john,Chewweeeeee
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I am just curious, are there people here that hardly scratch their skin , dont itch much or not at all? i have never been a big scratcher and hardly itch not since childhood anyway, be good to know from you thanks :)

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Chris
Chris @Chris70

First 2 years I was a scratcher to the blood point , got some CBT which re-wired many things and I don't scratch now its there but hey its what it is people worse off than having p but I do love love the ideas and information we share on here , why cope alone


 john,Chewweeeeee
john,Chewweeeeee @chewbacca

So true chris, why cope alone ,no need here :)


Michelle
Michelle @mishlyn

Years ago I was a big scratcher John. I stopped when I realized that doing so made it worse. There would be times I wasn't even fully aware of what I was doing.. kind of like being in a trance like state. Picking used to put me in that kind of state too. So happy those moments are gone now :)


carol
carol @carol1943

I had a derm who told me that P is not usually itchy. I thought he was crazy but maybe if you never scratch the itchies stay away. I am afraid that I am a scratcher but it is not as awful as it used to be. Not sure why.


Patricia
Patricia @pasttyann

hiya thanks for following me I don't do much but I am on here to get help with my scalp it really burning and pain some times. with the p I am not putting lemon on my scalp burn hot


Helen
Helen @hellyitsme

I find my psoriasis is only ugly to see...I feel absolutely nothing. I think itch if people have it are reacting to a food perhaps


Mavis
Mavis @mavis

Unfortunately I scratch then sometimes I scratch so much I end up making it bleed. Ah well all sent to try us


Rita
Rita @rita

I don’t feel itchy anywhere on my body but my scalp is pretty itchy. I try not to scratch it but sometimes I do it without realizing it.


Michelle
Michelle @mishlyn

I find it so interesting that some don't get itchy. I thought that was something we all experienced.

Sorry to hear about your scalp patty. Have you ever tried an oil soak to help find relief? Tgel extra strength shampoo works really great for me when my scalp flares. Hope you can find something helpful soon!


Darwin michael
Darwin michael @darwin1115

have not itched before. but this past month, its been itching a lot. and it itches during bed time so i dont get much sleep lately.


Shreekant
Shreekant @shreekant

Yes,, these all are the sim terms, itching is one of these...


Heather
Heather @heather0611

I never use to itch. Ever since my boyfriend was murdered my psoriasis has gotten so much worse and now i itch horribly! I really am in need of some natural remedies! It’s making me very insecure and miserable!


 john,Chewweeeeee
john,Chewweeeeee @chewbacca

, i do get an itch now and again with psoriasis or not but, its not constant like daily, my friend dosnt scratch a lot either and his is better than mine, he drinks daily and eats anything, i have never seen him scratching and he dosnt see me doing it,may depend on how bad it is?may depend on the skin build up?, mine dosnt build up bad at all,i remember as a child have thick crusts on my knees and elbows, i used to scratch them off until it bled and then of course it gets sore,some of the creams like coaltar and or parrafin i had as a child i think made it itch more and inflame it ,scratching hasnt been in my daily life for years maybe around 30 years now or more , thank you all for your comments :)


 john,Chewweeeeee
john,Chewweeeeee @chewbacca

Hello Patty,i like to follow everyone here,i hope you can improve your scalp over time, plenty of useful ideas to relieve it or help it heal for better, thank you :)


Millionways
Millionways @millionways

You made me think about the scratching.
I think a big part is a psygically. Stress makes it worse. Not only the long term stress. I’ve noticed when I am in a stress situation I start to scratch immediately.
I dont know if food is a trigger to get itchy.
The weather is a big influence as well. Warm and high humidity is making my whole body itchy. Often even on the places where there is no P.
Thanks for making me realize this. I already knew, but put it away in my mind. Now I can do something about it and might even improve the p.


Dianna
Dianna @diannad

I itch in two places. One on my back where the derm took a biopsy. There is nothing there now but it itches me to death, I have back scratchers laying everywhere. The crown of my head itches just as bad but there is no sign of the psoriasis there yet. The actual psoriasis spots doesn't itch.


Michelle
Michelle @michelle1021

Hey John. I don't itch at all. The only time I will itch is when I take a hot bath or maybe eat the wrong food. My P doesn't bother me at all. If I don't scratch, I forget I have P (unless I look at the few new spots on my hand).


