Treatment: If a pancreatic or liver tumor is identified and able to be surgically excised, the skin lesions may normalize for an extended period of time, but because these tumors metastasize (spread to other areas of the body) quickly, surgery is not curative. In cases of end stage liver disease, surgery is not possible, and the goal of therapy is to increase quality of life and decrease uncomfortable skin lesions with supportive care and addressing the nutritional abnormalities. Supportive care includes supplementing protein and necessary minerals and enzymes through the diet and oral supplements or by weekly intravenous amino acid infusions that are performed in the hospital on an outpatient basis until improvement in the skin is noted. Unfortunately, despite the supportive care, the disease will progress.
Thank you so very much for this article, Vaughn. I’m 72 years old and have been researching this subject for a very long time. Your advice makes far more sense than others, which have sometimes caused more problems. For example, your note to avoid parsley answered a big question for me. I was advised to drink parsley tea in many places. I did so and made a powerful concoction. Drinking only a wineglass full of this stuff caused the inside of my left hand and fingers to totally dehydrate. The skin turned white and seemed to separate itself from the flesh. It looked like a scrunched up piece of paper sitting on my hand. It lasted only ten minutes and was very scary! Dandelion tea had a similar effect. But why the left hand? Could this represent my left kidney I wonder because this is the one that sometimes gives me pain.