Rosacea Breakthrough

O (PRWEB) November 17, 2003

ne of the most common yet often over diagnosed facial rashes is rosacea, a chronic, relapsing and potentially life-disruptive disorder of the facial skin that affects an estimated 14 million Americans. Many patients come to the clinic with redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. The disease is more frequently diagnosed in women, but more severe symptoms tend to be seen in men.

Facial burning, stinging and itching are commonly reported by many rosacea patients. Certain rosacea sufferers may also experience some swelling (edema) in the face that may become noticeable as early as the initial stage of the disease. It is also believed that in some patients this swelling process may contribute to the development of excess tissue on the nose (rhinophyma), the condition that gave the late comedian W.C. Fields his trademark nose.

It is often thought that fair-skinned patients who tend to flush or blush easily are believed to be at greatest risk, while in fact facial redness from rosacea is simply more obvious in lighter skin. A normal blush or sunburn may appear the same, as can flushing from medications such as niacin or some antihypertension drugs. Flushing occurs when a large amount of blood flows through vessels quickly and the vessels expand under the skin to handle the flow. However, people with extensive sun damage, certain skin types and even treated rosacea patients can still have a red face or blood vessel streaks, which is often misdiagnosed as active rosacea. This is because visible blood vessels (telangiectasia) not only develop with rosacea (or were likely always there), but there may be some residual persistence of redness from the dilation of blood vessels during active disease.

Unfortunately these patients continue their medications unnecessarily while more appropriate treatments include camouflage makeup, sunscreens, a vascular laser, or intense pulsed light source.

Unlike some conditions, there are no histological, serological or other diagnostic tests for rosacea. A thorough examination of signs (appearance of bumps or pimples) and symptoms (redness, flushing, and swelling, burning, itching or stinging) as well as a medical history of potential triggers lead to the diagnosis. The National Rosacea Society suggests that the most common triggers of rosacea were sun exposure, emotional stress, hot or cold weather, wind, alcohol, spicy foods, heavy exercise, hot baths, heated beverages and certain skin-care products. In other words, almost anything that is potentially stimulating is bad news for rosacea. Unfortunately for some, certain conditions such as lupus, seborrheic dermatitis, drug eruptions, and even rare forms of lymphoma can look just like rosacea and are often missed by the untrained eye or worse when the patients are diagnosing themselves.

Rosacea is not an infectious disease, and there is no evidence that it can be spread by contact with the skin or through inhaling airborne bacteria. However, there has long been a theory that parasites in the hair follicles or oil glands or the face can stimulate inflammation by their activity or even their presence. One such organism is the Demodex folliculorum mite, which studies have shown to be more prevalent and active in rosacea patients then in control groups. Early vascular and connective tissue changes probably create a favorable setting for a growth of Demodex folliculorum. This may represent an important cofactor especially in papulopustular rosacea, in which a delayed hypersensitivity reaction is suspected, but it is not the cause of rosacea. On the other hand, clearing rosacea signs after oral tetracycline or sulfur ointment may not affect the resident demodex population.

The incidence of demodex is age related. It was found up to 20 years in about 25%, up to 50 years in about 30%, up to 80 years in about 50% and in all aged 90 or older. In healthy persons, one can find one or more Demodex in every tenth eyelash. This index rise with increasing age. In blepharitis or other external eye diseases, demodex is found in about every sixth eyelash. Therapy of chronic blepharitis in association with demodex may include antibiotics, steroids, Quecksilber 2% or Lindane. Massage of lid margins is essential because local treatment is of no effect as long as the mite remains deep in the pilosebaceous complex.

As rosacea is characterized by flare-ups and remissions, and research has shown that long-term medical therapy significantly increased the rate of remission in rosacea patients, it behooves patients to use a maintenance regimen. In a six-month multicenter clinical study, 42 percent of those not using medication had relapsed, compared to 23 percent of those who continued to apply a topical antibiotic. Therefore, treatment between flare-ups can prevent them. A rosacea facial care routine often starts with a gentle a refreshing cleansing of the face each morning. Sufferers should use a mild soap or cleanser that is not grainy or abrasive, and spread it with their fingertips. A soft pad or washcloth can also be used, but avoid rough washcloths, loofahs, brushes or sponges. The face should be rinsed with lukewarm water several times and blot dry with a thick cotton towel.

