Treatment For Guttate Psoriasis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is there to do to heal guttate psoriasis?
    i have been to the dermatologist,
    but is there anything you know of to help guttate psoriasis.

    any known causes of this??

    • ANSWER:
      Usually UV light helps. Just go to the tanning salon and apply a really good lotion and get some rays!!! On this link there is a place you can click for treatment suggestions, causes, home remedies, etc. Good luck!!
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/psoriasis/DS00193

  2. QUESTION:
    How to treat guttate psoriasis?
    I was diagnosed with guttate psoriasis around 4 months ago and my doctor prescribed me a few creams to use (Hydrocortisone and Alphosyl HC). He assured me that within a few weeks/months, it would clear up but it's still there and doesnt seemed to have changed at all. I'm very self conscious about it because it's everywhere and I'm just wondering if anyone knows about any other treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      I found that the only thing to work on my psoriasis was uv light. I went on the sunbed a few times and it cleared up completely.

  3. QUESTION:
    How effective is UVB treatment on guttate psoriasis and after treatment does it usually come back? If so, afte?

    If so, how long does it take to come back?
    Sorry - I should mention that I have been prescribed this by my derm after battling wiht for about 8 months trying every thing that is available along with natural remedies, organic products, different diet, raw veg, no wheat.....etc. the list goes on!

    • ANSWER:
      Like all things, it varies from person-to-person.
      It cleared up my husband's psoriasis for about 4 months.

      Why on earth there is rabid opposition to lamps, on skin cancer grounds and yet no voice against Dead Sea sunshine is beyond me. They both have the Potential to increase the risk.

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

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

  5. 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!!

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

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

  7. QUESTION:
    What would you do in this situation?
    32yr old male - lost over 100lbs (350lb - 250lb) - 6'2 tall - found successful treatment for his skin problem (guttate psoriasis - all over body inc genitals) always suffered from low self esteem - limited sexual experience - still a virgin. What can he do to get a beautiful, understanding girlfriend to start a family in next 5-7 years? Lacks confidence. What would you do?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to start small. You always start from nowhere toget somewhere. Ou could also try online dating if you want to get to know the person a little more before you meet them. Match.com is perfect for beginners!

  8. 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!!

  9. QUESTION:
    Has anything helped for guttate psoriasis?
    I have a rare kind of psoriasis and it is tiny dots that occur from time to time on parts of my body.
    I use topical steroids but the areas can be spread out and harder to treat.
    I take baths to soothe the skin as well.
    Any suggestions on what has worked for you?

    • 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,
      SK

  10. QUESTION:
    How do I cure or get rid of psoriasis?
    I have 4 spots on body one is a large portion of my right arm. I have tried alot of different things to get it to go away but it all seems to make it worse. I have went to doctors and used what they gave me and still same results. Currently I am using Dermasolve cream and I am not seeing any affect on it. It still itches alot and still red. I have had this problem for about 11 years and trying to figure out how to take care of it.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a skin condition identified by the occurrence of red itchy thick scaly patches of skin. There are certain types of psoriasis and each one occurring in different severity and skin discoloration. It is a complex medical condition and there is no real definite answer as to what causes it, but certain factors can contribute to the possibility of developing psoriasis. A family history of psoriasis, or particular pharmaceutical drugs, solvents, chemicals and emotional stress have been known to trigger the breakdown of the skin that leads to psoriasis in some people.

      Guttate psoriasis can appear on the limbs trunk and scalp and the virus is often activated within the body after a throat infection. It appears on the skin as tear shaped drops, scaly and pink in colour.

      Pustular psoriasis emerges as pus filled blisters or bumps that produce a glutinous clear fluid. In stages the pustules build up in to brown colour circular scaly blotches which then flake off. Inverse psoriasis although it is not generally considered to be a severe form of psoriasis, is still irritating,and commonly occurs on the joints of the skin, armpits, groin area and folds of the skin.

      Erythrodermic psoriasis is a red scaly often itchy skin over large area of the skin and certain types of medication such as lithium have been established in causing eruptions on the skin.

      Various treatments for psoriasis using coal tar based lotions are commonly prescribed but apart from it being messy and staining clothes, and the other more serious side effect is that it can make the skin more sensitive to skin exposure.

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  11. 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.

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      Natural Cures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of health to you

  12. QUESTION:
    What to eat when u have Guttate Psoriasis?
    i was just diagnosed with this skin condition n got antibiotics n ointment but i forgot to ask my doctor do i have to avoid eating or drinking certain things?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no clear connection between diet and psoriasis. If you think that certain foods trigger an outbreak - avoid them. Some say that Omega-3 supplement and Fish Oil are beneficial. Also, for treatment you can try one of the natural remedies available on the Internet - some of them do actually work. For my psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they then stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: Champori is available online without prescription and comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.
      Happy to help,
      Fina

  13. QUESTION:
    Will the acid from Lemons get rid of psoriasis?
    I have just asked about psoriasis which is bugging me at the momment and have came up with an idea to try rubbing a lemon on the infected areas of skin. Will it work??
    Been to see my GP many times and only get lotions and shampoos that haven't worked only made it worse it seems
    Im a 15 year old girl and have had it for 3-4 years

    • ANSWER:
      It totally depends upon what is causing the psoriasis.

      There are a few types of psoriasis. Seborrheic dermatitis which is caused by a fungus. The Guttate psoriasis which is caused by a bacteria (group A Strep) is typically treated with antibiotics by the medical people. The worst one is believed to be an "auto-immune" disease where infections (can be viral) cause the body to unleash it's immune system on the tissue where the bad germs are and appear to attack the body's tissue. Everywhere in the world they know that there is NO such thing as an "autoimmune" disease, except in the U.S. where they are behind in research on this issue. Infection(s) are the culprit, not the immune system.

      It can be made worst by cold, darkness, trauma and certain medications. The medical solution is not a good one, but nevertheless, it is usually treated with corticosteroids, UV treatment or immunosurpessant drugs such as methotrexate or cyclosporin.

      All these drugs do is attempt to treat the symptoms and never get to the "root cause."

      Psoriasis is most likely an adrenal gland and fat metabolism problem. All the cremes, drugs, and other so called modern day medicine cures are ridiculous because they are treating the symptoms and when the symptoms are gone, the underlying problem is still there and that is why you get recurring events.

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

      You need to eliminate ALL hydrogenated oils, fried foods, trans fats, and especially genetically modified oils like Canola, Soybean, Cottonseed, and Corn oils. These are all being genetically altered and wreak havoc with your bodies immune system and fat digestion. Don’t be like a lot of uninformed Americans that eat these “vegetable” oils that are creating huge digestive problems. The best oil to cook with and make salad dressings is a mixture of: 1/3 olive oil, 1/3 sesame seed oil, and 1/3 coconut oil. All the oils should be from organic sources. Add some balsamic vinegar to the oil mix for a great salad dressing. ALL the commercial salad dressings are loaded with the bad vegetable oils. Avoid them totally.

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

      If you are a woman (you didn't say), and had an episiotomy when you gave child birth, this could play a big role in this problem because the scar from the episiotomy will reflex to your adrenal glands and reduce the energy to a point where they won't work properly and cause this problem. If you have any scars or traumas to the back (including an epidural, etc.), this will cause the adrenal glands to be very weak and become a major contributor to the problem.

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

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

      Buy some "pink sea-salt." This is salt that contains minerals and other ingredients that will help your problem. Take at least 1/2 teaspoon of this per day.

      Any drugs you have taken, killed your intestinal flora and you have Candida Albicans overgrowth (yeast problem) that you are now going to have to deal with. This has stopped your body from producing “B” vitamins naturally. If you are itching, getting styes, ringworm, etc. this is most likely a good reason for this. It's not enough to take B vitamin pills to fix this, it won't, especially if you get the “B” Vitamins in a tablet from from drug stores or health food stores because they are all very toxic to your body because they are petroleum distillates of COAL TAR (nothing natural about them). You need to eat lots of fermented foods, like keifer, sauerkraut, miso (a good brand is Yamabuki), yogurt, etc.

      I stongly suggest you (800) 370 – 3447 and order the "Max Stress B" product. I would take 1/4 teaspoon day one, and then increase it daily up to 2 teaspoons after one week. This is a very potent form of “B” Vitamin source that contains the "end chain" B's and is highly assimilated by the body, unlike the "B's" sold in stores that are dead chemicals made from petroleum distillate derivative of Coal Tar. Even vitamin B-5 is available in this as it's end chain form of Coenzyme A that is NOT available in any other product I know of. This will stop any itching you may have also within a couple days. It will go into your system within about 20 seconds of consuming it and not be urinated out like the other B-vitamin products you may or may not have taken in the past.

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

      If you follow this routine, you should see very positive results within a few days and more permanent results within at 2 months period and it should not return.

      I would also change my diet to heavy omega 3 fatty acid foods such as WILD fish (not farm raised), Beef from grass fed cows (very high in omega 3 fatty acids), unlike the high omega 6 fatty acid garbage beef from grain fed cows sold in commercial grocery stores, flax seed products. Eliminate sugars, especially sodas (even diet sodas), white flour breads. This feeds the Candida and the phosphoric acid in the sodas is binding the calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, etc. preventing absorption. The high fructose corn syrup is NOT sugar and must be broken down by the liver and causes heavy liver toxicity that contributes to the problem. It is also genetically engineered and many allergies and problems like you are having are coming from that junk.

      I would also purchase from that company the Betaine HCL and activator, as well as the digestive enzyme and take 4 Betaine HCL and 2 activators after each meal, and 2 digestive enzyme with each meal. I would also purchase the probiotic and take one in the morning and one at night. I would take it with homemade keifer milk you make yourself at home from RAW MILK you purchase from a dairy that grass feeds cows, not GRAIN FED! You can take this even if you are lactose intolerant. Additionally, I would go to: www.organicpastures.com and find out local sources or order from them ALL their RAW milk products, including milk, colostrum, raw butter, etc. This is very good for you.

      All medications and drugs of any kind will only give you "MAKE BELIEVE HEALTH" that ultimately takes a toll on your body and can actually shorten your life expectancy because it is NOT real health.

      good luck to you

  14. QUESTION:
    If I get ringworm once will I be more susceptible to it again?
    Or is it just a random thing? Get it once, treat it, your chances of getting it again are the same as the rest of the world?

    • ANSWER:
      Diagnosis
      Herald lesion of PR (second lesion above the ankle, approximately in the center of the plate) depicted 21 days after initial encounter. The patient had an episode of sore throat, that was treated with a strong antibiotic without success. The lesion appeared approximately one week after the end of the upper respiratory tract infection.

      Experienced doctors may make the diagnosis clinically.[5] If the diagnosis is in doubt, tests may be performed to rule out similar conditions such as ringworm, guttate psoriasis, nummular or discoid eczema, drug eruptions, other viral exanthems,[5] and especially secondary syphilis.[11] A biopsy of the lesions will show extravasated erythrocytes within dermal papillae and dyskeratotic cells within the dermis.[5]
      [edit] Treatment

      No treatment is usually required.

      Oral antihistamines or topical steroids may be used to decrease itching.[5] Steroids do provide relief from itching, and improve the appearance of the rash, but they also cause the new skin that forms (after the rash subsides) to take longer to match the surrounding skin color. While no scarring has been found to be associated with the rash, itching and scratching should be avoided. Irritants such as soap should be avoided, too; a soap containing moisturizers (such as goat's milk) may be used, however, any generic moisturizer can help to manage over-dryness.[citation needed]

      Direct sunlight makes the lesions resolve more quickly.[5] According to this principle, medical treatment with ultraviolet light has been used to hasten resolution,[12] though studies disagree whether it decreases itching[12] or not.[13] UV therapy is most beneficial in the first week of the eruption

  15. QUESTION:
    I have recently found out that i'm pregnant but i have psoriasis i was wondering if my newborn would get it.
    I have Guttate psoriasis in my hands, elbows, legs and some on my face. I see a dermatologist and had uv light treatment but it wasn't succesful for me. I go back to the dermatologist on the 28th of this month. i am only sixteen

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to check with your dr. I know someone with psoriasis and she had like 5 kids and none of them have it!!

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for psoriasis?
    I have tried all types of medications. it didnt help me in any way.?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a non-contagious, long-term skin disease.
      There are namely five categories of psoriasis:

      • Plaque, which surfaces as raised, red patches or lesions covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells, called scale.
      • Guttate, this appears as small red spots on the skin.
      • Inverse, which occurs in armpits, groin and skin folds.
      • Pustular, which develops as white blisters surrounded by red skin.
      • Erythrodermic, which appears as intense redness over large areas.

      Though at present there is no cure for psoriasis. Yet, there are few treatments which are devised to lessen the symptoms and signs of Psoriasis

      Topical treatments are by and large the first line of defense in treating psoriasis. Soriatane and Tazorac are two topical treatments, which you can get access to at Online Skin Care Tips.

      Soriatane is the only medication which can treat all five types of severe psoriasis namely plaque, guttate, pustular, palmar-plantar, and erythrodermic. It works by targeting certain receptors in the skin which are responsible for normalizing the growth cycle of skin cells. This process, in turn can facilitate treatment of psoriasis.

      For detailed info on Soriatane visit: http://www.onlineskincaretips.com/soriatane.html

      Tazorac is used to treat psoriasis as well as acne. It is available in the form of gel and cream which should be consumed in adherence to medical supervision. Usage of Tazorac should be refrained by women with child bearing potential, expectant women, and nursing mothers.

      For detailed info on Tazorac visit: http://www.onlineskincaretips.com/tazorac.html

  17. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of psoriasis? and wear fake tan?
    I've only recently developed psoriasis, which I believe to be the guttate form!! Nothing makes it go away, and I really miss having my skin on show and being able to wear fake tan, as now I just get white marks thought my skin when I put it on. Someone please help :(

    • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Several types of psoriasis exist. These include:

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

      causes:

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

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

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

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

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

      treatment:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  19. QUESTION:
    Difference between psoriasis and guttate psoriasis?
    hey, can anyone tell me what the difference between guttate psoriasis and psoriasis is? i tried to check couple of websites but they weren't very helpful? is guttate psoriasis treated more easily? does it return once it is cured? does it leave any scars?
    thank you a lot!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I attached a link below that provides contains an exhaustive discussion of this condition. Below are a few excerpts. Good news is no scarring!! Good luck.

      Guttate psoriasis is a milder and less common type of psoriasis that looks like small, salmon-pink drops on the skin. Usually there is a fine scale on the drop like lesion that is much finer than the scales in plaque psoriasis, which is the most common type of psoriasis. The guttate form of psoriasis is relatively uncommon. Fewer than 2% of those with psoriasis have the guttate type.

      This form of psoriasis is usually a mild inconvenience to most people. Usually, this type of psoriasis goes away in a few weeks without treatment. Simple reassurance and moisturizers to soften the skin may be sufficient care. Once the outbreak clears, many patients have limited or no evidence of psoriasis for prolonged periods.

      Scarring is not a problem.

      Outlook
      Although guttate psoriasis usually clears up within a few weeks, it may also be the first step to chronic plaque psoriasis. The acute guttate form progresses into the chronic plaque form in an estimated 68% of people.

  20. QUESTION:
    When will my guttate psoriasis go away?
    I developed guttate psoriasis over two weeks ago after having strep throat. I was prescribed Dovonox cream by the doctor about 5 days ago and have been using it daily but my rash doesn't seem to be getting any better :( can anyone tell me how long it usually lasts? also wondering what the signs of improvement are because my rash started off as small spots but now it has spread into large but flat red areas of skin and I don't know if this is a good thing or not! Any help would be really appreciated as it's really getting me down now and affecting my confidence and social life :( please helppp!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is an auto immune disease /chronic condition. It's not a virus, it's not a contagious disease and genes are involved.

      Meaning..there is no cure for psoriasis only treatments that can help and you might have to deal with it for the rest of your life.

      You had the genes needed to get psoriasis symptoms and strep just triggered it. Stret did not cause psoriasis by itself.

      Dovonex cream is not a steroid, has no cortisone in so it's not a strong treatment. Usually dermatologists prescribe dovonex to patients who use cortisone creams 5 days a week and dovonex is just for the weekend.

      Don't expect for the patches to go away soon with this one. Go back to your doctor and ask him to prescribe Dovobet or Protopic or anything else proper for psoriasis with cortisone if you want to make the spots disappear soon.

      Guttate psoriasis aka small dots is the first stage. As the spots are getting bigger and transform into patches they get stronger and need more time to disappear. The bigger the patch the more time will need ( doing a treatment ) to go away.

      I really wish that you won't get another flair up in the future.
      Other things that trigger psoriasis : Stress, anxiety, climate, fever, cold/flu, viruses, other conditions, toxins from food and other products we use everyday.

      What is psoriasis? Psoriasis is caused from over working genes. In normal people skin cells reproduce once every 40 days. If you have psoriasis the skin cells reproduce once every 24/48 hours. So the dead skin cells ( flakes ) stay on top of the skin making layers. This also causes inflammation on the skin ( red patch or spots )
      In other words it's like Dandruff.

  21. QUESTION:
    my partner has intense bone pains and stiffness that started a year ago??
    He started with psoriasis guttate all over his body last december. the bone pains started this march. he is in pain daily with it. he has seen specialists but is awaiting a diagnosis. any suggestions would be appreciated. i think it is psoriasis arthiritis, but can it come on in a normal body so quickly, literally overnight?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, this definitely sounds like psoriatic arthritis. PA typically starts with the skin rashes, like you are describing, and then the joint pain comes on later (and it can come on kind of suddenly, just like you describe).

      Your partner needs to talk to a specialist called a "rheumatologist." These doctors specialize in inflammatory diseases like PA. There are LOTS of treatments out there for PA these days, and while it may take some time for your partner to find the one that works best for him, eventually, he will. And then will be on the road to feeling a lot better.

      Make sure that while you are taking good care of your partner, you also take good care of yourself as well. Being with someone who has a chronic illness -- especially one that causes chronic pain -- can be very hard on you. It's frustrating not being able to do anything to help, and it's exhausting feeling like your whole world sometimes has to revolve around how THEY are feeling on any given day. If you start to have trouble coping, I hope you will consider finding someone to talk to -- be it a friend/family member who is going through the same thing, or a counselor or other professional.

      Good luck to you both! You can learn more about PA here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000413.htm

  22. QUESTION:
    Best treatment or any home remedies ?
    Need some information the best treatment for scalp psoriasis please and solution..........after treatment from doctor also kinda not use because the symptom comes back............my father having guttate psoriasis at last after so many research have found the solution by applying body lotion but not in his scalp so any idea please your information will help me thanks

    • ANSWER:
      In order to treat scalp psoriasis effectively and fast you need to get a proper lotion treatment.

      Best one I've found and been using for years, when needed is called Propiosalic lotion.
      You apply it on the scalp 1 or 2 times a day and let it sit. It dries out in about half and hour and you don't have to wash your hair afterwards to take it off not even the next day. It's not visible and it does not smell when it's dry. It can clear up the scalp completely in a few days to a week ( depending on the severity ).
      It costs less than and it contains salicylic acid which effectively removes the flakes and dry skin without irritating it.
      Ask your dermatologist or your pharmacist.

      If you use a lotion to treat scalp psoriasis you don't have to use proper shampoos. Shampoos are only for maintenance and cannot clear up the scalp completely. That is why so many people can't treat scalp psoriasis because they are only trying with shampoos to achieve this.

      P.S. there is no home remedy for psoriasis, body or scalp that will work to make a visible difference. Go and see a dermatologist and find the best treatment for you. Scalp psoriasis can be cleared really easily and the scalp can remain clear for long.

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

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

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

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

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

      Here are some helpful websites to learn more:

  24. 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. -

  25. QUESTION:
    anyone have a treatment for psoriasis that works?
    Anything on any treatments that are actually working for their psoriasis. i have had guttate for five months now and nothing is helping it!!

    • ANSWER:

  26. 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.

  27. QUESTION:
    Newly diagnosed with Guttate Psoriasis?
    I read somewhere that it can be caused by Beta Blockers, I started a Beta Blocker for high blood pressure about 5 months ago and thinking back it seems that shortly after that I started to notice these bumps and now they are everywhere!!! I am using a Steroid cream called Clobetasol and it works but it just seems to be multiplying rapidly! Any tips on what I should try now?

    • 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.

  28. QUESTION:
    Does "Psoriasis Free For Life" work?
    http://www.psoriasisfreeforlife.com/?hop=sophia13
    Again, trying to find some treatments for my friend, if you read my other related question you will know her circumstances.
    Basically she is 18 with severe guttate psoriasis.
    The website made me skeptical as soon as i saw it but has anyone tried it, out of curiosity?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    Whats the best way to treat Psoriasis?
    My heart breaks for my 21 yr old daughter..she has plaque Psoriasis...whats the usual treatment ?..thank you ~

    • ANSWER:
      I've had severe guttate psoriasis, that turned into plaque, and covered up to 70% of my body. I tried to do things naturally, with supplements and diet. I tried topicals, I tried light treatments. (Light treatments from a dermatologist {not just going to a tanning bed} can be pretty helpful). I had to go to the biologics. Enbrel cleared it up about 50%. I'm now on Remicade and Methotrexate, and I'm 99% clear. In my opinion, if it's severe, you can't do it with diet and supplements and homeopathic medicines alone. You really need to do everything--eat a really good, natural diet, maybe take some supplements (look up the thread "Barney's Formula" on the National Psoriasis Foundations website forum, it's a wonderful regimine of supplements for a person with psoriasis to try), and medication. Your daughter needs to get the best dermatologist she can find. It took me five quacks before I found the right doctor. The National Psoriasis Foundation can even help you find a good doctor in your area--that's how I found mine. I called them, weeping, and they hooked me up with a real winner.

      I know you feel terrible about your daughter's condition. My mother used to cry and feel so sorry for me...I hated that she went so overboard with all that...and she used to blame herself...but I'm adopted! Genetically, she had nothing to do with it! If your daughter has never checked out the NPF website, she should, because there is a plethora of information on there.

  30. QUESTION:
    My 7 years old daughter got Guttate psoriasis. Anyone know about the Guttate psoriasis?
    I'm worried about her future, will she be recovered?

    • ANSWER:
      I wish I had more, I feel so bad that this is affecting a 7 year old.

      General Description
      Guttate psoriasis is a form of psoriasis that often starts in childhood or young adulthood. The word guttate is from the Latin word meaning "drop." Guttate lesions are drop-like and usually appear on the trunk and limbs, and sometimes on the scalp. These lesions appear as small red dots and tend to enlarge rapidly.

      Onset
      Guttate psoriasis often comes on quite suddenly. It is sometimes preceeded by a streptococcal infection of the throat, also known as strep throat. However, a variety of conditions have been known to bring on an attack of guttate psoriasis. In a study of 100 pediatric psoriasis patients, it was found that outbreaks of guttate psoriasis had been preceded by sore throats or tonsilillitus, colds, chicken pox, physical traumas, psychological stress, illnesses and administration of drugs to prevent malaria.

      Development
      This form of psoriasis may resolve on its own, leaving a person free of further outbreaks, or it may clear for a time only to reappear later as patches of plaque psoriasis. One study estimated that 14 to 17 percent of chronic plaque psoriasis cases were initiated by guttate outbreaks.

      Guttate flares in children tend to continue throughout childhood, decreasing with age. Guttate lesions can reappear after bouts of strep throat or tonsillitis. Some physicians prescribe penicillin to help prevent an occurrence of an infection that can cause the outbreak of guttate psoriasis.

      It also has been observed that people with chronic plaque psoriasis can develop an acute guttate flare after covering topical steroids with air-tight dressings, but this is rare.

      Treatments
      Bland ointments are considered safest treatment during the acute eruptive stage of guttate psoriasis. Ultraviolet light can be administered followed by application of topical preparations.

      GUTTATE PSORIASIS

      This patient information on Guttate Psoriasis is provided by John L. Meisenheimer, M.D. a board certified Dermatologist and skin care specialist based in Orlando, Florida. This information is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice or treatment of a dermatologist or other physician.

      What is it? Guttate psoriasis is a peculiar disorder of the skin. It is an unusual presentation of a common skin problem, psoriasis. Guttate psoriasis occurs at any age, but is is more commonly seen in older children and young adults. Typically it appears as multiple, small, red, scaly bumps which suddenly appear on the trunk, arms and legs. These spots may appear rapidly in just a few days. It may look like a "shower" of spots on your skin.

      What causes it? Psoriasis is caused by skin cells dividing too rapidly which results in thickening and scaling of the skin. The reason the skin cells begin to divide so rapidly remains unknown, but part of the cause is inherited.

      Guttate psoriasis is an unusual form of psoriasis. Unlike regular psoriasis this type of psoriasis may be associated with a preceding cold or a strep infection.

      How is it diagnosed? I may suspect the diagnosis of Guttate Psoriasis based on the clinical appearance of the rash and a history of a preceding infection. I may also do a skin biopsy, where the skin is looked at under the microscope, to confirm the diagnosis.

      Is it dangerous? This is a harmless disorder. It is not related to cancer and it does not involve internal organs.

      Can it be cured? The treatment program I put you on will help control or clear the disorder, but it is not a cure. Even if the psoriasis is totally cleared, you may be predisposed to have repeat episodes. Repeat treatments may be needed and some individuals may require continuous therapy. Guttate psoriasis in some cases may clear without reoccurrences.

      Is it contagious? Guttate psoriasis is not contagious and you cannot "catch it" from anyone.

      Was this caused by something I ate? No. Special diets or avoidance of certain foods will not improve the condition.

      © John L. Meisenheimer, M.D. 2004 WWW.OrlandoSkinDoc.com

  31. QUESTION:
    Does Guttate Psoriasis go by the age of 30?
    I was reading that "it effects young people under the age of 30", is that to say people of 30 won't have to deal with it anymore, just wondering for my sister who is now 24 and she is on her 3rd or 4th bout since 18 and it literally drives her crazy and insecure, its not fair that anyone goes through any type of psoriasis. Appreciate anyones help :)

    • ANSWER:
      Nobody knows much about psoriasis (that's why no cure). I suggest that your sister should try one of the natural treatments available on the Internet - some of them do actually work. For my psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they then stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: Champori is available online without prescription and comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for her - it's free.
      Best,
      Fina

  32. QUESTION:
    Does psoriasis arthiritis pain ease or stay with you for life??
    My boyfriend has developed psoriasis guttate. He recently had a severe flare up in his joints of swelling, pain and loss of function. He started steroids, but it did not really help. Will this pain and swelling ease in time and go or is it here for good. He is due to see rhematologist soon but would like any advice

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is usually long-lasting, returns often (chronic), and can be unpredictable. Symptoms may come on suddenly (flare) and then improve and go away (remission). This cycle continues over and over. In some cases, psoriasis may go away without treatment. However, in moderate to severe cases, it is best to treat psoriasis so that it does not get worse.

      Several factors can make the condition worse, depending on the type of psoriasis. These factors include cold, dry climates; stress; infection; skin injury; and certain medications.

      The severity of psoriasis is indicated by the amount of redness and scaling, the thickness of the large areas of raised skin patches (plaques), and the percentage of your skin that is affected.

      Mild psoriasis causes plaques that cover a small portion of the body, such as the elbows or knees.

      Moderate psoriasis causes:

      Several large areas of plaque. For example, most of the scalp may be affected.
      Plaques that may cover up to 20% of the skin (about equal to having both arms completely covered).
      Mild joint pain that is not disabling.
      Concern about plaques being visible to other people.
      Severe psoriasis includes:

      Plaques that may cover large areas (20% to 30%) of the body. When determining the percent of coverage, consider that the palm of your hand equals about 1% of your body surface, and the total surface of both arms equals about 20%.
      Psoriasis on the face.
      Pustular psoriasis with large, fluid-filled plaque and severe scaling, or erythrodermic psoriasis with severe inflammation and shedding (sloughing) of the skin.
      Psoriatic arthritis, which includes ongoing joint swelling, tenderness, limitation of range of motion, or joint warmth or redness. Severe cases can result in joint destruction.
      Psoriasis may persist for long periods of time without getting better or worse.
      for more info try www.webmd.com
      it helps a lot and has a ton more information..
      i wish the best for you!!! stay strong!!!

  33. QUESTION:
    Guttate Psoriasis question?
    I am 16 and i think that i have mild Guttate Psoriasis. Its lasted about 5 months now. Some go and new appear. Its always the same area of above the chest and upper back. I would visit the doctor, but i dont have insurance right now. Is this a big issue and and what should i do. Are there medication i can take?

    • 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

  34. QUESTION:
    Anyone know any good treatments for psoriasis??
    I have suffered with it for yrs but it developed into guttate psoriasis over 2yrs ago,its manageable on most areas except my face & scalp,i seem to be havin very bad spells on my face recently & its making me very self conscious coz i can see people starin at it when they are talkin to me. I have been to specialists with this but nothing seems to work!!! help please!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Dovobet at night, Acetretin and genuine dead sea salt. Half a kilo in a warm bath, a good soak rinsing the face often and it will clear up. And stop worrying as that will make it worse, if people love you they won't take any notice of it, and the rest don't matter.

  35. QUESTION:
    psoriasis clears then comes back as another form?
    I've read that the most common form of psoriasis is called plaque psoriasis, but I came across a article that said when one clears another form can come back in place, when another outbreak occurs. Has this happened to anyone? Is that the norm? Is it a longshot or more common?

    • ANSWER:
      I have plaque psoriasis, and the only other form of psoriasis that I have gotten is "guttate" psoriasis, which appears as tiny drops, like raindrops, all over. I will get that after I have a strep throat, for example, so that's something I have to guard against. That only happens to a small fraction of people with psoriasis. There is also a form of psoriasis called "inverse" proriasis, in the folds of the skin, under breasts, etc. - I've never gotten that, and am very glad of that!
      However, with psoriasis, even if someone is lucky enough to have found a treatment which lets them have clear skin for a time, when it returns, it's usually in the same form, in the same places. Mine always start and return in the same places on my body.

  36. QUESTION:
    I have psorasis. Some have told me that if I drink my piss it will clear up some. True?
    Like if doctors or some with medical experience answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Todd J,
      There are also people who state that the world is flat. "Urine therapy" is based on some very old (and as of yet, very unproven) ideas that drinking urine can help heal the body. Urine is mostly water, and relatively sterile. In addition to the water content, urine contains trace elements of many other things —from undigested alcohol to nitrogen and potassium, and sodium, which makes it such a salty drink. (By the way, the first urination in the morning is more concentrated; and the more water you drink, the more diluted it will be.) Urine might — in some cases — also have some toxic substances in it, such as lead or arsenic. It can also contain trace amounts of drugs that the urinating person has recently ingested, though probably not enough to actually give the drinker any “high” or show up on a drug test. There are several different types of psoriasis including Plaque Psoriasis. Guttate Psoriasis. Pustular Psoriasis. Inverse Psoriasis. Erythrodermic Psoriasis. Psoriasis of the Scalp. Psoriasis may also affect the nails and/or the joints, when it is known as psoriatic arthritis. On occasions it may affect all three areas at the same time. Rather than take up a great deal of space discussing the subject here, I would refer you to the link that I provide below.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      I add a link with details of this subject
      http://www.skincarephysicians.com/
      psoriasisnet/whatis.html

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  37. QUESTION:
    What should I do?? In simple terms...?
    32yr old male - lost over 100lbs (350lb - 250lb) - 6'2 tall - found successful treatment for his skin problem (guttate psoriasis - all over body inc genitals) always suffered from low self esteem - limited sexual experience - still a virgin. What can he do to get a beautiful, understanding girlfriend to start a family in next 5-7 years? Lacks confidence. What would you do?

    • ANSWER:
      Is this a joke? You need a girlfriend who loves you, not a beautiful one.

  38. QUESTION:
    guttate psoriasis?
    i am almost fully recovered from a 7-month battle with guttate psoriasis induced by a severe strep infection. my rash is gone in most places, however there is a lack of skin coloring where each one was. is there a quick way to somehow restore melanin to these areas? thanks all

    • ANSWER:
      The five types of psoriasis are:

      * Plaque Psoriasis: Most common form of the disease usually forming scales
      * Guttate Psoriasis: Appears as small red spots on the skin
      * Inverse Psoriasis: Occurs in armpits, groin and skin folds
      * Pustular Psoriasis: White blisters surrounded by red skin
      * Erythrodermic Psoriasis: Intense redness over large areas
      * Psoriatic Arthritis: Causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints

      Psoriasis treatment depends on:

      * How serious the disease is
      * The size of the psoriasis patches
      * The type of psoriasis
      * How the patient reacts to certain treatments.

      All treatments don't work the same for everyone and there is no cure for psoriasis. However, significant relief can be had by using Skin Original.

      Source: http://www.skinoriginal.com/

  39. QUESTION:
    Anyone Tried 'Salcura' Treatment On Psoriasis?
    My friend (18) has had guttate psoriasis, a severe skin condition since i met her, 5 years now and we keep our eyes peeled for new treatments, i read about 'Salcura' (http://www.salcura.co.uk) sprays and cream for treating psoriasis and it has had quite positive feedback BUT i would like genuine answers from people who have actually used it for the condition?
    ta! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi
      My dad has tried Salcura products and had good results. He used Intensive and the Zeoderm cream and also occassionaly the Body Hydrator. He says its really easy to use and makes his skin feel soft and calm. The skin doesnt look as angry and he doesnt feel so bad about his skin anymore.

      He spoke to them on the phone too so I know they could maybe help you over the phone too. they have another website called www.salcuraskincare.com where there are some pictures and stuff.

      hope this helps

  40. QUESTION:
    So heres the deal. What do you think?
    31yr old male - lost over 100lbs (350lb - 250lb) - 6'2 tall - found successful treatment for his skin problem (guttate psoriasis - all over body inc genitals) always suffered from low self esteem - limited sexual experience - still a virgin. What can he do to get a beautiful, understanding girlfriend to start a family in next 5-7 years? Lacks confidence. What would you do?

    • ANSWER:
      Find someone like him. Someone that would understand.

  41. QUESTION:
    So heres the deal. What do you think?
    31yr old male - lost over 100lbs (350lb - 250lb) - 6'2 tall - found successful treatment for his skin problem (guttate psoriasis - all over body inc genitals) always suffered from low self esteem - limited sexual experience - still a virgin. What can he do to get a beautiful, understanding girlfriend to start a family in next 5-7 years? Lacks confidence. What would you do?

    • ANSWER:
      Kudos to you, take pride in what you have accomplished so far in your life. Loosing a 100lbs is no easy task. It sounds like you are on the right track. Being that I am a girl I don't think I can answer what would I do question.

      I can tell you as a woman I am drawn to men that are kind and full of life. My husband might not be the best looking guy in the world and some of my friends even went so far as to tease the heck out of me for dating him. But despite all of his goofiness he was full of life and introduced me to many new things. His gentle nature and kindness was something I found completely irresistible. I fell completely head over heels in love with him on a very cold winters day when it was -10 outside. We had a pretty big date planed,so I showed up despite the freezing temps in high heels and a skirt only to find my bf (at the time) on his elderly neighbors roof fixing a leak. We completely missed our dinner reservation and I ended up spending the night at his house borrowing his far to large sweats watching movies and thinking I coudln't be happier. He was far different then any of the other good looking, full of themselves, crazy guys I'd dated before.

      So you are at a good age of when women start to settle down and really look for someone they want to spend their life with. Many of us are not going to be looking for the best looking, most fit man out there. If we want to have a family we'll look for men who are good with children, who are kind but strong people we can lean on in hard times. Personally I find men who can get down and play with children, help elderly women with their groceries (get on roofs in the freezing cold to help a neighbor out) to be the most attractive and there are many other woman out there like myself.

  42. QUESTION:
    So heres the deal. What do you think?
    31yr old male - lost over 100lbs (350lb - 250lb) - 6'2 tall - found successful treatment for his skin problem (guttate psoriasis - all over body inc genitals) always suffered from low self esteem - limited sexual experience - still a virgin. What can he do to get a beautiful, understanding girlfriend to start a family in next 5-7 years? Lacks confidence. What would you do?

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing to do is not bring yourself down. Try to think that there are people who are in a much worse position than you. If you are confident inside it will show on the outside, and when a woman see's this from a man who has a skin problem it amazes her , and she is intrigued. i know i would be.

      and as she gets to know you, if you have a beautiful personality really you just have to give it time and she will fall if she is a nice girl.

      Do not put yourself in a position of pity. Smile and be happy, because you have arms and legs and a voice ... When you are put into a situation like this one, never think there are people better than me, always think that there is so much worse and just be thankful.

      I truly hope i helped.

      Smile.

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

    • ANSWER:
      its good My friend had the similar problem like you. His Dr. recommend Dermasis. He tested it and the result is astounding. Dermasis is not a trouble at all. You can find more about Dermasis here: http://doiop.com/skindermasis

  44. QUESTION:
    How long will my Guttate Psoriasis last? Please help.?
    I was ill and stressed around August last year and soon after broke out in a severe bout of Guttate Psoriasis.
    It's now been 6 months and it still hasn't cleared.

    I have been prescribed antibiotics, shower wash, both weak and very strong steroid creams but it still hasn't gone. it improved within 2 weeks of going to the doctors after treatment (it was no longer sore or itchy) but since then the spots have not even faded.

    i have been referred to a dermatoligist now, can anyone tell me what they might do differently to help me?

    Please help me, when will this stop? i'm worried I will have to wear thick cover up clothing in the summer :( and i'm becoming very self concious and reclusive as it upsets me so much it looks so ugly.

    Thank you in advance

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    Questions about Guttate Psoriasis and methotrexate?
    I have recently been diagnosed with guttate psoriasis brought on by a strep rash. I am on week 6 of the rash and I am covered from head to toe. My dermatologist has prescribed me methotrexate but I have not tried anything else and it seems drastic. Can anyone tell me:

    - How likely am I to develop more serious problems in the future from having this?
    - Am I more likely to develop chronic problems and more severe psoriasis if I don't take the methotrexate sooner than later?
    - How long will the guttate take to heal if I say no to the methotrexate and use at home treatments?

    I am just really nervous about taking this medication and I am looking for some advice.

    • ANSWER:
      I have taken methotrexate, and it is a miracle drug.
      I promise any concerns you have about side effects aren't nearly as bad as not taking it... "Home remedies" won't work, and you could end up with psoriasis that leaves scars. Think about that for a bit.
      It can be a "dangerous" drug if you take it for a really long time, but you won't be taking it for that long- I have to take it for life. Nothing bad has happened to me, and I consider it a wonder drug. I haven't had any side effects- most people don't. THey just have to tell you all the horrible things that can happen just in case for legal reasons. It sounds scary, but it's really not that bad.
      It should start working as soon as 2 weeks in. If you wait, your psoriasis could get waaaay worse, and it could take even longer for the methotrexate to work, since it has to work that much harder. Also, it can become something called "plaque psoriasis" if you wait too long... and that is a lifelong condition. Better to nip this in the bud while you can.

  46. QUESTION:
    Has anyone found any natural treatments for guttate psoriasis. ?

    • ANSWER:
      Serenaskin psoriasis remedies cleared my guttate psoriasis in less than 2 weeks. I used ointment and spray on the skin, and psoriasis extract internally. It is the only treatment that gave me a relief.

  47. QUESTION:
    Guttate psoriasis won't go away!!!?
    I was diagnosed with guttate psoriasis almost two months ago. I was prescribed creams and sprays and the oils for my ears and scalp worked wonders. As soon as I stopped using them the scalp and ear psoriasis came back. However my beach vacation cleared my psoriasis on my entire body for almost a month. Within the past three days it has come back full force covering me with itchy flaky red spots! I dab cream on each spot as much as I can but it's not helping at all. I just want my nice olive skin tone back! This is gross and ugly! Suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi ya, I also have guttate psoriasis. I was diagnosed 7 years ago, aged 16. I have the exact same problem that you do, the steroid creams will help, but once I discontinue treatment it comes back full force. I'm not sure where you live, but here in the UK we have free healthcare. I would suggest contacting your GP and ask to be referred to see a specialist. There are drugs and injections that are now available. The drug is called Methotrexate and it is known to clear the condiiton (Of course not permanently) One of the injections is called Enbral. I have heard fantastic things about people who have turned to these new methods. As it has only been 2 months since your diagnosis they may not want you to jump into drugs/injections just yet though.. Get yourself some 'skin hair and nails' vitamins, stay away from wheat and alcohol and pork. Get yourself some pure aloe vera as this will really help with the itching, as will anthistamines.

      I hope this helps. - oh, and don't wear nylon, and use only non-biological washing powder!
      x


treatment for guttate psoriasis

Psoriasis Eczema Treatment

The treatment for eczema, regardless of how severe your condition is, is more or less the same. Mild eczema can easily be treated and it doesn't take a long time before you get rid of this condition.

The use of moisturizers is essential in any type of this condition. It is very important to keep the skin hydrated to replenish its moisture from time to time. There are different types of moisturizers available on the market. Find one that constains less irritants and chemicals to avoid further complications. Choosing unscented products made from natural ingredients is ideal, especially if you have very sensitive skin. Avoid those that are highly perfumed and those with additives like colorants and body glitter. The simpler it is, the better.

When you have this condition, make it a point to wear loose clothing with natural fabrics. Allowing air to circulate properly prevents the affected area from getting moist, sticking on your clothing and getting more inflamed.

Try not to scratch and pick on your skin, especially when it gets itchy. It may be hard to fight this urge but you have to try hard not to, to avoid further irritation your skin. Scratching increases the risk of spreading infection and making your mild eczema worse.

If your mild eczema is caused by allergies, avoid coming in contact with allergens. This entails discipline. For some people, it just takes a bite of the food allergen to trigger the attack. Eliminate the allergen totally in your diet and your household.

Taking supplements like fish oil capsules and Vitamin E may also be effective in preventing and treating mild eczema. To be on the safe side, consult your doctor first before committing taking any supplements. You should also avoid self-medicating as this may do you more harm than good.

Mild eczema can easily be treated and prevented. The most important thing you should know about this condition is early treatment. Once you see symptoms of this condition, consult your doctor immediately for proper treatments and medications.

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:
    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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to help with ingrown hair?
    Kay, so, for the longest time I have had these black dots ALL OVER my legs, and the doctor said it was psoriasis, or eczema, and the treatment for those weren't working. I did some research of my own and realized that they might be ingrown hairs instead, how do I get rid of them so I can wear shorts without feeling like a freak? Anything is appreciated, thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      EXFOLIATE! I use to have a TON of little dots all over my legs and I know how frustrating it can be, I tried waxing and epilating but both hurt way too much and I found that shaving was much easier. so if your a shaver make sure to exfoliate BEFORE AND AFTER you shave. There are a lot of cheap exfoliators out there but I personally love using a homemade one that consists of olive oil, sugar and honey, not only does it exfoliate but the olive oil and the honey moisturize as well. Oh and always shave at night, and NEVER I repeat NEVER shave and then wear tight pants, that will just cause more ingrown hairs and irritate your skin, just wear shorts after shaving slab on that leg moisturizer and allow it to soak overnight. Another thing that might help is to go over your legs with cold water after shaving, when you shave and exfoliate you open your pores on your legs(yes your legs have pores, although I don't think they are called pores lol) putting cold water on your legs will close the "pores" therefore lessening the chance of ingrown hairs. I really hope that this helped you especially with the warmer months coming just around the corner:)

  6. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  9. QUESTION:
    How do you treat your eczema?
    I have psoriasis and my friend has eczema. We are both miserable. What can we use for flare ups?

    • 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.

  10. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any remedies or treatments for poplar eczema for a toddler?
    My daughter is 18 months old and we have tried everything for her eczema. She is currently under the care of a dermatologist specialist who currently has placed her on a peanut based oil, which has worked so far. Her eczema is especially bad on her face and legs. Any suggestions help. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is how they are treating and curing Eczema and Psoriasis in Japan.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxLW-HKgQzU&feature=channel_page

      You can get the water in the United States too - place a add in your local http://craigslist.com and place a wanted add for 8.5 PH alkaline drinking water. They can also make the 2.5 PH acidic water used in this video at the Hospital in Japan.

      Drinking the alkaline water is one key, the other is the 2.5 PH water applied to the skin disease, and it will go away in around 5 months.

      Good Luck !

  11. QUESTION:
    How do you tell weather you have acne or eczema?
    This is a very humiliating topic for me to talk about, so bear with me please. I have bumps on my back and arms (Not like obsessively just like a patch here and there on my back and the bumps on my arm is a little more than on my back but it's stretched out more.) How do I tell the difference between acne and eczema? I need to know so I can treat it properly. Thank you all so much!

    • ANSWER:
      I have been strugling with different types of skin problems, acne, psoriasis, and so on.
      My skin looks relatively nice because I have been consulting my dermatologist for years and been on many different treatments. You could be suffering from both conditions. Or it could be something else. It could be hormonal, bad diet, alergy etc...
      The best thing is to go to a professional and get biopsy test. Dermatologyst dont care how bad things look, they are used to seeing the worst. dont be shy and just go and show your skin to a doctor with good reputation. Just to give you an example, I had been diagnozed with 3 different types of acne! Some are food related - dairy and wheat, some are hormonal and i also have viral type acne wich spreads when picked or if used same towel too long.... you cant diagnoze your self! again, go see a dermatologyst. there are many treatments out there, and you dont need to suffer

  12. QUESTION:
    How many people would love to get a cream that can actually treat your psorasis?
    or eczema. A cream that really work and does not treat just symptoms. I am not a business trying to promote my product. I am just trying to get some opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      Exactly, there's lots of treatments out there but many are very dangerous to use long term and many others do only a little to help.

      Here's some information that you should research The #1 Eczema and Psoriasis treatment in Britain is Salcura Dermaspray. It's amazing! It's all natural, it's over the counter, has a money back guarantee,
      Salcura claims a 97% success rate with their products. It's all natural, not greasy, not sticky, leaves no visible residue, and absorbs in a minute or two after spraying the affected area.

      Salcura worked very quickly on our son who suffers from eczema. About 10 times better than anything else we tried. It stopped the itch in minutes, and the inflammation subsided very quickly, His skin appeared 50% less inflamed after 1 day.

      Be wary of buying products for psoriasis and eczema.
      Always research before buying, read case studies and
      look at reviews from people that have actually used it. Seek doctor's advice as well.

      By the way, I'm not in business, I'm not promoting a product other than it worked for our son, it was an answer to prayer and want to help others to know about it too.

  13. 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.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have both eczema and psoriasis?
    I have flaky skin on my forehead and face that won't go away no matter what I do. My chest and neck are red and irritated. I have raised red bumps on my elbow crooks, forearms and triceps. I am diagnosed with eczema. Could I have psoriasis as well?

    • ANSWER:
      Is it possible to have psoriasis and eczema at the same time?
      The biology of skin limits the number of ways in which it can manifest a disease process—by redness, flaking, swelling, etc. Thus, many skin conditions can superficially resemble one another and a dermatologic examination is necessary to establish a diagnosis. Self-diagnosis of a troublesome skin condition can delay proper treatment.

      Psoriasis and eczema are two skin problems that seem to be mutually exclusive to a degree, although this is not a hard and fast rule. In persons with psoriasis the incidence of allergic contact dermatitis and atopic dermatitis—two major forms of eczema—appears to be substantially lower than in the general population. A suggested reason is that the immune system dysregulation believed to be a factor in psoriasis is not the same as dysregulation of immune pathways in these forms of eczema.

      Sorry you are plagued with this. : (

  15. QUESTION:
    How do you and your family deal with skin irritations?
    When one of you is suffering from a skin condition, such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis etc, what do you do and who do you turn to?

    • ANSWER:
      Pinetarsol,,my daughter suffers from all of the above,
      Doc. prescribed several creams but I told her to try Pinetarsol,having found that it helped her Dad during chemo treatment.
      She now uses it all the time with great results.

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

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

  17. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of eczema around the eyes?
    Ok well i have an egg allergy. And i try to avoid it but sometimes i get tempted to eat something like a cake that has eggs in it. But when i do i usually take a claratin. But i still get these really dark looking eyes and everyone keeps saying i look tired all the time. i just want to know if there is any other safe treatments for eczema around the eyes.

    • ANSWER:
      This is how they treat it in Japan. It works in the United States, I have met a little kid that used ot have it, but has had 2.5 PH acidic water treatments to his skin for the past year,and it went away after about 6 weeks, but needs to get the acidic water when it reappears.

      I am using this on a friend who has had this condition for over 40 years, and nothing else worked, he has been using it for 3 weeks now, it is starting to improve, it will take another 5 months to get rid of it.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxLW-HKgQzU&feature=channel_page

      You can get the water by placing a wanted add in http://craigslist.com and ask for 8.5 PH water. The same machine that will make 8.5 PH drinking water usually will make the 2.5 PH acidic water to kill bacteria and treat psoriasis.

      Normally the 2.5 PH water is used to treat the skin, but it can not be applied near the eyes. However the other half of the problem, drinking the alkaline water is great for both healthy people and those suffering from Eczema, (Or psoriasis) and then apply the acidic water to other outbreaks on skin not close to the eyes.

      Good Luck!

  18. QUESTION:
    Can you suggest a cure to severe infant eczema?
    I have an 18 month old that has severe eczema. Seems like nothing that we have tried other than steriod creams seems to work. Anyone one have any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Well there really is no "cure" for eczema, you just kind of grow out of it.

      If it's that severe I would think that it's psoriasis! I recommend this site, http://www.psoriasis.org/treatment/psoriasis/

      If it's eczema, talk to your dermatologist, eczema takes a long long time to get rid of, even with a prescription.

  19. QUESTION:
    is there a difference in the treatment of eczema and psoriasis?
    according to the med websites I have eczema but when i went to see my doc he said it was psoriasis. Am I splitting hairs here? are the treatments the same?

    • ANSWER:
      There are definitely differences between them. The treatments are different as well but suprisingly some treatments for eczema can help psoriasis plaques, go figure!

      My daughters both have eczema and I have psorasis so this is how I know the differences. Their skin that is affected is covered in bumps. It looks like goose bumps kinda that never goes away. The more severe it is, the more bumps. Really for them the best thing I've found is to use Vaseline Intensive Care lotion after they bathe and it is kept under control.

      However, if you were diagnosed with psoriasis the difference would be bubbled up skin that's really red and it'll flake. Their skin never flakes so that was a real indicator of a difference.

      Listen to your doctor about treatments and don't bother so much with other skin conditions treatments since that'll get you more confused than ever. As I've researched, even though several things can treat both conditions, some things can't. The last thing you want to do is use something that won't help your skin or make it worse. Good luck with it!

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Good Luck !

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. QUESTION:
    Using many acne products but none seem to work?
    I use a cheap brand of deep cleaning astringent, neutrogena ace-prone skin soap, Olay oily/combination foaming face wash, clearasil pore cleaning pads, nueteogena all-in-one acne control treatment and clean and clear advantage mark treatment. I usually use the astringent and the soap in the morning, the soap again in the afternoon, and I use the Olay face wash when I shower and then use the clearasil pads, the soap, and the two treatments after I shower. None of this seems to be doing much for me and I can't figure out why. I've thought about buying proactive or something similar to it but I don't want to buy something that is somewhat expensive if it doesn't work for me. What should I do?

    • 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.
      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.

      This website has lots of information on acne you can check it out on this website: http://www.empowher.com/acne/content/acne-advocacy-sheet-0

  24. 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

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

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

  26. QUESTION:
    What is your best choice of repellent (flies and mosquitoes) on horses?
    I use a combo of permethrin and cedercide. It works well but lasts only a day or two. I'm looking for a long term effective treatment, homemade or commercial...

    • ANSWER:
      Try and find an all natural or organic store near you with supplements. Recently I have been using a mixture of this oil downed with water to make the concentrations even (like most sprays). The oil is called Neem's Oil.

      http://www.dreamingearth.com/ushop/index.cgi?=&task=show&cat=Carrier+Oils

      It is an all natural tick and fly/insect repellent. It is fully safe for use on humans and animals.

      "Neem is a rather amazing oil, not as well known as it should be considering its usefulness. With excellent moisturizing qualities, it is becoming increasingly popular in many body and hair care and pet products. Neem oil contains compounds that have both insecticidal, antiseptic and medicinal properties. It is a dark, rather sludgy green in color and has a strong, (not terribly pleasant) odor. Being both high in Vitamin E and fatty acids, Neem oil is said to be useful for treating a variety of skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and dry skin.
      In addition, Neem has a long history of use as an insect repellent and is increasingly being used to control plant pests and diseases. Neem oil has been studied and shown to be effective against mosquitos, flies, sand fleas, ticks and more. As a garden spray, Neem (which is very bitter in taste) makes the leaves sprayed with it distasteful for the bugs to eat, thus acting as a natural repellent. For external use only. " Taken from the website listed above.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it possibles to have herpes just on your skin not on your mouth or genitals?
    If this is so, I was wondering what the best treatment for this would be. Is a naturapathic option a good one?

