Various treatments that have worked for me

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Various treatments that have worked for me

Posted by Incabelle on 18th July 2012 10:07AM

Hi,

I wanted to share my experiences of different treatments I have used over the last 24 years.

Probably for the first 10 years I did nothing about getting treatment as it was only on my elbows. However from the age of 26 it began getting progressively worse and spread to all parts of my body apart from my hand, face and neck/chest area it also became very sore.

I spent the next 10 years using steriod creams that did not make the P go away but I was no longer in pain.

In 2010 I began using methotrexate under the supervision of a Dermatologist. This involved taking 7 tablets once a week and also weekly blood tests. I continued for 12 months, however it got to the stage where I was only feeling well for 2 out of the 7 days (nausea and tiredness were the main symptoms) so I stopped taking them. They did work for me and my P had all, but a few stubbon patches, disappeared.

I am now using a double strength coal tar solution and steriod cream on alternative days and this has kept me p free for the last 18 months.

My next course of treatment was going to be UV, however I have now been discharged from the hospital and my Consultant did say that she was very surprised by the results. We both agreed that maybe the Methotrexate kick started the change.

For the first time this year I have worn t-shirts and shorts and it does not dominate my life anymore. I'm hoping and praying that it continues.

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  • by eliminating milk and all forms of dairy…

    Posted by huracan on 21st July 2013 02:07PM

    by eliminating milk and all forms of dairy also bread has helped me a lot no flaking but the red spots still there next thing i will do is drink wheat grass

  • Keep skin cool.... I'm saying this all over…

    Posted by ELangford on 22nd July 2013 10:07AM

    Keep skin cool....

    I'm saying this all over the place as I've never seen it said anywhere and it's made such a big difference to me aside from using simple moisturisers...

    I've had psoriasis on and off since a child and it flared up about 12 years ago. I eventually worked out that it was worse in winter than summer and it was mainly due to the skin getting too hot.

    If the skin feels itchy - put a cold flannel on it - this will reduce the itchiness and make you less likely to scratch.

    > wear cotton next to the skin - I wear cotton vests and this helped to reduce outbreaks on my lower torso and around the waistline.

    > avoid too many layers or tight clothes - when you have psoriasis the temptation is to cover up. Try to air the skin as much as possible - again - I found cottom layers worked better.

    > psoriasis on the face - try to keep hair was swept away from your face and not too heavy on your scalp. Short hair helped when it was worse.

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