1. pertaining to or composed of skin.
2. serving as a covering.
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Patient discussion about integumentary
Q. Is the dead sea really worth the flight all the way to Israel for psoriasis treatment? I've been hearing from lots of people about it lately. They say the mud and the salt there is a better treatment than anything else. Is that true?
A. The treatment in the dead sea is very very good and recommended for psoriatic patients, if other treatments don't help. It is not the mud and minerals that do the effect, it is mostly the phototherapy- meaning the high exposure to sun, that in your case is very helpful. It is also the stress relief of going on vacation for a few weeks that is known to cause improvement. I think it is worth the money - you are treating your body and soul at the same time.
Q. Is psoriasis contagious? My wife got psoriasis and I don’t want to get infected…
A. Psoriasis itself, as was written above, isn't contagious, i.e. if someone has psoriasis he or she can't transmit it to you. However, there is a form of psoriasis called psoriasis guttate that is associated with infection of the throat by a bacterium called streptococcus (which is contagious), so in some way it is contagious.
You may read more here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psoriasis#Types_of_psoriasis
Q. Do you guys have any experience with cremes for psoriasis? I've been using Dermovat but as it's full of steroids I guess it isnt that good for u...
I'd love to hear any recommendations for other cremes that worked for you.
A. Creams with steroids are the known and accepted treatment for psoriasis and Dermovat is a good one. If this doesn't help you, you should see a dermatologist for another treatment, however don't be afraid to use creams on steroidal basis, they help with psoriatic attacks best.More discussions about integumentary
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