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Tetrasil for Psoriasis?
from Rocel B.

Hello, Ed:  My husband has psoriasis and, like you, I have been searching for the best medicine.  I found one on the Internet and I want to confer with you if you have heard about it.  It is called "Tetrasil."  Do you think this is the answer to my problem?  I mean if you’ve heard of this ointment, what do you think about it?

Thank you so much, -Rocel B.

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Ed’s Response:  I've no personal experience with Tetrasil and have not received any other correspondence about it.  However, your inquiry led me to the web where I have learned the following:

Tetrasil is manufactured by Aidance Skincare, which has a line of products based on proprietary formulations they call "electron-jumping compounds" (EJCs).  They claim their compounds defeat pathogens.  (See: http://www.aidanceskincare.com/technology.htm.) 

I would not regard Tetrasil a likely candidate for the successful short or long-term treatment of psoriasis because psoriasis is not a disease caused by bacteria or viruses.  It is, rather, an immune system malfunction.  This is not to say psoriasis cannot have a pathogenic component.  Viral or bacterial infections can TRIGGER psoriasis, and active, inflamed skin lesions certainly ATTRACT pathogens.  Eliminating pathogens that TRIGGER or INFECT lesions can result in a short term apparent improvement of the lesions, but it is not likely to be a "fix" for flaking.

It is sometimes difficult, Rocel, to find a topical treatment for psoriasis that works.  Even those that do work don't usually work forever.  One thing can be nearly guaranteed: No over-the-counter medication advertised for multiple skin conditions (like Tetrasil) is likely to work effectively against psoriasis.  If it were otherwise, we would not have such a broad list of prescription palliatives to try.  Your dermatologist can introduce you and your husband to many prescription topicals (fluids, foams, lotions, creams and ointments) that DO WORK, at least for awhile.  If you and your husband do decide to try Tetrasil, I'd welcome a report on how it works for him.  -Ed

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