Post # 1
Yep I just found out I have psoriasis… Right now it is on my elbows and working down my arm. It is still at the begining stages but it HURTS… I have been using SOOO much lotion its not even funny (my mom who has it also told me to use LOTS of lotion) Any Bees have any other things that help? I asked my mom but she REALLY didnt help…
Post # 3
I have psoriasis on my scalp! I’ve had it for about 10 years now, and it is a HUGE pain in the rear! There are upsides and downsides to having it where I have it: nobody but me knows it’s there unless I tell them yet the skin flakes get caught in my hair and look like dandruff! Not to mention, nothing works on my scalp bc it makes my hair look gross!
My uncle has it on his elbows and he uses this spray for it from this doctor and it really helps!!
I wish you luck, and I completely commiserate with you! It’s like a bad habit now for me to pick my head because it itches and hurts! ugh!
Post # 4
@LaviniaRose2013: As soon as I get my insurance back i will go to the doctor and ask about a spray lol… I am used to it because my mom had it but I never thought it would itch and hurt as much as it does
Post # 5
I don’t know if you’re already doing this… but my Darling Husband has it pretty bad on his arms/elbows and he uses lotion just once a day after he showers to lock in the moisture and that seems to work well for him.
Post # 6
@jenspadiva: I am doing that and also randomly when ever I remember durring the day and before I go to bed I have noticed its not hurting and itching as bad but I just want it gone lol…
Post # 7
My dad has pretty bad plaque psoriasis. He uses 1% cortizone cream that he gets from his dermatologist, and it seems to help with the itching. He also uses Eucerine and Aquafore several times a day.
When I was little he used to do that light therapy. I’m sure it’s not good for your skin, especially since he’s prone to skin cancer, but it really helped clear up the patches. His always gets better in the summertime or when he’s in the sun a lot, too.
Good luck! Kim Kardashian has psoriasis…so it’ll probably be fashionable someday soon 🙂
Post # 8
@pinkandsparkly: I have aquafore I dont know why I didnt think of that sooner! And thanks as soon as I can get back on my insurance I will be able to go to the doctor.
Post # 9
I too suffer from psoriasis 🙁 I use the following creams regularly: dovonex, elidel, and a corticosteroid cream fluocinonide.
@LaviniaRose2013: I use fluocinolone on my scalp & it works best for me if I put it on when my hair is wet (like right after a shower) and then dab it with a towel to rub it in. It dries with my hair so it doesn’t look oily. Might be worth a try 🙂
Also there are a lot of products like enbrel, methotrexate, and other immunosuppressants but they have some pretty crazy side effects so unless you have really bad psoriasis I’d avoid those if possible, or use them for a short course to get it under control then maintain with creams.
Oh yea, almost forgot- sunlight helps. I know it’s winter and all, but some dermatology offices have UV lamps (less invasive & the only real side effect is a tan!!)
Post # 10
I hope a fellow Bee doesn’t mind me sharing a PM, but I had to share a PM I got this morning:
So on the beauty tricks thread the other day you posted about Bag Balm… so I bought some from Walgreens and have been using it for 2 nights now and I swear it healed my skin up …probably 85% of the dryness and redness is gone… just thought I would share because now I am a Bag Balm enthusiast and I have only been using it for a couple of days!
My Fiance has psoriasis so I had him put some on his elbows ( always a trouble spot) and it even helped clear up more on the dryness in one night than his prescription cream.
So thank you for sharing!”
Bag Balm! It works!
Post # 11
@KatyElle: I will have to check it out. Mine just started so its not bad at all I just want to know what works so I can keep it from getting bad and maybe even have it gone? or as close to gone as possible…
Post # 12
- Wedding: January 2011 - Gardens of the World
I get psoriasis on my scalp. I used a medicated serum from the doctor for awhile but it didnt help. Then I eliminated all lotions, shampoos, and soaps that contain sulphites, and started using Neutrogena T-Gel (it is brown and doesnt smell good but it works!), and the psoriasis has been so much better. Now it only flares up when I am really run down. Maybe eliminating products with sulphites would work for you too?
Post # 13
@KatyElle: I love bag balm! I’ve been using it for 10 years. My husband despises it and if I put it on my lips and then go in for a kiss, he wipes it away. 🙂 My mom’s a pharmacist and got me a tub despite my protests of it “being for cows” and now I can’t use anything else all year ’round. 🙂 I’m so glad to find someone else who loves bag balm.
Post # 14
Like PPs, I have it on my scalp as well. My doctor says it flares up when I am stressed. I use medicated shampoos once a week and have noticed that when I am active and exercising regularly it goes away…as I think exercise is a stress reliever. I’m not sure if you are a regular exerciser, but perhaps that will help too, in addition to creams and balms.
Post # 15
I have it but haven’t had an eruption/outbreak/whatever you want to call it in a few years. what worked for me was Olux-E (clobetasol propionate) foam from my dermatologist. :]
Post # 16
I have had the guttate form in the past. Whole body including face (and eyelids) and genitals. It’s horrid. I only have it on my scalp and a tiny bit on my elbow. Mostly I just put up with it.
@MsPanda: I use Aveeno. But you can also use just oats. Personally I found that the steroid creams and and emolliants didn’t help much. Made it less itchy I guess but didn’t reduce it. I eventually had PUVA treatment. It was keeping me awake at night and I had exams. I can’t recomend it more!
Stress doesn’t help 🙁