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Definition of psoriasis

Can psoriasis be cured? Psorialess.

Definition of psoriasis Psoriasis is a common skin disease that affects the life cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin, 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 worsens. For some people, psoriasis is just […]

Can psoriasis be cured?

Can psoriasis be cured? Psoriasis is a chronic remitting and relapsing scaly and inflammatory skin disorder. Sufferers of the most common form of psoriasis – plaque psoriasis – exhibit scaly lesions on the skin which can range from mild cases, in which less than ten percent of the skin is involved, to severe cases in which almost the entire skin, including the scalp, is affected. Psoriasis is a disorder or disease that attacks the skin, […]

Can psoriasis, eczema be cured?

Can psoriasis, eczema be cured

Can my psoriasis condition be cured? Psoriasis, eczema and certain types of dermatitis can not be cured. You must therefore accept the fact that treating your skin disease will be a long term process that requires commitment and discipline. You can control psoriasis best by using a daily treatment rather just treating psoriasis flare-ups. Since you must treat psoriasis continuously over a lifetime, you should use safe medications that do not cause side effects – […]

How long before I see results using OTC Over The Counter products?

How long before I see results using OTC Over The Counter products? It depends upon several factors including your overall condition, the types of food you eat, alcohol consumption, smoking, vitamins you take or not, your weight and how severe your psoriasis condition is. The period needed for a OTC Over The Counter product to show some effect, subject to the above considerations, can vary between a week, a month, or longer. When you have a […]

Does smoking influence psoriasis?

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Does smoking influence psoriasis? Yes, it does and only negatively! Some forms of psoriasis are said to be triggered by smoking. There is form of psoriasis that is called Andrews-Barber whereby the pustules only show themselves at feet and or hands. This form occurs more often in women and is being associated with smoking. Many studies have examined the connection between smoking and psoriasis, and although it is clear that a positive and significant association […]

In your website you state on the one hand that I can drink alcohol on the other hand you state I should not.

In your website you state on the one hand that I can drink alcohol on the other hand you state I should not. I am confused… Excessive alcohol consumption is bad for anyone, period. Alcohol is particularly bad for psoriasis sufferers because it adds extra stress to such vital organs as the liver and kidneys and other related organs. You are doubling that stress if you use psoriasis medications with steroids, prednisone, hydrocortisone, vitamin D3, […]

I am using a cream with coal tar for some psoriasis patches on my face. It irritates me tremendously and when I am in the sun I burn quickly. What should I do?

I am using a cream with coal tar for some psoriasis patches on my face. It irritates me tremendously and when I am in the sun I burn quickly. What should I do? Using coal tar on your face is very dangerous! Stop using this coal tar based topical on your face, immediately! Never use this sort of product in sensitive areas such as your face, groin, arm-leg pits, breasts etc. Never sit in the […]

I have been using a potent steroid based topical product for some time. Can I quit “cold turkey”?

Long term side effects of steriods in topicals Skin Atrophy

I have been using a potent steroid based topical product for some time. Can I quit “cold turkey”? No, you cannot do this. If you stop it cold turkey, you may actually trigger a flare up! If you want to stop, do it in stages, under the supervision of and in agreement with your dermatologist. I have been using a potent steroid based topical product for some time. Can I quit “cold turkey”?Rate this post

Why does my mild steroid based cream make my skin feel tight?

Why does my mild steroid based cream make my skin feel tight? Yes, I can believe that. The product is probably made by people who don’t know anything about psoriasis. Creams just do not work well for a psoriasis patient. It is surprising though that most anti-psoriasis products are on a cream basis. It shows how poor communication is between the psoriasis-related industry and its clients! Psoriasis topicals should be prepared on the basis of […]

How long must I use my anti-psoriasis treatment?

How long must I use my anti-psoriasis treatment? Most likely indefinitely. Psoriasis cannot be cured, it can only be controlled. You should therefore consider these options: –  do nothing about it and continue as you are in your present condition. –  ask your dermatologist to prescribe medications and/or treatments which keep the psoriasis in remission as long as possible. –  consider changing your lifestyle to eliminate excess protein, smoking, alcohol, etc. Add vitamin/herbal supplements, sun […]

What is calcipotriene?

