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Coping with psoriasis : a patient's guide to treatment
Cram, David L. (David Lee), 1934-
Publication Information:
Omaha, Neb. : Addicus Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
x, 132 pages ; 21 cm
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Psoriasis can be managed in most patients so they can live productive lives. This book covers how the disease starts, choosing the right doctor, treatment options, the importance of treating the emotional symptoms, the role of special diets, alternative therapies, and advances in treatment.

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Psoriasis is an unpleasant, disfiguring disease, whose sufferers often hide away from life or are pushed away. Its cause is unknown, and there is no cure. It can affect people of all ages, and sufferers can die from the disease or the complications of treatment. Cram has long dealt with psoriasis patients and understands current knowledge of it and how patients and others react to it. Stress doesn't cause it, yet reducing stress often can help in managing it, and psychological scars are usually the main problem associated with it. Cram speaks wisely about those matters, drawing on stories of his patients to show how such scars may affect all aspects of life and how they can be handled effectively. Many HMOs will not pay for adequate care, so Cram's advice on finding a doctor is important. In addition, he describes various treatment methods, speaking especially well of psoriasis day-care centers. Self-acceptance is the major goal, he says. --William Beatty

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. 1
1 What Is Psoriasis?p. 5
2 The Emotional Side of Psoriasisp. 12
3 Choosing Your Doctorp. 34
4 Self-Help Strategiesp. 42
5 Topical Treatmentsp. 47
6 Ultraviolet Light Therapyp. 54
7 Systemic Medicationsp. 69
8 Special Diets and Food Supplementsp. 77
9 Alternative Therapiesp. 84
10 Searching for a Curep. 93
Resourcesp. 98
Glossaryp. 105
Bibliographyp. 114
Indexp. 123
About the Authorp. 131
Order Formp. 133