    • ANSWER:
      Great herpes question. Herpes simplex virus is the genital herpes virus. It infects the skin and travels down the nerves to the base of the spinal cord where it stays for life. From time to time, the virus will travel from the spine back to the genital skin and either cause blisters and sores or just be on the skin without any symptoms. While the virus is on the skin it can be spread to a partner through close skin-to-skin contact.

      Skin conditions that respond very well to naturopathic regimes include: skin allergies, boil & carbuncles, eczema, HERPES, school sores (impetigo), psoriasis, psoriatic, utricaria, acne, corns and calisters, wounds, warts, ringworm (tinea) or other fungal growths.

      To successfully address a skin condition, the underlying problem must be treated. Thus your problem! You can call the hotline below, but you either have to get a test or go to a doctor to identify exactly what form of herpes you have. You're probably 9/10 cool with the naturapathic stuff, but why risk the discomfort???

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

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

    Thank you.

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

  29. QUESTION:
    what is the difference between psoriasis and eczema?
    I was told it was one and now I'm just not sure. I would also like to know how I got it? I have just gotten it in the past 4 months and I live in Texas, I have been here just 2 years, and I think I'm getting allergies too. What is it with TX?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a skin disease that occurs when cells in the outer layer of skin reproduce faster than normal and pile up on the skin's surface. This produces scaling, itchiness and irritation of the skin. Psoriasis is non-contagious.

      Currently in the United States almost 5 million people are affected by this disease. It occurs in all age groups and about equally in men and women.

      When psoriasis develops, thick patches of skin become red with silvery scales. Often the skin at the joints cracks making outbreak very painful. Psoriasis most often occurs on the knees, lower back, soles of the feet, scalp, elbows, face and palm.

      There have been huge strides in understanding what causes psoriasis. Recently, a team from the University of Michigan looked for the gene -- called PSORS1 -- in more than 2,700 people from 678 families in which at least one family member had psoriasis. According to the researchers, PSORS1 is the first genetic determinant of psoriasis to be definitively identified in a large clinical trial. The finding may help in the development of new, more effective treatments for the disfiguring inflammatory skin disease.

      Some other research has found that psoriasis may be a disorder of the immune system. In a normal immune system a type of white blood cell, called a T cell is produced, that normally helps protect the body against infection and disease. Top Scientists have concluded that an abnormal immune system produces too many T cells in the skin. These excess T cells trigger the inflammation and excessive skin cell reproduction seen in people who suffer with psoriasis.

      Doctors usually diagnose psoriasis after a careful examination of the skin. However, diagnosis may be difficult because psoriasis often looks like other skin diseases. A pathologist may assist with diagnosis by examining a small skin sample under a microscope.

      What’s the difference between eczema and atopic dermatitis?
      Eczema is a general term encompassing various inflamed skin conditions. One of the most common forms of eczema is atopic dermatitis (or "atopic eczema"). Approximately 10 percent to 20 percent of the world population is affected by this chronic, relapsing, and very itchy rash at some point during childhood. Fortunately, many children with eczema find that the disease clears and often disappears with age.

      In general, atopic dermatitis will come and go, often based on external factors. Although its cause is unknown, the condition appears to be an abnormal response of the body’s immune system. In people with eczema, the inflammatory response to irritating substances overacts, causing itching and scratching. Eczema is not contagious and, like many diseases, currently cannot be cured. However, for most patients the condition may be managed well with treatment and avoidance of triggers.

      What does eczema look and feel like?
      Although eczema may look different from person to person, it is most often characterized by dry, red, extremely itchy patches on the skin. Eczema is sometimes referred to as "the itch that rashes," since the itch, when scratched, results in the appearance of the rash.

      Eczema can occur on just about any part of the body; however, in infants, eczema typically occurs on the forehead, cheeks, forearms, legs, scalp, and neck. In children and adults, eczema typically occurs on the face, neck, and the insides of the elbows, knees, and ankles. In some people, eczema may "bubble up" and ooze. In others, the condition may appear more scaly, dry, and red. Chronic scratching causes the skin to take on a leathery texture because the skin thickens (lichenification).

  30. 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.

  31. 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 --

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Good Luck !

  33. QUESTION:
    What 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

  34. QUESTION:
    A person who has psoriasis may be more likely to get an infection within the body because?
    A. the affected skin hypersensitive
    B. the affected skin is unable to act as a barrier against microorganisms
    C. psoriasis only occurs in old people who already have decreased immune function
    D. the immune system res ponce is concentrated in the skin, leaving the lungs and gastrointestinal tract unprotected.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      You need to read your schoolbooks to get the "Correct" answer that the author provides in there. If you tell your instructor that Eczema or Psoriasis is curable, he will tell you with a sincere face that you are wrong, but I say that it is curable now, with the right stuff.

      Watch this video.

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

      It shows some young kids getting treatment for Eczema in Japan. Yes it works, I tried it with a friend in California.

      You can get the water from free by placing a wanted add on www.craigslist.com and hope that someone in your area has a alkaline water machine, and you can normally get a free sample for a month or so. Place a wanted add for alkaline drinking water 8.5 PH.

      Good Luck!

  35. 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.

  36. QUESTION:
    How to treat environmental eczema or psoriasis?
    Psoriasis that only seems to exist while in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. It clears up when I'm traveling for more than a week in any other climate (dry, humid, cold, hot, by the ocean, in the desert). I'm not asking what it is about the Bay Area, could it be an allergy or be improved by some treatment other than the usual considerations for psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Perhaps there is something in the Bay Area that triggers your psoriasis flare ups. If you want home remedies for psoriasis, you can try pasteurized cream, bees' wax or botanical oils. They cost less and are great for the skin as well. Good luck to you!

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

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

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

  38. QUESTION:
    What causes the dry skin on my face?
    I have psoriasis behind my ears, and in and around my belly button- but I have a treatment for that. I also have eczema on my hands and legs- also, treatments for that. And dandruff in my hair, and shampoo for that.
    But on my face, I have this really dry spot around my nose. It's bright red most of the time, and rather bumpy. If I don't put some kind of lotion on it, it flares up and sometimes will flake- it sort of looks like a white scab. It's painful to the touch if I don't keep my face washed and lotioned up.
    I'm just wondering what the cause of this dry patch is, and what I can do to help treat it.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    Natural treatment of Eczema with vitamins?
    I have Eczema on my fingers (mostly finger tips) and it is constantly dry and cracking. I have tried every kind of OTC lotion and even a prescription ointment. All it seems to do is lessen the condition slightly. I wear band-aids on up to 4-5 fingers and it seems to help, but it looks odd and makes typing difficult.
    Any suggestions on a Natural remedy such as vitamins or minerals?

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing you should do is look at the products you are using. Anything that has alcohol listed as an ingredient should be tossed. Alcohol always further dries out your skin, causes the product to evaporate quicker, meaning you have to use more of it often. Using it more often means you will run out sooner, and have to go buy more. That is how the industry makes money from their products.

      Another thing you should do is switch over to natural soaps, body butters, and moisturizers. If you want scented products, make your own- using fragrance oils or essential oils. Not only are they better, they can significantly alleviate or completely get rid of your skin problems. And last, but not least - they last longer.

      I recommend shea butter, coffee butter, coconut oil, and olive butter for good moisturizers. Neem oil is also very very effective,but I personally think it stinks. Mango butter is a great alternative if you dont like the heavy moisturizers, but you will have to use it more frequently - or maybe not, everybody's skin is different.

      I personally think you should start with shea butter though. Soak your hands in wwarm water for a few minutes, pat them dry - then apply the shea butter to start. Use it faithfully after you wash your hands, regularly throughout the day (take a sample size with you places), and put it on before you go to bed and even possibly wear some gloves to help lock in the moisture.

      If you keep using natural products faithfully, you will soon see a difference! You are welcome contact me if you have any questions. I have psoriasis but you can no longer tell. I am a living testimony that natural products work!

      There is so much I could tell you but you have to take it one step at a time. The first step is to pay attention to what you are using on your skin, know the ingredients in what you use, and if they actually are helping or hurting you.

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

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

  41. 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.

  42. QUESTION:
    How do I cure or get rid of psoriasis?
    I have 4 spots on body one is a large portion of my right arm. I have tried alot of different things to get it to go away but it all seems to make it worse. I have went to doctors and used what they gave me and still same results. Currently I am using Dermasolve cream and I am not seeing any affect on it. It still itches alot and still red. I have had this problem for about 11 years and trying to figure out how to take care of it.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a skin condition identified by the occurrence of red itchy thick scaly patches of skin. There are certain types of psoriasis and each one occurring in different severity and skin discoloration. It is a complex medical condition and there is no real definite answer as to what causes it, but certain factors can contribute to the possibility of developing psoriasis. A family history of psoriasis, or particular pharmaceutical drugs, solvents, chemicals and emotional stress have been known to trigger the breakdown of the skin that leads to psoriasis in some people.

      Guttate psoriasis can appear on the limbs trunk and scalp and the virus is often activated within the body after a throat infection. It appears on the skin as tear shaped drops, scaly and pink in colour.

      Pustular psoriasis emerges as pus filled blisters or bumps that produce a glutinous clear fluid. In stages the pustules build up in to brown colour circular scaly blotches which then flake off. Inverse psoriasis although it is not generally considered to be a severe form of psoriasis, is still irritating,and commonly occurs on the joints of the skin, armpits, groin area and folds of the skin.

      Erythrodermic psoriasis is a red scaly often itchy skin over large area of the skin and certain types of medication such as lithium have been established in causing eruptions on the skin.

      Various treatments for psoriasis using coal tar based lotions are commonly prescribed but apart from it being messy and staining clothes, and the other more serious side effect is that it can make the skin more sensitive to skin exposure.

      Discover a new serum to get rid of body face scalp psoriasis eczema HERE
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  43. QUESTION:
    I have been diagnosed with recurring eczema of the ear canal?
    The doctor has suggested that I apply 2 x drops of olive oil once a week to keep the irritation at bay which doesn't work, and probably give 15 minutes of relief. Ears constantly itch and I'm dealing with olive oil which drips out of the ear. Are there any better remedies which will keep the irritation at bay?

    • ANSWER:
      I have total sympathy for you,it must be a nightmare! I 've just copied this for you and also provided the website to have a look at. Go back to your GP, Im sure there is more they can do for you.

      Copied;
      Sometimes the inflammation in the ear canal is a local area of a skin disorder, such as a small patch of eczema or psoriasis. The symptoms in the ear may be similar to an infection, but bacteria or fungal germs are not the cause. This is uncommon, but the inflammation in the ear may flare up now and then just as skin disorders flare up from time to time. The treatment which is usually advised is steroidal ear drops whenever symptoms flare up.

  44. QUESTION:
    How long should you wait before seeing a doctor for dermatology issue?
    I've had this persistent rash on both of my elbows that comes & goes since August. I've tried home treatments like Benadryl, a prescription hydrocortisone previously prescribed for something else by my dermatologist, lotions, etc. It's a red itchy bump rash. The bumps sometimes puss & bleed. It looks like it's going away, then comes back.

    This week I finally relented and called my dermatologist for an appointment. I have a feeling they are going to say it's eczema because it doesn't fit for psoriasis or contact dermatitis. Nonetheless, after 3 months of this I think it's time to have it looked at.

    I was wondering though - how long should I try to self-treat something or wait to see if it clears on it's own before seeking medical attention? Was 3 months too long? Obviously it's not life threatening but looking for some guidelines in the future.

    • ANSWER:
      as a young boy I lived on the beach. I used to get sunburned all the time. 40 years later I am finding that I get a lot of precancerous skin growth. When I go to the dermatologist he just freezes it off and tells me to come back in six months. I will wait two or three years. I tried freezing my own precancerous skin growths off myself and sometimes it works for a while but the Dr. seems to do a much better job. They're no big deal there just a rough hardly unnoticeable dry patch of skin. But the doctor recommends every six months and I am sure I should listen. I have found self diagnosing some things are not very wise. Sometimes it's something completely different than what you think it is and your treating it with the wrong kind of medication.any time you bleed and or have puss that is more likely an infection that may require antibiotics you just really don't know. If you can go to a dermatologist by all means you should go every six months until your problem goes way. I need to adhere to that same advice. Good luck

  45. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of eczema?
    For about 6 months I've noticed bumpy spots on my upper legs. I didn't know what it was at first. Now my sister to told me its eczema. I just noticed I have bumpy itchy itchy spots on my right hand. Is there a cure for eczema!!

    • ANSWER:
      Zinc is one of the best treatments for eczema. Frequently many people call all sorts of rashes eczema but it can be host of other things such as allergies, psoriasis, among others. If you have a simple case of bumps then an over the counter med like "skin Zinc", Destin (a very stinky sticky messy diaper rash ointment) or Butt Paste (yes it is a real product & it is high in zinc) can help. Or soaking in the bath tub with oatmeal and one or two dissolved Zinc vitamin supplements. However you mentioned that you are having a lot of itching spots, these could be hive you could have allergies. Allergies can run from just annoying to causing Anaphalactic Shock, which can be fatal. I advise you to see an auto immunologist soon. Good luck!

  46. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between psoriasis and eczema?
    And how do you treat it naturally (I'm pregnant) It's really bad on my elbows:(

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.pharmavita.org/eczema/eczema-or-psoriasis.php
      http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=natural+treatment+for++psoriasis+and++eczema&spell=1

  47. 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


psoriasis eczema treatment

Psorisis Treatments

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there anyway to stop scalp problems?
    I think its psorisis or something. But my scalp gets so dry and dandruffy and sometimes has weird scales (like psorisis). I have tried everything, dandruff shampoo, psorisis treatment (shampoo) and nothing is working. I need something that will actually make it go away. Is there anything I can do or should I go to a doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sara, it sounds like you have the same thing I have...a form of dermatitis. I usually get it when I am stressed, and it is annoying. You need to go to a dermatologist. They can prescribe a cream that is topically applied that will rid you of this condition...but only temporarily. I found that it has returned to me several times this year already. Each time I am able to get rid of it with the cream. If it is in a large area of your scalp, there is another medication that they can prescribe that doesn't leave your hair oily. But in any event, you need to see a dermatologist for the prescription. I found nothing worked over-the-counter.

  2. QUESTION:
    Any good ideas for relief from psorisis?
    I really cant afford expensive prescription meds, and any suggestions for OTC treatment would be great, this cold weather is making me miserable!

    • ANSWER:
      The source below discusses options for the cure or treatment of psoriasis.

  3. QUESTION:
    What sets off the autoimmune gene that per my doctor can cause different diseases and many forms?
    I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, my brother has Psorisis and I have a sister with Diabetes. My dad had gout, is this where the gene originated from and what sets this gene off? I was in an accident and was diagnosed not long after with RA.

    • ANSWER:
      It is still under investigation. Although, scientists have found an unexpected genetic link among three common autoimmune diseases: "psoriasis", "rheumatoid arthritis" and systemic lupus erythematosus.

      The findings, being reported recently in the journal Nature Genetics, have no immediate practical effect. But by identifying a cellular path through which the three diseases are touched off, they may help biologists design new treatments.

      Psoriasis affects 2 percent of Americans; rheumatoid arthritis, up to 1 percent; and systemic lupus -- which attacks the joints and can cause severe inflammation -- one-twentieth of 1 percent.

      The link among the three diseases involves a PROTEIN that helps the thymus GLAND train cells of the immune system. Autoimmune diseases are caused when such cells mistakenly attack the body's own tissues.

      The protein, Runx-1, controls the activity of various genes by binding to a nearby site on the DNA of the chromosomes. Last year, scientists at the University of Uppsala in Sweden reported that many patients with systemic lupus had an altered Runx-1 binding site on Chromosome 2, meaning that the Runx-1 protein could not properly control the gene next to the binding site.

  4. QUESTION:
    do you have any home remedies for psorisis on your skin?
    I get really bad dry patches all over my back and arms...I've tried that Aveeno soap and lotions,and all other kinds of things with none of them working what so ever.Could someone help me with this?

    • 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

  5. QUESTION:
    Does psoriasis lead to psychological issues?
    My husband suffers from psoriasis on the higher end. He maintains very low hygiene and expects me to cope with everything. He has also been verbally and emotionally abusive. Is psorisis the root cause behind this? How can I deal with it? I am currently separated.
    He has psoriasis since 10 years. We married a year ago.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis does not lead to psychological issues. His poor hygiene may be a result of depression from the poor self esteem he feels about his looks because of the psoriasis. Also causing him to be abusive, or he may have just grew up in an abusive family and feels that's how men act. Or just the stress he has been under from the psoriasis. There are treatments for cases of moderate to severe psoriasis that work very well. If you have insurance and don't feel too threatened by him to mention this. Also poor hygiene can cause a flair in psoriasis.
      I would first tell him you don't like the way he treats you and won't remain with someone who is abusive and a threat to you and your children or possible future children before getting involved any further in an abusive relationship which will ultimately destroy your self esteem and cause you to live in fear and possibly result in severe harm or death.
      Choose your words wisely with a short fused man. But, stand your ground. His psoriasis seems secondary to his abuse. Maybe get help for both. Good luck

  6. QUESTION:
    Does psoriasis lead to psychological issues?
    My husband suffers from psoriasis on the higher end. He maintains very low hygiene and expects me to cope with everything. He has also been verbally and emotionally abusive. Is psorisis the root cause behind this? How can I deal with it? I am currently separated.
    He has psoriasis since 10 years. We married a year ago.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis sucks. It feels like you are a deseased, peeling, reptile human. Trust me I have it. Sometimes it can really mess with you and make you feel unwanted. But his poor hygiene definitely isn't helping. He should have his treatment regime changes and see if it helps, treating psoriasis is trial and error and what works for one may not work for another.

  7. QUESTION:
    why would impitigo, scabies and psorisis contraindicate a beauty treatment?
    why would Impetigo, Scabies and psoriasis contraindicate a beauty treatment?

    I know they are highly infectious and can spread but I need to write more than that in my assignment, any help would be great

    Thanx xx

    • ANSWER:
      Well aside from being highly contagious, they require certain creams and medications to be used on the skin. You don't want to then use other products on someone's skin while they are treating their skin for a disease.

      Meditator

  8. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a good shampoo/conditioner to reduce Psorisis, or any other treatment for Psorisis?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi - I read your post and inquiry, and I know that this is a difficult situation to live with. I know this personally and professionally. I have been working with psoriasis sufferers for a long time and I too have had my personal experiences with it. There is a good book I would like to recommend to you, its called Healing Psoriasis Naturally written by Dr. John Pagano. He used to refer patients to me when I had a wellness center (I no longer have that center). One of the best ways to work with your skin condition is by internal cleansing. He writes about how to do this. The skin is an organ of elimination. If you body is not eliminating properly, the skin will try to do it for you. Make sure your elimination functions are working. I also know that some of the worst foods that you can eat when you have this condition are white flour (bread, rolls, pastries, pasta, pizza dough) and anything with sugar. There is also a homeopathic remedy that I've heard is good - and completely safe - its sulfur (and also inexpensive - like about ). I hope this helps, all the best, Home Spa Lady

  9. QUESTION:
    How to treat and healing time for leg abrasion?
    Somehow, back in July 2012 i found this red mark on my leg just above my ankle.I didn't think that much of it but before i new it ....it had spread up my leg. I am a man of 65 yr.s old and in very good shape. I went to my Dr. he really did not know what it was, and neither did i.
    It is now March, and here is the problem. It is red, swells during the day to about a inch, it ooz'z clear water. No pain, itch, it is just ugly, dry[ to which i have to keep moist], and i now wear compression socks.
    There is no infection of any kind.
    I think, from all that i read on the computer that this is a "Road Rash abrasion". I finally figured out how this is happening,..I have RSL[restless leg syndrome]. My leg must be trembling in my sleep on the sheet, and causing a friction abrasion, and that is why it is having a hard time healing.
    I have followed all the remedys for healing. I WANT to know HOW long does it take to heal!!!!
    My DR. says that it is aVenous stais ulcer in the making. I don't agree,..WHY...because i have found out that after any size abrasion psorisis follows....which it has. I have never had that before, and i am running out of patience!
    If there is any knowledgiable Nurse, Dr. of any practice, any one in the health field that can give me advice, on treatment, TIME duration of healing, PLEASE answer this plea for help.
    I very rarily use the " Answer" section to put out a plea for help,..BUT i am backed into the wall on this issue.
    To all that reply, THANKs,...to the one who has the best and correct answer you are in my PRAYERS tonight.
    Sincerely....John

    • ANSWER:
      My husband developed a nasty ulcer on his elbow after an olecranon repair surgery got infected. He went to 4 doctors, was on antibiotics and steroids for months and nothing, till a plastic surgeon who is a friend of ours told him to take echinacea purpurea orally, two capsules a day for 4 weeks, apply echinacea tincture to his wound at night and pure honey during the day. It was miraculous, after just 3 days we could see the difference, and finally, it healed completely.

      Many researchers have conclusive evidence that it does promote wound and ulcer healing, both echinacea and honey. Do your research on the matter, John, and please be aware that echinacea, even though natural, has a couple of contraindications and should not be taken for over a month, as to not overstimulate the defenses. I can assure you, though, that it does work, and fast.

  10. QUESTION:
    Psorisis by your eyes and on your eyelids?
    I know I have psorisis but over the last few weeks I think it's developed on my eyelids and there's a spot by my eye. I'm not sure if I should use my cream on the spots or not seeing as they are a steroid and I don't want to get it in my eye. Does anyone else have this problem and what do you do for it? I really hate the dermatology place I go to, and they were the only ones that took my insurance!!

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis around your eyes is rare but not unheard of. Like it or not the best thing you can do is to see your doctor.

      Here is a section from National Psoriasis Foundation website.

      Psoriasis around the eyes
      When psoriasis affects the eyelids, lashes may become covered with scales, and the edges of the eyelids may be red and crusty. If inflamed for long periods, the rims of the lids may turn up or down. If the rim turns down, lashes can rub against the eyeball and cause irritation.

      Treating eyelid inflammation may involve washing the edges of the eyelids and eyelashes with a solution of water and baby shampoo. Cotton tip applicators or washcloths are useful for carefully scrubbing the lids. An over-the-counter product, called Ocusoft, can help with removing scales on the lids and eye margins.

      After removal of scales, moisturizers without corticosteroids may then be applied. In some cases, a special steroid medication made for use around the eyes may be used to treat scaling. Your doctor must carefully supervise the treatment because eyelid skin can be easily damaged. If topical steroids are overused in and around your eyes, glaucoma and/or cataracts may develop, which is the reason doctors suggest having your intraocular pressure checked regularly by an ophthalmologist (a doctor who specializes in treatment of eye diseases).

      Protopic ointment or Elidel cream won't cause glaucoma and is effective on eyelids, but can sting the first few days of use. Using Protopic or Elidel for eyelid psoriasis may help you avoid the potential side effects of topical steroids.

      Psoriasis of the eye is extremely rare. When it does occur, however, it can cause inflammation, dryness and discomfort, and may impair vision. Topical antibiotics may be used to treat infection. *

      Rusty

  11. QUESTION:
    Where can I find the best website for psorisis of the scalp treatments and such?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.champori.com/ They offer herbal cream and spray for psoriasis and they work well for scalp psoriasis.
      Champori offers money back guarantee; so if it doesn't work - it's free.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  12. QUESTION:
    here is swelling and pain in my right ankle. I have psorisis on the same ankle.There is 2 or 3 sists arealso i
    There is a swelling and pian with 3 sists in the same ankle . Psorisis is also on the same ankle also. This problem is for the past 8 years.please advice me for treatment. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Try herbal anti-psoriasis cream from http://www.champori.com if you haven't done so already. It is fast and effective. I haven't had a flare up for over a year now after few weeks of treatment.

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for psorisis?

    • ANSWER:
      My husband has psorisis and has done for 30+years.
      He literally has it from his head to his toes.
      He has tried all kinds of lotions etc and nothing does anything.
      The only thing that makes a slight difference is 'selsun'.
      It is worth a try.
      Hope you can find something that works for you soon
      Good luck

  14. QUESTION:
    Safe Hair Colour for Psorisis on my scalp, Any suggestions?
    I have psoriasis on my scalp. I used to dye my hair using L'Oriel but the last few times it stung a lot and i got nervous of using it again. I have not coloured my hair for months and it is coming through very grey. Does anyone have any suggestions for a safe hair colour i could use

    • ANSWER:
      I would advise your next colour to be done at a hairdressers, and not attempt a home colour. They deal with this kind of thing a lot, and are sure to have a gentle colour treatment for you .x.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is psorisis, and what is the treatement for this?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is an incurable but usually controllable autoimmune disorder in which your skin grows much faster in areas of your body than it can shed the old cells, much faster than the normal rate of skin growth. The result is dry, scaley patches of skin in those areas that itch and sometimes blister. This can be very severe or very mild, and it can swing back and forth between being severe and mild. It can also develop inside the body on the organs. Treatment can include steroid ointment and/or lotion for the body and/or scalp, tar ointment and/or shampoo for the body and/or scalp (this is very harsh on sensitive skin and fragile hair and can also stain your skin and hair and has never worked well for me though I know others who it has worked well for), and sunlight. When mine starts acting up, I will lay under a tanning bed a few times. The idea is to get to the point just BEFORE you burn. DON'T let yourself burn, because that can make it much worse. You have to start off slow with a tanning bed and find out what your limit is before attempting this approach, but this is what works best for my skin. Salicylic acid shampoo and lotion for the hair (Dermarest) also is good.

  16. QUESTION:
    Ive had red scaly bumps or rash on the bottom half of both legs for years,its getting worse.?
    they started out like ant bites but when the little white heads pop the bites never went away. the older I get the worse they get. its almost like its live or active skin disease.

    • ANSWER:
      This could be psorisis , like flakey red itchy scales of skin . Best see your Gp who can dianose for certain and give you treatment.

  17. QUESTION:
    psorisis on back of the hands?
    how do i get rid of psorisis on the back of my hands?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      I'm not saying for a moment that this isn't psoriasis, but do you have patches of psoriasis on the points of your elbows and on the fronts of your knees? What are you already doing about them?

      I'm afraid that psoriasis, if that's what it is, is a long-term problem for most people. It can be helped a lot by applying creams (and stronger treatments), but it tends to return when you stop treating it. You don't tend to grow out of psoriasis, sorry.

      The best treatments need a prescription from the doctor. A lot of people with psoriasis also find that sunlight helps the rash.

      Hope this helps.

      Best wishes, Belliger (retired uk gp)

  18. QUESTION:
    Anyone have to inject methetrxate?
    It's for my psorisis and psoriatic arthriis.I already take 20mgs a week now I have to start injecting that much.I'm a nurse so I can do it myself like insulinbut I'm nervous about side effects.

    • ANSWER:
      I have used methotrexate extensively in treatment of leukemia. I never saw any serious problems with injecting it.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a good treatment for Psorisis?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis treatments fall into 3 categories:

      Topical (applied to the skin) – Mild to moderate psoriasis

      Phototherapy (light, usually ultraviolet, applied to the skin) – Moderate to severe psoriasis

      Systemic (taken orally or by injection or infusion) – Moderate, severe or disabling psoriasis

      While each of these therapies is effective, there are also drawbacks.

      Some topicals are messy and may stain clothing and skin. Phototherapy can require 2 to 5 weekly visits to a dermatologist’s office or psoriasis clinic for several weeks. Many of the systemic medications have serious side effects and must be combined or rotated with other therapies to maximize effectiveness and minimize side effects. Research is being conducted to find therapies that provide safe, effective, easy-to-use treatment options that provide long-term relief.

      A more natural approach to Psoriasis Treatments include:

      1) Dead Sea Salts This traditional treatment to healing naturally has been used in the Middle East for thousands of years. We have a 6 week program designed to use in your home.

      2) "Psoriasis Spot Free in 30 Days", A special diet book written by a former sufferer of the itching and flaking skin condition. The author is a registered nurse who used food to reverse the signs and symptoms of her condition.

      3) Homeopathic treatment that helps to target the source of the problem with no damaging side effects.

      4) Herbal extractions like Oregon Grape Root Extract and Herbal Detox Tea combinations that gently cleanse your body of toxins and help optimize your liver function. Herbs have historically been used for treatment of skin conditions.

      5) Gentle herbal scalp creams and shampoos that contain FDA approved ingredients to combine nature with science.

      6) Dietary supplements to improve your defense systems, Omega Fortified Flax (recommended for children and adults) and Alkyrol Shark Liver Oil for maximum Omega 3 fatty acids.

      Maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet can improve general health and have a positive impact on psoriasis.

  20. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used Hopes Relief cream for skin conditions??
    Hi! Just wondering if anyone has tried or uses a product called Hopes Relief cream - generally used for eczma and psorisis (sp?). Any reviews on its effectiveness would be great and also an approximate price - Thanks : )

    • ANSWER:
      The best treatment in the elimination of acne is to clean the skin by some medicated cleansers.
      A cleanser removes the sweat, make-up, accumulated oil and dirt on the surface of the skin.
      These cleansers makes easy for the topical acne treatments to absorb in the skin and too much use of these cleansers can result into irritated dry skin. So, these acne cleansers should be applied only once and twice daily.
      Vigorous washing and scrubbing the skin can make the acne worse.
      source: http://www.beautytipz.blogspot.com

  21. QUESTION:
    what could these spots be on my skin?
    i have noticed these red/pinkish, flat and none itchy spots on my lower neck and close to my shoulder blades. When they first appeared about a month go they were very obvious and were shaped little smaller than a dime. about a two weeks ago i noticed that the spots had spread across my lower neck onto the other side of my neck but they were much smaller and less obvious. In the past week these spots have gotten a lot lighter and you'd have to look real close to be able to see them, some have completly dissapeared. But i still see the original spots that i noticed 4 weeks ago, though they dont look as obvious as first time they appeared, but when i take a shower they tend to get more red and through out the day they get lighter again. can anyone tell me what theses spots may be?
    thanks for your time?

    • ANSWER:
      They are called Eczema (psorisis). Here are some website you can look up to find treatment.
      http://www.psoriasisconnect.com/
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dermatitis-eczema/DS00339/DSECTION=7
      www.mayoclinic.com
      Good Luck.
      Rogue.

  22. QUESTION:
    what is a treatment for psoriasis..natural?
    I have psorisis of the nails as well it almost mimiques nail fungus...anyone have any answers please help

    • ANSWER:
      I have psoriasis & I get heaps of sunlight (a tanning bed in winter), Also I soak in a bath with DEAD SEA SALTS.
      Hope this helps!

  23. QUESTION:
    thanks to all who answered the psorisis question?
    i have been told that rubbin pure orange is good but stings like mad never had the guts to do it.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatment for Psoriasis:-

      PSORINUM in 1M potency one dose after one week SULFUR in 1M potency one dose, to be continued in the same sequence weekly total 3 doses of each remedy.
      No Side Effects or complications.
      Take Care and God Bless you, and your family !

  24. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ver had Scalp Psorisis...? i do and i am asking what happens when u have it, ?
    do you have a special treatment, will my hair grow back......i am worried..Plz Help those who have had it

    • ANSWER:
      I have it.

      The disease is completely harmless, but can be an indicator of a low functioning thyriod. The skin becomes white, and flakes off. Usually when you pick at it frequently, you will lose hair in that area. Leave it alone and see your dermatoligist about it. There are several topical medications use to treat it.

      Psoriasis is when your skin cells reproduce 28 times faster than they are supposed to.

  25. QUESTION:
    treatment for itchy scalp / scalp psorisis?
    Does anyone have any suggestions for treating scalp psorisis ? Shampoo, lotion etc.. or even home remedies that are available to buy in the UK ? I have tried various shampoos over the years but nothing works.
    Thanks for your help :)

    • ANSWER:
      Years ago my doctor prescribed a selenium containing shampoo which helped but has side effects.

      At the moment I am using the Body Shop ginger shampoo but my scalp problems are fairly quiescent at the moment. I use Head and Shoulders if I get a scalp build up and I've found this combination has worked for ages.

  26. QUESTION:
    What can be used to cure Psorisis of the scalp?

    • 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.

  27. QUESTION:
    What is good for psorisis?(sp?)?
    my friend has it pretty bad....are there any home remedies or herbal remedies for this that work?
    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I've heard of people having success with a zinc spray or ointment. I get eczema on my scalp and have alot of success with the various zinc shampoos. Eczema and psoriasis are somewhat related.

      A good quality unscented, sensitive skin body lotion can help keep his skin moist and make it easier to remove the scale build up. Hand lotions applied to the body are even more moisturizing. Slather on the lotion, let it sit awhile, then when he takes a cool shower, it (the scale) can be sloughed off with a pumice stone. Excessive heat from hot showers can aggravate his skin.

      Sunlight and UV treatments can help, too. Aveeno oat baths can help sooth his skin. Unscented, free & clear laundry soaps with minimal fabric softeners can help his skin too. The perfumes and dyes can aggrivate the psoriasis to soothe the itching and allow the skin to heal.

      Pegasus is right, it can sometimes be caused by a skin yeast infection, but this should be one of the first things ruled out by a dermatologist as it's one of the easiest causes to detect. The most common culprit for psoriasis is an over-active immune system, so most often a mild topical steroid cream is perscribed for severe instances.

      Here's some further tips from WebMd

      # Keep your skin moist and lubricated.
      # Avoid cold, dry climates. Cold weather may worsen symptoms, while hot, humid weather and sunlight may improve symptoms. (However, hot humid weather may worsen certain types of psoriasis.)
      # Avoid scratching and picking skin and skin injuries (cuts or scrapes). An injury to the skin can cause psoriasis patches to form anywhere on the body, including the site of the injury. This includes injuries to your nails or nearby skin while trimming your nails.
      # Avoid stress and anxiety. Stress may cause psoriasis to appear suddenly (flare) or can make symptoms worse, although this has not been proven in studies.
      # Avoid infection. Infections such as strep throat can cause psoriasis to appear suddenly (called guttate psoriasis), especially in children.
      # Try to avoid certain medications. Some, including beta-blockers and lithium, have been found to worsen psoriasis symptoms. Tell your doctor you have psoriasis when any medications are prescribed for you.
      # Limit alcohol. This may help control psoriasis, especially for men.
      # Don't smoke. Smoking may make you more likely to get psoriasis and may make it more severe. Smoking may also make your symptoms last longer

  28. QUESTION:
    Herbal remedy for psorisis?
    My friend has really bad psorisis (hope i spelt it right!) its red, inflamed and itchy.
    Does anyone know of a herbal remedy or natural remedy that she can take?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Pink Angel

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

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

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

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

      Natural Cures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of health to you

  29. QUESTION:
    Is there an cureable natural treatment of Psorisis.If yes then suggest.?
    Its a skin allergy.I want to know more about it.Is it infectious?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no cure for psoriasis. It is not contagious and it is not an allergy. It's not even really a skin condition. It's an immune system condition that just happens to affect the shedding of skin cells. Normally skin cell shed every 28 days, people who have psoriasis, such as myself, shed skin every 3-4 days causing a buildup and skin inflammation. The best thing for psoriasis is sunlight and hydrocortisone cream. Unless you want to pay your doctor high fees to use their phototherapy equipment.

  30. QUESTION:
    Question about scalp psorisis and 12 year old daughter.?
    My 12 year old daughter has very bad scalp psorosis it causes a gamit of problems one of them being never being to fully get rid of a head lice infestation. Chemicals to get rid of them is like torture to her scalp- I have 5 daughters all with thick curly hair and this has been a battle and a half it seems like forever any ideas? I need help

    • ANSWER:
      Scalp psoriasis requires slightly different regimes from psoriasis affecting the skin elsewhere. This is due to hair, which makes application of many topical products difficult and protects the scalp from the effects of ultraviolet light. Unfortunately, many scalp treatments for scalp psoriasis are messy and smelly. Most treatments will need to be used regularly for several weeks before a benefit is seen. Special medicated shampoos can be purchased from the chemist.
      Coal tar shampoos are suitable for most patients with scalp psoriasis.Ketoconazole shampoo is effective for dandruff, seborrhoeic dermatitis and sebopsoriasis.The shampoos work best if rubbed into the scalp well, and left in for 5 or 10 minutes and then reapplied. They are safe for daily use but may irritate if applied more than twice weekly. If you dislike the smell of coal tar, try shampooing again with a favourite brand, and use a conditioner. More severe cases require leave-on scalp applications. Alcohol-based topical steroid and calcipotriol lotions can reduce itch but don't lift scale very well. Use topical steroids intermittently; overuse results in more extensive and severe psoriasis. Salicylic acid and coal tar creams work much better, but are messy. Coconut oil compound ointment is a combination of coal tar, salicylic acid and sulphur and seems particularly effective. Leave on for at least an hour and shampoo off later. Most people rub the cream into the plaques at night and wash it off in the morning. Use the scalp preparation daily at first then as the condition improves, reduce the frequency. Unfortunately in many cases the scale soon builds up again, so the creams may have to be applied regularly to keep the scalp clear.
      Cutting hair short helps control scalp psoriasis, probably by making the treatments easier to apply, but is not appealing to everyone.

  31. QUESTION:
    need to sleep (i have bad head to foot psorisis )?
    my psorisis is so ichy i can can not sleep i have tryied e45, aloe vera, all the creams the doc gave me like betnovate dobovate so on and tar i can not do sun lamps because i have another illness, i am not on any tablets but am waiting to go on 1 cyclosporin because we will be trying for a baby please can any 1 help not had any sleep for a week and i'm pullin my hair out and walking round like a zombi
    thanks for first 2 anwsers and i do all the cream moisture i have 2, and i have tried weed it didnt work

    • ANSWER:
      Good Morning, I too have severe psoriasis and an extra problem and I suffer from depression, therefore to begin with you need to realise your immune system fights with each other, add a cold on top of this or even the stress of trying for a baby or simple things like losing your car keys etc and suddenly you are scratching and flared up.

      You need to adapt your life to the psoriais because its something you are going to have, you are going to have good times and bad times, you are going to have so many treatments thrown at you along with ideas and extras like pistachio nuts, coal tar and even dead sea salts, yes these do work for some people, but for me anything was very short term.

      I now am on treatment that is working, to be honest i would not change it which is amazing considering my skin was falling off.

      I lay my dressing gown on the bed and a towel on my pillow, I then lay down naked, I use Eucerin 10% Urea Treatment Lotion, which I rub in every part of me including my scalp and between my toes everywhere, I even snort it because I have psoriasis in my nose, I then close my dressing gown, put the duvet over me and watch tv or something, the outside world can clear off just for a while. About 45 minutes the skin is moist but really if you can do this before going to sleep then you can sleep under your duvet and I use the dressing gown as a comfy blanket, no its not very romantic but when psoriasis is severe i don't want touching.

      By the time you wake up in the morning you'll look normal again, if you are not going out then leave your hair alone, if you are going out and have to wash your hair then use Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic shampoo (blue & white box) but do not shower.

      That night use Elecon Mometastone Furate cream which is a steroid cream and you only use it on the actual psoriasis not all over you, you also need to part your hair and put this on any psoriasis on your scalp, or in my case in my ears and up my nose with my finger, again yesterdays creamed dressing gown is your comfy blanket, now rest.

      You can change your bedding when you are better, so accept you may have to do this sometimes and your bedding may be a mess, but the comfort from the cream on the bedding and dressing gown actually helps as you are getting through it. Then when you are feeling good again wash the bedding and dressing gown and you have that lovely clean bed feeling until you are ill again.

      You also need to help yourself, look at what deodrants you are using and don't use them at home when you are treating yourself. You also need to look at washing powder, I was on fairy but have found thanks to someones advice that the Tescos cheap auto biological powder works brilliantly, you also need to consider your soap, I only use simple, every bath I only use Eucerin Bath Therapy. Its the smelly stuff in soaps and powders that seems to affect my skin most.

      Finally don't be afraid of using your bed, if you need an afternoon siesta this will help recharge your skin, if you lose your car keys and start scratching then the weight of the duvet will stop that, get under the duvet and calmly work out where things might be, okay you musn't scratch, you have to help yourself, I use to scratch mine until I bled.

      Yes I have good days and bad days, considering I was 80% severlely covered, now I am 10% lightly covered and I have it under control only doing everything from the above. All the items above are available on prescription and you are more then welcome to email me if you have any questions over anything.

      All the very best

      Gerry

  32. QUESTION:
    Pimple like dots all over legs?
    So before I consult a doctor I wanted to ask for opinions on here.

    For the last 2 months I have had these pimple like dots showing up all over my inner legs. They have white puss in them and when you pop them, they seem to crust over and stay around for a while.

    I am a very clean person and shower everyday. I have tried multiple acne treatments but to no avail. Any suggestions on how to cure it or what it may be? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You could be allergic to the detergent,or the fabric or the dye in the fabric. Or, it could be some psorisis.

  33. QUESTION:
    Red sore rash around base of nose?
    Hi, I get a really sorerash kind of thing around base of my nose. It comes up every year at about this time, s the weatehr is changing. I have been to the doctors and they have said its some form of dermatitius and other peopel have said it looks like psorisis. the only thing that helps it slightly is sunbeds. Has anyone suffered from this as its impossible to get rid of and annoying??

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like seborrhoreic dermatitis (? spelling!). The usual treatment is a steroid cream, Eumovate, only available on prescription. I find using a mild exfoliator when washing is useful and also putting vaseline on the area at night ot keep the skin moisturised.

  34. QUESTION:
    psorisis ...i need to know?
    my partner has severe psorisis.....i know this is not contagious but is it possible for his skin that comes off in bed cause me to itch.....he itches badly due to the psorisis.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey hon!

      Sorry to hear of your partner's psoriasis. It can get really bad and not only will it be difficult for him, but for you too.

      The little flakes of skin can make you itch whilst in bed, like anything you lay in, if it's dusty or bitty it can be a mild irritant to the skin.

      You need to vacuum the bed each day or evening before you go to sleep. If getting the cleaner out is a bit of a hassle, invest in a little handheld one to do over the sheets each morning. Also, does you partner wear any pyjamas when sleeping, cool cotton pjs may be a good idea so that less skin flakes end up in the bed.

      Also, keep the bedroom cool at night. Sweating can increase the itchiness and irritability of the skin. If you need it warmer, have a small fan aimed at your partner and away from you.

      Is he getting effective treatment from his doctors? Psoriasis is very sore and maddeningly itchy at times - if your partner is still suffering then get further treatment. There are a whole host of things to try and as difficult and laborious as finding one that works can be, it really is worth the effort. A close friend of mine suffered dreadfully. She tried everything and nothing worked. Eventually she was put on immunosupressants which did work for her. But obviously everyone is different and it's a hard road of trial and error.

      Lastly, if using topical creams on the skin, try putting them on just before bedtime. It'll keep the skin moist, hopefully reduce itching and any stray flakes maybe more prone to sticking to the creamed skin than fall onto the sheets.

      Best of health and lots of luck hon!

  35. QUESTION:
    Any great solutions for healing psorisis?

    • ANSWER:
      Apple Cider Vinegar & PSORIASIS Testimony

      I only started taking Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey mornings and without honey, evenings, every day about 2 weeks ago and already I am feeling different!!!

      I was recommended to ACV by my employer who has PSORIASIS.and has had it since 1987!! He has tried virtually every type of convential type of treatment and nothing has really worked Thats ultra light therapy,steroid creams and other creams,ointments.U name it and he has tried it. I understand that it is considered to be "incurable"!!
      Source(s):

      http://curezone.com/blogs/m.asp?f=179&i=...
      http://curezone.com/blogs/f.asp?f=179...

  36. QUESTION:
    does costly fairness creams and lotions work?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends.

      Cost has very little to do with effectivness. I, like most ppl trained in the industry, create my own, mostly so I can know what goes into them and I can keep the cost down to mere pennies.

      Ppl have made thier own for thousands of years. Even these new chemicals are often based on an analysis of older treatments. However, there is a great danger in many of them. To patent a substance, it must be new. Therefore, though those chemicals were based in natural safe substances used for thousands of years, they are NOT chemically identical. For many of them we don't even know the long term effects on humans. For example, the orginally safe coconut products that aid in foaming for cleansers like toothpaste or shampoo or laundry soap has been distilled and changed to SLS, which turns out to be incredibly carcinagenic. Same with the Sodium benzoate, which is used a preservative in facial products. Since everything that goes on your skin is absorbed by that organ, whatever you use should always be edible, which is why most old treatments are food based. The standard rule is if you can't pronouce an ingredient, don't put it on your skin.

      Stick with the simple, time tested remedies where possible. Pick up some Dr. Bronner's soap for facial and all over cleansing... I grind up a cornmeal, red bean, kelp, clay, oatmeal combo for daily exfoliant and weekly face mask. Grab some rose water for skin tone evener. I just warm up some grapeseed oil for wrinkles or dry skin. Massage gently into face. Voila! Ironed out! I make my own comfry ointment with GSE for psorisis and rashes. And rosa masquita oil for scar tissue. And I have a whole program for curing acne completely. You should never have to spend more than for a complete toilet, even if you purchase them already made.

  37. QUESTION:
    psorisis cure medician?
    i have psorisis in back side and leg and nail and hair since 2003 please suggst me effected medician

    • ANSWER:
      Over reacting of our body immune system is the main cause of Psoriasis. It is a skin disease. It can be cured, if you wants its cure than email me at bhirdayprakash@yahoo.com. I shall provide you the sure shot treatment.

  38. QUESTION:
    treatment of psorisis ?
    a couple of months ago i asked a question on the best treatment for psorisis. I was advised to get dovobet, i did and its amazing stuff. the scaled skin is gone. thanks! now i need to know what gets rid of the redness that is left as its still noticeable.
    ive been using dovobet but the redness is still there although it isn't as bad

    • ANSWER:
      I also suffer from psoriosis and the best thing I have found is Forever Living Aloe Vera Gelly it is absolutley amazing, it also comes with a 60 day money back guarantee if you are not happy. available at

      www.foreverbeealoe.com

  39. QUESTION:
    my partners daughter is 5years old and has sever psorisis she has been treated with different potions.?
    the one she has been on for the last six months is is doverbet with and without the steriods but she has graduley worsened to a distressing state.She has a coconut compound for her scalp calledSEBCO but using this also has made her hairline dramatically resid, and thin. Now i had psorisis bad and thay gave me the P.UV.A TREATMENT but my p[artner does not wont her to have this because of her age and the possible damage it can do to her skin later in life. I dont agree that this would have such as hudge impact myself but then im no doctor. but if the best of best creams like doverbet is not been working for the past six months wot other alternative route should we go down. Her mother has it slightley, can she be stressed at 5 or would it be more of a heridertory thing. Regardless it is not going at all. please help

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, go to a dermatologist -- M.D. specialist in skin diseases. If that's a correct diagnosis [sometimes psoriasis is misdiagnosed] then it will probably never go away completely. But it is treatable.

      However, psoriasis has cycles, when it gets better [goes into remission] and later when it gets worse [exacerbation]. If you get a specialist (M.D. dermatologist) who really knows psoriasis, he will give you a prescription for special types of ointments, etc. Use the prescription faithfully, and she should be able to live successfully with this condition the rest of her life. But it takes regular treatment, forever, to keep the skin from becoming red and scaley and ugly..

  40. QUESTION:
    psorisis, where next?
    I've had psorisis for nearly 22 years. Why can't i have a break from it. I've tried all the creams, lotions and potions I can bear, I've had UVB and psoralens UV treatment. These do work at the time but it keeps coming back, right now it's back with avengance and driving me nuts. I try to live as stress free a life as possible, I don't drink much and try to watch my diet. Are there any options i haven't tried?

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

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

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

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

      www.foreverbeealoe.com

      Hope you get rid of it soon.

  41. QUESTION:
    whats the best way to make psorisis go away?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a common skin disease characterised by thickened patches of red, inflamed skin, often covered by silvery scales.
      The exact cause is unknown, new cells are produced at about 10 times faster than normal creating patches of excess skin.
      In most cases the condition can be improved with topical treatments such as those containing Corticosteroid drugs and coal tar. Other treatments include Dithranol ointment, PUVA, and drugs such as Methotrexate, however, Psoriasis is usually a long-term condition.

      Regards, Chris. (Medical Student, University of Salford)

  42. QUESTION:
    Does Dr batra homeopathy treatment for psorisis and hair loss are really good? plz help .?
    does dr batra's homeopathic treatment for psorisis and hair loss are really good? please help if you have or you know about some personal experience . in Bangalore which place is best for homeopathic treatment of psorisis and hair loss... i mean to say dr batra's clinic or any other hospital.. as there are many doctors .. if you can tell me the name of well known dr of this side whether at any batra's clinic or any other hospital it will be greatly helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is caused due to over reacting of body immune system. So to balance the body immune system Please drink green AMLA JUICE which is available at Patanjalee Yog Peeth outlets of BaBa Ram dev Ji @ 1lt pack Rs.90 only. 30 ml juice by adding 30 ml water be taken after both the meal for 1-2 month regularly. Please do not use shampoo or bathing soap to come in contact to the area effected with Psoriasis, You may Use gram flour having 1 tea spoon turmeric powder & 10 ml Sesame oil & little water in it to make it pasty now apply paste one by one to your body parts & rub gently till removal of the paste then take bath with water only.Apply ALOEVERA Pulp over the effected area & massage gently for 5 minutes twice daily.Shampoo & soap contains some caustic soda in them which enhance the problem.
      Have 100 ml Glycerin & add 35 ml Lemon juice to it shake well & store. Now apply this to the surface effected after bathing & at Bed time daily till cure.
      Purchase Homoeopathic medicine GREYPHITUS------200 potency seal pack 30 ml. 1 drop of this medicine in half cup water be taken twice daily till cure.
      Curd /Lemon / Papaya / Guava / Green leafy vegetables /Apples be added to your daily diet.
      If Psoriasis effected your scalp please use Fuller's Earth ( Multani Mitti ) to wash your hair.
      If you observe my suggestions regularly for 1 month you will get rid of psoriasis.After 15 days you will feel some better, but continue the process till cure. If Psoriasis is of old nature it may be cured more than 1 month.

  43. QUESTION:
    Any good idea's to clear up psorisis?
    I have spots all over my body now and the tanning bed and UVB light treatments only work for a week after my last treament...I cant do humira and all those bc im only 22 and that could hurt me in the long run...Im so tired of this running my life...im always too embarrassed to go anywhere....I want my life back.....anyone....please help me please....and cheaper idea's are a plus....please help me get confidence back once more....im beginning to hate my life.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is very had to treat but taking both fish oil 3-4 capsules a day and eating butter help a little.

  44. QUESTION:
    Homeopathic cure for me? or another natural cure??? help!?
    I have a severe case of psoriasis on my foot that is almost always there, it goes into remission but then flares up and spreads to my legs. It is very embarrassing and very very painful. My doc has given me steroids in both oral and topical form. The oral stuff works at taking it away but then it just comes back when I quit taking it, and the side effects are terrible. does anyone know about homeopathy? would it work for me? what kind of homeopathic treatment or other natural remedy would you suggest? Thanks so much for the advise, I don't know anything about homeopathy!

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathy works the best in Psorisis, as in all other disease and disorders. PSORINUM in 1M Potency one dose after one weeks Interval SULPHUR 1M one dose, to be carried on in the same sequence with a weeks interval between them.

      No Side Effects and No Complications, keep me posted about your progress weekly if possible.

      You can get Homeopathic remedies from most Health and Herbs Stores all over USA and EU, if cannot find them there you can try any of the sites given below to buy them online :-
      http://www.homeopathic.com/
      http://www.naturesway.com/NaturesWay/products.aspx?productid=Homeopathic_Category
      http://www.freemans.uk.com/index2.html
      http://www.homeopathyworks.com/index.php
      http://www.hylands.com/

      Take Care and God Bless You !

  45. QUESTION:
    Psorisis can you please help me? Please!!?
    I have a very bad case of psorisis on my scalp, I try not to scratch but I can't help it and I'm left with a red raw bleeding scalp it's driveing me mad!

    Does anyone know of any good medical or natural treatments that might help?

    Thanks

    • 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.

  46. QUESTION:
    Going to dermatologist?
    I'm going tomorrow. I'm 13. I have psorisis (wrong spelling?) on my arm. Just a little bit of it. Can you tell me what the doctor is going to do? What will happen? I just need a heads up thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Is that the thing where you have colored patches?

