How do you treat your Psoriasis'?

United States
March 30, 2009 8:20pm CST
My family suffers from psoriasis and although mine isn't as bad as some of my other family members I still suffer from it. Mine seem to bother my knees and elbows. It isn't so bad to were others who don't personally know notice it but it gets to be bothersome at times. I have tried just about everything. I have nagged the doctor numerous times and he finally ended up giving me a cream called Urea. I have tried it and it does seem to help somewhat but not as well as I had hoped. The spots on my knees have become so bad that I have trouble shaving that area and have since bought Nair to removed that section of hair. Although I hate the smell of it it does get rid of the hair and also seems to smooth the patch of psoriasis for a few weeks. I was just wondering if you suffer from this and what things/ideas have you tried and do they seem to work?
3 responses
• United States
31 Mar 09
I have psoriasis on my scalp. It's really uncomfortable and the only thing I've used that helps is a prescription for Olux. It's a steroid-based foaming medication that isn't greasy and it practically gets rid of the psoriasis instantly. The only problem is, you can only use it for 2 weeks at a time (2x a day, according to my doctor) because the steroid in it is too strong to use on a constant basis. It treats the problem for a while, but then it comes back. The good part is that when it's gone, it's really gone! But when it comes back, it's time to ask the doctor if it's okay to use Olux again...
• United States
31 Mar 09
I was told about the Olux steroid by a few friends of mine and I asked the doctor about it awhile back but from what I understand being that it is a steroid and I am a severe diabetic, he wont and doesn't want me to take something like that because it can mess with my sugar levels. I believe that I have psoriasis of the scalp as well although I havent had it checked by a doctor but I can tell when I comb through my hair and have the flaking skin. I wish I could take the Olux prescription even if for the two weeks just to get rid of them for awhile. Thanks for you response.
@clynnh95 (147)
• United States
28 May 09
I've had psoriasis since high school, I've pretty much suffered with it for years. After my daughter was born in 2004 I fought to get my doctor to prescribe me Enbrel. A needle you inject yourself once or twice a week depending on your severity. Using Enbrel was somewhat painful but it cleared my psoriasis to almost perfection. I had to stop using it when I decided to get pregnant so I've been off of it for almost a year now. My psoriasis came back with a vengeance but I plan on going back on it after my baby is born. Right now I'm just using lotions and doctor approved creams.
@kellys3ps (3728)
• United States
2 May 09
My hubby has psoriasis, and the best thing for him is the sun.