Posted on: October 24, 2007 Posted by: Nicole Harding Comments: 30

What is psoriasis?

As many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis, and they spend between $1.6 billion and $3.2 billion each year to treat the disease of autoimmunity, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF). Between 150,000 and 260,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, including 20,000 in children younger than 10. Though seldom disabling, the red welts, pustules, and scaling skin that mark the disease can be painful and extremely embarrassing.

A chronic, non-contagious disease, psoriasis [pronounced sore-EYE-ah-sis] varies in its severity and how it responds to treatment. It results from inappropriate responses of the body’s immune system to essentially attack the body itself and can occur on any part of the body that’s covered by skin. The resulting inflammation can be as mild as something resembling dandruff or as radical as a body covered with thick, crusted plaques. Less than 10 percent of sufferers have an extreme form of the disease; it is a mild form in 65 percent of cases. Everything else is in between mild and serious.

Though it usually doesn’t get any worse over time, about 10 percent to 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis, which causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints.

Psoriasis is a disease which takes different forms. Among them:

Scalp psoriasis

At least half of all people who have psoriasis have it on their scalp. As with psoriasis elsewhere on the body, skin cells grow too quickly and cause red lesions covered with scale. In severe cases of thick, crusted plaques covering the entire scalp, the hair may fall out. The affected area can extend beyond the hairline onto the forehead, the back of the neck and around the ears. Treatments, as with any type of psoriasis, are often combined and rotated because it can become resistant to medications after repeated use. Many treatment options can help control scalp psoriasis and its symptoms:

  • Tar products and salicylic acid are generally sufficient for treating very mild scalp psoriasis.
  • Topical medications (applied to the skin).
  • Ultraviolet (UV) light treatments.
  • Systemic (oral or injected) treatments may be tried if psoriasis is present elsewhere on the body and/or the psoriasis is severe.

Genital psoriasis

Although it usually responds well to various treatments, the sensitive nature of the skin around the genitals requires a cautious approach to genital psoriasis:

    • Protopic and Elidel. Both of these drugs reduce skin inflammation much as topical steroids do, but they do not cause thinning of the skin. They may cause some irritation when they are first used, but they do not promote yeast or bacterial growth, which may further help with inflammation and itching.
    • Ultraviolet (UV) light. Overexposure to UV light can burn the skin, especially the thinner skin around the genitals, so it is therefore used only in special circumstances and in very low doses. Psoriasis in the pubic area may respond well to UV light treatment if the pubic hair is cut short or shaved. Men should wear briefs or athletic supporters to protect their genitals while receiving UV light treatment on other parts of the body.
    • Dovonex. Though this synthetic form of vitamin D3 has the potential for irritation, it does not have any of the drawbacks of topical steroids, and mixing it with petroleum jelly may minimize irritation.
  • Tazorac. Because of its potential for irritation, some doctors alternate its use with a low-strength topical steroid.
  • Steroids. Prolonged use of topical steroids can permanently thin the skin and cause stretch marks. Furthermore, psoriasis may become resistant to clearing with continuous long-term use of steroids.
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) moisturizers. The skin in affected genital areas should be continuously moisturized, but choose wisely: moisturizers with fragrance and perfumes may irritate.

Facial psoriasis

Areas of the face most often affected are the eyebrows, the skin between the nose and upper lip, the upper forehead, and the hairline. Because other skin diseases resemble the symptoms of psoriasis on the face, a biopsy may be needed to positively identify it.

Rashes may also appear on the eyelids, around the ears, mouth, and on the nose. Treating eyelid inflammation may involve washing the edges of the eyelids and eyelashes with a solution of water and baby shampoo. An over-the-counter product, Ocusoft, can help with removing scales on the lids and eye margins. But a doctor must carefully supervise the treatment because eyelid skin can be easily damaged, and the use of topical steroids there can lead to glaucoma and/or cataracts.

In addition to Dovonex, Tazorac, and ultraviolet light, Protopic may be used in treating facial psoriasis. This and Elidel, both drugs used to treat eczema, have also been found effective in treating psoriasis. Topical steroids may be used, but prolonged use of them may cause enlarged capillaries (spider veins) on the face.

Psoriasis scaling can also block the ear canal and produce temporary hearing loss; it should be removed by a doctor. Psoriasis in and around the mouth or on the lips causes discomfort and may present difficulty in chewing and swallowing food. Improving hygiene and rinsing frequently with a saline solution can help relieve oral discomfort, and there are effective topical steroids that have been designed to treat moist areas.