      I think that's what I had and she gave me an ointment...but as you are a minor, your parent might have to be there to sign something for you to get the treatment.

  47. QUESTION:
    nobody is goin to marry me for sure. i feel helpless?
    i am just 21 and i have got psorisis. my doc says it cant b cured.it has devloped on my fingers n is spreading on my hand. i can hide scars on feet but how to hide the scars on my hand. i feel helpless.who wil marry such a girl. please help me

    • ANSWER:
      You are not the first person on the dating scene with a medical condition. There are people out there with diabetes, cancer, herpes, and male pattern baldness. Anything you can think of. Not everyone is perfect. Be responsible with your medical regimin. Do what the doctor says and look into nutritional support. Ilness is a failure in your immune system. Find out what your body is lacking that causes psoriasis. Look into what Vitamin E and C can do for you. Ask a nutritionist at GNC or go to your doctor. Clear any treatment you feel may be helpful with your doctor. He is your team. Take a look at all the good things you can bring to a relationship and develop responsible decision making. Note the things people value about having you as a friend and cultivate those virtues. Expect to be able to trust and respect any future partner and create a person worthy of trust and respect. The person who gets to know you and value you will not make note of the psoriasis. Love is blind. All they will see is you.


psorisis treatments

Psoriasis Sea Salt Treatment

The healing powers of taking a sea salt bath with salt from the Dead Sea has been known about for thousands of years but has only recently become a hot topic among those who are looking for alternative medicine who live outside the "alternative medicine" community.

If you're planning on using Dead Sea bath salt to treat psoriasis, eczema, or even for just muscular aches and pains it's important that you choose the right salts. We are not talking about Epsom salts here or typical bath salts you might find at the local drugstores. Nor are we talking about the sea salt that you buy to replace your table salt.

The Right Bath Salt "Sea salt" is manufactured through a simple process of taking sea water and evaporating all the moisture thus leaving you with the residual minerals found in that water. All sea water is not created equal so neither are all sea salts. It is the general consensus that Dead Sea Salt has the most therapeutic benefits than any other sea salt available. You must be careful however that this salt has not been processed and had all of the vital minerals removed before being sold. It is also believed the best salt comes from the Adovia region of the Dead Sea. How To Spot Quality Bath Sea Salt How to spot poor quality Dead Sea salt? First beware of anything too cheap. High quality salt from the Dead Sea should set you back .50-.00 a lb. Beware also of salts that look bleached. The genuine article should be slightly off white, something that is hard to spot in photos especially on a computer. I suggest only buying from companies that offer certificates of authenticity. Lastly, look at the mineral content. At one time if you didn't have some connections in the natural products world you could only get a Dead Sea salt bath if you could afford expensive spa trips. Now a sea salt bath with salt from the Dead Sea is available to everyone. Just make sure you know what you're buying. It's important to understand that what we are calling "salts" are actually a variety of minerals that are left when the water from the Dead sea is evaporated. The genuine product should contain about 33% magnesium chloride, about 24% potassium chloride and only about 5-6% of sodium chloride (common table salt). Get the ingredient list before you agree to purchase any bath salt that is claimed to be from the Dead Sea. It is also important to note that if you plan to do a full body bath you will need to use about 4.4 lbs of the salts to receive the desired therapeutic effects. Any bath that is a partial should have about 10% salts in it. Now this something you may not have expected as traditional bath salts rarely call for that kind of volume of salts but we're talking about traditional bath salts here. Those small packages that you see for sale are for making sea salt facial scrubs, not taking full baths in. A Dead Sea bath is an amazing experience. First, because of the high saline content your body is much more buoyant in a which gives you an incredible feeling of relaxation. Contrary to what you might expect the bath also makes your skin smooth and supple and is highly touted for its ability to help heal patients with Psoriasis, Eczema and Acne. You will also notice that baths are useful for relaxing tired and sore muscles. And all of these claims are not just talk. There is ample clinical evidence to back these up.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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

  2. 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
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  3. QUESTION:
    What can I do to get rid of psoriasis?
    I am a 43 year old male who has developed psoraisis over the last six months. The creams I have got from my doctor have not helped. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      The main thing to know is that there are many different treatments, and the trick is to find the one that helps you. I suggest you check out other similar questions on Answers for details on the type of diet you should follow, etc.

      Your doctor will only prescribe some creams for you to use. I think I must have tried them all over the years, with little effect. For many years my only respite was during the summer when I could get a tan (exposure to the sun is good, in small doses). (And whatever you do, steer away from steriod creams.)

      However, I recently heard the the Dead Sea is the place to go as the salt in the sea is supposed to work wonders. I wandered into my local health shop, and noticed that they sell Dead Sea Salt, so I bought some, washed with it for three days, and my condition improved immensely. Now I simply use it as part of my daily routine.

      You will probably never completely get rid of it, but you can certainly keep it under control.

      Good luck.

  4. QUESTION:
    Whats the best thing to cure psoriasis?
    My poor mam has just developed psoriasis down the side of her neck. What causes it and how can she get rid of it ...If at all.

    • ANSWER:
      It is very hard to get rid of I'm afraid i have been suffering quite badly for nearly two years and have tried numerous creams and potions both prescribed and alternative none of which have been of any long term benefit all she can do is try various things and hope that one works for her. I get best results by regular sea salt baths and using a steroid cream i know you should not use the cream for long periods but when you are desperate and it works what are you gona do.
      I know lots of people use light treatment which is supposed to give great results but i worry about the long term health issues especially as i am very fair skinned.
      Get in touch if you feel you would like to discuss any treatments and the affects of suffering from this.
      Good luck x

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is an easy homemade-ish way to get rid of pimple and blemishes?
    I get these like pimple breakouts on my face sometimes, and i don't want to buy all those expensive creams and lotions and things. Anyone know something i can try a home, with household things, or something low cost? thanks so much.

    p.s oh and if someone also wants to explain to me how to hide all of that with make-up, it would be appreciated as well :D

    • ANSWER:
      Well my advice:
      For nice clear skin:Get some yarrow capsules,put one in some warm water,splash your face with it,pat dry with a wash-clothe.Or as a cleanser if you have dry skin try milk it has lactic acid (found in alot of really expensive creams!).Then for toner use lemon it balances the ph in your skin,Apply with cotton ball.Then use 100% pure aloe vera gel (get this stuff at local heath food store or drugstore).Hope I helped!,God bless!. :) Garlic is good for pimples to (not good for sensitive skin) just leave it on for like 5 mins (mash it up first).Also have a good diet,eat lots of fruits and veggies(I'm a vegetarian).Drink water too,half your body weight (if you weigh 100 lbs drink 50 oz a day).Taking MSM (100-1,000 mg) daily can help acne.

      Also try an egg mask,simply leave egg white (from one egg) on your face for 10 minutes.

      I advise you to try a tomato ,take a tomato and cut a few slices from it and then leave the slices on your face for about 10 minutes(flesh side down).

      For your body simply:

      Mix suger (or sea salt) and Olive oil together and you have a great scrub!.
      :)

      Info:
      Benefits of aloe vera

      Many ancient works, including the Bible, refer to the use of aloe. One of the first documented users of aloe vera was Cleopatra, who lived from 68 to 30 B.C. She is said to have used the gel on her skin as protection from the sun, and to have thought the gel helped to keep her skin young-looking. In fact, the Egyptians may have used aloe vera in their embalming of bodies, among other uses.

      About the year Six B.C., Dioscorides, a Greek physician, discovered aloe vera was effective in treating a wide range of ailments, from kidney problems and constipation, to severe burns of the skin.

      Today aloe vera continues to be widely used around the world. Studies have shown that aloe vera speeds the healing process, particularly in burns, including those from radiation. It is also used by dermatologists to speed healing after facial dermabrasion, which removes scars from the skins top layers.

      *****

      The possible benefits from the use of aloe vera gel and juice include:

      1. May help sooth skin injured by burns, irritations, cuts and insect bites.

      2. May help moisturize and soften the skin.

      3. May help speed the healing of skin wounds,acne, burns and other injuries.

      4. May help (when taken internally)with constipation, diarrhea and other intestinal problems.

      5. May speed and improve general healing when taken internally.

      6. May relieve itching and swelling of irritated skin.

      7. May help kill fungus and bacteria.

      8. May improve the effectiveness of sun screen products.
      ......................................…
      Benefits of Lactic acid

      Lactic acid is a naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acid that is fermented from milk for use in cosmetics, lotions and cleansers to assist in smoothing and moisturizing the skin. Lactic acid is of great use in any healthy skin regimen, as it aids in the sloughing of dead skin cells, increasing cellular turnover while hydrating the skin for a fresh and rejuvenated complexion. Lactic acid can be used for many skin problems including the management of acne, wrinkles, psoriasis,sun damage, keratosis pilaris and hyperkeratosis, and can even be used on slightly sensitive or allergy-prone skin.

      Egg

      After applying egg whites, your skin takes on a tighter, more lifted appearance, causing some skin care aficionados to go so far as to call the egg white mask an "egg white face lift ". Other benefits of this natural skin care treatment, egg whites have been known to reduce the appearance minor breakouts, as well as enlarged pores.

      Tomatos and Lycopene

      Lycopene is high in antioxidants and fat soluble, with a small molecule structure that is easily absorbed by the skin. There is a drawback however. Lycopene is not dietary soluble (the molecule structure is tightly bound) unless cooked.Tomatos have high levels of both vitamins C and A,great for skin.

      Honey

      Honey also is be good for your skin. It has the ability to attract water. You can use honey instead of alpha hydroxy masks because of its high content of the acid. It is also safe for sensitive skin.

      You can also use it as a moisturizing mask for your skin as well as your hair.
      The reason why your skin clears up then blemishes again is because you skin becomes immune to the product your using. Thats why skin never stays clear. Face cleansers like Proactive, Clean and Clear and all that stuff has a lot of chemicals in that eat away bacteria on your face. Now there's nothing wrong with that but when it starts stripping your face of natural oils then you have a problem.

      Diet is also a bit part a clean skin. Make sure your eating right, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and blah blah blah. Keep your hands from your face, and don't pick at your blemishes. It will just spread bacteria over your face.

      Buy some bare minara

  8. QUESTION:
    I'm on mycrogynon 50 and am changing to a lower dose pill, can I skip my period on transition of pills?
    I need to skip my period and don't have mycrogynon pills left, only my new pill. Is it ok to skip my period using the new pill?

    • ANSWER:
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  9. QUESTION:
    Will the acid from Lemons get rid of psoriasis?
    I have just asked about psoriasis which is bugging me at the momment and have came up with an idea to try rubbing a lemon on the infected areas of skin. Will it work??
    Been to see my GP many times and only get lotions and shampoos that haven't worked only made it worse it seems
    Im a 15 year old girl and have had it for 3-4 years

    • ANSWER:
      It totally depends upon what is causing the psoriasis.

      There are a few types of psoriasis. Seborrheic dermatitis which is caused by a fungus. The Guttate psoriasis which is caused by a bacteria (group A Strep) is typically treated with antibiotics by the medical people. The worst one is believed to be an "auto-immune" disease where infections (can be viral) cause the body to unleash it's immune system on the tissue where the bad germs are and appear to attack the body's tissue. Everywhere in the world they know that there is NO such thing as an "autoimmune" disease, except in the U.S. where they are behind in research on this issue. Infection(s) are the culprit, not the immune system.

      It can be made worst by cold, darkness, trauma and certain medications. The medical solution is not a good one, but nevertheless, it is usually treated with corticosteroids, UV treatment or immunosurpessant drugs such as methotrexate or cyclosporin.

      All these drugs do is attempt to treat the symptoms and never get to the "root cause."

      Psoriasis is most likely an adrenal gland and fat metabolism problem. All the cremes, drugs, and other so called modern day medicine cures are ridiculous because they are treating the symptoms and when the symptoms are gone, the underlying problem is still there and that is why you get recurring events.

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

      You need to eliminate ALL hydrogenated oils, fried foods, trans fats, and especially genetically modified oils like Canola, Soybean, Cottonseed, and Corn oils. These are all being genetically altered and wreak havoc with your bodies immune system and fat digestion. Don’t be like a lot of uninformed Americans that eat these “vegetable” oils that are creating huge digestive problems. The best oil to cook with and make salad dressings is a mixture of: 1/3 olive oil, 1/3 sesame seed oil, and 1/3 coconut oil. All the oils should be from organic sources. Add some balsamic vinegar to the oil mix for a great salad dressing. ALL the commercial salad dressings are loaded with the bad vegetable oils. Avoid them totally.

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

      If you are a woman (you didn't say), and had an episiotomy when you gave child birth, this could play a big role in this problem because the scar from the episiotomy will reflex to your adrenal glands and reduce the energy to a point where they won't work properly and cause this problem. If you have any scars or traumas to the back (including an epidural, etc.), this will cause the adrenal glands to be very weak and become a major contributor to the problem.

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

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

      Buy some "pink sea-salt." This is salt that contains minerals and other ingredients that will help your problem. Take at least 1/2 teaspoon of this per day.

      Any drugs you have taken, killed your intestinal flora and you have Candida Albicans overgrowth (yeast problem) that you are now going to have to deal with. This has stopped your body from producing “B” vitamins naturally. If you are itching, getting styes, ringworm, etc. this is most likely a good reason for this. It's not enough to take B vitamin pills to fix this, it won't, especially if you get the “B” Vitamins in a tablet from from drug stores or health food stores because they are all very toxic to your body because they are petroleum distillates of COAL TAR (nothing natural about them). You need to eat lots of fermented foods, like keifer, sauerkraut, miso (a good brand is Yamabuki), yogurt, etc.

      I stongly suggest you (800) 370 – 3447 and order the "Max Stress B" product. I would take 1/4 teaspoon day one, and then increase it daily up to 2 teaspoons after one week. This is a very potent form of “B” Vitamin source that contains the "end chain" B's and is highly assimilated by the body, unlike the "B's" sold in stores that are dead chemicals made from petroleum distillate derivative of Coal Tar. Even vitamin B-5 is available in this as it's end chain form of Coenzyme A that is NOT available in any other product I know of. This will stop any itching you may have also within a couple days. It will go into your system within about 20 seconds of consuming it and not be urinated out like the other B-vitamin products you may or may not have taken in the past.

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

      If you follow this routine, you should see very positive results within a few days and more permanent results within at 2 months period and it should not return.

      I would also change my diet to heavy omega 3 fatty acid foods such as WILD fish (not farm raised), Beef from grass fed cows (very high in omega 3 fatty acids), unlike the high omega 6 fatty acid garbage beef from grain fed cows sold in commercial grocery stores, flax seed products. Eliminate sugars, especially sodas (even diet sodas), white flour breads. This feeds the Candida and the phosphoric acid in the sodas is binding the calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, etc. preventing absorption. The high fructose corn syrup is NOT sugar and must be broken down by the liver and causes heavy liver toxicity that contributes to the problem. It is also genetically engineered and many allergies and problems like you are having are coming from that junk.

      I would also purchase from that company the Betaine HCL and activator, as well as the digestive enzyme and take 4 Betaine HCL and 2 activators after each meal, and 2 digestive enzyme with each meal. I would also purchase the probiotic and take one in the morning and one at night. I would take it with homemade keifer milk you make yourself at home from RAW MILK you purchase from a dairy that grass feeds cows, not GRAIN FED! You can take this even if you are lactose intolerant. Additionally, I would go to: www.organicpastures.com and find out local sources or order from them ALL their RAW milk products, including milk, colostrum, raw butter, etc. This is very good for you.

      All medications and drugs of any kind will only give you "MAKE BELIEVE HEALTH" that ultimately takes a toll on your body and can actually shorten your life expectancy because it is NOT real health.

      good luck to you

  10. 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.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it wrong for my friend to be ashamed of her husband's psoriasis? Anyone know of a good med. to try ?
    He does absolutely nothing to try & get rid of it. He has been given several diff. medicines for it, but they don't know what might work, because he puts it on for 2 days & then quits if he doesn't see immediate results. Is it wrong for her to ask him to wear long sleeves whenever they go out together ?

    • ANSWER:
      I've had psoriasis since 2001, and I cover up the worst of it (on my legs - mostly below the knees - and my elbows and up) just to avoid the stares and constant explanations.

      I, too, avoid prescription meds. I used prescription creams and ointments for about a year with no visible difference, and long-term use can lead to some nasty side effects. I tried a couple oral meds, but quit because of side effects. Tar products, including shampoos and skin creams, etc. make me sick to my stomach. I won't try the biological injectables because, currently, for me, the potential side effects (ruin your liver, for one!) are worse than the skin problem they MIGHT take care of ... for maybe a few months, then you have to do them all over again when the psoriasis breaks out again. Usually, if a med has side effects, I'll get them ... and sometimes come up with ones that are not even listed! ie. I developed severe sleep apnea after just a couple days of taking Cyclosporin. Thank God, it went away when I stopped taking the pills. Most meds do take weeks or months to show any results, and there is no cure.

      I tried UV light treatments. That was a disaster! I wasn't believed when I told them how sensitive my skin is, and in the fourth week of treatment, they upped the time too long and baked me into a "crispy critter!" I just escaped being hospitalized for burns (total body!), and had a major flare as a result of the skin injury. It took months to recover.

      Eventually, I had a natural remission (I wasn't taking any meds) and the psoriasis contained itself to the areas below my knees to the tips of my toes (not the soles of my feet, thank you, God!), and to my elbows and immediately above. I'm so grateful to have it on such as small portion of my body! If I ever have a complete remission, it will be icing on the cake!

      Psoriais is usually worse in winter, and various things can make it flare up. For me, getting too hot will do it in a hurry, so I can't dance or exercise much ... and heaven help me if I work up a sweat. I have to stay in air-conditioned vehicles or buildings in the summer. Ironic, because a little sun (vitamin D) is good for psoriasis! Stress can cause flares. If one get sick, one is more likely to have a flare. And flares can take months to go away. When I flare, my psoriasis spreads up my legs, sometimes as high as my waist, sprinkled on my back and chest, and down my arms and hands. Oh, the misery!

      I use a variety of herbal/alternative and over-the-counter bath products (dead sea salts, etc.) skin creams and body lotions, just to make my skin feel a little better. They can help ease the tightness and dryness, but nothing, prescription or over the counter, has eased the itch. To get an idea of what psoriasis feels like, take your worst case of poison ivy (or chiggers, mosquito bites, etc.) and top it off with your very worst sunburn. It itches like the dickens, but hurts to scratch. I resist scratching for as long as I can, but eventually I just HAVE to scratch, and will often scratch until I'm bleeding. I scratch until the hurt is worse than the itch. And, yes, we shed skin like crazy. You can find me by following the trail of skin flakes! I wouldn't dare commit a crime, my DNA would be all over the place!

      The public needs to be educated. Psoriasis is not caused by poor personal hygiene; it is not contagious. More research needs to be done to find the cause and a cure. There is a genetic component to the disease, and what triggers it is still to be determined.

      As for your friend, she can ASK her hubby to wear long sleeves when they go out, but if people's reactions don't bother him, and he doesn't care enough about her feelings to spare her their stares, etc. ... she's stuck with it and will just have to know that his appearance is beyond her control, hold her head up and ignore the ignorant public.

  12. 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.

  13. QUESTION:
    What will cure psoriasis when nothing else, even enbrel hasnt worked?
    My husband has suffered for years, and has tryed everything. Any help is appreciated even natural and alternative treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      Saltwater should help but not cure it. If you live near the ocean, that's the best "medicine." For all others, buy dead sea salts (in the section where bubble bath and bath oil is) and bathe/soak in it. This is not a "quick fix," though. It will be a while before you see any improvement, but it does help. Beware, though...this can/will corrode metal fixtures in your tub over the long haul.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  15. QUESTION:
    I have bought Dead Sea Salt.How should I use it for psoriasis?
    I have bought Dead Sea Salt.How should I use it for psoriasis?

    how many tablespoons in a bath tub and at what temperature???

    • ANSWER:
      it would depend on how much water you use, size of your tub, etc. my patients have best results with 1 tablespoon for every 10 gallons of water. make sure the water is pretty warm to aid with disolving. i've also had patients tell me that spending some time with effected areas exposed to the sun just prior to soaking in the tub helps also. there's been quite a bit of research involving sea salts and excema which looks very promising, as well as treatment in a tanning bed or sunbathing. good luck. i know it can be very frustrating.

  16. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know anything good to treat the skin condition psoriasis?
    I have seen doctors, and they give me a range of creams that dont seem to work, I have searched the internet and there are lots of companies offering miracle cures, but i expect most are cons...does anybody actually have experience of something that works?

    • ANSWER:
      if you look on ebay,you can buy big bags of dead sea salt. it`s not too dear! i`ve tried every cream you can think of and have just started on tablets(neotigasion)only been on them for a week but can`t see a change so far,hopefully they will work though. ask your doctor to refer you to a dermotoligist. i had sun treatment about 5 times and it was great,really cleared it up but always came back!!!! good luck and i hope you find something that helps you,xx

  17. QUESTION:
    do you shave off psoriasis plaques from your body?
    I often wonder if shaving off thick psoriasis plaques from your body will keep them from coming back...

    • ANSWER:
      Although self-help measures won't cure psoriasis, they may help improve the appearance and feel of damaged skin. These measures may benefit you:

      Take daily baths. Bathing daily helps remove scales and calm inflamed skin. Add bath oil, oiled oatmeal, Epsom salts or Dead Sea salts to the water and soak for at least 15 minutes. Avoid hot water and harsh soaps, which can make your symptoms worse. Instead, use lukewarm water and mild soaps that have added oils and fats.
      Use moisturizer. Blot your skin after bathing, then immediately apply a heavy, ointment-based moisturizer while your skin is still moist. For very dry skin, oils may be preferable — they have more staying power than creams or lotions do and are more effective at preventing water from evaporating from your skin. During cold, dry weather, you may need to apply a moisturizer several times a day.
      Cover the affected areas overnight. To help improve redness and scaling, apply an ointment-based moisturizer to your skin and wrap with plastic wrap overnight. In the morning, remove the covering and wash away the scales with a bath or a shower.
      Expose your skin to small amounts of sunlight. A controlled amount of sunlight can significantly improve lesions, but too much sun can trigger or worsen outbreaks and increase the risk of skin cancer. If you sunbathe, it's best to try short sessions three or more times a week. Keep a record of when and how long you're in the sun to help avoid overexposure. And be sure to protect healthy skin with a sunscreen of at least 15 SPF, paying careful attention to your ears, hands and face. Before beginning any sunbathing program, ask your doctor about the best way to use natural sunlight to treat your skin.
      Apply cortisone. Apply an over-the-counter cortisone cream 0.5 percent or 1 percent, for a few weeks when your symptoms are especially bad.
      Avoid psoriasis triggers, if possible. Find out what triggers, if any, worsen your psoriasis and take steps to prevent or avoid them. Infections, injuries to your skin, stress, smoking and intense sun exposure can all worsen psoriasis.
      Avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol consumption may decrease the effectiveness of some psoriasis treatments.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  19. QUESTION:
    Will there ever be a cure for psoriasis?
    what is the cause of psoriasis.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis- 1 of the most wrongly diagnosed skin conditions. It is not excema, it is not a touch of dry skin, everyone thinks they know someone with it, and everyone thinks they have a cure! Also noramlly met with "O, yes. I get dry skin too!"

      It is the excessive regeneration of skin cells which cause the tough dry areas of skin.
      It is often triggered by stress, and also often hereditary, though can also often skip a generation, Other causes can be exposure to chemicals or nickel.
      Infection itself is not a cause, though the stress caused by it can be, this is also shown by the large number of cases after glandular fever.

      Treatments vary. UV (sunlight) often have positive results. Steroid creams, dead sea salts, polytar, also help. Managing stress is the key factor, and while general body health and therefore diet are important these triggers are usually individual - so experiment to see what works for you.
      Chilli's can contain/release beneficial enzymes, though some say spicy food is not good. See what works for you.
      As for a cure, not yet, but heres hoping!

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

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

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

  21. QUESTION:
    The "Dead Sea", what life forms heal the human body with life?
    The dead sea is so called dead from the great magnitude of salt composition... They say its dead...What life forms live in the sea and how does the water create great healing properties?

    • ANSWER:
      It isn't totally dead, some bacteria and microbial fungi are present.

      The Dead Sea area has become a major center for health research and treatment for several reasons. The mineral content of the waters, the very low content of pollens and other allergens in the atmosphere, the reduced ultraviolet component of solar radiation, and the higher atmospheric pressure at this great depth each have specific health effects. For example, persons suffering reduced respiratory function from diseases such as cystic fibrosis seem to benefit from the increased atmospheric pressure.

      Sufferers of the skin disorder psoriasis also benefit from the ability to sunbathe for long periods in the area due to its position below sea level and subsequent result that many of the sun's harmful UV rays are reduced. Furthermore, Dead Sea salt has been found to be beneficial to psoriasis patients.

  22. QUESTION:
    its true that in "the dead sea" theres no marines creatures alive?
    (middle east) ive hear also that the sea it have healing powers

    • ANSWER:
      yes its true, there are many benefits to the dead sea.Modern medical researches confirm that positive combination of the minerals and salts from the Dead Sea has healing properties for different diseases.

      Many skin allergies may be helped by using Dead Sea minerals. Among the medical problems found to be alleviated by these minerals are psoriasis, eczema, and purulent rashes. In addition to alleviation of such allergies, such affected skin often also shows improvement in outer appearance and elasticity after treatment with Dead Sea minerals.

      Better blood circulation, metabolism and a more relaxed nervous system are all supported by Dead Sea minerals. Mud from the Dead Sea contains minerals that heal wounds, wake up hair roots and eradicate dermatitis and dandruff. The mud has even been credited with eliminating headaches and migraines. Amazingly, these minerals have healing and comforting values for a host of medical conditions, including arthritis, bone and cartilage inflammation, myelitis, neuritis, rheumatism, stress, fatigue and sleeplessness.

      The minerals and salts found only in the Dead Sea can be combined in formulas that are positive, some say magical, in their healing properties. Based on these scientific medical facts, SEACRET has developed its revolutionary new formulas to deliver these health benefits through our products. While we don’t suggest the SEACRET line of products should be used in the treatment of these conditions, such evidence is support for the purity and natural content of all of our formulas.
      With SEACRET, Your Beauty can be not only Skin Deep, but Skin Healthy as well.
      Nothing survives in the dead sea,

      There's no seaweed or plants of any kind in or around the water. There are no fish or any kind of swimming, squirming creatures living in or near the water. As a matter of fact, what you'll see on the shores of the Sea is white, crystals of salt covering EVERYTHING. And this is no ordinary table salt, either. The salts found in the Dead Sea are mineral salts, just like you find in the oceans of the world, only in extreme concentrations. The water in the Dead Sea is deadly to living things. Fish accidentally swimming into the waters from one of the several freshwater streams that feed the Sea are killed instantly, their bodies quickly coated with a preserving layer of salt crystals and then tossed onto shore by the wind and waves. Brutal!

  23. QUESTION:
    Does swimming in the ocean help dermatitis ?
    I got a bit of dermatitis on my knees so does salt water help

    • ANSWER:
      Dermatitis & salt solutions
      The combination of saltwater baths and subsequent ultraviolet irradiation is an effective treatment for psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. The aim of the present study was to determine the photosensitizing properties of two commercially available bath salts, original salt from the Dead Sea and sodium chloride. To address this issue, test areas on the volar aspects of the forearms were soaked with salt solutions for 15 minutes prior to ultraviolet-B (UVB) irradiation. The salt concentrations tested were 1%, 3% 5% and 15%. Tap water followed by UVB and UVB alone served as controls. Erythema was determined by visual and photometric measurement, and delayed tanning was assessed by colorimetry. Erythema obtained by wetting the skin prior to UVB irradiation was more pronounced than erythema induced by UVB alone. The most prominent erythema was yielded by tap water + UVB. The salts had a differing photosensitizing capacity and the strongest erythema was produced by the 5% solutions. There was only a moderate influence on delayed tanning by bathing the skin prior to irradiation. The results from the present study indicate that soaking the skin with salt solutions or tap water increases skin sensitivity to subsequent UVB irradiation. This may contribute to the effectiveness of salt water baths followed by UV irradiation and may account for an increased sunburn risk after bathing.

      Schempp CM, Blumke C, Schulte-Monting J, Schopf E, Simon JC, Funktionsbereich Photodermatologie, Universitats-Hautklinik Freiburg. Hautarzt 1998 Jun;49(6):482-6

      meh I don't think it actually has much effect but it's good to use some moisturizing cream after you get out of the water (not something u're allergic to or strongly scented ones)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Biologics
      One of the newest classes of treatment for psoriasis are drugs collectively known as "biologics". These in general are types of manufactured proteins that attempt to impact the actual immune pathway of psoriasis, instead of affected skin cells. However, unlike other immunosuppression therapies such as Methotrexate, biologics try to narrowly focus on the one aspect of the immune function causing the psoriasis instead of broad immune system suppression. These drugs have only recently begun to receive approval by the FDA, and their long-term impact on immune function is currently unknown. Examples of biologics would be compounds such as Amevive®, etanercept (Enbrel®), Humira®, infliximab (Remicade®) and Raptiva.

      Lifestyle
      Unproven anecdotal evidence suggests that psoriasis can be effectively managed through a healthy lifestyle. Some sufferers have found that minimizing stress and consumption of alcohol, sugar and other "aggressive" foods, combined with rest, sunshine and swimming in saltwater keep lesions to a minimum. This type of "lifestyle" treatment is effective as a long-term management strategy, rather than initial treatment of severe cases. One sufferer describes his psoriasis as his "barometer" which lets him know when he is getting too stressed and not living "well." This positive attitude and proactive approach can be an effective part of, or short-term replacement for, medical solutions.
      Some also cite anecdotal evidence that vegetarianism prevents outbreaks of psoriasis.

      OK, OK, I know that was really freakin long, but I hope it helps. :)

  25. QUESTION:
    treatment for depression and psoriasis?
    i have been having acupuncture, cream from my doctor, herbs chinese, and some dead sea salts, it is all working but the question is which one is working? i dont want to spend any more money as it is really expensive! how can i tell which is more beneficial, i know what you are saying try one at a time but i was desperate! any serious comments wouls be well appreciated thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing i can think of is to do the reverse, do it all and then drop one thing at a time and see if it makes any difference.

      If it does, thats the thing you should continue with, if it doesn't then you have eliminated that as part of the successful treatment.

      You may find it is a combination of all of these things that are having a positive effect.

      If that is the case, what is the minimum amount of treatment you need to stay healthy? Reduce all the treatments by the tiniest bit at a time and see when it starts to make a telling difference, this way you know what the minimum level of treatment should be.

      I hope this is of some help in finding out - best wishes for a speedy and sustained recovery.

  26. QUESTION:
    I suffer from Psoriasis. What is good for the very extra dry skin?

    • ANSWER:
      Dead Sea salts are an effective, natural treatment for psoriasis patients. For years, Dead Sea salt has been recognized as wonderful alternative therapy offering long-term relief with no side effects. Not to mention, bathing is a wonderful way to end the day! San Francisco Bath Salt Company. See more here: http://www.sfbsc.com/psoriasis-treatments

  27. QUESTION:
    Good Mousterizers that don cause pimples?
    I am kinda prone to acne so if i dont know what mousterizers to get. it probably has to be oil free adn really gentle. i dont wanna have to spend to much money but are there any good ones from like drug stores or cosmetic stores? please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Well my advice:
      For nice clear skin:Get some yarrow capsules,put one in some warm water,splash your face with it,pat dry with a wash-clothe.Or as a cleanser if you have dry skin try milk it has lactic acid (found in alot of really expensive creams!).Then for toner use lemon it balances the ph in your skin,Apply with cotton ball.Then use 100% pure aloe vera gel (get this stuff at local heath food store or drugstore).Hope I helped!,God bless!. :) Garlic is good for pimples to (not good for sensitive skin) just leave it on for like 5 mins (mash it up first).Also have a good diet,eat lots of fruits and veggies(I'm a vegetarian).Drink water too,half your body weight (if you weigh 100 lbs drink 50 oz a day).Taking MSM (100-1,000 mg) daily can help acne.

      Also try an egg mask,simply leave egg white (from one egg) on your face for 10 minutes.

      I advise you to try a tomato ,take a tamato and cut a few slices from it and then leave the slices on your face for about 10 minutes(flesh side down).

      For your body simply:

      Mix suger (or sea salt) and Olive oil together and you have a great scrub!.
      :)

      Info:
      Benefits of aloe vera

      Many ancient works, including the Bible, refer to the use of aloe. One of the first documented users of aloe vera was Cleopatra, who lived from 68 to 30 B.C. She is said to have used the gel on her skin as protection from the sun, and to have thought the gel helped to keep her skin young-looking. In fact, the Egyptians may have used aloe vera in their embalming of bodies, among other uses.

      About the year Six B.C., Dioscorides, a Greek physician, discovered aloe vera was effective in treating a wide range of ailments, from kidney problems and constipation, to severe burns of the skin.

      Today aloe vera continues to be widely used around the world. Studies have shown that aloe vera speeds the healing process, particularly in burns, including those from radiation. It is also used by dermatologists to speed healing after facial dermabrasion, which removes scars from the skins top layers.

      *****

      The possible benefits from the use of aloe vera gel and juice include:

      1. May help sooth skin injured by burns, irritations, cuts and insect bites.

      2. May help moisturize and soften the skin.

      3. May help speed the healing of skin wounds,acne, burns and other injuries.

      4. May help (when taken internally)with constipation, diarrhea and other intestinal problems.

      5. May speed and improve general healing when taken internally.

      6. May relieve itching and swelling of irritated skin.

      7. May help kill fungus and bacteria.

      8. May improve the effectiveness of sun screen products.
      ......................................…
      Benefits of Lactic acid

      Lactic acid is a naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acid that is fermented from milk for use in cosmetics, lotions and cleansers to assist in smoothing and moisturizing the skin. Lactic acid is of great use in any healthy skin regimen, as it aids in the sloughing of dead skin cells, increasing cellular turnover while hydrating the skin for a fresh and rejuvenated complexion. Lactic acid can be used for many skin problems including the management of acne, wrinkles, psoriasis,sun damage, keratosis pilaris and hyperkeratosis, and can even be used on slightly sensitive or allergy-prone skin.

      Egg

      After applying egg whites, your skin takes on a tighter, more lifted appearance, causing some skin care aficionados to go so far as to call the egg white mask an "egg white face lift ". Other benefits of this natural skin care treatment, egg whites have been known to reduce the appearance minor breakouts, as well as enlarged pores.

      Tomatos and Lycopene

      Lycopene is high in antioxidants and fat soluble, with a small molecule structure that is easily absorbed by the skin. There is a drawback however. Lycopene is not dietary soluble (the molecule structure is tightly bound) unless cooked.Tomatos have high levels of both vitamins C and A,great for skin.

      Honey

      Honey also is be good for your skin. It has the ability to attract water. You can use honey instead of alpha hydroxy masks because of its high content of the acid. It is also safe for sensitive skin.

      You can also use it as a moisturizing mask for your skin as well as your hair.

      Hope I helped!. :)

      Source(s):
      My brain.

  28. QUESTION:
    I've started to develop small dry random areas of skin on my legs, arms and now neck. All are same in size.
    Each have a slight red rim around them. Is this something serious?

    • ANSWER:
      If you're worried, it makes sense to go to a doctor. However, from what you say it does sound quite identifiable.

      It could be psoriasis. This tends to develop on surfaces that tend to flex away from the lesion, unlike eczema which forms in creases (and elsewhere). There is sometimes a small "herald" patch which appears before others. It can be dealt with using sea salt or rooibosch in a bath and exposure to sunlight, or by using evening primrose oil. There is also a herb, Berberis aquifolium, which works quite well. It's also worse for stress, so chamomile tea or valerian might help. Dermatologically, there is increased turnover of skin cells which are more horny than usual. Orthodox treatments include the use of compounds called psoralens combined with exposure to ultraviolet light and painting tar on the lesions.

      If it isn't psoriasis, it may be ringworm. This is a fungal infection which might respond to topical Calendula, Thuja or diluted tea tree or thyme oil, but also indicates depressed immunity, so try increasing vitamin C through diet, such as broccoli, peppers, acerola cherry juice, blackcurrant or rosehip syrup.

      Having said that, i do everything "right" and i have developed psoriasis. There is definitely a nervous link with some people, and definitely not with others.

  29. QUESTION:
    are salt water pools good for eczema?
    i know chlorine pools are bad for eczema, but are salt water pools good? ive heard that salt water is good, but im just making sure xP

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. Have a look at my blog at http://eczemafix.blogspot.com. Here you will find a therapy, strategy and mechanism for eczema, psoriasis and rosacea (and probably for other diseases for which I have not been told a name). In summary, it is a skin virus that can be cured by specific attritioning of infected cells. The longer one has had the disease, the longer the treatment (but should be less than 7 years). Mangosteen peel poultice are a cure, 4 days at a warm clean beach is a cure. Other theoretical cures include sulfer and mineral baths, mud baths.

      What you need to do is concentrate on specifically attritioning the infected cells and clean your body of this virus. This is a simple process but if a lot of your skin has been infected than it will take longer to cure.

      The salt does cure your body but only if there is a complex mix of salts and possibly organic material such as at a beach, as well as natural attrition due to wind, sand etc. A probable reason for this is that the infected cells are being stressed at many points (proteins, cell membrane etc) at once. This causes cell functions to start the repair mechanisms but infected cells have viral DNA/RNA inside. Viral DNA/RNA is expressed and the cell manufactures virii instead of repairing itself. Cell wall busts because of this and viral material will be destroyed by sea water. Also because the cell was under stress, infected cell is destroyed before virus can create too many virii (reduction in infecting agent population) - 2nd mechanism.

  30. QUESTION:
    What are some uses for Dead sea salt?

    • ANSWER:
      It is a popular ingredient of many common bath products including bath salts, salt scrubs, foot scrubs, body wraps, bath bombs, soaps, and a wide variety of other cosmetic products, including makeup.

      The Dead Sea is popular with tourists from all over the world for its reputed therapeutic effects. The water of the Dead Sea is unique, as it has ten times the salt content of other sea water. This allows anyone to easily float on Dead Sea water because of its greater density. Its mineral composition is also different from ocean water since only 12-18% of Dead Sea salt is sodium chloride. A 2006 analysis of a commercial Dead Sea Salt product measured a 2.5% sodium chloride content; by comparison, 97% of the salt in normal ocean water is sodium chloride.

      Various cultures and groups of people have visited the Dead Sea for therapy, dating back to the time of the ancient Egyptians[1], utilizing the salt in various unguents and skin creams, as well as soaps, just as it is used today.

      The Dead Sea is a popular center for wellness and health today,[3] due to the fact that Dead Sea salts have been reported to have the following benefits:

      Rheumatologic Conditions – Dead Sea salts can be effective in balneotherapy of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, and Osteoarthritis. The minerals are absorbed while soaking, stimulating blood circulation. [4]

      Common Skin Ailments – Research has demonstrated that skin disorders such as acne and psoriasis are relieved by regular soaking in water with added Dead Sea salt. The National Psoriasis Foundation recommends Dead Sea and Dead Sea salts as effective treatments for psoriasis.[5] One study[6] concluded that the high concentration of magnesium in Dead Sea salt was instrumental in improving skin hydration and reducing inflammation.[7]

      Allergies - The high concentration of bromide and magnesium in the Dead Sea salt can relieve allergic reactions by cleansing and detoxifying.[7]

      Skin Aging – Further research into Dead Sea salt benefits has shown a 40% reduction in the depth of wrinkling.

  31. QUESTION:
    i have a month in a half to grow 3 or 4 inches of hair what do i do?

    • ANSWER:
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  32. QUESTION:
    is dead sea salt is good for everyday use for a bath? for a psoriasis people?

    • ANSWER:
      Bathing in water enriched with Dead Sea salt carries many benefits. Dead Sea salt has been found to be an effective treatment for many skin conditions including rashes, psoriasis, hives, and everyday conditions such as overly dry or oily skin. Dead Sea salt can also treat dandruff, eczema, acne, and dermatitis. The cosmetic benefits of Dead Sea salt don’t end there; some devotees swear that Dead Sea salt is also effective in treating hair loss, water retention, and cellulite. And while you bathe, Dead Sea salt works to detoxify your skin, purging impurities, dirt, and pollutants from your pores. In addition, Dead Sea salt contains magnesium and bromide, which disinfect and cleanse your skin, working to make your skin less susceptible to allergies

  33. QUESTION:
    What are some cosmetic uses for Shea butter?

    • ANSWER:
      "Moisturizes and Heals Skin - relieves symptoms of extreme dryness, eczema, psoriasis, diaper rash, cradle cap, cold sores, skin discolouration, dermatitis, exzema and skin allergies

      Improves Skin Elasticity - helps prevent stretch marks and wrinkles

      Helps Heal Skin Ailments - irritations due to shaving or waxing, bruises, burns and scar tissue.

      Provides Decongestant Properties Offers Anti-inflammatory Agents - can be applied to areas affected as a sedative or anosyne for the treatment of arthritis, sprains, dislocations, and relief of joint and minor pains, or other muscular ache

      Strengthens Cuticles and Nails

      Revitalizes and Brings Shine to Dry, Brittle, Dull Hair, and Revitalize split ends. Relieves dandruff and itchy scalp (winter scalp) It will also, protect your hair from damaging sun rays, hair dryers, perms, and dyes. Use, it as a conditioning sheen to maintain your hair's natural shine, improve manageability and before swimming to protect your hair against chlorine or sea salt.

      Protects With a Natural Sunscreen (SPF 2-6)

      Our products are made with the finest natural ingredients to bring you high quality skin care products that provide so much more than simply moisturizing your skin. They are suitable for all races, all ages, all skin types."

      http://www.sheabuttershop.ca/benefits_uses

      Hope that helps!

  34. QUESTION:
    Anyone know difference between Seborrheic dermatitis and Psoriasis?
    I have itchy flakey and red patches on scalp and face and not sure of best treatment as my skin is so sensitive......thanks and Happy New Year!

    • ANSWER:
      First thing to do is to talk to your doctor.

      If he says you have psoriasis, he will prescribe some creams for you to use. I think I must have tried them all over the years, with little effect. For years my only respite was during the summer when I could get a tan.

      However, I recently heard the the Dead Sea is the place to go as the salt in the sea is supposed to work wonders. I wandered into my local health shop, and noticed that they sell Dead Sea Salt, so I bought some, washed with it for three days, and my condition improved immensely.

      You will probably never completely get rid of it, but you can certainly keep it under control.

      Good luck.

  35. QUESTION:
    help me with psoriasis the itchying is terrible?
    what else can i use for my skin condition because sometimes the itching get that bad that it burns i am already using coal tar which smells gross

    • ANSWER:
      TREATMENT FOR PSORIASIS

      Since you need something now for itching, I will suggest that you use Cetirizine orally for it. Then you can do the following things for your problem.

      1.- SELF-CARE FOR PSORIASIS
      Although self-help measures won't cure psoriasis, they may help improve the appearance and feel of damaged skin.
      These measures may benefit you:

      a.- Take daily baths.
      - Bathing daily helps remove scales and calm inflamed skin.
      - Add bath oil, oiled oatmeal, Epsom salts or Dead Sea salts to the water and soak for at least 15 minutes.
      - Avoid hot water and harsh soaps, which can make your symptoms worse.
      - Instead, use lukewarm water and mild soaps that have added oils and fats.

      b.- Use moisturizer.
      - Blot your skin after bathing, then immediately apply a heavy, ointment-based moisturizer while your skin is still moist.
      - For very dry skin, oils may be preferable — they have more staying power than creams or lotions do and are more effective at preventing water from evaporating from your skin.
      - During cold, dry weather, you may need to apply a moisturizer several times a day.

      c.- Cover the affected areas overnight.
      - To help improve redness and scaling, apply an ointment-based moisturizer to your skin and wrap with plastic wrap overnight.
      - In the morning, remove the covering and wash away the scales with a bath or a shower.

      d.- Expose your skin to small amounts of sunlight.
      - A controlled amount of sunlight can significantly improve lesions, but too much sun can trigger or worsen outbreaks and increase the risk of skin cancer.
      - If you sunbathe, it's best to try short sessions three or more times a week.
      - Keep a record of when and how long you're in the sun to help avoid overexposure.
      - And be sure to protect healthy skin with a sunscreen of at least 15 SPF, paying careful attention to your ears, hands and face.
      - Before beginning any sunbathing program, ask your doctor about the best way to use natural sunlight to treat your skin.

      e.- Apply cortisone.
      - Apply an over-the-counter cortisone cream 0.5 percent or 1 percent, for a few weeks when your symptoms are especially bad.

      f.- Avoid psoriasis triggers, if possible.
      - Find out what triggers, if any, worsen your psoriasis and take steps to prevent or avoid them.
      - Infections, injuries to your skin, stress, smoking and intense sun exposure can all worsen psoriasis.

      g.- Avoid drinking alcohol.
      - Alcohol consumption may decrease the effectiveness of some psoriasis treatments.
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      2.- TREATMENT FOR PSORIASIS
      Psoriasis treatments aim to interrupt the cycle that causes an increased production of skin cells, thereby reducing inflammation and plaque formation.
      Other treatments, especially those you apply to your skin (topical treatments), help remove scale and smooth the skin.

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

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

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

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

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

      a.- Topical corticosteroids.
      - These powerful anti-inflammatory drugs are the most frequently prescribed medications for treating mild to moderate psoriasis.
      - They slow cell turnover by suppressing the immune system, which reduces inflammation and relieves associated itching.
      - Topical corticosteroids range in strength, from mild to very strong.
      - Low-potency corticosteroid ointments are usually recommended for sensitive areas such as your face and for treating widespread patches of damaged skin.
      - Your doctor may prescribe stronger corticosteroid ointment for small areas of your skin, for stubborn plaques on your hands or feet, or when other treatments fail.
      - To minimize side effects and to increase effectiveness, topical corticosteroids are generally used on active outbreaks until they're under control.

      b.- Vitamin D analogues.
      - These synthetic forms of vitamin D reduce skin inflammation and help prevent skin cells from reproducing.
      - Calcipotriene (Dovonex) is a prescription cream, ointment or solution containing a vitamin D analogue that may be used alone to treat mild to moderate psoriasis or in combination with other topical medications or phototherapy.

      c.- Anthralin.
      - This medication is believed to normalize DNA activity in skin cells and to reduce inflammation.
      - Anthralin (Dritho-Scalp or Psoriatec) can remove scale and smooth skin, but it stains virtually anything it touches, including skin, clothing, countertops and bedding. For that reason doctors often recommend short-contact treatment — allowing the cream to stay on your skin for a brief time before washing it off. Anthralin is sometimes used in combination with ultraviolet light.

      d.- Topical retinoids.
      - These are commonly used to treat acne and sun-damaged skin, but tazarotene (Tazorac) was developed specifically for the treatment of psoriasis. Like other vitamin A derivatives, it normalizes DNA activity in skin cells. The most common side effect is skin irritation. Although the risk of birth defects is far lower for topical retinoids than for oral retinoids, your doctor needs to know if you're pregnant or intend to become pregnant if you're using tazarotene.

      e.- Calcineurin inhibitors.
      - Currently, calcineurin inhibitors (tacrolimus and pimecrolimus) are only approved for the treatment of atopic dermatitis, but studies have shown them to be effective at times in the treatment of psoriasis as well.
      - Calcineurin inhibitors are thought to disrupt the activation of T cells, which in turn reduces inflammation and plaque buildup.
      - Calcineurin inhibitors are not recommended for long-term or continuous use because of a potential increased risk of skin cancer and lymphoma.

      f.- Coal tar.
      - A thick, black byproduct of the manufacture of gas and coke, coal tar is probably the oldest treatment for psoriasis.
      - It reduces scaling, itching and inflammation.
      - Exactly how it works isn't known.
      - Coal tar has few known side effects, but it's messy, stains clothing and bedding, and has a strong odor.
      .....................................................................................................................................................

      B.- Light Therapy (Phototherapy)
      As the name suggests, this psoriasis treatment uses natural or artificial light.
      The simplest and easiest form of phototherapy involves exposing your skin to controlled amounts of natural sunlight.
      Other forms of light therapy include the use of artificial ultraviolet A (UVA) or ultraviolet B (UVB) light either alone or in combination with medications.

      a.- Sunlight.
      - Ultraviolet (UV) light is a wavelength of light in a range too short for the human eye to see.
      - When exposed to UV rays in sunlight or artificial light, the activated T cells in the skin die. This slows skin cell turnover and reduces scaling and inflammation.
      - Brief, daily exposures to small amounts of sunlight may improve psoriasis, but intense sun exposure can worsen symptoms can cause skin damage.
      - Before beginning a sunlight regimen, ask your doctor about the safest way to use natural sunlight for psoriasis treatment.

      b.- UVB phototherapy.
      - Controlled doses of UVB light from an artificial light source may improve mild to moderate psoriasis symptoms.
      - UVB phototherapy, also called broadband UVB, can be used to treat single patches, widespread psoriasis and psoriasis that resists topical treatments.

      c.- Narrowband UVB therapy.
      - A newer type of psoriasis treatment, narrowband UVB therapy may be more effective than broadband UVB treatment.
      - It's usually administered two or three times a week until the skin improves, then maintenance may require only weekly sessions.
      - Narrowband UVB therapy may cause more severe and longer-lasting burns, however.

      d.- Photochemotherapy, or psoralen plus ultraviolet A (PUVA).
      - Photochemotherapy involves taking a light-sensitizing medication (psoralen) before exposure to UVA light.
      - UVA light penetrates deeper into the skin than does UVB light, and psoralen makes the skin more sensitive to the effects of UVA exposure.
      - This more aggressive treatment consistently improves skin and is often used for more severe cases of psoriasis.
      - PUVA involves two or three treatments a week for a prescribed number of weeks.
      - Short-term side effects include nausea, headache, burning and itching.
      - Long-term treatment increases your risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.

      e.- Excimer laser.
      - This form of light therapy, used for mild to moderate psoriasis, treats only the involved skin.
      - A controlled beam of UVB light is aimed at the psoriasis plaques to control scaling and inflammation. - Healthy skin surrounding the patches remains undamaged.
      - Excimer laser therapy requires fewer sessions than does traditional phototherapy because more powerful UVB light is used.
      - Side effects can include redness and blistering.

      f.- Combination light therapy.
      - Combining UV light with other treatments such as retinoids frequently improves phototherapy's effectiveness.
      - Combination therapies are often used after other phototherapy options are ineffective.
      - Some doctors give UVB treatment in conjunction with coal tar, called the Goeckerman treatment. The two therapies together are more effective than either alone because coal tar makes skin more receptive to UVB light.
      - Another method, the Ingram regimen, combines UVB therapy with a coal tar bath and an anthralin-salicylic acid paste that's left on your skin for several hours or overnight.
      .....................................................................................................................................................

      C.- Oral Medications
      If you have severe psoriasis or it's resistant to other types of treatment, your doctor may prescribe oral or injected drugs.
      Because of severe side effects, some of these medications are used for just brief periods of time and may be alternated with other forms of treatment.

      a.- Retinoids.
      - Related to vitamin A, this group of drugs may reduce the production of skin cells in people with severe psoriasis who don't respond to other therapies.
      - Signs and symptoms usually return once therapy is discontinued, however.
      - And because retinoids such as acitretin (Soriatane) can cause severe birth defects, women must avoid pregnancy for at least three years after taking the medication.

      b.- Methotrexate.
      - Taken orally, methotrexate helps psoriasis by decreasing the production of skin cells, suppressing inflammation and reducing the release of histamine — a substance involved in allergic reactions.
      - It may also slow the progression of arthritis in some people with psoriatic arthritis.
      - Methotrexate is generally well tolerated in low doses, but when used for long periods it can cause a number of serious side effects, including severe liver damage and decreased production of red and white blood cells and platelets.
      - Taking 1 milligram of folic acid on a daily basis may help reduce some of the common side effects associated with methotrexate.

      c.- Azathioprine.
      - A potent anti-inflammatory drug, azathioprine may be used to treat severe psoriasis when other treatment options fail.
      - Taken long term, azathioprine increases the risk of developing cancerous or noncancerous growths (neoplasias) and certain blood disorders.
      - Other potential side effects include nausea and vomiting, bruising more easily than normal, and fatigue.

      d.- Cyclosporine.
      - Cyclosporine works by suppressing the immune system and is similar to methotrexate in effectiveness.
      - Like other immunosuppressant drugs, cyclosporine increases your risk of infection and other health problems, including cancer.
      - Cyclosporine also makes you more susceptible to kidney problems and high blood pressure — the risk increases with higher dosages and long-term therapy.

      e.- Hydroxyurea.
      - This medication isn't as effective as cyclosporine or methotrexate, but unlike the stronger drugs it can be used with phototherapy treatments.
      - Possible side effects include anemia and a decrease in white blood cells and platelets.
      - It should not be taken by women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

      f.-Immunomodulator drugs (biologics).
      - Several immunomodulator drugs are approved for the treatment of moderate to severe cases of psoriasis.
      - They include alefacept (Amevive), efalizumab (Raptiva), etanercept (Enbrel) and infliximab (Remicade). - These drugs are given by intravenous infusion, intramuscular injection or subcutaneous injection and are usually used for people who have failed to respond to traditional therapy or for people with associated psoriatic arthritis.
      - Biologics work by blocking interactions between certain immune system cells.
      - Although they're derived from natural sources rather than chemical ones, they have strong effects on the immune system and likely pose many of the same risks as other immunosuppressant drugs.

