When did it start?
I believe that I have scalp psoriasis ever since I was a child. I remember having a small patch , about an inch or two in diameter, of what appeared to be thick dandruff on my scalp when I was in elementary. My mom will put different types of oil on it, and after sometime, it became a bald patch.
There was 2 incidents in college, when I woke up , with all those red spots all over my body. I will just sleep the whole day, then it will be gone when I wake up. If I only visited a dermatologist back then, I might have been diagnosed early.
When I started working in Gilmore, it was a very stressful job and a very stressful schedule, but I was happy there. The rough patch of thick dandruff reappeared, this time, it was wider. After 2 years, I moved to Alabang, and that is when it became a full blown scalp psoriasis. When I got married in 2010, there appeared the first patch of red rashes on my right shoulder, and that is what brought me to the first dermatologist, who insisted right a way that it is psoriasis.
That set of red rashes, will disappear from time to time, until one day , I woke up , with my body full of psoriasis. Two weeks after that I found out I was pregnant. And then, the lesions on the body disappeared, but the ones on the scalp did not.
Whenever my psoriasis lesions appears,I will avail of a regimen of topical medication, and I will have to wait 4 to 7 weeks, before the lesions will subside.
I went to a total of 8 doctors since 2009, with different treatment commendations, and different opinions. However, they all agree on these things:
1. What triggers the lesions to reappear, is stress. I have a stressful life, or at least, I am not dealing with stress properly. I don't think I can remove all the stress in my life, I might as well just die if I had to, because there is no such thing as a stress free life, or a perfect life.
2. Since 2009 up until today, my weight has been an issue. It keeps going up, although there are months when I will loose up to 3 kgs, I am not able to loose more and keep the weight off. The heaviest I've been, is during my pregnancy, but that is something that is excusable. My son is now 3 years old, and I am still weighing my post natal weight . I honestly look 5 or 6 months pregnant.
3. Working on night shifts, has aggravated condition, because of my already sedentary lifestyle. I was very rarely out in the sun.
4. There is no cure.
5. All of the 8 doctors said that having psoriasis is an indicator that my immune system is not working properly. That is very scary.
I used to think that I can life harmoniously with psoriasis. There was a time, when I really stopped all types of medication and just decided to ignore the lesions left in my face. There is really no cure anyway, so why bother. Well, I decided to really break up with psoriasis for good.
In 2014, I only have a very few lesions in the body, and several in the scalp. They are very few and I can count them in my fingers . Now, they re-appear full force again all over my body, but most of the lesions appear on my legs. They used to spread in my upper torso and face.
|Guttate type psoriasis on my legs|
Here is my Anti-Psoriasis Regimen :
1. I decided to let the sunshine in: literally and figuratively....
|A view of the skies while bathing in the sun.. see the clothes line?|
2. Lots of natural vitamin C. Kiwi, Lemon , Orange, Strawberry , and Vitamin C supplements
3.Lots of greens: Broccoli, Lettuce, Green Leaves, asparagus, Petchay etc. It's a good thing that I don't have problems eating veggies.
4. Cutivate and Daivobet - I had to apply them until the lesions are gone. These are prescribed by the dermatologist. I was advised to not use the red one on my face, so I had to have a separate one for it. This is what makes this even stressful.
5. Dose of Omega 3: Oatmeal
6. More Omega 3? Fish / Tuna, and other sea food
7. Lots of moisture: Lotion , this part I sort of hate.
8. More moisture
9. Zinc. There are no vitamin Z supplements, so good thing there is a letter Z in this multivitamin.
10. Petra Dead Sea Soap. My sister bought this for me in UAE, , made obviously from Dead Sea minerals.
11. Green Tea : to drink and to wash with hahahah , not exactly in order.
12. Tar Shampoo and Clobex Shampoo .This is not a replacement for my regular shampoo, these are used every other day, the other one, every week, until the scalp lesions are gone.
13. Aveeno Foaming Cleanser - I noticed that my face already has Rosacea. I blush very easily, and while other people wanted "some " color in their face, I will really give everything to look pale. There are times that I scare myself, to give me the look of "namumutla" lol.
Unfortunately, this is a side effect of having to put all those topical corticosteroids in the past. There is no cure for Rosacea. For now, my focus is to drive Psoriasis lesions away. I heard that this product is helpful.
14. Lastly, Lots of happy thoughts
I honestly think that it is working, because the lesions starts to fade after a month or so. The medications in this list should be stopped the moment the lesions are gone.