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Alternative Therapy For Psoriasis
My husband has psoriasis; what types of alternative medicines are there to help? #nqlu he has been on creams, oral meds, photo therapy (it worked the first time about 15 years ago). Now no luck with the light therapy. Please help.
Alternative medicine is the practice of healing that does not fall into the realm of conventional allopathic medicine. Many think it is usually based on cultural or historical traditions rather than scientific data. However, only recently is science catching up with history. For example, acupuncture meridians have finally been discovered by science. Types of alternative medicine include ...Read more
Several.: Topical steroids have been the mainstay. Several shampoos with psoriasis clearly properties are useful in my practice: Nizoral (ketoconazole) shamppo and selsun blue are examples. And then all systemic therapies improvefacial psoriasis, including methotrexate, humira. Enbrel, remicade, etc. ...Read more
During light therapy for psoriasis, how many minutes does each session take..How long will I be under the uv lamp each time?
That depends: The duration of treatment for ultraviolet phototherapy depends on several factors including your skin type (how light or dark you are), the type of ultraviolet unit being used, the age of the bulbs, etc. The actual dosage of light in millijoules is a more accurate measure than the time which varies from unit to unit. The dose is gradually increased as your skin acclimates to the uv light. ...Read more
What to do if I have psoriasis and on the light therapy treatment, need someone to answer this unusual question?
What question?: And what question is that? The only answer is to show up and have the therapy and see if it helps. ...Read more
While having uvb therapy for psoriasis, can I use a regular tanning bed on non - treatment days? I will be going to mexico and want some color
Yes: The only reason i say this is for your protection. Indoor tanning with a mix of uva & uvb light will thicken and darken your skin. This will protect you against the mexico sun as compared to the iowa sun. Wear a big hat and sunscreen! when you get back, be happy with your lighter color - you don't want to make skin cancer and wrinkles because of continued tanning! ...Read more
What is the best over-the-counter medication for severe psoriasis to stop/relieve itching? Currently undergoing light therapy, condition worsening
I m suffering from psoriasis. Despite of certain treatment it is relapsing having it on palm and ankles should I go for puva therapy to stop spreading?
One option: There are many treatments for psoriasis including ointments, steroids, methotrexate, puva, anti tnf Alpha therapy. Which treatment is best for you depends on prior treatments, other health problems, other medications you take, and the extent of your disease. I would recommend you talk this over with a dermatologist. ...Read more
My mother was an HCV patient who has acquired svr after therapy for the last 11 years. In the last 3 years she has psoriasis and she bleeds frequently. Can she be infectious to a household member?
Possibly: But unlikely. If she has sustained virologic response (?Svr?) there is nothing to transmit. If, however she still has virus in her system and bleeds onto an open wound in somebody else, that can transmit disease. This would be incredibly rare and virtually reportable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Am considering laser treatment to get rid of my psoriasis, but haven't heard much about it. Any information/suggestions would be appreciated.
Many Options: Psoriasis is a chronic skin and joint disease for which there are many good treatments. The choice of treatment depends on the severity of skin and or joint involvement and can be as simple as topical treatments or more aggressive systemic/injectable medications. It's important to know that there is no cure for this disease and we still do not know what actually causes it. See a dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tanning bed: Because you said "home treatment". Obviously there are a number of topical creams (related to retin-a, corticosteroids, coal tar, and vitamin d -- for instance). As far as home remedies: tanning is favored, but only insofar as to avoid sunburning. If you overdue the tanning bed you can run the risk of skin leathering or skin cancer, but skin was "invented" anticipating regular sun exposure. ...Read more
Sulphur & psoriasis: Sulphur used to be a popular treatment for psoriasis, not very much now. It has some qualities that could at least improve psoriasis somewhat. It is keratolytic (breaks down surface scaling) and anti-inflammatory. Some people with psoriasis see benefit from taking sulphur baths, such as at the dead sea. ...Read more
None: They do not have significant benefit.Get a more detailed answer ›
An autoimmune disease involving the skin, nails, and occasionally the joints. It is not contagious. There are several types of skin lesions, most common variety being large red scaly itchy plaques on extensor surfaces such as elbows and knees. Psoriasis can be controlled by a wide variety of medications, but a cure has ...Read more
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