Psoriasis lesions, usually white or gray, may also appear on the gums, the tongue, inside the cheek, or inside the nose.

Psoriasis of the hands and feet

Because of their frequent use, hands or feet suffering from acute psoriasis need to be treated promptly and carefully. There may be cracking, blisters, pustules, and swelling. A typical course of treatment recommended by a doctor may look like this:

  • Soak the hands or feet in warm water to reduce swelling. Oilated oatmeal powder or bath oil may be added to the water to reduce built-up layers of skin and making medications and phototherapy more effective.
  • Gently rub the affected skin with a sponge to remove scales.
  • Apply medications or moisturizers. Traditional topical treatment of palm and sole psoriasis includes tar products, salicylic acid, and steroids. Combinations of these three agents may be superior to each one used individually.
  • When directed by a doctor, some topical medications may be used with occlusion to intensify the effect of the cream or ointment. Cotton or plastic gloves are worn over creams or moisturizers on the hands. Feet can be occluded by putting each foot in a plastic bag and then putting a sock on over the bag before going to bed. A regimen alternating Dovonex and potent topical steroids may be beneficial.

Other approaches may also be recommended:

  • PUVA. This is a procedure which involves taking orally or applying topically a light-sensitizing drug, psoralen, before having the affected areas exposed to UVA – ultraviolet light A.
  • Systemic medications like Methotrexate taken orally or injected can clear most cases of severe palm and sole psoriasis within four to six weeks, though this drug has the potential for causing side effects to the liver; cyclosporine, similarly effective, has the potential for kidney side effects.
  • Biologics, drugs obtained from human and animal sources, have been effective in treating all forms of psoriasis. These include Amevive, Enbrel, Hurmira, Raptiva, and Remicade. All but Amevive and Remicade can be injected by patients themselves.
  • Oral retinoids (derivatives of Vitamin A) such as Soriatane thin out plaques over a period of days or weeks, enabling topical treatments to become more effective. However, they do cause birth defects and should be avoided by women of child-bearing age. The combination of retinoids with PUVA is one of the most effective treatments available for palm and sole psoriasis.

Psoriasis of the nails affects up to 50 percent of people with psoriasis and at least 80 percent of people with psoriatic arthritis.

Pustular psoriasis

Typically, people have only one type of psoriasis at a time, but occasionally two or more different types of psoriasis can occur at the same time. Triggers may “convert” some forms of psoriasis, such as plaque, to another form, say, pustular.

Primarily seen in adults, pustular psoriasis is characterized by white pustules (blisters of noninfectious pus) surrounded by red skin. It is not an infection, nor is it contagious. It tends to go in a cycle wherein the skin reddens before pustules form, followed by scaling.

It may be localized or cover most of the body.

Palmo-plantar pustulosis (PPP), for example, causes pustules on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Topical treatments are usually prescribed first, but PPP often proves stubborn to treat. PUVA, ultra violet, and cyclosporine may be employed. Soriatane and methotrexate in combination produce a rapid remission in the acute state of pustular psoriasis and an eventual clearing of the skin.

The painful and disabling lesions of acropustulosis, another type, appear on the ends of the fingers and sometimes on the toes. They cause deformity of the nails, and sometimes bone is affected in severe cases. It is hard to treat.

With other forms, such as von Zumbusch pustular psoriasis, the pustules cover broad swaths of skin. Von Zumbusch is serious enough to be life-threatening. Eruptions of pustules often come in repeated waves that last days or weeks. The onset can be abrupt. There is fever, chills, severe itching, dehydration, a rapid pulse rate, exhaustion, anemia, weight loss, and muscle weakness.

Treatment is aimed at preventing further loss of fluid, stabilizing the body’s temperature, and restoring the skin’s chemical balance because chemical imbalances can put excessive stress on the heart and kidneys, especially in older people. Medical care must begin immediately; hospitalization may be necessary to rehydrate the patient and initiate topical and systemic treatments, which typically include antibiotics.

Psoriatic arthritis

About 10-to-30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop arthritis that causes pain, stiffness, and swelling in and around joints. Without treatment, psoriatic arthritis can potentially be disabling and crippling.

