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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alternative Medicine (Definition)

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


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What is the best facial psoriasis therapy?

What is the best facial psoriasis therapy?

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

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During light therapy for psoriasis, how many minutes does each session take..How long will I be under the uv lamp each time?

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

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How do I do light therapy for psoriasis at home?

How do I do light therapy for psoriasis at home?

You can't: Phototherapy needs to be given in controlled circumstances under the supervision of a doctor. Do not attempt at home. ...Read more

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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

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

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What is the best over-the-counter medication for severe psoriasis to stop/relieve itching? Currently undergoing light therapy, condition worsening

What is the best over-the-counter medication for severe psoriasis to stop/relieve itching? Currently undergoing light therapy, condition worsening

There is none.: If your psoriasis does not respond to light therapy, it is time to consider starting tnf agents. These almost always are dramatically effective. Discuss this with your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is helminthic therapy a viable treatment for autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and asthma?

Is helminthic therapy a viable treatment for autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and asthma?

Unknown: There is research looking at the roles that infections may play with certain types of diseases, but currently it is not standard care to use helminthic therapy unless you have a true helminthic infection. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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 more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Definition)

Psoriasis is 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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alternative Therapy (Definition)

Certain exercises, called "breech" exercises have a mild degree of success. Acupuncture also has ...Read more