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I'm 20 years old. I've had guttate psoriasis since I was 6. I've tried about 5 different topical medications, I've tried tanning for a few minutes about 3x a week. I've tried getting a lot of sunlight (but this would only work briefly and it would come back shorty thereafter).


I just recently downloaded "Psoriasis free for life" and there was a lot of information on eating a lot of certain things, and mixing different oils and such together. Pretty much an all natural route. I've been following it for about 2 weeks with no results (not as dried out, but still red and patchy).

I've tried so many things and nothing seems to work. Do you know anything about psoriasis and some good methods of treating it? And do you know of any support groups for psoriasis sufferers?

By J.H from Webster, MA

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June 20, 20100 found this helpful

I develop psoriasis on my scalp every now and then and the only thing that helps it at all is to follow my dermatologists instructions and that is to use a shampoo that he prescribed, one day, the next day use T-SAL shampoo, the next day use your regular shampoo. Each day, morning and evening apply a lotion that he prescribed(this doesn't) make the hair look real great, but it works. The dermatologist also told me that psoriasis is genetic and can lay dormant for generations. He said things like stress can make it flare up, and the fact that I am diabetic can make it flare up too. I don't know if this is any help to you, but have you seen a dermatologist?

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June 21, 20100 found this helpful

Baking soda. Dissolve 1-2 cups of baking soda in lukewarm bathwater. This has helped me control my psoriasis. Hope this helps.

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June 22, 20100 found this helpful

Don't stop with 2 weeks of following the treatment where you saw success. Try 4-6 months for a true evaluation. Is it worth it? Your decision.

The Tgel my son used for awhile. Finally he decided wearing the shortest haircut his wife would trim on his head, keep it clean, try not to wear hats as much as he does (farming, necessity for hats).

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June 22, 20100 found this helpful

I have the type of psoriasis that only affects my hands and feet but it can get very itchy and so severe I can't use my hands or walk. It is now under control with a medicine called Soriatane. You can't use it during child bearing years though. Go to a dermatologist. Don't get into all those ads and waste your money like I did on all those treatments they advertise. They don't work. The best thing over the counter is plain ole' vaseline applied after shower to keep the skin moist and healthy. Purchasing anything more than that is throwing your money away. Juniper was a biblical cure and they have those pills at health food stores. Google Psoriasis Group Support and your town. I am in Kansas City and we have a support group here. Good luck to you, I know psoriasis can be miserable.

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June 22, 20100 found this helpful

My son has this on his scalp. We keep his hair buzzed and I spray Listerine on the affected areas, it keeps the scales off and lightens it up quite a lot. I do this every week or so. It seems to keep it under control. My hair stylist told me about it.

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June 22, 20100 found this helpful

PS: My dematologist recommended I use CeraVe Cream and Vaseline. He said CeraVe is the best available cream. It is available in lotion or cream but he told me to use the cream. It sells for about 14$ a jar at Walmart/Walgreens, etc..

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June 22, 20100 found this helpful

My daddy had psoriasis so bad that it was on his scalp, knees, elbows and shins. He was in a study program about a quarter of a century ago where he was using a medication in conjunction with tanning three days a week. The psoriasis went away after about two months but it was not a 'cure'. He had to keep doing it to keep the psoriasis away.

Unfortunately my daddy is no longer here with us (not because of psoriasis or the medication but because of an inherited heart disease) to tell me what medication it was but you might want to ask your dermatologist if he knows anything about that study. It could have been the medication that Gondodeb mentions here but also keep in mind what T&T Grandma mentions here about being patient with your current medication because nothing will work overnight.

Have you tried Googling "Diet to relieve Psoriasis"?

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June 23, 20100 found this helpful

I've had the problem too, off and on for years. I find that tea tree oil soap from Trader Joe's helps me quite a bit. It's a natural antiseptic. Also, I find bathing in the ocean (painful some times) helps ( salt water is also a natural antiseptic). Hope this might help you.

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June 23, 20100 found this helpful

For years I had what's called pusular psoriasis on my hands and feet. It was very painful, they were like little pimples all over the palms of my hands and bottoms of my feet. Anyway, I started taking probiotics and noticed after several months that I was not getting them anymore! My hands and feet have been clear of psoriasis for over three years now. My palms and feet used to be totally covered with it, but now only once in awhile will one or two pop up.

I have been using Dr. Ohirra's probiotics for approximately 1 year and prior to that I used Nature's Way Primadophlis Optima.

Perhaps this will help you. I would suggest taking them for at least 6 months to see if they will help. Unfortunately, they are not cheap. It will cost from about $30 to $45 for 60 capsules.

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June 29, 20100 found this helpful

These from my files collected from various sources:

don't know if it was for psoriasis or what, but I know that Bag Balm or Udder Balm has been very effective for a family friend with a skin condition (pretty sure it was psoriasis). You should be able to get it at Walmart or a health food store. Comes in a green tin. It's very effective, but I don't know what all it has in it.

This may sound too simple but in clinical trial it has worked for Psoriasis. Your dad may want to try Aloe vera gel topically. It is supposed to heal 83% of the patients if you believe the research. If he has a lot of scaling and cracking making a tea of Wild Pansy(Viola tricolor)and washing the area with this tea before applying the aloe gel may also help.


Someone else suggested using Hemp Seed Oil to externally rub on the affected areas. Also to take Flax Seed Oil internally

Also drink lots of water.

I have some mild psoriasis in my ears of all places. What has worked for me even better than prescription meds is tea tree oil. I dab it on with a Q-tip and within 2 or 3 days, it is gone.

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July 24, 20100 found this helpful

I've known two people whose doc told them to use the Aveeno lotion that's in the medical section, not the kind just with the other lotions. It has some ingredient added, and will say it on the label. Something like " With added ......" I just cant remember the word. Good luck. Those two said it was a miracle worker!

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August 22, 20100 found this helpful

If all else fails, try Humera. It worked for my sister and she had tried everything. It is expensive but she qualified for help in payment.

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March 27, 20130 found this helpful

I have found that neem oil from the Indian Neem Tree is soothing and excellent. Can be found on eBAY.

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