?
    I have been using Head and Shoulders and have now been using Nizoral . I cannot afford a prescription foam ( OLUX) I was using before so I am now trying different shampoos --just looking for the most effective over the counter shampoo

    • ANSWER:
      My doctor actually told me to purchase a bottle of T-Gel as part of my treatment. Stay away from Dermarest as I've found that all it does is just take the itch away; does nothing to calm the redness or get rid of flakes. I also had some excellent results just using Selsun Blue, so give that one a try before you reach for anything super expensive. Depending on the severity of your psoriasis, you may have to look at other options for clearing up your scalp, such as a lotion or a prescription shampoo. The nature of psoriasis is definitely not fun, so you have to roll with whatever works for you!

      Good luck! And keep hoping for a cure!

  31. QUESTION:
    Does taking zinc help with skin inflammation from acne?
    I am currently on accutane and it has cleared up my skin a lot. But I still have a lot of red inflammation. Does anyone know if zinc could help with this or with acne scars?

    Thanks so much!

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

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

      Here are other methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  32. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of pimple naturally?
    I have this pimple on my dimple for a long time now and it's really annoying me. , I don't care about the other pimples on my face since they're smaller but this one is on my dimple and its very noticeable. D: I've been drinking and eating bitter stuff to try and get rid of it naturally but it doesn't work. I do drink a lot of water everyday but it doesn't really help. I don't know what to do anymore. D:

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

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

      Here are other methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  33. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of acnes nd pimple very fast?
    How to get rid of acnes and pimples soon?
    I am 16.

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

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

      Here are other methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  34. QUESTION:
    What is the best over-the-counter treatment for psoriasis breakout?

    • ANSWER:
      I personally have psoriasis, and I've never seen an over the counter medication for that type of thing. I get it on my scalp the worst, and I ended up going to the doctor(dermatologist). He prescribed Derma-Smoothe/FS scalp oil. If you follow the directions correctly, it actually works. My sister applies this oil to her hands, that's where she gets it the worst. To be honest, it's a bit expensive, but its worth it. I used to lose so much hair, and it itched like crazy. It also formed this weird sticky slime, or juice. I don't know how to describe it, but I obviously had it pretty bad. The down fall is that there's no cure for psoriasis, which is a bummer. I totally understand your agony. I hope I helped. If you have any questions you can email me. Best of Luck!

  35. QUESTION:
    Any good psoriasis scalp treatments that don't contain tar?
    ...over the counter shampoo?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. 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 scalp 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

  36. QUESTION:
    Can you dye your hair blonde or any color if you have dandruff problems?
    I've been thinking about dying my hair black or blonde and I have really bad dandruff problems I don't know what type of dandruff problem I've got It is scratchy and it comes out in little cluster like pieces, and I don't know what type it is and I want to know if I can dye it? I also wanna know what my type of dandruff problem is and how I can think it if I cant dye it right now?

    • ANSWER:
      I would not dye it especially not black! your just asking for trouble. If you have any kind of scalp problems you should not dye your hair until it is sorted out. It sounds like you do NOT have dandruff but a skin problem instead, I see it a lot, you should go to your GP & have it examined, in the mean time go & buy some Nizorol shampoo wash your hair with this leave on for 5 mins then rinse a little warm water on it then wash again with the same shampoo, use this instead of you normal shampoo, how long has it been like this???
      I think you have Psorosis of the scalp which can look like dandruff but it is not, it is a skin complaint that needs products from your GP to help with it. It is were your skin grows to fast & before the old skin can fall off new has already grew over the top it keeps doing this.
      http://www.psoriasis-association.org.uk/scalp.html
      How does scalp psoriasis feel?

      There is thick scale and redness that is also evident around the scalp margins. Many patients experience severe itching and a feeling of tightness and some report soreness. One patient has described the build-up of scales as being like 'a mountain on my head'.
      When should I go to the doctor?

      For those with scalp patches which flare up from time to time it is possible to manage at home. Shampoo treatments are improving all the time and can be bought over the counter. Your pharmacist should be able to advise. However if your scalp is covered with thick scale or it does not clear up do consult your GP who may arrange referral to a Dermatologist. There is a range of treatments which can be prescribed including coal tar, dithranol, salicylic acid, cortico-steroids and Vitamin D derivatives to bring the flare-up to a manageable level.

      Nizoral shampoo
      This medicine contains the active ingredient ketoconazole, which is a type of medicine called an imidazole antifungal. Ketoconazole shampoo is used to treat skin conditions that are caused by infection with the yeast Pityrosporum. These include the skin infection pityriasis versicolor, as well as seborrhoeic dermatitis and dandruff, which is considered to be a mild form of seborrhoeic dermatitis.
      http://www.nizoralshampoo.com/

  37. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a pimple?
    Please help, I have a pimple the size of Europe growing on my nose and it is revolting. Ok, so it's not that bad but it's still annoying. I've never had a pimple before so obviously I've never experienced what these dreadful things are like. How can I get rid of it??? Thanks

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

      This is something I use every day and I got rid of my cystic acne. I really recommend this.
      Neem oil: It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection. Other benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products. If you like you can purchase at Lucy Vitamin or in health food stores. It is the same price as some of the acne medications, either prescribe or over-the-counter.

  38. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of pimples FAST?
    I have like 4 big pimples and I need to get rid of them FAST for tomorrow night! How can I get rid of them without popping them?

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

      This is something I use every day and I got rid of my cystic acne. I really recommend this.
      Neem oil: It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection. Other benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products. If you like you can purchase at Lucy Vitamin or in health food stores. It is the same price as some of the acne medications, either prescribe or over-the-counter.

  39. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of pimples FAST?
    I have like 4 big pimples and I need to get rid of them FAST for tomorrow night! How can I get rid of them without popping them?

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

      This is something I use every day and I got rid of my cystic acne. I really recommend this.
      Neem oil: It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection. Other benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products. If you like you can purchase at Lucy Vitamin or in health food stores. It is the same price as some of the acne medications, either prescribe or over-the-counter.

  40. QUESTION:
    What is the best ways to get rid of acne?
    I have zits, pimples. and black heads how can i get rid of them??

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

      This is something I use every day and I got rid of my cystic acne. I really recommend this.
      Neem oil: It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection. Other benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products. If you like you can purchase at Lucy Vitamin or in health food stores. It is the same price as some of the acne medications, either prescribe or over-the-counter.

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

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

  42. QUESTION:
    any product to relieve the symptoms of genital herpes?
    over the counter maybe something I can get at the heathfood or a homeopathic store?

    • ANSWER:
      HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR SKIN DISEASES (Eczema, Allergic Dermatitis, Uriticaria, Skin Allergy, Psoriasis, Herpes etc)

      Note. Skin affections ares 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.

      #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. [Ars]
      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.
      _____________________________________

      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.

      Best of Health to you.

      Take Care and God Bless You

  43. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of small pimples on my face?
    Hi Guys!

    I'm 13, turning 14 this July and I've got these small pimples all over my forehead! I'd like to know how to get rid of them like overnight :) Please help me!! Oh, and by the way, my mom suggested lipstick. I don't know if it works or not, but she said it helped her before, when she was my age, I just keep forgetting to put it on, so I can't try it. So, does it work too?

    THANKS GUYS!!

    • ANSWER:
      Never heard of lipstick working on acne. Stress can affect hormones and can theoretically promote acne.
      1) Tea Tree Oil- An essential oil is diluted and applied topically to acne lesions.
      2) Lemon oil or juice - Applied lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to face or you can drink it through using it in water a few drops a day. You can leave overnight don't expose yourself to sunlight. Will help with both acne, and scars as well.
      3) Mandarin oil
      4) Cedar wood – good for eczema
      5) Lavender
      6) Apple cider vinegar
      7) Bamboo extract or Sarna lotion – good for rosacea, psoriasis, eczema
      8) Bio Oil or BB cream for dark spots or scars
      9) Toothpaste is very effective for acne leave on face for about 20 to 30 minutes then wash.
      10) Zinc really works on acne
      11) 2% Erythromycin
      12) Benzoin Peroxide
      13) Neem oil- good for acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers (taken either orally or externally)
      14) Hydrogen Peroxide 3% - It can help to dry out acne by killing bacteria on the skin.Soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and apply it either to the acne breakouts on your face. You also may opt to apply hydrogen peroxide to your entire face to help prevent future breakouts. Allow the hydrogen peroxide to do its job -- wait until the bubbling stops in approximately a minute or two. Rinse your face with water. Apply an oil-free moisturizer to prevent skin from drying out.
      15) Vitamin B3- also known as niacin. It promotes healthy skin, can be utilized as an acne treatment.
      16) Retinoid- increase collagen production and plump fine lines, making it a good choice if you’re dealing with acne and wrinkles.
      17) Sulfur- dries up pimples and keeps sebum production in check, helping to prevent future blemishes. Sulfur has a distinct smell think rotten eggs.

      This is something I use every day and I got rid of my cystic acne. I really recommend this.
      Neem oil: It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection. Other benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products. If you like you can purchase at Lucy Vitamin or in health food stores. It is the same price as some of the acne medications, either prescribe or over-the-counter.

  44. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of spots and pimples?
    Any easy/home ways to get rid of spots and pimples!

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

      This is something I use every day and I got rid of my cystic acne. I really recommend this.
      Neem oil: It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection. Other benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products. If you like you can purchase at Lucy Vitamin or in health food stores. It is the same price as some of the acne medications, either prescribe or over-the-counter.

  45. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies for dark spots from acne?
    I have little dark red/brownish spots on my face from acne that fade really slowly. Are there any natural things I can do to get them to go away faster?

    • ANSWER:
      Stress can affect hormones and can theoretically promote acne.
      Tea Tree Oil- An essential oil is diluted and applied topically to acne lesions.
      Lemon oil or juice - Applied lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to face or you can drink it through using it in water a few drops a day. You can leave overnight don't expose yourself to sunlight. Will help with both acne, and scars as well.

      Apple cider vinegar
      Bio Oil or BB cream for dark spots or scars
      Neem oil- good for acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers (taken either orally or externally)
      Hydrogen Peroxide 3% - It can help to dry out acne by killing bacteria on the skin.Soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and apply it either to the acne breakouts on your face. You also may opt to apply hydrogen peroxide to your entire face to help prevent future breakouts. Allow the hydrogen peroxide to do its job -- wait until the bubbling stops in approximately a minute or two. Rinse your face with water. Apply an oil-free moisturizer to prevent skin from drying out.

      Vitamin B3- also known as niacin. It promotes healthy skin, can be utilized as an acne treatment.

      This is something I use every day and I got rid of my cystic acne. I really recommend this.

      Neem oil: It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection. Other benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products. If you like you can purchase at Lucy Vitamin or in health food stores. It is the same price as some of the acne medications, either prescribe or over-the-counter.

  46. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of back acne?
    I'm a teenage girl and I'm really embarrassed to show my back to anyone. It starts at the back of my neck all the way down to nearly my waist and I hate it! As far as I am aware, they are just normal spots, but no matter how clean I keep my back they don't go away!
    And I really need them gone by May because that's when my prom is :/

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

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

      Here are other methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  47. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of blackheads?
    I have blackheads all over my nose and on my cheeks and chin but mostly on my nose. Also my pores are somewhat large (at least I think they are). Is it a bad thing to have somewhat large pores? Anyways...I've been using a toner and idk if its helping or not. I heard that blackheads aren't actually dirt but its like oxidized or something. Anywho...if its not dirt than how do I get rid of them without spending lots of money? Would going to my doctor help? Thanks!:)

    • ANSWER:
      You can go to a doctor or you can try home remedies that may be less expensive.

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

      This is something I use every day and I got rid of my cystic acne. I really recommend this.
      Neem oil: It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection. Other benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products. If you like you can purchase at Lucy Vitamin or in health food stores. It is the same price as some of the acne medications, either prescribe or over-the-counter.


over the counter scalp psoriasis treatment

Psoriasis Treatment Homeopathy

Piles or Hemorrhoids is a sort of disease related to anal veins, in which there is varicosity of anal veins and if pressure increases on these anal veins due to any cause (such as constipation), the walls of veins become weakened, which affects the process of dilatation and contraction in the veins and veins remain dilated at last. Blood doesn't flow further from these dilated veins and remains accumulated, so veins become swelled up. Further it, if walls of veins become much weakened and pressure is more, the veins may rupture and blood oozes out. This whole process is just like the appearance of varicose veins in legs of those persons, who stand for a long time, but in these cases blood doesn't come out as the veins of legs have more strength.

TYPES OF HEMORRHOIDS:

There are two types i.e (1) External- present at outer side of anus. (2) Internal- present in inner side of anus. Sometimes they are found combined and known as Intero - External Hemorrhoids. Sometimes Piles may be a symptom of a disease such as- anal cancer, during pregnancy, chronic constipation, making great effort for urinating.

CAUSES OF HEMORRHOIDS:

Hereditary causes, Morphological causes, Anatomical causes & Exciting causes.

SYMPTOMS:

(1) Pain- cutting and pricking pain with burning in anus during and after stool.

(2) Bleeding- bleeding after bursting out of Piles.

(3) Anal prolapsus- when disease becomes very severe.

(4) Secretion- sometimes sticky and bad smelling secretion comes out after prolapsus of Piles.

(5) Anemia- found in rare patients. If bleeding occurs for a long time and is not treated well then patient may become Anemic.

TREATMENT OF HEMORRHOIDS (PILES):

Hemorrhoids or Piles is taken as surgically treated disease in Allopathy or in other words Piles is considered to be treatable only by operation. But Homeopathy cans Treatment for Piles successfully and permanently. Generally it is seen that patient gets nervous when blood comes out from Piles and pain occurs and in nervousness he gets it operated. But the problem appears again after sometime in most of the patients because surgery will not be effective until the cause of Piles persists. So patient must consider it that surgery can't be the proper treatment for Piles, he will move towards Homeopathy at last. If blood is coming out and pain is violent, then by taking Homeopathic medicine bleeding will be stopped in 2-3 days and pain becomes subsided in 5-7 minutes.

Here I want to add one important thing after homeopathic treatment, Piles move inside in number of patients, but in some cases Piles remain outside the anus, but in both conditions, the treatment is complete, because, the external Piles also will not create any type of problems after the treatment, this is my personal experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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

  2. 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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Granger

      Here are some answers you're looking for.

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

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

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

      Natural Cures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of health to you.

      Cheers

  4. QUESTION:
    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

  5. 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

  6. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of Basil Cell Carcinoma?
    I have a bump on my nose that my doctor thinks is growing and she says it might be basil cell carcinoma. I am looking for a dermatologist to consult with but am wondering if anyone out there knows about these things and also have you ever heard of the morhs (? spelling) treatment? Thank you for any help.

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of Basal Cell Carcinoma
      The five most typical characteristics of basal cell carcinoma are quite different from each other. Frequently, two or more features are present in one tumor. In addition, basal cell carcinoma sometimes resembles non-cancerous skin conditions, such as psoriasis or eczema. Only a trained physician, usually a dermatologist, can diagnose this cancer.
      It is advisable to learn the signs of basal cell carcinoma and examine the body regularly, as often as once a month, if at high risk. A full-length mirror and a hand-held mirror can be very useful for the less visible parts of the body. The five warning signs of basal cell carcinoma are:
      •An open sore that bleeds, oozes or crusts, and remains open for three or more weeks. A persistent, non-healing sore is a very common early manifestation.
      •A reddish patch or an irritated area, frequently occurring on the chest, shoulders, arms or legs. Sometimes the patch crusts. It may also itch or hurt. At other times, it persists with no noticeable discomfort.
      •A smooth growth with an elevated, rolled border and an indentation in the center. As the growth slowly enlarges, tiny blood vessels may develop on the surface.
      •A shiny bump (or nodule) that is pearly or translucent and is often pink, red or white. The bump can also be tan, black or brown, especially in dark-haired people, and can be confused with a mole.
      •A scar-like area (white, yellow, or waxy in appearance) which often has poorly defined borders. The skin itself appears shiny or taut. Although a less frequent sign, it can indicate the presence of an aggressive tumor.
      Di

      TARGET THERAPY* for any incurable disease including cancer of any organ[s], post-surgical recurrence of tumors, HIV/AIDS, Thalassemia, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, Tinnitus, all brain & spinal cord disorders, etc., ---it should aim @ [3] steps.
      1. Removal of toxins from all internal organs & purging through Normal Drainage systems, feces, urine, menses[females], skin, lungs and vomiting.
      • 2. Activating all the internal organs to make each & every organ to function up to optimum levels.
      3. Supplying vitamins, nutrients, micro-nutrients, minerals, trace elements for invigorating the entire Immune system to produce antibodies.


      • Acupressure techniques & Indian Natural Remedies [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] can meet all the requirements.
      • Acupressure Techniques—NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. Costs Affordable even by the poor. An acupressure Therapeutist can, not only diagnose any disease instantaneously, but, also prevent/treat any disease & or the affected organ[s] with the aid of Indian natural remedies. All stipulated instructions must be followed most religiously. The % of success depends upon the extent of compliance.
      4. U may try acupressure techniques and natural remedies strictly for 45 days and If U find any perceivable improvements, U may continue it for another 45 days to have total cure.

      PS:If satisfied/benefited with, U may inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ by Dr.Devendra Vora, D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for Psoriasis?
    My Friend is having this Problem:-

    1.Kindly guide me the best treatment available for Psoriasis in Siddha, Unani, Ayurveda, Homeopathy or in English Medicine..
    2.Also tell me the food habits for this type of syndrome? (What he should avoid and what he should intake in-particular for a better cure?
    3.What is the normal period or duration for complete cure or it’s not a curable disease?
    Kindly guide us on these areas!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Sunlight and topical ointments such as clobetasol work best. Avoid cortisone because it will make the disease worse in the long term. As for foods it varies from person to person, but you'll want to avoid alcohol. There is no cure, but the right medicine will keep it under control. Your friend really needs to see a doctor though.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  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:
    Why do people believe that homeopathic medicine works?
    There is no scientific evidence to suggest it does anything other than evoke a placebo effect.
    @ peanut

    How can a solution that has been diluted to the point where it is completely water, have any greater medicinal properties than tap water? Tap water is better for you, at least it has fluoride in it.
    @thenoseknows
    To assert that homeopathic medicine is related to, and that you have an understanding of, quantum physics is completely ignorant. Scientists researching it admit that they can not truly grasp it.

