remicade (chrons and psoriase)

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   Posted 7/29/2009 1:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, gave birth recently, my crohn is fine, however my psoriasis is all over my body. I do not know what to do??? Is there anyone here with psoriasis? What does work for you? I have heard that remicade clear psoriasis (remission) and the same time can help crohn's disease. Thanks in advance

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   Posted 7/29/2009 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Krica. I can't be much help, but thought I would try. I have not been diagnosed offically with psoriasis, but I am suspect about some patches of my skin. My mother (who did not have CD) had severe psoriasis. They put her on methotrexate and that was a wonder drug for her skin. unfortunately, she had to stop taking due to the myriad of other medical conditions she had.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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   Posted 7/29/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I have mild psoriasis, it moatly affects my scalp, neck and forhead and I find I can quite easily bring it under contol with 1% steroid cream. I used to work with a girl who had it really severerly all over her body and she tried lots of things but what eventually helped it was light treatments (I think its kind of like a controlled sunbed). Have you got a dermatologist? If your Crohn's is doing well you might not want to play around with the hardcore drugs like remicade yet (and actually I'm not sure that ever really helped mine) could be worth looking into options like light therapy?

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   Posted 7/29/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Krika, i can't help on this one but would like to say Congratulations on the birth of your little Bundle Bev x

Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma. B12 shots,iron syrup,loperimide, Back on citalopram 40mg (for Anxiety)No maintainance drugs.

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   Posted 7/30/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Krika,

My husband has had a moderate case of psorisiasis for years. He recently started taking a fish oil with primrose oil and borage oil. They all have anti-inflammatory properties, so this would seem to make sense. He also takes Align probiotic. Something has made a dramatic difference b/c his plaques are almost all gone. Also, I stopped using scented/chemical detergents and his itching stopped quite a bit after that. (I switched that several months before he started the fish oil and it seemed to help with the itching.). I hope these suggestions help!

Congratulations on your new bundle of joy!


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   Posted 7/30/2009 10:30 PM (GMT -7)   
The light therapy mentioned by lilcrohnieUK is supported by a number of papers indicating the effectiveness of vitamin D in treating psoriasis. If cost is a consideration, vitamin D supplements are fairly cheap (a good one is by Biotics Research - see: Bio D Forte. An 8 month supply of that cost me about $20.
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