One or more of the following symptoms indicates psoriatic arthritis:

  • Generalized fatigue
  • Tenderness, pain and swelling over tendons
  • Swollen fingers and toes
  • Stiffness, pain, throbbing, swelling and tenderness in one or more joint
  • A reduced range of motion
  • Morning stiffness and tiredness
  • Nail changes—separating from the nail bed, becoming pitted, or mimicking fungus infections
  • Redness and pain of the eye, such as conjunctivitis. (Read how to get rid of conjunctivitis)

The disease can develop in a joint after an injury and may mimic a cartilage tear. The diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis may sometimes be made only after repeated episodes. Muscle or joint pain can occur without joint inflammation (swelling), and tendonitis and bursitis may be prominent features. Swelling of the fingers and toes lend a “sausage-like” appearance known as dactylitis.

Psoriatic arthritis usually affects the distal joints (those closest to the nail) in fingers or toes, and the lower back, wrists, knees, or ankles also may be affected. Psoriatic arthritis may be of five types:

  1. Symmetric arthritis, much like rheumatoid arthritis but generally milder and with less deformity, usually affects multiple symmetric pairs of joints (that is, it occurs in the same joints on both sides of the body). It can be disabling.
  2. Asymmetric arthritis can involve a few or many joints and does not occur in the same joints on both sides of the body. It can affect any joint.
  3. Distal interphalangeal predominant (DIP) involves the distal joints of the fingers and toes (the joint closest to the nail). Sometimes it is confused with osteoarthritis, but nail changes are usually prominent.
  4. Spondylitis is inflammation of the spinal column – inflammation with stiffness of the neck, lower back, sacroiliac, or spinal vertebrae, making motion painful and difficult. Peripheral disease can be present in the hands, arms, hips, legs and feet.
  5. Arthritis mutilans. A severe, deforming and destructive arthritis that principally affects the small joints of the hands and feet.

Other Forms of Psoriasis

  • Guttate. Appearing as small red spots on the skin, usually on the trunk and limbs, this often starts in childhood or young adulthood.
  • Inverse. Occurs anywhere there are skin folds where rubbing and sweating irritate it. It is more common and troublesome in overweight people and others with deep skin folds.
  • Erythrodermic. A particularly inflammatory – and potentially life-threateneing – form of psoriasis affecting most of the body surface and accompanied by severe itching and pain, erythrodermic psoriasis causes protein and fluid loss that can lead to severe illness. Edema (swelling from fluid retention), especially around the ankles, may also develop along with infection, shivering, pneumonia, and congestive heart failure.

What causes psoriasis?

Although the disease has genetic aspects, some kind of trigger is usually necessary to make psoriasis appear. The trigger can be:

  1. Stress. Various relaxation and stress reduction techniques seem to work best in combination with traditional medical treatments, instead of using the techniques alone. It does not help, of course, that disfiguring psoriasis creates low self-esteem that leads to more stress and possibly a worsening of the psoriasis.
  2. Injury to skin. Vaccinations, sunburns, and scratches can all trigger what’s called a Koebner response. It can be treated if it is caught early enough.
  3. Medication reactions. Lithium, used to treat manic depression and other psychiatric disorders, is one of a number of drugs that aggravate psoriasis. Others include antimalarial drugs, the high blood pressure medication, Inderal, the heart medication Quinidine, and Indomethacin – used to treat arthritis.
  4. Allergies. Some people suspect that allergies trigger their psoriasis. Others believe that a change in diet has helped their conditions. (Learn how to get rid of allergies)
  5. Strep infection.
  6. Weather. Dry conditions can make skin more susceptible to a psoriasis outbreak.

What can I do to make my psoriasis less noticeable?

  • Wear long sleeves, pants, turtlenecks, hats or scarves in public on days when you don’t have the emotional energy to accept the stares and questions.
  • Use a body makeup like Dermablend to cover rashes; however, no cosmetic cover-up should ever be applied to open skin lesions, unhealed cuts, raw or irritated skin, or if you have skin allergies. Likewise, masking pustular or erythrodermic psoriasis is not a good idea because minor irritants in cosmetics can produce stinging and redness in skin that’s already inflamed.
  • Using moisturizers regularly may ease the redness and scaling of psoriasis lesions.
  • Remove as much scale as possible if you are going to use a cosmetic cover-up. Use occlusion and hydration techniques:
    • Occlusion. Coat each plaque with a thick layer of heavy, over-the-counter emollient cream and then cover it overnight with a plastic wrap. In the morning, wash away the scales in the shower.
    • Hydration: After soaking for 10 to 15 minutes in warm water and bath oil, gently rub your skin with a towel to remove the scales.

Are there any alternative treatments for psoriasis?

Yes. Some may work to speed a resolution of a breakout of psoriasis, some may have a soothing effect, and others may have, if anything, a placebo effect.