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  36. QUESTION:
    hey lucky hope this helps?
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    3) Homeopathic treatment that helps to target the source of the problem with no damaging side effects.

    4) Herbal extractions like Oregon Grape Root Extract and Herbal Detox Tea combinations that gently cleanse your body of toxins and help optimize your liver function. Herbs have historically been used for treatment of skin conditions.

    5) Gentle herbal scalp creams and shampoos that contain FDA approved ingredients to combine nature with science.

    6) Dietary supplements to improve your defense systems, Omega Fortified Flax (recommended for children and adults) and Alkyrol Shark Liver Oil for maximum Omega 3 fatty acids.

    Maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet can improve general health and have a positive impact on psoriasis.

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    We encourage you to become informed about psoriasis and the natural products that can have a positive impact your skin..

    What is psoriasis and how it can be controlled are just some of the questions explored on this web site. Is there a cure? NO. But you can effectively keep the itching skin, scaling, and red lesions at bay without injections, caustic pharmaceuticals, or cancer causing therapies. Natural approaches do work.

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    • ANSWER:
      very informative but what is your question?

  37. QUESTION:
    How Well Does Dead Sea Salt Work On Psoriasis?
    My brother has had a pretty bad case of psoriasis seven years now. He is in pretty bad pain everyday because his skin cuts and is really dry and he is constantly itchy. My poor brother has tried pretty much everything. I have read some success stories with people who have used Adovia Dead Sea Salt Psoriasis Serious Relief Package. Does anyone know if this stuff really works? It is my dream to help him get rid of this, he is so young and this psoriasis has really held him back from so much. Your answer is deeply appreciated. Thanks again!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I have not tried Dead Sea salt,it might be good, I believe in natural stuff. I cleared my psoriasis with serenaskin herbal remedies, It is the best treatment I've ever tried.

  38. QUESTION:
    I need Low Soduim mineral sea salt for use in A detox spa. Is there a difference between dead sea salts?
    Hi

    I bought a Detox foot spa and with it came "Low Soduim Mineral Sea Salt which you have to add to the water. This could be a long story so be prepared ;-) I have psoriasis and found that the p on my feet disappeared when having about 4 weeks of treatment. Yet When i use to soak in dead salt in the bath for half an hour 3 times a week over a long period it didn't seem to do much for my p. My questions is simple. Is there a difference between dead sea salts. The type i bought to bathe in came from isreal which is suppose to be the real thing. I have thought of just ordering the type for the detox but i would have to order a vast amount for bathing and that would cost a fortune. The dead sea salt i bought for bathing wasn't exactly cheap but i bought it from a health shop which came in bigger bags. Im just trying to find out if there are differences. Any help would be appreciated

    Ann

    • ANSWER:
      I looked at a couple of the "low-sodium" salts (So-lo & NutraSalt) and they have potassium chloride in place of the usual sodium chloride. You might see if a pharmacist can get you plain old potassium chloride for your psoriasis.

      Now Foods also makes it in an 8 oz container. Check w/ your health food store to see if they can order that in bulk quantities of 5#. http://www.nowfoods.com/?action=itemdetail&item_id=2979

  39. QUESTION:
    my son has psyroises in his head is flakes that wont go away like dandruff is there a home remedie for this?
    the condition is a big flakes like dandruff

    • ANSWER:
      psoriasis can lead to patchy hair loss. This disease should be treated by a doctor. There are more and more doctors who are open to alternative treatments(if medicine is what you are trying to avoid). In the mean time you can use 10 drops of tea tree oil and one cup sea salt in the bath tub. For moisturizer you can use 20 drops of tea tree oil mixed with grape seed, primrose or jojoba oil. There are a number of products available at your local health food store that contain tea tree oil, ie: shampoo,body wash ,etc. A healthy diet, multi vitamin, omega 3 fatty acids, and plenty of water to flush toxins helps with any autoimmune disease. It is also important to note that once you have one autoimmune disease it is more likely for you to develop another. A doctor will be an important part of your sons care as he will at the very least need to have his disease progression monitored to be sure the psoriasis does not become worse and to periodically test for other associated disease if symptoms warrant. I hope he feels better soon! This can be a really difficult thing to deal with!

  40. QUESTION:
    what are the medicine prescribed to psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      All prescribed medicines for psoriasis are either steroid-based or immuno-suppressants. All are bad and should be avoided except in extreme cases. If you are looking for something for your psoriasis I suggest that you should try one of the natural remedies on the market. Some of them do work. ( I personally use herbal cream from Champori.com with great success). Also try UV treatment, dieting and Dead Sea salt. check out http://www.psoriasis.org : they have a wealth of information on psoriasis treatments and also a forum for people with psoriasis.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  41. QUESTION:
    psoriasis prob?
    I have had chronic plaque psoriasis for about 22 years and am developing arthritic psoriasis (im 23) but unfortunately my doctor just keeps on prescribing me oilatum for the bath and dovenex.I have had every single treatment available in this time including all dead sea salts, creams and products, the usual prescribed rubbish like dovebet,steroids and even uv treatment,i had a lovely tan!!My mum is into alternative weird stuff and got me to try aru? cream and chinese teas and all kinds of tar potions and lotions and ointments i was even once covered in honey and banana skins and wrapped in cling film !!lol!(the list is too long!)All that has happened is that it got a bit worse until now.any more bright ideas because arthritic psoriasis when i got 2 kids???thanks for reading my drivel!!
    thanks for comments.havent discussed any options with doc with arthritic p. he likes to give me juvinile creams
    Have had anthralin but thanks.Have also had dietry investigations and im allergic to dairy (cept milk???) and pineapple and rubber latex and penecillin!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello. There are forums for people with psoriasis on http://www.psoriasis.org (us) and http://www.psoriasis-help.org.uk (uk) where you can exchange stories about your p., share experience, and read about different treatments. I am a member of the both (and some more) and am happy to have discovered the Champori cream and spray for psoriasis there! These are homemade remedies and work for me.

  42. QUESTION:
    what is a treatment for psoriasis..natural?
    I have psorisis of the nails as well it almost mimiques nail fungus...anyone have any answers please help

    • ANSWER:
      I have psoriasis & I get heaps of sunlight (a tanning bed in winter), Also I soak in a bath with DEAD SEA SALTS.
      Hope this helps!

  43. QUESTION:
    Anyone know any good treatments for psoriasis??
    I have suffered with it for yrs but it developed into guttate psoriasis over 2yrs ago,its manageable on most areas except my face & scalp,i seem to be havin very bad spells on my face recently & its making me very self conscious coz i can see people starin at it when they are talkin to me. I have been to specialists with this but nothing seems to work!!! help please!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Dovobet at night, Acetretin and genuine dead sea salt. Half a kilo in a warm bath, a good soak rinsing the face often and it will clear up. And stop worrying as that will make it worse, if people love you they won't take any notice of it, and the rest don't matter.

  44. QUESTION:
    (Guttate) Psoriasis?!?
    I am 16 and I've had psoriasis for around 5 months now and it is just getting worse. I have tried everything for (steroid) creams for the doctor, basic moisturisers, acupuncture, dead sea salts in my bath.. EVERYTHING! & Nothing is working, it just keeps getting worse. I am trying UV light treatment next week which will hopefully help but please please please help me! It's all over my face and I get 'What's happened to your face' and I have to wear scarves, jumpers, jeans and hats because it is all over my scalp too! Any ideas?! I have tried cutting out junk food and alcohol etc... but doesn't seem to help. PLEASE HELP?!

    • ANSWER:
      This is not contagious and this may stem back into your family history. The trigger is usually a streptococcal (bacterial) infection. This happens in most cases after having a strep throat infection. You could also be a strep carrier as well.This is why its Not going away This can be triggered by infections other than from streptococcal bacteria. A cold chicken pox.This could be an immune reaction. The T cells (a type of white blood cells) which protects the body from infections . This is triggered abnormally and sending signals to inflammation in the skin,some people carry this gene you must have a high number of lleukocyteantigens-(BW17- B13 or CW6) Psoriasis is the only disease associated with the human lleukocyteantigen C gene.
      When the body has a streptococcal infection it will produce antibodies to streptolysin O that's on the bacterial cell, so people who have excess of human leukocyte antigen B13 may not be able to produce enough antibodies to streptolysin O, Which may be associated with this guttate psoriasis. 80 % of people with this condition have an streptococcal infection usually in the form of tonsillopharynigitis. Viral infections such as chicken pox, rubella, roseola could trigger this condition.
      Erythromycin: reduces inflammation for bacterial infections 7-14 day use.
      Penicillin VK: treats bacterial infections 10-14 day use.
      Rifampin This is for resistant cases around 5-7 days use. Be aware of any and all allergic reactions to ANY drug you happen to take Always!
      This can not be preventable, but complications of flair ups may be reduced by avoiding trauma to skin by not rubbing harshly or scratching to often.This could lead to more place where not affected as of yet.This is knowen as the Keobner phnomenon.
      The association between streptococcal infection cannot be overemphasized!!
      This could be the 1st sign of getting chronic plague psoriasis in 68% of people happen to do so.
      Tar productes are good for the scalp (head)This treatment needs to be done untile you have adequate control of your lesions. This is an OTC product, If this fails then as your doctor for a scrip so this product can be stronger and help rid the lesions from your scalp.A coal tar or wood tar is great to use, This comes on a shampoo and soap soap is better last longer.(wood tar Grangpa's pine tar soap)Place on head rub let sit for at least 5 minutes rinse the longer it sets the better for maximum absorption of the tar.
      For severe cases your health care provider may have to write you a scrip such as Methotrexate, Oral Retiroids or Cyclosporine or Biologic medicationsA derminsterist might be of some help as well.Before you take any meds make sure you ask your health care provider of the side effects.
      I can relate to you with this I had and I repeat had the other type of psoriasis and treated my self and got rid of it and have no break outs in many many years. This is a diseas most doctors have little knowlage of and for what reason who knows when I got mine the docs told me mine was a huge rash till I seen an old timmer and he nailed it straight up with just a visual (looking at).I do beilive there is people working on this but still no REAL cures as of yet. There are alot of people who suffer from this either stage and are at a total loss as to what to do and what treatments are best. One treatment may not work for you but will for others so its a do and see type treatment.Try treatment if it fails try another till you find the one treatment that does what you need. I had to do this and the final treatment I cant tell you here most people would think Iam totally NUTS.I truely Hope you find your cure Good Luck and NEVER give up Never!!!!

  45. QUESTION:
    does anyone know apart from the sunbed any treatment for psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Dovebet is the latest ointment out. The specialist described it as a cross between dovenex and betnovate. Ive used it and it works well.

      However the treatment for psoriasis depends on each person and if you use the same treatment all the time it loses its affects so you may find changing it after 6 week spells is fine. Betnovate thins the skin so be wary using it for longer than stated.

      But if you want to try something else then recently ive stuck with african shea butter by avon and tescos do a jar of sea salts with lavender and its really working well. I had a flare up recently from stress and i used these instead of the normal lotions and potions and im almost clear now. Ive suffered with psoriasis since i was young and T Gel also works as a shampoo really well for me.

      Your doctor is the best person to ask about prescription creams.

  46. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis - Raptiva as a cure - Anyone out there tried it?
    Raptiva only licenced in EU since November 2006. Is there any compelling evidence to persuade a UK Dermatolagist to prescribe it? Targets the T-cells (inhibits activation, trafficking and reactivation of same) so focuses on disease process rather than symptoms. Husband has suffered for 15 years and all steroid and topical creams have failed dismally. So has UVB light treatment. Can't afford to move to the Med or the Rocky Mountains or do mud treatments in the Dead Sea. HELP!
    Thanks for your input - all suggestions are welcome! Pity we live in a cool and wet climate - I know natural sunlight is helpful. Will check out the Dead Sea Salts.

    • ANSWER:
      The main thing to know is that there are many different treatments, and the trick is to find the one that helps your husband. I suggest you check out other similar questions on Answers for details on the type of diet he should follow, etc.

      A doctor will only prescribe some creams for him to use. I think I must have tried them all over the years, with little effect. For many years my only respite was during the summer when I could get a tan (exposure to the sun is good, in small doses). (And whatever you do, steer him away from steriod creams.)

      However, I recently heard the the Dead Sea is the place to go as the salt in the sea is supposed to work wonders. I wandered into my local health shop, and noticed that they sell Dead Sea Salt, so I bought some, washed with it for three days, and my condition improved immensely. Now I simply use it as part of my daily routine. If you can't go to the Dead Sea, bring the Dead Sea to you!!!!

      He will probably never completely get rid of it, but you can certainly keep it under control.

      Good luck.

  47. QUESTION:
    dead sea salt creams?
    psoriasis

    • ANSWER:
      They are not a treatment for psoriasis. Apply topical ointments, twice each day, to slow down the overactive growth of skin cells. Ointments that contain tar preparations, anthralin and salicylic acid work well. Try corticosteroid creams. These are most effective when covered with a piece of saran wrap. It enhances the drug's penetration into the skin. Use it twice a day, wipe it off at bedtime, and then apply the tar preparation or anthralin at night. Check this site.

      http://www.ehow.com/how_7662_treat-psoriasis.html


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    where do they sale champori cream for psoriasis?
    Where do they sale champori cream for psoriasis?is it only sold online?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe so. I order it online every time.

  2. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis cream bleaches my face, what makeup should i apply to make everything look even?
    I have cream for my psoriasis and it bleaches my skin
    as my psoriasis is only on certain parts of my face, not all over, i have clusters of normal skin and patches of really light, white skin
    it looks horrible
    what makeup should i use to cover and even it out, as in foundations, concealers etc.

    any help would be EXTREMELY appreciated
    thankyou!

    • ANSWER:
      pick out a foundation that matches ur natural skin color, i recommend rimmel in the 16 hour lasting one. it comes in a tube look it up online at their website. if ur color difference is really bad use a concealer that matches ur natural skin color on the light areas. finish off with powder to help the makeup look matte and stay on longer. use some mascara and eyeliner too other wise itll look wierd, rather bald.

  3. QUESTION:
    what to do with unused prescription medications?
    I have some unused prescription creams for psoriasis prescribed to me by my primary care physician. However later a dermatologist told me not to use them and made me a different program for treatment. By that time I had already gotten the creams. They are brand new and factory sealed and since they are expensive I feel bad throwing them away. They are commonly prescribed. Since it's illegal to advertise prescription drugs, how can I help somebody in need of the same creams? I'd give them for free.

    • ANSWER:

  4. 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

  5. QUESTION:
    How long Does Champroi Psoriasis Cream Take to Work?
    How long does it take the Champori Psoriasis Cream to work? If you have it How long did it take fr you to get results?

    • ANSWER:
      it really depends on how severe your psoriasis is. Ideally, you should see results within a few days. When I say few, that's 3 days.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  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:
    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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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. :)

  16. QUESTION:
    How long before you wash it off if the medication cream states to apply in the evening?
    My doctor prescribed me a gel cream for my face. It says to apply in the evening.

    When would I wash it off?
    Before I got to bed?
    Leave it during the night?
    Is there a reason for being in the evening?

    Help?

    If anyone also had cream that they apply in the evening, when do you wash it off?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Generally locally applied creams are left in place and are just absorbed or rub off. The exceptions are things like coal tar and dithranol for psoriasis. These are often applied for specific times such as half an hour, an hour or sometimes overnight. In this case the direction should be on the preparation.

  17. QUESTION:
    What is the recurrence rate of psoriasis ?
    Psoriasis is an allergic reaction triggered by many factors such as unhealthy diet, no exercise, & stress. But if it ihas been treated, then will it recurr? Since it is an allergic reaction it might be re-triggered by the allergant.
    Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is not an allergic reaction. The cause of psoriasis is not known (that's why there is no cure for it yet). I cleared my 4 year old psor. with champori cream (http://www.champori.com ) and it hasn't come back in over 8 months now...

  18. QUESTION:
    How many people would love to get a cream that can actually treat your psorasis?
    or eczema. A cream that really work and does not treat just symptoms. I am not a business trying to promote my product. I am just trying to get some opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      Exactly, there's lots of treatments out there but many are very dangerous to use long term and many others do only a little to help.

      Here's some information that you should research The #1 Eczema and Psoriasis treatment in Britain is Salcura Dermaspray. It's amazing! It's all natural, it's over the counter, has a money back guarantee,
      Salcura claims a 97% success rate with their products. It's all natural, not greasy, not sticky, leaves no visible residue, and absorbs in a minute or two after spraying the affected area.

      Salcura worked very quickly on our son who suffers from eczema. About 10 times better than anything else we tried. It stopped the itch in minutes, and the inflammation subsided very quickly, His skin appeared 50% less inflamed after 1 day.

      Be wary of buying products for psoriasis and eczema.
      Always research before buying, read case studies and
      look at reviews from people that have actually used it. Seek doctor's advice as well.

      By the way, I'm not in business, I'm not promoting a product other than it worked for our son, it was an answer to prayer and want to help others to know about it too.

  19. 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.

  20. QUESTION:
    What are the regulations and requirements by US Government for the sale of herbal creams?
    my father has recently invented an herbal cream and was wondering if he needs USDA or FDA approval to be able to sell it.

    • ANSWER:
      That all comes down to the language of the claims he makes. If he uses the language of a drug, he needs FDA approval - which is why you see so many products that "support" health. If you say a cream treats psoriasis, hives, etc...thats a drug claim.

      Here are a couple links that might be able to help you out.
      All package verbiage must be compliant with this law
      http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/dietsupp.html

      Here is another one that might help
      http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~lrd/foodadd.html

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. QUESTION:
    How can I improve my psoriasis without using steroids?
    I have psoriasis on my scalp only. I have been using steroids over the last year but my doctor wont give me anymore as he says they will make my skin too thin. How can I control it more naturally? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. I suggest that you should try psoriasis cream by Champori. It is herbal, free of steroids and works fast. My itch stopped after the very 1st application and patches on my scalp cleared in just 2 weeks. I haven't had a remission in 8 months now.(Try it, Champori comes with money back guarantee, so if it doesn't work - it's free)
      Cheers,
      Stella

  24. 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.

  25. 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 :)

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. QUESTION:
    I have psoriasis would it help to mix tea tree oil with my body lotion?
    I have heard that tea tree oil can assist with infections and such not too sure about psoriasis. Also, have had a couple of abscesses. Any help would be much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      You are right!

      Tea tree oil possess the following properties: antiseptic, anti-fungal and insecticidal.

      Tea tree oil may be used for psoriasis treatment, dandruff treatment and even against the scabies mite.

      There exist Tea tree oil Shampoos and Body Washes, Tea tree oil Creams and Lotions etc.

      Pure Essential Tea tree oil may be added to your body lotion, liquid soap etc.

      Tea tree oil should not be taken internally, even in small quantities, because orally used Tea tree oil is toxic.

      Important Note: Be very careful with the Tea tree oil concentration.

      You should not exceed the 0.1%-1% Tea tree oil concentration in your body lotion.

      Good Luck!

      Hope I helped :)

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. QUESTION:
    What are some good home remedies for psoriasis?
    A friend came and showed me a small patch on her arm and asked me to try to figure out some home remedies. She said creams from the doctor, and other things haven't worked. I suggested olive oil, since vinegar and other things hadn't worked. But what do you suggest. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      sunlight! Rub some sun enhancer on the area right before going into the sun.
      sea salt baths
      aloe from the aloe plant might also help.

      [My boyfriend has psoriasis]

  34. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  37. QUESTION:
    what is the best cream out there for this immune disease?
    I use to be on enbre(which works excellent) but I know longer have insurance so I can't afford it any longer. I have plaque psorisis and now that I went off of enbrel I am now getting guttate psorisis. I cant take it any longer can someone please tell me what is the best cream out there for some kind of relief?

    • ANSWER:
      Strong cortisone creams would be the best for you, but they aren't cheap, either (certainly cheaper than Enbrel, though). If your guttate psoriasis is extensive, though, the best and cheapest form of medicine for you might be methotrexate pills.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Hope that helps :o)

  39. QUESTION:
    what kind of moisturizer can I use for my psoriasis?
    My Psoriasis is flaky and dry all the time. I do pick at them and they sometimes bleed, and constantly stay red. I need to know what I can use that is cheap and not hard to get at stores. any kind of lotion or moisturizers out there that you guys recommend? thank you so much!

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

  40. 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!

  41. QUESTION:
    How do I cure or get rid of psoriasis?
    I have 4 spots on body one is a large portion of my right arm. I have tried alot of different things to get it to go away but it all seems to make it worse. I have went to doctors and used what they gave me and still same results. Currently I am using Dermasolve cream and I am not seeing any affect on it. It still itches alot and still red. I have had this problem for about 11 years and trying to figure out how to take care of it.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a skin condition identified by the occurrence of red itchy thick scaly patches of skin. There are certain types of psoriasis and each one occurring in different severity and skin discoloration. It is a complex medical condition and there is no real definite answer as to what causes it, but certain factors can contribute to the possibility of developing psoriasis. A family history of psoriasis, or particular pharmaceutical drugs, solvents, chemicals and emotional stress have been known to trigger the breakdown of the skin that leads to psoriasis in some people.

      Guttate psoriasis can appear on the limbs trunk and scalp and the virus is often activated within the body after a throat infection. It appears on the skin as tear shaped drops, scaly and pink in colour.

      Pustular psoriasis emerges as pus filled blisters or bumps that produce a glutinous clear fluid. In stages the pustules build up in to brown colour circular scaly blotches which then flake off. Inverse psoriasis although it is not generally considered to be a severe form of psoriasis, is still irritating,and commonly occurs on the joints of the skin, armpits, groin area and folds of the skin.

      Erythrodermic psoriasis is a red scaly often itchy skin over large area of the skin and certain types of medication such as lithium have been established in causing eruptions on the skin.

      Various treatments for psoriasis using coal tar based lotions are commonly prescribed but apart from it being messy and staining clothes, and the other more serious side effect is that it can make the skin more sensitive to skin exposure.

      Discover a new serum to get rid of body face scalp psoriasis eczema HERE
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  42. QUESTION:
    How Can I Get Rid of Psoriasis?
    I have had psoriasis for around a decade now. I have tried many things, but currently on Dovobet. It hasn't recently been doing anything. Right now, it is mainly on my elbows, but also on my legs. I REALLY want to do whatever it takes to at least get rid of some. Do you have any recommendations or tips or tricks? Diets? Anything? Please help me here. Do any of you have psoriasis advice?

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

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

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

  44. 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!!

  45. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have psoriasis just once in your lifetime?
    Hi I'm 20 and I have developed psoriasis just a few months ago for the first time. There is also no history of this disease in my family. I'm beginning to get really worried about it. One of my most worst fears is pain and by looking through all the info if I get psoriasis arthritus it sure wud be painful T-T. Since it is my first time of getting it I just really wish it would just be a one time thing and never come back again. So I just want to ask to see if anyone out there has had it once only? and is it possible too. thanx.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure it is psoriasis? If yes, then, unfortunately, you may have to deal with it for a long time. I have had plaque psoriasis for the last 4 years, and the only treatment that cleared it (for the last year at least) was the cream and spray from http://www.champori.com You may want to know that famous author John Updike has psoriasis (since the age of 6). If you google "hidden delights of psoriasis" you will find a fascinating article about it in the British Medical Journal.
      Best,
      Bernadette.

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

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

  47. QUESTION:
    Is Bleaching Your Hair When You Have Psoriasis Bad For You?
    I have plaque psoriasis all over the back of my head (luckily covered by my hair). Ive done a lot of research on dyeing my hair and all the websites I have been to say its fine but I have yet to see anything about bleaching my hair. Will bleaching my hair make my condition worse, or be bad for my health?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a hairdresser and I have scalp psoriasis. I definitely wouldn't recommend using ANY harsh chemicals since psoriasis makes the skin sensitive enough on its own. I'd wait a while until the scalp has seen some improvement. If you're planning on dying your entire scalp, wait a little longer since it would be directly applied near the scalp. If you're going to only get highlights, you can do it after you moisturize your scalp for a month or until you see fit. SOME TIPS: I am not a fan of steroid and cortisone creams so I apply olive oil to my entire scalp every morning- then in the evening I comb my hair allowing the softened scalp to release the loose scales. Then after I wash my hair I apply pure aloe vera ( from the plant) and sleep on it. I know it's a process but it works for me. Good luck!!!!!!


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Can Psoriasis Be Cured

There are often multiple layers to the phobia that have to be dealt with in order for a person to feel better. Some people actually fear the feeling of having a panic/anxiety attack while away from home. All these issues must healed in order for a person with agoraphobia to be able to feel peaceful away from home.

As an energy healer I am often asked how energy healing can cure or help reduce agoraphobia symptoms. The answer to this question goes into the realm of quantum physics and metaphysics. In my experience when dealing with any type of anxiety there are emotional issues to work on and physical issues as well. You may be surprised to find out that both emotional pain and physical pain are nothing more than energy that is "stuck" in a sense. You often hear people say that they feel stuck in this pattern of panic anxiety and just can't find a way out. My job as an energy healer is to provide the energy for them to find the way out. That sounds a bit new-agey but it is the truth. It's all just energy and in the case of people with agoraphobia it's the stuck energy of feeling like there is no way out, or the fear of there being no way out.

So the big question is how are you going to get me unstuck Steve? The answer is a strange one but I will try to describe what I do. When a client calls me for help with agoraphobia the first thing I do is get some history on how it started for them. Then I take a Subjective Units of Distress level or SUDS level. We grade the intensity of the anxiety from 1-10, 10 being the highest level. I then ask the client where they feel the feeling in their body. Some people feel anxiety in their chest, some in the stomach, some in the head. I then have the client focus on the area of anxiety for about ten minutes.During the ten minutes I send what is known bio-energy, life-force energy, or chi energy into the area of anxiety. This is actually what gets the energy of agoraphobia unstuck! After the 10min we take another SUDS level. 90% of the time the anxiety intensity and all the feelings surrounding the phobia are much less. We keep doing this until we reach zero or a level the client is happy with.

All of my energy healing sessions are done by phone or Skype. As an energy healer I have found that I can heal as well by distance as I can in person. This makes it incredibly convenient for my clients as relief is just a phone call away. There are cases where several sessions are needed before my client feels the agoraphobia is totally resolved. Most people feel a big difference after the very first session.

Feel free to contact me if you would like to experience relief from agoraphobia.

Sincerely
Steve Levine

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there a working psoriasis cure?
    I have had bad psoriasis for over 15 years and I have tried everything. I am sometimes embarrassed to go into public it is so bad. They say there is no pure psoriasis cure created, but is there close to one? One that can help lessen these horrible patches of skin I have?

    • ANSWER:
      Common understanding is that there is no cure. But there are remedies that control psoriasis and keep it in check for long periods of time. I haven't had mine (plaque psor. on my scalp, elbows and knees) come back for more than a year after having treated it with Champori cream and spray combination. The best part is that Champori is non-steroidal, herbal remedy. Try it. (they offer money back guarantee, so if it doesn't work for you - it's free)
      Cheers,
      Stella

  2. 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.

  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:
    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.

  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:
    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. :)

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Good Luck !

  11. 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.

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

    • ANSWER:
      UVB treatments

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

    • ANSWER:
      The cause of psoriasis is overreaction of the immune system. Keeping it in a balanced state is the key point of battling this disease. I try to eat healthy food and avoid stress as much as I can. Sun tanning is very helpful too.
      After using number of prescription drugs I've turned to the natural treatments.
      I used serenaskin psoriasis remedies -ointment and spray on the skin, and extract – internally to prevent breakouts. After 2 weeks of treatment my skin has been cleared. It is the best treatment I’ve ever tried.

  14. 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!!

  15. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to bleach if you have psoriasis?
    I am a girl, and I have darkish hair on my upper lip. I do have psoriasis, but not on my face. Is it ok to bleach?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not an expert, but i would think so, but I dont know.... however since you probalby know by now that doctors dont have a cure for psoriasis, then you could research psoriasis cures in traditional chinese medicine.... because they can cure it.....
      maybe you should just try a small section , first... you know

  16. QUESTION:
    How can I find a doctor that will help me cure my psoriasis if I don't have health insurance?
    I have a large psoriasis lesion on my face, and 7 more on my scalp. It is affecting my daily life, most people are repulsed when they look at me, so I try not to go out as much. I am currently unemployed, and lacking the confidence needed for my job search.

    • ANSWER:
      I work for a doctor & they will do a cash discount usually do a .00 visit & can give samples for this. Just call around & ask for a cash visit & you have no insurance..

  17. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      The main thing is to keep the areas moist or protected from drying out. Don't forget as much as we want to be "normal" with our skin it's just not so also protect yourself from injuring your skin since that can also bring on plaques. That includes shaving cuts so try not to shave every day and if you can get away with once a week that would be better. On the side of skin creams, if you do keep the skin moist just be really careful to watch for infection since we get it easier than other people. Let the skin dry but not dry out between applications of different products! I hope that gives you a few things to try so you don't feel at your wits end with it. The main thing you need to know is not one thing is going to work for everyone so try a few different ideas to find what works for YOU and good luck!

  19. 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

  20. QUESTION:
    How do you tell explain to people that you have psoriasis?
    People somtimes look at me funny. I'm not really sure how to start a conversation about my psoriasis and how it's not contagious. Mostly I just ignore it. How do you guys do it?

    • ANSWER:
      People are naturally scared of diseases of the skin.
      Unfortunately this is one of the problems you'll have to deal with when you have psoriasis. The other one is all the home remedies people will volunteer to tell you about. "Oh my mother's brother's friend's housekeeper had that. She used pee and cured it!"

      There is no cure and people are nosy and rude. The sooner you learn to deal with that, the better off you'll be.
      Hook up with The National Psoriasis Foundation. They have pamphlets you can give to busybodies to calm their fears and shut them up. The more knowledgeable you are, the less they'll bug you about it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Click on link to get more information on Dermasis Psoriasis Cream

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

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

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

  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:
    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

  25. QUESTION:
    I have psoriasis. How can I hide the red spots on my legs?
    Summer is coming up and we're already planning to take the whole family to the beach. Is there a way to cover up my lesions (red spots) on my legs? I bet you, if I wear short pants, I'd catch a lot of attention with my uneven skin tone due to my psoriasis. Is it okay to apply face foundation on my legs?

    • ANSWER:
      How far away from salt water are you?Go for a nice long swim in it.If you don't know how get a PFD which stands for personal flotation device,"type 3",which is the most buoyant.And a pair of fins and spend the latter part of the day in the water.Salt water cures the majority of skin problems.Good Luck.

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

    • ANSWER:
      Not significantly, no.

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

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

  27. QUESTION:
    What percentage of the population in the US has Pustular Psoriasis?
    Disease with no cure.

    • ANSWER:
      http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1108220-overview
      This site states that Pustular Psoriasis is uncommon in the US.

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

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

  29. QUESTION:
    How to find anti-bodies and kill them in case of skin condition psoriasis?
    my best friend got psoriasis from 6 years and i will never leave her, if this above idea isn't gud then how to cure psoriasis mean to say not simptoms auto-immune.. Fast just give u'r views

    • ANSWER:
      I've been dealing with psoriasis for over 10 years now and I can tell you it's not easy. I'm not sure about what you're asking, but if you're asking on how to cure psoriasis? the answer is None. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this particular skin disease, it is very rare and it is genetically spread, so it's not contagious, you can't get it unless someone from your immediate family has it. There are several ways to help to retain it though. Have your friend go to her/his dermatologist, they'll give him/her something generic, so the psoriasis does not continue to spread and help it heal. Only go to the dermatologist if the psoriasis is severe! As in all over her/his body. The thing about going to the dermatologist is that if you don't have good insurance, even the generic medicines for psoriasis can be ridiculously pricy. You could be spending from -0 with insurance and about -0 or more without insurance.
      If the psoriasis is not severe, as in you can barely see them and/or they're only on one area, there's alternatives, less expensive counter medicine for psoriasis. Now, consider your friend lucky, because when I started getting psoriasis, they had no over the counter medicine for psoriasis, now that psoriasis is being recognized on TV, retailers are placing more and more over the counter medicines.
      These are the over the counters meds that I find useful:

      DERMAREST Psoriasis Medicated Moisturizer (You can get this at Wal-Mart, walgreens, cvs, etc. But I would get it at Wal-Mart, it's cheaper there)

      SCALPICIN: Maximum Strength (For scalp irrigation) This work wonders!! (You can also get this at Wal-Mart, walgreens, cvs, etc. Again, I would get it at Wal-Mart because it's cheaper.)

      Psoriasin Ointments and Gels (Get these at Walgreens)

      All of these can be found on lotion and shampoo aisle. If not, ask the store's pharmacist if they know where you can find it.

      Oh, also, with these medicine, use lots of lotion, any type of lotion, but I would recommend non-scented. Jergens Healing Lotion works very well. Or Coco Butter.

      Hope this helps :)

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

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

  31. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Good Luck!

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

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

  34. QUESTION:
    How to cure dry skin left from a pimple?
    I had a zit now the skin is all dry how to cure this quick!

    • ANSWER:
      the best thing is pure olive oil soap..it cleanse and moisturize without chemicals..its also good for eczema and psoriasis..i buy from deborahshomemadecastileoliveoilsoap.com if your skeptical then they provide you with a free sample and then you can choose for yourself...good luck

  35. QUESTION:
    Why aren't they trying to find a cure in Juvenile Diabetes? Does anyone really know the answer to this?
    They say there trying to find a cure, and you hear about a possible cure every now and then on the news. But what is the real answer on why they haven't found a cure. Is it because to much money that is spent on drugs, and doctor visits, etc is circulating around and this would hurt the economy even more if there was a cure. Juvenile Diabetes is a painful disease that is left to much in silence. Just why haven't they found a cure?

    • ANSWER:
      What makes you think they aren't trying? No one has called to offer youa "freebie" yet?

      OF COURSE they are trying -- but the cure hasn't been found.

      The NEWEST attempt uses adult stem cells injected into the pancreas. it HAS worked in mice.

      But it is a LONG way from mice to men. MANY experiments must be done, procedures invented and proven safe, and finally YEARS of clinical trials using human subjects.

      IF this proves to work on humans, it will be 20-30 YEARS before this cure is avialable to the public.

      But they ARE working on it. Research has NOT stopped.

      Juvenile Diabtes is a VERY complicated disease, and shares many commonalities with HIVB and psoriasis -- both of which are uncured, as well. The current thought is that Juvenile Diabetes is an Autoimmune disease, like HIV, but htis mechansims needs MANY more years of research before it is completely understood. A cure from this source of reasearch is very possible -- along wih a cure for AIDS and psoriasis -- but it will be a long time coming.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is there any home remedies for psoriasis?
    My 15 year old daughter has had psoriasis for almost a year now. It is quite painful. She cant take showers or baths without it hurting. We are not sure what type it is.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis and Eczema are similar in underlying problems that cause it. The reason you have Psoriasis or Eczema is most likely an adrenal gland and fat metabolism problem. All the cremes, drugs, and other so called modern day medicine cures are ridiculous and doctors need to go back to school or better yet, change where they went to school. The drug companies that fund these schools prey on the ignorance and end up making a lot of money on this problem. You can get real relief from either of these problems forever and it only takes a few months.

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

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

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

      Any scars on the front of your body's torso could play a big role in this problem because the scar from the episiotomy will reflex to your adrenal glands and reduce the energy to a point where they won't work properly and cause this problem.

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

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

      Buy some "pink sea-salt." This is salt that contains minerals and other ingredients that will help your problem. Take at least 1/2 teaspoon of this per day.

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

      I stongly suggest you go to this web site: www.healthline.cc (not .com) or call them at: (310) 320 – 1123 and order the "Max Stress B" product. I would take 1/4 teaspoon day one, and then increase it daily up to 2 teaspoons after one week. This is a very potent form of “B” Vitamin source that contains the "end chain" B's and is highly assimilated by the body. This will stop any itching you may have also within a couple days.

      I would also purchase from the same company a product called Adrenal Complex. I would take 9 to 12 of these at breakfast each day and NOT after 12:00 noon because it will keep you up at night. I know it sounds like a lot, but you need these herbs to go to work on your deficiencies.

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

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

      I would also purchase from that company the Betaine HCL and activator, as well as the digestive enzyme and take 2 to 3 Betaine HCL and 1 to 2 activators and take after each meal, and one digestive enzyme with each meal. I would also purchase the probiotic and take one in the morning and one at night. I would take it with keifer milk. You can take this even if you are lactose intolerant. Additionally, I would go to: www.organicpastures.com and find out local sources or order from them ALL their RAW milk products, including milk, colostrum, raw butter, etc. This is very good for you.

      All this will change your life. It really works. Then when you don't have the symptoms anymore, tell your doctor and educate him on how the body works. I hope he appreciates the advice, because you will not be going to him for medications and his services anymore for this problem.

      good luck to you

  37. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of psoriasis of scalp?
    How to cure it? I can't afford dermatologist and I think it's pretty light, can I treat it with something without the pills and harsh things??

    • ANSWER:
      Grace,
      There are many OTC products that may be used for treatment for psoriasis of the scalp (and elsewhere on the surface of the body.) The most popular are those containing coal-tar like Polytar etc. One of the most popular for scalp treatment amongst doctors is Clarelux, which is a foam containing the active ingredient clobetasol propionate, which is a type of medicine called a topical corticosteroid. When clobetasol is applied to the skin it works by acting inside the skin cells to decrease the release of these inflammatory substances. This reduces swelling, redness and itching.

      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

  38. 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

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

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

  40. 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

  41. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a cure for a dry and itchy scalp?
    I have used a tar shampoo and I smell like a labrador! Do you know of anything more pleasant. I think it could be psoriasis of the scalp.

    • ANSWER:
      The skin of the scalp (and also of the whole body) is constantly renews itself by shedding the outer layer of skin cells. Most of the time this shedding is unnoticeable. But when this shedding becomes noticeable on the scalp, it is called dandruff.
      Mild dandruff occurs not due to dryness of the scalp but usually is a result of too much oiliness of the skin. If you have large size flakes together with symptoms around your nose, eyebrows, ears, around your navel or genitals, it may be due to seborrheic dermatitis or seborrhea. Severe dandruff may be the result of psoriasis of the scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis may be caused by an increased number of a yeast-like organism (pityrosporum ovale) found on healthy scalp in low numbers. Dandruff can occur to anybody at any age. It should not be left untreated.

      Zinc and essential fatty acids (pumpkin seeds, nuts, vegetable oils) prevent dandruff.

      How to overcome Dandruff :

      For good hair without dandruff, drink at least 2 liter water, eat lots of salads, green vegetables, and fresh fruits. Combs must be washed as frequently and hair should be brushed regularly. Dandruff is a scalp condition that can be controlled. Too little oil or too much oil can result in dandruff. Try the following:

      Mix 2 teaspoons pure vinegar in 6 teaspoons water and apply it on the scalp before going to bed. Tie a towel around the head. Wash your head next morning. After shampooing, rinse again with vinegar water. Treat your hair like this once a week for at least three months.

      Mix 1 teaspoons lemon juice with 2 teaspoons vinegar and massage on the scalp. Wash your hair with an egg shampoo.
      Take 1 part almond oil, 1 part pure sulphur powder, 2 parts 'surgical spirit' and 4 parts distilled water or rose water and mix well. Rub on the scalp.

      Take 2 cup water, add 4-5 tablespoons dried thyme and boil for 10 minutes. Cool, strain, and use the mixture to massage scalp. Keep for half an hour.

      Dissolve 2 aspirins in any dandruff shampoo and wash your hair.

      Massage the scalp with almond oil. Dip a towel in boiling water and wrap it around the hair. Repeat it thrice or four times when the towel gets cold.

      Make a shampoo by mixing 100 g each of amla (Indian goose berry), reetha, and shikakai, and boil in two litre of water until the liquid reduces to half. Use this shampoo for one month. Dandruff will vanish and your hair will become thick.

      Grind fenugreek (methi) seeds soaked in water overnight. Massage this paste on scalp and hair and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Wash it off with a mild shampoo.

      Wash your hair with warm apple cider vinegar. Then cover your head with a towel or a shower cap and leave for about 30-40 minutes. Rinse with plain water. Repeat 2 times a week until your dandruff goes away.

      Mix 100 g witch hazel and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice in 200 ml water. Shampoo your hair and apply with cotton to the scalp when the hair are still wet. Repeat several times until the dandruff is treated.

      Try a shampoo with selenium sulfide or salicylic acid.

      Try Zest soap once a week. It may work for oily hair. It leaves your hair dry, so use conditioner to your hair only but try not to get it on your scalp. It has worked to get rid of dandruff for some people.

  42. 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

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

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

  44. 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! ;)

  45. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a way to heal psoriasis?
    I know it's a difficult question but I was wondering if perhaps anyone tried something out and felt it helped cure psoriasis........
    So happy for you Camryn.... I think I'll give it a try :)

    • 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.

  46. QUESTION:
    is it true that the water in the beach can cure psoriasis?
    Is it true that when a psoriatic patient take a bath on a beach or a hot spring, he can get rid off his psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      I worked for over a year doing surveying at a beach area, walking around in the sun all day. I will tell you that my psoriasis didn't get any better other than the areas that were in the sun. If anything, the sand irritated my skin and broke me out more as well as drying me out. Any salt products aren't very good on the skin if it's dry and can cause it to break out more so be very careful. Heat does soothe the skin. I use Vaseline Intensive Care Total Moisture on my skin twice a day and my psoriasis is pretty well cleared up. I'd try a thick lotion of your choice before doing anything like you're asking because with the bacteria in the salt water the skin is very sensitive and infection can set in if it gets into any cuts or abrasions that happen easily on the psoratic skin. Good luck with it

  47. QUESTION:
    Why are obvious deformities excluded from the healing power of God?
    Considering that healing evangelists go around declaring ambiguous sicknesses healed I am curious as to why the amputees, obvious skin disorder (like psoriasis and melanoma) patients, and others with conditions of a visually obvious nature do not get the onstage miracle healing as others. Why is this?

    • ANSWER:
      If God is all knowing, he knows the cure for cancer, but he's keeping it a secret because he loves us.


can psoriasis be cured

Dead Sea Psoriasis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does the Miracle of Aloe Dead Sea Salt Psoriasis Cream work well?
    I have an outbreak of psoriasis on my palms which has ben there for quite some time now. My fiancee's mother gave me a 1 oz. tube of the Dead Sea Salt Psoriasis Cream which she got from a lady that she works with. This is the first day that I have applied this cream, and will continue to do so, but I was wondering if anyone out there has tried this particular cream, and if so, how good does it work? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have not tried it but go to champori.com and order this stuff,,,it cleared up my psoriasis after 20 years...it is truly a miracle. Hope this helps! Keep me posted. Jen

  2. QUESTION:
    Does Dead Sea body lotion help in getting clear skin on the face ?
    My friend brought a dead sea body lotion from jordon recently . She says it helps in getting clear skin on the face .
    I have alot of pimples and as well as some pimple marks on both cheeks.
    If this product doesnt work then what does ??
    I really want clear skin , please help me.
    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Dead Sea mud and salts also help with such diseases as arthritis, muscle stiffness, itching skin and pain as well as with psoriasis, acne, blackheads, inflammations of joints, eczema and athletes foot. Dead Sea mineral mud and salt is known for anti-aging, anti-wrinkles, deep cleansing and whitening effect. They also are effective at helping to take away blackheads, freckles and wrinkles.

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

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

  4. QUESTION:
    Can I use a psoriasis cream for eczema?
    I saw this dead sea cream but it says it's for psoriasis but it has good reviews but they don't have any for eczema. Will it help for eczema too or no?

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    I have bought Dead Sea Salt.How should I use it for psoriasis?
    I have bought Dead Sea Salt.How should I use it for psoriasis?

    how many tablespoons in a bath tub and at what temperature???

    • ANSWER:
      it would depend on how much water you use, size of your tub, etc. my patients have best results with 1 tablespoon for every 10 gallons of water. make sure the water is pretty warm to aid with disolving. i've also had patients tell me that spending some time with effected areas exposed to the sun just prior to soaking in the tub helps also. there's been quite a bit of research involving sea salts and excema which looks very promising, as well as treatment in a tanning bed or sunbathing. good luck. i know it can be very frustrating.

  6. QUESTION:
    How effective is UVB treatment on guttate psoriasis and after treatment does it usually come back? If so, afte?

    If so, how long does it take to come back?
    Sorry - I should mention that I have been prescribed this by my derm after battling wiht for about 8 months trying every thing that is available along with natural remedies, organic products, different diet, raw veg, no wheat.....etc. the list goes on!

    • ANSWER:
      Like all things, it varies from person-to-person.
      It cleared up my husband's psoriasis for about 4 months.

      Why on earth there is rabid opposition to lamps, on skin cancer grounds and yet no voice against Dead Sea sunshine is beyond me. They both have the Potential to increase the risk.

  7. QUESTION:
    What can I do to get rid of psoriasis?
    I am a 43 year old male who has developed psoraisis over the last six months. The creams I have got from my doctor have not helped. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      The main thing to know is that there are many different treatments, and the trick is to find the one that helps you. I suggest you check out other similar questions on Answers for details on the type of diet you should follow, etc.

      Your doctor will only prescribe some creams for you to use. I think I must have tried them all over the years, with little effect. For many years my only respite was during the summer when I could get a tan (exposure to the sun is good, in small doses). (And whatever you do, steer away from steriod creams.)

      However, I recently heard the the Dead Sea is the place to go as the salt in the sea is supposed to work wonders. I wandered into my local health shop, and noticed that they sell Dead Sea Salt, so I bought some, washed with it for three days, and my condition improved immensely. Now I simply use it as part of my daily routine.

      You will probably never completely get rid of it, but you can certainly keep it under control.

      Good luck.

  8. 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.

  9. QUESTION:
    The "Dead Sea", what life forms heal the human body with life?
    The dead sea is so called dead from the great magnitude of salt composition... They say its dead...What life forms live in the sea and how does the water create great healing properties?

    • ANSWER:
      It isn't totally dead, some bacteria and microbial fungi are present.

      The Dead Sea area has become a major center for health research and treatment for several reasons. The mineral content of the waters, the very low content of pollens and other allergens in the atmosphere, the reduced ultraviolet component of solar radiation, and the higher atmospheric pressure at this great depth each have specific health effects. For example, persons suffering reduced respiratory function from diseases such as cystic fibrosis seem to benefit from the increased atmospheric pressure.

      Sufferers of the skin disorder psoriasis also benefit from the ability to sunbathe for long periods in the area due to its position below sea level and subsequent result that many of the sun's harmful UV rays are reduced. Furthermore, Dead Sea salt has been found to be beneficial to psoriasis patients.

  10. 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.

  11. QUESTION:
    I'm on mycrogynon 50 and am changing to a lower dose pill, can I skip my period on transition of pills?
    I need to skip my period and don't have mycrogynon pills left, only my new pill. Is it ok to skip my period using the new pill?

    • ANSWER:
      Dead sea products for Acne Treatment , Psoriasis Treatment , Facial Care , Body Care , Foot Care , Hand Care, Bath Salt , Black mud for face and body, shampoo & shower gel, soaps, oils ,creams at www.shoplacure.com 100% natural from dead sea

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      Your order will be delivered to you by Aramex courier (door to door service) within 4-5 working days and the shipping charges are only USD$ 9.99 per each 1 kg.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is an easy homemade-ish way to get rid of pimple and blemishes?
    I get these like pimple breakouts on my face sometimes, and i don't want to buy all those expensive creams and lotions and things. Anyone know something i can try a home, with household things, or something low cost? thanks so much.

    p.s oh and if someone also wants to explain to me how to hide all of that with make-up, it would be appreciated as well :D

    • ANSWER:
      Well my advice:
      For nice clear skin:Get some yarrow capsules,put one in some warm water,splash your face with it,pat dry with a wash-clothe.Or as a cleanser if you have dry skin try milk it has lactic acid (found in alot of really expensive creams!).Then for toner use lemon it balances the ph in your skin,Apply with cotton ball.Then use 100% pure aloe vera gel (get this stuff at local heath food store or drugstore).Hope I helped!,God bless!. :) Garlic is good for pimples to (not good for sensitive skin) just leave it on for like 5 mins (mash it up first).Also have a good diet,eat lots of fruits and veggies(I'm a vegetarian).Drink water too,half your body weight (if you weigh 100 lbs drink 50 oz a day).Taking MSM (100-1,000 mg) daily can help acne.

      Also try an egg mask,simply leave egg white (from one egg) on your face for 10 minutes.

      I advise you to try a tomato ,take a tomato and cut a few slices from it and then leave the slices on your face for about 10 minutes(flesh side down).

      For your body simply:

      Mix suger (or sea salt) and Olive oil together and you have a great scrub!.
      :)

      Info:
      Benefits of aloe vera

      Many ancient works, including the Bible, refer to the use of aloe. One of the first documented users of aloe vera was Cleopatra, who lived from 68 to 30 B.C. She is said to have used the gel on her skin as protection from the sun, and to have thought the gel helped to keep her skin young-looking. In fact, the Egyptians may have used aloe vera in their embalming of bodies, among other uses.

      About the year Six B.C., Dioscorides, a Greek physician, discovered aloe vera was effective in treating a wide range of ailments, from kidney problems and constipation, to severe burns of the skin.

      Today aloe vera continues to be widely used around the world. Studies have shown that aloe vera speeds the healing process, particularly in burns, including those from radiation. It is also used by dermatologists to speed healing after facial dermabrasion, which removes scars from the skins top layers.

      *****

      The possible benefits from the use of aloe vera gel and juice include:

      1. May help sooth skin injured by burns, irritations, cuts and insect bites.

      2. May help moisturize and soften the skin.

      3. May help speed the healing of skin wounds,acne, burns and other injuries.

      4. May help (when taken internally)with constipation, diarrhea and other intestinal problems.

      5. May speed and improve general healing when taken internally.

      6. May relieve itching and swelling of irritated skin.

      7. May help kill fungus and bacteria.

      8. May improve the effectiveness of sun screen products.
      ......................................…
      Benefits of Lactic acid

      Lactic acid is a naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acid that is fermented from milk for use in cosmetics, lotions and cleansers to assist in smoothing and moisturizing the skin. Lactic acid is of great use in any healthy skin regimen, as it aids in the sloughing of dead skin cells, increasing cellular turnover while hydrating the skin for a fresh and rejuvenated complexion. Lactic acid can be used for many skin problems including the management of acne, wrinkles, psoriasis,sun damage, keratosis pilaris and hyperkeratosis, and can even be used on slightly sensitive or allergy-prone skin.

      Egg

      After applying egg whites, your skin takes on a tighter, more lifted appearance, causing some skin care aficionados to go so far as to call the egg white mask an "egg white face lift ". Other benefits of this natural skin care treatment, egg whites have been known to reduce the appearance minor breakouts, as well as enlarged pores.

      Tomatos and Lycopene

      Lycopene is high in antioxidants and fat soluble, with a small molecule structure that is easily absorbed by the skin. There is a drawback however. Lycopene is not dietary soluble (the molecule structure is tightly bound) unless cooked.Tomatos have high levels of both vitamins C and A,great for skin.

      Honey

      Honey also is be good for your skin. It has the ability to attract water. You can use honey instead of alpha hydroxy masks because of its high content of the acid. It is also safe for sensitive skin.

