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I'm taking sandimmun neoral (cyclosporine) for atopic dermatitis, can I also take a dietary supplement with ginkgo biloba and eleutherococcus senticosus?
Yes: Yes but why would you want to? ...Read more
Itching: You probably need to see an allergist to identify the cause of the itch. Sometimes it can be an allergy or a skin condition or an immune problem. Some tests are warranted at your age to find the problem. ...Read more
Is there another way to treat my psoriasis from psoriatic arthritis? So far have tried uv therapy, low dose radiation treatment, methotrexate, humira, enbrel, halabetasol ointment, coal tar, hylatopic, and any other cream my dermatologist could think of.
Wow: You have been through a lot. I would try the mayo clinic in mn. ...Read more
Medicated shampoos: Sebosporiasis is an overlap of psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis. Shampoos with these ingredients are helpful: 1.)ketoconazole-anti-inflammatory, decreases yeast (nizoral shampoo) 2.)salicylic acid-decreases flaking, anti inflammatory (t-sal shampoo) 3.)coal tar-anti-inflammatory(t-gel shampoo) your dermatologist may prescribe prescription topical cortisone if appropriate. ...Read more
RA + psoriasis. MTX allergy. Enbrel (etanercept) non effective. Humira semi-effective but Vectra score 30 with extreme fatigue. MD wants to try Xeljanz?
RA + psoriasis: There are a number of newer medications that could help you. Xeljanz works by disrupting cytokine and growth factor signaling pathways. A trial of the medication is useful to see whether it helps you. Other medications that might help include Remicade (infliximab) and Apremilast ...Read more
Psoral cream: Is the creation of a dermatologist in peru that consists (according to its website) petroleum jelly, vitamin a, pine oil based salvia, nicotinic acid, etc & water from the dead sea (which contains many minerals) found no medical studies, just anecdotal testaments. Expensive. Has oily consistency with disagreeable odor. Ask your dermatologist if (s)he knows of this product & if it's effective. ...Read more
Flaky cheeks/eyebrows, burning, red. History of eczema. Elidel, (pimecrolimus) azoles, tea tree worsening problem. Could it be eczema not seb derm?
Thoughts..: Valerian, has the possibility of causing some drowsiness, so i would be careful when taking that with benadryl, (diphenhydramine) which can also cause drowsiness. If someone's been taking it for a long time and they haven't had any significant reactions then it's probably okay. But like almost all the supplements out there, they haven't been rigorously tested for safety and interactions so it's buyer beware. ...Read more
I'm on synthroid, lexapro, (escitalopram) Ativan, Vit D & ferrous sulfate.Can I take melatonin to help with sleep?
Melatonin is safe: In a neurologically normal, generally healthy adult, there should be no adverse effects from melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone naturally secreted by the body that is suppressed by daylight and climbs with darkness to help entrain the brain's clock to go to sleep. Melatonin does not interact with the medicines and supplements listed. Lower doses are closest to what the brain secretes. ...Read more
Hair, skin and nails vitamins , green tea , glutathione , grape seed, alpha lipoic acid , msm , nac can I take them during pregnancy.
Pregnancy: A number of the supplements you mentioned are strong antioxidants and affect the redox potential in the cell. The process of cellular differentiation has been shown to be influenced by the redox status of the cell. While it is likely that small amounts of the substances are ok, it is prudent to stick with your prenatal vitamins and avoid substances whose effects are not fully understood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer