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Hi, I am 46, perimenstral and suffering from really dry skin

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Hi, I am 46, perimenstral and suffering from really dry skin and mood swings. I am pescitarian and have a lot of external stress in my life at the moment (2 family members seriously ill and a stressful job. There is history of heart disease on my mother's side of the family and I suffer from mild osteoarthiritis. The only medicines I take are salbutamol for mild asthma and paracetamol for my osteoarthiritis as well as occasionally ibuprofen. Please can you recommend something to take to calm down the mood swings and combat the dry itchy skin problem as they are making my life a misery right now?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
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Expert:  Dr. P. Jyoti replied 3 years ago.
Hello Carol,

I can understand your problems.

Your problems are related to PMS or pre menopausal syndrome.

For now, I will recommend some OTC treatments that you can try after discussing with your doctor.

The best treatment which will help you in several ways is Primrose Oil. Primrose oil is available in capsules from various companies and is available at all chemists, simply ask for primrose oil capsules. It is also available online.

Primrose Oil capsules have been used traditionally for PMS since a long time. It can help with various symptoms of PMS like mood swings and dry skin. It is also known to help in Osteoarthritis so that is an added advantage for you.

For your mood swings you can use Chamomille tea. Chamomille tea packets are also available at most chemists and alternative medicine shops. It helps to stabilize moods and will be very useful for you. Take two cups once in the afternoon and once after dinner.

Some steps for dry skin are:
• Maintaining a cool room temperature
• Use gently, hypoallergenic laundry detergents
• Rinse bed linens twice to ensure that all soap residues have been removed.
• Tepid baths and the use of mild soaps such as Neutrogena or Basis.
• Addition of soothing or moisturizing bath products such as Aveeno Oatmeal bath or Keri bath.
• Addition of bath oils if the skin is intact.
• Taking showers instead of baths
• Frequent application of lotions such as Nivea, Aveeno, Lubriderm, Aquaphor or Keri lotion.
• Drinking plenty of liquids is very important

Try all these steps and also take Primrose oil and Chamomille.

But you should first see a doctor for this. Discuss your problems with him and also these alternative treatments. Seeing a doctor is important so that you can examined for your problems like dry skin.

Take care.


Hope this shows you the way forward - wish you good health and a quick recovery.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.


Hi, thank you for your advice. I was with the nurse at my doctor's surgery this morning and she recommended that I get in touch with a homeopath to check what over the counter remedies I should try before buying just to ensure that I did not suffer any adverse effects from anything. Thank you very much for your help, I have taken your advice on board and will try it.

Expert:  Dr. P. Jyoti replied 3 years ago.
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