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#1 Jupiter123

Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:21 PM

I was diagnosed with Psoriasis today and whilst I understand it's a life long autoimmune disease and i know the basics such as thickening of skin, scaly appearance, I don't know much else.

My diagnosis comes after a biopsy of an area of skin on my leg, I also have a similar patch on my elbow.

The doctor said at this stage treatment isn't required, however if it spreads or gets worse then they can try some different treatment options and that in the meantime, to just use moisturizer on my skin.

I don't know anyone with the disease to ask, so I thought maybe there is someone here that can give me advise on what to do or not to do.

Also what lotion/potion have you found to work the best as a moisturizer?  I have sensitive skin, so I guess I need to take that into account as well.

My apologies if I am in the wrong area, i'm not sure if I belong in here.

TIA

#2 Excentrique Feral

Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:26 PM

Moogoo comes highly recommended from what I have heard.  original.gif

#3 millej13

Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:30 PM

I get psoriasis on my scalp, which is just delightful (sarcasm)!!!

I've had a few varieties of psoriasis- guttate psoriasis which appears as small dots on my trunk, arms, legs- the best treatment for this was sunlight / uv treatment (unfortunately this meant solarium for me which I hate)
This just seemed to fade away about 1 year ago, but now I am left with my scalp psoriasis

For this I have used steroid cream (when I can get past my hair to put it on) and I still find sunlight helps to keep the itchiness at bay

Unfortunately it is common in my family and I'm lucky to have the least amount at the moment compared to the rest of my family- hopefully your patches stay as is and don't grow too much!!

#4 newwoman1

Posted 25 April 2012 - 07:33 AM

My partner has pretty bad case of it....for a daily all over moistureriser she uses a sorbelone from the supermarket.  Also has it on her scalp and gets a special cream made up at the chemist.  She uses Advantan on prescription for all other spots.

#5 Jupiter123

Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:20 PM

QUOTE (millej13 @ 24/04/2012, 09:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I get psoriasis on my scalp, which is just delightful (sarcasm)!!!


I'm sorry that you have to deal with it as well, it really is a cruel skin condition to have.  

I have noticed the patch on my leg has gotten bigger since I had the biopsy done last week, I also noticed a smaller spot on my upper arm which looks like my leg did when I first noticed it.

I have some sorbolene (sp) cream that I can use until I can either get to the chemist or somewhere that sells moo-goo. There are not very many places that sell moo-goo around where I live.





#6 iheartu

Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:31 PM

My husband suffers from it. He's tried all sorts of things and it seems to be a seasonal thing, getting worse in summer usually.

Its not as bad as it used to be, he would get huge patches on his legs. We had prescribed creams for that.

Now it's not as bad as it used to be and he uses either moogoo or 'carolines cream' to help with the itch.

Goats milk soap can also help relieve the itchiness.

Hope this helps original.gif

#7 CountryFeral

Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:40 PM

My English cousin suffers in the most debilitating way from psoriasis.

She went to a treatment spa in the Dead Sea where they basically soaked in the salty Dead Sea and lay around in the sun (I know it sounds awesome especially when your health insurance is paying!)

It made a huge difference to her and she now has Dead Sea salt baths at home (just a bag of Dead Sea Mineral salts that she dissolves in the bath water - then has a long soak.)

#8 Boltandblip

Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:47 PM

I have psoriasis and urticaria ( which I think is worse though thankfully intermittent) and TOTALLY agree with pp re moo goo, it is the only non steroid cream that has offered me relief  and I have been suffering over 10 years.


#9 NotBitzerMaloney

Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:57 PM

For a normal moisturizer for your whole body, I would say anything from QV. They have a great kiddies moisturizer that's not cream-based.... It's called QV kids balm and comes in a big tub. Excellent for sensitive skin and great in winter when psoriasis tends to be worse, but a bit heavy for summer, then just switch to one of the lotions.

Presuming you will then use another treatment cream on the spots.

#10 Only_Ethan

Posted 25 April 2012 - 06:13 PM

Hello

I'm suffer from psoriasis, and even worse I suffer from psoriatic arthritis.

When I get bad patches, I have to use a prescription cream called Diprosone and it's awesome. It clears it up well, but is oily and can be messy depending on how large the patch of bad skin is (i.e. I wouldn't use it every day, just at night time with gauze over top to soak it).

For every day, I use either:
- Caroline's Cream (non prescription, a 'natural' cream specifically designed for psoriasis or eczema sufferers)
- QV Intensive Body Moisturiser / Cream
- Cetaphil Moisturising Cream for Dry, Sensitive Skin (very good for face - I get psoriasis on my eyelids and it's sensitive enough to use there!)

It's important not to use fragrant lotions, etc. I also use soap-free body wash and natural shampoo's. Also, ginger based body washes/lotions are soothing.

My Dad has suffered with Psoriasis/Psoriatic Arthritis for a long time and I always said it's the last thing I wanted to get... and it really is a horrid thing to deal with, especially flare ups.

Wishing you well, and hope you can manage to keep it under control.

#11 Blossom11

Posted 29 April 2012 - 09:53 PM

Hi,

I have had psoriasis for over 25 years.  Mine is not as bad as it once was.

I wouldn't recommend PUVA treatment - I have had BCC's cut out and have pigmentation after doing that for many years.

I go to the psoriasis clinic and have found that using the tar stuff and the creams keeps mine at bay.  I've also had friends use it and have great results.  It seems expensive but it lasts a long time.  There are clinics around Australia or phone consults.  Google Psoriasis and skin clinic.  It's overseen by Dr Michael Tirant who developed the products.

K

#12 Megs25

Posted 20 May 2012 - 01:36 PM

I also have Psorisas, and unfortunately Psoriatic Arthritis also. I don't need to treat my skin patches anymore due to the chemo I am on for the PA, but prior to that, really the ONLY thing that is going to clear up large inflamed patches of psoriasis is cortisone creams and ointments such as disprosone, advantan or elecon which come with a prescription.

Sure, over the counter products will help keep your skin moisturised etc, but cortisone is the only thing that will get rid of inflamed patches.




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