Bev
Bev @bev43

Hi John, my hubby never itches even though he has had it over his whole body. My ears itch like mad though.


 john,Chewweeeeee
john,Chewweeeeee @chewbacca

Thanks for responses,i dried out my bum crack last night and because i left it dry, its feeling better today, i had a shower last night and resisted to rub it, think the shower water would make it itch and of course i would rub it and make it worse,i am taking note if i do itch as most of us scratch without knowing that we are doing it, even though it maybe less often for some of us, is a slight rub counted as a scratch?scratching is normally with the nails,i know i have rubbed my skin from time to time but dont dig my nails in which obviously would make it worse,i know what it its like to have the 24 hour a day itch, i went through it as a child for years so i feel for people who got this bad as it can consume ones life,try making some changes people if life is that bad,what is their to lose? less itching and scratching, may give one more time to concentrate on life instead of feeling miserable daily and in pain etc thanks :)


Michelle
Michelle @michelle1021

That's great news John and I hope it will still improve. I don't think a rub can be counted as a scratch. Your nails aren't digging into the skin. I know that wonderful feeling when You're itching and you can't stop scratching. The relief. I think it is better than sex lol. Sorry If I'm not allowed to say it but the relief we get from scratching is a wonderful sensation. John, I agree with you, making changes to life especially the diet will help stop the itch. Like you said, we have nothing to lose. We will gain so much more instead. Thank you for the inspirational message John and this coming from a lifer means a lot. :)


 john,Chewweeeeee
john,Chewweeeeee @chewbacca

Thank you Michelle, i do make myself sound like i am in prison by being a lifer :) well if one had sex and scratched at the same time that would be great double relief haha,i been a little off the rails this week well quite a lot and i still going camping, i shall see after the weekend if things change ?i am going out wednesday for drinks and rubbish at my friends , thursday to saturday will be bad too with camping , 4 days of bad things consumed,monday i will go back to normal with what i usually eat a healthy lifestyle , i will drink plenty of water as usual though, thats an imperative thanks Michelle :)


Michelle
Michelle @michelle1021

Yes almost time for your camping experience John. Lots of fish, food, booze lol. What about your car? fixed? otherwise you will have to walk and see more with a bottle vodka in the hand. lol. We will wait for your reply next week. I hope you won't suffer too badly. Maybe, you're lucky and you won't.


 john,Chewweeeeee
john,Chewweeeeee @chewbacca

ah thank you michelle, yes its fixed, quite a funny one really as i didnt have no brake lights, you remember you said to use hand signals, the middle finger was on the ready haha :) well i used the car without it and i knew i had no brake lights, i used the main lights as my stop light on friday evening as its in the daylight,only thing with that, i turn the knob to put my light on and off as brake light and my front ones would go on aswell as normal, god knows what the car in front thought of me, well it was a good idea i thought,saturday i stripped the wiring out of the boot lid and found 2 wires that had bared and ground, earthed, bit of tape around each and jobs a gooden thank you , yes hopefully more of a hangover than anything else Michelle, yes i have my vodka ready, big bottle, its going to be very inflammatory, an experiment,you know i am pushing myself to do this haha NOT, thank you :)


Michelle
Michelle @michelle1021

hahahahahaha John! you're funny. I guess your middle finger just wanted to jump up and say "lets go buddy, wanna taste of me"?
Good idea to use the main lights and I would've loved to know what the people in front of you were thinking! lol.
Good luck on that vodka John. You're brave. lol. Be the hero for our Flamers and tell us if we should avoid vodka after Saturday.


 john,Chewweeeeee
john,Chewweeeeee @chewbacca

Well you only live once, this is not going to be regular thats for sure doing this, if i ache badly, its my fault, its all in the name of science, what affect does alcohol have on my psoriatic body after 4 days ? :)


Michelle
Michelle @michelle1021

Do you have any specific food in mind you would like to try?


 john,Chewweeeeee
john,Chewweeeeee @chewbacca

Nope, i will eat burgers and buns,some salad too, hot dogs , onions, maybe a full breakie thrown in if offered ,i will take fruit, its difficult camping with my diet and lots of beer of course, i may put a few pound on also, i will steer clear of sweets though as i dont want to go overboard with sugar, i got that in the beer and my lime :)i am letting my hair down for sure, last year camping was a bit of a hassle, i was being to over obsessed with it all, not this year but, i know i will go back to as i was :)