    If you are paying to learn homeopathic medicine you should seriously consider getting your money back and getting a proper education.

    • ANSWER:
      Because for some reason, people seem very keen to believe in magic. Many supporters of AltMed often use it as an adjunct to science based medicine because they do not like science, usually because they don't understand it. Science threatens their beliefs system and the pseudoscience that supports it .Altmed offers the alties simplicity. They don't like objective, they favour the subjective. There is no rational reason to expect homoeopathy to work. The problem with scientifically lay people is that they frequently confuse correlation with causation, confirmation bias and fail to recognise regression to the mean.

      Homoeopathy has no plausible mechanism to work and it's never been demonstrated to work in high quality trials. Homoeopathic preparations contain no active ingredients, which itself goes against everything we know about science. It's ludicrous to suggest that the more a substance is diluted, the more powerful it is.

      Homoeopaths rely on anecdotal evidence to support their scam. Anecdotes are unreliable for many reasons. 'Stories' are prone to exaggeration, distortion, contamination and selective attention to details. The other problem is that correlation does not imply causation. The vast majority of people who claim to have been 'cured' by homoeopathy had episodic and very self-limiting conditions in the first place. Like viruses (e.g. flu virus), warts, allergies, psoriasis - they all come and go. With no proof of benefit this is a complete waste of money.

      The vast majority of alties cannot interpret data. So they accept any "evidence" that is put to them no matter how poor quality it is.
      ==============================================

      @ theknowsnose:
      Is this the same meta-analysis which was later qualified by the authors who claimed:-

      "The evidence of bias [in homeopathic trials] weakens the findings of our original meta-analysis. Since we completed our literature search in 1995, a considerable number of new homeopathy trials have been published. The fact that a number of the new high-quality trials... have negative results, and a recent update of our review for the most “original” subtype of homeopathy (classical or individualized homeopathy), seem to confirm the finding that more rigorous trials have less-promising results. It seems, therefore, likely that our meta-analysis at least overestimated the effects of homeopathic treatments.'"
      http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Homeopathy&oldid=345826566
      http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6T84-3WRJNTW-P&_user=10&_coverDate=07%2F31%2F1999&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=0cd0bd91cc26983a418b13052f646625 ???????
      ==============================================

      Quantum physics is something the alties use to support their specific belief or what ever they are trying to sell.

      Caveat emptor!

      "Homeopathy is safe, gentle and effective and poses none of the toxic side effects that pharmaceuticals do. It is the second largest form of medicine practised in the world today."

      Yes it is safe and gentle....water usually is. It contains no active ingrediants and for the same reason it does not work either. Logical fallacy: "appeal to the masses" it does not matter how many people practice it, this does not demonstrate efficacy!

      Quantum physics = bullshit.

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi THere

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

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

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

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

      Natural Cures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of health to you

  14. QUESTION:
    Is this medicine right for me ?
    I'm 15, and have a problem of dermatitis psoriasis. I have been suggested to take 2 tablets of Maxepa by Merck everyday .. But I doubt if this medicine can cause some hormonal problems. Please suggest whether it is right for someone of my age to have this medicine ?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes Maxepa would cause some hormonal problems but with very mild effects. I recommend to go for homeopathy ayurvedic treatment as they are very natural treatment methods with no side effects also the results will be 100%. Good luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    I just recently heard about chiropractic adjustments to help digestion. Anyone with experience in this?
    Thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know why Gary Y finds this so difficult to believe.
      Its a well known medical concept called facilitation. This means that if an organ is dysfunctional it fires back to the spinal cord via the SNS and the spinal segments which supply the organ tighten up and often refer symptoms elsewhere in the body.
      Eg. A heart attack is not felt in the heart because the heart has few or zero pain receptors. Because of facilitation the heart sends afferent drive back to the spinal cord and the corresponding segments fire up . Someone suffering an MI feels pain in the Arm, chest, jaw; not the heart.

      Liver problems show as Right shoulder pain.
      GallBladder shows as pain under the scapula.

      Its also known that if you have injury to the para vertebral muscles, making them tighten, the organs supplied have their function inhibited.

      Spinal manipulation can improve the function of digestive organs. However if the organ is causing the para-vertebral muscles to tighten facilitating them, it will not last as the afferent drive from the organ to the spinal cord will still exist.

      I treated a 13 year old with Acid reflux, for the last 2 months, for the 1st time yesterday. T5&6 on the left was locked solid (SNS supply to Oesophagus & stomach). O/A & C1 were also tight on the left (this is where the vagus nerve exits which also supplies the stomach with its parasympathetic supply) His stomach was also tight.
      I treated his stomach, his paraspinal muscles, his upper complex and I manipulated t5&6 + C1.
      His reflux subsided during the treatment.
      I'll see him in 1 week and then I expect to discharge him as I'm working on all the things that can affect the reflux not just spinal manipulation.

      Edit:
      ###"Why can't we have chiropractors in the US who think AND treat patients like Lightning? Get them in,treat them,then discharge them."###
      Practitioners in the USA, who do Osteopathy, work a lot like I do (i'm not talking about the 95% who turn their backs on it as soon as they qualify. I'm talking about the 5% that do manual treatment).
      He'll be back when he hurts himself in the future.

      ####Do you want people to get real treatment or quack treatment from a germ theory denier and a believer in homeopathy####
      Germ theory denier? Where is the evidence for this. Please don't link to a society with just a few members that deny germ theory or I'll link to a site of Doctors against Abortion and start saying all doctors are liken that.
      I see this is from a very dishonest and corrupt individual. I've used homeopathy before. It did me no harm. I wouldn't be using it if I had a heart attack but it worked quite well for Anxiety and psoriasis thank you very much. Who cares if it is placebo? Less chemicals have entered my body and my symptoms are better. Not only that, it was cheaper than a prescription.
      Win Win.

      ####who is more than likely going to cause a seriously ill patient from getting proper medical intervention.####
      Where is your evidence for this? I refer all patients that need medical attention to MD's. I sent a kid to the ER in an ambulance 2 weeks ago (& no i hadn't treated him first!). This is what we are trained to do, identify who you can treat and refer on those you can't treat.
      FACT. There is almost Zero chance of serious injury or death from Osteopathic treatment.

      ##That is what happens when people like this with no medical training treat people.###
      Not only is this statement extremely ignorant, its also not true.
      Firstly I have had a lot of Medical training (as have Chiropractors). We are front line practitioners because we are trained and thoroughly tested on case history taking, clinical testing and examination, systems exams before we do any osteopathic evaluation.

      Secondly why does someone have to be an MD in order to treat people?
      Does an optomotrist or podiatrist have to be?
      If all I wanna do is work with the musculo-skeltal system why do I have to learn how to do surgery and dish out drugs?
      If fact the government run registration boards take my stance and don't think its necessary.

      ###He is not a US trained osteopath who do go through medical training.###
      Yep i'm not US trained and very thankful for that.
      NB. I've had a lot of medical training. I just didn't do it at medical school.

      PS. This blogger knows nothing healthcare.
      The closest he's come to affecting whether or not someone has reflux is brewing some beer.

      Edit:
      Hmm....
      Interesting that no one has commented on the well known medical concept of facilitation and how the spine affects the organs and vice versa. They are still in denial that this can happen even
      though its a known FACT. how bizarre.

      Edit:
      Rhianna, look up netters diagrams on which nerves affect the organs via the SNS you'll find you are mistaken.

      Edit:
      It is well known that nerve root inteference affects it. lots of experimental studies have shown this. How long for is not known.

  16. QUESTION:
    where is the best treatment for psoriasis?
    which food to be avoided?Which is better treatment Ayurveda homeopathy or alopathy?

    • 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

  17. QUESTION:
    Hair loss. I have scars on my head and my hair stopped growing in those areas?
    My hair is HALF of what it was 2-3 years ago do to this type of acne I have had on my head for a few years.. The acne made my hair thin a lot. But not only that.. during this time I also had obsessive "picking" at my scars problems.

    Is there a shampoo/conditioner and any hair treatments I can do to stimulate folicales of my scalp area to grow hair where the scars took over?

    • ANSWER:
      O This could be psoriasis.

      For solving thinning hair problems and re-activating dormant follicles, a mere shampoo/conditioner won't help. Go for the complete Segals Solutions Program. This is something unique and unheard of in the Indian market earlier. It's by the far the most energetic attempt at nutrifying the hair-roots, all without the use of chemicals and drugs. Incredible, since you get the best without the harshness of what doctors suggest you - topical ointments and pills that do more damage than good.

      Trust Segals Solutions, it's a gentle thing and got me relief from 11 years of psoriasis when homeopathy and visiting apollo and fortis hadn't got me any real relief.

  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:
    How can be psoriasis treated the best?
    Has anyone tried homeopathy?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no best treatment. The treatments are individualized based on many factors. Check it out from your doctor.

  20. 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

  21. QUESTION:
    Has anybody out there who suffers with skin eczema found sucess in seeing a chinese herbalist for treatment?
    My partner sufferes with eczema all over his body particually arms, feet, legs and bum. It is quite severe and tends to weep regular. He is under the hospital who have given him a number of creams etc to help and treat his condition. Non of which seem to be helping. Recently he has been to see a chinese herbalist who said that his condition is a very bad case in this country (uk). He has now been given various herbal remedies as the herbalist assumes that the creams and lotions given by the doctors are actually feeding the condition rather than helping. Has anyone found this a success?

    • ANSWER:
      I've got psoriasis, I'm clearly not an expert, but I believe very much in a holistic approach. I used to be covered from neck to toe, and now I've on ony 6 small dots of it. No cream has ever done me any good.

      Please seriously try cutting out dairy for 3 weeks, and if that doesn't work, try cutting out wheat and gluten. Also, try to eliminate any stress the guy is under.

      I don't believe in Chinese medicine, but it is more from a moral standpoint than a medical one (They use the ground up horn of an endangered Rhino for an aphrodisiac amongst other things), but I found homeopathy to be absolutely amazing, where conventional medicine had done nothing.

  22. QUESTION:
    I have severe psoriasis, and I hate taking drugs, so what natural kind of medication is out there?
    I have tried fish oils, many varieties of vitamins, there just has to be something out there, some sort of concauction!
    I thought it had something to do with my liver. Like psirosis, but I will try some of these methods and get back with you!!!

    • ANSWER:
      HOMŒOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR PSORIASIS :-

      Take PSORINUM in 1M potency one dose after a week take SULPHUR in 1M potency one dose keep taking these two remedies in the same sequence weekly, 3 doses of both remedies exactly as directed. Report back with your progress atleast every week.
      Avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or complications thats the beauty of Homeopathic Medicine.

      Best of Health to you.
      Take Care and God Bless.

      Edit :- About your question in your email, Where to buy Homeopathic Medicine ? You can get them from most Health and Herbs Stores they sell Homeopathic Medicine too. If you cant find any stores around you, you can buy them online too from anyone of these sites :-
      http://www.naturesway.com/NaturesWay/products.aspx?productid=Homeopathic_Category
      http://www.homeopathic.com/
      http://www.hylands.com/
      http://www.freemans.uk.com/index2.html
      http://www.nutrovita.com/store/Homeopathy.htm
      http://www.homeopathystore.in/products.php
      http://www.homeopathyworks.com/index.php
      http://www.boiron.com/index_en.asp
      http://www.hpathy.com/homeopathicmall/Scripts/default.asp

      Or you can check the Links on this answer to my question :- http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AqAiIEgQyuzZ1ZO2sCSC7vXty6IX?qid=20060803152648AAGFqcM&show=7#profile-info-AA11612867

      I hope the links are helpful to you.
      Take care.

  23. QUESTION:
    Homeo treatment for dandruff and psoriasis in Bangalore?
    Hi,
    I'm 34 and has been suffering from chronic dandruff for 15 years. Have tried many shampoos and ayurvedic medicines over the years with no major success. In the last 1 year, I started seeing some itchy patches on the scalp, feet,and genitals which is diagnosed as scalp and plaque psoriasis.
    Is there any effective treatment for this in Homeopathy? If yes, is there a good doctor in Bangalore?
    Like to hear from experienced,

    • 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.

  24. QUESTION:
    is homoeopathy best to treat psoriasis?
    i have diagnosed psoriasis recently.i have to ask whether i have to go for apathy or homeopathy treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      As you know that psoriasis is caused due to over reacting of body immune system. So to boost your body immune system please drink Green Anwalaa ( Indian Goose Berry) juice 30ml by adding same quantity water into it twice after each meal daily at least for 6 months. It is available in market , At the outlets of Patajalee Yogpeeth of respected Swami Ramdev ji in bottles.
      Apply Aloevera pulp over the effected surface & gently rub it over the area at least 15 minutes.
      Avoid effected area to come in contact of bathing soap or shampoo while bathing. Chemicals there in enhance the disease.Use dry Gram flour as bathing medium.(BESAN).
      Please have 100 ml Glycerin & add 35 ml Lemon juice to it shake well & store. Now apply it over the effected area after bathing & at bed time daily till cure.
      Please purchase Homoeopathic Medicine GRAYPHITES-----200 potency seal pack of 30 ml of reputed manufacturer, 1 drop of medicine in half cup water be taken twice daily till cure .
      Another medicine of same pathy ECHINESIA---- Q potency seal pack 30 ml be taken , 10-15 drops of this medicine be taken twice daily in half cup water. There must be a 1 hour interval between these 2 medicines.
      After 2-4 months you will get rid of this disease. After cure please have 1 drop of homoeopathy medicine PSORINUM-----200 potency once daily for 3 days to check its (Psoriasis) repeatation .
      If your disease increases or decreases these both conditions show that medicine is working, so please do not worry.
      Do not take opposite foods during this period e.g. coffee or tea & cold drinks or ice creams/ Curd & milk / Curd & Dal urd /Ac & non AC / simulteneously.
      Avoid effected area from direct sun light cover it well before going in sun light.
      After 1 month please inform me the condition.
      My contact no. 09319136083

  25. 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

  26. QUESTION:
    which is best therapy to cure psoriasis?
    Is the homeopathy is good?

    • 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, sex, quality of life, comorbidities, and attitude toward risks associated with the treatment are also taken into consideration.

      If you have psoriasis talk to a dermatologist as this falls under their specialty.

  27. QUESTION:
    does anyone know any creams or pills that actually work for psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are lucky Dovonex (Calcipotriol) will work for you, at least for a time. If it fails, or the effects wear off one can fall back on either tar or dithranol. In severe psoriasis UV light is used, together with a sensitiser.

      Potent steroids like Betnovate and Dermovate should be avoided and Dovobet ( Dovonex+ Betnovate) is at most for short term use. All of these produce skin thinning and marking and rebound flare up when you try to discontinue them.

      Alternative remedies do nothing, most specifically homeopathy, it is always quoted by enthusiasts as helping conditions which spontaneously relapse and remit, as all patients eventually have periods when the condition goes in to remission anyway without any treatment.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is there any ayurvedic clinic in Anantapur,Andhra pradesh,India.?
    Actually i am suffering from psoriasis for 4 years and homeopathy medicines did not do better so i want to decide to get ayurvedic treatment which is most successful forever.So that please give me about ayurvedic clinic in anantapur.I am also resident of anantapur but i don't know about that clinics so please any one give full details about clinics in anantapur

    • ANSWER:
      As you know that psoriasis is caused due to over reacting of body immune system. So to boost your
      body immune system please drink Green Anwalaa ( Indian Goose Berry)
      juice 30ml by adding same quantity water into it twice after each meal
      daily at least for 6 months. It is available in market , At
      the outlets of Patajalee Yogpeeth of respected Swami Ramdev ji in bottles.
      Apply Aloevera pulp over the effected surface & gently rub it over the area at least 15 minutes.
      Avoid
      effected area to come in contact of bathing soap or shampoo while
      bathing. Chemicals there in enhance the disease.Use dry Gram flour as
      bathing medium.(BESAN).
      Please have 100 ml Glycerin & add 35 ml Lemon juice to it shake well & store. Now apply it
      over the effected area after bathing & at bed time daily till cure.
      Please
      purchase Homoeopathic Medicine GRAYPHITES-----200 potency seal pack of
      30 ml of reputed manufacturer, 1 drop of medicine in half cup water be
      taken twice daily till cure .
      Another medicine of same pathy
      ECHINESIA---- Q potency seal pack 30 ml be taken , 10-15 drops of this
      medicine be taken twice daily in half cup water. There must be a 1 hour
      interval between these 2 medicines.
      After 2-4 months you will get
      rid of this disease. After cure please have 1 drop of homoeopathy
      medicine PSORINUM-----200 potency once daily for 3 days to check
      its (Psoriasis) repeatation .
      If your disease increases or decreases these both conditions show that medicine is working, so please do not
      worry.
      Do not take opposite foods during this period e.g. coffee or tea & cold drinks or ice creams/ Curd & milk / Curd & Dal urd /Ac & non AC / simulteneously.
      Avoid effected area from direct sun light cover it well before going in sun light.
      After 1 month please inform me the condition. You may mail me at bhirdayprakash@yahoo.com

      Greyphites & Echinesia are homeopathic medicines available at homeopathic medical store.Homeopathic medicines have no side effect, it is a well known fact.

  29. QUESTION:
    How should i survive from psoriasis.please help me..?
    I have psoriasis on my hands since 2 years.I took lot of medicines earlier.But i got some result with homeopathy medicines.Also I'm practicing yoga and breathing exercises regularly .i have cured almost 90% in 20 days.Why psoriasis comes? what are the things that triggers psoriasis? should i use the same medicines or is there any alternative like vaccination etc.please help me.I'm really sick with this nasty disease.

