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agapanthus

psoriasis

It's a pest in my book after 40 years :(  It really not too good at the moment. Been to lots of feirs and have been ripped of at most :( Anyway....the dear little psoriasis is being quite ferocious at the moment. Has anyone got something they could help me with? I's very red and scaley and popping up in different spots every day :(
kaz

It can definitely be classed as a pest

Is it psoriaisis or eczema that oats are supposed to be good for?

Porridge oats in a sock to be swished around in the bath with you and used gently like a loofah on the skin (and try to reduce your stress level).
welsh lamb

I feel your pain as a fellow sufferer!!!
Trouble is the recommendation is to cut out alchohol, dairy and spicy food
- I would rather enjoy life
korosuzo

A friend of mine suffers terribly with psoriasis. He eventually got a referral from his GP and had light treatment for a few weeks at his local hospital. Was amazing how fast it cleared up.

Don't think he particularly enjoyed standing in the booth in nothing more than a g-string... but had the desired effect!  
kaz

I know someone else that has had very good results with the light treatment
Morlan75

kaz wrote:
I know someone else that has had very good results with the light treatment


An old friend of mine suffered seriously badly with psoriasis, the light treatment helped it no end! he had to have many sessions but it did eventually help his condition allot (not cure it) he found it was the only thing that was any good  
LynneA

Howard has a small patch that has only recently been diagnosed as psoriasis.  For years we thought it was nickel allergy, or the aftermath of severe chickenpox as an adult.

At present we're just experimenting with effective treatments.  He has recently tried the Lysine ointment I get from Holland and Barrett in case of cold sores.
Gareth

I have just had a google around seeking information on treating psoriasis with aromatherapy and essential oils, and have come up with this. I do hope that it is of some use.


http://www.aromacaring.co.uk/psoriasis.htm

You will need to scroll down the page about halfway.
agapanthus

Many thanks for all your replies Apologies for not answering before.....have had some real heavy duty family problems to cope with....probably why the psoriasis has flared up :(
I've heard lots of good reports from light treatment....when I was in suffolk, I was'nt deemed a serious enough case for it.....they worked on a percentage rate of the amount of psoriasis you have. I have an appointment with my gp so will ask how they work it here in Scotland.
Looks as though I might have to invest in a few more oils Gareth!!! ;)
alpha

hi,
I'm sure its only one of the types that light treatment really helps.
I use a sunbed about once a week to my doctors disgust. But I also use the dead sea products from holland and barret, however I have been known to use Camrosa on a really bad bout that followed a throat infection which did work quite well as it stops it drying out and flaking.
Its a really nasty skin complaint, I have had every treatment available I think by now.
But could really fancy a week in the dead sea next time.
Oh and when I swim in the sea it seems to help as well.
MrH

Goats milk is supposed to be good, my Dad suffers terribly with his skin and changing to goats milk, cheese etc really did make a difference...

Can't promise anything but it might be worth a try.

Ian
kaz

..... someone came into the clinic today with lots of literature on psoriasis suggesting that manipulation of the middle and lower parts of the back could be effective. I've never heard of this before but he could have been right because mobilisation of that area stimulates certain parts of the nervous system and researchers are still only just learning  the various effects that it could have.
Eschra

Gareth wrote:
I have just had a google around seeking information on treating psoriasis with aromatherapy and essential oils, and have come up with this. I do hope that it is of some use.


http://www.aromacaring.co.uk/psoriasis.htm

You will need to scroll down the page about halfway.


Good call on the oils. One thing not mentioned but the lavendar oil can be used directly on the skin without dilution, this works very effectively even on badly irritated skin - hence it can even be applied neat to burns!!! Can be added to bath to soak in it.

If you aren't sensitive to dairy, adding milk to bath water is a good one  to moisturise skin to ease the flakiness and dry tight skin that can come with a flare-up!

I also use aloe vera neat from a snapped 'leaf' from one of our plants.
korosuzo

Could always give this a go...is a bit pricey, but you get a holiday in with it I suppose!!!  

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/7741594.stm
dan

one of my lads was covered from head to toe in eczema.....we changed him to goats milk and it started clearing straight away  

allso dont use any bubble bath ect. this irritates it, so will chlorine in swimming pools, do youuse something like oilatum, that helps to, it keeps your skin from drying out.

There are also hydrochortizone (spellings wrong i know) creams you can buy over the counter, but dont over use this as it speeds up the ageing process of your skin,
thes are a few things we did for joe and hes eczema, but some if not all might help you    thats if you've not tried them yet  
Morlan75

I've herd goats milk & their products (cheese,butter) are good for psoriaisis and eczema also for asthema  
I think the main cure's no stress, that used to flare my mates psoriaisis up badly, I get inner ear eczema myself when i'm stressed quite badly...