What is calcipotriene? Calcipotriene is medicated ointment containing a derivative of vitamin D (vitamin D3). You apply a thin layer of this prescription ointment twice daily to the psoriatic patches of the skin (but absolutely not on your face, eyes, groin and other sensitive areas of your body). Its side effects, while fewer than those of corticosteroids commonly used to treat psoriasis, include burning, itching or other skin irritations. Vitamin D3 preparations are toxic and […]

My topical therapy with steroids is not working. Why?

My topical therapy with steroids is not working. Why? When an inflammatory skin condition fails to respond to topical steroid therapy, the following factors need to be considered: -Co-existing infection (bacterial, fungal, viral, scabies etc.) -Wrong diagnosis (e.g. drug eruption, Pagets disease, mycosis fungoides mistaken as eczema) -Insufficient potency of steroid for the site or skin condition. -Inappropriate vehicle or base (e.g. cream is not as effective as ointment for dry lichenifed skin. Adding salicylic […]

What does coal tar do?

the consequences of coal tar in topicals in the-treatment of psoriasis

What does coal tar do? Coal tar is added as an “active” ingredient in ointments, shampoos, lotions etc. to treat psoriasis, dandruff etc. Coal tar in fact does nothing positive other than “burning” away the scales present on the psoriatic skin. Coal tar does not slow down the epidermal process which causes the rapid formation of dead skin cells. It only removes the resulting excessive scaly skin layers. Coal tar can be dangerous when used […]

I have psoriasis on my fingernails and toe nails. What should I do?

I have psoriasis on my fingernails and toe nails. What should I do?

I have psoriasis on my fingernails and toe nails. What should I do? Bio-Force® Foundation Treatment Centre will give high degrees of control and remission periods of up to 16 months also for the treatment of psoriasis of the nails. Normally treatment of finger-toe nail psoriasis is very difficult and could only be done by applying oral medications such as Methotrexate, oral retinoids, Cyclosporines, Systemic Steroids etc. These are very serious medications where you always […]

What is the difference between scalp psoriasis and dandruff?

What is the difference between scalp psoriasis and dandruff? Severe-Dandruff

It is important that you establish if it is dandruff or scalp psoriasis that you are suffering from. Dandruff and scalp psoriasis can be sometimes difficult to distinguish. Both are common conditions that affect the scalp and they may share similar symptoms (e.g. itch, redness and scaling). It is important that you establish the difference between scalp psoriasis or dandruff so that you can seek the most effective treatment. Dandruff is primarily caused by naturally […]

I have scalp psoriasis. How can I treat this with topical skin care products?

I have scalp psoriasis. How can I treat this with topical skin care products?

I have scalp psoriasis. How can I treat this with topical skin care products? Treating scalp psoriasis is difficult. Carefully selected topical skin care products can bring you a long way in obtaining a form of control. Combined with a phototherapy light treatment can give you remission periods of up to 16 months! There are also many coal tar based shampoos, soaps, available on the market. We have strong reservations about using of coal tar […]

The skin itch is driving me crazy! What can I do

The skin itch is driving me crazy! What can I do? One of the most serious “side effects” associated with psoriasis is the itch caused by the extensive scaling process of the skin.  Histamine is one of the most important agents in itch. The membranes of mast cells when activated by tissue damages and infections produce histamine. Stabilization of the membranes will decrease histamine production during activation of the mast cells by these processes and […]

Phototherapy

The skin itch is driving me crazy! What can I do

Phototherapy Sunlight is the simplest form of phototherapy. Sunbathing with appropriate skin care recommended by a dermatologist improves many cases of mild to moderate psoriasis. Ultraviolet wavelengths are the effective part of sunlight. Ultraviolet light of specific B-spectrum wavelengths has been demonstrated effective in clearing psoriasis lesions after a series of treatments. Through this web site you can select home UVB phototherapy equipment that are affordable and the most effective light treatments available. The UVB […]

What is photo therapy or PUVA for severe psoriasis?

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What is photo therapy or PUVA for severe psoriasis? Severe cases of psoriasis often require photo therapy at a hospital or specialized clinic for about 2-3 weeks. (This type of treatment plan is called the Goeckerman therapy.) First, an application of coal tar ointment  sensitizes your skin. Your skin is then exposed to ultraviolet light. Coal-tar when exposed on your skin and ultraviolet light or sunlight will simply burn away the patches, layers of scaly […]

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