About 7.5 million Americans suffer from psoriasis. Between 1 and 2 percent of the population have the non-contagious but uncomfortable skin disorder in some form. The red raised lesions and silver-scaly flakes of psoriasis are part of their lives. So is a constant search for a cure. Research since1995 shows psoriasis starts in the immune system when faulty signals to the skin cells makes them reproduce too quickly, says dermatologist Dr. Richard Langley. Modern treatments, especially biologic drugs (created from living cells) run into the thousands of dollars. The search for cheap cures goes on.
Few would expect to pay $3.79 (2009 price) for an ounce of ointment that cures psoriasis. Nevertheless, that's how much hydrocortisone 1 percent retails for in major drug stores in the U.S. It makes no claim to cure psoriasis. But it's a mild topical steroid, and stronger topical steroids, available on prescription, work quickly and control psoriasis symptoms well, says Langley. The ointment says it relieves itching due to, among other things, psoriasis and eczema. A basic moisturizer, like aloe vera, could improve mild psoriasis symptoms if applied in tandem with hydrocortisone 1 percent. Langley says moisturizers are an important tool to treat and control mild psoriasis.
Like psoriasis, eczema has no medical cure but a lot of containment treatments. As many as 20 percent of babies and children and 1 to 2 percent of adults get eczema--a total of 10 million Americans. Mild eczema gives patients dry, hot and itchy skin, which is broken, raw and bleeding in severe cases. Several readers at earthclinic.com praise treatment with apple cider vinegar, which is a cheap, and mention many other cheap products to relieve eczema symptoms.
Looking for a cheap cure for psoriasis on the Internet? You are not alone. There are many offers out there. Author Jim Longnecker does not offer a pill but a pathway to a drug he says even the dermatologists may not have heard about. He says treatment with the drug costs just pennies a day and doesn't weaken the immune system. Longnecker will his information, saying what the drug is and where to buy it, for about $25. He says he has no medical background but after 25 years of moderate to severe psoriasis, he's published his findings in two books and several reports and has been in remission since 2003. He offers money-back guarantees.
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