Sonia, I LOVE swimming, I'm a real water baby, and psoriasis is a real barrier to swimming in public. However, I refuse to let it deter me. I pick a beach that is more isolated and swim there. My sister has a pool, so I swim there (daily in the summer!). I heard a great line about how shame cannot survive in the face of empathy, so I try to make sure I have family and friends around. So just swim anyway!
Hi Mally, I know how you can get to that place...psoriasis can make me feel utterly miserable. It can be very hard to control and sometimes be overwhelming. Hold on though...I find some sleep and sun and relaxation can help. I'm more spotty now than I've ever been, but summer is coming and that usually means improvement for me. Have you thought of going to see a counsellor? Have you tried tapping? Research shows it helps.
Take care, and keep on hoping...psoriasis can also go into remission - though we don't always know why!
Oh boy Alan, I commiserate. I had a big break out recently, got P for the first time on my torso - I'm not happy! And my left leg around my ankle and lower calf is completely red and flakey. It's intense. I have times of real grief and despair - I had such lovely ankles for most of my life! The only thing I tell myself is that this too will pass. And it's important to get empathy from your loved ones.
Tapping helps me a bit. You could try that - lots of videos about it on youtube.
Just remember - you're not alone.
I just go swimming in the sea anyway. I try to pick places away from lots of people...I just think the value of seawater on my legs is more important that how they look. I go swimming even in the middle of winter! But I never wear shorts...and I don't wear short sleeves if my arms are bad. It's too embarrassing at work to show my arms. Sigh...
My response used to be alot worse - but now, two years, I'm starting to accept things...and I'm seeing a great homeopath who's really helping me. Last year at this time in the winter things were really bad - red angry patches all over my arms and legs. Now my skin is much better, though my ankles are completely red. I can see this condition more realistically now. I know the flares will eventually settle down. Sometimes now it's within a day. But I also look at the clear skin on my arms and know that potentially it's only a minute away from an itch and a flare. So I take all the pills and the herbal remedy (which tastes horrible!) and try to get enough sleep and exercise and stay away from dairy...
I spent $1000 on a Chinese acupuncturist and his herbs last year. He was meant to be the real deal, on his way to being ancient, couldn't really speak English, was apparently famous in China - but didn't really help. And the herbs smell and taste foul.
The homeopath I've found now is doing a much better job.
It's different for all of us - I hope this works for you!
Hi Clint, yes, you're right....but - I have to say there's been a homeopath whose remedies have really helped me, a teacher or two who opened me to new knowledge and insights, a guru who taught me meditation (which really worked in making me a calmer happier person!), a financial mentor who gave me the courage to buy an investment property, and a trainer who inspired me to do more in terms of fitness. Now I know that I had to do the work, but you know what they say: when the student is ready, the teacher appears.
I believe in personal responsibility, but I've certainly welcomed help along the way so I could learn and grow. I love the help we all get here!
I would want a dermatologist who's had P themselves. Someone who truly understands. Someone open to alternative treatments, willing to listen to their patients. Someone who is proactive about trialling alternative treatments, and who would be open to work with an immunologist, homeopath, acupuncturist, naturopath, and osteopath. Willing to look at nutrition. Sigh....
I was so excited at the prospect of a natural cure, I was rubbing lemon on 5 or 6 times a day. That's too much! It kinda worked a little, but then my skin had a big flare. I realised the only thing was to get to some sun and sea (it's winter where I live), so I took myself to a Pacific island, swam 4 times a day in the sea and that helped enormously. I didn't care that people could see my red ankles and calves, I still went swimming and snorkelling.
I just saw online that they have special body suits for children with eczema, both to stop the itch and heal the skin. I'm sure it would work for psoriasis as well. At the moment, I have scratched my legs so badly I put sesame oil on them and then bandage them so I can't reach the skin! And I take antihistamines to calm the itch. I've also used various anti-itch creams. It's just a matter of trying things and see what works best. Good luck with it.