A new treatment available is seabuckthorn oil (Hippophae rhamnoides), which is the active ingredient in FACEDOCTOR soap. Its activity is targeted against the mite to reduce the inflammation under the skin and therefore provide relief of the mechanisms that cause the rosacea complex of symptoms. The advantage that patients find with the soap is the elegance of the cleansing vehicle in otherwise sensitive skin, the presence of Vitamin E and aloe Vera which provide additional healing properties, and other active ingredients such as astragalus membraceus and spirodela polyrhiza, useful yeasts that augment the activity of the seabuckthorn oil.

My patients have found this to be well tolerated and useful either as monotherapy or in addition to their other topical and/or systemic medications. We conducted a small placebo-controlled double-blind study in the office which showed that the majority of patients had a reduction of symptomatic erythema as well as reduction of response to triggers.

In conclusion, this study has demonstrated the Face Doctor line of soaps to be an effective natural weapon against the parasite and therefore the disease.

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Neal Bhatia, M.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology

UCSD School of Medicine

Private Practice Dermatologist, San Diego

http://www.facedoctor.ca







Risk Free Treatment for Chronic Psoriatic Patients Found

(PRWEB) September 8, 2005

A recently concluded study puts Psorcure Treatment Plan as a better option in psoriasis management. During the study period it managed the flare-ups effectively after clearing the skin from psoriasis and none of patient under study developed any major side effect symptoms which are generally associated with the use of conventional psoriasis treatments.

It is well known that there are major side effects associated with conventional treatment methods for psoriasis, yet patients are not properly educated about them.

Objective of Study

Conventional Treatments for Psoriasis include use of Steroids, Calcipotriol and methotrexate. Biologics are recently developed treatments. All the four treatment methods are associated with risks of major side effects.

Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and glucosuria (high sugar in the urine), Cushing’s Syndrome (muscular weakness), High Blood Pressure, Depression, Skin inability to fight infection, Thinning of skin, HPA Axis Suppression are some of the known major risks associated with the long term use or excessive use of tropical steroids.

Dry skin, high blood calcium levels, peeling, rash, red or inflamed skin or hair follicles, skin discoloration, skin wasting, worsening of psoriasis on rebound are the known major risks associated with Calcipotriol.

Methotrexate increases the risk of Liver Disease, Kidney Disease, Diabetes, Asthma, Infection, A stomach Ulcer.

Recently Food and Drug Administration warned doctors about more potential side effects that could be caused by the psoriasis drug Raptiva (Biologic Treatment). The risk includes immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, causing a loss of red blood cells, and serious infections and reduced platelet count, a condition known as thrombocytopenia.

The objective of this study was to see the effectiveness of Psorcure Treatment Plan in managing rebounds and aggravated flare ups and to observe development of major side effects generally associated with conventional treatments for psoriasis.

Study Methodology

30 willing patients were included in this study and were observed for 3 years.

They were monitored during the treatment for effectiveness and after the treatment period for side effects.

Following tests were taken before and after the treatment period to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment.

1..PASSI Score.

2..Skin Biopsy

Following tests and examinations were made at regular intervals during the entire period of study to evaluate the safety of treatment.

Thyroid Profile Test (T3, T4, TSH)

Blood Sugar Test

HDL/LDL ratio

Red Blood Cells and Platelet counts

SGOT and SGPT for Liver

Blood Urea and Serum Creatinine for Kidney

Clinical observations were made and recorded during the study period for following

Nausea/Vomiting, Diarrhea, Alopecia, Blood Pressure, Change in weight, Hair Loss, Dizziness, Depression

Effectiveness of Treatment

The main treatment period was 3-6 months (average 4 months) and it was followed by maintenance treatment for 3 months.

3 patients left the treatment or did not allow us to take biopsy and other tests after the treatment.

In all 27 patients were tested and examined and their results are taken into our study.

Every patient responded to this treatment.

Following changes in skin were observed through skin biopsy.

1.Marked reduction in parakeratosis

2.Marked reduction in Acanthosis

3.Diminished height of rete ridges

Average reduction of 98% in PASSI score was observed.

