Psoriasis - try to avoid steroids

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I have tried all sorts to treat psoriasis and have not come up with a single formula for success. I suspect yeasts are a player and I would start with an anti-yeast regime - see Yeast problems and candida.Most importantly with psoriasis, don't use steroids. They will temporarily damp down the problem, but in the longer term the psoriasis will flare. Steroids also thin the skin and may cause long term soreness.

Psoriasis often runs in families and the first flare is often triggered by a viral infection or some stress. It can present with many different types of rash and may need an expert to recognise it. There is some evidence to suggest that fish oil improves psoriasis.

Treatment

  • The general approach to maintaining and restoring good health
  • Nutritional Supplements - what everybody should be taking all the time even if nothing is wrong
  • Take fish oil. Make sure the preparation has been filtered so it is free from mercury and pesticides. Initially try a dessertspoonful daily for one month to see if there is any effect. Suggest Nutri Eskimo oil. Then go to a lesser maintenance dose.
  • Sunshine: usually improves psoriasis, indeed high dose UV light is often used to treat severe psoriasis. This and the fact that vitamin D cream and fish oil also help, makes me wonder if psoriasis is a problem with vitamin D in some way.
  • Try mahonia aquifolium: this herbal preparation is of proven benefit.
  • Consider an anti-candida regime. See Yeast problems and candida
  • Next use the vitamin D based creams such as calcipotriol. These are available as scalp lotions and skin creams. Start off with the weaker creams and build up to stronger ones - persist with them! They work well and do not smell or stain.
  • The coal tar derivatives are undoubtedly effective, but they are hard work. They have to be applied with care to affected patches only because they can irritate normal skin. They do smell (although I confess to rather liking the smell!) and stain clothes. Use at night with a pair of tatty pyjamas. Again, start with a weak dose, use for a short time and wash off. One quickly learns the correct strength and timing for the best results. used with care and intelligence, they are highly effective and can induce long term remissions. My preferred cream is dithrocream.

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