In the last posts, I discussed how there are certain “triggers” for inflammation, and how inflammation in an underlying cause of skin disease. To care for the skin naturally in the best way, we must look at these triggers. Just as different people react to different substances, they also tend to have different kinds of reactions once the “trigger” is pulled.
A certain part of the trigger mechanism, and the treatment to stop the trigger, will be the same for some groups of people. But each person has their own, unique reaction. More specific “suspects” for triggers may come from the experience of the dermatologist over the years, experimental data on the mechanisms of the disorder, and the lore of other systems of healing. I dig into these three deep mines of information to come up with a diagnosis and natural treatment for skin disease when I practice Holistic Dermatology.
Like my more conventional colleagues, I examine the patient, take a history, make a diagnosis, and prescribe treatment. But my history is much more detailed and extensive, because I am looking for the group of factors which may have set off the reaction, or set the stage so that the reaction would occur. I not only make a conventional diagnosis, but with my probing, I make a second diagnosis related to cause. That causal diagnosis covers the series of probable reasons the patient broke out in the first place. More on this in part eight of this comprehensive series.
To your health,
Dr. Alan M. Dattner, MD
As always, the content of this blog is for information and education purposes only, and should not be used to prevent, diagnose or treat illness; please see your physician for care.