    • 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

  30. QUESTION:
    is this natural medicine KALI SULPH very effective in the treatment of ear ringing?
    i have been experiencing very sharp ear ringing lately and it has been associated with palatal myoclonus a condition that causes involuntary jerky movements in the throat, face and ears. i hope you can help me out. it is driving me nuts!!

    • ANSWER:
      Well here is what KALI SULF is used for in Homeopathy, please read it carefully :-

      KALIUM SULPHURICUM
      Potassium Sulphate
      (KALI SULPHURICUM)

      Ailments accompanied by profuse desquamation. Applicable to the later stages of inflammation. Yellow, mucous and serous discharges, profuse and intermittent. Has been found of much use in oxaluria.

      Head.--Rheumatic headache, beginning in evening. Bald spots. Dandruff and scaldhead.

      Ears.--Eustachian deafness. Discharge of yellow matter (Hydr).

      Nose.--Cold, with yellow, slimy expectoration. Nose obstructed. Smell lost (Nat mur). Engorgement of the nasal pharyngeal mucous membrane, mouth breathing, snoring, etc, remaining after removal of adenoids.

      Face.--Aches in heated room. Epithelioma.

      Stomach.--Tongue coated yellow and slimy. Insipid, pappy taste. Gums painful. Burning thirst, nausea, and vomiting. Load feeling. Dread of hot drinks.

      Abdomen.--Colicky pains; abdomen feels cold to touch; tympanitic, tense. Yellow, slimy diarrhœa. Constipation, with hæmorrhoids (Sulph).

      Male.--Gonorrhœa; discharge slimy, yellowish-green. Orchitis. Gleet.

      Female.--Menses too late, scanty, with feeling of weight in abdomen. Metrorrhagia.

      Respiratory.--Coarse rales. Rattling of mucus in chest (Tart em). Post-grippal cough, especially in children. Bronchial asthma, with yellow expectoration. Cough; worse in evening and in hot atmosphere. Croupy hoarseness (Hep; Spong).

      Extremities.--Pain in nape, back and limbs, worse in warm room. Shifting, wandering pains.

      Fever.--Rise of temperature at night. Intermittent fever, with yellow, slimy tongue.

      Skin.--Psoriasis (Ars; Thyroid). Eczema; burning, itching, papular eruption. Nettle-rash. Polypi. Epithelioma. Seborrhœa. Favus. Ring-worm of scalp or beard with abundant scales.

      Modalities.--Worse, in evening, heated room. Better, cool, open air.

      _________________________________________________

      Take Care and God Bless.

      .

  31. QUESTION:
    How to help psoriasis?
    My 12 year old son has psoriasis. I realize that there is no cure, but does anyone have a natural remedy that would help? He has switched to aluminum-free deodorant, and has eliminated dairy, red meat, gluten and citrus from his diet. It still seems to be spreading. Any advice would be appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      psoriasis is curable... but there are chances of recurrence in older age when immunity is low... in a process called skin turnover, skin cells that grow deep in your skin rise to surface. it generally takes a month but in case of psoriasis it happens in days as ur skin cells rises too fast..

      There are several ayurvedic medicines for psoriasis... i know some doctors who give ayurvedic medicines.. u have to follow strict dietary rules when under ayurvedic medication.. homeopathy is also very helpful but works slowly.. alopathic medicines are good but they have side effects..

      Some alopathic medicines are as follows:
      Neotrexate and methiotrexate medicines, they are known for curing rheumatoid arthritics but they also works fine with psoriasis. Please note that they should be taken with Cetrizine tablet as they have side-effect as headache and Folic acid capsules should be taken as the patient can have folic acid deficiency when under medication of such medicines. Diprovate Lotion and Dermovate lotion should be applied externally to control the itch and their spread..

      for ayurvedic cure there are certain medicines for psoriasis.. i suggest u to go to Shir Ramdevbaba for treatment.. his treatment are natural and without sideeffects..

      i wish he gets cured soon... god bless u.. please feel free to contact me on message or email me at modi_mihir@yahoo.com

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. QUESTION:
    Eczema remedies for my one year old?
    I'm looking for some good Natural remedies for my babies Eczema.
    Adding some details.
    He has some dry patchy blochies all over his chest/back, legs and arms. It is hard to see intill he bathes or wears clothes and gets hot, then it turns red. It does not seem to bother him in the least bit. I have taken him to the Doctor 4 times for the same condition and each time I get the same results. This first accured at the age or three months, around the time I moved to Japan...

    • ANSWER:
      The only form of holistic treatment that will cure eczema, psoriasis and other major skin problems is Homeopathy. Anything else you do will just be palliative -- it may work as long as you keep using "something" and the problem will always reoccur.
      Pharma. preparations that contain cortisone are known to suppress/damage your immune system, which leads to major and worse health problems in the future.
      You can find a registered professional homeopathic doctor through www.homeopathy.org in the U.S. or through a professional organization in whatever country you live in. These organizations maintain a register of highly trained certified people who know what they're doing.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is it true that Dr.Batra's clinic is useful for the following treatments?
    (1) Hairloss
    (2) Obesity
    (3) Skin problems... etc

    Experienced people plzzzz help me to know the truth.

    • ANSWER:
      I would say no based on some patient's review though it may be useful for you and should try if cost is no matter for you. Success rate depends upon disease i.e. some type of hairloss are really uncurable i.e. male pattern baldnes, obesity will not be cured unless diet and exercise is done strictly, and some skin problems i.e. psoriasis is really hard to cure so it largely depends on disease not on treatment.

      Dr. Rakesh Kumar (B.H.M.S. N.H.M.C., Reg.No-H-27028 UP HB India)
      Online Free Homeopathic Adviser
      Owner: http://homeopathy-for-all.blogspot.com

  36. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried Calendula Ointment for Psoriasis?
    I was talking with my hairdresser the other day, and he said that a holistic practitioner had made some up for a friend of his who suffered with Psoriasis on his face badly. After using the ointment for about a month or two, it completely cleared up.

    I am just wondering if anyone else uses it, or has used it, and what the outcome was.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi PurpleMoon

      Not sure about the ointment you mentioned, but her are some more ideas that work.

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

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

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

      Natural Cures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of health to you

  37. QUESTION:
    which one is best for psoriasis treatment ayurveda, homeopathy or allopathy?

    • ANSWER:
      What is best for psoriasis treatment is seeing a doctor who is exceptionally knowledgeable in this area of skin disease, and experimenting until you find the medications that work best for you. Homeopathy or all natural crap or whatever you call it...I've never really seen it work on anybody, especially not me.

  38. QUESTION:
    Homeopathic treatment for Psoriatic Arthritis?
    I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis some time ago. I do not like the side effects associated with the medicines to treat my arthritis. I was wondering if anyone knew of any kind of natural medicine that may work for the swelling and pain due to my arthritis?
    I would appreciate real answer not stupid ones thanks... I dont appreciate the recent answers I have received.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Homeopathy has gained a good reputation for curing Psoriasis and other chronic skin diseases. Homeopathy cures it naturally by increasing ones immunity and hence can cure it permanently. Homeopathic medicines are completely harmless and when required can be taken for a longer duration very safely.

      No symptoms are mentioned here. Homeopathy treats the patient not the disease so what and how you feel are the all important factors to be considered when looking up a remedy for your ailments. The name of the disease is just a helpful hint.

      Having said that the term psoriatic arthritis brings to mind these two homeopathic remedies. Sulfur and Rhus Tox; both in 200 potency, start your treatment with Sulfur 200 one dose first thing in the morning (before sun up) and Rhus Tox 200 just one dose after 12 hours of taking Sulfur.

      Take them in that sequence for at least 3 days, then one dose every 3 days for about one month and report back with your progress.

      It would be better and more helpful if you could give your individual symptoms and details or consult a Homeopathic Practitioner.

      Non-homeopathic reliever

      Bag Balm works great on the dry skin and takes away the flaking and cracking that is experienced in psoriatic arthritis. You can find Bag Balm in a little green tin in Walgreens .. and yes .. it really is designed to be used on cow udders! but once you get over that strange factoid it really is great stuff and many people swear by it for various skin conditions.

      __________________________________________________

      Psoriatic Arthritis

      Diet and Nutrition:

      * Eliminate foods that cause an allergic response or to which there is a sensitivity (fast, use an elimination diet, or allergy test to isolate such foods)
      * Avoid foods that contain purine, i.e., meat and other high protein foods and reduce all fats to less than 25% of the diet especially saturated fats (animal products)
      * Avoid tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, and tobacco (all in the Solanacea family of plants)
      * Eat more vegetables, brown rice, and fish and increase fiber in the diet, either by diet (whole grains, bran, fruit, etc.) or supplements
      * Avoid cAMP stimulators such as biotin, ginseng, and Vitamin C
      * Avoid cyclo-oxygenase inhibitors such as aspirin and NSAIDs
      * Eat lots of garlic (inhibits lipoxygenase)
      * Avoid alcohol (wine only if you must), coffee, and black tea
      * Eat lots of fresh ginger (proven anti-inflammatory effect in arthritis)
      * Avoid refined foods and all food additives

      Vitamins and Minerals:

      * Vitamin A: 50,000 I.U.
      * Niacinamide: 500 mg. QID (check liver enzymes regularly)
      * Vitamin B5: 500 mg. QID
      * Vitamin B12: 1,000 cc weekly
      * Vitamin D: 200 - 400 I.U.
      * Vitamin E: 800 I.U.
      * Vitamin K: 50 - 100 mg. TID
      * Selenium: 200 - 300 mcg.
      * Zinc: 30 mg. BID - TID
      * Copper: 64 mg. BID
      * Manganese: 15 mg.

      Supplements:

      * Quercetin: 250 mg. TID (between meals)
      * Bromelain: 250 mg. TID (between meals)
      * Omega-3 Fatty Acids: 2 - 5 gm. TID
      * Omega-6 Fatty Acids: 1 gm. TID
      * Fumaric Acid: 250 - 500 mg. TID
      * Hydrochloric Acid: 40 - 70 grains per meal (if lab work confirms)
      * Digestive Enzymes: 2 tablets with each meal
      * Glucosamine Sulfate: 500 mg. TID

      Homeopathic Remedies:

      * Inflammation of arthritis: Acon., Apis, Bell., Bry., Led., Sil.

      * Joint aching and pain: Carl., Chin-S., Gels., Dalm., Ruta.

      * Rheumatic pain: Arn., Ars., Aur-M-N., Bad., Benz-Ac., Bry., Caust., Cham., Chel., Colch., Form., Kali-I., Dalm., Lyc., Med., Nat-A., Phyt., Puls., Rhod., Rhus-T., Sang., Sars., Sulph.

      * General psoriasis: Ambr., Ars., Ars-I., Bor., Calc., Calc-S, Canth., Carb-Ac., Chin., Chrysar., Clem., Graph., Iris, Kali-Aar., Cali-C., Kali-S., Lob., Lyc., Mang., Merc., Mex., Morg-G., Nat-M., Nit-Ac., Petr., Phos., Phyt., Psor., Puls., Rhus-T., Sarr., Sras., Sep., Sil., Staph., Sulph.

      *** As is evident from the above that there are ample remedies that can help in your condition however it all depends on your symptoms.

  39. QUESTION:
    which one is best for psoriasis treatment ayurvedic,homeopathy or allopathy?

    • 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 psoriasis 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.
      Cheers,
      PS

  40. QUESTION:
    psoriasis and homeopathy treatment.need details?
    Hi,im using homeopathy treatment for for severe psoriasis.How may days will it takes to cure completely? what diet restrictions should i follow? in how many days can i observe the result? Can i believe in homeopathy treatment? im 26 years old.Im purely vegetarian.Your best answers can save my life.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry there is no full time cure at this stage.....

      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

  41. QUESTION:
    hi ,my mother suffering from skin promblem for the past 5 years.?
    She frequently gets itching from all over the body and suffer.She consulted many skin doctor but of no use.My friend advised to move for homeopathy doctor,will anyone tell me a good homeopathy doctor in chennai(specially for skin).Is there any side effect by taking homeopathy medicine?please someone tell me and it will be so grateful for us.Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathy on Eczema, Allergic Dermatitis, Uriticaria, Skin Allergy, Psoriasis, Herpes etc. (without any side effects or complications) :-
      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.

      The above provings of the Homeopathic remedies were taken from :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/skin-symp...

      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.

  42. QUESTION:
    hi ,my mother suffering from skin promblem for the past 5 years.?
    She frequently gets itching from all over the body and suffer.She consulted many skin doctor but of no use.My friend advised to move for homeopathy doctor,will anyone tell me a good homeopathy doctor in chennai(specially for skin).Is there any side effect by taking homeopathy medicine?please someone tell me and it will be so grateful for us.Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathy on Eczema, Allergic Dermatitis, Uriticaria, Skin Allergy, Psoriasis, Herpes etc. (without any side effects or complications) :-
      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.

      The above provings of the Homeopathic remedies were taken from :- 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.

  43. QUESTION:
    Natural medicine (Homeopathy) or English medicine(Allopathy) which is safe for future?
    For patients affected from Pcod...Please help its my friend's future.........

    • ANSWER:
      This question is fallacious. You cannot compare something that works with something that has never been demonstrated to work and ask which is better. As Evirustheslaye says, the vast majority of AltMed is based on emotion rather than actual science.

      Homoeopathy relies on anecdotal evidence. You may ask, do we actually need evidence? The answer is yes. Anecdotes are unreliable for many reasons. 'Stories' are prone to exaggeration, distortion, contamination and selective attention to details. The other problem is that correlation does not imply causation. The vast majority of people who claim to have been 'cured' by homoeopathy had episodic and very self-limiting conditions in the first place. Like viruses (e.g. flu virus), warts, allergies, psoriasis - they all come and go.

      PCOS is a very complex problem. Conventional medicine has no cure, but we can provide symptom management. PCOS only requires treatment if you are experiencing symptoms. Many people don't. So management really depends what her actual symptoms are.

      Now regarding conventional medicine actually failing to address the cause of PCOS. That's not quite correct. We know that most women wth PCOS have insulin resistance, meaning that the cells are resistant to the normal levels of insulin, thus more insulin is produced to normalise blood sugar levels and this causes the ovaries to make too much testosterone. We know various factors why this happens. However, we have no way of treating the underlying cause of PCOS at the moment, except with Metformin which sometimes helps.

      Where we cannot find a cure in medicine, we aim to give symptom management, relieve symptoms and prolong life as much as possible. That does not mean that we don't keep looking for a cure and don't want to find one. So that's a big misconception. Naturopathy cannot cure PCOS either, however where naturopathy can help is advising women with PCOS to keep as close to their ideal weight as possible, exercising and there is an argument here to follow a low GI diet. These lifestyle measures are very important because women with PCOS are at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

      Of course, conventional medicine advises these lifestyle measures too.

  44. QUESTION:
    is there a treatment for psoriasis by homeopathy method ?

    • ANSWER:
      There are no cures for psoriasis! Sorry ! Hubby has it too!
      Scrub every other day with exfoliant and use a cream with urea in it. Treat symptoms as they come. Sunshine does lighten the severity up though!!
      carla

  45. QUESTION:
    has anyone heard of palmoplantar psoriasis?
    If so have you heard of any other treatments than steriods (I'm using dermovate) such as alternative/homiopathic medicine. i hate using it but if i don't i can't even open my hands they get so cracked and sore.pls don't suggest anything like scented creams because they hurt

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There

      Here are some remedies to use to get healed.

      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.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating psoriasis: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Bodywork, Chelation Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Guided Imagery, Hypnotherapy, Light Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine, Osteopathy, Oxygen Therapy, Reflexology, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

      Best of health to you

  46. QUESTION:
    Has there really been any cinical evidence that Reiki works?
    Is this a quack practice, or what?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Hatt

      I can tell from experience that energy healing is the most powerful and effective methods Ive been around. People might not understand it and dont give it no credit, but it can heal almost anything in my opinion. I would not hesitate to recommend this healing method to anyone. A few testimonials:

      1. Relief from migraine headaches

      I have suffered from migraine headaches since I was nine years old. My symptoms would start with loss of sight, sometimes loss of speech and then a severe headache. Bright lights and sound would irritate me and I would also feel nauseous.

      Over the last three to four years it steadily became worse. I was lucky if I was free from a headache for one or two days.

      It was around this time that I watched a programme on T.V about Reiki and also read about Reiki workshops in my local newspaper. I would have tried anything at this stage. I was only getting through the week on painkillers and I just could not take much more.

      I attended a Reiki 1 workshop and have been practising Reiki on myself since. I have not looked back. I am much more relaxed and I feel so much better in myself. I no longer take painkillers. I only get a migraine once or twice a month now. When I get an attack, I do Reiki and the headache just goes away.

      What did I ever do without Reiki. I dread to think how I would have coped without it.

      2. Healing Psoriasis with Reiki

      I suffered for many years with Psoriasis. I had hospital treatment and Ultra Violet Light Treatment. I had tried and failed with all the creams. I had tried TM, Reflexology, Homeopathy, all before I found Reiki.

      Three months after I was introduced to Reiki, all my psoriasis disappeared within one week. Unlike all my other attempts, Reiki was easy. I used it daily but I didn't have to set aside a particular hour, I could incorporate it into my day to suit me. 15 minutes here and there... and it was all cumulative. It all counted. I found myself wanting to set aside more time! I checked on the psoriasis regularly during the course of the three months and... it was all still there... but strangely... it didnt seem to bother me... to get under my skin as much!

      What I did notice was comments from people telling me how well I looked, how bright my eyes were, and you know, I felt it too. I had a bounce back in my step! I left a dreadful job. I had the courage to hand in my notice without another job lined up. I decided I would quite like to work in a certain place and with no job advertised I sent in my CV and got the job!

      To me, the Reiki healed me on a much deaper level initially, it was more than skin deep. When my attitude and outlook to life shifted... so did my psoriasis. All thanks to Reiki!

      Paula from Kilkenny

      Best of health to you.

      Cheers

  47. QUESTION:
    Homeopathy for psoriasis on palm?
    I'm turning to the hippy side as nearly a
    Treatments have failed, plus any recommended clinics near London?

