(Foreword: This is the continuation of my response to the letter of Kaye Flor of Buhangin regarding her desire to treat Psoriasis at home.)

DEAR Kaye Flor of Buhangin,

Now, we are on the final stretch in helping you manage psoriasis at the convenience of your home.

6. Drink alcohol moderately, but if possible, stop it.

This frustrating skin disease is more common to people who drink too much. This is good news for you because you are a woman, but bad news for men because alcohol may affect men's psoriasis more than women’s. But this doesn’t give you the reason to be confident and to indulge in alcohol more than your daily limit.

So, how much is too much? This is more than one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men. So, how do you equate a drink? One "standard" drink means 12 ounces of regular beer, which has usually about five percent alcohol, five ounces of wine, which is typically about 12 percent alcohol and 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits, which has about 40 percent alcohol. One ounce is equal to two tablespoons. I hope you get the picture of your daily limit.

But, if you can avoid it or stop it all along, the better it will be for your health.

7. Contemplate on changing your diet.

There may be no full proof evidence that any food can improve or worsen a disease, but many have already sworn that their sores get better after they avoid eating sugary foods and the likes of white flour, gluten, and caffeine. This will not hurt you if you would try cutting back on them. See it for yourself. If your sores would be better, why not go for it permanently?

8. Try Virgin Coconut Oil.

I have seen the result myself from my friends and patients who tried this wonderful product. I have witnessed how their sores heal and it was such a long time for them to get them back in times of stress and anxieties.

9. Yes, avoid stress.

I see psoriasis coming back too often, to those patients who are stressed and anxious. So, just chill and recharge always. Don’t let stress eat you.

10. Take care of your mental health.

I understand that psoriasis can really kill your self-esteem and this would really affect your mood. But, don’t worry; this is not the end of the world. You can talk to a therapist or a psychologist. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your family can and should support you. A family is a family, after all. I don’t believe they will leave you just because you have these sores. I believe the help you need is just within your reach if you need to.

Good luck!

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.)