DEAR Dr. Fritz,

Good day to you and to your followers. I am writing because I have psoriasis. Urggh! I have already been treated. But somehow, this will erupt some of the times which had left me devastated and depressed. Are there home treatments that I can do without any need for prescription?

Thanks and God bless.

Kaye Flor of Buhangin

Dear Kaye Flor of Buhangin,

I completely understand you and I can feel that "urghh!" feeling. It’s something that really affects one physically, emotionally and socially - not to mention financially. It can even drain the spirit to fight but this should avoid this to happen.

I have friends who suffered the same fate. One of my friends would hate it so much when skin eruptions would splurge in her frail body. The eruptions are really not pleasing to the eyes but hurting to the senses especially to someone who had been inflicted with it. This is also why she would not want to go out because people tend to shy away from her thinking that she can infect them.

Well, we can’t blame this people. After all, they did not know anything about psoriasis. So, think about it and put yourself in their shoes.

Maybe, you would feel the same. So, move on to that, alright? Just remember that psoriasis is not the end of your life. It is only the beginning of your fight to life.

I understand that these skin eruptions can cause depression but keep the fight burning. Remember that the more depressed you become the likely for these psoriatic episodes to prevail. Psoriasis may conquer your skin but do not let it to rule over your spirit. Remember that for as long as we are alive, there is always hope.

With psoriasis, nothing beats medicine, of course. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything in the comfort of your home in fighting this emotionally draining disease. Now, let’s get into some of the things that you can do at home to manage your condition.

Hmmm…as much as I wanted to start to give you the tips and tricks of the trade to manage psoriasis at home but since we don’t have enough space for all of it now let me then, continue this in my next issue. Until then!

Dr. Fritz

(Dr. Fritz Legarde Espedilla is an aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon and a clinical sexologist. She is also trained in hypnotherapy and Medical Acupuncture. She has been in the broadcast media for more than a decade and has written a book based on her 15-year stint with her radio program, “Healthy is Sexy Secrets ni Dr. Fritz.” She is also a faculty in a College of Pharmacy. For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/o Sunstar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building, Jacinto St., Davao City, [former Department of Foreign Affairs office], across Ateneo de Davao University and beside Holy Child School of Davao, or you e-mail them to dokfritz@yahoo.com. If you don’t wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)