    • ANSWER:
      How about home phototherapy as it is safe, effective, and works great for me.


psoriasis treatment homeopathy

Psoriasis Shots

Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) are a common treatment option for many forms of low back pain especially when accompanied by radicular leg pain, a condition commonly known as sciatica. They have been used routinely for low back problems since 1952, although the earliest recorded instance of an injection into the epidural space was in 1901. It is precisely because this procedure is so routine and has been done for so many years that patients, as well as many of those within the medical community itself, suppose that the efficacy of the procedure must have long since been established. The truth, however, is that although there are many studies documenting the short-term benefits of epidural steroid injections, the efficacy of long-term effectiveness continues to be debated and is not well studied in the literature. In fact, the greatest risk posed by ESI's may very well be the delay in receiving appropriate treatment allowing the continued progression of degenerative changes of the spine which go unnoticed because of the short-term, temporary relief of pain.

In addition, the ideal number of epidural injections to be administered for a given clinical scenario is often unclear because there is no clear data in the current literature on the exact number of ESIs to be administered and the timing that should be employed. Current clinical practice patterns suggest a "series" of 3 epidural injections per episode be recommended, regardless of clinical response, although there are no medical outcome studies to clearly support such a regimen. If the first and second were ineffectual, then what would make one think that the third would be? Further, if you had trouble getting your car started on three separate occasions wouldn't you begin to suspect that something was wrong?

An Epidural steroid injection reduces pain because it contains corticosteroids that mimic the effects of the naturally occurring hormones cortisone and hydrocortisone which serves to reduce inflammation around irritated nerves. The effect of the steroid is temporary and the cause of the nerve irritation, commonly the degenerative changes of the disc resulting in a bulge or herniation yet remains. Worse, there's a chance these hormones in such artificially high concentrations might actually weaken the spinal bones, ligaments, and the tendons of nearby muscles compounding the problem. ESI's are usually limited to just a few a year because steroid injections also suppress the body's natural hormone balance and can lead to adrenal insufficiency, a serious medical condition. Delaying repeat injections is presumed to allow your body a chance to return to its normal balance although there is little evidence to support this notion. The risk of these side effects may increase with the number of steroid injections received and the dose given in each injection.

Other Risks Include:
Death of nearby bone (osteonecrosis) Joint infection Nerve damage Skin and soft tissue thinning around injection site Temporary flare of pain and inflammation in the joint Tendon weakening or rupture Thinning of nearby bone (osteoporosis) Whitening or lightening of the skin around injection site
http://mayoclinic.com/health/cortisone-shots/MY00268/DSECTION=risks

What is the Alternative?

Modern medical science has finally developed an effective alternative to endless injections or simply living with the pain - Spinal Decompression Therapy. Performed on a special, computer controlled table similar in some ways to an ordinary traction table a single disc level is isolated and by utilizing specific traction and relaxation cycles throughout the treatment, along with proper positioning, negative pressure can actually be created within the disc. It works by gently separating the offending disc 5 to 7 millimeters creating negative pressure (or a vacuum) inside the disc promoting the retraction of the bulging disc tissue. This negative pressure also pulls water, oxygen, and nutrients into the disc, thereby re-hydrating a degenerated disc and bringing in the nutrients needed to begin the healing process. As the disc retracts the pressure comes off the nerve eliminating the irritation that triggered the inflammatory process.

Spinal Decompression is an effective, safe, and cost-effective procedure without the risk of drugs, injections, surgery, or anesthesia. Spinal Decompression not only significantly reduces pain in many patients, but also enables the majority of patients to return to more active life styles.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    When will the patents start running out on the biologic treatments for Psoriasis?
    At 0 a shot the only way anyone can afford it is if and when generics are available.

    • ANSWER:
      Patents run out after 20 years.

  2. QUESTION:
    How can I make my acne/psoriasis go away faster?
    I'm a boy, so don't say makeup. XD

    I'm using an ointment with acid in it or whatever, but are there some "quick fixes" that might make it dissipate faster?

    I have some very mild psoriasis on my nose and upper cheeks. It just looks likes sunburn but it's not, any tips for making that go bye, bye?

    • ANSWER:
      proactiv, i swear by it.
      it actually worked, and it was given to me as a gift, sadly.
      its like twenty bucks.
      give it a shot, youll see results in like 2 weeks if you use it right.
      good luck dude.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is a good remedy for an itchy scalp?
    My scalp has been itching for a few years. I have tried every specialty shampoo on the market otc for dandruff and psoriasis, etc. Like selsun blue, head and shoulders, coal tar, salycilic acid, neutragina, etc. Nothing seems to be helping. These scabs develop and they are pretty big and thick, and they are not from scratching since I try not to scratch. There are also patches of scaling(I think that is the right word) It isn't dandruff or lice causing the itching. Also, sometimes it really, really hurts for my hair to move, like brushing or in the wind. Any suggestions on a cause or cure?
    I have tried nizoral, the rx one. I'm a CPhT and the Rph let me try some a few years back. It didn't work.

    • ANSWER:
      Seems like you've tried several options over-the-counter... You haven't mentioned NIZORAL, which tends to work a little bit better than Selsun Blue or HnS... might be worth a shot.

      However, the symptoms you're describing reminds me a lot of psoriasis, a condition that is sometimes very hard to treat with otc (even prescription medecine have mitigated success in some cases)... I would really recommend seeing a doctor (dermatologist if at all possible) to clarify the diagnosis; some of my patients had good results with prescription cortisone lotions for the scalp...

  4. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis: Does evaluation for treatment usually require testing?
    I'm not working but have to see a dermatologist for inverse psoriasis so I can only afford ~0. Does evaluation for treatment normally involve further testing or can a doctor prescribe something for me after the visit?
    ? - That's great but you didn't answer my question: does evaluation for treatment usually involve tests?

    • ANSWER:
      To begin with, psoriasis is now considered to be an autoimmune disorder, in which the body's cascade of inflammatory mediators is triggered off by an unkown antigen(s). One of the side effects of these inflammatory agents is to cause the skin cells to hyperproliferate. Hence the treatments are directed against the production of those inflammatory agents. In inverse psoriasis, the lesions tend to be in the "sensitive" areas, so that generally, milder topical agents can be used successfully. Agents such as Protopic ointment and Elidel cream have been used, often with good results. In these cases, I see no reason for blood testing to be done. However, if there is no response to topical therapy, and systemic agents (pills or shots) have to be undertaken, then blood tests are necessary, usually to check up on your liver and blood counts.

  5. QUESTION:
    Just curious, how come you never see disfigured or burned people out in the world?
    I mean you hear about people like connie culp whose husband shot her in the face and how well she's coping. And how well the lady that the ape attacked. But you never see people like this at work or on the street.

    • ANSWER:
      Not true. In London I've seen a woman who'd suffered serious facial burns, a girl who'd lost her left arm just short of the wrist (and was quite happy to wear a normal summer dress), and several people with large birthmarks or severe acne/psoriasis on their head, neck or arms. All of them were out and about, shopping, going to work, or going out. None of them looked as if they were bothered about their conditions, or what other people thought. And rightly so.

  6. QUESTION:
    question for people who have psoriasis and are using Enbral?
    i am using the enbral shot for my psoriasis. i am taking two shots a week for 3 months and then go to the once a week after that. my question is how long did it take for you to have it totally go away. i have been on it for two months and do see a huge difference , but it is still there and the color is still there. also, i am noticing that it seems to get worse in certain places and then goes away. any advice or shared experience is greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      My wife has psoriasis and got about 95% relief from something called "Skin-Zinc". No shots, no strong drugs, just a spray on liquid.

      I'd recommend it.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the best cheapest way to cure mild psoriasis? ?
    Vitamin b doesnt work took it for over a year, ihydrocortisone does not work for me, i went to do ultraviolet treatments but my insurance wuld not cover it no more, and pills or shots are like 1k a piece!!!! !???? Help

    • ANSWER:
      I cleared my psoriasis with serenaskin herbal remedies. I used ointment and spray on the skin and scalp, and took anti-psoriasis extract internally. This treatment cleared my skin just in a couple of weeks. 6 mo later it is still clear. It is the best natural treatment I've ever tried.

  8. QUESTION:
    What do you use to control psoriasis?
    I've used a lot of the store bought creams and roll-ons. Tanning helps but I may have skin cancer if I keep it up. The doctor said their is some shot but I'm concerned about the results and side effects. Just wondering what some people use to control their psoriasis. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The best natural remedy for controlling psoriasis on the market today is anti-psoriasis cream and spray combination from http://www.champori.com It's herbal, free of steroids and allergens, works fast and with money-back guarantee is fool-proof.

  9. QUESTION:
    how effective is methotrexate on psoriasis?
    I have had psorisais since I was a kid, its never gone away. Two months ago I started getting a weekly shot of methotrexate. My doctor said it takes time to get results, I've had NONE!! None of it has disappeared, and its gotten a lot worse in certain spots, can't wear short sleeve shirts. I look and feel horrible, also have had sleeplessness since I've been on this treatment. Am I ever going to see an improvement, or should I try switching to raptiva or enbrel? I need help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Onset of action is 3-6 weeks with additional improvement continuing for longer than 12 weeks. Recommend consulting with physician since no improvement is noted and disease is progressing after two months.
      Although methotrexate is the first-line therapy amongst the systemic treatments (non-creams or ointments), it is not effective in everyone with psoriasis. The monoclonal antibodies (Raptiva or Enbrel) may work but will also have side-effects. They are also very expensive. Good luck!

  10. QUESTION:
    How can I get my heart rate down?
    At rest/relaxed my heart beats around 86 beats per minute. I know it's supposed to be much lower than that. I am on Soritane for Psoriasis but my heart rate was like this before the medication as well. My blood presure is usually somewhere around 117/77 or so. It's not high. I don't do drugs or drink but I do smoke cigs. Could that be it? I know they are not helping. Please help if ya can. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, your smoking can increase your heart rate. You can lower your heart rate by 7.3 (+/- 1) beats per minute if you quit smoking even over the short term. If your heart beat is 86, you can get it as low as 79, which is good. You know all the bad things about smoking. As I've recently quit smoking, I know what a pain it is to hear it over and over again, so I won't belabor the point.

      You don't mention your age or level of fitness, both of which could be factors in your ideal and current heart rate.

      Consistent aerobic exercise can significantly improve your heart rate. Give it a shot.

      Best of luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural remedy for severe psoriasis.?
    My Sister is 20 yrs old and her psoriasis is so bad it breaks my heart. She recently developed psoriasis and its controlling her life. She is taking a shot that is killing her immune system. Please I need some natural alternatives!!

    • ANSWER:
      i don't know any, it is better to use the medicine that doctor prescribes

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural remedy for severe psoriasis.?
    My Sister is 20 yrs old and her psoriasis is so bad it breaks my heart. She recently developed psoriasis and its controlling her life. She is taking a shot that is killing her immune system. Please I need some natural alternatives!!

    • ANSWER:
      Essential Fatty Acids/Omega 3

  13. QUESTION:
    can you tell me about wheat grass and what it does?
    I started taking a shot(1oz.) of wheatgrass with my fruitsmoothie about 4 months ago. I have a noticeable loss of weight and an increase in my appetite for food and my energy level has got higher. I don't feel as sick as I have been feeling before I started taking the shots of wheatgrass.

    • ANSWER:
      * a grass of the genus Agropyron
      wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

      * Wheatgrass refers both to a plant of the genus Agropyron, as well as a puportedly nutritious and healthful drink made from its pulped sprouts.
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheatgrass

      Wheatgrass Juice Benefits

      So, what is it about chlorophyll that may be responsible for wheatgrass juice benefits?

      Well, for staters, chlorophyll contains a high amount of oxygen, and oxygen is crucial to our brain and body.

      Second, chlorophyll may inhibit the development of certain bacteria.

      Third, some argue that chlorophyll helps remove toxins from the body and may, therefore, help improve the health of the liver.

      One of the biggest wheatgrass benefits that is claimed by some is its ability to improve blood sugar levels.

      It's important to also note that wheatgrass contains such ingredients as active enzymes, vitamins, and more. Therefore, it is hard to know what is truly responsible for the benefits of wheatgrass. Most likely, it's a combination of everything.
      Wheatgrass Juice Benefits
      Most reported wheatgrass benefits are wheatgrass juice benefits since this is arguably the most effective way to consume large amounts of it.

      Some reported wheatgrass juice benefits include: helping keeping hair from become dry; mitigating skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis, improving poor digestion, helping hypertension, and boosting hemoglobin production.

      Lastly, and perhaps most significantly, some people claim that wheatgrass juice benefits include the possibility of helping fight cancer.

      Whether this is true or not we don't know until clinical studies are conducted, but wheatgrass may harbor similar properties to that of certain vegetables that have been attributed anti-cancer properties.

  14. QUESTION:
    Can Psoriasis affect my chances at a military career?
    I'm 16 years old have plaque Psoriasis, I just ended a 12 week regiment of 2 shots a week and now on a once a week shot. which should hopefully clear up all psoriasis.But I've heard the military might not accept me with this disease. Any input would be great.
    Alright to the suggestion of the poster, im In the United states, looking to join either navy or the airforce.

    • ANSWER:
      unfortunatley the army are strict with skin conditions, i know that they do not accept people with bad acne for the comfort of the sufferer also it would cause problems having to deal with this sort of illnesses

      however if youve gone through treatment perhaps you have a chance? Im sure if you felt comfortable enough to try they would happily give you a chance, I would suggest going to an army careers office and talking directly to someone there

      good luck! Perhaps you should state what exactly you want to sign up for and what country? If english for instance do you mean the TA etc etc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Gluck

  16. QUESTION:
    Can Psoriasis be controlled without cream?
    I know people who just relocated to sunnier climates and their psoriasis and health just improved so remarkably.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes sunlight helps a lot! People in more northern states have it worse than those in the south. I have a friend who's husband controls it with a shot once a week. He had it really bad all over his body and was in a lot of pain this keeps it away entirely. He lives in Washington state, lots of rain there!

  17. QUESTION:
    Can Methotrexate from 3 years ago trigger a reaction in blood cells due to toxins?
    Methotrexate is one of the drugs that can cause homosystiene, blood cell abnormalities and bone marrow problems Has been 3 years since last shot. Is it the cause of my Lymphocyte cells and Macrocytosis to trigger a serious allergy to a toxin that was never allergic to before, with horrible symptoms, Rapid weight loss, rhitinitus, sinus infections, no menses for 5 months while in the contaminated building. Once out of store, 2 wekks, blood got better, and got menses. Gaining back weight noe

    • ANSWER:
      Adverse effects
      Possible side effects can include anemia, neutropenia, increased risk of bruising, nausea and vomiting, dermatitis and diarrhea. A small percentage of patients develop hepatitis, and there is an increased risk of pulmonary fibrosis.

      The higher doses of methotrexate often used in cancer chemotherapy can cause toxic effects to the rapidly-dividing cells of bone marrow and gastrointestinal mucosa. The resulting myelosuppression and mucositis are often prevented (termed methotrexate "rescue") by using folinic acid supplements (not to be confused with folic acid).

      Methotrexate is a highly teratogenic drug and categorized in Pregnancy Category X by the FDA. Women must not take the drug during pregnancy, if there is a risk of becoming pregnant, or if they are breastfeeding. Men who are trying to get their partner pregnant must also not take the drug. To engage in any of these activities (after discontinuing the drug), women must wait until the end of a full ovulation cycle and men must wait three months.

      There is a risk of a severe adverse reaction if penicillin is prescribed alongside methotrexate.

      Mode of action
      Methotrexate competitively and reversibly inhibits dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR), an enzyme that is part of the folate synthesis metabolic pathway. The affinity of methotrexate for DHFR is about one thousand-fold that of folate for DHFR. Dihydrofolate reductase catalyses the conversion of dihydrofolate to the active tetrahydrofolate. Folic acid is needed for the de novo synthesis of the nucleoside thymidine, required for DNA synthesis. Methotrexate, therefore, inhibits the synthesis of DNA, RNA, thymidylates, and proteins.

      Methotrexate is cell cycle S-phase selective, and has a greater negative effect on rapidly dividing cells (such as malignant and myeloid cells), which are replicating their DNA, and thus inhibits the growth and proliferation of these cells.

      Lower doses of methotrexate have been shown to be very effective for the management of rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. In these cases inhibition of dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) is not thought to be the main mechanism, rather the inhibition of enzymes involved in purine metabolism, leading to accumulation of adenosine, or the inhibition of T cell activation and suppression of intercellular adhesion molecule expression by T cells (Johnston et al., 2005) [2].

  18. QUESTION:
    If the cure for Psoriasis is known do you think that it is right for it to remain hidden?
    There are many examples where the truth has been hidden such as Hepatitis C, known as early 70s that blood transfusion were responsible for many people aquiring HCV yet no warnings were given to public. Tobbacco denial of cancer risk,.
    It is known what causes Psoriasis has been since 2002. First autoimmune malfunction then just add Acrylamide calcium protease/psoriasis. So easy to prove and has been validated.. do a search in yahoo or google
    If you wish to learn more There's no miracle,no miracle gimmicks. no miracle drugs, nothing to buy. learn to stop feeding the psoriasis by simply changing your diet http://groups.msn.com/psoriasisisavoidable
    http://groups.google.com/psoriasisdisappear

    • ANSWER:
      I can only hope this is not true...as a mother of a 10 year old daughter who has severe psoriasis, who takes Enbrel shots every week and methotrexate once a week with all the side effects of them...I can only hope that is not true...if it is...I would like them to come stay at my house for 1 week and see the sadness, the pain, the anxiety....thats all I can say...

  19. QUESTION:
    What are some really gross sounding medical terms?
    You hear them all the time on commercials and TV shows that take place in O.R.s,. What are some gross medical terms or conditions. They can be names (spleen), terms (psoriasis), substances (bifida regularis) or embarassing conditions (curlings ulcer). The funniest one wins

    • ANSWER:
      Trichotillomania, where one has the urge to pull their hair out.