So no stress is the answer    when it's on prescription I'll be the first in the queue        
welsh lamb

I thought mine was stress related - but I still have it after Ive retired - so I think mine is diet. It is also suppose to be inherditery - my Grandad was also a sufferer I understand .
Mine is mainly on the scalp - does anyone know it light treatment can be used on your head??
agapanthus

I have had quite a bit of stress lately....granddaughter not happy:(, I'm in Scotland and she is in Suffolk. she suffers from verbal abuse from her mother. It's a difficult situation...but I've heard from her today and she seems happier...thank goodness:) Not wishing time to pass quickly...but when she gets to an age where she can make her own mind up I/we shall be so much happier.....and I worry about a bit of sore skin!
Thanks for all your replies  Am thinking about having a bit of Reiki.....it's not going to take the problem away but hopefully I'll be able to cope with it a bit better.
It's not easy getting unpaturised goat's milk here...but shall try very hard to find a source. Thanks again.xx
Seabird

My son suffers badly from psoriasis when he's stressed, and I get flare-ups now and again. We all use 'aqueous cream BP' - (available in tubs from Boots and other chemists) instead of soap- a sort of wash-off cleanser. It's really cheap, about £2 for a large pot, and leaves your skin feeling moisturised.
timg

I have had it for over 20 yrs, head to foot, been and tried everything,the sun room light tratment to creams Dovobet ,lotions , aqueous cream and many others too numerous to mention , potions, methotrexate(couldnt do with the blood tests that came with that baby,  the best control I ever got with mine was when I got a trail for anti depressants, it didnt go away but it was 100% better. I have several other complaints related to this like fibremyalgi (sp?) and psoriac arthritus . I dont much fancy the nibbling fish treatement, or the dead sea stuff, I just go on with life best I can and never wear t shirts, shorts or anything slightly revealing    .
Anyhow from a fellow flaker , Hi !!!  
agapanthus

timg wrote:
I have had it for over 20 yrs, head to foot, been and tried everything,the sun room light tratment to creams Dovobet ,lotions , aqueous cream and many others too numerous to mention , potions, methotrexate(couldnt do with the blood tests that came with that baby,  the best control I ever got with mine was when I got a trail for anti depressants, it didnt go away but it was 100% better. I have several other complaints related to this like fibremyalgi (sp?) and psoriac arthritus . I dont much fancy the nibbling fish treatement, or the dead sea stuff, I just go on with life best I can and never wear t shirts, shorts or anything slightly revealing    .
Anyhow from a fellow flaker , Hi !!!  

Hi Timg!! I've got fybromyalgia too :( and my eldest son has psoriac arthritis!....sounds like we need to go to the nearest knackers yard!!!!    
timg

I'm sure if I were to go to the knackers yard, there would be a rapturous applause. Still putting that aside the whole complaint is painful isnt it, i live on pills the majority of the time, massive doses of painkillers just to get through the day, the periodic sleepers, so at least occasionally I get a few nights good sleep.
Taffy

you should try some dead sea salt its called serenity
emsley

Try this link for some really good products

http://www.westlabshop.co.uk/products.asp?cat=38
agapanthus

timg wrote:
I'm sure if I were to go to the knackers yard, there would be a rapturous applause. Still putting that aside the whole complaint is painful isnt it, i live on pills the majority of the time, massive doses of painkillers just to get through the day, the periodic sleepers, so at least occasionally I get a few nights good sleep.


Try burning some lavender oil in your bedroom whilst you sleep. Gareth recommended that to me and it definitely helps!!!


(Sorry Gareth...why I put Gavin I don't know     )
agapanthus

Taffy wrote:
you should try some dead sea salt its called serenity


I've tried that too!!!..did'nt do anything for me ;)
Richard Bailey

I clearly don't have it as bad as many on here, only getting it on my left elbow now, but did have it worse when it first raised it's ugly head!

GP put me on E45, Betnovate, then Dermovate, etc. all with very little maintained improvement.

Being quite forceful and insistent, I did get to see a true specialist in Oxford, who prescribed Dovonex and Elocom, alternating the applications.

This cleared it up quite well and continues to do so!

The specialist said that GPs usually will not tell you about it as it quite expensive to prescribe and it impacts on their budget.

Telling me to stop drinking and avoid stress can cause a physical reaction in it's self!

Ladies.... not a cure, but a treatment... I could come and kiss it better? (it's got to be worth a try?)      

Chaps..... try lard!        
agapanthus

Had a an appointment with the Dermatologist's nurse....it was great!! She gave me all sorts of sample creams and lotions. The best one I've tried is the oilatum gel to use on wet skin....it has helped a lot. (Why could none of the doctors I've seen recommend any of these emolients???? )
Went clamming with Karl yesterday and even though it was quite sunny up here in Fife, there was no way I was going in the water without my wetsuit!!!! Strange thing was, when I got home my skin was an awful lot better and softer. Was it the salt in the water, or the sand particles that got into the wetsuit and acted as some sort of loofah??....you do get abit of sand in these suits....especially where you don't want it!!!!!     ....ask Karl...he was digging out some for ages last night!!!!      
Eschra

Aga... I have always found when I am back home by sea that the sand and salt soothes anything like that. Sounds like you've found a regular treatment  
agapanthus

I think I have Eschra!!!!

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