Hi Sophie and welcome to Flaym :)
A diet change will definitely help. Carol is right, cutting out dairy and red meat especially pork will help lots. Stick to mostly fish and chicken with veggies or salad and you will see improvement. Don't use any scented products on your body and don't stress. It will be difficult to start with a clean diet but at the end of the day you will notice its more of a lifestyle change than a diet. You will see your P will improve and as time goes by, you can cheat once a month or so. I cheat every week lol but my P doesn't get worse. Its worse now because I had strep throat two weeks ago. Shock to the body but I'm positive it will disappear quick. good luck and keep us posted okay?
Hi Claudia. The thing is that our P does not like junk food, pastas, fizzy drinks etc. We have to eat healthy. More fish,chicken, veggies and salads. No pork and not too much red meat. We are not all the same but should you try to stick to a healthy diet, you will see your P will improve. Previous studies have suggested links between psoriasis and health conditions such as obesity and metabolic syndrome that can lead to NAFLD, which can cause liver fibrosis and cirrhosis, and end-stage liver disease. We have to eat healthy and look after ourselves. :)
Hi Rachelle and welcome to Flaym :). I agree with Rosie, the site is quiet but I think they are experiencing problems as no one is getting notifications nor mail etc. Once they sort out the problem you'll enjoy coming here for advice. Tell us more about your struggle with Psoriasis and how it influence your every day life :)
Hi Rosie. Oh the weather can definitely have an impact on your P. It's winter here in South Africa and I can feel it on my skin. I try to keep warm put extra tar in my cream and it does help. We are not all the same so I do understand if something doesn't work for you. I also itch when I'm in a humid area. My P doesn't like that climate. When it comes to winter, I try to still eat healthy. Imagine what I would look like when summer comes if I don't look after myself during winter? I'll be much overweight plus have more Psoriasis and that I do not want. No the zerobase emollient cream won't help. Well it doesn't help me. Working with animals - see, our skin can get irritated from dog/cats hair and thats when we start itching and that's when the P will get irritated too. Try wear long sleeve shirts and pants when working with them. What work do you do with animals Rosie? Always stay hopeful and stop stressing about your Psoriasis. I know it is a big stress but the more you stress the worse it gets. Everything starts with oneself. Changing your attitude and mindset when it comes to Psoriasis will have an impact on your body. Look after yourself and I know lots of people will say that having the right diet has got nothing to do with your P, but to me and some other Flaymers, it has. Since I've eliminated some food, my P improved. Now I can manage it. Once you know how to manage your Psoriasis you will find its easier to control an outbreak. You will know when to cheat on food and for how long you can cheat. What cream/ointment works the fastest etc. Everything becomes easier when you know how to manage your P. You won't even be upset when you see a spot or two as you know you've got this lol :) But keep in mind my dear Rosie, you are a P sufferer and always will be. Doesn't matter if it goes into remission or not. Concentrate on eliminating all inflammatory food. No Sugar, No nightshades, no alcohol (okay I love wine but I know when I can and cannot have some ;)
Pity some of our regular Flaymers aren't active anymore as they would've given you great advice too. If I was in your shoes again (being covered more than 60%) I would've started with fish and veggies for a week and see if the itch and inflammation subsides. Try use a glycerine soap and wash your hair with a coal tar base shampoo. Drink a lemon tea instead of coffee. No sugar. No fizzy drinks, no ice cream or whatever. Try keep it healthy for one week and I guarantee you, you will see a difference in your P. It won't be red anymore but almost like a skin color. P might not go away as yet but concentrate on the inflammation first. :)
Rosie, this friend of yours...What does she look like? apart from being a clear skin? How can she look down on you for having P when I'm sure she's not perfect herself? Yes, I'd slap my her if she was my friend as that is humiliating what she said to you. Life revolves around living, not around disability and your friend should know that. You do not need to be reminded about your P. You need to be uplifted and inspired by your so called friend.
Look at yourself in the mirror and say "Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it". Do not let your friend bring you down. You seem like a very intelligent lady so use your intelligence to quiet her loose tongue.
Hi Rosie. Yes I have. My P went into remission for 10 years. Due to emotional stress it came back with a vengeance and I was 90% covered. Once I dealt with the stress, it took me around 3 months to get rid of my P. I only have it on my lower legs now (about 5%) which is a hand palm size on each leg. (lower calves). Sometimes I do get a new spot but it usually goes within a week or two. When I see a new spot, I immediately treat it with my coal tar cream and I eat more healthy. The P can get less noticeable but you have to look at what you eat and try not to stress or use perfumed creams etc. If your skin is inflamed then it will go red and get itchy, that's when you know it might spread. I concentrate on keeping my body inflammation free but it's not always easy. :)
You know what I found? When I started to eliminate some food etc, I saw that some of the bad food does nothing to my P, but, combine lets say pork for instance - a nice pork chop topped with a bit of apricot jam - now that will trigger your P definitely more than eating the chop without the jam. So it is with most food. Having spaghetti alone is okay (although I might get an itch) but having spaghetti with bologna is an inflammation bomb. Eliminate the whole package (spaghetti with bologna) and replace it with a chicken salad or veggies with fish/chicken then you'll feel the difference. I know that some will rather go with medication than changing their diet but a diet is for the long run. meds are only short term. One has to decide what you want :) Good luck
Of Course G. We are all human! and that's what makes us so damn special. Nobody likes to be criticized, but some people are better than others at both hearing criticism clearly and then using that criticism to their own advantage. I've learned that the hard way. If you use it to learn something about yourself or the other person, it's constructive. If you beat yourself over the head with it, it's destructive. Do not let criticism destroy you. Do not pay attention to shallow people. People who criticize are the one's with the problem. Stay focus, stay positive. You have P and always will. Doesn't matter if it goes into remission or not. Accept your condition. As sure as there will always be death and taxes, there will always be naysayers in your life. Accepting this as a fact of life is your safest option, as is recognizing that regardless of how much energy you exert in efforts to elicit support from those around you, some are simply incapable of offering that support. Trying to please all people all of the time is a surefire setup for disappointment. I've been criticized too and I've been miserable because of my P and I made the people around me miserable too as I felt that why can they be happy and I can't? Wrong right? P has made me wiser, P has made me a stronger person and P is not my enemy anymore. I've learned how to manage my Psoriasis and I've learned how to deal with idiots. Chin up and face the ignorant people. Once you accept your condition, people won't try to bully you anymore as they will realize they have nothing to criticize you for. Focus on yourself and not on people.
@ G, I was 18 when my Dr told me to use glad wrap. I wrapped myself up like a mummy in the evenings. All it did was to make me itch. All that sweat wasn't good for my P and it aggrivated it instead. Maybe it works for you :) let us know how you're going on.
@Harvey, leave the steroids if you can. I've used it before and yes like you, it did work for a while but my skin got really thin. Get more sun, eat healthy, do exercise and enjoy life. Don't over moisturize as your skin needs to breath too. :)
Rosie, what do you use for your P? Burning means you have inflammation in your body. You need to eat less inflammatory food, cut out fizzy drinks etc. You will see, once you changed your diet, you will itch less, the burning will go away and your P won't be painful anymore. You will get a good nights rest :)