Ask MD? - I have lichen planus. I have tried everything. Can you tell me of a natural remendy? Something in the holistic type medicine.
Answer...Lichen planus is a frustrating condition. I know of no "natural or holistic" product that is effective. Noble Formula Rx (compounded by individual physician prescription with a potent corticosteroid - clobetasol) has proven highly effective in many Ontos, Inc. clients. Used with good sense, as directed, this is a very reasonable, safe approach. I can-not help but add that the whole concept of "natural", as opposed to "unnatural", is not a scientifically valid concept as usually applied. There are very few products in nature taken in an unmodified fashion, either internally or externally, that exert special influence on the body beyond providing good (or bad) nutrition. Obviously, there are some very "natural" poisonous plants and venoms out there - but those are not the effects one is hoping for. Alcohol in excess, tobacco, and even the hemlock that killed Socrates are all very "natural." As soon as the "natural" is boiled, distilled, desiccated, extracted, etc. it is no longer natural, but man-modified. Those modifications always seek the "active" property in a more concentrated form. If that new, man-modified product is to have ANY effect at all, it must be because of the chemical properties of the substance, now isolated. ALL of the body's physiology is based on chemical properties. This includes the digestion of our food, the production of cellular energy, and even the transport of oxygen within our blood. "Chemical" is NOT a bad word. It is basic to our existence. Many drugs of modern science were first isolated in nature (aspirin from willow bark, digitalis from foxglove, penicillin from a fungus, thyroid and insulin from animal organs, etc.). Most have now been synthesized. That does not mean "fake." That means "built". Vitamin C, for instance, (otherwise known as "ascorbic acid") - is the REAL thing, whether extracted, ready made from a rose hip, or built up from its elemental constituents in the laboratory. There is NO shade of difference. That is not to say that other wonderfully good for you chemicals do not come along WITH the Vitamin C if some rose hip residual remains in the product, or better, if one sought it in the complex chemical mixture called an "Orange" (or "Sweet Potato," or "Red Pepper"). The same is true with laboratory made "human insulin" or laboratory made "Acetylasalicylic acid" (aspirin). The source of ALL things, whether drugs, clothing, building supplies, or space shuttles, is "natural". Man has not created anything "out of nothing." That was done for us. We only rearrange things. Some things we find or we rearrange into something new are good for us, many of them are bad. Knowing which is good or bad is not helped by an artificial division between "natural" and "unnatural" - but by experience. The scientific method is nothing more than an organized way of gathering and understanding that experience. As with most things in life, drugs, whether pretty much straight from nature (evening primrose oil, green tea, St. John's Wort, or cascara bark, etc.) or made up in the laboratory as brand new compounds or as copies of nature, ALL have both risks and benefits. A prudent person or careful physician seeks to understand the balance between expected risks and benefits to determine a reasonable course of action. It is usually worth a minor risk to control a major disease. The reverse is not true. In your situation, if the lichen planus is sufficiently distressing, it warrants effective intervention, even if at some known and manageable risk. That intervention, of necessity, will involve some chemical interaction with your skin - whether a "natural" or a "modified" product.
Ask MD? - Is Noble Formula with Clobetasol effective with Eczema?
Answer - Yes, NF compounded by physician order with clobetasol or one of several other suitable corticosteroids is highly effective for eczema. As the severity of eczema varies from a very mild irritating rash to sever debilitation, the intensity of treatment (and its risks and expense) should be proportionate to the severity of the disease. Many people with mild to moderate eczema will find our own NF-HC with 1% Hydrocortisone quite adequate and it does not require a prescription. If a more intense Rx is required, your doctor can prescribe NF compounded with triamcinolone, or for the most potent treatment, with clobetasol. The staff at Ontos would be happy to talk with you or your doctor about your options and see to it that any prescriptions are filled promptly by a compounding pharmacist.
Ask MD - i have dark sopt under my arm and my nick and it's very darker than my skin color, please i need any help
Answer - I am sorry, not only are we unable to honestly assess the nature of such "dark spots" without seeing them, but it is unlikely that any products of Ontos, Inc. would be likely to help them. You should seek the evaluation of your own physician. Good luck.
