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What are alternative medicines for psoriasis?

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Many products on the market claim to treat psoriasis, including vitamins, enemas, acupuncture, shark cartilage, and emu oil. You can even go to a spa where you relax in a hot pool while little fish eat psoriasis plaques off your body. While a healthy diet and stress management are good for your whole body, no alternative approaches are proven to help with psoriasis, and some may not be safe. Check with your doctor first so you know what’s okay for you. Even some herbal supplements and drugstore treatments can be risky -- more so if you use them with other treatments. So ask before you try.

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Abel, E. , April 2005. ACP Medicine

American Academy of Dermatology.

Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, associate director of dermatopharmacology, department of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; co-director, Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center.

FDA. "FDA approves new psoriasis drug Taltz." “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, director, Clinical Research Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City; assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Medscape. "FDA OKs Biologic Guselkumab (Tremfya) for Plaque Psoriasis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

National Psoriasis Foundation. 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 30, 2017

SOURCES: 

Abel, E. , April 2005. ACP Medicine

American Academy of Dermatology.

Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, associate director of dermatopharmacology, department of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; co-director, Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center.

FDA. "FDA approves new psoriasis drug Taltz." “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, director, Clinical Research Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City; assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Medscape. "FDA OKs Biologic Guselkumab (Tremfya) for Plaque Psoriasis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

National Psoriasis Foundation. 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 30, 2017

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