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Old 05-28-2012, 08:30 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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I developed Psoriasis when I was pregnant and started taking Labetalol (a beta blocker) because I had chronic hypertension due to the pregnancy. At first I had no idea what it was. It started as an itch on top of my left foot. It would itch like hell during showers. I couldn't help but scratch it. Fast forward 18 months later and that spot has turned into full blown plaque psoriasis. It's big and round and covers almost half of my foot. I also have a very small spot on my right elbow.

I believe the pregnancy and the beta blocker are responsible for the flare up. Combined with stress.

I do not want to take any meds for it. I would like to know if any of you have tried natural remedies that helped clear it up or at least make it better? I am currently using a little bit of petroleum jelly here there and it stops the itching right away and makes the spots less dry.

If not, do you have any other advice such as foods to avoid?
Thanks!
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:52 PM
 
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Sunlight.

Limes contain compounds known as Psoralens, and when exposed to light can form another compound that can intercalate DNA. PUVA (psoralens+UVA) is a known treatment for psoriasis. You can ask your doctor if this would be reasonable and safe to try. Psoralens are a mutagen so definitely ask your doctor about rubbing limes on your psoriasis and exposing it to sunlight before trying it.

If you've ever been to the beach and have seen bar tenders with rashes on their hands, it is because they frequently make gin and tonics (squeezing lots of limes), and get significant sun exposure. It's because of PUVA.
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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I've had it for awhile. Sunlight is good, more so with something like elta tar.

I'm trying to remember back (I have been on methotrexate followed by enbrel)

In general, only prescriptions did me any good. And it's been awhile since I've done anything topical (meds change a lot for this), so I would see your dermatologist.
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:25 PM
 
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i have heard that immersing in salt water can help lessen the effects of psoriasis.
get into the ocean, if possible.
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Old 05-29-2012, 04:29 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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Sunlight.
I didn't know that psoriasis was similar to eczema. to My dad was discharged from the Air Force for eczema (before steroid creams were available) and he got a job as a lifeguard; the sun and salt water cleared it up.

Avoid vaseline since it's not water soluble. This link might help: Psoriasis - Psoriasis treatment of the hands and feet
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:12 PM
 
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i have heard that immersing in salt water can help lessen the effects of psoriasis.
get into the ocean, if possible.
This. I had a friend who suffered some pretty nasty plaquing with psoriasis. A couple of days of sunlight and sea water and not only did the plaquing disappear but there were only shades of any redness in those areas where the psoriasis had been very evident days before. If the OP cannot get to sea water then perhaps try soaking in a tub with some Dead Sea Salts?

Diet: incorporate more foods with anti-inflamatory agents (tumeric, ginger, dark berries, Omega-3s) and reduce the foods/carbs./sugars which promote an inflamatory response.

I have seen natural emu oil creams promoted as a tx. for both psoriasis and rosacea but cannot attest to their effectiveness. Additionally there are several claims out there about essential oils such as lavendar and tea tree.

Stress is a factor so address how you cope with the stress in your life.
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Old 05-31-2012, 03:52 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I developed Psoriasis when I was pregnant and started taking Labetalol (a beta blocker) because I had chronic hypertension due to the pregnancy. At first I had no idea what it was. It started as an itch on top of my left foot. It would itch like hell during showers. I couldn't help but scratch it. Fast forward 18 months later and that spot has turned into full blown plaque psoriasis. It's big and round and covers almost half of my foot. I also have a very small spot on my right elbow.

I believe the pregnancy and the beta blocker are responsible for the flare up. Combined with stress.

I do not want to take any meds for it. I would like to know if any of you have tried natural remedies that helped clear it up or at least make it better? I am currently using a little bit of petroleum jelly here there and it stops the itching right away and makes the spots less dry.

If not, do you have any other advice such as foods to avoid?
Thanks!
Some believe psoriasis is caused by a fungus and I've read accounts of people who have gotten cured by applying different natural remedies such as apple cider vinegar, borax and virgin coconut oil.
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:05 AM
 
Location: Australia
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My ex-husband had extremely bad psoriasis and he swore by cow udder cream to reduce the itching and improve the skin's appearance. He used to buy it at the vet's - a huge jar lasted ages and cost just a few dollars. Apparently there is a product based on (or maybe identical to) veterinary cow udder cream called "Udderly Smooth" which is available in most drugstores in the US.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:17 AM
 
Location: In a house
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I used a cream with vit c in it and it really cleared up a lot of it!
I know the ocean and the salt water is very healing so I wonder if you could put sea salt in a bath tub full of water and soak in that?
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Right were I should be!
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Some believe psoriasis is caused by a fungus and I've read accounts of people who have gotten cured by applying different natural remedies such as apple cider vinegar, borax and virgin coconut oil.
Psoriasis is NOT caused by a fungus. It is in auto immune response. There is no way and no need to try to 'sterilize' the site or your skin. You will just dry out the area and irritate it further. Trust me. I had over 80 % of my body covered from when I was 9 years old until my first pregnancy. Suddenly it was down to knees elbows and scalp. Tried ointments, salves, tar treatments, UVB for years, sunshine and salt water....you name it.

Rx is the way to go IMHO. Treat the cause (over active immune system attacking your own body) and you will get rid of the symptom which is the itchy plaques. I had to develop Psoriatic Arthritis to finally get the methotrexate. Within 2 months I was completely clear and have been since February 2009. Minimal side effects with the best results in my entire life. See a specialist. Good luck.
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