Patient Comments: Psoriasis - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your psoriasis?

Published: June 13

I have psoriasis on my scalp. I also have really dry skin on my arms. I know it's not dandruff because it is when I am stressed out. I begin to "pick" at the sores in my scalp. I have bought "T-GEL" and found quick relief for the itching and burning of the plaques. The shampoo stinks, but if you put it in your hair and get out of the shower and let it sit 10+ minutes, you get a soothing/tingling feeling. Great relief! Whatever you do, don't overuse the shampoo. It will dry out your hair! Also I've learned to skip other styling products or rinse out daily.

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Published: June 12

I have tried all drugs in the books to no avail, until I tried Enbrel, but for about two years. Then we tried Humira and like magic all the patches disappeared, except for a few areas on my legs. Once again I can wear short sleeves and free of psoriatic arthritis as well.

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Published: June 10

Well, I do know what DOESN'T work for my psoriasis. I have used steroid creams, with little improvement. Just when I think it's getting better, it flares up again. Also, I talked to my doctor and he said that you need to modify your treatments frequently because Psoriasis gets "Used to" the medicine, and the medicine becomes less effective. Also, I have never been "Clear" so I'm going to talk to my doctor soon about my condition.

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Comment from: Nanny, Female Published: January 20

I had psoriasis in my elbows and scalp many years ago. I tried creams and ointments that doctors gave me. I used the coal tar ointment. I was using that when we drove from MD to Florida. I used it on my elbows. My right elbow was on the door where the window is and that elbow was exposed to more sun (and probably magnified by the window) and it disappeared from that arm. While in Florida I used the ointment on the left arm and made sure it was in the sun and it cleared up. I had a flare up later and was applying the creams and ointment the doctors gave me. We had a cabin in the mountains and we lived in the water. Swimming, boating and fishing. The river had a high sulfur content. One day after swimming for hours with my children my elbows were itching. I rubbed them and the patches of scales just peeled off. I have never had a break out of such magnitude again.

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Comment from: nicole, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I've had psoriasis since I was born. Both my parents have it, so they knew what it was when they saw it. I get it on my scalp really badly sometimes, and haven't found a shampoo that works yet, but I'm always trying. My mom and I have noticed that it tends to get worse with us when we are stressed out. It always gets worse at the end of the semester. Has anyone else noticed this? Also, I get psoriasis on my torso, especially on my stomach and up my spine, but I've never seen a website mention this.

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Comment from: donnakay56, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 20

My husband has been using Polytar soap for 35 years. Now I can't find it anywhere. Products with coal tar in them have always worked for him in the past, but I don't know what to do now. Anyone else having the same problem, getting products with coal tar?

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Comment from: RameeD, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

My psoriasis started when i was maybe in my late teenage years. I didn't notice it at first, but when I became pregnant it went away. Shortly after I stopped breast feeding it came back. I only get it behind my ears, my front scalp along the hairline and my eyebrows. I really hate it, but I have found an Rx that works good for me. I am a Woman of color and I use Derma Smoothe FS Scalp Oil. It smells like baby oil and it is the best. When I use it I never itch my head. I would highly recommend this to another person experiencing the same discomfort as me.

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Comment from: char, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I have been using Soriatane, I have recently noticed my gums have been bleeding and now they have small brow areas around the gums, will this correct itself or do I have permanent damage, I am stopping the drug. I would appreciate any information you might have.

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