Michelle
Michelle @michelle1021

Sjoe! that's a lot of crappy food. Lol. Enjoy your camping John and enjoy the food. Next week you will be back to normal and we will learn out of your experience.


 john,Chewweeeeee
john,Chewweeeeee @chewbacca

Thanks Michelle, i look at it as educational on what not to do :),i am a mild flaker compared to some so, if i suffer, it will be lesson learnt , i will post if any differences, i will take pics and look to see if there is any change at all,next week, got to give it a few days, whos knows, it may stay the same or get a little worse? thank you Michelle :)


Skyler
Skyler @skyler

All I do is scratch. Usually scratch till it bleeds — I try not to. I do it in my sleep. Now—I try to make myself stay awake all night so I won’t scratch in my sleep. I am worn out


Skyler
Skyler @skyler

Sorry I get on here for 5 minutes and leave. Fixing to have to go again. Doctors appt —I’m steroid free though not going back there. Bad memories looking back. Steroids are deadly- they were for me. Wouldn’t work for me anyway anymore. Has the opposite effect because of doctor giving them to me for 20 + years


Sarah
Sarah @sarahuk

Not me, John, I have always itched, my scalp being the very worst cuplrit on my whole body. Years and years and years of itching. And me too I used to scratch, peel, bleed, let the flakes fall... but I had to stop that. And it took me years. But I always used to feel a sense of guilt when the blood / plasma etc came out, I was injuring myself. I didn't ever consider it before now but maybe it is kind of a form of self harm in some ways? Like a punishment to the body for having psoriasis? Possible. Heather I am so sorry to hear what happened to you. That is stress of the highest order.


Chrisb
Chrisb @chrisb

" I itch therefore I scratch".....so sorry can't help you there John !


 john,Chewweeeeee
john,Chewweeeeee @chewbacca

Thanks Sarah and Chris, well Sarah i have a conversation with a lady at work, her mother is obsessed with picking her head, she actually enjoys doing it, its the only place she has it,gives her mother great satisfaction,but she is gross with it leaving lumps in random places, the lady said, i wont eat or drink anything at my mothers as its enough to put you off, i can understand that, yes i know when i was child, it was like self harming,i used to bite my nails until they bled and rip my skin off, pull big lumpy flakes out, geeze, thats a lot of years ago but, can remember it well


Mavis
Mavis @mavis

Just reading about everyone itching and scratching has made me all itchy Scratching now lol



Michelle
Michelle @michelle1021

@Skyler. I'm so sorry to hear. 20 years is a long time to use steroids. You need to get some sleep. You P will get worse due to lack of sleep. It's stress on your body. Go to the GP and ask for something to help you sleep. Use lemon/apple cider vinegar for the itching. The coal tar helps a lot but I apply lemon as well. Good luck and I hope the itch gets better x


Rani
Rani @rani1

I don't itch much, certain materials do not agree with my skin, I try and wear cotton, that does not irritate my skin, I found that the moment I wear wool, or nylon, it itches


Michelle
Michelle @michelle1021

Wool makes me itch too Rani but I try not to wear it. Unfortunately it's winter here so I just have to go with it.


Genevieve
Genevieve @Genevieve

I had a bad flare today - wearing wool. I was at a conference and ate different kinds of food...later I was back at the office and was overcome with the need to scratch my legs. The skin is so thin there now it bled badly. I don't want to itch, but sometimes it's impossible not to. The itching is the worst part of P. I've tried everything: lemon, ACV, moisturisers...I often take an antihistamine and that helps.


Michelle
Michelle @michelle1021

Sorry to hear Genevieve. Eating the wrong food is our death and to scratch until it bleeds is horrible.
Plus wearing wool! When Im at a function, I dont eat what is bad. Id rather eat something at home. I hope you have something to sooth the itch?


Clive
Clive @clive1

Still on chemo meds for my P , but that does not stop all my areas of break outs , some areas are just plain stubborn and clean ignore the chemo , so for them i have to take matters into my own hands and scratch these dictatorial pieces until either they or i their owner scream mercy !!!! Sad really who dictates to who ?? you to your P or your P to you !! Try living in my head for a week lol !