Ask MD - Is Eczema contagious?
Answer - No. Eczema is not contagious. Nor is it a whole body disease or dangerous. It is a nuisance, sometimes a severe one. If mild, it will respond nicely to Noble Formula-HC which will also promptly reduce the itching that usually accompanies eczema.
Ask MD - what can u use to remove sports from ur body.i some times itch my body and brings wounds on my body , so can i stop itching my body.
Answer - Itching that severe, if WITHOUT an obvious rash or spots on your skin should be evaluated, in person, by your family physician or internist. There are many medical and emotional problems which can cause itching and should not be overlooked. If it is itching, ONLY associated with a definite rash, you still need to see a doctor, perhaps a dermatologist, in person. IF there is no general medical or emotional problem to explain the itching and IF there is no skin disease that requires specific treatment, Noble Formula does a remarkably good job of reducing itching. There are numerous other products sold for itching that might also work.
Ask MD - if scales are lose from the skin is it ok and safe to peel them off
Answer - Not knowing what the "scales" are from or any diseases associated with them, it would be hazardous to give specific advice. You should ask a doctor at a personal visit. In general, I would suggest that if a skin scale or other feature can be lifted away WITHOUT causing pain or bleeding, it is probably safe to do so.
Ask MD - i have a combination skin that is nose,cheeks and chin has oil n other parts are very dry so plz tell me what type of soap should i use so that it wont dry my skin n i have a post pimple marks on my cheeks so plz tell me what type of diet
Answer - These are specific questions that really can-not be addressed without a personal visit to a physician. Generally, physicians do not consider that "diet" is a major issue with skin disease, as long as it is healthy and well balanced. I do not believe any of the Ontos, Inc. products has a great likely hood of being helpful to you, but you could certainly try the bar soap at no risk, as a full satisfaction guarantee is offered.
Ask MD - My wife has DSAP - Disseminated Superficial Actinic Porokeratosis. What treatment would you suggest. Do you think noble formula would help?
Answer - First, I am sorry that your wife has such an unusual and poorly understood disease. We have NO information that any of our products would help. To the extent that your wife's skin is lichenified or hyperkeratotic (essential, dry, cracky, flaky) our Noble Formula-S Rx, by prescription of your doctor, MIGHT be helpful. The basic formula, plus the salicylic acid and the super potent corticosteroid clobetasol, MIGHT prove a helpful "cocktail" for symptom reduction. If nothing else is working, it is probably worth a try - mostly because she can do so at the risk of Ontos, Inc. If she is not satisfied, for any reason (even if using for a purpose never anticipated) she can get her money back. If she does try it, please be sure to let us know the results! The basic, non prescription product, alone, might also be useful just for itch control.
Ask MD - I have a pretty persistent Seborreah around the nose and mask are of my face. I have been to a dermatologist who tried steroid creams and then an antifungal cream. Neither worked. What products do you offer that might help?
Answer - This is a very difficult area to treat. Our Noble Formula, compounded with .05% clobetasol (the most common formulation) would almost certainly clear the problem, but I would not recommend that. It is too potent to be used regularly on the face. Maybe for 2 weeks or so, just to get ahead of it, but then switch to a less potent formulation. This would require a prescription from your doctor - and again is a very potent combination to be used only with caution. Noble Formula-HC, our new OTC product with hydrocortisone (a mild corticosteroid), might do the job. As it is a spray, you would want to spray it onto your fingers, and dab around your face. Keep it out of your eyes. This is what I would recommend, as you can purchase it at no risk (full money back guarantee, including your postage) and it does not require a prescription. If NF-HC were not up to the task, asking your doctor to prescribe NF, compounded with 1% triamcinolone, might be a reasonable "medium" strength combination that could be used with reasonable safety around the face. The compounding pharmacist we work with would be happy to process this for you. The charges would be the same as the NF-Rx with clobetasol. Our staff would be happy to work with you on this. Call them at 888 4myskin (888.469.7546). Good luck.
Ask MD - will any of these products work with alopecia scalp conditions?
