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Diet and lifestyle modifications for a Psoriasis patient - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi Doctor
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   my self 25 yrs old
User :   i m suffering with Psorisis
Doctor :   Ok
User :   since last 10 yrs
Doctor :   Ok
User :   I m in consultation with dermitologist
User :   but the results are not satisfactory
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Can you please explain me the resons behind this Disease ? and is there any permenant solution for the same? i m very low in confidence because of this
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition.
Doctor :   In the sense it's a condition which can occur for life long.
Doctor :   The exact cause why this happens is not known.
Doctor :   However previous studies have reported few factors as the cause
Doctor :   Those factors are as follows
Doctor :   1. An autoimmune disorder
Doctor :   2. Genes and heriditary
Doctor :   3. Certain skin conditions such as dry skin individuals, excessive scratching, stress factors, cold weather
Doctor :   These are the few known factors which predispose to skin to develop psoriasis.
Doctor :   Now coming to the treatment.
Doctor :   Medical science has yet to prove a complete cure for this conditions.
Doctor :   The present treatment which are available are to control the condition, to prevent new lesions from occurring, to reduce the severity of the already existing lesions.
Doctor :   Are you following?
User :   I am following UVB once in week and Tab Neotrexate 1-1-1 cycle once in week
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   They are good and effective treatment options.
Doctor :   Apart from these, i would also suggest you few more modifications.
Doctor :   1. Keep your skin moisturized as much as possible.
Doctor :   Avoid frequent bathing with hot water,
Doctor :   use local moisturisers twice or thrice a day
Doctor :   Moisturisers containing vitamin E is preferrable over normal moisturisers
Doctor :   2. Avoid unnecessary handling of the previously existing psoriasis scales.
Doctor :   3. There are certain medical preparations, that help in reducing the keratinisation and thereby reducing the scales.
Doctor :   You can use such products after discussing with your dermatologist.
Doctor :   4. A good diet containing plenty of fruits and vegetables
Doctor :   5. Proper destressing measures are essential with the other measures.
Doctor :   These measures along with your present medications and PUVA therapy will help control the condition as well as prevent new scales from occuring as well as preventing infections.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
Doctor :   Apart from these measures, you also need to rule out certain medical conditions such as diabetes, hypothyroidism which can contribute to your medical condition or worsen the condition.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   I am using elovera lotion as moisturiser
Doctor :   That is natural one and contains a good source of vitamin E.
Doctor :   Continue with them.
Doctor :   Also follow up with the other measures that I suggested.
User :   Can you please guide me for Proper destressing measures
Doctor :   If you do not find new scales occurring, then you have achieved 75% of the treatment.
User :   My doctor suggested to ckeck Sugar in every three month
User :   blood sugar
Doctor :   Destressing measures involve measures to keep you relaxed.
Doctor :   The measures include
Doctor :   1. Deep breathing exercises.
Doctor :   You can perform them as and when you feel stressed out.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Increase in the stress can induce scratching of the skin which can lead to fresh psoriasis
User :   ok
Doctor :   2. Regular sleep with 8 hour of sleeps every day is a must.
Doctor :   3. Be regular with your meals and avoid fasting.
User :   Ok never fasting
Doctor :   4. Mild physical exercises every day can add to destress
Doctor :   5. Yoga and meditation techniques are certain other destressing measures
Doctor :   You can follow them as regularly as possible.
User :   Ok doctor
User :   One more thing
User :   is smoking effects adverse in psorisis
User :   I smoke 3-4 stick in day
Doctor :   Smoking has no direct effects on psoriasis.
User :   Thanks a lot doctor my takings from this talk
Doctor :   However smoking can adversely effects stress factors which can be reason.
Doctor :   Hence i do suggest you to reduce smoking and use of tobacco.
User :   1. Good diet includes Fruits and veg
User :   2. Reduce smoking
User :   3. Relaxation techniques like Deep Brething
Doctor :   yes.
User :   and follow the medicine which i m taking now
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   If your symptoms are severe,
Doctor :   you can discuss with your dermatologist and avail local creams which can supplement in the treatment.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggesgted?
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   the only thing i m wooried about is i m just 25 years old unmarried guy will this permenantly disappear from my life and I can live healthy life.
Doctor :   More worries will definitely not going to help you.
User :   :-)
Doctor :   It has been proved that people who are worried excessively, have increased stress in life
Doctor :   are the ones who suffer from severe psoriasis
Doctor :   and its complicatios.
Doctor :   Hence destressing measures have been an important method involved in the treatment of psoriasis.
Doctor :   So you need not worry.
Doctor :   And another fact is psoriasis if left alone do not lead to any complications.
Doctor :   With proper treatment and regular destressing measures, daily use of moisturisers, avoiding exposure to cold weather
Doctor :   there are high chances that doctors can succeed in preventing new lesions from occurring.
Doctor :   This along with the medications that you are on will help in reducing the severity of the already existing ones.
Doctor :   So be patient and do not worry.
Doctor :   You should be able to lead a normal life.
Doctor :   I hope you have understood what I am referring.
User :   yes
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   No thanks a lot
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Have a nice day!!
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   This is really helpful consutation for me
User :   Ok bye and thanks again
Doctor :   It was my pleasure in helping you.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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