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Doctor insights on: Psoriasis Therapy

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Definition)

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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Can mud therapy cure arthritis?

Can mud therapy cure arthritis?

No: Depending upon the content of salicylate, sulfur or any other active antinflammarory that mud may contain people may get a benefit from it. The temperature : warm or old has in itself some antiinflammatory properties. ...Read more

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Does photodynamic therapy work?

Does photodynamic therapy work?

Yes: Pdt for actinic keratoses (skin) is a proven treatment and results in significant reduction of both clinically apparent and as yet undetected precancerous lesions. However, one treatment does not eliminate 100% of lesions. New lesions may also develop. Long-term surveillance and periodic re-treatment is advised. Pdt has great potential for the treatment of a variety of other malignancies as well. ...Read more

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Scalp psoriasis.What is treatment?

Scalp psoriasis.What is treatment?

Scalp psoriasis: Daily shampooing with a good dandruff shampoo is helpful. There are prescription lotions containing corticosteroids which are also very helpful. If you scalp psoriasis is very severe, strong medications taken internally may be needed. ...Read more

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Is psoral cream good for treating psoriasis?

Is psoral cream good for treating psoriasis?

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

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Photodynamic therapy for acne, does this work?

Photodynamic therapy for acne, does this work?

Adjunct: Don't neglect stuff that works. Topicals like benzoyl peroxide and or retinoids acid are your mainstay. Your physician can add stronger stuff as required. ...Read more

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Is photodynamic therapy (pdt) for acne a cure?

Is photodynamic therapy (pdt) for acne a cure?

Cures for acne?: There is no cure for acne. Pdt helps some people some of the time, and may lead to long term suppression, but hasn't done it yet. Isotretinoin is the best long term treatment, but we can't call it a cure either. However, if you want what i consider the best treatment for acne, then Isotretinoin is it. ...Read more

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What conditions does Dialectical Behavioral Therapy treat?

What conditions does Dialectical Behavioral Therapy treat?

DBT: Why do you ask? DBT can be helpful for depression, anxiety, and sometimes for certain personality traits or obsessive compulsive disorder. It can be an adjunct to medications or in some cases an alternative. I would be happy to discuss options of therapy vs meds related to your specific situation by email, audio or visual consult on my concierge practice ...Read more

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How effective is phototherapy in treating psoriasis?

Very: Most psoriasis patients respond very well to phototherapy. If you get better with sunlight, it is very likely that phototherapy will lead to substantial improvement. Phototherapy is my favorite treatment when psoriasis can't be controlled with topical medicines. ...Read more

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Head psoriasis treatment?

See Dermatologist: Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that may, among other areas, affect the scalp region. Depending on the severity of the psoriasis in general, and scalp psoriasis in particular, a dermatologist may use topical steroids and/or systemic therapy with medications such a Methotrexate or newer generation of medications generally referred as "biologics.". ...Read more

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Can photodynamic therapy for acne really work?

Can photodynamic therapy for acne really work?

Yes: This is a pricey treatment for severe disease in people who cannot tolerate isotretinoin. Even its most favorable review in a peer-reviewed journal describes it as a therapy of last resort. I hope you are able to be successfully treated by this or some more familiar method. Best wishes. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19894368. ...Read more

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How effective is panchkarma (ayurveda therapy) for knee therapy?

How effective is panchkarma (ayurveda therapy) for knee therapy?

Ayurveda: Ayurvedic therapy can be effective for numerous musculoskeletal symptoms. However results can vary greatly based on the experience and expertise of the healer as well as the severity of the injury and receptivity of the patient. I would seek treatment from a reputable healer preferably referred to you by people you know. The risks to therapy are negligible so giving it a try seems worth while. ...Read more

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Is photodynamic therapy effective?

Is photodynamic therapy effective?

Photodynamic therapy: Photodynamic therapy (pdt) involves activation of a photosensitizer by visible light in the presence of oxygen to produce reactive oxygen radicals which selectively destroys the target tissue. It is an effective therapy to treat certain conditions. However it is not full proof. However practically no therapy is full proof . It's usefulness depends on what you want to use it for example ablation. ...Read more

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How effective is photodynamic therapy for acne treatment?

How effective is photodynamic therapy for acne treatment?

Can be quite effecti: Pdt can be quite effective in helping to manage acne. This usually requires a series of treatments. ...Read more

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Treat psoriasis with cyclosporine?

Treat psoriasis with cyclosporine?

Last resort: Cyclosporine is an effective treatment for psoriasis - but it is usually used only when all else has failed, because it is toxic to the liver and kidneys, among other things, and weakens the immune system. It should never be taken without close monitoring by an expert in its use for that purpose (usually a dermatologist). ...Read more

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Can photodynamic therapy really work?

Can photodynamic therapy really work?

Depends what for: Photodynamic therapy (pdt) uses a drug, called a photosensitizer, and a light to kill cancer cells. Depending on the type of cancer, the drug is applied to the surface of the skin or injected. It can be used for certain cancers of the skin, esophagus, and lung. Studies are being done looking at the use of pdt for cancers of the head and neck, brain, and gastrointestinal tract. ...Read more

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How effective is phototherapy for curing atopic dermatitis?

How effective is phototherapy for curing atopic dermatitis?

Treatment not cure: Phototherapy will likely bring about improvement( it did in 81% of patients in one study), but when the treatments are stopped, the symptoms will gradually recur. To continue to receive benefits, a maintenance program is necessary. ...Read more

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Blue light therapy acne treatment appropriate?

Blue light therapy acne treatment appropriate?

Sometimes: This may help resolve some acne spots more quickly. But is expensive. Significant acne will still require skilled management with combinations of meds tailored to each specific person. ...Read more

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What's more effective for pustular psoriasis, methotrexate or enbrel (etanercept)?

What's more effective for pustular psoriasis, methotrexate or enbrel (etanercept)?

Both: Both can be effective, personally i feel Enbrel (etanercept) is safer. There are other options. Talk it over with your dermatologist. ...Read more