Answer - We have no reason to believe any product of Ontos, Inc. would be helpful for alopecia. Most patients do recover from typical alopecia, over several months without medications. As with most self-limited conditions, however, many things "seem" to work, because they were used just before natural recovery took place. Unfortunately, some forms of alopecia are permanent. Only your own doctor can really help you here. Good luck.
Ask MD - The first spot of inflammation appeared on my shin and is now 3" x 4" in size. Since I thought it was ringworm at first, I medicated it with over-the-counter ringworm medication, which, of course, did no good at all. There is a small spot within this very red and flaky patch which bleeds from time-to-time. Is this normal, or could I have something else developing?
Answer - I would love to take a guess at what is going on with your skin, but it would be highly presumptuous of me and dangerous to you. You need to have a careful diagnosis by your family physician or dermatologist. THEN, we can talk about whether any of the products of Ontos, Inc. might be of help. I am especially concerned about a relatively new and otherwise not very severe sounding lesion that is bleeding. You should have this checked out.
Ask MD - I Have a face problem. There are some reddish in my cheeks and it grow very fast when i go out in the sun. Please suggest me some home treatment to avoid this reddis. If you have some yoga exercises to keep my skin healthy Plz suggest me. I have a very fair complexion
Answer - Your description does not suggest that any of the products Ontos, Inc. are likely to be useful to you. You need a proper diagnostic evaluation by your own doctor with treatment or other intervention chosen specifically for you.
Ask MD - Is there any treatment for Furnunculosis and atopic dermatitis? Have you heard about staphvax and if so, where can I purchase it. One of my friends found it on the net and told me about it. How do I stop massice flareups? Do you think smoking has a big affect on the skin disorder which I have?
Answer - The furunculosis you refer to is, I presume, recurrent - that is a continuing, ongoing, condition of skin infections and abscesses. Many physicians are convinced that the reservoir for repeated self-infection with the usually "Staph" organisms is from the nose. I have had personal success treating patient with about 2 weeks of oral antibiotics, along with "Bactroban" (a brand name prescription ointment) to the nostrils (just put it on your little finger and rub it about inside) twice each day for about a month. Some go further and continue that process for one week of each calendar month for a year. A Scandinavian study a few years ago reported about 80% resolution of the problem by that method. The atopic dermatitis may predispose you to such infections and is usually addressed, if not too serious, by topical corticosteroid preparations, but it would be wise to have the infections under control while (or before) using a corticosteroid. Our new formulation of Noble Formula-HC, with the strongest corticosteroid available without at prescription, might be helpful for your atopic dermatitis - and you can try it with the usual full money back guarantee. A good moisturizing product like our Emu-Lac might also be helpful. Yes, of course, smoking contributes to your problem. It compromises the ability of your nose to resist colonization with harmful bacteria and it reduces the blood flow to your skin and its ability to defend and heal itself. Stop the use of expensive poison.
Ask MD - iam 26 old male doing master of computer applications.iam suffering with psoriasis since when iam 3 years old.i used lot of medicines of allopathy,ayurveda,homeopathy but no result.what is the medicine i have to use.i dont smoke and drink.it is on my both knees and below the knees
Answer - It is so unfortunate that so many people suffer from psoriasis. The disease is not yet fully understood, but it is unlikely that it results from any behavior or habit that you have (or do not have) - it is NOT your fault. Severe flaking, inflammation, and itching might respond well to Noble Formula to which a pharmacist has added the potent corticosteroid, clobetasol. If your plaques are particularly thick, perhaps Noble Formula-S might best be the vehicle used. It adds Salicylic Acid to help reduce plaques. The addition of a potent corticosteroid, however, is a serious medical undertaking that must be done under the supervision and by the prescription of a physician. The staff at Ontos, Inc. would be happy to talk to you by phone and help you find a physician in your area to help you, if you do not have one. The new Noble Formula-HC might be of help to you, but honestly, may not be sufficiently potent for serious disease. You could TRY that if you wish, at the risk of Ontos, Inc., under the money back guarantee. Just return it if not effective for a full refund.