      You can also use it as a moisturizing mask for your skin as well as your hair.
      The reason why your skin clears up then blemishes again is because you skin becomes immune to the product your using. Thats why skin never stays clear. Face cleansers like Proactive, Clean and Clear and all that stuff has a lot of chemicals in that eat away bacteria on your face. Now there's nothing wrong with that but when it starts stripping your face of natural oils then you have a problem.

      Diet is also a bit part a clean skin. Make sure your eating right, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and blah blah blah. Keep your hands from your face, and don't pick at your blemishes. It will just spread bacteria over your face.

      Buy some bare minara

  13. QUESTION:
    What other drugs aside from daivonex can help cure psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh, dear. Davonex doesn't cure anything: it just alleviates the symptoms for some time in the meantime damaging your liver and immune system (it is immunodepressant, see). If you younger than 70, and not at the point of jumping off the bridge because of your psor. - stay away from Davonex.
      Try something natural instead: Omega-3 oil, UV treatment, Dead Sea.
      From my personal experience: anti-psoriasis cream and spray from http://www.champori.com worked wonders on my plaque psor. : in just few weeks I got clear and have stayed clear for over a year now! Try it instead (if it doesn't work for you - it's free: they have money back guarantee).
      Best,
      Bernadette

  14. QUESTION:
    does anyone know how to make dry mineral body wrap?
    i want to know what is in the dry mineral body wrap stuff so i can make it at home. i already know how to do the water soak and stuff like that, but i want to make some for myself. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Ingredients

      Natural Clay: Choose 2 cups of clay suitable for your skin type.
      Dead Sea- Mineral and nutrient enriched for detoxification
      Green Clay- Detoxifies, oily skin, stimulates circulation
      Moroccan Red - Exfoliates, stimulates circulation Fullers Earth -Oily skin, exfoliates and stimulates circulation Red Clay -Stimulated circulation, removes dry skin cells Rose Clay -Exfoliates, stimulates circulation

      Salt: Choose 1 cup of salt

      Epsom Salts -Relaxes the nervous system eases pain and removes toxins

      Sea Salt- Draws toxins from the body

      Dead Sea Salt -Skin tonic, detoxifying, nutrient enriched

      Herbs: 1 cup in total .Try to add at least 2 different herbs
      If the herbs are not already powdered then puree them in a blender.

      Aloe Vera -Soothes and Heals

      Neem Leaves -Anti bacterial, anti fungal

      Rose Petal Powder -Stimulates Circulation

      Alfalfa Leaf powder -Relives muscle and joint pain, fatigue
      Calendula powder- Heals broken skin

      Chamomile Powder -Anti inflammatory, Calming

      Stinging Nettles Powder- Deep cleanser, soothes irritated skin

      Parsley Powder- Detoxifying, soothing

      Peppermint Leaf- Stimulation, soothing, stomach upset

      Rosehip Powder- Vitamin c, nutrients

      St Johns Wart Powder- Healing nutrient

      Kelp Powder: 1 cup
      To detoxify the body and add vital nutrients that help reduce cellulite and increase circulation

      Moisture Agents: Replace the water you will bring to the boil with any of these wetting agents E.g. Add 1 cup of milk, then remove 1 cup of water from the 1.8 liters of spring water.
      You can substitute any of these moisture agents for the water. Try and choose 3 different ones to benefit different areas

      Apple Cider Vinegar -Helps to heal bruises, soothes irritated skin

      Glycerin - Deep skin Moisturizer

      Chamomile- Promotes relaxation and detoxifies

      Witch Hazel- Skin toner and cleanser

      Goats Milk- Balances Ph levels in skin and exfoliates skin cells whilst moisturizing

      Whole Cream Milk- Relieves dry and itchy skin and full of nutrients
      Fruit Juice -Full of vitamins

      Yogurt- Soothes dry and irritated skin

      Lemon Juice- detoxifies and cleanses skin cells These essential oils are used to combat cellulite and detoxify the body

      Essential Oils- 18mls in total combined oils Or 1% of mix

      Lavender Essential Oil -Headaches, stress, insomnia, minor burns, skin rashes, lowers blood pressure. Calmative. Basil Essential Oil- Anti bacterial, headaches, mental alertness, fatigue, stress, Period pains(Blends well with lemon and fennel). Lemon Essential Oil- Cellulite, oily skin, anti bacterial, asthma and other respiratory complaints.

      Patchouli Essential Oil -Tightens pores, combats wrinkles, Mobilizes cellulite, stress reliever, insomnia, relaxant, acne, eczema, psoriasis, sores and minor burns (Blends well with lavender and sandalwood).

      Sandalwood Essential Oil- Calms the mind and spirit, oily skin, soothes irritated skin, and is an aphrodisiac for men. (Blends well with lavender and sandalwood).

      Spearmint Essential Oil- Soothes the skin, calmative, and settles upset tummies.

      Lemon Grass Essential Oil- Skin toner, oily skin, fatigue, muscle aches and gastric infections- (Blends well with tea tree and lavender).

      Tea Tree Essential Oil- Anti- fungal, acne, skin toner. (Blends well with spearmint, sandalwood, lavender, and eucalyptus).
      Juniper Berry Essential Oil -Cellulite, uplifting (Blends well with lavender, patchouli and sandalwood).

      Fennel Essential Oil - Diuretic, circulation. Cleansing oil, indigestion and gas. (Blends well with lavender, lemon, basil and sandalwood).

      Cypress Essential Oil- Diuretic, varicose veins, circulation, coughs and colds. (Blends well with lavender , sandalwood and patchouli)

      Natural Additives: 2 tablespoons of any
      Aloe Vera Gel -moisturizer Rice Bran Powder Fine- Prevents wrinkles, exfoliates skin, absorbs excess oil and dirt

      Honey Powder- Skin cleaners, softener, absorbs dry skin.

      Coconut Milk Powder- Skin softener, full of nutrients

      Moisturizing Oils- 2 tablespoons in total only.

      Almond Oil -mature skin, sensitive or dry skin

      Aloe Vera Oil - anti ageing, skin irritations, cuts and minor burns

      Palm Oil - Moisturizing oil

      Apricot Kernel Oil- Skin irritations, dry inflamed skin. Absorbs quickly.

      Refined Emu Oil- repairs damaged and wrinkled skin, muscle and joint pain, repairs scar tissue.

      Shea Oil - retains skins elasticity, moisturizes dry cracked skin

      Sesame Oil- moisturizing, retains skins elasticity

      Sunflower Oil- moisturizes, regenerate and condition skin

      Soybean Oil- moisturizing oil filled with vitamin E

      Evening primrose Oil- eczema, nourishes dry skin

      Flaxseed Oil - eczema, psoriasis, acne and aging skin

      Olive Oil- regenerate new skin cells, draws moisture to external skin cells

      Macadamia Oil- Penetrates the skin quickly, anti oxidant

      Rapeseed Oil -strengths skin tissue full of vitamins and minerals

      Preparing your ingredients
      Once you have your ingredients ready boil 1.8lts of water in a large stainless steel stockpot. Once it has reached boiling point add the herbs and remove the pot from the heat. Add all the remaining ingredients to the pot stir well and allow it to cool down for 10 minutes.

      Application process:
      Dip your bandages or cloth wraps into the mix one by one making sure your mud mix stays warm, you may need to re-heat it if it cools too quickly. Thoroughly soak each bandage into the mix then wrap it around your body starting from your ankles and working your way up. If you are getting help with this one by all means wear underwear it wont make much difference to the outcome. It is however important to stay warm, so if your room is too chilled wrap yourself in a washable blanket lay back and relax for a good 60 minutes.

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

    Thanks Heaps!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      good luck to you

  16. QUESTION:
    Is it wrong for my friend to be ashamed of her husband's psoriasis? Anyone know of a good med. to try ?
    He does absolutely nothing to try & get rid of it. He has been given several diff. medicines for it, but they don't know what might work, because he puts it on for 2 days & then quits if he doesn't see immediate results. Is it wrong for her to ask him to wear long sleeves whenever they go out together ?

    • ANSWER:
      I've had psoriasis since 2001, and I cover up the worst of it (on my legs - mostly below the knees - and my elbows and up) just to avoid the stares and constant explanations.

      I, too, avoid prescription meds. I used prescription creams and ointments for about a year with no visible difference, and long-term use can lead to some nasty side effects. I tried a couple oral meds, but quit because of side effects. Tar products, including shampoos and skin creams, etc. make me sick to my stomach. I won't try the biological injectables because, currently, for me, the potential side effects (ruin your liver, for one!) are worse than the skin problem they MIGHT take care of ... for maybe a few months, then you have to do them all over again when the psoriasis breaks out again. Usually, if a med has side effects, I'll get them ... and sometimes come up with ones that are not even listed! ie. I developed severe sleep apnea after just a couple days of taking Cyclosporin. Thank God, it went away when I stopped taking the pills. Most meds do take weeks or months to show any results, and there is no cure.

      I tried UV light treatments. That was a disaster! I wasn't believed when I told them how sensitive my skin is, and in the fourth week of treatment, they upped the time too long and baked me into a "crispy critter!" I just escaped being hospitalized for burns (total body!), and had a major flare as a result of the skin injury. It took months to recover.

      Eventually, I had a natural remission (I wasn't taking any meds) and the psoriasis contained itself to the areas below my knees to the tips of my toes (not the soles of my feet, thank you, God!), and to my elbows and immediately above. I'm so grateful to have it on such as small portion of my body! If I ever have a complete remission, it will be icing on the cake!

      Psoriais is usually worse in winter, and various things can make it flare up. For me, getting too hot will do it in a hurry, so I can't dance or exercise much ... and heaven help me if I work up a sweat. I have to stay in air-conditioned vehicles or buildings in the summer. Ironic, because a little sun (vitamin D) is good for psoriasis! Stress can cause flares. If one get sick, one is more likely to have a flare. And flares can take months to go away. When I flare, my psoriasis spreads up my legs, sometimes as high as my waist, sprinkled on my back and chest, and down my arms and hands. Oh, the misery!

      I use a variety of herbal/alternative and over-the-counter bath products (dead sea salts, etc.) skin creams and body lotions, just to make my skin feel a little better. They can help ease the tightness and dryness, but nothing, prescription or over the counter, has eased the itch. To get an idea of what psoriasis feels like, take your worst case of poison ivy (or chiggers, mosquito bites, etc.) and top it off with your very worst sunburn. It itches like the dickens, but hurts to scratch. I resist scratching for as long as I can, but eventually I just HAVE to scratch, and will often scratch until I'm bleeding. I scratch until the hurt is worse than the itch. And, yes, we shed skin like crazy. You can find me by following the trail of skin flakes! I wouldn't dare commit a crime, my DNA would be all over the place!

      The public needs to be educated. Psoriasis is not caused by poor personal hygiene; it is not contagious. More research needs to be done to find the cause and a cure. There is a genetic component to the disease, and what triggers it is still to be determined.

      As for your friend, she can ASK her hubby to wear long sleeves when they go out, but if people's reactions don't bother him, and he doesn't care enough about her feelings to spare her their stares, etc. ... she's stuck with it and will just have to know that his appearance is beyond her control, hold her head up and ignore the ignorant public.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can you help me with a story idea?
    For tomorrow, I need to write a short story (at least 1/2 a page) about a health resort along the Dead Sea. What's a health resort anyways? I'm not asking you to write this I simply need an idea about exactly what to write about. I'll take any suggestions! Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Dead Sea salts are considered to be medicinal for psoriasis and other ailments. People come to health spas near the Dead Sea to bath in its salty water.

  18. QUESTION:
    do you shave off psoriasis plaques from your body?
    I often wonder if shaving off thick psoriasis plaques from your body will keep them from coming back...

    • ANSWER:
      Although self-help measures won't cure psoriasis, they may help improve the appearance and feel of damaged skin. These measures may benefit you:

      Take daily baths. Bathing daily helps remove scales and calm inflamed skin. Add bath oil, oiled oatmeal, Epsom salts or Dead Sea salts to the water and soak for at least 15 minutes. Avoid hot water and harsh soaps, which can make your symptoms worse. Instead, use lukewarm water and mild soaps that have added oils and fats.
      Use moisturizer. Blot your skin after bathing, then immediately apply a heavy, ointment-based moisturizer while your skin is still moist. For very dry skin, oils may be preferable — they have more staying power than creams or lotions do and are more effective at preventing water from evaporating from your skin. During cold, dry weather, you may need to apply a moisturizer several times a day.
      Cover the affected areas overnight. To help improve redness and scaling, apply an ointment-based moisturizer to your skin and wrap with plastic wrap overnight. In the morning, remove the covering and wash away the scales with a bath or a shower.
      Expose your skin to small amounts of sunlight. A controlled amount of sunlight can significantly improve lesions, but too much sun can trigger or worsen outbreaks and increase the risk of skin cancer. If you sunbathe, it's best to try short sessions three or more times a week. Keep a record of when and how long you're in the sun to help avoid overexposure. And be sure to protect healthy skin with a sunscreen of at least 15 SPF, paying careful attention to your ears, hands and face. Before beginning any sunbathing program, ask your doctor about the best way to use natural sunlight to treat your skin.
      Apply cortisone. Apply an over-the-counter cortisone cream 0.5 percent or 1 percent, for a few weeks when your symptoms are especially bad.
      Avoid psoriasis triggers, if possible. Find out what triggers, if any, worsen your psoriasis and take steps to prevent or avoid them. Infections, injuries to your skin, stress, smoking and intense sun exposure can all worsen psoriasis.
      Avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol consumption may decrease the effectiveness of some psoriasis treatments.

  19. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know anything good to treat the skin condition psoriasis?
    I have seen doctors, and they give me a range of creams that dont seem to work, I have searched the internet and there are lots of companies offering miracle cures, but i expect most are cons...does anybody actually have experience of something that works?

    • ANSWER:
      if you look on ebay,you can buy big bags of dead sea salt. it`s not too dear! i`ve tried every cream you can think of and have just started on tablets(neotigasion)only been on them for a week but can`t see a change so far,hopefully they will work though. ask your doctor to refer you to a dermotoligist. i had sun treatment about 5 times and it was great,really cleared it up but always came back!!!! good luck and i hope you find something that helps you,xx

  20. QUESTION:
    the dead sea and how it is worth going there if you have a skin condition?
    is it worth going to the dead sea for a psoriasis condition or is it all a myth that it can alleviate or get rid of psoriasis, anybody tried it and YES I dont want anybody that is selling the dead sea material as have ordered it online and it is just crap basically!!

    • ANSWER:
      I used to live in Arad, some 12 miles from the dead sea, I worked at Ein Gedi's police station, let me tell you, most people who came there with psoriasis, showed improvement within days, many cleared up TOTALLY, some faster some slower but all healed well, back then I kept in touch with many, the effects of their stay lasted for over a year in many cases and for some much longer than that..

  21. 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.

  22. QUESTION:
    What will cure psoriasis when nothing else, even enbrel hasnt worked?
    My husband has suffered for years, and has tryed everything. Any help is appreciated even natural and alternative treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      Saltwater should help but not cure it. If you live near the ocean, that's the best "medicine." For all others, buy dead sea salts (in the section where bubble bath and bath oil is) and bathe/soak in it. This is not a "quick fix," though. It will be a while before you see any improvement, but it does help. Beware, though...this can/will corrode metal fixtures in your tub over the long haul.

  23. QUESTION:
    Does dead sea minerals work for psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes they do work. But you have to keep using them. They also help to maintain a clear skin.
      High potassium, sodium and magnesium levels in Dead Sea.

      Those products are usually expensive that's why most psoriasis patients even if they've tried them and they worked for them they stopped the treatment.

  24. QUESTION:
    Anybody have any good psoriasis remedies?
    I am suffering a bad break out! Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Dead Sea mineral-based Cosmetics
      http://www.dead-sea-skincare.com
      http://www.dead-sea-mud.com/ebay/hair.php

  25. QUESTION:
    I need a Dead Sea mineral list?
    Where can I find a complete list of minerals found in the Dead Sea?
    I have been to many site that have up to 21 minerals listed but I am looking for a complete list. Thanks for the help!
    I need a complete list not a partial list that come from Dead Sea product sites!

    • ANSWER:
      These are the minerals
      Magnesium
      Magnesium concentrations found in the Dead Sea are fifteen times higher than salts in other seas. Magnesium is essential for cell metabolism. For instance, a significant deficit in Magnesium has been discovered in skin scales and serum of patients with psoriasis. Magnesium supposedly affects the ripening of skin cells of psoriasis patients. Moreover, in cases of bronchi, Magnesium works as anti-allergic agent.

      Sodium
      The Sodium ions remove skin scales and improve its permeability. After penetrating into the skin, they bind the water and generate a feeling of suppleness, ideal for of very dry skin.

      Potassium
      Potassium improves the oxidation and regulates the electrical process of the muscles and the nervous system. Asthma patients achieve good results from inhaling the salt vapors.

      Bromide
      Bromide concentration is 50 times higher than common salts. Thus having a very relaxing effect.

      Bitumen
      Besides other Dead Sea Minerals found in smaller amounts, the salt contains a natural tar called Bitumen which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.

      Chlorine
      Chlorine necessary to maintain the correct balance of alkaline and acid in the body, together with being vital for cell metabolism.

      Iodine
      Iodineis necessary for the production of the hormone thyroxin, and is also vital for both energy and cell metabolism.

      Calcium
      Calcium is necessary in strenghtening cell membranes and cleansing the pores. In addition it is vital for production and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones, together with regulating the heart muscles and nerves.

      Zinc
      Plays a role in enzymatic regulation of cell proliferation.
      Lithium - this Dead Sea minerals increases the effectiveness of bath salt treatment for psoriasis.
      Strontium - has effective anti-itching properties, reduces the signs of irritant contact dermatitis (a common problem for those with sensitive skin who regularly use cosmetics)

      Sulfur - Is a known therapeutic mineral. Contains certain essential vitamins and is a natural disinfectant and antibacterial agent- thus making it effective against acne. Has also been shown effective to help relieve symptoms of skin disorders such as Psoriasis and Eczema.

  26. QUESTION:
    Will there ever be a cure for psoriasis?
    what is the cause of psoriasis.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis- 1 of the most wrongly diagnosed skin conditions. It is not excema, it is not a touch of dry skin, everyone thinks they know someone with it, and everyone thinks they have a cure! Also noramlly met with "O, yes. I get dry skin too!"

      It is the excessive regeneration of skin cells which cause the tough dry areas of skin.
      It is often triggered by stress, and also often hereditary, though can also often skip a generation, Other causes can be exposure to chemicals or nickel.
      Infection itself is not a cause, though the stress caused by it can be, this is also shown by the large number of cases after glandular fever.

      Treatments vary. UV (sunlight) often have positive results. Steroid creams, dead sea salts, polytar, also help. Managing stress is the key factor, and while general body health and therefore diet are important these triggers are usually individual - so experiment to see what works for you.
      Chilli's can contain/release beneficial enzymes, though some say spicy food is not good. See what works for you.
      As for a cure, not yet, but heres hoping!

  27. QUESTION:
    its true that in "the dead sea" theres no marines creatures alive?
    (middle east) ive hear also that the sea it have healing powers

    • ANSWER:
      yes its true, there are many benefits to the dead sea.Modern medical researches confirm that positive combination of the minerals and salts from the Dead Sea has healing properties for different diseases.

      Many skin allergies may be helped by using Dead Sea minerals. Among the medical problems found to be alleviated by these minerals are psoriasis, eczema, and purulent rashes. In addition to alleviation of such allergies, such affected skin often also shows improvement in outer appearance and elasticity after treatment with Dead Sea minerals.

      Better blood circulation, metabolism and a more relaxed nervous system are all supported by Dead Sea minerals. Mud from the Dead Sea contains minerals that heal wounds, wake up hair roots and eradicate dermatitis and dandruff. The mud has even been credited with eliminating headaches and migraines. Amazingly, these minerals have healing and comforting values for a host of medical conditions, including arthritis, bone and cartilage inflammation, myelitis, neuritis, rheumatism, stress, fatigue and sleeplessness.

      The minerals and salts found only in the Dead Sea can be combined in formulas that are positive, some say magical, in their healing properties. Based on these scientific medical facts, SEACRET has developed its revolutionary new formulas to deliver these health benefits through our products. While we don’t suggest the SEACRET line of products should be used in the treatment of these conditions, such evidence is support for the purity and natural content of all of our formulas.
      With SEACRET, Your Beauty can be not only Skin Deep, but Skin Healthy as well.
      Nothing survives in the dead sea,

      There's no seaweed or plants of any kind in or around the water. There are no fish or any kind of swimming, squirming creatures living in or near the water. As a matter of fact, what you'll see on the shores of the Sea is white, crystals of salt covering EVERYTHING. And this is no ordinary table salt, either. The salts found in the Dead Sea are mineral salts, just like you find in the oceans of the world, only in extreme concentrations. The water in the Dead Sea is deadly to living things. Fish accidentally swimming into the waters from one of the several freshwater streams that feed the Sea are killed instantly, their bodies quickly coated with a preserving layer of salt crystals and then tossed onto shore by the wind and waves. Brutal!

  28. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of pimples?
    i am 13 years old i get them on my face back and chest! i know it bcause of hormones but my friends dont have them! so pleasee helpp me!!

    • ANSWER:
      Well my advice:
      For nice clear skin:Get some yarrow capsules,put one in some warm water,splash your face with it,pat dry with a wash-clothe.Or as a cleanser if you have dry skin try milk it has lactic acid (found in alot of really expensive creams!).Then for toner use lemon it balances the ph in your skin,Apply with cotton ball.Then use 100% pure aloe vera gel (get this stuff at local heath food store or drugstore).Hope I helped!,God bless!. :) Garlic is good for pimples to (not good for sensitive skin) just leave it on for like 5 mins (mash it up first).Also have a good diet,eat lots of fruits and veggies(I'm a vegetarian).Drink water too,half your body weight (if you weigh 100 lbs drink 50 oz a day).Taking MSM (100-1,000 mg) daily can help acne.

      Also try an egg mask,simply leave egg white (from one egg) on your face for 10 minutes.

      I advise you to try a tomato ,take a tamato and cut a few slices from it and then leave the slices on your face for about 10 minutes(flesh side down).

      For your body simply:

      Mix suger (or sea salt) and Olive oil together and you have a great scrub!.
      :)

      Info:
      Benefits of aloe vera

      Many ancient works, including the Bible, refer to the use of aloe. One of the first documented users of aloe vera was Cleopatra, who lived from 68 to 30 B.C. She is said to have used the gel on her skin as protection from the sun, and to have thought the gel helped to keep her skin young-looking. In fact, the Egyptians may have used aloe vera in their embalming of bodies, among other uses.

      About the year Six B.C., Dioscorides, a Greek physician, discovered aloe vera was effective in treating a wide range of ailments, from kidney problems and constipation, to severe burns of the skin.

      Today aloe vera continues to be widely used around the world. Studies have shown that aloe vera speeds the healing process, particularly in burns, including those from radiation. It is also used by dermatologists to speed healing after facial dermabrasion, which removes scars from the skins top layers.

      *****

      The possible benefits from the use of aloe vera gel and juice include:

      1. May help sooth skin injured by burns, irritations, cuts and insect bites.

      2. May help moisturize and soften the skin.

      3. May help speed the healing of skin wounds,acne, burns and other injuries.

      4. May help (when taken internally)with constipation, diarrhea and other intestinal problems.

      5. May speed and improve general healing when taken internally.

      6. May relieve itching and swelling of irritated skin.

      7. May help kill fungus and bacteria.

      8. May improve the effectiveness of sun screen products.
      ......................................…
      Benefits of Lactic acid

      Lactic acid is a naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acid that is fermented from milk for use in cosmetics, lotions and cleansers to assist in smoothing and moisturizing the skin. Lactic acid is of great use in any healthy skin regimen, as it aids in the sloughing of dead skin cells, increasing cellular turnover while hydrating the skin for a fresh and rejuvenated complexion. Lactic acid can be used for many skin problems including the management of acne, wrinkles, psoriasis,sun damage, keratosis pilaris and hyperkeratosis, and can even be used on slightly sensitive or allergy-prone skin.

      Egg

      After applying egg whites, your skin takes on a tighter, more lifted appearance, causing some skin care aficionados to go so far as to call the egg white mask an "egg white face lift ". Other benefits of this natural skin care treatment, egg whites have been known to reduce the appearance minor breakouts, as well as enlarged pores.

      Tomatos and Lycopene

      Lycopene is high in antioxidants and fat soluble, with a small molecule structure that is easily absorbed by the skin. There is a drawback however. Lycopene is not dietary soluble (the molecule structure is tightly bound) unless cooked.Tomatos have high levels of both vitamins C and A,great for skin.

      Honey

      Honey also is be good for your skin. It has the ability to attract water. You can use honey instead of alpha hydroxy masks because of its high content of the acid. It is also safe for sensitive skin.

      You can also use it as a moisturizing mask for your skin as well as your hair.

      Hope I helped!. :)

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      Source(s):
      My brain.

  29. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy cheap Dead Sea salt?
    I need it for weekly bath to take care of my eczema. By the way, I live in Canada :)

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The Dead Sea is 1,240 feet deep, making it the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. The Dead Sea was a sanctuary for King David and even now is considered one of the best places for spas and health resorts, particularly for those dealing with sleep disturbances and skin ailments like psoriasis. The lake produces four types of salt, including salts used to flavor food. These include crude pan salt, potash, magnesium chloride and potassium chloride. The Dead Sea salts used for spas and bathtubs are a combination of magnesium, potassium and calcium chloride.
      Research crude pan salt. Crude pan salt is made from calcium chloride and magnesium. This salt is most commonly used for tanning, roads and as an additive for animal food. This is a moist salt due to the mineral composition.
      Research potash. Potash is used as a fertilizer. It contains large amounts of potassium chloride and other minerals.

  30. QUESTION:
    Is the dead sea effective for psoriasis problems?

    • ANSWER:
      See the link below for more information about dead sea treatments;

      http://www.psoriasis.org/treatment/psoriasis/sun/deadsea.php

      Sivas Thermal Fish Springs in Turkey is a place that also treats many sufferers of psoriasis. The fish nibbe away at the diseased skin plaques. I first heard about it on a televison show and people seemed really pleased with the results. See the link below for more info.

      http://www.tourboxantalya.com/eng/medical/balik.htm

      Hope these are of some help to you .

  31. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a good home remedy for mild psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      home remedies that can treat psoriasis and other skin problems include devil’s claw root, fish oils, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, zinc and milk thistle. Selenium and zinc are common ingredients in over-the-counter skin and dandruff preprations.

      Eczema and psoriasis sufferers also swear by dead sea salt baths. You can purchase dead sea salts at your local bath or health food store and prepare a bath at home containing the salts.

      Speaking of baths, regular bathing can help people with eczema. Make sure to moisturize afterwards while your body is still damp, to seal in the water. Keep the water lukewarm, since that is less drying than hot water. Soak for at least 10 to 20 minutes, and don’t get out until your skin starts to look like a prune. That means your skin is soaking in water and becoming hydrated.

      Don’t use soap any more than you have to. Use mild soaps with glycerine, or superfatted soaps, on important body parts. When you do dishes or clean house, wear rubber gloves to keep the cleaning products off your skin. Another home remedy to stop psoriasis and eczema is to put cotton gloves inside your rubber gloves, to absorb any sweat that the rubber gloves can produce.

      Another home remedy is to use mild laundry detergents and rinse clothing twice to make sure all the soap is out. Some people also find that fabric softeners contribute to their psoriasis and eczema symptoms.

      Your refrigerator can contain many helpful home remedies for eczema and psoriasis. Try mayonnaise as a moisturizer, and cucumber slices to ease itching. Try an oatmeal bath to reduce itching, or add olive oil to your bath water for extra moisturizer.

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

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

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

  33. QUESTION:
    Have you ever cured your own psoriasis?
    IM 36 and have had psoriasis for 20 years. these days Im on retinoids and have uv therapy 2-3 times a week. I have plaques on my knees, lower legs, elbows and back.

    Im feeling a bit fed up with it at the moment. hence this question.

    Ever had psoriasis and overcome it? what did you do?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 29 & I've had psoriasis since, like 2000. Mine r on my back, @§$, legs & some smaller ones on my front & arms. I've been putting on gels & ointments like Taclorex, Vanos, & Dovonex as well as oil called Derma-Smoothe & I take Metotrexate weekly. The damn sores won't go away, although they do abate if I use the ointments more then the Derma-Smoothe. More than once, two doctors suggested Enbrel, which is also 4 rheumatoid arthritis. But my Dad, who's also a Dr., strongly advised against it, saying that it takes a commitment 2 Enbrel. He said that if u skip one treatment, the psoriasis comes back worse then b4. I've grown accustomed 2 the long minutes in the bathroom putting on the ointments even if I still don't like it, so I opted not 2 use Enbrel.

      Maybe next time I could probably wade in the Dead Sea; I here good stuff about it. But it's pretty much a life of ointments & monthly visits 2 the dermatologist 4 me.

  34. QUESTION:
    treatment for depression and psoriasis?
    i have been having acupuncture, cream from my doctor, herbs chinese, and some dead sea salts, it is all working but the question is which one is working? i dont want to spend any more money as it is really expensive! how can i tell which is more beneficial, i know what you are saying try one at a time but i was desperate! any serious comments wouls be well appreciated thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing i can think of is to do the reverse, do it all and then drop one thing at a time and see if it makes any difference.

      If it does, thats the thing you should continue with, if it doesn't then you have eliminated that as part of the successful treatment.

      You may find it is a combination of all of these things that are having a positive effect.

      If that is the case, what is the minimum amount of treatment you need to stay healthy? Reduce all the treatments by the tiniest bit at a time and see when it starts to make a telling difference, this way you know what the minimum level of treatment should be.

      I hope this is of some help in finding out - best wishes for a speedy and sustained recovery.

  35. QUESTION:
    Aroma Dead Sea bath salts with essential oils - what are their benefits for your skin and well being?

    • ANSWER:
      Dead sea salts contains rich minerals which are helpful to certain skin conditions such as irritation, skin itchiness or eczema. It is also claimed to be able to assist in psoriasis condition.
      Combined with essential oil such as lavender, ylang-ylang, jasmine, rose, geranium etc...use aroma dead sea bath salts during bath time to deep cleanse your body, nourish your skin condition and refreshing tired, aching body.
      Treat it as a therapeutic home spa bath during your spare time. You may also use it for the feet during a warm foot soak to relieve tired, aching and painful feet.

      Reference site : http://www.home-skin-beauty-make-up-tips.com
      Others : http://www.beautyforwellness.blogspot.com

  36. QUESTION:
    Is there any home remedies to numb skin like lidocane does?

    • ANSWER:
      Skin is a little vague for a location/type of pain!

      For a tooth ache here are some home remedies:

      Saltwater: Saltwater has proven healing properties, and rinsing with lukewarm salt water is good for a toothache no matter what the cause. Add one teaspoon of salt to a glass of lukewarm water and use it to rinse after each meal. Rinsing with saltwater is especially good for sore gums.

      Ice: Ice might Ease Toothache Pain. Wrap some ice cubes, or an ice pack, in a towel. Hold the ice in the area over the toothache for at least fifteen minutes to numb toothache pain.

      Never use a warm compress for a toothache. If the toothache is caused by an infection, heat could make it worse.

      Wiskey: Try a Little Whiskey. An old, tried and true folk remedy for a toothache is whiskey. Take a little whiskey into your mouth and hold it in the area of your aching tooth, then spit it out. Some of the alcohol will soak into your gums and numb the pain of your toothache.

      Clove Oil: Treat Your Toothache with Clove Oil. You can find clove oil at your local drug store. Either place a few drops of oil directly on the aching tooth, or rub it onto your gums where the toothache is. This remedy will ease the toothache pain.

      Here are home remedies for skin conditions:

      There are some home remedies that can stop psoriasis and eczema in their tracks.

      Red clover can act as a home remedy for skin problems. It has a high mineral content and reportedly works by changing metabolism and tissue function. Red clover can be taken in teas, compresses, ointments and syrups.

      Other vitamins and herbal home remedies that can treat psoriasis and other skin problems include devil’s claw root, fish oils, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, zinc and milk thistle. Selenium and zinc are common ingredients in over-the-counter skin and dandruff preprations.

      Eczema and psoriasis sufferers also swear by dead sea salt baths. You can purchase dead sea salts at your local bath or health food store and prepare a bath at home containing the salts.

      Speaking of baths, regular bathing can help people with eczema. Make sure to moisturize afterwards while your body is still damp, to seal in the water. Keep the water lukewarm, since that is less drying than hot water. Soak for at least 10 to 20 minutes, and don’t get out until your skin starts to look like a prune. That means your skin is soaking in water and becoming hydrated. Don’t use soap any more than you have to. Use mild soaps with glycerine, or superfatted soaps, on important body parts. When you do dishes or clean house, wear rubber gloves to keep the cleaning products off your skin.

      Another home remedy to stop psoriasis and eczema is to put cotton gloves inside your rubber gloves, to absorb any sweat that the rubber gloves can produce.

      Another home remedy is to use mild laundry detergents and rinse clothing twice to make sure all the soap is out. Some people also find that fabric softeners contribute to their psoriasis and eczema symptoms.

      Your refrigerator can contain many helpful home remedies for eczema and psoriasis. Try mayonnaise as a moisturizer, and cucumber slices to ease itching. Try an oatmeal bath to reduce itching, or add olive oil to your bath water for extra moisturizer.

      Stress can be a big contributor to eczema and psoriasis. One simple home remedy is meditation, using scented candles or whatever else keeps you relaxed. Combine this with your soothing bath for double potency.

      Home remedies will not always put a stop to more severe cases of psoriasis and eczema. In that case, you should see a doctor. You should also see a doctor if eczema is oozing, the itch keeps you awake, or over-the-counter products don’t give you relief.

      I could go on and on but it will be easier for you to visit the ewebsite since you are the only person that knows what skin you are looking to numb.

      GOOD LUCK!

  37. QUESTION:
    How Well Does Dead Sea Salt Work On Psoriasis?
    My brother has had a pretty bad case of psoriasis seven years now. He is in pretty bad pain everyday because his skin cuts and is really dry and he is constantly itchy. My poor brother has tried pretty much everything. I have read some success stories with people who have used Adovia Dead Sea Salt Psoriasis Serious Relief Package. Does anyone know if this stuff really works? It is my dream to help him get rid of this, he is so young and this psoriasis has really held him back from so much. Your answer is deeply appreciated. Thanks again!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I have not tried Dead Sea salt,it might be good, I believe in natural stuff. I cleared my psoriasis with serenaskin herbal remedies, It is the best treatment I've ever tried.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Biologics
      One of the newest classes of treatment for psoriasis are drugs collectively known as "biologics". These in general are types of manufactured proteins that attempt to impact the actual immune pathway of psoriasis, instead of affected skin cells. However, unlike other immunosuppression therapies such as Methotrexate, biologics try to narrowly focus on the one aspect of the immune function causing the psoriasis instead of broad immune system suppression. These drugs have only recently begun to receive approval by the FDA, and their long-term impact on immune function is currently unknown. Examples of biologics would be compounds such as Amevive®, etanercept (Enbrel®), Humira®, infliximab (Remicade®) and Raptiva.

      Lifestyle
      Unproven anecdotal evidence suggests that psoriasis can be effectively managed through a healthy lifestyle. Some sufferers have found that minimizing stress and consumption of alcohol, sugar and other "aggressive" foods, combined with rest, sunshine and swimming in saltwater keep lesions to a minimum. This type of "lifestyle" treatment is effective as a long-term management strategy, rather than initial treatment of severe cases. One sufferer describes his psoriasis as his "barometer" which lets him know when he is getting too stressed and not living "well." This positive attitude and proactive approach can be an effective part of, or short-term replacement for, medical solutions.
      Some also cite anecdotal evidence that vegetarianism prevents outbreaks of psoriasis.

      OK, OK, I know that was really freakin long, but I hope it helps. :)

  39. QUESTION:
    Which are the benefits of a Dead Sea Mud Mask???
    My skin looks so tired & I just bought a Dead Sea Mud Mask.

    I wanna know what its good 4.

    thanx!

    • ANSWER:
      Dead sea mud contains minerals and a large amount of potassium. It is thought to promote cell renewal and detoxing.

      This mud is both antiflammatory and astringent. This means its useful for detoxifying, which is used to treat disorders like acne, eczema and psoriasis.

      A dead sea mud (bath) is recommended to people with oedema, skin problems, arthiritis, and rhematism. It may also remedy dry hair and reduce cellulite.

  40. QUESTION:
    psoriasis and a DEAD SEA question?
    is it worth going to the dead sea for a vacation to have a cure or alleviate psoriasis and also where is the dead sea?

    • ANSWER:
      The Dead Sea is located in the Middle East, between Jordan an Israel.Its waters are high in salt but have no effect on the activity of psoriasis and offer neither palliation nor cure.

  41. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis- looking for alternative relief?
    I have a mild case of Psoriasis. Im tired of prescription remedies, they cost too much and not effective. Im not trying to cure it, just some relief to some outbreaks on my skin. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, there I suffer from ezcema and have sought alternative remedies and I am currently having Ayvedic medicine and it is really working and is helping me stop itching. The guy I use is situated in Birmingham and if you need his details then let me know. I don't know if he deals with psoriasis? But I do know that eczema and psoriasis are both inflammotory diseases.
      In terms of prescription costs, if you contact the perscription pricing authority you can purcahse a 3 or 12 month prepaid perscription that costs £27 onwards. I do this as individually all the creams and medications that I use would cost an arm and a leg.
      I also read Patrick Holford's optimum nutrition bible
      and he deals with nutrition and diseases. There is a section on psoriasis and what supplements would benefit your skin. I am taking some to aid my ezcema.
      Tumeric is a ancient remedy used by Indians and other nations and is a great cure. My parents when they were children had tumeric rubbed on their wounds to help the healing process and some people mix a teaspoon of tumeric in water or hot milk to help there health problems but I must warn you it tastes horrendous.
      I would recommend yoga and pilates as they help you to relax and aid skin conditions. I don't know if your skin problem gets aggravated with stress? If it does you need to participate in an activity that helps you to relax.
      I have tried numerous potions from numerous shops and it's about trying to find something that suits you.
      I also find that dead sea salts put into my bath help my eczema, however some eczema suffers find it dosen't work for them. I have heard that dead sea salts are great for psoriasis sufferers.

      I hope this has been some help.

  42. QUESTION:
    I suffer from Psoriasis. What is good for the very extra dry skin?

    • ANSWER:
      Dead Sea salts are an effective, natural treatment for psoriasis patients. For years, Dead Sea salt has been recognized as wonderful alternative therapy offering long-term relief with no side effects. Not to mention, bathing is a wonderful way to end the day! San Francisco Bath Salt Company. See more here: http://www.sfbsc.com/psoriasis-treatments

  43. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis: vitamin d3 and omega 3 pills?
    I have moderate psoriasis.
    Do you need to take BOTH vitamin d3 and omega 3 pills for it to work? Or can I just use only vitamin d3.
    I'm planning to take about 6000 IU of d3. I weigh 115 pounds.
    And if you have any other cures/things I could try about psoriasis, let me know :)

    • ANSWER:
      I have suffered Psoriasis for a number of years,I also suffer other allergies as well -apart from that I live an active life and are healthy.I would take both,as Omega oils are great for the skin in any case.Borage oil or Starflower oil is even better,and GKN sell it.I can wholeheartedly say that you will do yourself a massive favour by staying away from heavily processed foods-they are bad news for any skin conditions.Skimmed milk is just about ok,but stay away from Cheese & Butter.Goats Cheese & Goats milk are both excellent!.More bad news Im afraid,Instant coffee is real bad news,Hot Chocolate is No Good because of the heavily modified milk proteins.Chocolate is best avoided -milk chocolate is about the worse! Try eliminating Potato,it may help.Breads are an absolute minefield! On the whole they are not good,due to the yeasts & additives that they use.Alot of this is trial & error as everybody is different.An indication that a food could be an irritant is the severe itching & irritation that can follow very shortly after eating it! If I were to guzzle a can of Coca Cola as quick as i could-I could guarantee an itch reaction within 5-10 minutes!! Another amazing example is that fresh coffee ground from beans,does NOT affect me at all! Instant coffee does! Putting steroid creams on etc,will offer temporary relief & healing,but if you are still eating things you are intolerant to,its similar to pushing the problem under a carpet! I use Dead Sea Moisturiser,and Aveeno moisturiser which are both neutral,and have never caused any irritation.Put your clothes on an extra rinse cycle as well incase your washing powder is affecting you! Mine was! Don't sign up to any of these cranks or whackos on the Net claiming to have miracle cures etc,you will get relived of your hard earned money by these con artists.I forgot to add that Bell Peppers can some times be an issues with certain people,although never with me. Where do you start? Eat clean,and begin an elimination process,ditch the coffee,drink green tea & plenty of water,have salads & oily fish etc.Magnesium & Zinc supplements are also very effective at healing your skin.I Hope this helps you,Im not a qualified doctor-but hope this small amount of information helps you,it is purely gained from my own findings.

  44. QUESTION:
    Why does Dead Sea Salt work so well? I've used it for years and found great relief from arthritis and excema.

    • ANSWER:
      Dead Sea Salt
      Salts from the Dead Sea have been legendary for centuries for their therapeutic and beatifying properties on the skin. Nothing like regular sea salt, Dead Sea salts are comprised of a wide variety of minerals which are present in a high concentration. Whereas regular sea salts is made up of over 90% sodium, salt from the Dead Sea is only about 10% sodium and the rest is made of minerals which are essential for the proper function and health of skin. Such minerals include Magnesium, Potassium, Bromine and Calcium to name a few (please see the Dead Sea salt minerals chart

      Shop Dead Sea Bath Salts Online!

      below for a more thorough listing of the salt's composition).

      Unlike regular salt, Dead Sea salt is not edible and tastes a bit bitter to the taste primarily because of the low sodium content and the high presence of other minerals. This fact however gives it the therapeutic properties that have been raved about for centuries. The minerals present in the salt are also naturally present within skin cells but commonly get depleted which can cause severe dryness, wrinkle development and dull looking skin. When Dead Sea bath salts or products made with minerals extracted from the salt are used, the feed those essential minerals back into the skin cells improving the overall health and vitality of the skin.

      Not only is Dead Sea salt much richer in minerals than regular sea slats, there is also a very high overall presence of salt in the sea and in fact the Dead Sea is the saltiest body of water in the world when compared to any other oceans, lakes and seas. It has been measured to contain over 10 times the amount of salt concentration than the Mediterranean Sea and 10 times that of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. This high salt content is actually the reason why it's called the Dead Sea - because no fish or plants can survive in the sea, even though the salts are very therapeutic for human skin. In fact the salt content is so high that if you go for a swim in the Dead Sea (which we highly recommend!) you will find that it is impossible to sink! This is truly a very weird and interesting experience - the high density of the salt actually keeps any human body afloat. Because of this rich presence of salt which contains so many essential minerals, people from all over the world travel to the Dead Sea to get relief from their skin ailments such as Psoriasis, Eczema and more. There are many spas and skin therapy centers located on the shores of the sea to take advantage of the healing powers of Dead Sea salt.

      Dead Sea Bath Salts
      Not every one who wants to enjoy the healing and beatifying effects of Dead Sea salts can afford to pay the money or take the time to travel to the Dead Sea - there is a new way to enjoy this natural spa effect. Dead Sea bath salts are now available and imported from Israel to recreate the effects in your own bath tub. Bath salts from the Dead Sea come in may sizes, scents and colors, some mixed with essential oils and some just pure Dead Sea salt used for bathing and treating skin ailments. Bathing in bath salts made with salt from the sea is as close to taking a dip in legendary waters as you can get. Because it's been proven that bathing in Dead Sea salts helps relieve skin conditions such as Psoriasis, Eczema and others the unscented bath salts have become an open secret among sufferers of these conditions, because there is no other natural remedy

      The legend of how well Dead Sea salt works at helping skin look and feel younger, smoother as well as provide relaxation and skin ailment therapy dates back many thousands of years. For instance, over 2000 years ago - the Jewish Roman historian Flavius wrote the following about people's experience with Dead Sea bath salt: "The Dead Sea can not be praised too highly...travelers take as much of this salt as they are able to home with them because it heals the human body and is therefore used in many medicines."

      Cleopatra - the queen of ancient beauty was legendary for her magically youthful looks throughout her whole life, even as she got older. The real secret to the beauty of her silky skin was the anti aging effect of bath salts, mud and cosmetics made with Dead Sea salt - which was gathered for her at the factories she had built on the shores of the sea. The ruins of those factories can still be seen today at Erin Brooke and Erin Geed and they stand as testimonials to the ageless beauty power of Dead Sea bath salt.

      Guaranteed Mineral Composition of Genuine Dead Sea Salts:

      Mineral Typical Range
      Magnesium Chloride (MgCl2) 33.3 31.0 - 35.0
      Potassium Chloride (KCl) 24.3 20.0 - 28.0
      Sodium Chloride (NaCl) 5.5 3.0 - 8.0
      Calcium Chloride (CaCl2) 0.2 0.1 - 0.5
      Bromide (Br-) 0.5 0.3 - 0.6
      Sulphates (SO4) 0.15 0.05 - 0.2
      Insolubles
      0.03 0 - 0.3
      Water of Crystallization
      36.4 32.0 - 40.0

  45. QUESTION:
    Does dead sea mud really work????
    I've been meaning to try it...but I have my doubts about it's healing powers. Does it really work? What sites sell the best dead sea mud products?

    • ANSWER:
      here are some dead sea mud benefits:

      -Improves blood circulation and natural skin generation.
      -Fine mud grains, cleanse the skin and remove any dirt -Proven to provide effective relief for skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, acne and wrinkles.
      -Moisturizes your skin and helps natural skin hydration
      -Gently peels away dead skin cells to reveal more youthful, healthier skin layer

      heres where you can buy it:

      http://www.deadseamineral.com/

  46. QUESTION:
    i have really sore and itchy psoriasis can any one tell me of anything i can put on it to ease it.?
    i have used dead sea salt products and doc's creams, aloe vera can sometimes sooth but only for a few mins.

    • ANSWER:
      aloe vera is what i was going to suggest.... do u use natural aloe vera straight from the plant? its better than the stuff u get at drug stores.
      i use an ointment in my bath called oilutum wich is milky.. ite pretty good... also i use polytar shampoo for my scalp psoriasis which relieves the itching.
      sorry im not much use but this is going on my watchlist coz i need help too :(

      good luck and hope it clears for you... unfortunatly there is no cure... sucks to be us :(

  47. QUESTION:
    Does swimming in the ocean help dermatitis ?
    I got a bit of dermatitis on my knees so does salt water help

    • ANSWER:
      Dermatitis & salt solutions
      The combination of saltwater baths and subsequent ultraviolet irradiation is an effective treatment for psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. The aim of the present study was to determine the photosensitizing properties of two commercially available bath salts, original salt from the Dead Sea and sodium chloride. To address this issue, test areas on the volar aspects of the forearms were soaked with salt solutions for 15 minutes prior to ultraviolet-B (UVB) irradiation. The salt concentrations tested were 1%, 3% 5% and 15%. Tap water followed by UVB and UVB alone served as controls. Erythema was determined by visual and photometric measurement, and delayed tanning was assessed by colorimetry. Erythema obtained by wetting the skin prior to UVB irradiation was more pronounced than erythema induced by UVB alone. The most prominent erythema was yielded by tap water + UVB. The salts had a differing photosensitizing capacity and the strongest erythema was produced by the 5% solutions. There was only a moderate influence on delayed tanning by bathing the skin prior to irradiation. The results from the present study indicate that soaking the skin with salt solutions or tap water increases skin sensitivity to subsequent UVB irradiation. This may contribute to the effectiveness of salt water baths followed by UV irradiation and may account for an increased sunburn risk after bathing.

      Schempp CM, Blumke C, Schulte-Monting J, Schopf E, Simon JC, Funktionsbereich Photodermatologie, Universitats-Hautklinik Freiburg. Hautarzt 1998 Jun;49(6):482-6

      meh I don't think it actually has much effect but it's good to use some moisturizing cream after you get out of the water (not something u're allergic to or strongly scented ones)


dead sea psoriasis

Cyclosporine For Psoriasis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can I donate blood if I take cyclosporine?
    Can I donate blood if I take cyclosporine for psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Can I donate blood if I take cyclosporine?
    Can I donate blood if I take cyclosporine for psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment Options

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

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

  4. QUESTION:
    Can you take antibiotics while on cyclosporine in the pill form?

    • ANSWER:
      Cyclosporine is used to treat severe cases of psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. Cyclosporine is a very strong medicine. It may cause side effects that could be very serious, such as high blood pressure and kidney and liver problems. It may also reduce the body's ability to fight infections. You and your doctor should talk about the good this medicine will do as well as the risks of using it.

      Cyclosporine belongs to the group of medicines known as immunosuppressive agents. It is used to reduce the body's natural immunity in patients who receive organ (for example, kidney, liver, and heart) transplants.

      Doctor may prescribe antibiotic(s) with cyclosporine.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to have a Rosy Boa Snake if my mom has a Weak Immune System?
    I really want a rosy boa but my mom has psyriusus (Ik i spelt it wrong idk how :D)
    And has a Weak Immune System.

    • ANSWER:
      It's fine as long as you keep things clean.

      If your mom has "psoriasis" which is often shown by flaky red patches on the skin then she has an overactive immune system not a weaker one, because of this it's often called the healthy man's disease. People with this disorder very rarely get sick. http://www.inspire.com/groups/talk-psoriasis/discussion/does-psoriasis-weaken-your-immune-system/ If it gets real severe then a doctor might prescribe immunosuppressants to slow it down a bit such as methotrexate or cyclosporine. If the dosage is correct then this just brings their immune system down to a normal level, not a weaker one.

      Even if for whatever reason she has a weak immune system from something else, it's still okay to have a snake. Use common sense cleaning rules - don't handle it then stick your finger in your mouth or touch food other people are going to eat, don't bath it in the kitchen sink, sanitize your hands afterwards, don't kiss the herp etc etc

      As a child I grew up in a psoriasis family, all the males on my dad side had it real bad including my younger brother. It's very severe plaque all over their bodies.
      I also grew up in a herp family. Growing up it was my dad that got me into reptiles, as long as I can remember we had our iguana, my father's boa collection, water dragons, and whatever scaly thing he could get a hold of. He bought us leos and beardies for our birthdays. He loved reptiles, he was the kind of wacko who grew up with pet alligators.

      He often went to the dermatoligist for him and my brother, all the doctors were aware of our reptiles. Our GP always asked to see pictures.
      If there was a risk to them then the doctors would have said so and my dad would have rehomed the herps even if only for my brother.

      When I was 15 I was diagnosed with burkitt's lymphoma, a non-hodgkin's blood cancer, and had to go through 9 months of chemo that brought my immune system down to zilch. My counts were /literally/ at zero for the second and later third week after each chemo. My oncologist said there was no need to get rid of the reptiles during treatment, he just didn't want me handling them and he wanted everyone in my family to sanitize their hands afterwards which they already did anyways.
      I was good at first, for probably the first month or so but then I went back to handling them even during treatment. I usually waited until the third week each time so my system was a little up. I always sanitized my hands afterwards and never got sick from them. The only time I ever got sick from my low immune system was after my first chemo - I hadn't handled the reptiles at all, I just got a ton of (germy) visitors and thanks to that had to spend 18 days back in the ward stuck in quarantine...So that's basically saying people are more germy than animals. (Don't take it too seriously)

      Educate yourself on the risks.
      Snakes have a lower risk of salmonella than say...turtles, but you should still assume it's there because about 60% of them have it. I'm in reptile circles, but I've never known anyone to get it. I have known a lady to get it from chicken though.
      The CDC estimates that in the US about 50,000 cases of salmonella are caused by reptiles as opposed to the 4,000,000 cases caused by contaminated eggs/chicken/beef every year. They guestimate that 2-5% of all salmonella cases were caused by herps.
      About 500 people die in the US every year from salmonella and it's estimated that 1% of those were caused by reptiles. So 5 people die each year in the US from reptile-transmitted salmonella, those are usually toddlers or people with weak immune systems, neither of which washed their hands.

      Discuss this with your mom and get her opinion. Overall I'd say that as long as it's not in her room and you sanitize your hands afterwards I'd say the risks are minimal.

  6. QUESTION:
    how can you get rid of pustular psoriasis?
    have had for about 8 years and not even the doctors seem to be able to help
    so if anyone can HELP really appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      First be sure it is pustular psoriasis- that is a very very VERY rare condition- only 7 cases per million people in Japan.

