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A friend of mine who does not have insurance has a horrible

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A friend of mine who does not have insurance has a horrible case of psoriasis all over his body including facial and genital areas. There are small red spots and itching of the skin all over. The dermatologist indicated that he has a skin condition in which the skin is creating new skin cells at a rate greater than the skin can shed dead or dying skin cells and these dead cells are then being "trapped". There was a topical cream prescribed but it is not working....the other remedy was to lay in the Tanning Beds in order for a certain UV light to come into contact with the skin. This person is unemployed with no insurance.Question: Is there any type of home remedy which can be substituted to assis the skin in properly disposing of the dead or dying skin cells?
Does your friend smoke?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
No he is not a smoker.
Thank you for your question:
Did the dermatologist give your friend a diagnosis?
What treatment if any did the dermatologist recommend?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Stress seems to be the trigger which activated the hereditary psoriasis as he was not sick and did not have a flu shot. So I guess no diagnosis was reached, however the Dr. stated 3 options: 1) An injection of medicine but he can't remember what 2) a daily pill of unknown which cost $8 per day and additional lab work and 3) The topical steroid cream which does not seem to be working well. The only other option was to do UV treatments in the Tanning Salon. The last part is what indicated to me there must be other options?
There are a few natural/over-the-counter treatments that MAY offer some help. None of these would be considered a "cure" or something that has been proved effective. These are treatments that may possibly be effective for some people, specifically aloe extract cream and Oregon grape extract cream.
Some people do find that increased sun exposure can help psoriasis, however, there is always the concern about increased risk of skin cancer.
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