Originally Posted by pitt_transplant
-Try a detox diet
- keep a food journal (food can trigger it)
- stop smoking
- food grade extra virgin coconut oil
- neem soap
- rotate out products that are high in perfumes etc.
- dead sea salt soaks
- natural sunshine
- one of those "earth friendly" type organic laundry detergents
- stop using dryer sheets
- do not take really hot showers or baths
and umm..thats all I cant think of for now.
Do not do the detox diet if you have used steriods within the past 6 months.
Scripts - seems the body gets used to those..whatever it is after awhile.
Good suggestions, pitt_transplant.
Another thing that helps my skin problems is using epsom salts and baby oil in the bath water. Which one helps more, I cannot say but I told the dermatologist that I did this and she seemed to think it was a good idea.
The name of my 'expensive' Rx is 'Triamcnolone Acetonid', it is a cream and comes in a big plastic jar. It helps when the psoriasis flares up.
I know for a fact that quitting smoking really does reduce the flare ups. I quit for 5 months and the psoriasis was almost gone. Started again and started eating randomly and drinking more soft drinks--even the zero sugar types and 'Voila'--the itching and raw spots are back. 'Stress' --you betcha that is a major factor in skin problems. My brother died recently and I have a lot of 'emotions' and my Mother has apparently gone out of her mind. So I need to embark on an aggressive stress management campaign. I thought I would never have smooth skin on my feet again--much less be able to go without the cotton socks--I must have over 100 pairs of them. The skin dries out so badly that I put vaseline, expensive Rx and whatever on them and put the socks on--never take them off. There have been times when my feet were so cracked and bleeding that I really couldn't walk well.
I know when this 'Crap' started. Back around 1982 I met a 'Man' at a Christmas Eve party. Jumped right into a 'Relationship'--I was 30ish and living with a roommate that was younger and 'Love' was always a priority.
This male person turned out to have 2 names--apparently avoiding child support payments in Cleveland, OH. I dropped by his place of business one day and asked for him by the name he gave me--no, they said--we don't have anyone by that name. Then someone recognized me from a picture the toad had brought to work. Oh, that's 'Mr X'.
I confronted him. He hit me. I told him never to contact me again. He came to my apartment around 11 one night. I was upstairs and thought I heard something. The next thing I knew he was standing in my bedroom. Somehow I got past him and down the stairs out to my car. I told him I was going to a pay phone to call 911. I did. When I got back he was driving away and said, 'What has made you so mean?'
I went on a Spring Break/teacher trip and my neighbors said a man had been looking at the phone wires leading to my apartment. So I guess the jerk 'tapped' my phone. I got a new roommate shortly after that--The Love Goddess found a man and got married. The new roommate thought this was pathetic and helped me get on with my life. Ass still called now and then but with B's coaching I kept telling him to "Put it where the sun doesn't shine'.
Right at this time I noticed strange red, scaly patches on my elbows and scalp. Psoriasis. Every time there is severe emotional stress it flares up. It has been worse--in my scalp and wanting to break out on my legs and arms--so I walk and walk and walk and drink a lot of water. Try to eat fruits and vegetables and do things to relax.
I really HATE psoriasis and mine is not as bad as some of the posters' in psoriasis forums. A terrible disease and I hope some cure is found.