dry patchy scalp. psoriasis?

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winni
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   Posted 11/11/2008 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
I have been noticing recently that I have very dry patchy places on my scalp that are kind of scaly. I've looked up the symptoms on the internet and it sounds as though it may be psoriasis. Could this be a side effect of medication? Or is it just another inflammatory thing that goes along with UC. I was on pred for about 2 years, ever since being dxed, so maybe it was just being held at bay all; that time...
anyway, anyones experience with this or with getting rid of it would be greatly appreciated!
Winni, 25

Diagnosed UC july 2006.
medications: colazal 9 daily, 6mp 75 mg, canasa 1,000mg 2x daily
supplements:calcium, aloe gel, pro-biotics, bee propolis, omega 3 oil, kombucha, metamucil fiber wafers.
osteopenia from all this prednisone.
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quincy
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   Posted 11/12/2008 1:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi...it could be, but you'd be best to have it properly diagnosed by a dermatologist rather than a GP...

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ucwarrior
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   Posted 11/12/2008 1:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I get small dry patches on the back/top of my scalp sometimes. I always thought it was my continuous wearing of a baseball cap. I have tried tea tree oil soap and it works better than head and shoulders. I noticed that it occurs mostly in the fall and winter. Someone told me a strong chammomile tea would help too but I have yet to try that.

Off topic: I'm glad to see someone else is reaping the benefits from kombucha tea. Is it the tea bag form or are you culturing the actual mushroom tea?
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Red_34
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   Posted 11/12/2008 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I have psorasis along my hairline but since I started on 6mp it has went away which is no surprise since psorasis is an auto immune condition. The thing I used that worked really well is hmmm I can't remember the name of it, but I got it at CVS. But you should see a dermatologist to rule out other conditions.
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winni
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   Posted 11/12/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Ucwarrior- i brew the actual cultured tea, with the mushroom and all that, and buy synergy brand when im out of the house and craving some booch!

I did go and see a dermatologist a couple years ago when i had this issue before. she gave me some creams for my body and told me to use head and shoulders. If i remember correctly i got back on pred soon after that and then it went away...
Winni, 25

Diagnosed UC july 2006.
medications: colazal 9 daily, 6mp 75 mg, canasa 1,000mg 2x daily
supplements:calcium, aloe gel, pro-biotics, bee propolis, omega 3 oil, kombucha, metamucil fiber wafers.
osteopenia from all this prednisone.
http://www.myspace.com/harshrealmbro


kim123
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   Posted 11/12/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Candida can be a trigger for psoriasis. Dandruff shampoos are antifungal, one reason why they work. Tea tree oil is another natural antifungal. Any of those should work for you. Your skin can be an indicator of what is going on inside your body.

ucwarrior
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   Posted 11/12/2008 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
winni- I have read alot about kombucha benefits/culture but I've never taken the step to brew my own. I have only used the tea bags from yogi but it smells like Fruity Pebbles and is DEE-LISH!

I heard its like carbonated tea with a slight zip at the aftertaste. Have you noticed any effects? Is it worth getting into?

Sorry about running your thread into booch land but I am curious...
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pb4
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   Posted 11/13/2008 12:48 AM (GMT -6)   
psoriasis can go hand in hand with IBD, but of course it's always best to get it properly DX and treat by a dermatologist, likely the sooner you treat it the better under control you'll get it, it can be hard to clear it up when it gets out of hand.

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winni
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   Posted 11/13/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
UCwarrior- it tastes kinda vinegary. a lot of people don't like it, but once you develop a taste for it you are totally addicted. I drank it for years before I had UC and still drink it now. I love it and it is super easy and cheap to brew yourself. As far as effects go... my roommates all swear its the best hangover cure and they all dip into my tea after a night of drinking. I have noticed both before UC and now that it will help my tummy feel better but it sure does not "cure" anything or even put me in remission as if it did i wouldnt have spent the last two years flaring! But I definetly reccommend it.

I tried putting apple cider vinegar on my scalp last nite, and it seems to be working, so i will keep that up and hopefully all will be good. I guess i am hesitant to get on any more meds, especially steroids even if they are topical...
Winni, 25

Diagnosed UC july 2006.
medications: colazal 9 daily, 6mp 75 mg, canasa 1,000mg 2x daily
supplements:calcium, aloe gel, pro-biotics, bee propolis, omega 3 oil, kombucha, metamucil fiber wafers.
osteopenia from all this prednisone.
http://www.myspace.com/harshrealmbro


kazygirl
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   Posted 11/18/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
i have had psoriasis since i was little. it is an auto immune disease associated with the liver. i have had good response from taking milk thistle.
the creams that the docs give work for a little bit then you become immune to them and they stop working.
pred gets rid of psoriasis like a charm. i look great when im flaring, but when im well, i look like crap. darn!
i find that cocoa butter lotion works great.
if you can get shampoo withOUT sodium laureth sulfates in it, that is good.
that stuff aggrivates psoriasis on the scalp.
winter is always worse than summer.
pools and the ocean are good and the sun.
tanning salons help as well.

if you have any questions about psoriasis, just ask, as ive been dealing with this most of my life.
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i still eat what i want, when i want, if i feel like eating at all :(
 
 
 

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