Patient Comments: Psoriasis - Symptoms

What symptoms and signs did you experience with psoriasis?

Comment from: doll711, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 28

I have had psoriasis for years, a hereditary factor given to me by my grandmother. Mine is mostly scalp related and when it acts up, my scalp literally falls apart. I have used every shampoo I know of, switched shampoos regularly to avoid "getting used to it", and I have finally found something that calms it down. Baby shampoo. How simple is that? I wash my hair every day so I began to wonder if that wasn't part of the problem. Baby shampoo is mild, has nothing that will harm you and bonus, no more tears! I am pretty happy with this and have also switched my laundry detergent to Dreft. It's cheap, smells great and won't irritate the skin.

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Comment from: brinda, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 26

My husband has had this horribly irrating disease since a heart attack about 4 and half years ago, and has tried everything. I suggested hot wax and he has been doing that for the past week. He paints his spots and areas with hot wax, covers it with plastic and leaves it on over nite. In the AM he peels it off, showers then uses Vaseline and plastic in the day time. It has made it non irrating and the lesions are not scaly but soft and non irritating.

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Comment from: bobby 2ls, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 06

I am 75 and have had psoriasis for over 50 years. I had a dermatologist who treated me with a cortisone injection every two or three months and this I find most helpful. The trouble is trying to find a doctor who will give me the injections. I had a serious fall and dislocated my right shoulder resulting in three tears. I feel that my immune system is going crazy trying to treat the injury.

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Comment from: Kathy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

It started with itching, flaking feet that I thought was athletes foot. Simultaneously the bottom of my feet felt like I was walking on cornflakes and there was tingling in both feet particularly at night. After diagnosis and treatment with Cortisone, it continues to develop and my feet began to crack and then there were some spots on my palms and eventually my thumb and fingertips. There is cracking, peeling, pain and burning in all affected areas.

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Comment from: Daisy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I am 48 and have psoriasis my entire life. In the beginning I used cortizone creams, but like we know you can't keep on using that. Last year I started to use co-enzyme Q10 and omega-3 capsules. The blotches on my stomach are gone. Always apply cream as often as possible, just ordinary light body cream that is not too oily. Stay away from refined foods, alcohol, and eat healthy. I just wish that I could put my hair up like other people.

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Comment from: Karen Antolick, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I have a rare auto immune disease which is pustular psoriasis. First I noticed small pustules on my hands then it covered my feet and entire body. They treat me as if I have plaque psoriasis because not much research is done on my type of psoriasis, and they don't know which medication to use. I have had it and the pain for two years. I now have liver damage and so afraid they will not be able to treat me.

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Comment from: Psoriasis Girl, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I'm 15 and I have had psoriasis for about half my life. I first developed it after a dandruff infection, and was diagnosed after I got a rash in my pelvic area. Eventually we realized that most of my other problems stemmed from my psoriasis. My occasional arthritis, spots on my fingernails, heart problems. I've had rashes basically on my arms, underarms, genital area, and scalp. I used T-Gel and now Head and Shoulders for my scalp. I use Fucidin H on one type of rash, Betnovate and Dovonex for the other, and Hydrocortisone for the general itching.

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