      Genital Rectraction Syndrome (no joke), where people think that their genitals are shrinking and being pulled inside their body.

      Elephantiasis, where the victim's arms and legs, and other things, are hugely enlarged due to parasitic worms. Yay.

      Necrotizing Fasciitis, which is a flesh eating bacteria. I dare you to look up pictures of this.

      Capgras Syndrome, where people think that the people around them who they know are in fact being impersonated by someone. They may not even believe that their own reflection is real.

      Proctalgia Fugax, a pain in the butt. Literally. But it is a specific pain, not just have a butt that hurts. It feels like a spasm, and may be misconceived to be a need to go to the bathroom.

      Epidermis. That's the skin on the outside of your body. It's fun to point at people, look horrified, and yell "Dude! Your epidermis is showing!"

      The weenis is the skin on your elbow. You can probably think of ways to make that sound gross.

      Sarcoidosis appears a lot on House. On almost every episode, in fact (although it's just one of the possibilities thrown out and shot down). But it isn't very funny.

      Pneumono ultramicro scopicsili covolcano koniosis (one word), also known as the black lung.

      You know commercials where they say contact your doctor if you experience an erection lasting more than four hours? That's a priapism.

      Hippo pota monstro sesqu ippedal iopho bia (again one word), which isn't really a medical condition but refers to the fear of long words. Umm. Yeah. Good going on that one, whoever coined this.

      Maple Syrup Urine Disease, an inherited disease where one of the symptoms is a sweet smell, possibly like burning sugar, to the urine. But it is very serious and can lead to coma or death.

      Rickets, a softening of the bones in children.

      Cocksackie, a virus which can cause hand, foot and mouth disease.

      A cutaneous horn. That is to say, you grow a horn, made of the same stuff as fingernail, often. Ever heard of Tree-Man? That's what he had. Look this one up. It's an effect, not a cause though. Tree-Man's was caused by HPV, but they can be caused by burns too. And other things.

      Lumpuckaroo, one way to say "a case of the blahs".

      Labyrinthitis, which is a balance disorder. If you move, it's kind of like being very motion sick or dizzy.

      The phrase "the dreaded Lurgy" is a humorous way to refer to any non-serious but easily catchable disease.

  20. QUESTION:
    What vitamins, or products help improve the skin naturally?
    I was wondering what ways there are to improving the skin besides the usual using creams, moisturisers, cleansers and toners. Instead with something deeper such as diet, exercise and nutrition?

    • ANSWER:
      Supplement with zinc! Zinc is known for its aging-fighting effects. In addition, it can also help with skin lesions -- many people claim that it helps them with psoriasis and eczema. Even if your skin is healthy, though, it can improve it.

      Personally, my skin has gotten substantially better-looking since I started taking zinc. I can't guarantee it will work, but it's worth a shot! I got a 100-pack of zinc pills at Walgreen's for 4 bucks, so I mean, hey, worst case, you're out four lousy dollars. I recommend it.

  21. QUESTION:
    Do they search through your checked bag in front of you in the airport?
    Im going on a trip tomorrow morning and I need to know if they going to look through my checked bag. Because I take birth control and my parents don't know and we have to go through special security because we have to bring shots on board with us because I have psoriasis. So I just need to know if their going to go through it and take it out and if so should I just stop taking my birth control until I get back from vacation. Please answer ASAP.

    • ANSWER:
      No, they don't search your checked baggage in front of you. Once you check in your baggage at the ticket counter you won't see it again until you get to the baggage claim at your destination. There is no guarantee your checked baggage will be searched anyway, they usually just x-ray it. If they see something on the x-ray they want to check out or if your baggage is randomly selected to be searched then you will have a card inside your suitcase that says it was searched (I have flown numerous time and have only had my checked baggage searched once). You will not be notified while you are still at the airport and no one will be present for the search other than TSA agents.

  22. QUESTION:
    how can i tell if i have psoriasis, celiac's disease or lichen planar?
    I can't get a dermatologist appointment for 6 weeks. The rash is on my lower shin in the front, mildly itchy, started with a single spot and spread. It gets better and worse. It might be diet related, I can't quite tell.

    • ANSWER:
      Why not try going on a gluten free diet for a little while to find out? Go gluten free for a few weeks and do the diet properly. I had "psoriasis" all the time until I was diagnosed with celiac disease and went on the diet, I haven't seen it since. Mine also got "better and worse". Give it a shot, good luck.

  23. QUESTION:
    psoriasis sunlight helped a lot but will it go away ?
    i got psoriasis , they advice me use sunlight on my skin. i do it 3 times a week and it helps a lot. now you see it very light from far. its also become really light like my original skin comes back. i took it for about 3 weeks. is there anything else what i can do to get rid of it ?

    • ANSWER:
      Sun is the best and no it doesn't go away. No cure and you have it all your life. You got it from one or other of your parents, both mine had it and all 3 of my kids have it but I had it the worst. A good cortisone creme helps, staying away from fatty foods. I used to get rid of it for 6 months at a time by asking for a cortisone shot for my arthritis. Cortisone is not sanctioned for use on psoriasis. They gave 2 types of shots, a 400 and an 800. The 800 is the one that worked.
      I noticed after an arthritis flare up that the psoriasis was gone so a couple times a year I would go in for the shot. I did not mention the psoriasis when I went for the shot.

  24. QUESTION:
    What are the pros and cons of getting the cortisone steroid shot?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a cortisone injection into my lower back. I also had epidural. The cortisone did not help with my pain though. It did get rid og my psoriasis though.

      People told me it is really really painfull to have. But they drugged me up so I slept the whole time.

  25. QUESTION:
    Has anyone taken Humira for plaque psoriasis, if so how is it working? Side effects, etc? ?
    I have read several websites, but I like to get as much info as possible. I have also taken Enbrel, which I am considered a failed patient of.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been on Enbrel for two years and my psoriasis is starting to come back along with some aches and pains from the psoriatic arthritis. My rheumatologist wants me to start Humira next. I have heard good things about Humira and it's two less shots to do a month. It has the same side effects as Enbrel. If that doesn't help my next step is Remicade. Good luck I hope it helps you!

  26. QUESTION:
    Stress is starting to give me skin conditions. What can I do about the dry patches.?
    stress is causing my psoriasis to act up in my scalp. For the first time its starting to spread to my face. I have a dry skin patch on my cheek. I keep putting lotion (oil of olay) but nothing happens, it stays dry. I dont want to use any prescription steroid creams. What can I do to get the scaling to go away?

    • ANSWER:
      Morning Sugarfree_Eyes! I don't know whether this answer will help you or not but I used to have dry skin on my face as well and sometimes the dryness turned into flaky skin. I used this cream called Hydrocortisone. It worked wonders. Maybe you don't want to use any creams but this one's worth a shot. :>

  27. QUESTION:
    result when taking methotrexate for psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis since i was a child. These past few months, it got worst and i only tried ointments ever since. Now my dermatologist told me to shift to methotrexate. Ive been on menthotrexate now for 3 weeks but only 3 tabs a week with 2.5mg per tab. how many weeks or months will it take for the methotrexate to heal psooriasis. Will the red lesions really go away?

    • ANSWER:
      Actually for Psoriasis Methotrexate is taken orally once a week or in 3 divided doses taken at 12-hour intervals during a 24-hour period (for instance, taken at 8 a.m., at 8 p.m., and then again at 8 a.m.). may also be given as a shot once a week.

      Methotrexate takes several weeks to show benefits. If side effects can be tolerated, methotrexate can work very well for some people. If you are taking methotrexate, your blood tests should be monitored carefully, and it is very important that you do not drink alcohol.

      Please consult your doctor about modifying the dose and take it accordingly. It is better to increase the dose for its slow action -

  28. QUESTION:
    My son has little bumps on his face, it looks something like a rash.?
    I noticed little red bumps on my sons face. They are under his eye and around his face, they are not red. They look something like a rash and I noticed he has been rubbing his right eye a whole lot, like something is in it but when I check it there isn't anything in it. He did have his 4 month shots last week. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it or not. He is five months old has anything like this happened to anyone elses baby.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, they're probably milk bumps. My son had those and he had a tiny patch of psoriasis on his temple, too. It looked almost the same but it was more scaly than bumpy, it went away after I used Eucerin lotion on it. Try some of that lotion, it's really good stuff, but I would call the doctor, too. You can never be too careful with little ones!

  29. QUESTION:
    Any suggestions for relief from severe psoriasis?
    No health insurance so looking for homeopathic suggestions. 90+ degrees here with high humidity and I can't wear shorts or even short sleeves because it looks so bad. Even when it's in remission I have awful scarring. Can anything be done for that as well? Any help would be so, so appreciated. I'm just miserable. Got let go from a job this week because someone thought I had something contageous!

    • ANSWER:
      i have had psoriasis since i was like five , well anyway i am on enberal a shot i take once a week for a full month is cost almost 2000 dollars for one month . but what i am getting at is that i found the most effective thing that i have found is that if you tan guy or a girl it really does help better than the creams and pills and shots so really try to set upa tanning appt and keep on it i promise it will help i tan all the time and my skin is almost clear i had it like you have now and i am sry that you have it like that to ! but try it and if it work tell me best of luck to you

  30. QUESTION:
    Best way to get rid of psoriasis ?
    I have two huge patches on my knees that are psoriasis and I've had it since I was born (or from a really young age) and it really is annoying. I can't kneel and if I scratch it, it flakes and bleeds. What is the best treatment for it AND what causes psoriasis ? I thought it was dead cells that were just mitosing over and over ...
    Don't waste my time with your stupidness.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been taking the shot enbrel for 5 weeks now. I noticed a difference in the first week. I know how you feel I used to be that bad. I first used over the counter MG 217 it's coal tar ointment it stains and smells but it did work for a while.
      The cause of psoriasis well your skin produces T cells which they are produced because your body has a cut or infection and it is fighting it off. With Psoriasis it produces 10 times as much as a normal person and it always thinks something is wrong. so therefore it is also a immune system problem.
      I hope this helps if you have any other questions you can email me I will be glad to help. I also have pictures of my treatment process. Good Luck.

  31. QUESTION:
    How much does Raptive or Enbrel (medicines used to treat psoriasis) cost per treatment?
    Do most insurance companies cover the treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know what state you live in or what drugstore you use, and it does make a difference. My daughter uses Enbrel and the package comes with 4 shots. It's approx 00.00 a package but our insurance does cover it, now. Originally they would not cover it because it wasn't FDA approved for psoriasis but I appealed their decision (acutally asked for an emergency appeal) and it was approved within 24 hours. However, the appeal wouldn't have been approved without the help and information from her dermatoligist. At the time, my daughter was in severe pain and was affected at 100% of her body and all other treatments failed.

      Good Luck!

  32. QUESTION:
    Long standing moderate psoriasis - any medication really work?

    • ANSWER:
      Try Enbrel. It's available as a shot once a week that you give at home. It has been proven to work great for Psoriasis. There can be some potential side-effects with it, make sure that you understand those before you take it. It's only available via prescription, so your doctor can walk you through it and monitor you.

  33. QUESTION:
    Hi my little sister has a severe case of Psoriasis, i wanted to know if there r any treatments i can get 4 her?
    we have looked around and we have tried a lot of things but they have not helped :( getting psoriasis has caused her to lose her confidence and has lowered her self-esteem, im looking into buying the treatment for her birthday which is in a couple of days so if u can plzzz helpp :)

    • ANSWER:
      I am 24 and have had psoriasis since I was 11. I have in the past, bought MANY over the counter meds...that NEVER worked...not even a little. That doesn't mean they won't work for her...but I honestly wouldn't waste the time or money.

      I would definitely get in contact with a Dermatologist. They can prescribe something that will actually work. Whether it's a cream, steroid pill, or maybe even something that would be inject-able. I was on Enbrel...which is a shot I would give myself. It completely cleared my skin within a couple of months (over half my body was covered in psoriasis).

      Hopefully this helps!! Good Luck to your sister :)

  34. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know where I can find the story about a dog being mistreated after Christmas?
    I was on this website one day and read a touching story about a puppy that was given to a litle boy for Christmas...and after a short while, the novelty wore off and the dog ended up euthanized at the pound. Does anyone know where I can find this story? Thanks.
    Ani

    • ANSWER:
      The Christmas Puppy
      - Author Unknown -

      It seemed like such a good idea in the beginning. There I was, in my cage at the pet store with my brother and sister. I could tell by the crowds in the store everyday that Christmas was drawing near. My brother, sister, and I all hoped each morning that today would be the day we would go to a new home, one filled with loving, caring people.

      First it was the beagle in the cage next to us. I saw the excited gleam in his eye as his new family prepared to take him home. I hoped one day that Iwould feel the same excitement. Then the cute little bunny from one aisle over was picked. When the ferret with the bad case of psoriasis found a newhome, I began to think I would stay a pet store puppy forever! Finally, it happened.

      I had seen the couple in the store the week before, talking about bringing home a Christmas puppy for their son Billy. You see, Billy was eight years old, and had been pestering his folks for a puppy for some time now.

      Read more...

      Although they were busy people, they had decided that a new puppy would make the ideal Christmas present for Billy. The car ride home was exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. It seemed so cold outside, and I was very glad that Billy would keep me inside.

      I stayed at Billy's aunt's house until the night before Christmas, so as not to ruin the surprise. That night, Billy's dad put me in a small, dark box with a couple of holes punched in the side for air. I could see through the holes the pretty green bow they had tied around my box.

      Finally, it came time for Billy to open his presents. There was a GI Joe figure, some new slippers, and a big truck or two. At last, I felt my box being picked up and heard Billy's mom say, "OK, Billy, one more present. We saved the best for last". I felt like I was going to turn inside out with anticipation, when suddenly the box was flooded with light and there was my new boy, Billy. He shrieked so loud when he saw me that it was a little bit scary! "A puppy, a puppy!"

      The first few days with Billy were puppy heaven! He was out of school you see, and had lots of time to take care of me. We played all day, and I slept in his bed at night. Things just couldn't have been better.

      After a week or so, Billy's mom took me to my new doctor. By then, Billy's holiday vacation was over and he was back in school. The doctor told Mom all about how to keep me healthy and happy. Mom did seem a little distracted though, especially when the nurse from school called on her cell phone to say that Billy had a bloody nose.

      I didn't even mind the shot I had to get, because like the doctor told me it was better than getting sick! As Mom and I left, the doctor reminded us that I needed more than just one shot to be protected, and I should come back in a month for another check-up. I never saw the doctor again.

      As time went by, I really started to grow! I suppose that I wasn't quite as cute as before, because Billy and I didn't spend as much time together. He seemed to have a lot of things to do beside take me for walks and fill my food bowl.

      Billy and his friends sat in front of a strange box filled with moving pictures every afternoon, playing some game I suppose. Heck, I couldn't even pronounce Nintendo, much less play those kind of games. I started to get confused about what my real name was.

      At first, everyone called me Petey, which I thought was a great name. A funny thing started to happen when I got to be about six months old. Mom and Dad stopped calling me Petey, and started calling me "the dog". I guess that was OK, I am a dog after all. A few weeks later though, they changed my name again. Now I was "that damn dog". I wasn't sure, but I didn't think that was such a nice name.

      Since my family didn't have much time for me anymore, I had to think of things to do on my own. I liked to chew, and so I did! Remember that GI Joe, Billy got for Christmas? Well somehow I managed to chew off his left leg, which Billy seemed mad about. After a couple more incidents like that, Billy's dad decided I should live outside.

      Well, spring had come, and the weather was nice so I figured, why not? I thought they would build me one of those nice doghouses like I had seen in the pet store. Maybe it would have carpeting and a soft blanket to sleep on. Well, they must have forgotten to build it, because I spent most of the time tied to a tree in the yard.

      That was OK for a while, but I began to get pretty bored. I found some nice soft dirt to dig in, but that made Mom mad. Something about flower bulbs and grass seed that I really didn't understand. There was a dog next door tied to a tree in his yard, so we spent most of the day talking. For some reason, that made Dad mad too! I just couldn't seem to do anything right.

      Finally, one day I heard Dad say to Mom, "I don't care how you do it, just get rid of that damn dog!" I figured Billy would convince them I should stay, but he didn't much care one way or the other. Mom came outside and unhooked me from the chain. She put an old belt of Dad's through my collar and we went out to the car.

      At first I thought it was time to go to the doctor's for a checkup. Once we drove off though, we headed in the opposite direction. I could hear all the dogs talking inside the building as soon as we turned into the driveway.

      Mom and I went inside, and she handed the belt to the lady at the counter. Then she patted my head, and walked away, without me. The lady at the desk took me in the back and put me in a cage like the one I had in the pet store, only colder and dirtier. The room was filled with dogs, I even saw that cute Beagle I had known at the pet store.

      That was five days ago. I guess that I must have a new home now, because a man came by this morning and put a red sticker on my cage door. Here comes the lady who feeds me, and she is carrying a thing to give shots with, just like my doctor did. As she walks me into another room, I see some of the friends I have made in this new place. Funny, they all seem to be asleep on the floor.

      Oh well, the lady just told me not to worry, everything would be all right. She seems sad though, and I don't really understand why. Maybe being a Christmas puppy wasn't so great after all.

  35. QUESTION:
    has any one found anything that helps clear psoriasis?
    I have had psoriasis for 8 years and nothing has ever cleared it completely. Any suggestions or tips.

    • ANSWER:
      i have psoriasis on my scalp and a few spots on my chest and torso.
      nothing has ever worked for me until i found "DERMOL" it comes in a scalp solution as well as a cream for the body.
      it is a steriod so you only take it until the psoriasis goes away. it will come back though but usually it takes a while.
      i only get real bad flare ups in the winter. summer my psoriasis is not so bad.
      you can order the medicine online through some of those overseas pharmacys where you don't need a presciption. give it a shot. its worth a try.

  36. QUESTION:
    Has anyone found anything that will actually "dry" up psoriasis?
    I have tried prescription creams, shots, over the counter ointments, etc. It flares from time to time and while I try not to scratch it, I usually do in my sleep. Anyone had any luck with something that actually works to keep it toned down??

