(Foreword: This is the continuation of my response to the letter of Kaye Flor of Buhangin regarding her desire to get home management for psoriasis.)

DEAR Kaye Flor of Buhangin,

Now, here are more of the things you can do to beat Psoriasis even when you are just sitting in the convenience of your homes.

3. Make it your daily routine

I know it’s tough and can be messy if you apply those creams to cure psoriasis every day but you have to do it. There’s no exemption to the rule. So, if your doctor tells you to apply creams and ointments, stick to the plan and go for it even if you don’t want it.

4. Go out and embrace the sun

Sunlight is powerful enough to treat you. The problem is, if you expose your skin to the heat of the sun for quite some time, you might have sunburn which can make your condition worse.

So, set a time limit for your exposure and don’t forget to wear sunblock with at least SPF 30 or higher than this. But, choose sunblock with zinc oxide and dab it on areas not affected with psoriasis.

Applying it for 20 minutes a day for three times a week would be good enough. But, be sure not to expose yourself between 10 am to 2 pm because this is the period where you will reap more damage instead of benefits from the sun.

Moreover, talk to your doctor first if there are medications that he or she is prescribing you that wouldn’t be safe when taken if you are to be exposed in the sun’s heat.

5. Stop Smoking

Psoriasis would be a lot worse if you won’t kick the habit of smoking. In fact, one study have shown that people who smoked more than a pack a day were twice as likely to have a serious case of psoriasis than those who smoked half a pack or less. Women who had psoriasis and smokes are more affected than men.

So, why would you keep on spending money to injure yourself? I don’t seem to understand this. We are supposed to spend money to invest for our health because our life is the only one we’ve got. But people seemed to only want to savor fleeting pleasure and would never mind if a life of waste agony awaits for them. That’s a total disgust.

As much as there are still a lot of things to talk about this concern and you still have a lot of issues to deal with, but, since we don’t have enough space for 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.)