Hello I am new to this site. I live on The Northwest coast of the state of Oregon of the US. VERY LITTLE Vitamine D or sunshine here.
Psoriasis has been a issue for over many years. Since a small child, as I am retired now. I use occlusion , with derm prescribed steroids (Clobetasol .05%) alternate the steroid cream with many other creams such as: a good one to remove scales OTC IN the US or ONLINE is Dermarest , W/ salicylic acid to remove scales. Then I use the occlusion method to apply steroid cream to penetrate to the small blood capillaries that feed the psoriasis. The occlusion therapy helps shut down the tiny capillaries blood vessels by application of suran wrap, Glad wrap, or silicone gloves, shower cap for hands and feet. For Over night occlusion poke a few holes in feet and cover suran wrap feet with socks and latex gloves cover with cotton gloves. Scalp cover scalp with coconut oil at any grocery store or olive oil then cover with shower cap over nite. In morning use Paoriasis shampoo only. No foamy shampoos with Laural Sulfates. That's what is put to make shampoos & soaps foamy and even toothpastes. And Laural Sulfates are terrible for P. And noted to cause flares.
Never use steroid cream on scalp/ hair can fall out with the plaques. I also use Cetaphil to shower. Use baby wipes with lanolin to wash my hands then add Medline body cream barrier. Keep skin moisturized especially during harsh winters. Continue this regimen in a few weeks you will see an improvement in P. Flares. Then once improvement is seen, continue the steroid application to 3 times a week then 4 times a week with alternating non-steroid cream with nightly occlusion until skin is clear.
Silicone Glove is a barrier and Moisture Therapy cream by Avon or Eucerin creams. Even medicated Vicks, Crisco white can veg. Oil, & olive oil, Zinc used for diaper rash like Desitin, also great for use during occlusion for non-steroid treatments.
For severe itching Benedryl or RX HYDROXYZ HCL 25 mils. , Zantac.
Or other RX that works for you.
Some p. Suffers say food effects their P. Food has never had a effect on my P. Nor climate. I have lived in sunny Ca. Colo. Texas no rhyme or reason for a flare. For some find Stress is a cause for a flare as illness & surgery can to cause flares.
Most city and well water have chemicals irritating for psoriasis. I purchased a shower head that filters out chlorine and most contaminates from pipes. Also use warm water when bathing, never hot will irritate P. and cause itching.
After shower I apply Skin- So - Soft oil by AVON, on dry wash cloth then apply to total body. Let dry a few minutes than I add a moisture Barrier, I use Medline Remedy with Olvamine as used in hospitals for P. Medline also makes a body cleaner foam to wash or wash with glycerine soap. Also I use liquid glycerine for a skin moisturizer. Glycerine is in the connective tissue in the derm layers of the skin. It will help rebuild the skin tissue & stop the itch, provide a good moisture barrier and add alcohol free Witch Hazel which is an anti-inflammatory. Use separately or mix 50/50 in a spray bottle for application to the P. Skin areas. I also use a OTC cream called vit.A & vit.D cream for moisturizer. Also used in hospitals.
Also many herbs are good for P. Google what herbs may work for you. I take green tea, biotin, Quercetin w/Bromilaid , silica complex, vit.D, E, C. Fish oil or squid oil daily. Ask you dr what is recommended for you from prior blood tests to be sure your taking the correct dosage for you.. I take a ton of supplements for various reasons.
Sunshine sets off a chemical reaction in the skin for the body to produce vit A & vit D. For lighter exposure during cooler parts of the day for approx 45 minutes. This is one therapy available in a derm office called, light therapy UVB during the winters especially. If u don't spend 45 min - 1 hr per day it's likely your low in Vit. D which can directly effect a flare of Psoriasis. At least that's some of the science.
I Eat vit. D enriched foods and anti- inflammatory foods. Google for lists you may like. See web sites below. I also stay away from acid foods. PH in the gut and flora like pro biotics plays another major roll in P. Flares. I eat greek yogort every day. Some prefer taking probiotics.
I have been in remission from psoriasis foot and palm and plaque for 3 years now this December 2013.
Recently due to surgery had a flare in my right hand with Psoriatic arthritis. Not fun my hand is a swollen & twisted with frozen fingers another challenge to sort out.Meanwhile back to the rheumy
Has any one had good results with treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis.
A lot of biological meds out there. Not sure my health can handle it at this time. I have a hip joint to be replaced soon.
Medweb.com or mayoclinic.com has more info for the occlusion method and meds and more detailed explanations for Psoriasis treatments . Any questions, I will be happy to help if I can.
(( hugs & clearing to all ))
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