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Newbie Looking for Natural Alternatives
from Nancy

Hi Ed, I found your site while searching “Fluocinonide” ... Looks really informative but I have to get to work now and plan on coming back to it later.

I wanted to ask has anyone had success using Salcura Natural Skin Therapy products?  Found it on Ebay. I ordered their Intensive spray, it relieves the itching and is soothing but after a couple weeks I was hoping to see less redness. 

I am virtually a newbie with this condition.  I am looking for a natural alternative to help my P.  I have been suffering for less than 2 years, which developed, I believe, after chemo for Breast Cancer.  I know my immune system is messed up now, plus other stress in my life hasn't helped.   I have been using Dovonex and Fluocinonide for the past year and my outbreaks are worse.  Legs are covered, back breaking out now, and my arms are getting more spots.  Plus my hands — which are getting difficult to camouflage.  I haven't been able to afford the UVB treatments and, frankly, I’m a little afraid of them after having had radiation, too. 

Do you have any suggestions on natural alternatives?  I feel I need to give my body a rest from chemicals.  I haven't been back to the derm since I found out how expensive the UVB treatments were.  My insurance deductible is high and I just can't afford the copay. 

Thanks for any info you can provide.  -Nancy

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Ed’s Response:  Glad you found us, Nancy, though sorry you've found yourself “part of our gang.”  The good news is you've got TONS of options to think about — natural and medicinal.  Lots of reading to do! 

As for FlakeHQ, here's how I recommend you start.  For natural remedies, look in the Archives under "Kalawalla" and start reading through that correspondence.  Also read the interview with Dr. Pagano.  His dietary regimen is one of the best known and most controversial, but it's been around for a long time and has many earnest followers. 

Over the past three years, so-called "biologics" have drawn lots of attention.  These are newer drugs consisting of proteins that must be injected (like insulin) rather than taken in pill form.  In the FlakeHQ archives look for "Enbrel," "Amevive," "Raptiva," "Remicade" and, most recently, "Humira."  (Or, use the home page search feature and these medicine names to obtain links to pertinent correspondence.)

If you haven't already, visit the National Psoriasis Foundation web site. 

Dovonex and Fluocinonide — what you've been using so far — are old and well-established psoriasis palliatives.  Dovonex is liked because it is NOT a steroid; however, more people have found it works best IN CONJUNCTION WITH a steroid.  "Taclonex" in the U.S., "Dovobet" in England, are forms of Dovonex premixed with a corticosteroid.  Fluocinonide is a topical corticosteroid popularly used in liquid form for the scalp or in cream or ointment (sold in the U.S. as "Lidex" or generic).  Like most topical steroids, its effectiveness tends to diminish after prolonged continuous use.  Some people will use it in rotation with other topical steroids (of lesser and greater strength) to avoid or lessen this diminishing effectiveness. 

After your psoriasis covers too much skin (opinions differ as to what constitutes "too much"), or if the overall debilitation caused by the lesions becomes too great, many derms will suggest light therapies (as yours has done) or systemic medications.  Popular oral systemics include methotrexate, cyclosporin and Soriatane.  The biologics (injected) are also considered "systemics."

So, as you can see, lots of choices! 

With regard to Salcura Natural Skin Therapy products; in early 2003 I received an email from Les Jones, director of Bioskin, which you can read here:  Think "Salcura" Instead of Bioskin

Stay in touch and let us know what works for you.  -Ed

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