    • ANSWER:
      I Know lots of people that have had eczema really bad,and have tried EVERYTHING, only to have nothing really work.
      Anyone from 3 years old to 80 years old.
      Really sad.
      Until they tried a lotion that I know of that has T-36 C3 melaleuca oil in it.( T-36 C3 is the highest grade of tea tree oil )
      I personally do not have eczema or psoriasis,but this has really helped alot of people.
      I don't sell it or anything but if you want more info you can email me at enhancinglivesdaily@yahoo.com

  37. QUESTION:
    What kind of rash do I have?
    I have a small circular rash that appears periodically on my belly, chest, arms, or thighs. The most that I have had on me at one time are 5. They start out as raised bumps from the hair folicles. Then the gradually turn red. There is one bump in the the middle then a circle of bumps around that then another circle of bumps. The bumps then start getting dry and starting from the middle the bumps evolve into dry skin. Sometimes leaving middle yellow(depending how bad it is). Then the spot fades to a slight darker skin color. Finally it goes back to normal. The typical rash lasts up to a month evolving through several stages. Some of them are itchy or sting/burn and other times I don't even know that they are there until I see them. I have been getting them ever since I was 12 or 14 and I am 23 now. The first one was right after I got hepatitis shot, in the same exact spot. I am not sure if that has any thing to do with it.

    • ANSWER:
      psoriasis? athletes foot fungus? go see a doctor

  38. QUESTION:
    I have psoriasis and no medical insurance, what is the best cure for it?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is worse in winter and areas where the sun is just not there. We have friends that either stay in the house all the time and/or live in the state of Washington. They get it bad.
      When they live in CA they don't get it as bad. He goes to the hot springs when he can take the time off from work that helps alot.But he takes shots for it now they were for another disease(I think its RA) but they found it works for psoriasis too. Get out in the sunlight and go to http://psoriasis.org for new information and ways of healing and this is a site for people with the disease, latest medical updates, support groups and message boards.

  39. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP, i have pustular psoriasis on my feet dr wants me to try methotrexate or enbrel?
    Ive tried creams and steriods nothing seems to work. what are the risk of these drugs and side effects thanks for all your help

    • ANSWER:
      Alright, Methotrexate is a pretty strong drug. It's used in psoriasis as well as in cancer treatments, arthritis, etc. It's use in psoriasis is warranted only when other treatments havent' worked, so I'm assuming that you've already been on other prescription strength meds. As I mentioned, this is a very strong drug. There is a long list of the possible complications and side effects with this drug. The most common side effects are ulcerative stomatitis (mouth sores), problems with blood cells (white blood cells = used to fight infection), nausea, abdominal distress, fatigue, fever, chills, dizziness, and malaise (which means feeling "sick"). If you're taking this drug for psoriasis, then once the beneficial effects are noted, the doctor should reduce the dose to the lowest possible level with long rest periods between doses (again, b/c it's very damaging). Take this medication at bedtime with an antacid (tums, rolaids, etc.) to minimize stomach discomfort. Do NOT take OTC vitamins! Avoid ASA and alcohol (this medication is hard on the liver and ASA and alcohol can cause damage and bleeding). Also avoid contact sports (increased risk of bleeding and increased risk of infection). If you notice any mouth sores report it immediately, b/c that is one of the first signs of toxicity! Keep in mind that some people experience hair loss, but it should regrow after the medication is discontinued. Also make sure to drink at least 2-3 liters of fluid a day to prevent kidney damage. This drug can cause the acid levels in the body to rise, so your urine should be checked for the pH. Because of the increased acid, you may be at risk for developing "gouty arthritis" so if you notice problems with your joints tell your doctor. And because I mentioned earlier that it decreased the white blood cell count, you should avoid crowds and those with infections, also do NOT get any vaccinations while you're taking this medication.

      Etanercept (Enbrel) is commonly used in conjunction with methotrexate. Some of the more common side effects of etanercept are upper respiratory tract infection (URTI), injection site reaction (this is administered as a shot), headache, nausea, dizziness, infection, rash, abdominal pain, cough, swelling in the extremities. If you're going to be self-administering these injections, just remember to rotate your sites (you can use the thigh, stomach, or upper arm).

      Your doctor or nurse SHOULD explain all of this and more to you when you receive the medication. Whatever you do, make sure that you don't leave that office without a firm understanding of exactly what you're supposed to do and who to call if you start experiencing adverse effects (especially with methotrexate). These drugs are used to control psoriasis, but just be careful. Methotrexate is a strong drug and can cause serious damage if taken incorrectly. Your doctor should be following you closely while taking these meds. I wish you the best! :)

  40. QUESTION:
    If anybody is on the embrel shot?
    im debating whether or not to take this shot, for psoriasis,
    if anyone is taking it, can you please give me advice?

    • ANSWER:
      I think that you should definitely give it a try! I have only been on it for about 2 months. My P is about 80-90% under control right now and slowly getting better. I have had no side affects as of yet. It was and still is a little uncomfortable giving myself the injections. The only downside that I have encounter so far!

  41. QUESTION:
    What exactly is psoriasis and how can it be treated?

    • ANSWER:
      psoriasis is a skin disease that generally is incurable. they are itchy red patches that can start off as small as a pimple. they spread and can cover your entire body. they are hereditary. my mom and my brother have them pretty bad. there are over the counter treatments that can keeps them from getting dry but will not make them go away. the ultraviolet rays from tanning has said to help. my mom uses the emberel shot given 2 times a week. it is an injection that you give yourself and it is very expensive. the monthly charge without insurance is 1500.00 per month. after she used it for about 2 months they went away. amazing because she has a really bad case of it. and like any other pill and injection you have to have blood tests to determine whether or not your liver can handle it. go to a dermatologist and get it checked out.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can we use Native extra olive oil and Apple cedar vinegar for psoriasis on scalp and body.?
    Does these help to cure psoriasis completely

    • ANSWER:
      I disagree with the person who says to drink the vinegar and olive oil. What you put into your body is vital yes but you also have to treat the outside and I'm aware of the method you're talking about.

      Soak your elbows in vinegar or apple cider vinegar for a few minutes and then wrap it with a pad soaked in warmed olive oil. I'd suggest doing this in the evenings before bed so it can really soak in. This would make a great nighttime soak.

      In between times of using this method make sure to use a really good lotion several times a day so your skin doesn't dry out and aggravate the problem.

      As far as on the scalp I've never tried that there since the skin is different and usually you have to try different methods but this is a very safe and natural type of products so go ahead and give it a shot. If that doesn't work try T Gel by Neutrogena or Head and Shoulders. One of the three should work for you and good luck! :)

      Added: For the one that says these techniques are a myth I'd like to add that again not one technique will work for all. It's a mix and match to find what works for YOU. I happen to know people who've had luck with this but not everyone does. Just give it a shot if you're wanting to try, it's a good one and all natural.

  43. QUESTION:
    what is a treatment for psoriasis on the bottom of foot...?
    I have psoriasis on the bottom and side of one foot - it is very raw and sore....have gone to dermatologist and had a shot of kenalog and will get another one in about a month. If anyone knows what I can do to help clear it up - please let me know. I teach water aerobics and am in the pool alot. I think that is against me, but doctor says no...

    • ANSWER:
      you could try using a verruca sock whilst in the water.

      but in the mean time i would try something oil based. I get psoriasis and i use Avon Skin-so-Soft products and find they work well. Psoriasis is basically an over production of skin cells. Its not contagious and as you know it is treatable. It isnt affected by how long you are in the water. I have tried lots of creams from my doctor but none of them seemed to work very well.

  44. QUESTION:
    Do you think I have psoriasis?
    I think I spelled that wrong but oh well.

    Anyways I started getting what I thought was psoriasis on my eyebrows last year like the skin underneath was think and flaked constantly and it's hard to describe. And before that I got things that were almost like zits on my head, but they weren't and they were a LITTLE red and the same thing with the eyebrow. Those were my first major flare-ups and I haven't noticed any of that lately. But the reason I'm very suspicious is because it runs severly in my family, my dad has it and my grandma badly. But still I'm not quite sure because I've read its supposed to be really red or something?

    So..., what do you think about this? Think I got that gene? =[ and other info. would be great thanks. Oh and I'm 14 by the way.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is not just red sometimes its is a whitish color, you can peel that off then it is red underneath. Whats happening is your skin is growing 6 times faster than the norm. Cortisone creams are helpful and tar baths if it gets really bad. You can also go to a dermatologist if it gets bad and get a stronger cream and a shot. If you have it on your head you can also use a tar shampoo sold at most any store in the shampoo dept. Short hair also relieves symptoms and no stress helps. Good luck child.

  45. QUESTION:
    hi everyone, how far is the truth that hot spring can cure psoriasis and eczema?
    pls help me!

    • ANSWER:
      another way to ease eczema is to use pure aloe vera gel. i used to get psoriasis in my scalp until i started to drink wheat grass. its now all cleared.you can get kits online under" wheatgrass" it may help you some as one shot of this is equivelant to 1kg of leafy greens :)

      all wheat grass is, is organic wheat grown in a tray in organic soil. you need to make this up yourself.

  46. QUESTION:
    what would you do to make your parents like a puppy more at christmas?
    Example-Put it in a Santa costume red ribbon bow on it! I want my parent s to like or think the puppy Im getting them for christmas more! any idea how you would make your parents like the puppy more? Ps no smart butt comments or ones that say ask your parents or don't get one! THX

    • ANSWER:
      Don't get them a puppy, this could happen.

      The Christmas Puppy
      - Author Unknown -

      It seemed like such a good idea in the beginning. There I was, in my cage at the pet store with my brother and sister. I could tell by the crowds in the store everyday that Christmas was drawing near. My brother, sister, and I all hoped each morning that today would be the day we would go to a new home, one filled with loving, caring people.

      First it was the beagle in the cage next to us. I saw the excited gleam in his eye as his new family prepared to take him home. I hoped one day that Iwould feel the same excitement. Then the cute little bunny from one aisle over was picked. When the ferret with the bad case of psoriasis found a newhome, I began to think I would stay a pet store puppy forever! Finally, it happened.

      I had seen the couple in the store the week before, talking about bringing home a Christmas puppy for their son Billy. You see, Billy was eight years old, and had been pestering his folks for a puppy for some time now.

      Read more...

      Although they were busy people, they had decided that a new puppy would make the ideal Christmas present for Billy. The car ride home was exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. It seemed so cold outside, and I was very glad that Billy would keep me inside.

      I stayed at Billy's aunt's house until the night before Christmas, so as not to ruin the surprise. That night, Billy's dad put me in a small, dark box with a couple of holes punched in the side for air. I could see through the holes the pretty green bow they had tied around my box.

      Finally, it came time for Billy to open his presents. There was a GI Joe figure, some new slippers, and a big truck or two. At last, I felt my box being picked up and heard Billy's mom say, "OK, Billy, one more present. We saved the best for last". I felt like I was going to turn inside out with anticipation, when suddenly the box was flooded with light and there was my new boy, Billy. He shrieked so loud when he saw me that it was a little bit scary! "A puppy, a puppy!"

      The first few days with Billy were puppy heaven! He was out of school you see, and had lots of time to take care of me. We played all day, and I slept in his bed at night. Things just couldn't have been better.

      After a week or so, Billy's mom took me to my new doctor. By then, Billy's holiday vacation was over and he was back in school. The doctor told Mom all about how to keep me healthy and happy. Mom did seem a little distracted though, especially when the nurse from school called on her cell phone to say that Billy had a bloody nose.

      I didn't even mind the shot I had to get, because like the doctor told me it was better than getting sick! As Mom and I left, the doctor reminded us that I needed more than just one shot to be protected, and I should come back in a month for another check-up. I never saw the doctor again.

      As time went by, I really started to grow! I suppose that I wasn't quite as cute as before, because Billy and I didn't spend as much time together. He seemed to have a lot of things to do beside take me for walks and fill my food bowl.

      Billy and his friends sat in front of a strange box filled with moving pictures every afternoon, playing some game I suppose. Heck, I couldn't even pronounce Nintendo, much less play those kind of games. I started to get confused about what my real name was.

      At first, everyone called me Petey, which I thought was a great name. A funny thing started to happen when I got to be about six months old. Mom and Dad stopped calling me Petey, and started calling me "the dog". I guess that was OK, I am a dog after all. A few weeks later though, they changed my name again. Now I was "that d**n dog". I wasn't sure, but I didn't think that was such a nice name.

      Since my family didn't have much time for me anymore, I had to think of things to do on my own. I liked to chew, and so I did! Remember that GI Joe, Billy got for Christmas? Well somehow I managed to chew off his left leg, which Billy seemed mad about. After a couple more incidents like that, Billy's dad decided I should live outside.

      Well, spring had come, and the weather was nice so I figured, why not? I thought they would build me one of those nice doghouses like I had seen in the pet store. Maybe it would have carpeting and a soft blanket to sleep on. Well, they must have forgotten to build it, because I spent most of the time tied to a tree in the yard.

      That was OK for a while, but I began to get pretty bored. I found some nice soft dirt to dig in, but that made Mom mad. Something about flower bulbs and grass seed that I really didn't understand. There was a dog next door tied to a tree in his yard, so we spent most of the day talking. For some reason, that made Dad mad too! I just couldn't seem to do anything right.

      Finally, one day I heard Dad say to Mom, "I don't care how you do it, just get rid of that d**n dog!" I figured Billy would convince them I should stay, but he didn't much care one way or the other. Mom came outside and unhooked me from the chain. She put an old belt of Dad's through my collar and we went out to the car.

      At first I thought it was time to go to the doctor's for a checkup. Once we drove off though, we headed in the opposite direction. I could hear all the dogs talking inside the building as soon as we turned into the driveway.

      Mom and I went inside, and she handed the belt to the lady at the counter. Then she patted my head, and walked away, without me. The lady at the desk took me in the back and put me in a cage like the one I had in the pet store, only colder and dirtier. The room was filled with dogs, I even saw that cute Beagle I had known at the pet store.

      That was five days ago. I guess that I must have a new home now, because a man came by this morning and put a red sticker on my cage door. Here comes the lady who feeds me, and she is carrying a thing to give shots with, just like my doctor did. As she walks me into another room, I see some of the friends I have made in this new place. Funny, they all seem to be asleep on the floor.

      Oh well, the lady just told me not to worry, everything would be all right. She seems sad though, and I don't really understand why. Maybe being a Christmas puppy wasn't so great after all.

  47. QUESTION:
    Flu shot and eczema flare up?
    Our 18 month old has never had eczema, or very dry skin. We had our flu shots Monday, by Wed, he has an eczema type rash all over his body and head. Not harsh, just dry looking. We've been using recommended lotions, etc, but curious if it could be due to the shot. He's not allergic to eggs either. The shot FAQ sheet says one side effect could be hives, but nothing about rashes either. This also didnt happen with last years flu shot. Also how quickly does eczema come on, or spread. This spread all over in a day.

    • ANSWER:
      Most people I know who had flu shots got the flu. I think the shot is not a good thing. They don't know a whole lot about side effects because they haven't tested it long enough; so rashes could do it. Eczema can spread all over in a day if the skin has enough allergens. Keep him away from soap products and fragranced products. Put Vaseline Creamy Formula on his skin to relieve it. Try Dermarest Psoriasis treatment on affected areas and/or give him an oatmeal bath to relieve it quick. I'm sorry he has to experience this.

      Eczema DOES go away! Some people only have it in childhood and others in adulthood. It comes from an irritant. I am allergic to soap products and anti-bacterial products--which caused this. I was not always allergic to them, hence why I've had it for two years. Treat it with natural products. Steroids, etc ARE BAD and ADDICTIVE and can cause other problems, so stay away from prescriptions at all cost!


psoriasis shots

Topical Psoriasis Treatments

Acne is a condition that affects people of all ages and all races. Very few people will go through life without at least one bout of acne. For teens with low self esteem or adults who still experience breakouts, it is important to find an effective treatment. Everyone who uses an acne treatments has expectations for positive results. The skin is one of the things that people look at first when giving a first impression. Topical acne treatments that work will lessen inflammation, open blocked pores, kill bacteria, and lessen oil production. Here are a few of the best and most popular topical acne treatments.

Benzoyl Peroxide

This medicine is usually selected first. It has been considered a staple in treating acne breakouts. Benzoyl peroxide removes extra oil on the skin, opens blocked pores, and kills bacteria. It comes in creams and gels, but may lead to dry skin since it gets rid of oil. In certain cases, the skin may swell or turn red. Since this can occur, it is wise to only use the recommended dose.

Salicylic Acid

This is normally used to treat non inflammatory acne. Salicylic acid tries to correct the unusual skin shedding that clogs pores. It does not kill bacteria or lessen the production of oil. Since it opens the pores, it may be used to get rid of blackheads or whiteheads.

Resorcinol and Sulfur

These are usually used together to open blocked pores and lessen extra amounts of oil on the skin. They may treat blackheads and whiteheads, but may lead to skin redness and peeling.

Acetone and Alcohol

Acetone cleans oil and dirt on the skin. Alcohol is an antimicrobial substance. When used together, it is a good treatment for mild acne.

Azelaic Acid

This lessens bacteria and the unusual shedding of dead skin. It takes away inflammation and treats mild to moderate acne. Azelaic acid may dry out the skin and cause it to lighten in color where applied.

Topical Antibiotics

These medicines include names like Erythromycin, Clindamycin, and Sodium Sulfacetamide. They lessen the amount of inflammation caused by bacteria. Overusing these drugs may lead to resistance in the body. It is essential to use antibiotics only as directed by a doctor. Many topical antibiotics have little negative side effects besides irritation and dryness.

Topical Retinoids

Retinoids come from vitamin A. They are quite effective to treat mild to moderate acne. Topical retinoids may include active ingredients like Adapalene, Tretinoin, and Tazarotene. These items open blocked pores and are effective flammatories. Another positive aspect of utilizing these items is that they may take away wrinkles or fine lines on the skin. However, they may cause irritation. They must only be used under a doctor's supervision since they may lead to birth defects.