Ask MD - What exactly is Seborrhia? My husband has been diagnosed with it; unfortunately his Dr. isn't great about explaining things, nor is he good about asking things! He has been given several things to try and nothing seems to work. It looks terrible and he is ashamed of the look of it. Can you help us out? Thanks so much
Answer - Seborrhea is simply a descriptive word built from "sebum" - the oil of the skin and "rhea" - the meaning to "weep" or "flow" - thus, it is doctor talk from Latin for "oily skin." It comes in all degrees, of course. In the typical case in the scalp, the oil combines with dead skin cells and dust to make scales. These can become secondarily infected with both bacteria or fungal elements. They can become quite bumpy and inflamed. I know of no solution to the underlying problem, but there are many ways to attack the symptoms. Most basic is good hygiene, just mechanically ensuring that there are not residual crusts of oil and debris permitted to remain on the scalp. Beyond that are various anti-fungal and anti-inflammation products. Tretinoin (Retin-A) may over time reduce the number or effectiveness of the sebocytes (cells that produce oil). Ketoconazole shampoo is sometimes helpful. For this condition, however, I am quite hopeful that a product of Ontos, Inc., may well be the right answer for you. Depending on the severity, I would expect Noble Formula-HC to be an excellent product to try for this condition - with a money back guarantee. The basic Noble Formula contains Zinc Pyrithione, which is both anti-fungal and antiseptic. Its other ingredients tend to soften the plaques and enhance absorption effects. It fights itching. The addition of hydrocortisone in the HC formulation will work to reduce inflammation. In severe cases, a more potent steroid might be recommended by your doctor, for instance triamcinolone (or clobetasol for the truly severe case) - which can be formulated with the basic Noble Formula by prescription, and used under doctor supervision.
Ask MD - For the last 6 years i suffered from red rushes/spots in the middle of my face, caused by seborrheic dermatitis. Tired lot of medicated shampoos and creams but never managed to clear up my rushes. Went through your site and found lots of products concerning my problem. I know that mabye u cannot five medical advices but i would be so pleased that you guide me with your products and maybe give me a correct treatment for my problem. With the correct treatment do i manage to clear up the rushes and then control seborrhea, or the rushes cannot never be cleared out?
Answer - Seborrheic dermatitis may last for years or never be fully resolved. Like psoriasis and other chronic skin conditions, it is CONTROLLED, not cured. Many products help to control this frustrating condition. Not knowing what you have tried makes it difficult to select, even among our own products what will be best for you. Without a prescription, I would suggest Noble Formula-HC. That is also not so potent as to be dangerous on your face. Like any product, containing a corticosteroid it should not be used continuosly. Perhaps 3-4 weeks would clear the problem, and then use promptly on recurrences or continue to use in the area on weekends only to retain suppression. If this is not adequate then asking your doctor to write a prescription for Noble Formula compounded with triamcinolone 0.1% might be a good idea. I would not recommend compounding with clobetasol for the face, unless you were under careful supervision and only for a short time. If there is a lot of scaling and crusting, compounding with Noble Formula-S might be the best bet. Good luck.
Ask MD - i go for tanning 4 times a week for my psoriasis, will it help me,,
Answer - Many people find that sunlight or tanning booths suppress their psoriasis. Doctors sometimes prescribe a special light box with bulbs in the UV-A spectrum that enhance this effect. BUT, all radiant energy comes at a price. Excess sun, tanning booth or UV-A light can, we believe, predispose the skin to cancers, and also to premature breakdown of structures leading to earlier wrinkles. Thus, while suppressing your psoriasis, you may be harming your skin. Everything in medicine, as in life, must be considered in balance: risk vs. benefit. Corticosteroids work well on many cases of psoriasis (especially when combined with Noble Formula, available on this site) - but too much, too long, can thin the skin or cause stretch marks. Methotrexate works for some people, but can damage the liver. Very few things, whether prescribed by a doctor or "natural" as recommended by friends, are without risks if carried to excess. For some people, alternating methods or combining them successfully avoids the toxicities of either. Thus, you might find tanning only twice a week, while also using a product like Noble Formula-HC or a stronger prescription compounded Noble Formula with triamcinalone or clobetasol - also at a reduced frequency - might work for you.
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