I was diagnosed with Palmar Plantar Psoriasis (PPP) 12 months ago and had no luck with the various topical steroid creams and emollients that my GP and Consultant Dermatologist prescribed over that time.
After a particularly bad flare-up I took to my bed because of the pain and discomfort and decided to do some research on the internet. I figured I had nothing to lose as the conventional treatments were not helping me at all. At best they were holding the symptoms at bay (barely) and I was using more and more of the steroids in an attempt to clear my skin, what little there was left of it. So, paper thin skin on hands and feet and multiple lesions filled with pus. Not good.
On doing a lot of reading on forums like this and other psoriasis related sites I came to the conclusion that diet may well play a big part in causing this thing. It seemed that many people reported improvements after removing certain foods from their diets, they called them "trigger foods".
They appeared to be :
I was doubtful about
embarking on such a diet as I have never had any food intolerances before, so was obviously skeptical that doing so would help, however, I had no other ideas because I had tried many different supplements over the previous 12 months which had helped a little but only for a short time and the psoriasis just returned to its normal aggressive self.
After 2 weeks of removing all wheat/barley/milk/cheese/sugar/starchy veg from my diet I noticed a big improvement. My hands were much less inflamed and some of the lesions have gone. Wow! Fast forward another 2 weeks and yet more improvement.
However, there was still a low "baseline" activity - small flareups (no-where near as bad as before) that happened every few days. This made me return to the internet and I read that there was a link to psoriasis and "leaky gut syndrome" possibly caused by a candida overgrowth. Think good bacteria in the gut being crowded out by bad bacteria/yeast. Apparently candida can change from a yeast like form to an invasive fungal type form which can cause leaky gut. When this happens stuff that you have eaten can get into your bloodstream causing an immune response. I guess this could explain why certain foods can cause a problem.
OK, so I modified my diet to an anti-candida diet. This is basically the same as above but with bells and whistles to avoid any sort of sugar or starch that might feed the candida. Again I was a bit skeptical, but thought I had nothing to lose.
After another 2 weeks I saw my hands improve immensely and the low level outbreaks were less often and smaller and smaller.
I'm now 6 weeks into this diet and I'm pleased to say my psoriasis is 99% gone. Unbelievable!
12 months of increasing discomfort, intense itching, flaking skin, sores, pain and all the other symptoms you'll be familiar with.... GONE.
I wanted to share my experience on here and I hope it may help someone else.
6 weeks ago I really thought that I was going to have to live with this thing for the rest of my life. I had resigned myself to not being able to work anymore. I was pretty fed up with the whole thing.
My skin still needs to thicken up a bit (I still have no fingerprints, but under a magnifying glass I can see faint outlines returning!) but the worst is definitely behind me.
Hopefully some of you will find this helpful. It may not be a cure for everyone suffering from this but it did cure it for me.
People seem to be reticent about
saying "cure" when talking about
psoriasis. I do not believe this to be true. I believe it is a gut problem and that it will take time (months) for my gut to return to normal. As such I intend sticking to this diet for 6 months to allow nature to take its course. Then I will reintroduce foods to my diet in small amounts, one at a time for two weeks, and monitor the effects.
I also found that keeping a food diary was very useful in pinpointing foods that aggravate the condition.
I would like to add that both my GP and Consultant stated that psoriasis is not related to diet. I have found the exact opposite to be true.
Also, a pleasant side effect has been losing over 1 and a half stone in this six week period, so I'm also feeling better in myself (and clothes) as well as psoriasis free.
Here are some before and after pictures :
Hand Before : VIEW IMAGE
Foot Before : VIEW IMAGE
Hand After : VIEW IMAGE
Foot After : VIEW IMAGE