No matter what acne treatment is selected, it is common for it to take a month to see an improvement of the skin. Oftentimes, there is a positive response after 6 weeks. In some cases, it may take almost 4 months to get maximum results. It is normal for a treatment to fail because people give up on it after a few weeks because they do not see optimum results.

It it very important to persevere through treatment for 6 weeks prior to stopping. Even if a person does not notice improvement after this amount of time, there is still hope. Using a different treatment or adding another one that is more powerful will probably do the trick. Even though treatments normally clear the skin of blemishes, there is nothing that can make skin totally perfect.

This article is meant to inform people that suffer from the embarrassment of acne. It is not intended to replace medical advise that can be obtained by a dermatologist or medical specialist. Always talk to a physician about any leftover medical concerns. Follow these tips along with guidance from a dermatologist.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Anyone with psoriasis being treated for diabetes?
    Has anyone undergoing treatment for psoriasis also had to take medicines for diabetes ? Can diabetes medicines have negative impact on the person who is also taking psoriasis treatment ( mostly the application of topical creams ) ? Thanks in advance for your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      my uncle takes both i believe, but i am not for sure, if it has a negitive impact it should say so on the medicine package

  2. 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.

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

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

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

  5. 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

  6. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a good medication for managing psoriasis?
    I'm already using a topical prescription medicine (a foam) from my doctor. It helps a little but does nothing to keep new ones from coming out. Maybe someone knows of a homeopathic remedy or a newer type of prescription that I could ask my doctor for.

    • ANSWER:
      Natural treatments are better alternatives for psoriasis since there are still a lot of things that need to be studied. http://www.skinoriginal.com/psoriasis/32-psoriasisnatural.htm has some great options you can try, and they are easy to find and convenient as well. Good luck to you!

  7. 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.

  8. QUESTION:
    What is a over the counter treatment for keratosis pilaris?
    I have used prescription topical creams and amlactin for my kp but neither of them have worked...

    so what have you heard has worked? a specific brand would be great! thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I found that champori cream for psoriasis clears my kp better than anything else: takes just a few days and then my skin stays smooth for months on end. Try it: champori is available without prescription and comes with money back guarantee, so if it doesnt work for you - it's free.
      Best,
      Mol.

  9. 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!!

  10. 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

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for psoriasis?
    I have it on my fingers and the skin breaks up and bleeds. It has been diagnosed by a consultant as a hybrid type of psoriasis. Need help!

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is treatable with topical steriods, but they only suppress the symptoms, they don't treat the cause. Stress is a major cause of psoriasis outbreaks and anything you can do to reduce stress in your life can help reduce the symptoms.

      I use an essential oil mix to treat my psoriasis: lavender, bergamot and neroli in jojoba oil. It isn't a cure, but helps keep it under control without using steroids. All three oils are useful in reducing stress and treating skin conditions.

      Diet can also affect psoriasis. Alcohol, caffeine, sugar and other stimulants can make it worse. Reducing the use of stimulants, doing a colon detox and eating organic foods can help.

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. QUESTION:
    What is your best topical and/or dietary remedy for Psoriasis?
    Is there a 'sure-fire' remedy for this auto-immune skin ailment? Diet? topical solutions or ointments? Supplements? No sales pitches please. I am trying to gather as broad an information base as possible to sift through and help resolve this nemesis. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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

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

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

      You have 3 basic types of treatments:

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

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

      The goal is to find a treatment that works the best with the fewest side effects. One of the first principles of psoriasis treatment is to not create anything worse than the disease.

      Best Wishes

  17. QUESTION:
    What treatment for psoriasis has worked for you?
    I am on topical steroids that cost like 0 a tube, and its a pain to put on....is there any prescription that will work better for me? I'm on talclonex, i'm looking for maybe something oral? Mine is classified "severe" so...idk if that makes a difference when its an oral medication, i know when i started talclonex it was the strongest thing out.

    Also: I'm on seroquel for BPD hopefully oral meds wont interfere with that....

    • ANSWER:
      I treat my psoriasis with herbal remedies from serenaskin.com. Cream and spray cleared my skin and now i just take anti-psoriasis extract to prevent future flare-ups. It works wonders for me and I'm very happy with the results.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. QUESTION:
    What are some good over the counter and home treatments for psoriasis??
    I have little patches of psoriasis on my elbows and one of my knees. I use some topical creams right now containing either coal tar or salicylic acid.

    • ANSWER:
      Tea Tree Oil. Buy it from The Body shop

  22. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of psoriasis?. treatment methods? .?
    Hi,

    I have symptoms of itching on joints and silvery patches on my body. I have consult the doctor and he give some tablets. Again i have the problems. Can u tell me the treatment methods. The doctor wrote the prescription sheet as PSORIASIS P.D

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, America Reid!

      Take care with what other people are talking about psoriasis: it is NOT a fungal infection of your skin. It's an auto-immune disease, that happens when your body's immune system is somehow disregulated. When psoriasis is detect, this means that your skin cells are growing too fast, causing the lesions.

      There are a lot of psoriasis treatment methods available on the market today, but they can be divided in three categories: topical treatments (cream and ointments), systemic medications and phototherapy.

      If your psoriasis symptoms aren't too severe, the best treatment type for you is only a topical medication.

      I'm researching about psoriasis a lot the last few months, and I recommend Revitol Dermasis Psoriasis Cream as a topical solution for psoriasis, because it contains a lot of ingredients believed to relieve and solve psoriasis lesions, red patches and silvery scale.

      I hope this can help you a bit. :D

  23. QUESTION:
    No psoriasis treatments that I've tried work well. Have you found anything that does work?
    I was on Enbrel which did reduce my psoriasis. I had repeated infections and was unable to continue using it. All of the topicals are useless so far. Anyone have any advice, alternatives or home remedies to suggest? Thank you in advance!!

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis: Does evaluation for treatment usually require testing?
    I'm not working but have to see a dermatologist for inverse psoriasis so I can only afford ~0. Does evaluation for treatment normally involve further testing or can a doctor prescribe something for me after the visit?
    ? - That's great but you didn't answer my question: does evaluation for treatment usually involve tests?

    • ANSWER:
      To begin with, psoriasis is now considered to be an autoimmune disorder, in which the body's cascade of inflammatory mediators is triggered off by an unkown antigen(s). One of the side effects of these inflammatory agents is to cause the skin cells to hyperproliferate. Hence the treatments are directed against the production of those inflammatory agents. In inverse psoriasis, the lesions tend to be in the "sensitive" areas, so that generally, milder topical agents can be used successfully. Agents such as Protopic ointment and Elidel cream have been used, often with good results. In these cases, I see no reason for blood testing to be done. However, if there is no response to topical therapy, and systemic agents (pills or shots) have to be undertaken, then blood tests are necessary, usually to check up on your liver and blood counts.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. QUESTION:
    What acne spot treatment is effective?
    I usually use clean&clear persa-gel 5 but I think my skin got to used to it and it's no longer effective. I wanted to try persa-gel 10 but they don't sell it where I live. Have u tried an acne spot treatment that works effectively? Please let me know and write a short review and the price range too :D

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

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

      OR: Here are seven best methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  29. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for Psoriasis?
    My Friend is having this Problem:-

    1.Kindly guide me the best treatment available for Psoriasis in Siddha, Unani, Ayurveda, Homeopathy or in English Medicine..
    2.Also tell me the food habits for this type of syndrome? (What he should avoid and what he should intake in-particular for a better cure?
    3.What is the normal period or duration for complete cure or it’s not a curable disease?
    Kindly guide us on these areas!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Sunlight and topical ointments such as clobetasol work best. Avoid cortisone because it will make the disease worse in the long term. As for foods it varies from person to person, but you'll want to avoid alcohol. There is no cure, but the right medicine will keep it under control. Your friend really needs to see a doctor though.

  30. QUESTION:
    Fungus treatment question: by using over the counter treatments will I create more resistant fungus?
    I have successfully treated my own fungus skin infections, or so I thought, with over the counter medications, but it always came back a while later.

    Just now I read that I should treat it with over the counter product till it's gone and then treat it once a week for two years and it won't come back. Is this good advice or will there be bad results?

    • ANSWER:
      The fungus may infect just one area of the body, or there may be several infected areas.
      Fungal infections of the scalp or beard can lead to hair loss. Fungal rashes can sometimes be confused with other skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.
      Causes
      A number of things can make fungal infections more likely. You'ree more at risk from fungal infections if you:
      have recently taken a course of antibiotics
      have been taking oral steroids
      have diabetes
      are obese
      are African-Caribbean
      have a history of fungal infections have a weakened immune system caused, for example, by cancer or AIDS. Moist skin encourages fungal infections. This means fungal infections are more likely when skin isn't dried properly after sweating or bathing, or when it is covered with a material that doesn't allow sweat to evaporate. Damage to the skin surface, such as a cut or graze, can also encourage fungi to grow.

      Fungal infections inside the body can cause more serious health problems than those on the skin. These infections only affect people whose immune systems aren't working properly - either as a result of another illness such as AIDS, or because of immunosuppressant medicines, such as those taken after having an organ transplant.

      How do fungal infections spread?
      Fungal infections can be spread between humans. For example, athlete's foot is thought to be spread in communal areas, such as gyms and swimming pools. Contact with bed sheets or towels can also spread fungal infections.

      It's also possible to catch fungal infections from animals such as cats or dogs, and, more rarely, cattle. Ringworm is occasionally caught this way.

      Diagnosis
      Sometimes fungal infections are easy for doctors to diagnose from the appearance and location of the rash, such as athlete's foot. Sometimes your doctor will take a skin scraping, or a fragment of nail or hair, and send it to the laboratory to confirm the diagnosis.

      Treatment
      Since most fungal skin infections are surface infections, antifungal treatments are usually applied directly to the skin in the infected area (topical treatments).

      There are a variety of treatments available in the form of creams, lotions and medicated powders. If the rash covers quite a large area of skin, or affects the nails or scalp, then tablets may be required.

      Some treatments are available over-the-counter from a pharmacist, without a prescription. For example, sprays are available for treating athletes foot. Ask your pharmacist for advice.

      Stronger forms of topical treatments and antifungal in tablet form are only available on prescription. You may also be prescribed antifungal shampoo for scalp infections.

      These treatments are usually effective. Like any drug, they can occasionally cause side effects. These may include skin irritation or an upset stomach. It isn't unusual for the rash to return, even when it seems to have been treated. The treatment may need to be used for at least four weeks to prevent the infection from coming back.

      If you are buying an over-the-counter antifungal treatment, you need to be sure that you have a fungal infection. You may recognize the rash from a previously diagnosed fungal infection. But if there's any doubt about your diagnosis, or if over-the-counter treatments don't work, then you should seek advice from your GP.

      Prevention
      Taking the steps listed below may help to reduce the risk of getting a fungal infection.
      Dry your skin carefully after bathing.
      Wear loose fitting clothes and underwear.
      Avoid sharing towels, hair brushes, and combs, which could contain skin fragments that harbors fungal colonies.
      Change socks or tights daily.
      For athlete's foot, alternate shoes every two or three days so that they have time to dry out.
      Choose fabrics that allow the skin to "breathe" - natural fibres such as cotton are better than nylon or polyester for underwear.
      For sportspeople, synthetic fibres that "wick" the sweat away from the body, helping to keep the skin dry, may be preferable.
      If you have diabetes you need to keep good control of your blood sugar (for more information see the Bupa factsheets on Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes).

      Now we are going to treat the infections with natural Medicine and things we have around the house. Of course if there is infections out of control you have to go and see and MD General Practitioner or Dermatologist do not wait until the infections are out of control.
      Things you need to do:
      1. Go to a health Food Store and get a body desintoxication program.
      2. Then after finishing the program get something to rebuild your immune system.
      3. Get a natural Antibiotics
      For example: Echinacea & Goldenseal capsules and Neem capsules , Tea Tree capsules are natural antibiotics.
      4. Aloe Vera caps

  31. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a treatment for my scalp?
    I have an extremely dry, sore scalp. I've tried anti-dandruff shampoos but non seem to help. Advice please.

    • ANSWER:
      Tar products and salicylic acid are generally sufficient for treating very mild scalp psoriasis. More severe scalp psoriasis may require persistence and experimentation to find an effective treatment plan. Treatments include topical medications (applied to the skin) and occasionally ultraviolet (UV) light. Treatments are often combined and rotated because a person's psoriasis can become resistant to medications after repeated use. Systemic (oral or injected) psoriasis treatments are not commonly used just for scalp psoriasis, but they may be tried if psoriasis is present elsewhere on the body and/or the psoriasis is severe.

  32. QUESTION:
    are there any natural treatments or medicines for psoriasis arthritis?
    The medicines I've looked at have so many side effects I'd rather have the pain. Anyone know of any other way to help the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Topical treatments are most effective for treating mild to moderate psoriasis and are aimed at reducing swelling and skin cell turnover, helping the skin to peel, unclogging pores and suppressing the immune system. Phototherapy involves the use of natural ultraviolet light and artificial ultraviolet light – it reduces redness and slows the overproduction of skin cells that causes scaling.

      If psoriasis is severe, medication in the form of an injection or pill is administered – this is called systemic treatment. These treatment options may be combined to achieve the best results. Through constant trail and error, the psoriasis sufferer needs to discover the most effective treatment.

      The use of natural and alternative treatments has become increasingly popular among people suffering with psoriasis. Natural treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies are a safe and effective alternative to use especially when traditional therapy has failed to produce the desired results. Carefully selected ingredients have been chosen to support skin health and promote healthy cell renewal and routine shedding of old skin cells.

      Herbs such as Galium aperine (Cleavers) and Trifolium pratense (red clover) have a wide of therapeutic benefits which include acting as a cleansing tonic, blood purifier as well as lymphatic cleanser.

      Tissue salts such as Natrium Muriaticum, Kalium Sulphate and Kalium Muriaticum are excellent for maintaining skin health and supporting the natural healing and regenerative processes of the skin.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/p/psoriasis.htm

  33. QUESTION:
    Would anyone date me even if I have psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis. And I'm worried about never getting married or even getting a girlfriend. So I would like to know, does it really matter if I have psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi THere

      Here is a herb remedy that will work.

      1. Take 1-3 droppersful of Echinacea Plus Tincture (at herbdoc.com or another qualified site) to strengthen the immune system.

      2. Rub Garlic oil ALL over the affected area (Garlic will kill anything if you use enough of it)

      3. Give 1-3 glasses of Activated Charcoal Slurry per day (to absorb the toxins out of the blood)

      4. Mix equal parts of Aloe Vera Gel, Slippery Elm Powder and Activated Charcoal Powder together (absorbs the toxins externally)

      5. Apply a thin layer of this mixture over the AFFECTED area(s).

      6. Continue this treatment, until the desired Results are achieved.

      This is healing at it's highest point.

      Cause
      Eczema is often called Dermatitis, and may be a symptom of an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency. Eczema can be due to allergies, allergies secondary to digestive disorders such as hydrochloric acid deficiency, rashes secondary to immune diseases, genetic metabolic disorders, and/or nutritional deficiencies, especially of niacin (vitamin B3) and B6, as well as other B vitamins.

      To minimize your risk of developing eczema, avoid irritating substances, wear natural nonirritating materials, use soothing ointments, and check to see if dietary, nutritional, and/or and allergy-causing factors need to be considered.

      Other ideas that will help:

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can help speed healing: black currant and red grapes; carrot, beet, spinach, cucumber, and parsley; and wheat grass juice.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Vitamin A and GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), an omega-6 essential fatty acid found in high quantities in evening primrose oil, have both been shown to improve the symptoms of eczema. Vitamin E. Other useful supplements for preventing and reversing eczema include vitamin B complex, vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc.

      Topical Treatment: Apply evening primrose oil directly to cracked and sore areas of the skin. A topical paste made from ginkgo and licorice root extract has also been shown to improve eczema symptoms.

      Best of health to you

  34. QUESTION:
    What is the best way and best facial cleanser to use to get rid of blackheads?
    I have so much on my nose and a little around my lip line and I want to get rid of them.

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

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

      OR: Here are seven best methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

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

  35. QUESTION:
    Why would my Dermatoligist have me put Olux-E into my hair to find out why it is falling out?
    My hair has been falling out a lot for 3 years now. My dermatoligist told me to put this Olux-E on my hair every 2 days for a month. Upon reading about Olux-E I am reading that it is for the skin and not the hair. I am confused now. At a cost of 5 a can I want to make sure this is the right treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      For hair loss, the scalp (which is skin) needs to be treated.Olux E is a powerful topical corticosteroid which is absorbed into the scalp. It might be used for hair loss that is caused by an inflammatory scalp condition such as psoriasis. It might also be prescribed for alopecia areata which is an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss. It would not be used for other types of hair loss. It would not be used to determine the cause of hair loss. Essential oil scalp treatments can be used very effectively for all types of hair loss. They are less expensive and they do not come with adverse side effects.

  36. 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

  37. 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

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

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

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

      OR: Here are seven best methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  39. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of acne on the back and chest?
    I have a dance coming up and of course I broke out on my back chest any suggestions?!

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

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

      OR: Here are seven best methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

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

  40. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of pimples around your nose creases?
    Ive been breaking out there a little bit. I cant see them but i can feel them. How can i treat them?

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

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

      OR: Here are seven best methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  41. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of pimples fast?
    I have alot of bad acne. i have been using Clearasil Overnight and Clearasil Daily clear, and their not working. i have read that homemade remedies are really good for your skin. so if anyone can suggest me some remedies or some creams to buy, that would be amazing.

    Also, my pimples are really itchy most of the time. so can you also help me with that?

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

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

      OR: Here are seven best methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Doctors usually prescribe them to get a severe condition under control and may then switch to topical treatments. Some antibiotics must be taken on an empty stomach, so read the label carefully. http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/skincare/face/ways-to-treat-acne-00000000038296/page8.html

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

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

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

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

      OR: Here are seven best methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  43. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of pimples on back & chest?
    Lately I've been getting a lot of pimples on my back and chest. After I take a shower (every other day) i rub cream on my arms and back. It's some cream from bath&bodyworks. So how do I get rid of the pimples? Should I exfoliate? What do I do? Any home remedies. No lemon juice suggestions .
    Thankss:)

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

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

      OR: Here are seven best methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  44. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to clear my blotchy skin?
    I have very little acne, but my face is very blotchy. Any home remedies or anything I can use to help my face? Thanks !

