I'm sorry to hear Rosey. Some of the drugs aren't good for us and the thing is we will try everything just to get rid of the P. It's not that easy and as soon as we see it's returning, the more we stress and the more we stress, the more P we get. We can't win but all we can do is try. I'm still using my tar cream. As you know, i've been using it for many many years, and apart from strong steroids (which I haven't used in centuries) the tar has done a great job for me. It's still helping the P not getting out of hand and I still try to not focus on my P the whole time. My ankles are looking good but it's getting winter now so I expect a few extra spots. I'll be called "spotty"when I walk down the isle lol. Poor John ;)
I do hope your arms gets better. I got 3 spots from when I returned from Dublin. Normally they go quick but they are still there. Not getting bigger or anything. Just sitting there...waiting...don't know for what, but I know that I have been eating crap a lot so my body is recovering now. I'm drinking my turmeric as well and my joint pain has been gone for 2 weeks, so I'm happy.
Hang in there Rosey, just don't panic about the P, get something for the itch and flakes and you'll be okay.
Have you noticed that when you don't itch and not flaking, the P gets better? to me it means that my body doesn't have that much inflammation in it which is why I drink my turmeric and eat my anti inflammatory foods. But again, we are not all the same.
Keep well Rosey and keep us posted about your P. Tell us when you try something new. :)
Hi Umair. There are so many things that works for many P sufferers but the final solution to me is definitely a diet change. BY eliminating all fatty, oily crappy food (junk food) and change to veggies and salad (with fish, chicken or sometimes red meat). I do cheat sometimes where I have a delicious burger of course and I do get my days where I eat chocolates the whole day but by changing my diet, I have control over my Psoriasis, as long as I don't stress. Enjoy life, be happy, look at yourself as a beautiful person. As soon as you change your mindset about your self, the sooner you'll become more positive and happy. Get some exercise in as well. I see that whenever I gain weight, my Psoriasis becomes worse so I need to keep my weight at a constant level. :)
Hi there Aimee. Yes, I had two uncles whom had it but not severe and then all of a sudden it went into remission until they passed on.
My brother and sister has got P on their elbows only but not severe. It comes and goes all the time. I have P now for 27 years and I'm the only one whom had it severe. My P went into remission for about 10 years but due to emotional stress it came back. I was 90% covered at the time but thankfully only 5% on my legs now. P can skip a generation or two, maybe more for all we know and it doesn't matter how far you off from the family tree. You still have the same blood :)
I also tried the wraps many moons ago and all it did was make me itch. The cream you used also doesn't work for me. Not very effective but I did try it. You live in Dubai and the climate is hot and dry there? Don't keep your P too moist as it will only trigger it more. Thats my experience with it but we are not all the same. I only use my Coal tar and quite frankly it works the best for me. Strong steroids obviously is a win but not good to use especially on the long term.
Hi Roxy. I mostly eat veggies, green salad with fish or chicken. I love red meat, but don't eat it often. Any junk food is out. I do cheat sometimes but I don't make a habit of it. Some people can eat nuts and berries but with me, I itch from nuts. Not all of us are the same which is why we need to experiment with our food and see what works for us. One thing I know for sure is that I can't eat dairy, apart from having milk in my coffee, Pasta, bread, gluten etc is a big NO NO as well as nightshades. Fizzy drinks are out as well as spirits (I do drink spirit occasionally but are very bad inflamed afterwards which is why I stick to my red dry wine. I do drink my turmeric powder often to prevent inflammation and it does work for me, especially for my PsA. :)
James, might the stress of flying? or little sleep? Climate change?
Rosey, thank you :) We did have a fantastic time thank you and I loved being with him again. We did some sight seeing but I mostly loved seeing him *wink, wink* . I just love him to bits. I'm a lucky lady.
But anywayyyyyy, the weather was great and so was the pubs lol. It was awesome. Strange, the weather didn't affect my Psoriasis. I did itch a bit and was a bit inflamed but only because of the burgers and fries I had. Oh and the beer too. We did eat a lot of crap but we had some veggies too (I think). Thank you Rosey, it was an awesome trip, and if our plans work out, I'll be in England permanently from December. Wish us luck :) xx
Hi Sarah and welcome to Flaym. I agree with Peter and James. Since I cut nightshades out of my diet, I itched less. Pasta was the worse for me and flavoured sauces. You need to experiment with your food and keep track of what you eat. I usually started itching half an hour I had something bad but It also depended on what food it was. Like James said, you might have a different reaction to nightshades but it's worth trying. :)
Oh and I have to add that what works for me, might not work for you, but there is nothing wrong with trying it for a couple of weeks and see how it goes. Ointments alone won't help. You need to change your diet as well by eliminating all the unhealthy food. It's not easy believe me, but when you see results, you'll realize its more of a lifestyle than a diet :)
Hi Sarah, I have tried tea tree oil but with no success. Like James, I also used it to clean the P and to get the flakes off. The only thing I have been using for years is my tar lotion I get from my local chemist. It is not very strong, but I do buy an extra small bottle of tar and mix it with the cream. It helps to treat itching, scaling, and flaking. It works by causing the skin to shed dead cells from its top layer and slow down the growth of skin cells. Apart from the cream, I mostly watch what I eat as well. Inflammatory foods triggers the Psoriasis which is why I try to eat anti-inflammatory food mostly. I do get my days where I will have a burger with fries but I do not have it every day/week/month. :)