Non-toxic psoriasis medicine?
April 23, 2007 6:30 AM Subscribe
I have the psoriasis and I am looking for non-toxic palliatives.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
It's a mild plaque psoriasis, with some spots on my scalp, elbows, inside of the earlobe, and inside the ears. So far it hasn't attacked any "normal skin." I've had it under the earlobes for about 4 years, on the scalp for 2, and on the elbows/inside the ears for maybe 9 months, so it is slowly getting worse. The only real problem is the scalp - I can't shave my hair short as is my desire.
I haven't been to a doctor for this since it started. (Several years before the rash even started I was diagnosed with the psoriatic arthritis - it was painful then, but doesn't bother me much now.) "Traditional" treatments would involve UV lights and immunosuppressants, which I definitely don't want. Basically at this point the psoriasis is minor enough that my main concerns for a treatment are non-toxicity, cost, and convenience rather than something that's going to brute force my immune system into cutting it out.
What level of non-toxicity? To give examples, if the cure was to drink a beer every day, I'd do that, but if the cure was to drink six beers every day or take Tylenol (liver rot) or Aleve (heart attack) every day, no.
To give ideas on how my personal psoriasis works, in case anyone's personal experience is similar:
Coal tar shampoo doesn't seem to do much.
Marijuana reduces it some, but the efficacy is low enough that any hope of getting rid of it would involve baking all day every day.
Relevant lifestyle changes that happened before I started getting the rash: I moved to the big city and started eating meat.
The only time I saw a real significant dent in the rash was a week-long ski trip, which involved more exercise than I normally get, a cold climate, and massive marijuana and alcohol use.
I've never noticed any effects from OTC NSAIDs etc., but have never made a regimen of them either.
I don't find trustworthy information online about supplements, vitamins, unregulated pharmaceuticals, and so on that are purported to help.
I'm not going to a doctor - as before I don't want the toxic treatments, and I figure I can try some non-toxic pills and snake oils just fine on my own without a doctor telling me whether my rash is smaller or not. I'm also the type to slice up my own ingrown toenails and dress my own wounds...