What People Say Works for Psoriasis

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People living with Psoriasis have reported that some of the most effective treatments for their skin include simple interventions like sunlight, salt water, and avoiding stresses.
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This is according to a new study by CureTogether, a free resource owned by 23andMe that allows people to share information about their health and treatments.

Psoriasis is one of the most prevalent autoimmune disorders in the United States, affecting an estimated seven million Americans and 125 million worldwide. The condition is characterized by patches of itchy, scaly skin. In its mild form, psoriasis may be just a nuisance, but severe cases can be both painful,  disfiguring and debilitating.

Finding the right treatment can be difficult, so CureTogether asked people living with Psoriasis to rate the effectiveness of 34 different patient-reported treatments.

Participants in the study said they found that phototherapy, cortisone injections, swimming in the ocean, and sunlight were among the most effective, in addition to avoiding stress and triggers and the medications Dovonex and T-Gel. Conversely some common treatments such as oatmeal baths, Epsom salts, and Vitamin D, were among the least effective, according to the study.

Most Effective Rated Treatments for Psoriasis
1. UVB Phototherapy
2. Cortisone injection
3. Salt water/ocean
4. Sunlight
5. Topical corticosteroids
6. Avoid triggers
7. Avoid stress
8. Dovonex
9. UVA Phototherapy
10. T-Gel

Where did this data come from? This is the result of a four-year CureTogether study on Psoriasis, in which 275 people living with the condition shared information about their symptoms and what treatments worked best for them. We’d like to thank those who participated. And just as they shared their experience with treatments, we’re freely and openly sharing the results of the Psoriasis study.

This is part of a regular series of CureTogether research findings. CureTogether’s research findings are different than those made by 23andMe, which look at genetic associations with illness, traits and drug response. But as we continue our work with the CureTogether community, 23andMe hopes to incorporate more of this kind of self-reported information into our own research. CureTogether presents its findings just as they are — patient-reported data — to stimulate discussion and generate new insights for further research.

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8 replies
  1. John
    John says:

    The TOP priority is functioning liver! I also wrote the extensive PDF paper about my theory on psoriasis cause and cure.

    Shortly: stress (physical, chemical or emotional/fear) -> bad digestion -> bacterial overgrowth/fungal overgrowth/parasites in the intestines -> overloaded liver with the toxins from rotting of the food in the intestines -> altered homeostasis (thick blood/fibrin deposits, viral replication, etc…) -> constricted blood vessels in the skin -> hypoxia in the skin -> activation of immune system that clears up the damaged cells and protects weak skin from infection.

    Repairing the digestion is crucial. The top supplements I know about are: Bile acids, B-Complex (that contains B12 – 1000 mcg and at least 400 mcg of Folic acid per day), Lecithin, Vitamin D3, Licorice, Schizandra, Siberian ginseng (Eleuthero), Fish oil, Zinc, Forskolin, Neem, Betaine HCL, Digestive Enzymes, Proteolytic enzymes.

    Let’s say that I wrote the supplements above in order of priority or importance generally for somebody with psoriasis. So if you would have budget just for some of those supplements you should start with those like Bile acids, quality B-complex, Lecithin …

  2. Matt
    Matt says:

    As a person who has healed their P naturally and completely the past 2 years through hard work and NO drugs, I find this matrix to be a complete joke and sales tool for pharmas and dermas. How can you give a point scale rating to “avoid skin injury” – Can I add water to this graph please? Oh wait, you can’t prescribe water… I forgot. there’s no money in nutrition. “You’re The Cure” – Much love to all my P warriors out there, you come to me when you are ready to heal eternally – https://www.facebook.com/groups/HealingPsoriasisWarriors/

    • Marcie
      Marcie says:

      My cynicism doesn’t go so far as to think it’s a marketing ploy, but it certainly would indicate the success of marketing by big pharma and derma. Supplements and nutrition, in combination with genetic screening, should be the bellwether of diagnostic treatment but as you rightfully point out there’s no money in it.

  3. Matt
    Matt says:

    I have heard magical things about Neem oil. i would love to try it, both on my skin, and steep the leaves into a tea!

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