Effectively Treat Psoriasis Eczema with Naturopathic Medicine Shannon Sinsheimer ND
Psoriasis and eczema are both skin conditions.They present very similarly on the body. Psoriasis presents as large, scaly, white patches ofskin that itches, and when you scratch it, will produce pinpoint bleed marks. Eczemawill start out as smaller bumps that are vesicles that when you scratch, they ooze and, overtime, will create larger white plaques on the skin. Conventional medicine treatmentsfor eczema and psoriasis are most often topical creams, such as hyocortisone creams. Whenthese creams are applied to the skin, the plaque diminishessize over time. However,when you stop using the cream, the plaque can return. When a patient comes into my officefor eczema or psoriasis, I first begin with
a medical intake to find out how long they'vehad their symptoms and how severe they've been. I take a look at their skin, and thenI order a blood test to find out about any food sensitivities, their liver function,and total cholesterol levels. Diet plays a significant rolethe development of psoriasisor eczema, therefore, based on lab results. My first step is to eliminate foods the personis sensitive to, and instead, I recommend whole, organic foods that are nutrientdenseand are less likely to aggravate the skin. Stress or high stress levels are known toincrease inflammationthe body. Psoriasis and eczema are both inflammatory conditionsof the skin, therefore, unmanaged or highstress
levels will increase the problem of psoriasisor eczema. Stress management is necessary to help deal with psoriasis and eczema, thereforeI prescribe stress management techniques, such as exercise, yoga, meditation, and deepbreathing. I'll also prescribe a number of supplements. They include fish oil forits antiinflammatory properties and ability to support the skin; vitamin A for its skinhealingproperties; milk thistle for its ability to detoxify and support the liver; and vitaminD to support the immune system. Depending upon the symptoms, I may also prescribe atopical ointment, such as a homeopathic cream to decrease inflammation and increase healingtime, or a vitamin and mineral infused cream
with vitamin A and zinc to support the skin'shealing process, or a calendula ointment, which can decrease the appearance of plaquesand decrease the itchiness. Naturopathic medicine is about treating the root cause of disease,so when I treat the root cause of eczema or psoriasis, I see significant to complete reductionin my patient's symptoms. For example, I had a patient comewho had psoriatic plaquescovering nearly his entire back, the backs of his legs, and almost all of the backs ofhis arms. After three months, we saw a significant reductionthe size of the plaques, andafter six months, the only symptoms present were some light pink discoloration on theupper part of his back. Another example is
a young child I saw who had such bad eczemaon his feet and inbetween his toes, he was unable to wear shoes at two years old. Afterthree months of treatment, his symptoms had completely resolved, and he was wearing shoesagain. Another patient had scaly, itchy plaques covering the majority of her scalp, and withina few months of treatment, she had eliminated 95 percent of the plaques on her scalp. Naturopathicmedicine works. If you're experiencing symptoms of eczema or psoriasis and you want to reduceor eliminate those symptoms, I suggest you see a naturopathic to receive yourown individualized treatment plan.
Psoriatic Arthritis What is it
Psoriatic arthritis is an arthritis seenindividuals who have psoriasis. And we find that about 30% of individuals with psoriasis may have psoriatic arthritis to varying degrees. When you talk to a rheumatologist, or when you see patients from a rheumatologist, frequently there is a lot of arthritis but very little psoriasis. It may be that there is a subgroup of people with very little skin involvement, but their joints are very affected. Typically, the patient will complain of painthe joint and stiffnessthe morning that may last for half an hour or an hour, and as the day goes on, their symptoms improve.
And there are a number of different subtypes of this arthritisyou can either define them as arthritis occurring along the spine, or arthritis that occurs on the fingers, the distal joints or perhaps on a single joint. And there is often inflammation where tendons are attached to bones. The differencearthritis and psoriasisthe skin is that the skin can recover. You have a patch of psoriasis, you treat it, and the skin goes back to normal for all intents and purposes. A joint that has been inflamed potentially scars, and you have destruction of collagen that is lifelong. It's very important for us as dermatologists to recognize the early signs of arthritis because we now know there are these biologics, which are probably much better than older ugs,trying to prevent the destruction of joints.
Psoriatic Arthritis When To See A
So anybody with psoriasis who has a single joint that has become swollen and painful and stiff, and this does not respond to Advil or one of these over the counter antiinflammatories, I think they should see a physician. I think that individuals with psoriasis who have complaints about stiffness or painthe lower back and loss of mobility because of arthritisthe lower backâ€”they too, need to see a rheumatologist. I'm impressed by how often we see patients who are treated for their psoriasis using a biologic, and after they get better, they say, quot;I never realized how sore, stiff, and uncomfortable I was before that.quot; So we do adapt to the circumstances and often ignore these things.
So my message is, be careful not to ignore the signs of pain, swelling, and stiffnessthe jointspeople who have psoriasis.