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

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

      OR: Here are other methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

      For more information on acne you can check out this website: http://www.acne.org/about-acne.html

  45. QUESTION:
    How badly would it hurt to re-pierce my eyebrow over scar tissue?
    I have semi deep indents in my skin that are red where I had my piercing, I took it out in August. I'd like to get it repierced, anyone know how much more it will hurt?
    Thanks.
    Scar tissue is actually a lot tougher than regular tissue. Meaning that your skin resists the needle more.

    • ANSWER:
      Same that did the first time you got it done or even less.

      Most people think that going through scar tissue hurts more, but this is just a myth. Going through scar tissue actually hurts a lot less.
      Scar tissue is just a replica of the skin. It's made of the same substance as undamaged skin, though it looks different because of the way the fibers in the tissue are arranged. Both scar tissue and normal skin are made with collagen proteins. the only difference is the texture/appearance.

      My first eyebrow piercing rejected after 3 years, so I took it out and a few months later re-pierced. I've also re-piercer my hand web and my neck.

      ----------
      No skin resists the piercing needle. That it why the needle needs to get through in no more than 2 seconds to avoid pain and discomfort.
      Most people who say that piercing through scar tissue hurts more, never re-pierced at the same spot or did it just once and do not remember how it felt the first time.
      ------------
      Yes it's a bit tougher that is why it hurts less. The thinner the skin the more the pain. If you try to put a needle on a stretch mark for example it will hurt like hell. If the skin is normal you don't even feel the needle going through.
      I got stretch marks on my body cause of cortisone topical treatments for psoriasis ( dermatitis ) and I am having injections ( subcutaneous/ meaning just going through skin no vein ) I do them myself like every patient and every time I am going on a stretch mark the pain is unbearable and I have to find another spot.

  46. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of rosacea in early stages?
    I am 15 and a BOY. (I have noticed girls usually get rosacea) I have rosey cheeks and when i get hot or take a shower or touch my face they get REALLY red. This pisses me off. But MOST of all I see a lot of my friends at soccer practice sweating buckets and their faces dont get red one bit. Is there any way my cheeks could some day be like that?

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment options such as oral antibiotics and topical creams are commonly prescribed to reduce inflammation and redness. Topical cortisone preparations for short-term use may also be prescribed as topical vitamin C therapy and cosmetic surgery.

      Often the harsh chemicals and synthetic ingredients that are contained in today’s skincare products do more damage to your skin than you may realize. Herbal remedies, on the other hand have carefully selected natural ingredients to improve the appearance of the skin and prevent future break outs. Two well known herbs such as Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil) and Lavender Essential Oil have wonderful healing powers attributed to their anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-septic actions.

      Other herbs such as Arctium lappa and Bulbine frutescence have been used widely to treat skin conditions including acne, eczema, and psoriasis. In addition, Apparatus linearis (Rooibos) an indigenous shrub that hails from South Africa is known worldwide for its anti-oxidant and healing properties as well as its soothing and healing effect on the skin.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/r/rosacea.htm

  47. QUESTION:
    How Can I Get Rid Of My Acne?
    I am 13 years old and I have had acne since I was about 7 years old. My acne is bad, but sometimes it can get bad. I want to know how I can get rid of my acne or aleast decrease the amonut of blemishes on my face. Are there any acne products or home treatment I can do to make this problem go away?

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

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

      OR: Here are seven best methods to clear up blemishes.

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

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

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

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

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


topical psoriasis treatments

Help Psoriasis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between Psoriasis and Eczema? Ways to treat both without visiting a doctor?
    I either have psoriasis or eczema, but i dont have health insurance (american) What are some things i can avoid to help this problem, and what are some things i can do to treat it? over the counter and natural treatments, soaps and shampoo's. ANYTHING!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, you can try one of the natural treatments available on the Internet. Some of them do actually work. For my psor./eczema 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,
      Antje
      get their cream for psoriasis - in my book it's more potent than that for eczema

  2. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for a patch of psoriasis to leave a purplish mark after its healed?
    I had an patch of psoriasis for the 1st time in february which went away after a few weeks but its left a sort of reddish purple mark where it was. The skin is smooth, but the discoloration hasn't faded. Is it just because I have the type of skin that scars easily or could it be something else?

    • ANSWER:
      My husband has that. His psoriasis is in the same 2 places and it flares up and then fades but it leaves that purple colored mark.

  3. 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.

  4. QUESTION:
    How do can you get rid of psoriasis on you head and legs?
    I have psoriasis on my head that cause flakes and on my legs which casues me to scratch at them. Is there something over the counter that will get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      You can go to the pharmacy and ask if they can order Fotar cream *most dont keep it in stock and it takes a day or so to order it* Just keep applying the Fotar a few times a day *it smells like tar but it does work* There are also OTC shampoos that target plaque psoriasis.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have Psoriasis on your head and Eczema on your face. If so how do you treat?
    I am almost 100% sure my Husband has Psoriasis on his head. He has on his face patches of red dry skin, would this be Eczema ? Any useful remedies.

    • ANSWER:
      its probably psoriasis on his head and face.i totally sympathise with him ive just found out i have psoriasis.especially in my head its maddening!!i have lotion called elecon for my head.i dont have it on my face.so tell him to go to the docs for advice

  6. QUESTION:
    What treatment is good for psoriasis?
    I have psoriasis on my legs and have seen a dermatologist who prescribed two expensive creams. They help a little but it never goes away. I've been tanning for a short time in a tanning bed every other day and have seen a drastic improvement but am a little worried about skin cancer from UVA rays. Any home remedies out there? Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Exposing the affect areas to sunlight can help ease up the psoriasis flare up, but natural sunlight is better for you skin since tanning beds can be too harsh. Try natural remedies as well, like pasteurized creams, bee's wax, and lemon oil. They are really effective and cost less as well. Hope everything goes well for you!

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get rid of psoriasis on the scalp?
    I've had psoriasis on the scalp for multiple years now and have tried coal tar, tea tree oil, hydrocortisone, UVB light, and methods to reduce stress. The only time I saw improvement was during the summer (when I had my hair slicked back in the sun) but it quickly returned near the end of summer. Any suggestions or feedback?
    .

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

  8. 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.

  9. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for hair to grow back after psoriasis treatment?
    I have scalp psoriasis. My case was not that bad though, I've been taking some special shampoos and hair oil for over a week. And it's working really well, it's almost gone. But I've lost some hair before the treatment and I've heard from SO many people that the hair would grow back when your scalp is back to normal. So how long would it take for the hair to grow back ?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, Ximena!

      Well, the truth about scalp psoriasis is that it doesn't have any direct relations with hair loss. So, if you are experiencing this problem, it's from another cause.

      Usually, these causes of hair loss on scalp psoriasis treatment are stress, scales removed too forcefully, frequent scratching or a too harsh treatment.

      To prevent you hair loss and thus increase hair growth after your treatment, you can take some cares: try alternating shampoos, use conditioner, let hair air dry and keep your nails short.

      With these cares, I'm almost sure that your hair will start or continue to grow normally. Hairs usually grow 1cm per month, so you don't have to worry about it if you are preventing these damages I described above.

      I hope that this can help you a bit! :D

  10. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for hair to grow back after psoriasis treatment?
    I have scalp psoriasis. My case was not that bad though, I've been taking some special shampoos and hair oil for over a week. And it's working really well, it's almost gone. But I've lost some hair before the treatment and I've heard from SO many people that the hair would grow back when your scalp is back to normal. So how long would it take for the hair to grow back ?

    • ANSWER:
      >Hair< generally grows about 3/4 -1 per week to 10 days but it depends on the person. My classmate applied dermasis for psoriasis . It is really impressive so if you want to test it, you can try this site http://doiop.com/skindermasis

  11. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies for psoriasis on nails and head?
    I have had psoriasis on my thumb and forefinger since I've been 2, and I am looking for natural or OTC remedies to clear it up.

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

  12. QUESTION:
    what fruits are bad for psoriasis?Is warm semi skimmed milk bad for psoriasis?
    I have inflamed psoriasis could you please tell me if they are any homemade remedies i can make.Why do some doctors say fish is good and some say bad.Is warm milk bad for psorias?

    • ANSWER:
      It has not been proven that food has anything to do with psoriasis. If you noticed that some foods make yours worse - avoid them.
      For an effective home-made remedy (it's herbal) go to http://www.champori.com
      It helped to clear my 4 year old plaque psor. in just under 3 weeks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Sunlight is the best and natural remedy for psoriasis.

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

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

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

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

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

  14. QUESTION:
    How long would it take for hair to grow back from a case of Psoriasis?
    Alot of my hair has fallen out due to Psoriasis, and it has been 13 weeks now nothing has changed. I can't stand the humiliation anymore when I walk in the halls or outside anymore. I wish I was in a coma I'm tired of being humiliated everywhere I go, and made fun of. Is there a accurate estimate of how long it will take my hair to grow back?

    • ANSWER:
      The hair loss is only temporarily. You won't have a bald spot for the rest of your life. Don't worry too much because too much stress will lead to hair loss too

      Once the Psoriasis stop flaring, your hair will grow back in normal speed. It won't be like before. Most people have thinner hair. It is possible for someone to grow it all back, but it will take a year or two

      biotin help hair grow, you can find it in CVS or any pharmacy

  15. 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

  16. 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

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

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

  18. 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

  19. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use hair products when I have psoriasis on my scalp?
    I have psoriasis on my scalp. I want to know if it is safe for me to use hair gel/spray/whatnot. Also, is it okay to color your hair if you have this skin condition? If the answer to the above is "no," then once my psoriasis has cleared up for a bit is it safe to begin using these things again, or will I be banned from hair products for life now that I have it?

    • ANSWER:
      Scalp psoriasis appears as dandruff, and treatments can leave your scalp more sensitive. There are a variety of products available on the market that are designed to reduce the amount of skin flakes and the scalp itching. Try consulting your doctor about it just to be on the safe side.

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

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

  21. 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

  22. QUESTION:
    How well does methotrexate work for psoriasis?
    I was diagnosed with psoriasis about 5 years ago. I have tried every treatment from creams to phototherapy to biologic treatments. I have recently been prescribed Methotrexate and was wondering how well this would work for my psoriasis. With the summer coming up I would like to get back into shorts and tank tops.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had psoriasis for 25 years (the past five severe). I also have psoriatic/rheumatoid arthritis bad. My rheumotologist prescribed methotrexate in combination with Enbrel. i have been taking it for about two years. It worked such wonders for my arthritis, so well I thought to myself, so this is how easy people with normal backs have it. Before then, I suffered such pain every day. I didn't, however, notice much of change in the psoriasis.

      Have you tried tanning beds. You must have. Or at least your doctor must have told you about it. I have had a number of dermatologists since I have been diagnosed and they have all told me the same. The sun (tanning bed) is one of the best treatments for psoriasis (must kill dermatologists to recommend tanning).

      By far, my greatest success has been tanning, natural sun or artificial.

      If legs are your troubled area, do not be afraid to shave. I was for a long time when my legs first became covered. Finally, I said, the heck with the fear of cutting myself, I was ashamed to be walking around with hairy legs. Shaving also worked wonders and didn't hurt at all. As long as you use a good/more expensive disposable razor.

      Keep up with the methotrexate. I have done some research of my own on it and I guess it works for many people, but you should ask your doctor about using Enbrel or Humira in combination with it. If your doctor prescribes Enbrel or Humira too, ask for the autoinjectors -- it is quick and painless.

  23. 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

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

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

      You have 3 basic types of treatments:

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

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

      The goal is to find a treatment that works the best with the fewest side effects. One of the first principles of psoriasis treatment is to not create anything worse than the disease.

      Best Wishes

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

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

  26. 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.

  27. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of or at least lessen my psoriasis?
    I have had psoriasis on my scalp for many years now and it just keep getting worse and worse. I inherited it from my father, who also has it. I have tried lots of different shampoos to try and help it but nothing has worked. I dont know what more I can do. /: Does anyone have any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I cleared my psoriasis with serenaskin herbal remedies. I used ointment and spray on the skin and scalp, and took anti-psoriasis extract internally. This treatment cleared my skin just in a couple of weeks. 6 mo later it is still clear. It is the best natural treatment I've ever tried.

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

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

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

  29. 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

  30. QUESTION:
    How Do you hide your psoriasis while wearing a baithing suit.?
    I have psoriasis kinda bad, and is there any kind of makeup for your skin or anything that is waterproof or something? If you don't know what psoriasis is then don't answer please, I hate this skin disease and its almost impossible to hide. So please help

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 25 and I've had psoriasis since I was 11...I definitely know how you feel!!
      I honestly give you props for even putting on a bathing suit...when I've had it really bad in the summer time, you wouldn't dare catch me by a pool!

      Unfortunately, there's no way to hide it. Unless you're on some kind of treatment to take away what's visible...you're just stuck with it. I'm sure you already know this though :(

  31. 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. :)

  32. QUESTION:
    What do you use if your psoriasis is all over your entire body?
    I have psoriasis all over from my head to my toes and don't know what to use for it. The doctor only gave me ointment for it and I just can't see putting it in my hair or in obscene places.
    I am all stressed out about everything and about my psoriasis. I am starting to look like one giant scab and I can't take it anymore. I work in public and have thought of quitting because of this condition.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. Do try Champori anti-psoriasis cream and spray combo. It is herbal (no steroids) and it works fast. Champori comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it is free.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  33. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies for psoriasis on the scalp?
    My sister has psoriasis on her scalp that is pretty bad. Youi cant see it unless she parts her hair in the back like for pigtails, but shes really self conscious about it. The shampoo prescribed for her is very very expensive and although it works she cant afford to pay 100 bucks a month for shampoo. Any home remedies or ideas out there for help with this> Than ks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, she can try one of the natural treatments available on the Internet (just google "natural treatment of scalp psoriasis") Some of them do actually work. For my scalp psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they then stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: Champori comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work - it's free.
      Cheers,
      Stella

  34. QUESTION:
    What are some causes of nail pitting besides psoriasis?
    I have nail pitting in my fingers and I know it's a common indicator of psoriasis but I definitely don't have that .. So I was wondering what some other causes are?

    • ANSWER:
      Lichen planus, alopecia areata and others. They may also happen with no associated problems. It may also be the first and/or only sign of psoriasis.

  35. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis Is Avoidable How would you get the truth out?
    The causative factors of psoriasis is known, irrefutable facts how psoriasis is formed, the why. How would you get the truth out to public and stop the myth that psoriasis can't be avoided ?
    The web site is already there
    http://groups.msn.com/psoriasisisavoidable

    • ANSWER:
      Wow I would like to know where the proof of that is as I have a very dear friend who has suffered from psoriasis for years. Please give me a link so I can pass it on.
      It seems that there are more medical conditions that are curable and controllable which the general public are not aware of. Just think how many people would be out of jobs if they be known. The drug companies for one would lose their huge profits. They are notorious for spreading propaganda about alternate cures.
      If facts be known, the additives in our food are a major cause of skin conditions that are preventable.

  36. 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

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

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

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

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

  38. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  40. QUESTION:
    What 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.

  41. QUESTION:
    When a women gets older does she get dry skin an how can you prevent psoriasis?
    My legs are dry and has psoriasis, do you know what I can do to get rid of it once and for all?

    • ANSWER:
      Natural treatment works better for me than steroid creams I've used to use. Serenaskin psoriasis pack gave me lost lasting relief. It has been more than 6 mo since the treatment and my skin is still clear.

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

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

  43. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a person to have Eczema and Psoriasis?
    These are separate skin conditions, and while I have been diagnosed with Eczema since infancy, I believe I may have a mild form of Psoriasis.

    Both rarely are rarely "active" at the same time, but sometimes they are, there is a noticeable difference between the patches of skin, even though they are usually close to each other, even overlapping at times. Have I just done too much research on skin conditions, or is it possible to have both Eczema and Psoriasis?

    • 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

  44. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for psoriasis ?
    My friend has Psoriasis almost everywhere. She is highly self conscience about it and she can't really afford the medical treatment from dermatologist but I really wanted to help. Does anyone know anything that will help her breakouts?

    • ANSWER:
      The cause of psoriasis is overreaction of the immune system. Keeping it in a balanced state is the key point of battling this disease. I try to eat healthy food and avoid stress as much as I can. Sun tanning is very helpful too.
      After using number of prescription drugs I've turned to the natural treatments.
      I used serenaskin psoriasis remedies -ointment and spray on the skin, and extract – internally to prevent breakouts. After 2 weeks of treatment my skin has been cleared. It is the best treatment I’ve ever tried.

  45. 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.

  46. QUESTION:
    What is best Rx or treatment for scalp psoriasis?
    I have increasingly bad scalp psoriasis. This last winter it started even bleeding. I ALWAYS have flakes and I ALWAYS have a spot where even if I rub on it, it seems to bleed. I am so sick of this and need something super strong to help! Any suggestions? Any known prescriptions? Its just on my scalp.

    Ive also been to a dermatologist and all they gave me was a foam to apply?

    • ANSWER:
      I cleared my psoriasis with SerenaSkin psoriasis herbal remedies. I used ointment and spray on the scalp. I also took anti psoriasis extract as directed. In less than 2 weeks of treatment my scalp has been cleared. It is the only treatment that cleared it among many I've tried.

  47. QUESTION:
    Any ideas where I can get a good doctor to treat me with psoriasis?
    Hi everyone, I suffer from psoriasis all over my body and my scalp as well. I was just wondering if there were any good doctors out there that can treat me, but it has to be in Toronto. Please, no rude answers.

    • ANSWER:
      i have psoriasis too but not as bad as u i see
      mine is sporadically i am not sure sorry i wish i could help:[[


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