Patient Comments: Psoriasis - Symptoms

What symptoms and signs did you experience with psoriasis?

Comment from: Zebu dee, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 17

I went over a jump on a horse and heard a crack when we landed. My hand got very sore very quickly. I fractured my fifth metacarpal and had a cast for four weeks. It's now off but it has been really painful since all over my wrist and hand due to the way it held in cast. I'm getting movement back but the pain in my hand wakes me early every day.

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Comment from: miserable and itchy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I was covered with psoriasis from head to toe as a baby my mother said, and was found to be allergic to milk. They replaced the whole milk with goat's milk and my mom said I improved. I only remember when I was 15 or 16 I had psoriasis in my scalp and maybe a small patch or two, I used tar shampoos then which seemed to give some relief, then for years my skin and head were clear. Then when I was about 38 I was drinking raw milk from a neighbor farmer and suddenly had a couple of bad patches on my legs. I stopped the milk and again my skin cleared for a good 10 years. With very little irritants, until now at 56, I had a total knee replacement 12/2013 and about 2 weeks after surgery I noticed patches around the same knee I had surgery on. Then It just went crazy, both legs are 40% covered, my arms, my back, torso, my scalp I feel even my eyes are affected, consistently watering and eye goop collecting on my lashes. My hair has thinned. It's just been a real bad 6 months, I've been to my dermatologist several visits, tried all the creams, steroids available with no relief, and the itch is almost unbearable. I've also used coconut and olive oil whipped which seems to give a little help but overall this has been the very worst in all my 56 years. I'm back to my dermatologist tomorrow for a more aggressive treatment. All through my years I didn't do anything special but stayed away from dairy products, but this time they told me it was a reaction from the surgery. I sure hope this clears soon as I'm to have a 2nd surgery on the same knee. Luck to me and to all you suffers of this dreadful skin disorder.

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Comment from: magnumtrk826, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 19

I have had psoriasis for nearly 4 years now but am treating it myself and it is clearing slowly. My back was covered all the way across and about 6 mm high and very thick white. My hands were so bad on both sides I couldn't remove bills from my wallet to pay for groceries. I have spent many thousands of dollars on trying doctors with no help, just get greasy with that $900 salve. I tried everything and finally found what works! It is killing the psoriasis.

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Comment from: kikay, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I"m not sure if its psoriasis but 3 years ago, there were some itchy, scaly, red spot at the back of my neck. It took about 6 months to cure by not scratching it and taking some cream on it then again another same thing on my fingers (scaly, red and itchy) and toes. Sometimes, I can"t help myself but scratch them. But since I have this thing, my blood pressure went high. All my blood tests, cholesterol/SGPT/sugar levels were normal and I do regular exercise (jogging 4 times a week for at least 30 minutes).

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Comment from: bogmonster, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

For years I had a tiny spot on my right deltoid and I always thought it was a scar from an injection. I noticed one day that not only was the spot scaly but around the spot on my normal skin was scaly. I went to my primary doctor and he gave me a cream to use for a month but it did nothing. He then referred me to a dermatologist and again the dermatologist prescribed me a cream and it did nothing. After using the cream for two weeks I went to the dermatologist for a follow up and he gave me options, another cream or biopsy. We were shocked when the pathologist said it was psoriasis because it was a tiny spot about the size of the end of a pencil.

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Comment from: Nicole, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I'm 19 and about two and half years ago I noticed a patch on the nape of my neck. I've tried everything to treat it. It burns, it's flaking, and sometimes even bumps appear. It started as a small patch but it's gradually moving down my back and it's spread now to my shoulder blades. Honestly I'm not sure if it's psoriasis but I'm starting to think it is.

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Comment from: 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 02

My daughter suffers from psoriasis behind her ears. I found out that sometimes dipping a cotton ball into salt water solution (which I make myself by adding a teaspoon of salt into a glass of water) helps reduce and ease the symptoms. I believe salt does miracles. In Persian we have a saying which in English is: if something is rotting, you add salt to it.

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