      Next-watch out for triggers: withdrawal of steroids, infections, irritating topical medications, and sunlight may all trigger.

      third- make sure it isnt a fixed drug eruption. Once qa year go on holiday from all medications to see if spontaneous improvementoccurs- if it does, you may have fixed drug eruption.

      Next- topical- bland compresses, oatmeal baths.

      Next- the long listof things that dermatologists try until one works, usally in this order: retinoids, methotrexate, cyclosporine, hydroxyurea, tacrolimus, inflixamab. When you are not on a flare, PUVA will likely help.

      the reference lists a lot of potential an d promising new therapies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  8. QUESTION:
    Allergan is a company that produces products for the?
    Allergan is a company that produces products for the

    A. skin.
    B. nasal passages.
    C. heart.
    D. eye.

    • ANSWER:
      Products
      LUMIGAN - anti-glaucoma medication containing the active ingredient bimatoprost.
      BOTOX - anti-spasm medication containing the active ingredient botulinum toxin.
      BOTOX COSMETIC - anti-wrinkle cosmetic drug derived from botox
      VISTABEL - anti-wrinkle cosmetic drug derived from botox
      REFRESH - artificial tears containing carboxymethylcellulose
      CELLUVISC
      Classic
      CONTACTS
      DRY EYE THERAPY
      Sensitive
      LACRI-LUBE
      LIQUIGEL
      PLUS
      P.M.
      REDNESS RELIEF
      TEARS
      OPTIVE - most advanced retail dry-eye treatment
      RESTASIS - dry eye treatment containing cyclosporine.
      Juvederm- used cosmetically for wrinkles and fine lines. also for lip augmentation Tazorac- for severe acne and psoriasis

      A & D according to the list of products.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allergan

  9. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment for psoriasis can be divided into 3 basic categories:
      1. topical treatment - Anthralin, Calcipotriene, Salicylic acid, Tazarotene
      2. phototherapy ( artificial ultraviolet light)this is used for people with moderate to severe psoriasis who are not responding to topical treatment
      3. systemic medications/ injection. These are use for pustular psoriasis - Oral retinoids, Biologics, Cyclosporine. http://www.webMD.com

  10. QUESTION:
    does anyone have any tips for treating psoriasis on the face and body that have worked for them?
    i went to the doctor and they gave me cream, but its not working. i cant get another appointment for a month. so any suggestions before than will be greatly appriciated. i am also pregnant so nothing that would harm my baby please. also, are there any soaps or lotions that help the condition, "besides the smelly tar shampoo/soap stuff"?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis have no cure, but many different therapies can reduce, or nearly stop, their symptoms. No single treatment works for everyone, but something is likely to work in most cases. You may need to experiment before you find a treatment that works for you.

      During pregnancy, nothing is 100% safe. The potential risk factor to the baby versus the risk factor of a severe flare in the mother (the need to treat the symptoms) must be weighed.

      UVB, going to the beach, ultraviolet B light, narrow-band UVB with moisturization is extremely effective in the treatment of psoriasis, especially during pregnancy.

      Of the systemic treatments, oral retinoids and methotrexate are very bad, while cyclosporine and etanercept (Enbrel) are relatively safer. No treatment should be undertaken without the counsel of the OB doctor.

      Avoid the use of coal tar during pregnancy and during the period of breastfeeding thereafter.

      These sites may be of interest to you. I hope this helps.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  13. QUESTION:
    Please tell me about Cyclosporin?
    I have a week to make a decision ... My specialist is putting me on this drug to help my inflamed eczema. I have read some articles on the net but find the side affects confusing. Can someone help? Would love to hear from someone who is/has also taken the drug for skin troubles. I'm also on Prozac and sleeping pills, will this matter?

    • ANSWER:
      It's an immunosuppressant drug used primarily in patients for organ transplant. It is also used in other indications such as Rheumatoid Arthritis & Psoriasis. Adverse reactions include renal dysfunction, headache, hypertension, hypertriglyceridemia, hirsutism/hypertrichosis, paresthesia or hyperesthesia, influenza-like symptoms, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, lethargy, and musculoskeletal or joint pain.

      Re: interaction between cyclosporine and Prozac, "A case report has suggested that the addition or discontinuation of fluoxetine (Prozac) may increase or decrease cyclosporine levels, respectively. Until more information is available, cyclosporine levels and renal function, including serum creatinine, should be carefully monitored. Patients should be advised to notify their physician if they experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, dizziness, fatigue, or headache."

  14. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis doctor in NYC?
    Hello!

    I am looking for a new dermatologist in NYC, particularly one who treats with cyclosporine and/or enbrel. I've used both in the past (with success) and took a break for a few years. My doctor has since retired Any help would be much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Google it! You will get 1000 of results!

  15. QUESTION:
    Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
    I have been told I have irritable bowel syndrome and also im allergic to lactose which is found in milk. Are there any natural remedies for IBS?

    • ANSWER:
      yes there is a few:

      * Peppermint Oil
      Peppermint oil is widely used for irritable bowel syndrome.
      It is thought to reduce the abdominal pain and bloating of irritable bowel syndrome, possibly by blocking the movement of calcium into muscle cells in the intestines and easing excessive muscle contraction there. Peppermint is considered a carminative herb, which means that it is used to eliminate excess gas in the intestines.

      Although peppermint oil is available in many forms, it should only be used in enteric-coated capsules otherwise the oil can relax the lower esophageal sphincter and cause heartburn.

      Peppermint oil, especially in excessive doses, may result in nausea, loss of appetite, heart problems, nervous system disorders, and lead to kidney failure and even death. Peppermint oil should not be taken internally by children or pregnant or nursing women. Peppermint oil may interact with the drug cyclosporine (used to prevent organ transplant rejection and for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis), so they should not be combined unless under medical supervision.

      *Probiotics
      Probiotics are live microbial organisms that are naturally present in the digestive tract and vagina. Sometimes referred to as "friendly" bacteria, probiotics are thought to promote health include suppressing the growth of potentially harmful bacteria, improving immune function, enhancing the protective barrier of the digestive tract, and helping to produce vitamin K.

      There are over 400 species of microorganisms in the human digestive tract and the balance between beneficial bacteria and potentially harmful bacteria is important. One theory is that people with irritable bowel syndrome may have an imbalance in their normal intestinal bacteria, with an overgrowth of gas-producing bacteria.

      Studies have found that probiotics may be helpful for people with irritable bowel syndrome. For example, a fairly large study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology examined the use of three different doses of Bifidobacterium infantis or a placebo in 362 women with irritable bowel syndrome. After four weeks, the B. infantis dose of 1 x 10(8) c.f.u. was found to be more effective than a placebo at reducing abdominal pain, bloating, bowel dysfunction, incomplete evacuation, straining, and gas.

      There are many different probiotic strains, and some may be more effective for irritable bowel syndrome. Another study compared lactobacillus salivarius, bifidobacterium infantis, or a placebo in 77 people with irritable bowel syndrome. Only people who took B. infantis had a greater reduction in abdominal pain, bloating, and bowel movement difficulty.

      *Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum
      Partially hydrolyzed guar gum (PHGG) is a water soluble, non-gelling fiber that may help to reduce constipation and to a lesser extent diarrhea and abdominal pain in people with irritable bowel syndrome. PHGG also appears to increase the amount of beneficial bacteria, lactobacilli and bifidobacteria in the intestines.

      *Food Intolerances
      Food intolerances may play a role in irritable bowel syndrome, possibly by triggering immune responses in the gut, leading to low-grade inflammation and an imbalance of intestinal bacteria.

      The most common food intolerances reported by people with irritable bowel syndrome are dairy and grains.

      A trained practitioner can supervise an elimination and challenge diet. Many foods are removed from the diet for a brief period of time, then re-introduced sequentially to isolate the body's reaction to the offending foods. Since grains are a common culprit, it is important to remember that carbohydrate digestion begins in the mouth and that chewing grains thoroughly allows amylase, the digestive enzyme present in saliva, to digest the grains

      also

      *Pancreatic enzymes have been suggested for irritable bowel syndrome symptoms that are aggravated after a fatty meal

      hope this helps you hannah xxx

  16. QUESTION:
    Is there a generic for cyclosporine?

    • ANSWER:
      Cyclosporine is already generic for Neoral.

      Neoral is used for preventing the rejection of organ transplants (kidney, liver, and heart). This medicine is also used to treat psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis in certain patients.

      http://www.pompharmacy.com/generic-cyclosporine-us.html
      http://www.pompharmacy.com/buy-neoral-usa.html

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

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

  18. QUESTION:
    Is there anyone using Cyclosporine?
    I have plague psoriasis and I was wondering if anyone was using Cyclosporine .Id like to know how they found it..I am currently using Methotrexate and its not very successful ..

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    (Guttate) Psoriasis?!?
    I am 16 and I've had psoriasis for around 5 months now and it is just getting worse. I have tried everything for (steroid) creams for the doctor, basic moisturisers, acupuncture, dead sea salts in my bath.. EVERYTHING! & Nothing is working, it just keeps getting worse. I am trying UV light treatment next week which will hopefully help but please please please help me! It's all over my face and I get 'What's happened to your face' and I have to wear scarves, jumpers, jeans and hats because it is all over my scalp too! Any ideas?! I have tried cutting out junk food and alcohol etc... but doesn't seem to help. PLEASE HELP?!

    • ANSWER:
      This is not contagious and this may stem back into your family history. The trigger is usually a streptococcal (bacterial) infection. This happens in most cases after having a strep throat infection. You could also be a strep carrier as well.This is why its Not going away This can be triggered by infections other than from streptococcal bacteria. A cold chicken pox.This could be an immune reaction. The T cells (a type of white blood cells) which protects the body from infections . This is triggered abnormally and sending signals to inflammation in the skin,some people carry this gene you must have a high number of lleukocyteantigens-(BW17- B13 or CW6) Psoriasis is the only disease associated with the human lleukocyteantigen C gene.
      When the body has a streptococcal infection it will produce antibodies to streptolysin O that's on the bacterial cell, so people who have excess of human leukocyte antigen B13 may not be able to produce enough antibodies to streptolysin O, Which may be associated with this guttate psoriasis. 80 % of people with this condition have an streptococcal infection usually in the form of tonsillopharynigitis. Viral infections such as chicken pox, rubella, roseola could trigger this condition.
      Erythromycin: reduces inflammation for bacterial infections 7-14 day use.
      Penicillin VK: treats bacterial infections 10-14 day use.
      Rifampin This is for resistant cases around 5-7 days use. Be aware of any and all allergic reactions to ANY drug you happen to take Always!
      This can not be preventable, but complications of flair ups may be reduced by avoiding trauma to skin by not rubbing harshly or scratching to often.This could lead to more place where not affected as of yet.This is knowen as the Keobner phnomenon.
      The association between streptococcal infection cannot be overemphasized!!
      This could be the 1st sign of getting chronic plague psoriasis in 68% of people happen to do so.
      Tar productes are good for the scalp (head)This treatment needs to be done untile you have adequate control of your lesions. This is an OTC product, If this fails then as your doctor for a scrip so this product can be stronger and help rid the lesions from your scalp.A coal tar or wood tar is great to use, This comes on a shampoo and soap soap is better last longer.(wood tar Grangpa's pine tar soap)Place on head rub let sit for at least 5 minutes rinse the longer it sets the better for maximum absorption of the tar.
      For severe cases your health care provider may have to write you a scrip such as Methotrexate, Oral Retiroids or Cyclosporine or Biologic medicationsA derminsterist might be of some help as well.Before you take any meds make sure you ask your health care provider of the side effects.
      I can relate to you with this I had and I repeat had the other type of psoriasis and treated my self and got rid of it and have no break outs in many many years. This is a diseas most doctors have little knowlage of and for what reason who knows when I got mine the docs told me mine was a huge rash till I seen an old timmer and he nailed it straight up with just a visual (looking at).I do beilive there is people working on this but still no REAL cures as of yet. There are alot of people who suffer from this either stage and are at a total loss as to what to do and what treatments are best. One treatment may not work for you but will for others so its a do and see type treatment.Try treatment if it fails try another till you find the one treatment that does what you need. I had to do this and the final treatment I cant tell you here most people would think Iam totally NUTS.I truely Hope you find your cure Good Luck and NEVER give up Never!!!!

  20. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of psoriasis for once and for all?
    I am a 19 year old female and I've been battling with Psoriasis for almost three years now. I have done the UVB light, tried probably every single type of cream there is out there, followed specific diets, took different types of supplements, etc. I guess you can say that I've tried it all. After some time of battling with it I kind of gave up and stopped all of my treatments and just chose to live with it. I wasn't seeing much of a result and was getting too depressed. I now realize that I made a stupid decision by giving up and want to get rid of my problem for good. Which of course means that I am willing to do anything. On Monday I will start the UVB treatment again which did give me better results than everything else I tried and will start consuming Omega 3 tablets again. However I would like to know if anybody else has had as tough of a battle with Psoriasis as I am having and if so what did you do to help make it better? and if anybody knows of any strict diets that work PLEASE let me know. (I know that diets have a lot to do with this problem and I want to start a detoxifying diet for about a week- eating very few and specific products, and then once the week or ten days pass, start eating more plentiful but still following a diet). I should probably also mention that I will eat anything except meat. Please write to me if anybody knows of any treatments or diets, or just wants to share their experience with this annoying disease. I would love to hear what you guys have to say. THANKS!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there...sorry to hear you are suffering. I've had it since I was 15 (i'm 38 now) and I, too, have tried everything. I found success with the light treatment.

      I found the most relief with a drug called "cyclosporine". It is a pill. The down side is you cannot take it too long because it is heavy hitting on your system. Basically its a drug made for organ transfer recipients: it lowers your white blood cell count, thus lowering your immune system, too. Since psoriasis is the out of control growth of white blood cells, it works. You have to get blood tests once a month and send them to your doc.

      Some derms would not consider it, but mine did (NYU Skin Care). It isn't for everyone, but look into it. I'm not encouraging it, but I was at my wits end, as most psoriasis sufferers are.

      You are not alone, and good luck!

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to treat and fight scalp psoriasis?
    It seems all the males in my family have psoriasis- must be genetic-

    I get psoriasis on my chest, but mainly on my scalp- Its torture- my head gets so itchy, sometimes I have really bad dandruff-

    So I try and keep my head wet most of time,. when i use the bathroom throw some water into my hair.....

    If anyone here has scalp psoriasis, what treatments would you suggest?

    I once had it bad, and shaved my head- once i got plenty of sun, the scalp psoriasis vanished- But a bald head makes me look 20 years older......So I don't want to shave my head again..

    How is T-Gel shampoo? Any over the counter stuff, or home remedies you would recommend, that can help fight my scalp psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis - Medications
      Medications applied to the skin or taken by mouth are usually used to treat psoriasis. For moderate or severe cases, topical and oral medications may be combined with exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet (UV) light. In rare cases, medications may be injected into a psoriasis sore or patch.

      Softening and removing psoriasis crusts and scale can help creams and other skin products be absorbed into the skin. Psoriasis crusts can be removed by gently rubbing cream into the crusts to soften them and then carefully peeling the crusted patches off. However, this should be done with great care so that the skin is not irritated.

      Scalp and nail psoriasis can be difficult to treat. Both conditions are more likely to improve with oral medication. Treatment for the scalp often includes tar shampoos, corticosteroid solutions, or zinc and selenium sulfide shampoos.

      If you are taking topical or oral medications for psoriasis, you will need regular follow-up visits with your doctor to check for possible side effects or skin cancer. You may take one medication for a while, then switch to another to reduce the chance that a serious side effect will occur.

      Occlusion

      The occlusion treatment method uses moisturizers or medicated creams or gels applied to the skin. After the products are applied, the skin is then wrapped with tape, material, or plastic. Occlusion keeps the area moist and can increase the effectiveness of medicated creams. Steroid cream may be used with the occlusion treatment method for small areas, but not for more than a few days.5 Occlusion of large areas may cause side effects such as thinning of the skin.

      Medication Choices
      Topical medications to treat psoriasis include:

      Corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are the most common treatment for psoriasis.10
      Calcipotriene, which contains vitamin D3.
      Retinoids, including tazarotene and acitretin.
      Anthralin and tars. The use of anthralin and tars has decreased recently, replaced by other medications such as calcipotriene and tazarotene.5
      Zinc pyrithione. Zinc pyrithione (for example, Derma-Cap) is a new product available without a prescription that comes in spray, soap, or solution form. It is used to treat small patches of psoriasis and symptoms, including itching, redness, flaking, and scaling of the skin. It is also used to treat psoriasis of the scalp. For some people, it appears to eliminate scales and sores caused by psoriasis. Very few studies of zinc pyrithione have been completed.
      Oral medications to treat psoriasis include:

      Retinoids.
      Cyclosporine.
      Methotrexate.
      Newer medicines, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of psoriasis, are available. Biologics, which must be injected, modify the immune system response that produces the symptoms of psoriasis. Early clinical trials of biologic therapies for moderate to severe psoriasis have produced promising results, but the drugs are expensive and long-term effects are not known.11, 12

      Alefacept (Amevive), efalizumab (Raptiva), and etanercept (Enbrel) have been approved by the FDA for treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis.
      Infliximab (Remicade), which is used to treat other inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, is beginning to be used for psoriasis with good results.11
      Etanercept, infliximab, and adalimumab (Humira) have been approved to treat psoriatic arthritis.

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

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

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH

  23. QUESTION:
    breast milk?
    I gave birth 10 weeks ago. I breastfed my son for the first five weeks but I have severe psoriasis so I had to start taking my medication again and i couldnt breast feed and take the medication because it would get in the breast milk. My doctor also said the medication would probably dry up my milk anyways. I still have breastmilk leak when I have an orgasm or other times. When will it dry up? thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to dry up your milk the info is here:
      http://www.prematureoptimism.com/linkBlog/?cat=67

      If you want to breastfeed, call Motherisk, I would bet that there are safe medications that you haven't tried or that the med you are on is safe.
      (416) 813-6780 Mon-Fri 9-5 EST

      Methotrexate - Moderately safe
      http://www.breastfeed.com/expertqa/medications/how-long-does-methotrexate-stay-in-your-system-and-will-408
      http://books.google.ca/books?id=-XhKfbW8ig8C&pg=PA143&lpg=PA143&dq=infliximab+lactation+hale&source=web&ots=1SHxdPXNbP&sig=9CBX-baMs6XBidv7KaZa1p8R-N8&hl=en#PPA472,M1

      Azathioprine - moderately safe
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azathioprine
      http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/f?./temp/~ui8VHY:1

      Cyclosporine -possibly safe -
      http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/f?./temp/~DdOzke:1
      http://www.motherisk.org/women/updatesDetail.jsp?content_id=331

      Hydroxyurea -unsafe
      http://safefetus.com/DrugDetail.asp?DrugId=1828&TradeName=Hydrea&TradeId=5684
      http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/f?./temp/~f7xVdu:1

      alefacept (Amevive) -unknown/info not online yet try motherisk

      efalizumab (Raptiva) - Moderately safe - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azathioprine

      etanercept (Enbrel) Safe - http://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/ac/07/slides/2007-4326s3_02_Clinical%20Lactation%20Guidance,%20Hale,%20PhD%20(Texas.pdf
      http://books.google.ca/books?id=-XhKfbW8ig8C&pg=PA143&lpg=PA143&dq=etanercept++lactation+hale&source=web&ots=1SHxdPXP9T&sig=8K-Pr02meZBAXIQv1tVOwh9Xd9c&hl=en

      infliximab (Remicade): Safe - http://www.otispregnancy.org/pdf/infliximab.pdf
      http://books.google.ca/books?id=-XhKfbW8ig8C&pg=PA143&lpg=PA143&dq=infliximab+lactation+hale&source=web&ots=1SHxdPXNbP&sig=9CBX-baMs6XBidv7KaZa1p8R-N8&hl=en

  24. QUESTION:
    Psoriasis question?
    Have had psoriasis for about 25 years, but in the last year it has got worse - I have it on arms, legs, back, neck, buttocks, hands, feet, almost everywhere. My GP is referring me to a dermatologist, but I have to have blood tests first, in case the dermatologist recommends 'tablets'. Well, the only tablets i know about are methotrexate, which is sometimes used to treat cancer, but can have adverse effects on the bone marrow, kidneys, and liver. Cyclosporine also has serious side effects. Should I just learn to live with it? Or will a dermatologist try PUVA first? My GP told me that the psoriasis is too widespread now to respond to creams etc. Is there an alternative treatment?
    Thank you very much indeed to everyone who has taken the time and trouble to respond. Bless you all. I will follow up your advice. XXX

    • ANSWER:
      DO NOT GIVE UP !!!!
      In the past 4-5 years, since the genome project was developed, there have been several medications (called biologics), developed for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. They are usually injectible, like an insulin shot you give yourself, twice weekly, except one you get in IV at a doctor's office about every 8 weeks.

      You might do some research on Enbrel, Remicade, Humira, and Amevive. I had extremely severe psoriasis for years, did the creams, gels, PUVA, Cyclosporine, Methotrexate, soriatane. Some worked, but I had reached the max on everything -- the derm didn't want me to keep using things that could damage other organs. Then came Enbrel. It is a godsend. It is very expensive, though. Some people have to pay a co-pay as their insurance considers it a prescription. My insurance considers it a medical supply like insulin so I pay nothing, but it can cost over 00 every 28 days. Hopefully that will come down soon.

      Also, go see www.psoriasis.com. That is the National Psoriasis Foundation, and there are a lot of areas of the website you can look at and read without membership (which can be had for or a year if that is all you can afford).

      Also, if you have no insurance and little money, most of these drug companies have patient assistance programs.

      I wish you luck. Go to that appointment

  25. QUESTION:
    I m having psoriyasis diseases is it a curable one or not....please i need a doctors advice about the foods ..?
    please i need a doctors advice about the foods that i have to take.........so please reply me soon...........

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes, psoriasis may go away on its own but most of the times it requires treatment. But there isn't a definite cure to it. Medications, skin lotions and light therapy are used, in solitude or combined form, depending on the severity of the condition.

      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 painkillers, 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.

      Your problem of psoriasis needs to be accessed and accordingly, one can plan for topical therapy with emollients, tars, dithranol, calcipotriol, tazarotene, corticosteroids, phototherapy or systemic therapy with methotrexate, acitretin, cyclosporine or biologic agents (costly form of therapy). You need to consult a dermatologist. Psoriasis is known for remissions and relapses; look for control of the disease and mercy of God.

  26. QUESTION:
    IF SOMEONe!!!!?
    If someone have psoriasis at initial stage...what are its sympotms?? what precaution should he/she take? what is cause and cure of it? Is it itchy?

    • ANSWER:
      What is Psoriasis?

      Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition. There are five types, each with unique signs and symptoms. Between 10% and 30% of people who develop psoriasis get a related form of arthritis called “psoriatic arthritis,” which causes inflammation of the joints.

      Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis. About 80% of people who develop psoriasis have plaque psoriasis, which appears as patches of raised, reddish skin covered by silvery-white scale. These patches, or plaques, frequently form on the elbows, knees, lower back,
      and scalp. However, the plaques can occur anywhere on the body.

      The other types are guttate psoriasis (small, red spots on the skin),
      pustular psoriasis (white pustules surrounded by red skin), inverse psoriasis (smooth, red lesions form in skin folds), and erythrodermic psoriasis (widespread redness, severe itching, and pain).

      Regardless of type, psoriasis usually causes discomfort. The skin often itches, and it may crack and bleed. In severe cases, the itching and discomfort may keep a person awake at night, and the pain can make everyday tasks difficult.

      Psoriasis is a chronic, meaning lifelong, condition because there is currently no cure. People often experience flares and remissions throughout their life. Controlling the signs and symptoms typically requires lifelong therapy.

      Treatment depends on the severity and type of psoriasis. Some psoriasis is so mild that the person is unaware of the condition. A few develop such severe psoriasis that lesions cover most of the body and hospitalization is required. These represent the extremes. Most cases of psoriasis fall somewhere in between.

      Who Gets Psoriasis
      More than 4.5 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with psoriasis, and approximately 150,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. An estimated 20% have moderate to severe psoriasis.

      Psoriasis occurs about equally in males and females. Recent studies show that there may be an ethnic link. It seems that psoriasis is most common in Caucasians and slightly less common in African Americans. Worldwide, psoriasis is most common in Scandinavia and other parts of northern Europe. It appears to be far less common among Asians and is rare in Native Americans.

      There also is a genetic component associated with psoriasis. Approximately one-third of people who develop psoriasis have at least one family member with the condition.

      Research shows that the signs and symptoms of psoriasis usually appear between 15 and 35 years of age. About 75% develop psoriasis before age 40. However, it is possible to develop psoriasis at any age. After age 40, a peak onset period occurs between 50 and 60 years of age.

      About 1 in 10 people develop psoriasis during childhood, and psoriasis can begin in infancy. The earlier the psoriasis appears, the more likely it is to be widespread and recurrent.

      Psoriatic arthritis develops in roughly one million people across the United States, and 5% to 10% experience some disability. Psoriatic arthritis usually first appears between 30 and 50 years of age — often months to years after skin lesions first occur. However, not everyone who develops psoriatic arthritis has psoriasis. About 30% of people who get psoriatic arthritis never develop the skin condition.

      Causes
      Psoriasis may be one of the oldest recorded skin conditions. It was probably first described around 35 AD. Some evidence indicates an even earlier date. Yet, until recently, little was known about psoriasis.

      While scientists still do not fully know what causes psoriasis, research has significantly advanced our understanding. One important breakthrough began with the discovery that kidney-transplant recipients who had psoriasis experienced clearing when taking cyclosporine. Since cyclosporine is a potent immunosuppressive medication, this indicates that the immune system is involved.

      Immune Mediated. Researchers now believe that psoriasis is an immune-mediated condition. This means the condition is caused by faulty signals in the body’s immune system. It is believed that psoriasis develops when the immune system tells the body to over-react and accelerate the growth of skin cells. Normally, skin cells mature and are shed from the skin’s surface every 28 to 30 days. When psoriasis develops, the skin cells mature in 3 to 6 days and move to the skin surface. Instead of being shed, the skin cells pile up, causing the visible lesions.

      Genes. Researchers have identified genes that cause psoriasis. These genes determine how a person’s immune system reacts. These genes can cause psoriasis or another immune-mediated condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis or type 1 diabetes. The risk of developing psoriasis or another immune-mediated condition, especially diabetes or Crohn’s disease, increases when a close blood relative has psoriasis.

      Family History. Some people who have a family history of psoriasis never develop this condition. Research indicates that a “trigger” is needed. Stress, skin injuries, a strep infection, certain medications, and sunburn are some of the known potential triggers. Medications that can trigger psoriasis are anti-malarial drugs, beta-blockers (medication used to treat high blood pressure and heart conditions), and lithium. Dermatologists have seen psoriasis suddenly appear after a person takes one of these medications, gets a strep infection, or experiences another trigger.

      Psoriasis research continues to accelerate at a rapid pace and will continue to advance our knowledge of what causes psoriasis.

      Quality of Life
      All types of psoriasis, ranging from mild to severe, can affect a person’s quality of life. Living with this lifelong condition can be physically and emotionally challenging.

      Itching, soreness, and cracked and bleeding skin are common. Nail psoriasis can be painful. Even the simple act of squeezing a tube of toothpaste can hurt. One woman described her psoriasis as feeling like “a bad sunburn that won’t go away.”

      Several studies have shown that people often feel frustrated. In some cases, psoriasis limits activities and makes it difficult to perform job responsibilities. The National Psoriasis Foundation reports that 56 million work hours are lost each year by those who have psoriasis. Additionally, a survey conducted by the National Psoriasis Foundation in 2002 indicates that 26% of people living with moderate to severe psoriasis have been forced to change or discontinue their normal daily activities.

      Studies also have shown that stress, anxiety, loneliness, and low self-esteem are part of daily life for people living with psoriasis. One study found that thoughts of suicide are three times higher for psoriatics than the general population.

      Embarrassment is another common feeling. Imagine getting your hair cut and noticing that the stylist or barber is visibly uncomfortable. What if you extended your hand to someone and the person recoiled? How would you feel if you spent most of your life trying to hide your skin?

      Treatment Advances Improve Outlook
      With the emergence of several new therapies, including the biologic agents, more people are experiencing substantial improvements and reporting a greatly improved quality of life.

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

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

  28. QUESTION:
    Pharmacists/Dr.'s: regarding Cyclosporine Sol.medicine,Can something serious happen?
    I'm starting a different treatment for my psoriasis/eczema Wed. morning Cyclosporine Sol. 100 mg/ml

    In its instructions on how to dilute this medicine: USE A GLASS CONTAINER to mix this medicine. To improve the flavor, this medicine may be mixed w/ milk, chocolate milk, or orange juice WHICH IS AT ROOM TEMPERATURE. AVOID FREQUENTLY SWITCHING THE LIQUID that you use to mix this medicine in.

    Would anything actually happen if I use a container to take the medicine that isn't a glass, like a foam or paper cup ?
    Can something actually happen if I actually FREQUENTLY switch the liquid I dilute the medicine in ?
    and finally WHY must the liquid I dilute the medicine in be room temperature, why not out of the fridge since it will taste better ?
    A lot of times pharmacists are busy talking w/some or in the back somewhere and at times a LONG LINE to see one and I don't want to hold up the line to talk to a phramacist but looks like I have to IF I don't get any informative answers from Y/A land !!

    • ANSWER:
      These are all excellent questions, and pharmacist would be able to answer them and to help you to understand.

      Since this is a pretty expensive medication and the instructions are very specific, I would not challenge them until I understood their mechanism of action, etc. And pharmacist can most definitely help with this.(Get him out from behind that counter, so that you have his full attention--otherwise, I notice they are very distracted & brief).

  29. QUESTION:
    How can I weaken my immune system?
    I have psoriasis and it destroys my life, lose my job, girlfriend, negative self-image etc.
    I've seen 20 different doctors they all fail. All medications prescribe fail.
    I understand it's caused by an overactive immune system
    I need a way to weaken my immune system without biologics or UVB treatment since
    i have no health insurance for those treatments

    (please don't advise me to go to a doctor, that is the absolute last place I am ever going
    regarding this conditions, the last dermatologist yelled at me, and all of them have a different
    opinion and some weak, useless prescription to offer. I 'm taking matters into my own hands)

    • ANSWER:
      Just had a bio test on this...Cyclosporine weakens immune system. You should check on that.
      People use it on organ transplant and psoriasis.

  30. QUESTION:
    Dermatology medication - Kidney and Liver?
    I am trying to find a name of two medications dermatologists hand out.
    Medicine A affects the kidney so after 6 months of taken it is rotated with Medicine B which affects the liver. I wish to know names because I want to put it in my report but I have forgotten names.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmm... well, cyclosporine affects the kidney; and methotrexate affects the liver. Both of these are useful medicines for the treatment of psoriasis. Perhaps these are the medicines you are thinking of?

  31. QUESTION:
    tagamet I take tagamet for my psoriosis can u tell me how tagamet helps psoriosis?

    • ANSWER:
      A number of drugs, including female hormones (estrogens), male hormones (androgens), the antifungal drug ketoconazole (Nizoral), the ulcer drug cimetidine (Tagamet), and the erythromycins (used to treat infections), may intensify the effects of cyclosporine.

      it helps the cyclosporin work better, in the treatment of psoriasis.

  32. QUESTION:
    i have psoriasis on my elbows but i have now got red patches which are pussy then just go red is this psoriasi

    • ANSWER:
      TALK to you dr about cyclosporine. it worked wonders for my wife

  33. QUESTION:
    best cure of psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Topical Treatments
      While treating psoriasis, it is important to stop the cycle that causes skin cells to pile up and remove the scales and moisturize the skin beneath. If you have a mild form of psoriasis, creams and ointments are usually enough to treat it. The most frequently prescribed are topical corticosteroids, which suppress the immune, thereby cutting down inflammation and itching. Corticosteroids vary in strength, so your doctor will prescribe you the correct form dependent on the severity of your psoriasis. It is important that you keep your skin moisturized, so other topical treatments include vitamin D analogues, drugs used to treat acne and salicylic acid.

      Light Therapy
      In some cases, your doctor may recommend you undergo phototherapy where your skin is exposed to natural or artificial light. When your skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays, the cells that pile will die, slowing turnover and preventing scaling. It is important you treat yourself under the care of a doctor because prolonged exposure to sunlight can actually worsen psoriasis. In some cases, you may undergo artificial light therapy which your doctor will administer two or three times a week. There are various forms of light therapy and your doctor will select the correct one based on the severity and location of your psoriasis. Light therapy can damage your skin or lead to issues like skin cancer, so it is important you discuss all of its risks with your doctor first.

      Medication
      Drugs are used most often with severe psoriasis. Most often, these drugs come with severe side effects and are used only for short periods. Retinoids, drugs related to vitamin A, cut down the production of skin cells but can cause birth defects if taken by a pregnant woman. Methotrexate also cuts down the production of cells and is especially effective for those with psoriatic arthritis, but large doses can cause digestive issues. Cyclosporine acts in a similar manner, but comes with the risk of causing cancer. Medication for psoriasis should be your last option, as your doctor will probably want to start with the mildest form of treatment and only use drugs as a final recourse.

  34. QUESTION:
    im suffered atopic dermatitis, how can i avoid it????
    im an adult, by the way!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Atopic dermatitis, sometimes called eczema, is a kind of dermatitis, an atopic skin disease. Atopic dermatitis afflicts humans, particularly young children; it is also a well-characterized disease in domestic dogs.

      Presentation

      Atopic dermatitis by a childThe skin of a patient with atopic dermatitis reacts abnormally and easily to irritants, food and environmental allergens and becomes red, flaky and very itchy. It also becomes vulnerable to surface infections caused by bacteria. The skin on the flexural surfaces of the joints (for example inner sides of elbows and knees) are most commonly affected regions in people. In dogs with atopic dermatitis, the skin of the face, front feet and the ears are most commonly affected.

      Atopic dermatitis in people often occurs together with other atopic diseases like hay fever, asthma and conjunctivitis. It is a familial and chronic disease and its symptoms can increase or disappear over time. There is no cure for it, but its symptoms can be managed with various treatments. Dogs with atopic dermatitis seldom have respiratory disease, but may be afflicted with inflammatory bowel disease.

      Originally controversial, the association of food allergy with atopic dermatitis has now been clearly demonstrated, especially in severe disease of infancy. The same is true of the disease in domestic dogs.

      Atopic dermatitis in older children and adults is often confused with psoriasis.

      [edit] Treatment
      The disease severity can be reduced by minimizing drying of the skin and avoiding or minimizing contact with known allergens. The issue of allergies often complicates a case of atopic dermatitis.

      Topical treatments focus on reducing the dryness of the skin. Moisturizers (Emollients) are available, some only by prescription.

      Most soaps wash away the oils produced by the skin that normally serve to prevent drying. Using a soap substitute such as aqueous cream helps keep the skin moisturized.

      If moisturizers on their own don't help, topical steroid ointments or creams may be used. These are safe provided they are prescribed by a doctor.

      Although many people are intimidated by the term 'steroids,' their proper use can result in atopic dermatitis being brought under control.

      Alternative medicines may (illegally) contain very strong steroids [1].

      The immunosuppressant Tacrolimus can be used as a topical preparation in the treatment of severe atopic dermatitis.

      Many of the same types of treatment are used in domestic dogs with atopic dermatitis. In addition, domestic dogs may be successfully managed with allergen-specific immunotherapy; many are treated with low-dose cyclosporine lipid emulsion.

  35. QUESTION:
    At what point does your body go into starvation mode when you cut calories?
    This is not because I want to lose weight, I actually weigh 170 lbs and am male. The reason is that I have severe psoriasis, covered about 80% of my body. I have been literally on every treatment, light therapy, Enbrel, Remicade, Humira, methotrexate, cyclosporine, and they only work for a little while, and the psoriasis comes right back.
    Last week I did a 5 day fast drinking only water, vitamins, and eating a few bananas. Total calorie intake was only about 500 calories per day, and I noticed that my skin got alot better. Starvation has been the best treatment so far, imagine that. So I want to continue this, but without the body triggering starvation mode. 500 calories I nkow is too low, but what is the right amount that the body no longer considers itself starving therby slowing down your metabolism?

    • ANSWER:
      1800 cals, but try the following basic diet, and consult a(nother) dermatologist about allergies. Fill your body with the freshest organic fruits and vegetables available, with a strong emphasis on steamed, raw or juiced dark leafy greens, such as kale, collards, swiss chard, bok choy, silverbeet, pak choi, and spinach. Enjoy broccoli, squash, tomatoes, avocados and all other seasonal produce options. Use lettuces of every color and shape to create salads of great variety and diversity. Eat generous quantities of both raw and lightly steamed vegetables and fresh salads every single day. Yams/sweet potato, or carrots should be included.
      Excellent organic vegetarian protein sources include legumes; beans, especially red lentils, French green lentils, and black, aduki and mung beans. When preparing beans for best flavor and easy digestion, we recommend soaking overnight in purified water, draining and then rinsing the beans before cooking. Handful sized servings of soaked and rinsed nuts and seeds, such as hemp, pumpkin and sunflower seeds are especially beneficial. Flax seeds make great additions to banana smoothies, and also can be ground and dehydrated, or low-heat baked, into delicious crackers.

      Complex Carbohydrates
      For sustained energy, eat complex carbohydrates in the form of legumes, red potatoes, squash, yams, and whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat or millet. We suggest limiting your overall carbohydrate intake to 30 percent or less of the foods you eat at each meal. This means increasing your vegetables, legumes, and brown rice, to balance out the complex carbohydrates.

      How to prepare and season your food
      Steam vegetables in purified water until slightly tender, or lightly sauteed in coconut oil, or water and shoyu. Enjoy homemade soups.

      Season veggies and whole cooked grains with fresh and dried herbs, sea salt, or organic soy sauce, also known as shoyu, or the wheat-free version, called tamari. Sea salt is an important addition to the diet, and should replace commercial or refined table salt. See http://www.mercola.com/ about salt. Additional seasonings include a wide variety of fresh or dried herbs, gomasio, powdered or chopped sea vegetables, such as dulse, as well as many other interesting powders and condiments found on health food store shelves. Garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper, chili peppers, and onions can be enjoyed regularly for their great flavor and immune-boosting properties.

      The preferred oil for cooking and/or baking is raw, organic coconut oil. Extra virgin olive oil, high lignin flax seed oil, or hemp seed oil can be drizzled on steamed vegetables, cooked whole grains, and used as the base for homemade salad dressings. Many health stores carry a raw nut butter called tahini, which is made up of pureed sesame seeds; tahini is a delicious healthy plant fat, and makes a great base for salad dressings, dips or spreads.

      Nutritional Boosts
      Live Cultured Foods
      Live cultured foods are a delicious and valuable addition to your diet. Eat raw, live cultured vegetables such as unpasteurized sauerkraut, or kim chi.

      Vegetable Juices
      Freshly made vegetable juices add a powerful nutritional boost to your food plan. Juices made from a wide variety of seasonal vegetables are delicious, and essential to healing, and a great preventative tool when used as an ongoing supplement to any diet.

      Sea Vegetables, Asian Foods and Broths
      Asian foods such as miso, ume plum, and a wide array of sea vegetables are fantastic nutrient rich foods. Sea vegetables vary in flavor and texture, making them fun to experiment with; they also offer an abundance of natural iodine, which is of the utmost of importance to support our glandular systems, especially the thyroid. Miso makes a delicious flavoring in salad dressings, dips, sauces, spreads, and as the classic, miso soup.

      Homemade vegetable broth is packed with delicious life-giving giving minerals and can be sipped like tea or eaten as soup. Make your own delicious broth simply by cooking down an abundance of fresh organic vegetables in purified water. Healing broths are easy to digest, making them especially valuable for any digestive problems.

      Water
      Throughout the day, drink plenty of pure, filtered water; drink at least 2 litres daily; more in warmer weather. Avoid drinking - as well as bathing and showering in - unfiltered tap water, as tap water contains heavy metals and pesticide residues that can settle in high concentrations in our organs. Only a reverse osmosis water filter will remove things like fluoride.

      Allergy Testing
      Undergo testing for potential food allergies and sensitivities, and avoid all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Common allergy-causing foods include milk and all dairy products (casein), soy, chocolate, corn, and wheat products, barley, and rye (gluten). Consider an elimination diet in order to further reduce the likelihood of food allergies, especially if you cannot get tested right away.

      What to Avoid
      Refined Sugar and Flour, Artificial Food, Soy Foods
      Eliminate all refined sugar and sugar products, along with empty carbohydrate foods such as commercial white flour, found in white breads, bagels, muffins, pastries, cookies and pastas. Also consider omitting whole grain wheat and wheat byproducts from your diet for several months. Wheat is a highly allergic food, and can be the root cause of a wide variety of digestive troubles. As the weeks go by, notice if you feel better; if you find you are feeling better, consider eliminating wheat for a year, giving your aggravated digestion a long deserved break.

      Choose to eat a minimum of processed soy products. By far, the best of all soy foods are fresh or frozen edame and tempeh, a fermented soy product that is less processed and easier to digest than other soy products. Stop eating all "junk" and commercially processed foods, as well as all foods containing artificial ingredients, additives, sweeteners, colorings, flavorings, and preservatives (such as MSG, or MonoSodium Glutamate, carrageenan, BHA, BHT, sodium nitrite, sulfites, saccharin, aspartame, and cyclamates).

      No Dairy, Caffeine or Alcohol, Hydrogenated Fats
      Stay clear of inorganic milk and dairy products, including yogurt and cheese. Later, if you choose to continue consuming dairy, always choose organic dairy products and, if available, raw organic dairy products. Toxins are stored in fats, so choosing organic is especially important in the case of dairy and meat: keep this in mind for later on, when they are permitted foods.

      Eliminate your intake of coffee and other caffeine based products, such as soda and soft drinks spiked with caffeine. Avoid commercial non-herbal teas, and alcohol. Green or chamomile tea is OK, with a little honey. Do not eat saturated, trans-, hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated fats and oils. Margarine and shortening are made from these and are to be eliminated. Take a calcium supplement for 6 weeks, and see how you go. Then try reintroducing one food group at a time, for 2 weeks, and see how you react. First I'd go with whole tinned sardines, and abandon the calcium supplements. Then lean organic meat. Next, sourdough rye bread, with peanut butter, or honey. Then dairy products, beginning with live cultured yoghurt, followed one at a time by other products, to try and pick the cause, if in fact, it is diet related, and not environmental. I suppose you have tried Celestrone and Betnovate ointments. A 5% tea tree oil/water mix is another option, but only try a small area first, to check how your skin reacts, and don't use it on sensitive parts, like the groin, or face, until you are sure: it may have to be watered down more. Finally, go to http://www.mercola.com and enter "nutritional type" in the taskbar, and eat in accordance with yours in future, and sign up for the free email newsletter. Also avoid antiperspirants, or deodorants, and other sources of alumin(i)um, like cookware, or some antacids. Take 4 Omega 3 fish oil supplements daily, replacing 2 of them with cod liver oil supplements, in the winter months. How were you stress, and anxiety levels, before this started? They can exacerbate the condition, so see pages 42, and 6, at http://www.ezy-build.net.nz/~shaneris Practice daily, and when needed, one of the relaxation techniques, on pages 2, 22, 2c, or 2i, and give the EFT variant for use in public a good tryout, for several weeks, (for which you can claim that you have a headache, as you massage your temples) on pages 2, 2.q, and 2.o.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Feet Psoriasis

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

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

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

      Step3

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

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

      Step5

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

  37. QUESTION:
    what are the foods that trigger psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      While some claim a change may alleviate or even eliminate their psoriasis, current scientific research does not confirm that eating a certain food or taking a specific supplement clearly makes psoriasis better or worse. Even the well-known claim that fish oil works has not been unequivocally proven. Many scientifically valid studies have been conducted on fish oil, and the results have not always shown clear improvement.

      We also do not have scientific evidence to support the claim that supplements such as grape seed extract, olive leaf extract, and Ester C effectively clear psoriasis. The same is true for shark cartilage, which some say works. If you are considering any food supplement or herbal remedy, it is important to know that some can interact negatively with prescription medications. Equally important, in large quantities, some supplements can be toxic. For example, large doses of fish oil can be toxic because of the amount of vitamins A and D that is consumed. Before taking a dietary supplement or herbal remedy to treat your psoriasis, be sure to consult a dermatologist. If you are currently supplementing your diet, tell your dermatologist what kind of supplement or herbal remedy you are taking and how much you are consuming.

      When it comes to diet, dermatologists recommend a healthy balanced diet. If this balanced diet includes a food that you think makes your psoriasis worse, conduct your own research. Stop eating the food, and see what happens. It is possible that some people have specific food triggers.

      Dermatologists also urge patients to avoid any diet that claims it can “cure” psoriasis. These diets simply do not work, and some are extreme diets that can be harmful. Fad diets and weight-loss supplements also should be avoided, especially if you are taking cyclosporine or methotrexate. If you are overweight, which some believe makes psoriasis worse, be sure to talk with your dermatologist if you want to lose weight. A doctor who is familiar with your medical history is the best person to recommend an appropriate diet.

  38. QUESTION:
    treatment for adult eczema?
    my fiance has had eczema for her entire life, she is 27, non smoker healthy eater and no matter what she does she always itches, she only wears cotton, stays away from acidic food. every morning and night i have to moisturize her entire body with "Billy goat soap moisturizer", this helps the eczema but does not get rid of it. everyday i watch my fiance try to tear her skin off in pain, is there anyone who knows of a treatment for adult eczema?

    • ANSWER:
      I've had eczema all my 44 years. I've been the one tearing my own skin off, and it's hell. I've had tiny dyshidrosis bumps on my hands, feet, forearms, and calves. I've had skin so infected pus dripped into my eyes. That said, it might be worse for those around the patient. So please understand that I offer this with the sincerest of intentions. Also realize I can only speak of my experiences, none of which involve medical school. Past performance is not an indicator of future results.

      I do not consider myself cured of eczema, but it is now very much under control. My skin is almost 100% clear. Looking back, I believe my eczema was triggered by foods. Food diaries didn't work for me then. They help identify the causes of attacks after calm periods. I never had any calm periods.

      I did know that Prednisone worked wonders. I'd been on it occasionally when I got really bad. But the side effects are horrible: liver damage, decreasing bone density, and glaucoma just to name a few. Prednisone is an immunosuppressant, and I began inquiring about that avenue of medicine.

      One doctor put me on Cyclosporine, another immunosuppressant. That cleared me up beautifully while I was it. Trouble is, that can cause kidney problems, so you can't be on Cyclosporine for more than a year. But in that time I went to the Mayo Clinic, which advised me to get phototherapy. The theory goes that a chain of events has to occur for eczema to flare: Something like CD8 cells overreact, spawning CD4 killer T-cells that barrel out to wipe out the intruder. But when they can't find it, they just attack the body itself, and you get eczema. Apparently the phototherapy garbles the communication between the CD8 and CD4 cells. No one can tell you why or how this happens.

      But I can tell you it works amazing well on me. I began getting treatment 2-3 times weekly, and it took about two months to see results. After a couple of years I was down to once a week. I very rarely miss treatments. (Big surprise, huh?) But if I do, it's not a big deal. There are no drug interaction problems to fret over and it takes about 3 minutes per treatment. I am subjected to full body exams every year, as there's a slight risk of skin cancer.

      In a nutshell, here's my advice. Find a dermatology clinic with a light box. A good bet is the ambulatory portion of a medical school. Find a dermatologist who specializes in the links between dermatology and immunology. Look for a specialization in eczema or psoriasis. Make sure they're versed in phototherapy so they're aware of it as an option.

      Once she clears up some, go for a food allergy test, like a scratch or skin prick test. I discovered I was routinely eating foods that I was allergic to, causing an almost constant series of breakouts. Eliminate those foods and you can maintain control of the eczema much better, though possibly not entirely. And do your own research. Dermatology books aren't that hard to read. Immunology is mindbogglingly complex, but I pieced together enough to help out my doctors.

      I think of it this way: The Cyclosporine and phototherapy doused the forest fire of my eczema and reduced that chances of a spark. Problem is, that alone doesn't eliminate the possibility of its return. Eliminating the food triggers removed the fuel the forest fire of my eczema needs to sustain itself. I believe the two-tiered approach was the way to go for me.

      Once she does get it under control -- and you have to have faith it'll happen -- don't be surprised if she struggles a bit psychologically. My eczema was so bad that's what I was known for; it was my built-in excuse if things didn't go right. With it under control, I had no alibis. I didn't grieve, but it was an adjustment.

      I really wish the both of you the best. She's tough; you don't go through life with eczema without learning resilience. And you're a great sport for caring for her and supporting her as she suffers.

  39. QUESTION:
    I.B.S. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, my 13 yr old daughter inherited it from my mom, & she has it bad!!?
    Severe I.B.S. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, SO SEVERE! Do you know of any natural remedies? She's been on 2 meds for 3 yrs, but the last two days, has been the worst for her... I have it too, but not as bad as she does...... She eats A Lot of Fiber, but we need more advice. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP! Sincerely, A Mom who loves her daughter! (my other 2 kids have it too, but not as bad as her!)
    Yes, She's going to the Doctor in 1 hr. again.......... We Never put off going to the Dr. we have Excellent 100% Full Paid Insurance.......
    No, not too much fiber, that is not the cause. Most of my family, inherited it from my mom's side, and we all have it whether it be mild or severe! THANKS for your answers! No, we don't grow out of it. I WISH!
    Web Md there is a website that will charge .00 for a natural remedy, is this a CON? they mentioned some sort of cookies, but no name> Any Advice on this?

    • ANSWER:
      Natural Remedies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
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      Peppermint Oil

      Peppermint oil is widely used for irritable bowel syndrome. It is thought to reduce the abdominal pain and bloating of irritable bowel syndrome, possibly by blocking the movement of calcium into muscle cells in the intestines and easing excessive muscle contraction there. Peppermint is considered a carminative herb, which means that it is used to eliminate excess gas in the intestines.

      Eight out of twelve studies on peppermint for irritable bowel syndrome have found that it is more effective than a placebo.

      Although peppermint oil is available in many forms, it should only be used in enteric-coated capsules otherwise the oil can relax the lower esophageal sphincter and cause heartburn.

      Peppermint oil, especially in excessive doses, may result in nausea, loss of appetite, heart problems, nervous system disorders, and lead to kidney failure and even death.

      Peppermint oil should not be taken internally by children or pregnant or nursing women. Peppermint oil may interact with the drug cyclosporine (used to prevent organ transplant rejection and for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis), so they should not be combined unless under medical supervision. To read more about peppermint oil, go to my Peppermint Oil Fact Sheet
      #
      Probiotics

      Probiotics are live microbial organisms that are naturally present in the digestive tract and vagina. Sometimes referred to as "friendly" bacteria, probiotics are thought to promote health include suppressing the growth of potentially harmful bacteria, improving immune function, enhancing the protective barrier of the digestive tract, and helping to produce vitamin K.

      There are over 400 species of microorganisms in the human digestive tract and the balance between beneficial bacteria and potentially harmful bacteria is important. One theory is that people with irritable bowel syndrome may have an imbalance in their normal intestinal bacteria, with an overgrowth of gas-producing bacteria.

      Studies have found that probiotics may be helpful for people with irritable bowel syndrome. For example, a fairly large study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology examined the use of three different doses of Bifidobacterium infantis or a placebo in 362 women with irritable bowel syndrome. After four weeks, the B. infantis dose of 1 x 10(8) c.f.u. was found to be more effective than a placebo at reducing abdominal pain, bloating, bowel dysfunction, incomplete evacuation, straining, and gas.

      There are many different probiotic strains, and some may be more effective for irritable bowel syndrome. Another study compared lactobacillus salivarius, bifidobacterium infantis, or a placebo in 77 people with irritable bowel syndrome. Only people who took B. infantis had a greater reduction in abdominal pain, bloating, and bowel movement difficulty. For more information on probiotics, read my Probiotics Fact Sheet.
      #
      Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum

      Partially hydrolyzed guar gum (PHGG) is a water soluble, non-gelling fiber that may help to reduce constipation and to a lesser extent diarrhea and abdominal pain in people with irritable bowel syndrome. PHGG also appears to increase the amount of beneficial bacteria, lactobacilli and bifidobacteria in the intestines.

