Crohn's and Psoriasis

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   Posted 1/11/2010 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone have any experience with Crohn's Psoriasis? The bottoms of my feet have been abnormally dry forever. There are deep cracks which have since healed. And my toenails, well let's not go there! I thought maybe it was athlete's foot as I used to play soccer quite a bit. But my wife saw a pic of a crohnies nasty foot and it looks like mine. Any info on this? Treatments or anything? Is this a Gastro thing? Or will I need another Dr.?

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   Posted 1/11/2010 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   

I had psoriasis on my hands very bad (cracked, bleeding, pus, itchy) more than 20 years ago, long before being diagnosed with Crohn's. Was referred to a dermatologist who did an agressive form of treatment and it has never been as bad since. I do get a prescription for a topical cream (betaderm) which I use sparingly once in awhile if something bothers my hands. I am careful of what soaps, laundry detergent, lotions etc. that I use.

I think some people on this forum have said they have gotten psoriasis from certain medications and other medications for Crohn's helps with psoriasis?

My GI filled my prescription last time as it always expires before I need refills.

57 yr. old F dx. CD 07/07
Was on prednisone for three months but no medication for next 11 months.
Started weekly methotrexate injections 09/22/08.
Lap assisted sigmoidoscopy done May 11/2009

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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 1/11/2010 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I had never had psoriasis until on prednisone. once I stopped the psoriasis went away
Male with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003.Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on 5-asa Salofalk ,Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.

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   Posted 1/12/2010 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Ironically, while on Prednisone my skin is fabulous. It is used to treat psoriasis sometimes, I think. My nails cleared up, and I was able to get a pedicure and manicure. I think that both diseases are auto-immune so could be linked in that way. Now that I am off the Prednisone, my psoriasis is back with a vengeance. I was referred to a dermatologist, and he gave me an ointment. It is OK for my elbows etc., but I can't work out how to do it all over my feet. In the morning it would just spread everywhere in my socks, and at night it would get all over my husband!! I think that it is best to get a referral to a dermatologist. It is not really a GI or family doctor thing.
45 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March last year when I had a major flare up and ended up in hospital. Diagnosis is now CD and IBS. Getting it under control again.
Currently taking: Salofalk 2000 mg, Nexium, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Salofalk suppositories as needed.

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