Our skin is the organ that separates us from the environment. Common skin diseases, such as eczema, psoriasis, impetigo, acne and warts, are more about discomfort and annoyance compared with malfunctioning of internal organs.
The skin is the way we present ourselves to the world, and apparently is the most suppressed organ. However, skin and other organs are not un-related.
Medicines prescribed for skin conditions, commonly cortisone and steroids, clear the skin while drive the disease inward.
And where would it go? Since we breath through our skin, it is only logical that the lungs are the first in line to be effected.
The importance of avoiding suppression of skin conditions cannot be emphasized enough.
Following are hints for MANAGEMENT of ECZEMA and PSORIASIS
DIET and SUPPLEMENTS:
Since fat metabolism is altered in psoriasis patients, low fat diets are recommended, especially vegetarian diet.
Good bowel function may lessen the symptoms: High fiber diets, leafy vegetables, fruit and plenty of water aid in this goal. Mild herbal laxatives can be used in more stubborn cases.
~ Addition of flax seeds, flax seeds oil or primrose oils in the diet is helpful
~ Beta-carotene (25,000 units daily)
~ Zinc (50 mg. Daily)
~ Senelium (100 mcg. Daily) is recommended.
~ Milkthisle extract (300 mg. TID) aids some psoriasis sufferers
~ Oatmeal poultice or oatmeal bath to relax the discomfort of itchy conditions
~ Topical use of vitamin A
~ Topical use of Calendula spray or cream
Note on steroids: Use of steroids is NOT recommended, but mild topical steroids can be used on areas which are very sensitive (genitals, face, folds of skin) and allow the rest of the body to express the disease symptoms.