  • Sunlight and water. Eighty percent of the people who use regular daily doses of sunlight enjoy improvement or clearing of their plaque psoriasis. Water can help soften psoriasis lesions.
  • Balneotherapy. Water-based treatments involving natural thermal springs, hot springs, mineral water, or seawater are widely used throughout Europe and Asia, and spas that feature balneotherapy are being introduced in the U.S.
  • Climatotherapy is a term used to describe the combination of natural sunlight and water, such as the ocean or other bodies of water, to treat psoriasis. In particular, climatotherapy refers to certain locations around the world, like the Dead Sea in Israel, where the environment and natural elements are said to be especially therapeutic for psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis.Being at the lowest point on the earth’s surface allows people to sunbathe for long periods without burning. The Dead Sea water’s high salt and mineral content of 33 percent is said to have a therapeutic effect on the skin.

Claims are made for the effectiveness of acupuncture, herbal remedies, prayer, and meditation in treating psoriasis, but with no scientific data to back these claims, they may be benefiting from placebo effect.

Are There Any New Treatments on the Horizon?

A new drug, Ustekinumab, targets mechanisms that produce inappropriate responses of the body’s immune system. In trials involving more than 1,200 patients with chronic plaque psoriasis, there was at least a 75 percent reduction in psoriasis at week 12. Also after 12 weeks, 42 percent of patients had a 90-percent reduction in symptoms, considered to be an indicator of nearly complete clearance of psoriasis. The drug can be self-injected every three months.

At least until this new drug comes on the market, neither psoriasis nor psoriatic arthritis have a cure. But until there is a “magic bullet,” many different therapies can reduce, or nearly stop, the symptoms of psoriasis. No single treatment works for everyone, but something is likely to work in most cases. You may need to experiment before you find a treatment that works for you.

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  1. See a Naturopath. I was diagnosed with guttate psoriasis in March of 2006. I saw 4 different dermatologists and spent 6 months in and out of phototheropy trying all the topical steroids they wanted to put me on, etc. After dealing with the emotional pain and physical discomfort all summer long, not being able to go swimming, wear shorts, basiclly enjoy life, I decided to see a Naturopath. She did a stool sample and a blood sample, tested my food allergies, and got me started on a detox. I detoxed until my food allergy test came back and then simply avoided the things on the list and within 6 weeks I was completely clear. I can’t recomend it enough. Psoriasis is truely a mentally draining condition. If you want to get rid of it, see someone who wants to treat the root cause (your gut) instead of someone who wants to just make it go away on top so you don’t see it anymore and think its gone.

  2. I have psoriasis for more than 20 years. Light therapy and other
    medications were not helpful. The sympton gets worst every winter
    season and sometimes on summer days. A Chinese friend of mine
    suggested washing the affected area with warm water and mild soap,
    then soak it in warm water with oatmeal for 15 minutes or less. Gently wash it again, then dry it with clean tissue and apply emo-
    llient cream and wrap it over with wax paper and hold it with making
    tape and remove it in the morning. Remove loose scales gently, then
    apply tar ointment all over affected area. Do this for three weeks.
    Expose to sunlight for at least 20 minutes if weather is not more
    than 72 degrees. The sunlight therapy should be done after you are
    done one day after the three-week tar oinment application. For my
    scalp, I use Devonex shampoo. That really helps (for me).

    then soak

  3. I have had psoriasis for 16 years on my elbows and knees and have recently had it all dissapear.

    For the new year (2008) i gave up eating and drinking all dairy products as part of my bid to be healthier, and a rather nice side effect was that my psoriasis has disappeared.

    At first it stopped being white and was just red (like when i’m on holiday or exfollate them everyday) but then the redness faded and the normal looking skin seemed to ‘grow’ into the patch!

    I’m beyond pleased!


  5. I have only had psoriasis for about two years, however when it did arrive it was very bad. I had it covering both of my entire legs, and elbows. I was perscribed soriatane which made the psoriasis disapear almost completely. Being that I am 26, I had to stop taking it because I am in child bearing years and it causes a lot of birth defects, so I had to resort to natural remedies. I started taking Dr. Shultze’s Superfoods plus powders, and liquid milk thistle that you can find at wholefoods. Any spots that were remaining started dispearing almost immediately. Honestly I feel much healthier, happier, and psoriasis free. I completely recommend trying this system. Its good for you and it worked for me.