Rebound or Flare ups

During the entire study period, no patient got any rebound or significant flare up. We recorded 3 years long remission period which indicates the strength of Psorcure Treatment Plan in managing the flare ups and also confirms that this treatment plan does not suppress the immunity level of patients. These results were further confirmed by counting T cells of patients which were found in the normal range during the treatment and even 6 months after the treatment.

It is to be noted here that to get quick results all the conventional treatment methods function with suppressing immunity levels which results in major flare up or rebound as and when patient terminates the conventional treatment method. There is a major difference in the functioning of Psorcure Treatment Plan which restore the immunity levels. The fact that no patient reported any infection during study period is also significant in this regard.

Side Effects

No major side effect was noticed during the study period.

All the results of pathological tests were within normal range through out the study period. The fluctuation range of various tests was +/- 2% during the study period.

The following were significant changes observed during the study period.

Patients were energetic and cheerful in general in contrast to depressed conditions observed at the start of this treatment.

Mean serum creatinine at the start of treatment was 1.0 which was reduced to 0.8 at the end of treatment period. The reduction indicates improved functioning of kidney. The result requires further study taking a group of patients with >1.2 mean serum creatinine. If results are confirmed again, this might lead to a treatment for kidney patients.

There was marked improvement in hair loss and hair thinness for scalp psoriasis patients .Many patients reported re growth of hair on bald patches.

Improvements were noticed in HDL/LDL ratio.

Some obese patients saw reduction in their weights.

Conclusion

Psorcure Treatment Plan is faster in clearing the skin from psoriasis and restoration of immunity levels with better management of flare ups and rebounds and no significant side effect are some of the major benefits which one can draw from this treatment plan.

Psorcure Treatment Plan

The treatment plan developed by Dr. S Dhawan is a combination of

External Applications

Internal Medications

Dietary Management

Specially designed Yoga Exercises.

All the applications and medications are totally herbal and are prepared as per WHO guidelines for herbal Medicines. Accordingly no synthetic or chemically defined active substance have been added in finished product like (steroids and methotrexate ) and all the herbal Medicines contain only active ingredients present in plants. All the medicines, its constituents, the formulation, and the herbs used in Psorcure Treatment Plan are approved by Director of Ayurveda and siddha, Ministry of Health and family Welfare ,Government of India.

http://www.Clinicpsoriasis.com

Psorcure Treatment Plan is exclusively available at http://www.clinicpsoriasis.com which is a venture of Canada based Corporation ECom Consultant.

This Web-based e-clinic provides free consultation to all patients through out treatment period. Doctor remains in personal contact through emails with the patients through out the treatment.

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e-DrugTesting.com Explains How Hair Drug Testing Works

(PRWEB) October 30, 2005

According to e-DrugTesting.com, drug testing has become very common in both the workplace and schools within the last twenty years or so. Generally, urine testing is the most common form of drug screening. Products such as masking chemicals and even synthetic urine are widely available, and even the most severe cases of drug abuse may go undetected. Because of the ever-expanding market of products designed to help a drug user pass a screening, many employers are turning to hair follicle drug testing.

Although hair drug testing is significantly more expensive than urine, sweat or saliva testing, many employers consider the benefits to outweigh the costs. Employers are often pleased with the fact that hair follicle drug testing is less intrusive, is generally more sensitive to detecting drugs and can detect them up to twice as far back as other methods, and can show whether or not the employee has ceased to use drugs recently in an attempt to cover up usage.

As e-DrugTesting.com explains, the hair follicle drug test requires taking a sample of the employees hair; usually just a small snippet of hair is taken and is considered less embarrassing than urine collection. A human resources employee or other official within the company can often perform the hair collection on-site. The sample is then sent to the laboratory for washing and testing. Labs generally wash the hair prior to testing in order to reduce the risk of picking up drug chemicals that may have come from external sources, rather than actually ingesting the substance.

About e-drugtesting.com

Drug Testing provides detailed information about employee, random, high school, hair, and urine drug testing and drug testing kits. For more information go to http://www.e-drugtesting.com and/or visit its sister site at http://www.e-prescriptiondrugaddiction.com for related information.

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How Long Do Drugs Stay in your System? | Drug Facts & the Body

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Family Doctor Desoto TX, Federal Program For Drug Testing, Dr. Gregory Ennis

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