Dermatology Q&A: Remedy for psoriasis

Dr. Aparna Santhanam

Cosmetologist, dermatologist and hair expert

Dr. Aparna Santhanam, a famed Cosmetologist, Dermatologist and Hair Expert, is a MD gold medalist diploma holder in dermatology from Mumbai University.

Dr. Santhanam is well-known for holding several medical postings with flagship organizations like Cipla, Novartis, Marico’s Kaya & Gal derma. With over a decade’s experience in consulting, she has made her appearances in several magazines like “Marie Claire”, “Good House Keeping” and US based magazines like “Prevention” as a columnist and counselor.

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I am 34 yrs old Nutan i am suffering from boils(yellow colored) in my feet since 02 yrs. I have consulted number of dermatologist but In vain. kindly advice what is the best solution.
H.S. Sharma

Boils on the feet may be a fungal or bacterial infection.You may need a course about doing of both oral antifungals and antibiotics as will as regular applications of medicated creams and moisturisers. If it still persists consult your dermatologist about doing some tests.

I am 57 years old Home Maker. Suffering from Psoriasis for last 4 yrs primarily on legs. I have relocated to North India from Kolkata one month back. Suddenly this Psoraisis has spread all over the body including back, hands, belly, thigh. A light black spot also came up on the face. Consulted Doctor who have diagnosed as ‘Psoraisis Vulgaris’ and put me on Methotrexate (20 mg once a week) which will start today (05th April). I understand through different studies that it has lot of side effects. I am particularly upset on possibility of hair fall. Your suggestion please?
Soumitri Chatterjee

Methotrexate is the right medication for psoriasis.It does have side effects but taking folic acid and iron can reduce the hair fall.Monitor your Hemoglobin and liver function tests regularly and follow up vigorously with your doctor for best results in Psoriasis vulgaris with minimal side effects.