  6. I have had Psoriasis for about two years. I have it on my elbows, knees, and ears. I asked my doctor about it and he signed me up for a prescription called Clobetasol Propionate Foam. It burns when I put it on but it helps. If you have Psoriasis and can’t find a way to get rid of this then ask your doctor abouy Clobetasol Propionate Foam.

  7. I’m thirteen and i have had psoriasis for 2 years now. I am now struggling with it alot and its always stressing my parents out. at night it gets very itchy which leads me to less sleep. i want to get rid of it and be like others. but how? can you help?

  8. I had a patch of psoriasis on my head for 10 years. I was presribed Dermavate (Clebatosol Propionate) by a doctor and it always cleared it up for about 7-10 days before returning again. It would also spread, less severely, to my ears. Last year it suddenly dissappeared and has not returned! There are only 2 explanations that I can think of for the “cure”:

    1) Having moved to the country I have been spending a lot of time outside fixing fences and mowing grass. Much time spent in the sun and with thining hair, maybe a good dose of UV on my nut – I don’t wear a hat.
    2) Last summer we had a water shortage from our well. To compensate, I took showers and washed my hair in our empty mobile home on the same property. It has it’s own well, but it’s tainted with sulphur (as hydrogen sulphide gas). Very smelly, but not harmful at a few p.p.m.

    Could the sulphur have cured me? Or was it good old UV from the sun?

  9. I have had it in the scalp then face and ears. I have only had this FOR 40+ YEARS so I have tried pretty much everything,home remedies and CTC. Just learned to live with it UNTIL I came across something somewhere that b-6 was good for skin conditions. Well taking 100 mg caps a day cleared it up 95% just have it in an ear. What I take is Vitamin B-6 USP 100mg (as pyridoxine HCL)

  10. i had psorisis for 30 yrs. i tried all the crap they had.i ask the dermatoligist if i could try the z pack,thats 5 pills of antibiotics.whitin 7 days my psorisis was gone.that was 10 yrs. ago.may be god helped me.worth a try

  11. I had psoriasis for 12 years and had tried basically everything, and then I started taking “colloidal silver”…2 drops twice a day. My skin started to clear up within days, and now my skin is completely clear for the first time in 12 years. You can get it at any health food store…the kind I bought is 100 parts per million which is pretty strong, but you can get 5 and 10 parts per million formulas which are probably better since you don’t want too much silver in your body. And I actually stopped taking it now and my skin is still great…if you’re looking for a natural remedy, this is definitely worth a try!

    Many types of psoriasis are aggravated by cigarette smoking (c’mon! Over 78 toxic substances are found in cigarettes. Don’t ever think that those cancer sticks aren’t making your sking worse because THEY ARE) and dairy products. Eliminating those and all dairy products PLUS using some kind of ultra-violet treatment twice a week has COMPLETELY eliminated the psoriasis that I suffered from for over 20 years. It’s been eight years after I quit smoking and guess what? NO PSORIASIS! PERIOD!

  13. I have it on my scalp, and also little patches on my arms and legs, and stomach. I had one on my back and over a period of 1 week it disapeared… It was strange… I dont know what I did… For me.. Elocon lotion works VERY WELL!

    I used it on my scalp and continued for a week even when it was clear and it has not come back..

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  15. i first discovered my psoriasis as a little irritating patch on the back of my scalp, and then on my elbows. i went to the doctor who prescirbed me with tar smelling shampoo, which for me, i don’t think helped at all except make me smell like a chain smoker.

    she gave me a scalp solution called Betnovate scalp application (betamethasone valerate) which seemed to helped a bit. i used it religously and it got rid of it within 2 weeks only sometimes,esp at first it burned. HOWEVER, the psoriasis did come back, i still have it now, and am trying to find a new way to get rid of it. it’s so irritating and distracting in my day-to-day life.

  16. Try Forever Living Product’s Drinking gel-works wonders as do their creams. All aloe based. Very concentrate & effective but natural

  17. The best ointment for psoriasis in my estimation is the one by Champori. It is natural and contains indigo naturalis among other herbs and works remarkably well. My itch was gone on the very next day and the scalp plaques cleared completely in 3 weeks.

  18. I am 15 years old, as of october. But i was wondering was is best way to clear eczema? Anyone knows? I live with my grandmother, and she always says ” How come you don’t have some friends that you talk too?” And i say Idk . But in reality my eczema is effecting my school life and outside of school. I want to be able to participate in sports, and school activites, and go to parties. And honestly i would be popular if i didn’t have eczema. I have a great personality.I want to be able to show my skin without peole looking at me.My hands are all wrinkly like an old person. I HATE MY BODY!