      One study compared PHGG (5 grams per day), wheat bran (30 grams per day), and a placebo in 199 people with irritable bowel syndrome. After 12 weeks, both the PHGG and wheat bran resulted in an improvement in absominal pain and bowel habits, but the PHGG was better tolerated and preferred.
      #
      Food Intolerances

      Food intolerances may play a role in irritable bowel syndrome, possibly by triggering immune responses in the gut, leading to low-grade inflammation and an imbalance of intestinal bacteria.

      The most common food intolerances reported by people with irritable bowel syndrome are dairy and grains.

      A trained practitioner can supervise an elimination and challenge diet. Many foods are removed from the diet for a brief period of time, then re-introduced sequentially to isolate the body's reaction to the offending foods. Since grains are a common culprit, it is important to remember that carbohydrate digestion begins in the mouth and that chewing grains thoroughly allows amylase, the digestive enzyme present in saliva, to digest the grains.
      #
      Other Natural Remedies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
      Pancreatic enzymes have been suggested for irritable bowel syndrome symptoms that are aggravated after a fatty meal.

      Hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, has also been used for irritable bowel syndrome.

  40. QUESTION:
    will my eczema ever go away?
    hey, im 13 and ive had it as long as i can remember i haven't started my period and my skin is very dry. it puts me down all the time since its on my face i try to avoid putting make-up on it since it just makes it look worse. i just want to know if it will actually go away or will it be here for the rest of my life?! i put cream on alot including, moisturizer my doctor gave me, oilatum, baby oil, diprobase and steroid cream.

    • ANSWER:
      You sound like me, just 30 years younger. I've had it bad, too. I had juice oozing out of my scalp so much my hair was permanently damp for months at a time. I scratched so much that I wore dark clothes exclusively because that saved me the trouble of scrubbing blood out of whites.

      To look at me now, you'd never know I had it.

      For what it's worth, here are my suggestions

      (1) You've got to believe you can control your eczema / dermatitis. You may not cure it, but I think you can control it. Maintaining hope when you're suffering is hard, I know. But it can be done. I did it.

      (2) Your treatment is OK for mild or contact eczema, but it sounds like you have a moderate to severe atopic eczema. Go to the dermatology department of the best nearby university medical school or clinic. Get an appointment with their eczema / dermatitis / psoriasis specialist, preferable someone who has studied the link between immunology and dermatology in those diseases. Ask about phototherapy, methotrexate, and cyclosporine as possible treatments. (I do phototherapy weekly. The last two are temporary, but it sounds like you could use a break from your symptoms.)

      (3) See an immunologist or allergist and have a allergy test done. I like scratch tests: they're quick and definitive. Chances are your skin problems are reactions to food & environmental triggers. This will help identify them. If the doctor adminsters a RAST test, walk out immediately. I learned the hard way those are very inaccurate.

      (4) Stick with it. This means doing what your doctors tell you to no matter what. I go to phototherapy every week no matter what. (I've gone with the flu, on crutches, and re-arranged vacations to go every single week. That means avoiding foods you know you shouldn't eat. It's hard when that's what your friends do, but you have do stay the course. You've got to read food labels and ask about ingredients at restaurants like I do. I shower every morning and apply Vaseline to my face and Cetaphil to the rest of my body. Whatever it is, you have to do it.

      Finally, you should know one benefit of my eczema / dermatitis. It made me tough. I grew up quicker than my friends. If you can control yours, you can do anything. Lance Armstrong wrote in his book that cancer was the best thing that ever happened to him because it made him appreciate things more. I know exactly what he means. You will too.

      Best of luck.

      Now get to work!

  41. QUESTION:
    what is psorasis ? is it infectious? Is there any permanent cure for it?

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition. There are five types, each with unique signs and symptoms. Between 10% and 30% of people who develop psoriasis get a related form of arthritis called “psoriatic arthritis,” which causes inflammation of the joints.

      Psoriasis is not infectious in any way. It does not spread on the person who has it by infecting other areas, and it cannot be transferred to other people by any form of contact. Of course this does not stop people worrying about psoriasis if they see it, and fearing that it may infect them.

      The other types are guttate psoriasis (small, red spots on the skin),

      pustular psoriasis (white pustules surrounded by red skin), inverse psoriasis (smooth, red lesions form in skin folds), and erythrodermic psoriasis (widespread redness, severe itching, and pain).

      Regardless of type, psoriasis usually causes discomfort. The skin often itches, and it may crack and bleed. In severe cases, the itching and discomfort may keep a person awake at night, and the pain can make everyday tasks difficult.

      Psoriasis is a chronic, meaning lifelong, condition because there is currently no cure. People often experience flares and remissions throughout their life. Controlling the signs and symptoms typically requires lifelong therapy.

      Treatment depends on the severity and type of psoriasis. Some psoriasis is so mild that the person is unaware of the condition. A few develop such severe psoriasis that lesions cover most of the body and hospitalization is required. These represent the extremes. Most cases of psoriasis fall somewhere in between.

      There also is a genetic component associated with psoriasis. Approximately one-third of people who develop psoriasis have at least one family member with the condition.

      While scientists still do not fully know what causes psoriasis, research has significantly advanced our understanding. One important breakthrough began with the discovery that kidney-transplant recipients who had psoriasis experienced clearing when taking cyclosporine. Since cyclosporine is a potent immunosuppressive medication, this indicates that the immune system is involved.

      Researchers now believe that psoriasis is an immune-mediated condition. This means the condition is caused by faulty signals in the body’s immune system. It is believed that psoriasis develops when the immune system tells the body to over-react and accelerate the growth of skin cells. Normally, skin cells mature and are shed from the skin’s surface every 28 to 30 days. When psoriasis develops, the skin cells mature in 3 to 6 days and move to the skin surface. Instead of being shed, the skin cells pile up, causing the visible lesions.

      Types of Treatment
      Psoriasis treatments fall into 3 categories:

      Topical (applied to the skin) – Mild to moderate psoriasis

      Phototherapy (light, usually ultraviolet, applied to the skin) – Moderate to severe psoriasis

      Systemic (taken orally or by injection or infusion) – Moderate, severe or disabling psoriasis

      Minimizing Flare-ups

      These no-nonsense tips from dermatologists can help people living with psoriasis ease their discomfort and maximize the effectiveness of treatment.

      Follow the basics of good health. Eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough sleep are all steps patients can take to avoid feeling tired and overstressed. This also can help the body fight off infections that can aggravate the skin.

      Learn the triggers. Research shows there are known triggers for psoriasis — certain infections, some medications, skin injury, stress, and winter weather. Smoking also may trigger psoriasis. While it is not always possible to avoid every trigger, knowing what triggers psoriasis can help you make informed decisions. To learn more, see Psoriasis Triggers.

      Quit Smoking. If you have psoriasis or a family history of psoriasis, don’t start smoking. If you do smoke, here’s another good reason to quit. Research continues to suggest that smoking may trigger psoriasis. It appears that localized pustular psoriasis, which occurs on the palms and soles, can be aggravated by smoking and that in some cases, quitting smoking clears the skin. Research also suggests that severe psoriasis may be linked to smoking.

      If you are trying to quit, do not use a nicotine patch before consulting a dermatologist. Nicotine patches can aggravate psoriasis.

      Limit alcohol consumption. Research indicates that heavy drinking may trigger psoriasis and even prevent treatment from being effective. Studies also are finding that there may be a link between severe psoriasis and heavy drinking. Dermatologists recommend that their patients who drink should do so in moderation. However, people taking methotrexate, a medication used to treat moderate to severe psoriasis, should not drink alcohol. Mixing methotrexate and alcohol can have serious side effects.

      Reduce Stress. Many people with psoriasis say they experience flare-ups during stressful times. While stress cannot be prevented, there are a number of healthy ways to reduce stress. Some people find that joining a psoriasis support group helps. Others find comfort in psychological counseling. Exercise and a number of relaxation techniques also can effectively reduce stress.

      According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, stress reduction works best when combined with medical treatment.

      Take good care of your skin:

      Apply emollients and moisturizers. Emollients soften the skin. Moisturizers lock in the skin’s own moisture to prevent dryness and cracking. One of the best ways to lock in moisture is to apply moisturizer after bathing. Regular use of moisturizers can help prevent the itch and pain of dry skin and reduce scaling and inflammation. People often get good results by applying a lotion during the day and a cream or ointment, which are thicker than lotion, at night.

      Avoid scratching. There is no doubt about it, psoriasis itches. In fact, the word “psoriasis” derives from the Greek word for itch, “psora” The thought of not scratching can seem maddening. However, scratching can puncture the skin, allowing bacteria to enter and cause an infection. Scratching also causes the skin to bleed and worsens psoriasis. After scratching, lesions can appear on previously clear skin. To alleviate the itch, dermatologists recommend:

      Treat the psoriasis. Dermatologists say that one of the most effective ways to stop the itch is to treat the psoriasis. When the psoriasis clears, the itch usually disappears. In the interim, these can curb the itch:

      Apply a cold compress. Applying a cold compress can reduce inflammation and lessen the desire to scratch.

      Apply a menthol-based ointment or topical steroid. These can help manage the itch until the psoriasis clears.

      Moisturize. Moisturizing, especially after bathing, can help relieve the dry skin that causes itching.

      Soak in a warm oatmeal bath. This relieves itching for some people. A dermatologist can recommend an appropriate oatmeal-bath preparation.

      Once lesions clear, it is important to continue using emollients and moisturizers. Regular use can help soften skin and prevent the dryness that causes the skin to itch.

      Bathe in warm, not hot water. Dermatologists recommend that patients with psoriasis take short, warm showers and use fragrance-free cleansers.

      Never pick at lesions. Like scratching, picking at lesions can cause bleeding, infection, and a worsening of the psoriasis. Dermatologists recommend treatment to clear the psoriasis and regular use of emollients and moisturizers to help soften skin and prevent dryness.

      Pat your skin dry; rubbing can irritate it. Rubbing, or irritating the skin in any way, can cause psoriasis lesions to form. Developing a habit of gently patting your skin dry can alleviate this problem.

      Use sunscreen. While sunlight can help treat psoriasis, many treatments make the skin sun-sensitive. Anyone using a topical or systemic retinoid or PUVA therapy must protect their skin from the sun. Patients using retinoids should apply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before going outdoors and wear protective clothing. Additionally, sun exposure can cause sunburn, which can trigger psoriasis.

      Wear cotton clothing next to your skin. Cotton is less likely than other fabrics to irritate the skin or cause overheating.

      Winterize Yourself. Many people living with psoriasis say their psoriasis worsens in winter. Psoriasis patients can manage their symptoms and ease seasonal discomfort by taking good care of themselves, reducing stress, and following these tips in winter:

      Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. While moisturizers should be used year round, these are especially important in the winter when the air is dry. Stock up on emollients and moisturizers and apply these products at least twice a day during the winter, particularly after bathing. Moisturizers can help prevent the itch and pain of dry skin and reduce scaling and inflammation. Many people see good results when they apply a lotion during the day and a cream or ointment at night.

      Plug in a humidifier. The dry heat blasting away in homes and offices in the winter can worsen psoriasis. The use of humidifiers, both at home and work, can add moisture to the air.

      Talk with a dermatologist. If wintertime is especially challenging, make an appointment to see a dermatologist. Adjusting a treatment regimen during the winter months can help ease discomfort.

      Wear cotton. Soft synthetics and insulating down may keep patients warm in the winter, but they also can cause psoriasis flare-ups – particularly indoors. Instead, patients should layer cotton garments, one on top of another, to keep comfortable. Another option is to use a soft cotton T-shirt or shell under a dress shirt, sweater, or suit jacket.

      Offering natural and alternative methods for controlling and relieving psoriasis.

      Psoriasis is a puzzle. Treatments that work wonders for one victim of psoriasis have no effect or benefit for another. We offer a variety of alternative treatments and hope one of them will be the answer for you.

      Psoriasis Treatments include:-------

      1) Dead Sea Salts This traditional treatment to healing naturally has been used in the Middle East for thousands of years. We have a 6 week program designed to use in your home.

      2) "Psoriasis Spot Free in 30 Days", A special diet book written by a former sufferer of the itching and flaking skin condition. The author is a registered nurse who used food to reverse the signs and symptoms of her condition.

      3) Homeopathic treatment that helps to target the source of the problem with no damaging side effects.

      4) Herbal extractions like Oregon Grape Root Extract and Herbal Detox Tea combinations that gently cleanse your body of toxins and help optimize your liver function. Herbs have historically been used for treatment of skin conditions.

      5) Gentle herbal scalp creams and shampoos that contain FDA approved ingredients to combine nature with science.

      6) Dietary supplements to improve your defense systems, Omega Fortified Flax (recommended for children and adults) and Alkyrol Shark Liver Oil for maximum Omega 3 fatty acids.

      Maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet can improve general health and have a positive impact on psoriasis.

  42. QUESTION:
    Uh oh.... 2nd Gardasil shot and a flu shot in the same day??
    Okay, i'm 14 years old by the way. My mom picked me up from school and drove me to a clinic (Not, my usual one that I visit for check ups, usual vaccines, and etc) So a lady gave me the second gardasil shot (there's three right?) and then gave me a flu shot following after that. So like about six or eight hours later (my mom's at work right now). I started to feel a headache and dizziness.. Think there's something wrong??? What should I do??? Help??? Thank you
    Ah, forgot to tell...My mom didn't meet with my doctor before any of the two shots.

    • ANSWER:
      How is Gardasil given?
      Gardasil is given as an injection (shot) into a muscle in your upper arm or thigh. You will receive this injection in a doctor's office or other clinic setting.

      Gardasil is given in a series of 3 shots. You may have the first shot at any time as long as you are between the ages of 9 and 26 years old. Then you will receive a second shot 2 months later and a third shot 6 months later.

      Be sure to receive all doses of Gardasil recommended by your healthcare provider or by the health department of the state you live in. If you do not receive the full series of vaccines, you may not be fully protected against the disease.

      Gardasil should not be used in place of having a routine pelvic exam and Pap smear to screen for cervical cancer.

      What happens if I miss a dose?
      Contact your doctor if you will miss an Gardasil booster dose or if you get behind schedule. The next dose should be given as soon as possible. There is no need to start over.

      Be sure you receive all recommended doses of Gardasil. If you do not receive the full series of vaccines, you may not be fully protected against the disease.

      What happens if I overdose?
      An overdose of Gardasil is unlikely to occur.

      What should I avoid while receiving Gardasil?
      There may be certain other vaccines that should not be given at the same time as Gardasil. Until you have completed the series of 3 Gardasils, do not receive any other vaccine (including a flu shot) without first asking your doctor.

      Gardasil side effects
      Becoming infected with HPV is much more dangerous to your health than receiving the vaccine to protect against it. However, like any medicine, Gardasil can cause side effects but the risk of serious side effects is extremely low.

      Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
      pelvic pain;

      severe stomach pain; or

      pain, swelling, or stiffness in your joints.

      Less serious side effects include:

      pain, swelling, redness, or itching where the shot was given;

      mild fever;

      nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach;

      dizziness;

      runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough; or

      muscle pain.

      Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

      What other drugs will affect Gardasil?
      Before receiving Gardasil, tell the doctor about all other vaccines you have recently received.
      Also tell the doctor if you have recently received drugs or treatments that can weaken the immune system, including:

      an oral, nasal, inhaled, or injectable steroid medicine;

      medications to treat psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, or other autoimmune disorders, such as azathioprine (Imuran), efalizumab (Raptiva), etanercept (Enbrel), leflunomide (Arava), and others; or

      medicines to treat or prevent organ transplant rejection, such as basiliximab (Simulect), cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral, Gengraf), muromonab-CD3 (Orthoclone), mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept), sirolimus (Rapamune), or tacrolimus (Prograf).

      If you are using any of these medications, you may not be able to receive the vaccine, or may need to wait until the other treatments are finished.

      There may be other drugs that can affect Gardasil. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you have received. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

      Where can I get more information?
      Your doctor or pharmacist may have information about Gardasil written for health professionals that you may read. You may also find additional information from your local health department or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


cyclosporine for psoriasis

Alternative Medicine Cures

People with cancer have to make different choices throughout the course of their treatment to fight against the disease, manage symptoms and deal with the side effects. Many of them are considering alternative cancer treatments including Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). CAM therapies such as yoga, meditation, herbal medication, acupuncture etc., may help people with cancer regain control over their bodies. CAM treatments are still being widely researched for their effectiveness and safety. However, these alternative cancer treatments are known to provide relief from signs and symptoms that the disease or associated treatments may cause. What is Complementary and Alternative medicine? CAM is a diverse group of health care and medical systems, products and practices that are generally classified as non-standard treatments. Complimentary medicine refers to treatments that are used alongside other conventional treatments. Alternative medicine involves treatments that are used instead of standard practices. Complementary and alternative procedures do not cure cancer, but they provide relief from symptoms, and helps patients come along. Alternative cancer treatments, unlike conventional procedures, are not scientifically proven.

Hence it is important that you consult your doctor before considering any CAM procedure. What are the different types of CAM? There are a number of alternative cancer treatments being practiced today and they can be grouped under a general classification as follows: Mind and body practices: Techniques such as yoga, hypnosis, meditation, creative outlets including music, dance and art therapies and imagery techniques involve the mind and body, and is based on the belief that the mind can control the body. Mind body practices are known to reduce side effects of cancer treatments and improve the emotional and physical state of well-being. Nutritional, pharmacologic and biologic practices: Nutritional practice includes special diets and supplements such as antioxidants and coenzymes. Biologic treatments for cancer use natural dietary supplements and herbal products in the form of special diets, vitamins and foods.

Botanicals, hormones and vaccines are also used for treating cancer and the side effects caused due to associated treatments. Energy medicine: Reiki, therapeutic touch and tai chi are a few examples of energy medicine. These practices are based on the belief that controlling the energy fields that the body has, can be used to treat diseases and other conditions. Complete medical systems: Healing systems such as homeopathy, naturopath and ayurveda are traditional approaches and beliefs that originated in different parts of the world. These complete medical systems are also used for treating cancer. Body based techniques: Body-related manipulative practices such as reflexology, massage and chiropractic are based on working with one or more parts of the body. These techniques are generally considered to reduce the pain other symptoms. Alternative cancer treatments have been proven to reduce common signs and symptoms that the disease and treatments may cause. Different CAM procedures may work at different levels, and the effectiveness varies from person to person. To determine the right balance between alternative treatments and conventional treatments, it is important that you work closely with your doctor.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there an alternative medicine for Malabsorption?
    I have been suffering from malabsorption for a couple of years. I am not gaining any weight even though i increased my diet intake, although I have not lost any weight. I have severe case of flatulence and farts smell bad. My stool also smells bad. Does any Yoga or Bikram Yoga or Any alternative medicine cure or help this?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, i had a dog with this problem.
      I went to the health food store:I bought digestive enzymes for him:the enzymes had to be taken with the first mouthful/first bite of food.my dog gained weight, diarrhoea stopped.
      he lived 11 years.
      You can also buy pancreatin at the health store:it is an extract from the cows or pigs pancreas. it works wonderful!

  2. QUESTION:
    Are there any alternative medicines to cure Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
    Are there any alternative medicines to cure Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? I just got home from Iraq, serving a total of 7 years in the U.S. Marines. My doctor is telling me that I could have PTSD and she said I have to take some kind of pills. I DO NOT like taking pills. I'd rather have some kind of therapy...

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely! Smoke marijuana, forget pills!

  3. QUESTION:
    What alternative medicine has been proven to be the most effective?
    I understand different types of alternative medicine are used to treat different ailments. But in general what type of alternative medicine is the most effective at treating what it purports to cure? For your answer can you give an example of the type of ailment and what it is exactly that the alternative medicine does to cure it so I have a better understanding?

    • ANSWER:
      lol @ person quoting msn

      Well for one, Nutrition is a big part of Naturopathy. Nutrition does not need to be proven - we already know a lot of facts about vitamins, minerals etc. There are also supplements relating to nutrition like pro biotics, enzymes, antioxidants etc etc which are proven.

      Herbal medicine is also a big part. Many herbal medicines have been proven. You need to look on quality peer reviewed journals - use PubMed and find research articals/clinical trials if you really want to know. St Johns Wort has been proven to be as effective as antidepressant on mild to moderate depression for example.

      There are alternative therapies like homeopathy, reiki, etc... called "vibrational medicine" which have not been proven and are not evidence based medicine.

      However Naturopathy is evidence-based medicine and is a Health Science degree.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is it time for there to be a right and wrong and the government become involved?
    Some say we should have all cars get 100 miles to the gallon. They say the oil companies stop this. Some say alternative medicines cures everything and that big pharma is lying and doesn't want alternative medicines to be used. If the govenrment represents the people shouldn't we make the bastard politicians tell us the truth, because they know the truth.

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    How to cure asthma without chemical drugs?
    many people suffer from asthma since childhood to old but not cured yet been recovered went to the doctor, is there an alternative medicine to cure asthma?

    • ANSWER:
      there is no cure.
      Asthma is the bodies over-reaction to certain stimuli.
      You might sneeze a couple of times when exposed to grain dust and then be fine.
      An asthmatics body produces way too much histamine and then the lungs will tighten and excess mucus forms which severely inhibits breathing.
      You may not have any reaction to the scent of perfume from the lady standing next to you in the checkout line.
      An asthmatics body, again, produces excess histamine and the lungs pour on the mucus and tighten, inhibiting breathing.
      Different triggers bother different asthmatics.
      Some, like my youngest daughter and her son, only have problems if they also happen to be sick with a cold virus. When not ill, they have no problems at all.
      Some, like my oldest daughter, is bothered by everything it seems and never is far from her inhaler.
      Some, like my son, were very ill with it as small children but he hasn't had an attack since he ws a young teenager and is in his 30's now. His doctor suspects that he outgrew it but might get it back when he is much older.
      The chemical medications slow down the production of histamine(antihistamines) and other medications reduce the amount of lung swelling and mucus production.
      At least now, with chemical intervention, many asthmatics can live normal lives as long as they take the medication as instructed, get plenty of exercise when not in an acute attack and use some precautions.
      My childrens asthma doctor told us if he had to chose the one medication to give it would be exercise so that the asthmatics body would be better able to cope with an acute attack.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can you name a disease for which there is sound evidence proving that it can be cured by alternative medicine?
    It must be a disease that is reproducibly cured by an alternative medicine, and please provide references to that sound evidence.
    Eliot, read the question again. I don't want personal anecdotes.
    Made up or otherwise
    Thanks Tink, good answer. One point though, I'm not asking about treating symptoms. The vast majority of alternative medicine therapies claim to not to treat symptoms, but the root cause of the disease.

    Is there a single alternative treatment for which there is compelling evidence proving that it can produce more than symptom relief?
    @dummy, alternative medicine advances?

    • ANSWER:
      None that I am aware of.

      Alties feel free to present robust peer review evidence and I'll change my position.

      The problem is Gary, as you know, we are dealing with a bunch of people who have a very different standard of evidence than sane people. They think anecdotes and logical fallacies are evidence.

      Edit: They just don't understand what they are saying: Dummy said, "However, as our understanding of alternative medicine advances there may well be diseases and conditions that can be treated effectively with alternative medicine."

      If any alternative "medicine" is demonstrated to work, it will *become* medicine. It won't remain alt.med. Alt.med.. is called alt.med because it hasn't been demonstrated to work and in numerous cases has been shown not to work.

      "My only evidence is my own experience. I have had some improvement with my condition after seeing a homeopath, and massive improvement in my overall health."

      But how do you know it didn't resolve on it's own? All you know is that your condition seemed to improve following your visit with a Homeopath, you don't know it improved because of the sugar pills you took. Or perhaps it worked via placebo?

      "I was a skeptic as far as the homeopath is concerned, however I can't ignore my improvements. "
      That's not being a skeptic.That's very weak thinking. And such thinking keeps quacks in business.

      Edit: Hey dude if you want to throw your money away and line the quacks pockets, that's entirely your call. The problem with alt.med is that harm comes when people avoid real medicine and take sugar pills instead.

  7. QUESTION:
    Why do people chose to use alternative medicine?
    I'm studying alternative medicine for sociology at school and was wondering why people chose to use alternative medicine when modern medicine is available. Even people with cancer, chose to use alternative therapy instead of rely in doctors. I am just very unsure why. Thanks everyone!
    By the way, I'm not here to bag on you or tell you that what you believe is wrong. I'm just looking to find someone with first hand experience on the matter.
    People have said that they use them, but have they actually worked for you? Thanks for all of your replies.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, it certainly is popular. Lots of people use it as an adjunct to science based medicine. Relatively few people use it exclusively. I am not aware of any people who seek out AltMed when they have an actual medical emergency. It tends to be used for ill defined chronic conditions that tend to have symptoms that wax and wane.

      Part of it is a backlash against science. People tend to look at sciences' failures (thalidomide, Vioxx) and generalize that "all science" is bad....conveniently forgetting the huge gains in health in the last century as a result of a scientific approach. (cures for polio, many cancers, treatment of diabetes etc etc) The current generation has no idea how lucky they are to be alive in an era of science based medicine.

      It really took an upswing in popularity in the post-hippy era of the 60's and 70's, and that was where a lot of todays' New Age notions were born (crystal healing, therapeutic touch etc)
      The 60's generation tended to reject everything of the "establishment", and that seemed to have included a rational approach to health. There was more of an interest in Eastern mysticism, people took up transcendental meditation, took an interest in acupuncture etc.

      It has been very heavily promoted by unscrupulous practitioners who discovered there was a lot of money to be made when you could sell "wellness" without the pesky regulations, or requirements of efficacy or safety that doctors and pharmaceutical companies have to abide by.

      It has gotten much worse in the internet age, when any idiot can set up a webpage offering dubious health and wellness advice. People think they can diagnose and treat themselves by looking up their symptoms on a checklist. It is just as bad here in Canada where everyone has access to healthcare as in the US where 40 million people don't.

      Science is poorly taught in schools and poorly understood by most people. I think proper science education would go a long way towards diminishing peoples misguided attachment to SCAM.

      "There is no such thing as alternative medicine. There is only scientifically proven, evidence based medicine supported by solid data, or unproven medicine for which scientific evidence is lacking"
      (Journal of the American Medical Association 1998)

      In spite of SCAM generally poor attempts to actually do science in the last couple of decades, there has yet to be a large, well designed study that conclusively shows any form or SCAM to be superior to that of a placebo. There happens to be well understood, biochemical, physiological and psychological mechanisms of the placebo effect. So by Occam's razor, or the principle of parsimony, all SCAM effects are likely as a result of activating placebo mechanisms.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is there anything to alternative medicine other than the placebo effect?
    I have an up and coming interview with a medical university and i am wondering what to say if i get asked this question. There has been so much conflict between traditional and alternative medicine that it is difficult to find the real answer. There are many testimonials with people from all over the world stating how they were cured of this and that with alternative treatment and doctors refuse to acknowledge it as a viable form of treatment. Why?

    • ANSWER:
      You didnt ask for a debate on whether "alt med" works... you asked for the best way to answer this if you're asked during your med program interviews.

      So...
      I think your best response would be to acknowledge that it's a heated issue and that truly it's irresponsible to judge any science on it's hype. Your training makes you uniquely qualified to evaluate the science behind any treatment modality (and to extrapolate data in the context of pathophysiology!)

      And THAT is the most practical, responsible way to address "alt med."

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between pseudo-scientific claims and alternative medicines?
    If there are no difference how come some say pseudoscience and others say alternative medicine? Also extra question (sorry): where did ear candling/ cloning originate from? Any website sources would help :) thanks you very much xx

    • ANSWER:
      1. pseudo-scientific claims---comment by close minded qualified doctors just out of professional jealousy and human ego .

      2. alternative medicines-All medical systems other than allopathy. Time tested and utilized by our predecessors, most successfully, for more than 5000 years.

      Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies, [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] U can have sizable & perceivable relief in 45-90 days. @ no/affordable costs, No side effects, and No Hospitalization.

      3. But, what a patient of this day wants? Total cure with no side effects. Allopathy is an evidence based science contributed for the longevity-life span to increase from 32 years [1942] to 65+ years[2012].

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

  10. QUESTION:
    what do the Jehovah Witnesses and other religions think of alternative medicine?
    This is a question to Jehovah Witnesses and other religions aswell
    What do you think of alternative medicine such as chinese herbal medicine, natropathy, reiki, crystal healing, flower essences healing. Do you think these are against God and if they were then why are all these stuff in nature, the nature that God created for our use?
    I know some religions say they are against it like crystals cos it's pagan, but how is it pagan when they are from the earth?

    • ANSWER:
      Jehovah's Witnesses endorse the mainstream established medical treatments and medicines for any serious injury or sickness and the advice of a qualified medical doctor such as a General Practitioner should be taken.

      Chemical substances in nature may of come from God's creative powers but it doesn't mean that it is intended for human consumption or treatments. Some alternative medicines are marketed by people who are no more than snake oil sellers - the supposed cure for all ailments. Some are just placebos. Others put people in a belief that it will cure them when it won't and delayed conventional treatment could be dangerous for their health.
      Some as said may believe that their are spiritual powers in the medicine and again it may be all the above but it would be unclean to Christians to connect spiritual powers with such "medicines".

  11. QUESTION:
    Are natural health remedies a cure?
    When we feel sick, we expect a cure and a pill. But doctors are looking to integrate more natural remedies into there treatment regimens. So is alternative medicine the cure?

    • ANSWER:
      unlike the posters aboves advice, many doctors are including alternative medicine and herbs into their practice and have for years. both my females doctors did..one over 20 years ago and both got a 4.0 in college, are very smart and sensitive to their patients needs. The poster is back in the dark ages saying to change doctors.

      Unfortunately few doctors do this and many are afraid to as some have lost their licenses over this as the AMA does not wish to go this way except nominally and only because the consumer is demanding it.

      The problem is because we do not believe we create our illnesses due to the decadent lifestyles we live (smoking, drugs, junk foods, too much salt, sugar, lack of exercise, worry, out of control stress and so forth, we expect the doctors to fix us back up with a pill..this requires very potent drugs which often require the use of other drugs and often does more harm than good in the long run.

      Much alternative health works by working synergistically to help the body heal itself by stopping the bad habits and starting new ones.

      Many people do not want to do this...they want to feel great and live however they want..

      Alternative health is a very broad field encompasses many aura and types. some work great, some don't and some work on one part of our health and some work on the whole person.

      Herbs are in many cases superior as they are safe and designed to heal our bodies by nature or our creator while drugs are generally non-organic, man made chemicals the body accepts but at harm to it so herbs are safer..Just a tiny handful of people die from herbs while tens of thousands die from drugs and doctor errors etc.

      Also drugs create the symptom but herbs go to the root cause that is causing diverse symptoms the doctor calls by various disease names, thus the herb tends to while slower in the long run fix more problems we have than just the one we took it for.

      You can expect alternative health to not be as useful for emergency situations like a limb cut off in an accident or something like that but herbs to do better with chronic diseases

      You can expect if you know what you are doing and do a comprehensive multi part program combing things like a vegan diet, exercise, detoxing., cleansing the elimination organs, improving water and air, getting sunshine, taking herbs, doing affirmations and stress reduction, hydrotherapy, stopping bad habits, getting counseling or learning to love and be happier, etc all done together in an intense health building program to cure things doctors cannot like AIDS, pancreatic and lung cancers, neurological disease like ms, heart and circulatory problems, diabetes and terminal illnesses.

      Yes, natural health can certainly be a cure..that is not to say once in a while you won't maybe need a doctor but most things I have found we can fix ourselves..when we discover we cause many of our illnesses with our lifestyles, we can be empowered to discover that if we can make our self sick by living badly, we can make ourselves better and heal by living good.

      Generally, although doctors may be discovering the good things about alternative health and wanting to jump on the consumer bandwagon and thus incorporating alternative health into their stuff is good for them, it is not s good for you or alternative health as allopathic drugs etc can make it harder to recover naturally due to the harm of those things they often use.

      IMO there is a place for both..I was in a car wreck a while back and feel in that case I needed doctors but generally I am able to cure myself with herbs etc better with herbs, supplements etc.

      what is needed to make herbs and alternative health work better is education, people making their own organic tinctures (or finding a superior tincture supplier) and forgoing herbs in a capsule that are conventionally grown, understanding that herbs and foods work best in a comprehensive health building regime, doing most of their grocery shopping at natural food stores, farmer's markets, from small organic farmers and their own gardens., doing different cleanses one a season, thinking more positively and loving themselves and others better and learning to stop hating and forgive.

      this may be more complicated and difficult than going to a doctor and saying doctor heal me with a pill but it gains more long lasting results, saves lots of money and worry and gives us payoffs we can see and be proud of..also for every person who takes better care of themselves, health costs go down

  12. QUESTION:
    is there any alternative medicines for curing cancer?
    A friend of mine was diagnosed having cancer recently . It is a very rare, but aggressive cancer called Thymic Carcinoma and it has speared to his liver. He is only 41 with 2 young kids. His is looking for any alternative medicines, if you know or know some one may know please share the information.

    • ANSWER:
      Plenty, just none that work reliably, if at all.

      Say what you will about traditional cancer treatments, they have been tested on many thousands of people so you know going in what you are dealing with and what you can expect.

      With alternative treatments all you have are unverifiable anecdotes.

      alternative medicine & cancer

      http://www.users.on.net/~pmoran/

      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ETO/content/ETO_5_3x_Guidelines_For_Using_Complementary_and_Alternative_Methods.asp

      http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/harmquack.html

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/canceralternativetherapies.html

      I drank carrot juice daily and wheat grass juice frequently for at least ten years prior to my first cancer diagnosis. I drank green tea daily and took green tea extract capsules for several years prior to my latest cancer diagnosis. Bottom line - preventing or treating cancer is much more complicated than drinking spirulina or wheat grass or taking any other food substance or supplement.

      Good question though. Always flushes out the people who have never dealt with cancer in themselves but are all too willing to experiment with the lives of others.
      ................................

      For your friend with thymic carcinoma, I suggest that they go somewhere like MD Anderson in Houston or another of the NCI major cancer hospitals and have the experts deal with his cancer. This will produce better results that just going to your local hospital. good luck to you both

      http://www.nci.nih.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/thymoma/Patient/page5

  13. QUESTION:
    How can I begin studying herbal and alternative medicine as well as edible plants ?
    I've wanted to study herbal medicine and alternative cures as well as edible plants, but I have no idea how or where to start ? I can only find really advanced books that confuse me, any suggestions or classes that you know of please share

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    has any one used alternative medicine to cure uterine fibroids? what kind was it?
    i have 2 fibroids and im 27 years old i dont want surgery and would like to use alternative medicine to cure them . but i would like to now if any one has actually use this method to cure them and what was it? or any doctor or clinic you guys reccommend? if any one could help me i would apprecciated!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Uterine fibroids are benign tumors of the smooth muscle that makes up most of the uterus. They are mostly found incidently duiring a routine ultrasound, and don't cause much of a problem. If they are large or numerous however they may cause pain and heavy periods.

      Since the surgery to remove them may interfere with your ability to become pregnant, surgery is only recommended for severe cases in women who definitelly are finished with having a family. There is a newer, non-surgical technique called embolization. With this, the blood supple to the fibroid is plugged, and they just shrink.

      On a review of Cochrane and PubMed, there is no "alternative" technique that has been shown to work.

  15. QUESTION:
    What are the advantages and the disadvantages of alternative medicines?!?!?
    I would be grateful if people could reply with their general views on alternative medicine, its advantages and disadvantages. It would also be useful if you could provide give me clear reasons why you use them, if someone tried them.
    All help would be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      General views or opinions? Since there are no clinical trials to back up the results for alternative medicine, it's like comparing apples and oranges. Clinical trials is the arena of modern medicine. So the answer has to be given for things I've used and gotten results. Alternative medicine, better knows as holistic health therapy or traditional medicine, has been around a lot longer than modern medicine. Acupuncture, feng shui, herbal, reflexology, shiatsu, auyervedic, have been around a long time but have not shared the popular propaganda of modern medicine. Alternative medicine addresses the cause of a manifested problem and seeks to cure it through a holistic approach to the illness. A chines herbalist can virtually cure any physical problem with the help of the person in need of help. Unfortunately sick people rarely stay cured. Instead they repeat all the same bad habits that got them sick in the first place. If the sick person is cured and learns how to stay that way, then alternative medicine works. Another factor in healing is your personal beliefs. If you believe in a modality, then it will work for you. If you don't believe in a modality, then it won't work for you. This may sound strange but its true. Many people believe in modern medicine, so most of the time it works. But it's not a cure, only a patch because it doesn't address the cause of the problem, which holistic medicine does.
      I wish I could give you the definitive answer your looking for but this has to be your search and decision. Choose a modality, study it and find out for yourself. Then choose another modality, study it and again learn. Being a healer isn't easy, but it is rewarding to the soul.

  16. QUESTION:
    is there a good insurance company for alternative medicine and dental?
    i'm looking for a new insurance policy. is there one that is cheap and will accept alternative medicines?
    also i need a dental policy with it for a broken tooth i've got...and to get some amalgams removed.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, most insurance policies don't cover alternative medicine because they don't cover preventative options. It would be cheaper for them to prevent problems than to treat problems, but it's almost impossible to prove that a preventative would prevent any specific condition more than any other option.

      Let's say for the sake of argument that Vitamin C was proven to cure Disease X. An insurance company may not pay for a Vitamin C pill because of the justification that you could get that from an Orange anyway (and no insurance I've ever heard of will pay for food that's given outside of a hospital).

      With that being said, there are some insurance options that cover preventative practices if they are used for recovery such as Chiropractic and Physical Therapy, but they typically wouldn't cover either if you go every week or two "just for the heck of it" for maintenance.

      Granted, dental is a very different story and there are many options that'll cover what you're looking for. You can ask your local insurance companies what their options are or you could even ask this question in the Insurance section in Y!A for more details on why they won't cover preventative. Good luck and I hope I helped!

  17. QUESTION:
    What's a good website for Alternative Medicine?
    I'm interested in learning more about alternative medicine and herbal remedies for my own personal gain... not for a career or anything like that. Does anyone know of a good website you can look up symptoms and it will recommend herbs? I am particularly interested in a natural herb for weight/appetite control and women's health.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathy treats the patient, i.e the whole being, not the disease or disorder, the symptoms you have given in your email are those of the Homeopathic remedies NATRIUM MURATICUM (Table Salt in Homeopathic potency) and CALCAREA PHOS use them in 30 potency, three times a day half an hour before or half an hour after meals(6 hourly) always to be taken always on an empty stomach. To read more about the remedies click the links below :- http://homeoint.org/books/boericmm/n/nat-m.htm
      http://homeoint.org/books/boericmm/c/calc-p.htm

      To read and learn more about Homeopathy you can check this site :- http://www.hpathy.com

      Avoid taking 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 That's the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine, and nothing absolutely nothing compares to it, absolutely the best way to treat and CURE 100%. with, 100% efficiency.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

      P.S
      A few ignorant misguiding people would recommend a site by the name of http://www.quackwatch.com here is a published article about the site and its owner "Dr. Stephen Barrett of Quackwatch Exposed In Court Cases" and here is the link to the courts hearing and the verdict about the above mentioned site read for yourself please and recommend it to other people too so all of us should know the truth about the bogus site :- http://www.canlyme.com/quackwatch.html

  18. QUESTION:
    Is there any treatment or medicine to cure AUTISM? What about stem cells or genetic engineering?
    Are there some research in place? What about new techniques like steam cells, new drugs, genetic engineering? What about alternative medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      Makes you wonder what's wrong with so many kids being diagnosed with this disease lately. No cure, just therapy over the years and ongoing support as adults.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is there any proof that alternative medicine works?
    Just curious if there is any firm proof that alternative medicine practices actually work. I need *hard evidence*, preferably documented studies by a reputable organization. Anecdotal evidence and user opinion such as "I felt better" or "the Chinese have practiced for thousands of years" does not qualify as proof.

    • ANSWER:
      You know, its amazing how many people here don't understand the idea of scientific 'proof'. The original question specified that they didn't want 'anecdotes' or other non-proof, yet a bunch of people have written in to say "it worked for me...".

      To anyone who claims that the effectiveness can't really be measured... that's bunk. If 'alternative medicine' (homeopathy, reflexology, etc.) actually did work, you could tell using a proper DOUBLE BLIND study, even if you didn't know the exact mechanisms. The fact is, there hasn't been ANY reputable studies done that show these things work, so we're left with more anecdotes. As the saying goes, "The plural of anecdotes is not 'date'".

      To anyone who has claimed success with such 'alternative medicine'... Why are you assuming that the alternative medicine was what healed you? Remember, the human body DOES have the ability to heal itself over time, and there is a very good possibility you would have gotten better even without such 'cures'.

      Oh, and the fact that homeopathy is 'recognized' in certain countries doesn't necessarily mean it works... a foolish belief is still foolish even if many people believe it. (Remember, it was once 'accepted' that the sun revolved around the earth.)

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the cause of blocked nerves and how to get rid of them?
    Are there any alternative ways to help or cure this, maybe supplements?. I am open to all kinds of ideas that are informative.

    Any negative comments about alternative medicine will be Reported and Deleted.
    Edit: energy block edges in the nerves.

    • ANSWER:
      I am uncertain what exactly the meaning of blocked nerves are. Since this is an alternative medicine site , I take it to mean that you may be referring to blocked meridians or blocked flow of Chi.

      My pet interest in removing blocks is the use of Energy Psychology; which is performed by stimulating acupressure points by tapping them with your finger tips whilst talking about an emotionally charged issue. This combination of talk therapy and tapping actually works wonders and apparently unblocks energy flow or "nerves", although as a doctor I cannot explain how this works. But my personal experience is that it has worked with my patients. My understanding is that the medical model cannot explain everything...yet.

      In fact there is even some preliminary evidence that energy psychology has been shown to change Brian wave patterns associated with negative thoughts and emotions.

      I have seen it work in my patients with Depression, Anxiety, Phobias. Please refer to www.emofree.com or call me at 63924473 for further information.

      Dr D

      Disclaimer: This does not constitute medical advice and you are requested to see your doctor before starting any type of health related treatment

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between homeopathic and herbal medicine?
    I want to study alternative medicine but want to use just herbs

    • ANSWER:
      Herbal medicine is using plants [herbs] for their healing properties to treat various pathologies. Many plants have active ingredients that have a pharmacological effect in the body. It is part of scientifically proven treatment for many pathologies and is preferred by many people to synthetically created pharmaceuticals.

      Homeopathy is based on the theory that there is "energy" that is left behind when one dilutes a substance with water thousands of times until no active ingredient is left, only the "energy" of whatever substance the water came into contact with many, many dilutions ago. It is also based on the theory that "like cures like" meaning that if one has a fever one would take a remedy diluted thousands of times from a substance that causes the body to produce fever.

  22. QUESTION:
    Does anyone else spend lots of money on alternative medicine?
    I spend 0's of dollars a month on supplements and I can't really afford it but I can't figure out any other way to deal with some medical problems I'm having. Does anyone have any experience with saving money with alternative medicine? I find the supplements really help me but spending money I don't really have is hurting my health!

    • ANSWER:
      The problem with today's health care is that it has become too commercialized. They hype on cures and benefits but then they later qualify that the preparation has no approved therapeutic claims. Maybe the product is research based, maybe it does help but the price we pay will bring us to poverty faster than we can get cured.

      I solved the problem by going back to basics. I read and read about natural foods and juices and consulted a Chinese herbalists for detox. Then of course the basic 30 minute exercise, walking is fine, it doesn't have to be rigorous. Yoga meditation and vegetarianism is also a good idea.

      If I were you, I will rediscover nature's inexpensive bounty. It is a mind-body experience!

  23. QUESTION:
    Is there any cure for Alcoholic liver disease in Ayurveda or other alternative medicine.?
    My father is of 55years age suffering with Alcoholic Liver disease,he has been consuming alcohol since 20 years,he has fluid in his abdomen and legs,he is very weak not able to walk and stand by his own,we don't have enough money for costly treatment so I wanted to know Is there successful cure for such disease in Ayurveda or Any other Alternative medicines.

    • ANSWER:
      No, there is not.

      Ayurveda is toxic scamquackery, while the rest of AltMed is just bogus placebos dressed up as something magical.

  24. QUESTION:
    What are the best alternative medicines for diabetes?
    I have maybe pre-diabetes problem and I don't have any medications because I am afraid of those synthetic which would surely prescribe by my doctors, I want to know some other alternative medicines..

    • ANSWER:
      There are no 'alternative medicines' for diabetes.

      Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease; it's a lifelong condition - it can't be reversed - and it's controlled by insulin. No, there's no 'alternative medicine', and anyone attempting to control it with supplements is risking their life. Self-help through diet is also an important part of controlling type 1 diabetes though.

      Type 2 diabetes isn't reversible either. But it's controlled through diet and exercise rather than drugs - diet and exercise are ALWAYS what a doctor recommends first for type 2 diabetes.

      If you're borderline type 2 diabetic - have you had a fasting blood test to establish this? - diet, not drugs, is what your doctor will recommend.

      Someone who has actually been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and controls their blood glucose levels through diet, takes regular exercise, loses any excess weight and maintains a healthy weight, and doesn't smoke doesn't usually require any drugs. It's never cured, someone who develops type 2 diabetes will always have it, and will always have to maintain these lifestyle changes and monitor their blood glucose levels regularly.

      Only the minority of whose type 2 diabetes can't be controlled by diet etc are treated with drugs - plus of course those who simply won't adopt or maintain the necessary lifestyle changes and whose condition worsens.

      Trying to treat type 2 diabetes with 'alternative medicine' rather than lifestyle change would be risking your eyesight, your mobility and ultimately your life.

      Ask your doctor list of foods that are low, medium and high on the Glycaemic Index, or find a complete list by googling Glycaemic Index (US - glycemic). The GI is a ranking of foods based on their effect on blood glucose levels; slowly absorbed foods have a lower rating, while the foods that are most quickly absorbed have a higher rating.

      You don't have to stick to low GI foods alone; high GI foods aren't necessarily banned altogether, but when you eat one you should eat a low GI food along with it - combining foods with different GI levels affects the overall rating of a meal. It isn't the case that carbohydrate is carbohydrate is carbohydrate; a jacket potato or slice of white bread is much higher than a portion of wholemeal pasta of he same weight.

      Examples of foods with a low GI rating include legumes, wholewheat pasta, porridge, apples and some other fruits,and sweet potato; medium GI foods include new potatoes in their skins and couscous; high GI foods include white bread and mashed or baked potato.

      I have type 2 diabetes which I control through diet. I know I'll always have it now, but it barely impinges on my life. My blood glucose levels are well within normal - my diabetes nurse told me at my last check up that they were lower than hers, and in a few months ago in medical report for a job my doctor described me as having 'well controlled diabetes'. There seems no reason for me ever to have to take drugs.

  25. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a cure for Nasal Polyps other than surgery and steriod nasal sprays?
    I'm alergic to asprin and have asthma. I know it's called Samters syndrome. I want to know if anyone has had this conditioned cured via alternative medicine? I've had two operations and the polyps grow back.

    NO SPAM Please.

    • ANSWER:
      I recently helped a patient with nasal polyps by using acupuncture. Her polyps went away and have not come back as of yet. One was so big it was actually blocking one of her nasal passages. She has been very happy with the results. However, this is a single case... worth a try though.

  26. QUESTION:
    Any Alternative Medicine schools out there worth while?
    It seems to me that all the alternative medicine schools I've looked at online seem hokey or are unaccredited. I'm really passionate about the health issues of our society today and want a career that can help and educate people about what they can do to be naturally healthy. Please help! I've finally found a field I enjoy, but need to be sure of the school I attend. I live in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul area.

    • ANSWER:
      People *aren't* naturally healthy. By nature, we are all susceptible to disease, disorder and (eventually) death. Curing, treating and/or ameliorating these things is distinctly UNnatural, and it falls within the scope of *real* medicine.

  27. QUESTION:
    What the difference between John McCain and Kevin Trudeau?
    For those of you who don't know Kevin Trudeau, he is an con-artist American author, salesman, and self-proclaimed alternative medicine advocate. He is known for a number of television infomercials promoting his products, and for several books, including Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You to Know About.

    • ANSWER:
      About 30 years.

  28. QUESTION:
    What are your thoughts on holistic medicine?
    So far very little measurable evidence exists to prove or disprove the efficacy of holistic medicine. Is holistic and alternative medicine gaining more acceptance because it is effective, or are people just being suckered in by "snake oil" salesmen.

    • ANSWER:
      Holistic medicine utilizes fantasy to produce an imaginary cure. It is noteworthy that holistic 'healers' typically require treatment after treatment after treatment...

      I would suggest utilizing licensed medical practitioners that practice evidence based medicine. This means that they review the appropriate studies and reports of thousands, or tens of thousands of case studies and can suggest the statistically best method for treatment based on research and sound medical knowledge.

  29. QUESTION:
    Please suggest about the diet of a patient of macular amyloid?
    i) In this disease, protein gets deposited under the skin giving rise to a dark appearance.Should a patient avoid protein-rich food?
    ii)If yes,how to compensate the protein deficiencly?
    Also suggest alternative medicines for cure.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think any diet will make a difference.

  30. QUESTION:
    My vet suggested an "alternative" therapy for colic, will it work?
    My horse got the colic and instead of a traditional cure my vet is into alternative medicine. He suggested hugging my horse passionately until the colic goes away. My vet seems fairly confident it'll work and I figure what's the harm of trying it for a week or two until my arms get tired? Any comments and suggestions are welcome, even the rude ones.

    • ANSWER:
      Laughter is the best medicine but since horses don't laugh, hugs may be good enough.

  31. QUESTION:
    Why is it that some here never contribute anything positive and only warn about any and all alternatives?
    After all, this is the ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE section. Warning is one thing, but constant denial and personal attacks contributes nothing. The idea that all natural alternatives have no value flies in the face of thousands of years of natural healing.

    Did not Hippocrates, the "father of medicine", state that "Nature is the physician of man"?

    I note that many here who favor alternatives nevertheless recommend seeing a doctor when we think it is appropriate. Why do others think it is virtually never appropriate to heal naturally as opposed to always favoring unnatural drugs which most often manage symptoms instead of lead to true healing?
    Why does it not surprise me to see the same kind of personal attacks I was referring to?

    I don't claim that I can cure cancer, only that my advicI can help people learn how to beat cancer. If my advice is dangerous, how do you explain the 1700 plus member Yahoo group I have hosted for over 5 years. A great many people came to the group after mainstream treatments failed them. Yet, in all that time fewer than a dozen I am aware of are not still alive - and the ones who aren't alive all had prior mainstream treatment.

    I understand the desire for scientific validation, but man has used nature for healing for thousands of years. Are we to believe that no natural remedies work and that only drugs work?

    Colloidal silver is a target of mainstream medicine, but the truth is there has been no longterm studies demonstrating dangers from TRUE colloidal silver. See:
    http://www.silvermedicine.org/safety.html

    http://www.naturalnews.com/027192_silver_medicine_colloidal_silver.html
    Evirus: saying that natural alternatives are not valid flies in the face of thousands of years of healing. Just because current mainstream science has not validated something or does not understand it does not mean it does not work. Not long ago it could have been said that any particles smaller than an atom flew in the face of science. Before that, science though it heritical to say the earth was round or that the universe did not revolve around the sun. History has taught us again and again that the science of today often becomes the disproven quackery of tomorrow. Are we to believe that no one was ever healed of anything prior to mainstream drugs? Baloney!

    Rhianna - I am here to try to help people by answering their questions the best I know within the theme of this section. Would that others could say the same. The only thing true colloidal silver is dangerous to is mainstream drug profits. Mainstream science told us Vioxx was safe - were they right?
    Rhianna - Don't you think that was a bit of a low shot? I am "becoming dangerous" because I suggested a couple of other supplements besides honey and answered the question asked about colloidal silver for someone who posted that they had a sore throat for three weeks (I have no idea of their prior history). If you look at my posts you will see a number of times where I suggest people see a doctor for diagnoses and/or treatment.
    Final edit? I am sure if Hippocrates could be transported to today he would avail himself of modern technology, including medical technology - but is anyone really so naive or brainwashed that they believe Hippocrates would abandon his beloved nature in favor of unnatural drugs? I rather imagine he would despair greatly at medicine itself being at the number three cause of death. Likewise, I would bet that Hippocrates would still look to nature as the first option for healing and that the Hippocratic oath would still include the words "First do no harm".

    • ANSWER:
      Tony, I have to agree with you on this. I don't understand why people think that only big pharmaceutical companies can find cures for things. We've had medicine around for centuries before those companies ever existed. This means that there are sometimes thousands of years of successful use of these wonderful cures.