June
June @june69

Hello my name is June lovely to join your group I have had p. For more then 40 years having a break our at the moment looking after my mom she has got Dementia so you can imagine what I am going through with p. Can someone give me any new creams that I haven't tried yet it really getting me down now I know there isn't any curer for it but can't control it at the moment.


 john,Chewweeeeee
john,Chewweeeeee @chewbacca

Hello June ,welcome to Flaym,i look at creams as a reliever and not to clear it in my opinion though they can sooth it, plenty of stuff to try,plenty of posts, through the theme section and topics to get useful info, have you thought about elimination Diet,diet/lifestyle changes,? it can help many people to reduce inflammation,it is a choice though a choice for everyone, some changes in diet/lifestyle is better than none , psoriasis is from within and not from the skin, the skin is the end result of what we do that can make symptoms worse ,Sorry about your situation,i work in a nursing home where we have a lot of people with Dementia though i am not a nurse or carer but, i can understand the strain this can be on someone looking after a loved one with Dementia , i wish you well June


Michelle
Michelle @michelle1021

Hi June. Welcome to Flaym! I'm sorry to hear about your mom. I can imagine how difficult it must be on you and I'm sorry to hear about it. It causes a lot physical and emotional. John has given you excellent advice and let me tell you, since I've become a Flaymer, my P has improved. Good luck and please do not hesitate to ask for advice. :)


June
June @june69

Thank you all looking forward to hearing different way's I can try and control my p. As john says it's in your body I wish someone can come out with tablets not cream to control it properly not in our lifetime


 john,Chewweeeeee
john,Chewweeeeee @chewbacca

You can get tablets to control it maybe? i been offered these by a doctor over 2 years ago, these can have side fx though june,i decided to make changes in my lifestyle though, I am a lifer since birth 49 years and psoriatic arthritis 15 years ,i gave up with thinking about a cure 35 years ago,i was told there would be a cure by the time i hit 30,19 years have passed,i dont and never think about this, i manage the best way i can and thats it ,there is hope for improvement though june,some improvement is better than no improvement i think


June
June @june69

Thank you John you are right I have heard so much treatment I will be trying love this site.


 john,Chewweeeeee
john,Chewweeeeee @chewbacca

Its great here, we all like to help each other and hope to improve our situation, i lost 3 and half stone of unwanted weight aswell through making changes within 9 months last year , :)


 john,Chewweeeeee
john,Chewweeeeee @chewbacca

We do like to have some laughs aswell sometimes on the way, i look at it as part of the treatment of psoriasis , :)


June
June @june69

Thank you John you have a lovely day.


Sarah
Sarah @sarahuk

June, I can imagine your p has been suffering with the stress you are under. Where is your psoriasis on your body? And what type is it? I've tried a lot of types of creams in the past, and might be able to share what has helped me if we have any similar types of p or in the same areas...


deborah
deborah @deborah4

I'm rather more of a picker than a scratcher, although I occasionally have a scratch meltdown. I find that if I see or feel a raised edge to my p, then I can't leave it alone! Most of the time I don't even notice what I'm doing... someone else tells me to stop picking! But yeah, I always have an itch.


carol
carol @carol1943

Always pretty itchy. If there is dead skin anywhere I just have to get it off one way or another. Sadly that usually involves scratching.


Skyler
Skyler @skyler

Dead skin. Oh I can relate. I vacuum my bed. I got some socks and cut the toe padr


Skyler
Skyler @skyler

Sorry. I got some socks and cut the toes out and wear on my arms at night. It helps me not scratch.


Skyler
Skyler @skyler

I’ve just been so stressed lately. Laying in bed worrying because I worry so much. Lol seriously though it’s true. Monday my doctors are starting me on something new. It’s New for me anyway. I’m already worried about that thinking what it it doesn’t work. I try my best to be positive. I was reading the post where somebody was talking about picking and scratching and they mentioned self harm. So glad you said that. I do for certain feel like that’s a big reason I do it. So unhealthy I know. I’ve starting seeing a psychiatrist.


 john,Chewweeeeee
john,Chewweeeeee @chewbacca

Hello Skyler, sounds like you are going through a lot.i am sorry about this,Have you thought about changing some Diet/lifestyle, it can help you in the long term, reduce inflammation, though it is a choice though i know, i reduced a lot of inflammation by changing my diet, i dont get it bad but i do have psoriatic arthritis aswell and that is great, I wish you well Skyler thanks



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I am full of white scars :), I am a maintenance operative in my job, i am a plumber by trade.I have had psoriasis all my life since birth 50 yrs, psoriatic arthritis 16 years.





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