  19. I am a 53 year old uk male and have had Psorisis for 25+ years, all on the usual places: arms, legs, backside, scalp, behind ears etc.. I’ve tried most of the creams over the years but the best treatment that actually worked for me is the PUVA light treatment BUT at a cost! The dreaded ‘Puva itch’ during (and after) the treatment is the worst thing I’ve EVER encounted! and would’nt wish it on anyone! Although it probably affects all people differently, the itching in my case was really severe BUT the treatment DID clear the Psorisis up. If you are about to have Puva light treatment BE WARNED the itching sometimes is unbearable (but don’t despair, the itching will dissapear) unfortunately it lasted with me for approx 2 months If you can put up with the itching, my guess is that your Psorisis will look a lot better and clear up quite a lot BUT it HAS come back (after two separate lots of Puva treatment) and is just as bad as ever. I now use the ‘Dead Sea Minerals’ and also the ‘Oilantum Emolliant bath oil’ (use about 4 small cap fulls each bath time & soak for 20 mins)- You can get them both from boots the Chemist in the uk) they don’t actually totally clear it but my skin does feel not so scaly & both are probaly a lot safer that steroid creams etc.. Believe me, I know what your all going through every day. (P.S: I also get pains in my knee & ankle joints, pitted nails etc. and all the usual joint pains) I hope this info is of some help to you all.

  20. Hi,

    Am 29 male uk, dying of this psoriasis, its getting worst and now am at india for treatment, but there is no change, i used everything dobvex, scalp solution, now am using a tar based solution,and 10 mins sun light every day and coconut oil, but it all makes me so itching, am really disappointed abt this, can some body advice me please !!! i got all over my body and scalp , except my face, developed on last 2 months

  21. Sanju… what has worked for me might work for you. just recently i was 100% covered in scales and i looked like an alien- a snake man… i don’t usually promote man-made medicine, but CYCLOSPORINE is the least expensive and fastest alternative to treating psoriasis. It is a very short term drug (can’t be on it longer than 6 months because it can cause liver damage). I am currently researching natural remedies and if/when i find them, i will let everyone know. Also, take note of your diet… animal proteins can aggravate it, lack of water and several vitamins and minerals too.

  22. I’m 11 and I have psoriasis on my scalp it gets rlly itchy! And I can’t stand it, I feel my scalp and theres lots of bumps and I can’t resist picking at them and then I take them out and there brown red white or yellow and then my scalp bleeds and smells. I HATE IT!!!!!!!! Help!

  23. Possibly, one of the best solutions to psoriasis is to go thru the “Edgar Cayce” readings.
    The combination of cleansing, slippery elm water and american saffron tea should work well in general.

    Similar principal applies from Indian Ayurveda as well.

  24. I have psoriasis on my scalp I use tar (it’s yellow and really sticky and gooey) and I use this until the psoriasis has stopped flaking then use vick’s on the red spots that are left but I can never seem to completely get rid of it. My psoriasis isnt weepy and there isn’t a lot of it but it is very irritating.
    Can anyone tell me how to get rid of it please?

  25. My name is candice im 17 years old i have psoriasis too its not anywhere notocable im pretty good at covering it up but its still not easy too live with if anyone knows of any ways to get rid of it or anything to help it please let me know. thank you.

  26. I’m 24 and have embarrassing psoriasis all over my face! People stare at me everyday and I’ve been treating my psoriasis with tavorec for about 6 months! I go to the tanning bed and everything and it keeps getting worse! Help me!

  27. I was diagnosed with psoriasis when I was 7 and I’m now 14. I have scalp psoriasis, psoriasis around the eyes and under my arms. The thing I found works best for me is Xamiol, it’s a gel that you put onto the scalp and wash out a few hours later, the only down side is that it makes your hair really greasy therefore takes more than one wash to get out. I’m still in school so it is hard for me to find time to do this daily. Im not sure if you prescribe Xamiol to children but if you see your doctor and ask them I’m sure they will do what they can. For my eyes and arms I use a Betnovate cream and a Hydrocortisone cream which reduce redness but doesn’t clear the psoriasis completely. I’m looking into having some light therapy but for now I don’t let it get me down, I notice it but I’m not bothered if other people do. I do my best to keep it under control and there is not cure for psoriasis so that’s all I can do.
    Hope this is helpful to someone, and I wish you the best of luck.

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