      And let's face it, no corporation will study or recommend any drug they can't make money off of which eliminates most of what is used today. Colloidal silver dangerous? If it were I'd be dead right now. I'm living proof that it can kick ass on viruses, yeast, all sorts of things.

      Instead of making up my mind about alternative remedies by reading, I did it by trying them out. I've seem homeopathic remedies work on me and my pets, I've seen colloidal silver cure many problems around the house and yet many people have the gall to make claims they have no firsthand knowledge about.

  32. QUESTION:
    What principles is Ayurveda based on and does it really work?
    There are many forms of alternative medicine out there, this is the one I know least about.

    • ANSWER:
      Ayurveda is India’s spiritual system of healing (curing), which has been practiced for thousands of years. Ayurveda means literally translated “Science or knowledge of life”. Ayurveda was originated and systemized by lord Dhanvantari, and subsequently developed and maintained by the seers of ancient times. For many years the teachings were recited orally and handed down through generations. Only in recent history was the knowledge written down in Sanskrit language of India.

      Ayurvedic medicinal practice is based on "Atharva Veda". Ayurveda emphasizes prevention of diseases, rejuvenation of the body systems, and as a result extension of life span. Ayurveda through certain practices profoundly not only prevents and cures diseases but helps us achieve lasting peace and spiritual salvation.

      Ayurveda emphasizes that every human being is an integral part of cosmic intelligence or consciousness, created through opposite energies combining namely purush and prakriti.

      Ayurveda emphasizes on mind body unity, the mind and the body, are together an integral mechanism influencing each-other. The cosmic consciousness gives rise to the world we perceive through our five senses. Our mental and physical health are combined, there can be no mental health without physical health and vice-versa. In Ayurveda mental characteristics, or thought patterns are as important as physical characteristics for diagnosis of disease. All diseases are caused due to imbalance of mind-body harmony, and both need to be treated through various methods. A person’s life inner and outer must be in harmony to enjoy true well being. Therefore day-to-day life style improvement/changes form an integral part of Ayurvedic treatment. Ayurveda is preventive as well as curative method of treatment.

  33. QUESTION:
    Does Conventional Medicine only treat the symptoms ?
    I hear it time and time again, not just on this forum but from people I know. The line goes:

    "Conventional medicine only treats the symptoms but Alternative medicine treats the cause of the illness"

    Is it really the case that for all our modern medicine we never treat the cause of an illness? What mechanism does AltMed use to get to the cause of an illness that Conventional medicine misses. Can we incorporate this mechanism into mainstream medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      No, this is a common myth used by the alties, ad nauseam.

      Couple of problems with that statement. First, it's a lie. In many cases we do treat the underlying cause, but curing the underlying cause of disease is far from the only aim of medicine. We also aim to provide symptom management, relieve pain and prolong life as much as possible when a cure cannot be found. This of course doesn't mean that we don't keep looking for a cure or don't wish to find one. They act like our only aim is to treat symptoms. This is a big misconception, if a cure cannot be found, the only option we are left with is to treat the symptoms and improve QOL.

      Their, "Conventional medicine only treats the symptoms but Alternative medicine treats the cause of the illness" rhetoric, is really an appeal to emotion....they neglect to mention that the vast majority of AltMed has never been demonstrated to alter the course of any specific disease entity, so exactly what are they treating? Many claim poor nutrition is the result of disease and by rectifying it, resolves the root cause. Now, nutritional advice (which by the way is NOT "alternative", I don't know why they keep saying that) is only helpful if your body is deficient. To suggest like onlymatch4u et al, that the root cause of all disease is poor nutrition is a composition fallacy.

      Secondly, regardless of the limitations conventional medicine has, this still does not demonstrate efficacy of AltMed, which in most cases, ironically does nothing but treat symptoms. Example: Despite the homoeopaths' claims to be holistic, and "treat the underlying cause of disease". They treat symptomatology by checking a vague lists of symptoms (remember they have no real diagnostic testing) and then go on to find a sugar or starch pill in there "cookbook".

      When these people have some evidence to prove at least one of their core philosophies as being plausible and true, then we'll have a look. Until then, their claims are best ridiculed at every opportunity.
      ===========================================
      EDIT
      @ LFOD: Its' not just about clinical trials, it's the plausibility factor too. -With the exception of herbals, most are scientifically implausible.

      There is nothing stopping you people from doing your own trial, AltMed is a multi billion dollar a year industry. Are you seriously telling me you people cannot afford to set up your own trials? To use that as a reason why AltMed fails high quality trials is piss poor! In fact many homoeopaths' have conducted their own trials.....and failed OR...they demand to be able to make conclusions about their woo based on their subjective experiences and self-serving experimental methods. This is a special pleading fallacy and science does not give credence to this type of nonsense.
      ==========================================
      EDIT:
      LFOD: No. You are making assumptions. I will happily change my position upon presentation of robust, peer received data. To date, you STILL haven't presented any valid evidence! The problem is you don't know how to access the quality of data so you will accept any evidence that is put to you, and throw your toys out of your stroller/pram (UK) when we point out why certain evidence isn't robust.

      What University Doctors' trial? Give me the link again I never saw it. And by the way, just because a University Doctor conducted a trial does not mean it is correct!
      ==============================================
      LFOD: That link you provided was a test tube study. If you are trying to suggest that this is enough evidence to support oregano being of medicinal value, you are confusing basic science research with clinical research. Basic science research involves working with test tubes and performing research on animals. It does not involve humans, which is clinical research.

      This study you have mentioned is certainly a basis for future research, so I am NOT discrediting it as nothing, but basic research alone is a poor predictor of the actual medicinal effects it will have on the human body. You need to bear this in mind.- No clinical claims can be drawn from this sort of study. Human physiology is complex....you cannot extrapolate data like that.

      ..apology accepted.
      ==============================================
      @ T.B: "... though she contradicts herself and gives examples of why people say it instead of arguing it."

      No....I haven't contradicted myself at all. I stated in my answer that we do try and treat the cause of disease, in many cases we do, but where we can't , rather than let a person suffer because we cannot find the underlying cause of disease, we manage symptoms to improve QOL. Symptom management isn't the only aim. Also, logical problem with your answer, just because conventional medicine has it's limitations, are you seriously suggesting it's more logical for people to turn to activities that have never been demonstrated to alter the course of any specific disease?

      You haven't actually answered the question, you've whined about who gets BA (and just when do the alties give us BA!)....in short...you've failed your own argument. Can't help but notice you opened your account today, to embarrassed to use your other account? Also...you do realise that most vitamin companies are sub divisions of "big pharma" don't you?

      EDIT, yes my mistake.....I actually thought you were one of the other alties who commented earlier, his handle was something similar to yours. But your argument is still fail.

      EDIT:
      Well said, Dave!

      EDIT:
      LFOD: No thats where you've gone wrong; I've clearly in this answer, "With the exception of herbals, most are scientifically implausible" and if you look at numerous other answers of mine, you will see I often say, "with the exception of herbals". Oregano is a herb, it contains active ingrediants, it's plausible, however that does not mean it works. When I said, "When these people have some evidence to prove at least one of their core philosophies as being plausible and true, then we'll have a look" I am referring to nonsensical concepts like reiki, homeopathy and acupuncture, etc.

  34. QUESTION:
    what is the fastest way to cure the ringworm infection?
    I got it both in my feet. I already put any antifungal ointment, I tried to clean the wounds with hydrogen peroxide, I also tried to put crushed garlic with it but it's still there. I think it is almost 2 months since I got it on my feet. Please help me. What should I do? Are there any alternative medicines I can put on my feet?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, there. You can quickly eliminate "ringworm" by putting pure Tea Tree Oil on it 3-5 times per day. Tea Tree Oil is a strong anti-fungal that is anti-viral and anti-bacterial and will help the skin heal. To help your body fight the fungal infection from the inside, try using Olive Leaf extract or Oregano Oil, and follow the instructions on the bottle. Both of these are powerful antifungals that will help your body eliminate the ringworm AND any other fungal infections you may not be aware of. Taking a Probiotic will also help. Try to find one that contains at least 30 billion live cells. Probiotics must be refrigerated, so this is one supplement that should not be purchased from Walgreen's.

      I know you are probably miserable with this infection. Try the treatments I listed above. You will begin to feel relief in 24-48 hours and will see complete healing within a few days after that. I wish you the very best of luck!!

  35. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of bags under eyes, besides natural remedies?
    I'm 17, Male, and I have had trouble sleeping all my life. Therefore, I have really huge bags under my eyes, and I want them gone before I order contacts or anything. I know about all the natural cures, tea bags and ice and cucumbers and all that, I'm wondering if there is any other way besides alternative medicines. And please, don't just say "Get more sleep" because I have tried, you know.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few things that have helped for me:

      don't rub your eyes, gently tap your fingers around them instead. This increases circulation and therefore decreases bags.

      A SMALL amount of hemorrhoid cream applied to the bags. Make sure you don't get it in your eye and don't rub it on, tap it lightly on or use a q-tip to gently apply it. This is not for long term use, but it does tighten your skin. A little goes a long way.

      If you're not too embarrassed, go to the store and buy anti aging wrinkle cream.

      Buy a new pillow. If you sleep with your head slightly elevated it will allow better circulation and thus less bagginess.

      If you have sleep issues, you might want to to consider talking to your doctor about a sleep aid. To help you sleep you might want to look into buying a pad to put on your mattress to make it more comfortable or practice calming your mind. Try to mentally relax your entire body and make sure you have a good pre sleep routine such as taking a hot shower and not stimulating your brain. So, some things to avoid are watching TV, talking on the phone, exercising within 3 hours of your bedtime, and reading a stimulating book.

      Good luck.

  36. QUESTION:
    What are some alternative medicine cures for stroke?
    My grandmother had a stroke 3 years ago which left her entire left side paralyzed. What are some ways to treat her or is this even possible?

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry to say, but there is not much of a chance of the paralysis changing. There are herbal supplements that can help the heart and help to prevent strokes. I would have to know more about her health and the meds that she's taking before I would prescribe anything.
      As for GARY Y's comments, he must have some connection to traditional medicine or he would not be against alternative medicine. He is without a doubt ignorant about what God has given us in nature without mans attempt to "make it better ". He is being foolish.

  37. QUESTION:
    Why is it necessary to remove large uterine fibroid through operation?
    My wife was told she has large uterine fibroid(s) and if left unchecked could damage her kidneys as her uterus is expanding.Before that we had hopes that alternative medicines like yoga or herbal medicines might help but to no avail.She has been told complete removal of uterus is the best solution.What are the risks of such an operation and can someone be totally cured this way?What alternatives are there?

    • ANSWER:
      Of course someone can be totally cured this way--if there is no uterus left for a fibroid to attach itself to or to grow in, the condition will disappear,. The only downside to this is that she obviously will never be able to have children without a uterus. There is no viable alternative that I know of as a treatment for uterine fibroids, as these can eventually develop into cancer if left untreated, and I'm sure neither one of you wants THAT to happen!! (not to mention the damage that can occur to her kidneys & other internal organs!) PLEASE tell her to go ahead & have the surgery--it will not only save her from incredible future discomfort (read: AGONY!) but may also in the long run save her life!

  38. QUESTION:
    Who Do I Need To Talk To About Switching My Prescription Meds To Natural Supplements?
    There aren't any doctors in my area that practice alternative medicine (natural supplements). I have been on effexor and amitriptylene for a while now (3 years) and the side effects are terrible and doctors have tried 15 other different meds. So I would like to replace them with a natural approach. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      First you try to find an MD who is a holistic medical practitioner. This may not be possible because you may live in an area where the medical association prohibits MDs from prescribing anything but drugs and will lift their licence. They don't want the competition. Next you find a professional Homeopath or Naturopath. They'll be able to wean you off the drugs and prescribe something that will cure the cause of the problem rather than just suppressing symptoms. You don't need anyone's permission -- it's your body you can do what you want.

  39. QUESTION:
    Why is there no regulation/requirement of evidence/safety for Alternative Medicines?
    I asked this in another section but no one seemed interested haha so I thought Id have a go here..

    What I mean by this question is:

    In proper science (hehe :P joking) when we have a new idea for a treatment plan or a drug - we (generally) have to go through research proposals, ethics approvals, then months/years of animal testing, followed by months/years of clinical trials.

    All of this is regulated and must be approved by the relevant bodies to ensure safety and efficacy. You must provide evidence!!! evidence!!!!!

    Why do alternative medicines and procedures get away with not doing the same thing? Why are they not held to the same standards of safety as 'traditional' medicine is? 'Natural Herbal' remedies contain chemicals just as a synthetic drug does. This is basic biochem. Alternative therapies have an effect on the body just as a traditional ones do.

    What do you guys think?

    • ANSWER:
      They actually don't get away with it.

      If a drug (or 'alternative medicine') makes a claim that states it can cure a disease, prevent sickness, or be used in place of an FDA approved treatment without proper submission and approval, a warning letter is issued.

      You can see a wide variety of these on the FDA website.

  40. QUESTION:
    How much is price of surgery for constipation in India? What they will do and does it give satisfaction?
    I don't want any alternative medicines because I tried all. Even 2-3 years homeopathy treatment haven't solved it. Please need details only for surgery. Will be thankful to you.

    • ANSWER:
      Prudent to see a general surgeon for physical examination, relevant investigations, accurate diagnosis and permanent cure by medication and or surgical interference.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies for soothing mental illness?
    I just ordered some "mind soothe" and I am looking for other suggestions for aroma therapy, massage, meditation, etc. And how any alternative medicine works for you. I'm trying to take some ownership on helping to get myself to feel better, feel more in charge of this and I'm hoping you can help!

    • ANSWER:
      Why soothe when you can cure it.

      Start the omega 3 diet.I have researched omega 3 acids for 2 years and performed a very successful experiment on myself and few of my volunteer friends.Few months of the omega 3 diet it significantly reduced stress[and/or cured depression] problems permanently and significantly raised my intelligence,improved memory,sight,reflexes[and many other known and unknown benefits]and without any drugs or supplements in the form of pills.

      Take two table spoons of grinded flaxseed[rich with omega 3 and cheap]a day[with a glass of water] and in a few months you will start to notice significant improvement in your mental health[you will become more psychologically stable,among other things].Use a coffee grinder.Whole seeds cannot be digested by the hydrochloric acid in our stomach only grinded seeds.A fact and not a assumption.You have nothing to loose only gain by it.There are many articles on the internet about the omega 3.2 years ago before i started the diet i did not feel so stable or happy how i feel today.

      Flax is the best source of ALA omega 3 fatty acid which our body converts to more important fatty acids called DHA and EPA.For the efficient conversion to take place,foods containing a large amount of the following nutrients must be consumed along with the flaxseed:C,B3,B6 [vitamins],zink and Magnesium [minerals].I recommend 3 table spoons of flax with 100 grams[or more if to your liking] of almonds and/or 250g of green peas,1 kiwi every day.[do not take more then 3 table spoons of flax because large amounts can cause intestinal gases which can cause abdominal pain and/or constipation.If three spoons causes abdominal discomfort lower the dosage to 2 table spoons of grinded flax and elevate it to 3 table spoons after your body adapts to high fiber content].

      The information in the following link should provide you with the nutritional facts of most if not all known fruits and

      vegetables:http://www.nutritiondata.com

      If you are consistent with this diet you will gain permanent emotional stability and you will realize your unlimited potential because your brain will receive what it needs to continue its evolution.

  42. QUESTION:
    What's your opinion on traditional chinese medicine?
    I'm thinking of taking it up. I used to really believe in it, and then I went through this phase of thinking it works like a placebo. But now I'm thinking it probably really is an effective alternative medicine. What are your thoughts on traditional chinese medicine? Do you believe it can potentially cure what modern western medicine can't? At least in some cases?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a lot of conflicting thoughts with respect to various types of Chinese medicine.

      Not sure if you are including acupuncture as part of 'traditional Chinese medicine' but in any case, I strongly believe that it is effective in treating certain conditions and there is considerable good literature to support its use with the caveat that only specific indications that have been studied and clearly shown to benefit from it be treated. Cancer for example should NOT be treated with acupuncture as there is insufficient literature to back up its success in its treatment with this technique.

      With respect to the various things that are done to animals in Chinese medicine, it's quite appalling to see what is done in many cases in order to obtain the various ingredients. Many bears, for example, are tortured to harvest bile as they have a horrible, inhumane death where these sorts of therapies have no valid scientific basis. The horrible treatment of animals to obtain various chemicals is cruel beyond words.

  43. QUESTION:
    How do you know if modern Allopathic medicine is true?
    How can we say alternative medicine like Ayurveda, homeopathy etc. is false? For example, there are people here who say they have cures for AIDS and dengue fever. When we question them as to the proof, they ask "How do you know if your Father is REALLY your father?" and questions like that. On the face of it, it seems a fair question. This leaves me a bit confused????

    • ANSWER:
      The short answer: Conventional medicine passes fair tests. Alternative (to) medicine fail such tests. If they pass fair tests, they become conventional medicine.

      If you want to understand the basics of why and how such fair tests work, I can recommend this book (which you can download for free): http://www.testingtreatments.org/the-book/

      ETA:
      [How do you know if your Father is REALLY your father?]
      Strictly speaking you don't (unless genetically tested), but it is likely that he is.
      The same can't be said about eg. homeopathy. It is extremely unlikely that it works, and as mentioned - it fails under fair test conditions.

  44. QUESTION:
    my brother had a chronic bronchitis for almost 10 yrs,what fruits and vegetables that are good for him?
    he went to a doctor and had some laboratories and it says he had a chronic bronchitis.he take antibiotics but it did not cure him...what alternative medicines that are good for him enable to make him feel better?what fruits and vegetables that are good for his health?

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    How do I find reliable and true natural health info online?
    There are 10000s of websites on nutrition and natural healing etc on the iternet and I am wondering how one finds the reliable ones, not ones trying to sell you something or scaring you half to death or even writing untrue and innacurate things about food and health. I know there are a few reputable doctors specializing in alternative medicine with websites, but what about others? Nutritionists? How do you know if its not a bunch of heresay?

    • ANSWER:
      This is a big question. I have researched for years in this field and I think the problem is the basics are true;
      1. Get rid of processed foods and start eating more raw ingredients.
      2. Move away from chemical laden personal items like shampoo, soap, household cleansers, etc.
      3. Supplement at least organic minerals like selenium (cancer), chromium (diabetes) and magnesium (heart disease).

      These principles are sound and backed up with solid scientific evidence. The problem come in with our reluctance to actually CHANGE our lifestyles. This brings on all the hucksters with magic pills and "vitamins" to where we don't have to change. There is also a large number of people who have already waited too long and are seeking a cure for the diseases created by inadequate nutrition or toxic exposure.

      That said, here are my favorites:
      mercola.com
      naturalnews.com
      lewrockwell.com/sardi/sardi-arch.html
      dearpharmacist.com
      raysahelian.com/
      the-vitaman.com

      Even though some of them do have items to sell, everyone has to make a living and I judge by the availability of information. If they give you the information then show what they sell that's different than giving you 10 pages of hype, not telling you what is even in their product, then trying to sell it to you. Also, a sideline from my research has given me a desire to be an herbalist, the mother of all medicine.

      Hope this helps,
      Rick

  46. QUESTION:
    When U see negative remarks re altmed treatments from proclaimed medical people, U accept their career claims?
    That is, if someone who attacks alternative medicine states they are a doctor, nurse, etc, will you swallow that statement hook, line and sinker, or will you be sceptical ( pun intended ) ? Ditto with somebody who claims they have been miraculously cured of an illness through an as yet unproven conventional treatment, will you believe it ? Why or why not ?
    Jaibie- Are you Skepdoc in drag ? You are regurgitating all his / her logical fallacy lingo. And I am the Easter Bunny !

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you do have to wonder - especially those claiming to be doctors. If a person really was a doctor, they wouldn't be wasting their time harassing people on line that didn't agree with them. Nope, they'd be out on their boat or out on the golf course, in their free time. IF they had any free time, because if they were a good doctor they'd have too many patients.

  47. QUESTION:
    What are some good cancer preventing diets? What diets increase life expectancy?
    Also, what vitamins, alternative medicine, or natural foods increase life expectancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Raw foods, especially greens, wheatgrass, raw juices, sprouted grains, sprouted legumes, raw nuts and seeds.

      You need to alkalize your body and flood it with food sourced vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

      Raw food especially sprouts contain high levels of oxygen that is also vital.

      I know of someone that cured themselves of cancer in 6 weeks with the organic raw food diet and she looks 30 years younger!

      If you want to hear my own personal story drop me an email. Im not going to go into it too much here but if you are interested feel free.

      There are many useful supplements for cancer also like B6 with B12 and Folic acid, Vitamin A and D, Selenium, Vitamin C, Zinc, alkala N ( to alkaline ) and spirulina.

      However the full raw food diet you may not need them as they may only interfere with the food source.

      Watch all the thumbs down Ill get for my answer!!!

      Take care!


alternative medicine cures

Psoriatic

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the cure for psoriatic arthritis?
    I know someone with psoriatic arthritis. What is the cure? Please don't waste my time with anecdotal evidence from anonymous people who drink expensive imported juice and claim to be healed.

    What treatments and cures are available? What science is behind the remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      I do not believe there is a cure because it is caused by immune system problems. However, an arthritis specialist can prescribe medication that will help a lot. See a specialist in immune system and arthritis.

  2. QUESTION:
    I have psoriatic arthritis and take prednisolone. What are the long term effects of taking prednisolone?
    I am slightly concerned about long term use of the drug prednisolone, prescribed for arthritis. Also how my condition may develop in future. I have psoriatic arthritis.

    • ANSWER:
      The longer you take it and the higher the dose generally the more side effects.
      Fluid weight gain can be a problem around the stomach, back of neck and rounding of the face.
      It can make your skin thinner - hence bruise easier.
      Also can deplete bone density - more of a concern for women.
      Can also make you very awake, kind of hyper feeling.
      It is a widely used drug, and not much negative feedback.

  3. QUESTION:
    Looking for naturopaths who could treat psoriatic arthritis in Sacramento without Enbrel?
    My young son is on Enbrel for arthritis. His uncle had psoriatic arthritis also and had been on Enbrel for 3 years, then had cancer 3 months ago. He died last week from it. His doctors thought Enbrel caused the cancer. We're looking for doctors to give alternative treatment without Enbrel.

    • ANSWER:
      Enbrel is a strong drug, potentially taking away too much of the immune reaction. You would be better off with antibiotics.

      Rheumatic diseases are the result of a defective gene and collagen inflammation, often from a chronic infection. Collagen is present throughout the body, from the eyes, skin and joints to the heart. Hence, the multiplicity of symptoms, depending on the location of the most affected internal organs or body parts.

      I have had seronegative rheumatoid arthritis for 27 years. The telling signs of seronegative rheumatoid arthritis are the following:
      - Joint pain in the feet (or cracking ankles) in the early 20's or late teens;
      - Fatigue, especially after a moderate exercise like a 30 minute walk;
      - Blood test showing a negative or low level of Rheumatoid factor;
      - Joint deformities of the fingers, after a few years, a specific sign of rheumatoid arthritis;
      - Consecutive X-Rays, over several years, showing bone erosion, a consequence of rheumatoid arthritis;
      - Generalized arthritis, involving the whole body;
      - Elevated levels of C-Reactive protein and Sedimentation rate, as evidenced in blood tests.

      NSAIDs like Voltaren, COX-2 inhibitors like Celebrex, acetaminophen like Tylenol, and codeine are all used to control inflammation and relieve the pain of arthritis.

      Regular exercise like walking, biking and swimming is also helpful for most patients. Make sure that you are not overweight as carrying too much weight can only increase the pain of arthritis in the supporting joints of the hips, knees, ankles and feet.

      For any form of arthritis, you should consult an Orthopaedist who will order blood tests, joint scans and X-Rays to better diagnose the type of arthritis from which you suffer.

      The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons at http://www.aaos.org maintains a public online directory where you can find the address and phone number of orthopaedists who belong to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Orthopaedists are listed by geographic location and family name, inside the USA and in most countries.

      The membership directory of the AAOS is located at:

      http://www6.aaos.org/about/public/members.cfm

      Lyme disease could be a possibility. Ask your doctor to test you for the bacteria causing Lyme disease.

      Are there any other cases of arthritis or rheumatic diseases among your relatives? Chronic forms of arthritis are usually prevalent in families where a defective gene is passed on by parents to their children.

      There are a few hundred types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases. The good news is that science is progressing rapidly in its understanding of rheumatic diseases.

      Antibiotics are now used to achieve full remissions for at least 40%, if not 65% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. For more info, please join the antibio group at:

      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/antibio

  4. QUESTION:
    Is there anything I can do about the swelling in my toe due to psoriatic arthritis?
    I have psoriatic arthritis, which I take Enbrel for. It really helps, but I still have swelling in my big toe. Would like to find out it there is anyway I can relieve this.

    • ANSWER:
      As the inflammation in the joint diminishes so should the swelling. Sometimes toe splints help because the toe is immobilized...They can be purchased at the drug store..
      Good luck..

  5. QUESTION:
    Is It Normal For Psoriatic Arthritis To Get Worse During Winter?
    I have psoriatic arthritis and I am finding it flaring up pretty bad during the winter months where I live, Is that pretty normal? It seems to be the pattern from previous years as well.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the psoriais tend to flare up in winter and may need aggressive treatment. Please consult your physician

  6. QUESTION:
    Would psoriatic arthritis qualify for ss disability benefits?
    Was a waitress but cant work due to psoriatic arthritis. Would that qualify for benefits?

    • ANSWER:
      ssa.gov is the site you want,,, I'm disabled and am on social security disablity

  7. QUESTION:
    how is a psoriatic person can be employed if people find them unattractive?
    psoriasis is of unknowm etiomology.it is characterized by red patches of skin covered with silvery scales. normally a person sheds dead skin cells for about 3 days while in a psoriatic person these dead skin cells shed rapidly and go hayward only in less than a day.that caused the silvery scales which is not good to look at.its seen mostly at the face and upper and lower extremities.but for acute cases it's seen from head to toe plus the fingernails.categorically speaking this disorder is not contagious so it does not post any harm or danger to others. people with such condition is,moreover,intelligent individuals well educated backgrounds nonetheless most likely highly qualified in any field of work.however,in this world of ours,people judge people only on their outer appearance and priority is much given on those endowed with aesthetic beauty. why?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the industry and where they'll be working. Unfortunate as it may seem, most places wouldn't put a sufferer into a customer-contact role, because it will deter customers. Sad but true.

      On the other hand, people with this (and other) disorder can be quite successful in behind-the-scenes roles and their ailment will almost always be ignored by potential employers - once they know what it is, of course.

      Turning up to a job interview and not saying what it is, would not help.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a psoriatic patient to get pregnant?
    does it affect the fetus or the mother if a psoriatic patient gets pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are pregnant and have psoriatic arthritis, you may wish to get the most up-to-date information about what is known about the various medications you are taking during pregnancy. We can help. The Organization of Teratology Information Specialists* (OTIS) provides women and their health-care providers with up-to-date information about medications taken during pregnancy. When you phone OTIS, an information specialist will review all of the medications that you are taking or may be considering for use in pregnancy and provide you with the most current information available on the safety of these medications in pregnancy. All information is confidential and free of charge. Call us toll-free
      (877) 311-8972.

  9. QUESTION:
    Can drinking green tea help psoriatic arthritis?
    I've read it can help rheumatiod arthritis so I was wondering if it helped psoriatic arthritis as well.

    • ANSWER:
      No I am affraid it won't sorry

      xx

  10. QUESTION:
    I need to know, would having Psoriasis in my foot make me have Psoriatic Arthritis in my back?
    I have Psoriasis in my foot. I have really bad back pains ever since I got it. I am not sure if it is just normal back pains or if I have Psoriatic Arthritis.. Also, what can I do about the Psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Approximately 30% of people with Psoriasis have Psoriatic arthritis. You should speak to your doctor, he/she can to blood tests to see if you have any inflammation in your blood which could suggest arthritis. Have you seen a dermatologist about your Psoriasis? As the other answerer suggested, Enbrel is used for Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis, but it is a very expensive medication and is generally reserved for people with severe condition.

      Good luck.

      ....

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment Options

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

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

  12. QUESTION:
    I take red yeast rice to lower choesterol. Can it cause Psoriatic Dermatitis w/super oily scalp?
    I have read that Psoriatic Dermatitis is caused by yeast overgrowth. Either that or I have been misdiagnosed with PD. Should I stop taking the red yeast rice or am I on the wrong track? Thanks for any advice. ~Judy

    • ANSWER:
      I have been taking Red Yeast Rice for several years, 3 times a day. Have had no problems at all like you mention.

      I like safer things for Cholesterol which is why I take it, and it DOES help!

  13. 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.

  14. QUESTION:
    Has anyone been put on Methotrexate treatment for Psoriatic Arthritis & what was the outcome?
    I've recently been diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis which is basically Rheumatoid Arthritis brought on by having Psoriasis.
    My arthritis has suddenly progressed very fast & is spreading throughout my body like wild flower.

    I went to my doctor who wants to send me to a Rheumatologist & she thinks he will more than likely put me on this treatment.

    The thought of having low dose Chemotherapy drugs pumped through me was a little concerning so I declined the referral to the specialist & tried some Acupuncture instead.

    I'm 4 weeks into the treatment & have not seen any improvement or felt any relief from the pain.

    I'm 31 years old & am feeling 84 - especially of a morning!

    I'm wanting to know if there is anyone out there that can share with me their experiences on this treatment as I'm quickly approaching my wits end with the pain.

    I want to know - did it work for you? How long were you on the treatment for? did you suffer any side effects?

    I feel the need to make an informed decision & not just jump in head first. I'm yet to have a family of my own & feel it would not be fair to bring a child into this world that I can't be active with due to this terrible condition.
    There are so many 'what if's" that are filling my mind right now & I'd like to hear of some 'real life' stories if anyone is willing to share.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I dont have arthritis but I have Psoriasis and been on methotrexate injections for a while now for chrons disease. I find it works great, occasionally I get migraines and feel like crap on the day after I take it but no severe side affects. I know quite a few people who take it and never know anyone to have really bad side affects.

      Sorry, I'm probably not much of a help to you!

      And If you do want to hear my story i would be happy to email or Im or you can message me through yahoo.

      Hope you feel better soon!

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I avoid gaining weight while taking prednisone for 1 month+?
    I will be taking prednisone for psoriatic arthritis for at least a month, probably longer. I've been trying to lose weight and am terrified that I will blow up like a balloon.

    • ANSWER:
      I gained like 15lbs just taking that for a month. I found that I was eating everything in sight. I had the biggest appetite. But if you limit what you eat and what type of food it is you're eating you should be okay. Just don't go crazy. I have to take this every so often when I get an allergic reaction which I get often and haven't had any problems since the first time.

  16. QUESTION:
    We are planning to have a baby.Does my husbands medicines impact the quality of the foetus?
    My husband is having lots of ayurvedic medicines for psoriatic arthritis and is also under amilodipine for high BP.We want to have a baby and I am concerned that the baby should not have any abnormalities.Please advice?

    • ANSWER:

  17. 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.

  18. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a way to soften clothes in the wash without using fabric softener?
    I am allergic to most chemicals and my clothes shrink in my uncontrollable dryer. Is there anything natural I can put in the wash to soften my clothes because when I hang them to dry they get they stiff and I have a weird skin arthritis condition called Psoriatic Arthritis and most chemicals really do damage to my flesh. So anything natural I can add to the wash or rinse cycle would be great! Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You can throw a tennis ball in the dryer - that really does work to soften the clothes obviously without any scent. Seventh Generation is a good company to look to for completely scent free fabric softener - or try your local Health/Natural Food Center....

  19. QUESTION:
    Why do I develop a fever every time my right knee gets swollen?
    I have psoriatic arthritis really bad. When my right knee becomes very swollen my forehead has a fever. When I take ibuprofen my fever goes away within 30 minutes. Why do I develop a fever everytime my right knee becomes swollen? Please dont scare me lol. Thank Thank you best answer will get 10 points!

    • ANSWER:
      Your joints become swollen because your immune system is attacking your synovial fluid causing inflammation.

      Inflammation causes swollen joints, fatigue and fevers.

      Are you on any other medication than ibuprofen, like Methotrexate, Humira, Enbrel etc? These medications slow the disease down and should reduce the number and severity of your flare ups.

      .....

  20. QUESTION:
    Are there any doctors online who could tell me the equivolent dose of amytriptaline to 210mg lofepramine?
    I am a 30 year old female who has struggled thru depression for the last 9 years. I also suffer from sciatica and psoriatic arthritis. I have been taking 210mg of lofepramine and various painkillers for years so my doctor has decided to try and just switch me to amytriptaline. Pain wise this appears to be working as my tramadol intake has halved, however from a depressive point of view I can feel myself slipping. They have only started me on 25mg of amytriptaline which compared to 210 of lofepramine seems quite low to me. Are there any qualified doctors who could suggest anything for me?

    • ANSWER:
      First, I am not a doctor. Amitriptaline is typically started at 25mg a day when used for chronic pain management. You indicated that you are also taking it for depression. In that case it should likely be increased over time if your depressive symptoms do not go away. The maximum dose is 300mg daily. But, 50-150mg daily is the standard for depression. It does take 2-3 weeks before maximum benefit is achieved. You should feel the effects much sooner, though. Talk with your physician. Do not adjust doses on your own.

  21. QUESTION:
    How can I ease or eliminate this psoriotic arthritis pain?
    Back in 2011 I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. At that point it was in my left thumb, my left knee, right ankle, and right elbow. It has now spread to my lower back, right knee, left hand, right hip, and the toes in my right foot.

    Although I don't take it as often as I should, I've been prescribed a .8cc amount of methotrexate once a week. This helps with inflammation so my joints don't stiffen up where I can no longer move (its happened before) but because there is no inflammation acting as a cushion...I'm in quite a bit if pain. Mostly in my elbow, knees, and ankle.

    I'm told I shouldn't take more than 400mg of NSAIDs per day while taking the methotrexate. Is there some other way to numb the pain or at least ease it a little?

    • ANSWER:
      Please ask your doctor about the use of Minocycline or some other tetracycline in helping treat your arthritis. It helps me a lot. Also, eating salsa (medium to hot with chips) reduces inflammation and pain in me.

  22. QUESTION:
    Should I take a waiter job even though my knees are both swelled?
    Both my knees are swelled up b/c of psoriatic arthritis. Which means I can only walk for like an hour. I can keep walking, but the pain increases, with stiffness and swelling - but i NEED this job. Am I going to destroy my knee joints by working at this place?

    • ANSWER:
      Let's see here. You have a debilitating arthritis in your knee joints, which severely limits your mobility and duration. You know this already, but are still asking if you should take a WAITER'S job? A job that requires adequate mobility and duration? Well, duh. What do you think? Unless you plan to only work 30 minutes a day, you're probably not going to get far with that venture. Try going to school and get an education. So you can get a job sitting down.

  23. QUESTION:
    How likely is it to get pregnant this way?
    I am trying for a baby with my hubby. the problem is that he has a health problem that stops him from, ahem, moving sometimes. So, If I am ovulating and he is frozen with his psoriatic arthritis, is it possible to use his sperm manually removed for impregnating myself another way. I am choosing my words carefully and blushing. My options are limited. He will go on meds soon so he will be able to mobilise better but the meds make him effectively sterile for the duration of use.

    • ANSWER:
      Have him go to a sperm bank, where he can um... well lets say they can put it in a tube, then they can either inject it in you or tell you other options.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give me any good experiences of methotrexate?
    I am soon going to start methotrxate (injections) for psoriatic arthritis but everything I read on the internet says how awful this drug is. Is there anyone out there who takes it and has no horrible side effects?

    • ANSWER:
      My MIL has taken it for years for Rheumatoid arthritis. She hasn't had any negative side effects from it. She has her blood drawn regularly to check her levels and they are always fine.

  25. QUESTION:
    Is It OK To Take Prednizone for a Psoriatic Flare Up While On Avara?
    I am having a flare up of my Psoriatic Arthritis and my doctors told me when that happens its OK to take a short 3 day course of Prednizone. But since then I have been put on Avara and wondering if its OK to do - I read where they can interact badly.
    Yea thats what I read - but the pain was just so bad I did it anyway - now its just a matter of when it kicks in

    • ANSWER:
      The two drugs combined can significantly lower your immunity, but s three-day course is not likely to raise a concern. I am not fully aware of all the potential consequences so don't take my word on this. Its best to call the pharmacist that filled your Arava prescription and ask them. Most pharmacists like to answer questions like this.

  26. QUESTION:
    Would using ankle weights help with knee swelling?
    I have psoriatic arthritis and am being seen by a rheumatologist, am taking Enbrel, MTX and prednisone. I sit for eight hours at my job, taking breaks once an hour to walk around & stretch. Would using 1 pound ankle weights to do leg lifts under my desk - help get the circulation going? Or is this a bad idea?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, this would definitely help. I have arthritis in my hand (basal joint) and I use light 3 pound weights every day to strengthen my hand muscles. Weights for arthritis is very helpful because when you have arthritis weight bearing exercise it keeps the joints, ligaments, and bones strong. This strength of the bones, ligaments, and joints helps to stabilize the arthritic limb which will in turn reduce stiffness and pain in the long run.

      Try 2-3 pound ankle weights...they should work best!

  27. QUESTION:
    i have trouble bending my knees or keeping them bent what should i do?
    I do have psoriatic arthritis and im not on any meds for it. I stop taking medications and so the doctor didnt want me on any. I feel their is no point being on the meds because no matter what my joints are gonna get worst. Its a deteriorating of the joints diseases and some tother things. im only 21 so I cant afforded medical insurance right now so even if I wanted to go back to my doctor my medical wont take her anymore. What can I do? im getting scared I can barley walk steps. I cant bend down and pick something up unless I go all the way down but then I struggle getting back up.

    • ANSWER:
      you need meds. They control your symptoms and the biologic drugs like enbril treat psoriasis and arthritis and slow the deterioration of your joints. There is no way to treat it effectively without medications. You should have listened to your doctor. I am not sure what you can do if your insurance can't help you but maybe call enbrel support? They help me pay for my medication.

  28. QUESTION:
    Why is my hip/leg hurting so much on sitting when hip x-ray is clear?
    I have had a bad hip for weeks now. It aches on ther top of the thigh on the outside and feels like a gnawing toothache on the inside (on the groin side). Doc suspected hip wear or psoriatic arthritis. However X-rays are clear and he is sending me to an orthopedic surgeon. It hurts to sit for a long time and feels like my butt bone is grinding on the chair. Any thoughts on what my pain is?

    • ANSWER:
      The problem might be inflammatory and it would be worth while your GP checking a FBC, ESR, CRP, anti-nuclear factor and a rheumatoid factor.

  29. QUESTION:
    is it true that the water in the beach can cure psoriasis?
    Is it true that when a psoriatic patient take a bath on a beach or a hot spring, he can get rid off his psoriasis?

    • ANSWER:
      I worked for over a year doing surveying at a beach area, walking around in the sun all day. I will tell you that my psoriasis didn't get any better other than the areas that were in the sun. If anything, the sand irritated my skin and broke me out more as well as drying me out. Any salt products aren't very good on the skin if it's dry and can cause it to break out more so be very careful. Heat does soothe the skin. I use Vaseline Intensive Care Total Moisture on my skin twice a day and my psoriasis is pretty well cleared up. I'd try a thick lotion of your choice before doing anything like you're asking because with the bacteria in the salt water the skin is very sensitive and infection can set in if it gets into any cuts or abrasions that happen easily on the psoratic skin. Good luck with it

  30. QUESTION:
    I would like to know how I get out of the Army on a medical discharge?
    I have been in for 13yrs. have done tours in Iraq. I have psoriatic arthritis. And I just currently tore tendons in my ankle. I am Active Guard Reserve. An Active Reservist. I can't do the job anymore. I have tried for 2 years. I have asked and nobody seems to know. I love the Army just can't do it anymore. To many limitations.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get all your medical paperwork in order and set up a medical evaluation board - AGR has to first go through their state - if they determine you are non-deployable you will be sent to Ft Knox for a regular army evaluation board where they will make a decision as to if you are deployable or not. If they determine you aren't able to deploy or do your job you will be given disability rating and a determination made on payment.

  31. QUESTION:
    has anyone out there found something that works for psoriatic arthritis?
    ive had psoriatic arthritus not sure if spelt right.... for 3 years im 25 and have it severe in my right knee, im still working and struggleing through every day.
    but no tablet the give me from mtx to lef work. whats worked for you?
    also if you had bad psoriasis have you calmed it down? and how?
    thanks for your time

    • 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,
      Sumi

  32. QUESTION:
    What do you do if you can't afford Cobra from thejob you hadbeen laid off from andyou don't qualifyforMedicaid?
    Not only do you have psoriasis but it's possible you have psoriatic arthritis also. I'm sure I am not the only one out there in this situation so any answer would be helpful. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Cobra will be the cheapest insurance you will be able to get if you are not employed.

      Depending on what state you live in, they have state programs that are inexpensive & don't restrict preexisting conditions.

      Otherwise, google free medical clinics & your state.

      In New York there's a program called HealthPlus.

      Good luck

  33. QUESTION:
    How can I avoid getting psoriasis?
    My father had severe psoriasis starting at about age 40. I have an identical twin brother who has moderate psoriasis as well as psoriatic arthritis. Nobody else in my extended family has ever had it that I know of. I am about 50 and I have no psoriasis symptoms at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Do not smoke. If you smoke, stop immediately. It's one of the best known triggers of developing Psoriasis and other autoimmune diseases

      Avoid stress where possible.

      Just live your life the healthiest you possibly can. Eat well and exercise.

      Good luck.

      .....

  34. QUESTION:
    Jobs for people with psoriatic arthiritis?
    I'm looking for a job which is always challenging but I have psoriatic arthiritis which makes it even more difficult. I'm wondering what kind of jobs are out there that I could physically do? I can't stand for very long or walk long distances, my hands tend to cramp up & my spine hurts constantly. Does anyone know of any jobs that I may be able to handle? Thanks in advance for any help! : )

    • ANSWER:
      Hey I have a different disability but some of the same problems :) .

      How about:
      Secretary( could actually be fun! At a doctors,school,office,vet,etc.)
      Librarian
      Any kind of shop worker ? (flower,food,pet,etc)
      Any kind of office worker

      You know, you could do a lot of things. I can't walk long distances, and my back hurts a lot, and I can't stand a lot either! .. I don't have the hand problems, they get sore but don't cramp up.

      Honestly, even if you wanted to be a doctor... ( if you have the right education) you could be! The college thing is hard.. because of getting around but there are handicapped doctors.

      Sorry if these ideas were stupid but I hope you find a job :)

  35. QUESTION:
    I have Arthritis and My Husband and I want to start a family, anyone know the best ways, diet, exercise etc?
    I have Psoriatic Arthritis, effects all my joints..... was on medication but am no longer.

    • ANSWER:
      I have the illnesses below and managed to have a son
      *diabetes *lung disease
      *psoriasis *muscle degeneration
      *ibs *anaemia

      Try to keep your muscles and joints working and as pain free as you can, take glucosamine vitamin tablets to help the joints & muscles & folic acid to raise your iron levels.

      Count the first day of your period as DAY1 and have sex as much as possible on DAYS 10 - 16 as this is your most fertile days

      Try not to think of sex as the means to getting pregnant you need to remember that it is your relationship that also needs time effort and care because a strong relationship can help you beat anything no matter what

  36. QUESTION:
    I am looking for a doctor that would prescibe me a seasick patch and some codeine before a cruise.?
    I have psoriatic arthritis and hate to be away from home due to pain that sets in at night but do not want to disappoint hubby. We are going on a cruise for the first time and I was hoping to accuire some pain medication for the trip just in case I need it and some sea sick patches because I know I will need them. I have no insurance or doctor I regularly see. I was with Kaiser before my insurance lapsed so I will have to pay cash at an outside physician. Has anyone tried this with success? Thank you for your reply.

    • ANSWER:
      Normally you can get this in any drugstore without any prescription, so try it there, and if not it can't be to expensive to get the prescription from an doctor..

  37. QUESTION:
    Why does my right testicle ache when my right lower back aches? Also, i have light colored scaley bumps on pa?
    It sounds like psoriatic arthritis except my skin has creamy colored scaly bumps and my toenails are discolored and brittle.

    • ANSWER:
      something is wrong go see your doctor, tell him the problem, he most likely send u to a Specialist.
      good luck

  38. QUESTION:
    I have a mild case of psoriasis on several toenails. I have NO skin symptoms at all.?
    Has anyone out there been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis? I am having some of the classic signs but blood tests do not show any of the usual arthritis markers. Just looking for info on experiences with this specific type of arthritis.

    • ANSWER:
      Lucky you! I have the whole shebang! I just joined a yahoo group for psoriatic arthritis
      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/PsoriaticArthritis/

  39. QUESTION:
    in Australia is there a machine that registers pain like xray type machines or something?
    I want to prove to doctors how much pain I have, I have psoriasis, severe, and psoriatic arthritis, I am on 15 mg moloxicam, 20 mg arabloc, 200 mg sr twice a day of tramadol and panadene forte as needed for the pain, before I started the first three medicines I could not even lay on my back or sit and watch tv properly, my rhumatoligist knows this but seems to think I can work, pain is in my feet, tendons behind ankles, lower middle back, base of neck thumbs, 1st 2nd knuckle joints right hand, bottom of spine(coxic), other joints as well but are being controlled at the moment, jaw, headaches every week, and I am on a disability pension in Australia since 1995. And of course I went from being 9.5 stone to 17 stone, obese, as i cant walk far or exerscse. my pain is slowly increasing even with medication.

    • ANSWER:
      you cannot prove to anyone how much pain you are in. Its harse but no one probably cares. Pain is a personal thing that no one will be able to understand. I could not imagine how much pain you are going through. Think positive

  40. QUESTION:
    Have any of you known of anyone who receives Remicade infusions to develop lymphoma?
    Here's my situation and I would appreciate any informed advice or answers about this:

    I suffer from a number of health conditions, but I get infusions of Remicade every six weeks for psoriatic arthritis.

    Over 3 months ago I became very ill with pneumonia, probably as a result of the immune system taking a hit from the Remicade. Right before I became ill I noted a swollen neck gland and it didn't go away through three rounds of very strong antibiotics.

    My family has a high incidence of leukemia and lymphoma history.

    I've been scheduled for a CT scan of the lymph node, but I haven't had it done yet. Scared of the results I guess. I've been unusually tired and lack energy, when normally I'm a very energetic person. Yesterday I could tell I am getting sick again, but it doesn't seem to be respiratory. It's a low grade fever that comes and goes and my arthritis has flared up hugely, despite the usual good results I get from the Remicade.

    Thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      With Remicade, I know that there is a big question mark around that drug and it's association to cancer.

      Lymphoma often produces fever, night sweats, nausea, tiredness and swollen glands. The lymph nodes are really your immune system, that produce your white blood cells to fight off disease and infection.

      When your immune system is down considerably you are great risk for serious complications from infections etc. Have you had a white blood cell count? If it's low then your immune system is down. I sure hope it's not lymphoma. It can advance quite rapidly so please don't put off the test. I know because my young son had it. He's fine now as it was caught early and that is what you want to do for the best outcome.

      Best of luck.

  41. QUESTION:
    Have any of you known of anyone who receives Remicade infusions to develop lymphoma?
    Here's my situation and I would appreciate any informed advice or answers about this:

    I suffer from a number of health conditions, but I get infusions of Remicade every six weeks for psoriatic arthritis.

    Over 3 months ago I became very ill with pneumonia, probably as a result of the immune system taking a hit from the Remicade. Right before I became ill I noted a swollen neck gland and it didn't go away through three rounds of very strong antibiotics.

    My family has a high incidence of leukemia and lymphoma history.

    I've been scheduled for a CT scan of the lymph node, but I haven't had it done yet. Scared of the results I guess. I've been unusually tired and lack energy, when normally I'm a very energetic person. Yesterday I could tell I am getting sick again, but it doesn't seem to be respiratory. It's a low grade fever that comes and goes and my arthritis has flared up hugely, despite the usual good results I get from the Remicade.

    Thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Now don't get all upset, but look what I found (it's at the bottom of the box under "Hepatosplenic T-Cell Lymphomas"):

      http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2006/May_PIs/Remicade_PI.pdf

      Notice it does say Crohn's disease.....not patients with arthritis. No patient with arthritis has developed lymphoma because of the Remicade. None. It is scary though. But with your family history (if this IS lymphoma) I am betting it would have happened Remicade or not.

      You need to call your doctor right away and get that scan IMMEDIATELY. Please.

  42. QUESTION:
    thoughts on alternating Tramadol and Darvocet for severe pain?
    I have psoriatic arthritis and scleraderma and both are flaring . Darvocet helps mild back pain but I was put on both Tramadol and Ultram to be alternated every 4 hours and the pain in my hands and sacrum are still bad enough to bother me a lot. Any recommendations for better pain relief medication and what options to ask my pain management doctor about.
    sorry for the typo ,I meant to say I was put on Ultram/Tramadol and Darvocet at alternating times.

    • ANSWER:
      Or maybe - instead of taking more medications, I'd try some alternative methods, like acupressure, especially if I could do them myself, at home. In my opinion they are worth a try...

  43. QUESTION:
    Fibromyalgia and Arthritic symptoms better during period?
    Are there any fibromyalgia or arthritis sufferers out there who feel their symptoms improve during their period??

    I have psoriatic arthritis and fibro and I have been finding that since coming off contraception (implant) when I get my period every month for those 5/6 days my fibro/arthritis symptoms completely disappear. When my period is gone the pain and suffering comes back?!! I find this so weird. Can anyone explain this?

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    Methotrexate. My 83-year old mom is trying to wean off this drug. How soon will her short term memory improve?
    She's been taking about 5 pills once per week for two years for psoriatic arthritis, but recently, her short term memory has diminished.

    • ANSWER:
      Its hard to say for sure that the methotrexate is the cause, but if it is, her methotrexate toxicity will wear off in a matter of days. After 1 day, the concentration in her blood should be reduced by 75% or more. By the third day, there will only be a tiny trace remaining. Methotrexate inhibits the metabolism of folic acid. Assuming they won't interfere with anything (ask the doctor), she should take high-quality vitamins and nutritional supplements to aid in her recovery from the drug.
      If her memory loss is due to the methotrexate, with a proper diet you should begin to see improvement in as little as 3 days.

  45. QUESTION:
    Knee is extremely swollen is it dangerous?
    I have psoriatic arthritis and my knee is extremely swollen to the point of having no visible knee cap. The pain has also spread to the calf. Should I go have it looked at or just wait and see if the swelling goes down itself.

    • ANSWER:
      go have it looked at NOW

      that or use some ice cold pads, or a bag of frozen veggies, to decrease the swelling n see if that helps

  46. QUESTION:
    How has Remicade infusion helped your Rhumatoid arthritis?
    I will be starting Remicade infusion this week and am a little scared since reading of all the side effects and how dangerous this drug is. Can anyone tell me their experiences with Remicade. I have psoriatic arthritis which is almost the same as (RA). I'm 67 yrs old and am in good health otherwise.

    • ANSWER:
      I work with a Rheumatologist and we infuse Remicade in the office. The most signigicant thing is having an allergic reaction. We typically give these people IV SoluMedrol and Benedryl. Otherwise,you must be very careful with infections. If you have a UTI, Sinus infection or even a bad cut, the Remicade given shortly there after can cause major infections. Typically we use the rule of not getting Remicade for two weeks after the end of antibiotics.

      This is a very good drug and I have seen it practically cause miracles in patients.

      I hope the side effects done scare you and you give it a try. Please let me know how it goes for you!!

      Good Luck

  47. QUESTION:
    Why do i get a fever every time my right knee gets swollen? ?
    I have psoriatic arthritis really bad. When my right knee becomes very swollen my forehead has a fever. When I take ibuprofen my fever goes away within 30 minutes. Why do I develop a fever everytime my right knee becomes swollen? Please dont scare me lol. Thank you best answer will get 10 points!

    • ANSWER:
      Your joints become swollen because your immune system is attacking your synovial fluid causing inflammation.

      Inflammation causes swollen joints, fatigue and fevers.

      Are you on any other medication than ibuprofen, like Methotrexate, Humira, Enbrel etc? These medications slow the disease down and should reduce the number and severity of your flare ups.

      .....


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