Patient Comments: Psoriasis - Symptoms & Signs


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Comment from: AK, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I am suffering with a pinched nerve in my lower back. I initially thought this was arthritis but after 3 x-rays my doctor confirmed it is definitely a pinched nerve. Sometimes the pain goes down my hips and knees, and sometimes leaves a numbness in my hips. I get some relief from painkillers, and not sure what other treatments may be successful.

Comment from: KT, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I was diagnosed with guttate psoriasis at age 24 after a severe strep throat infection. It took 5 doctors to determine what it was and then 2 more doctors before there was any relief. This resulted in 10 months of being covered in lesions on every part of my body. Nothing topical worked (both prescription or over-the-counter) and nothing relieved the itching. The dermatologist eventually told me to make a choice; increased risk of skin cancer or psoriasis. I choose the increased risk of skin cancer and began lying in the sun covered in baby oil every day for 20 minutes. It cleared within a month! Six years later and I am suddenly covered in guttate psoriasis again. Unfortunately, the sun is not helping this time so I'm back to square 1 but at least I know what is wrong with me this time!

Comment from: JP, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 01

I had psoriasis for 20 years. After all the useless preventative treatments and excessive costs, I used Enbrel for a few years until I couldn't afford it anymore. Even with insurance, I would have to pay a large deductible ($2,500 to $4,000), and after satisfying deductibles, insurance would pay only $100 maximum for continued treatments, leaving me with an additional copay of $100. I'm glad to have health insurance, but psoriasis requires 'specialty' medications/treatment and a lot of money! I'm waiting for 2015 to start treatment again. I believe anxiety/stress worsens my psoriasis. It's a cyclical pattern, and when it's bad, I pick, scratch, and even scrape with a knife until it bleeds. The itching is insatiable! I use Medicated Gold Bond to relieve the itching temporarily. My doctor recently prescribed clobetasol, and 0.5/zinc spray; I've had some relief as I did with ointments such as clobetasol and halobetasol and yes, the skin gets used to these after a while. One side effect of Enbrel, I believe, leads to thinning of the skin where minor cuts or scrapes can cause bruising/excessive bleeding.

Comment from: joan b, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

At age 18 I developed scales on elbow and knees. This lasted until age 65 and disappeared. Shortly after, I developed pustular psoriasis on the bottom of my left foot. If I take an antibiotic for a different reason it clears up but returns even worse when antibiotic is ended. It itches and is painful. My dermatologist has no remedy.

Comment from: tyzac, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

I developed guttate psoriasis approximately 5 years ago, after seeing 2 skin specialists with reasonable results. About June last year it flared up into something awful on my legs, arms, hands, buttocks, back and scalp. I gave up my job as it involved contact with the public and off I went to another dermatologist. He just asked a few questions, had a look at the affected areas and immediately arranged for phototherapy treatment at the local hospital. What magic! After 21 sessions which ended on a 2 minute treatment, 95% of lesions disappeared. Now I just use Daivobet cream for body and gel for scalp when it looks like something maybe forming. I shampoo and condition with T-Gel alternating days with goat milk hair products. Needless to say, I am much happier these days.

Comment from: Slogan7, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 11

I don’t know if I have psoriasis, it’s only on both hands and it’s nothing I’ve ever seen before. It bleeds and it itches. Every time I call the dermatologist there’s a four week wait. Wonder if anybody else has it just on their hands.

Comment from: Howie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

In my most recent blood test C-reactive protein result was 6.

Comment from: NAIL, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 18

Because of heel spurs, when walking, I have been feeling pain from below my ankle to middle of my left foot for many days.

Comment from: JAN, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 11

I have had psoriasis for 4 years and have used creams from doctors. They help with itching but I was still getting more and more scales, so I decided to cover myself in baby oil each morning straight onto wet skin. All of the scales have gone along with the itching, all except on my ankles and feet. I have arthritis and have not been able to get the baby oil on my feet as I would like to.


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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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Comment from: Tlorynp, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I'm confused about my psoriasis because I have one round patch on my left ankle that is always there and has been for years. It's itchy, burns, and has a white patch of scaling on it. I see people saying they get "flare ups" but mine is present 24/7 365 days a year, for years now. I noticed it around the age of 30 and I’m 36. It never moves, I never get it in any other area of my body. Is it possible to have it always present? It sounds like people are saying the patches go away. I also had a large indentation on my thumb nail which has gone away inexplicably. What really concerns me most is that this is an "auto-immune" disease. That freaks me out. I really worry about this.

Comment from: Kathy Lea, 45-54 Female Published: October 19

I developed psoriasis about 8 months ago. It began on the palms of my hands and then it moved to the bottom of my right foot. I have it in other places as well, but just small patches. I have been to the dermatologist and have to say that using too much product that was pushed at me every single visit was making my skin a mess and my nerves were shot. If anyone has it on their palms and it works, please let me know what you did to help. It is very difficult to function when your hands are constantly split.


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Comment from: Kerlone, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I guess I had psoriasis from 2009 and did not know I thought it was just heat rash. My back, shoulder, and under my breast was smooth, itching, burning, dry, scaly and cracked. I am currently on medication (Imovane, Resilo and Nise) and I’m having another breakout. I use a moisturizing body wash like Olay, or dove and it helped along with an anti-itch cream. I also have it on my scalp, looks like real bad case of dandruff. I would base my scalp with Top Brass and wash hair the next day, but by the next day or two it would be back. Being in the sun make it worse!

Comment from: BOB B., 65-74 Male Published: March 09

Got psoriasis when I was about 20, but didn't get to a doctor right away , but was diagnosed about a year later. Am 68 years now and have just kept it under control. Get a spot or two on my scalp, but have it nearly all the time on my elbows and one knee. Best product that has worked for me is OXIPOR. It works quite well, but takes a week or two to actually get rid of the spots. OXIPOR stops the itching and reduces the scale after a few days of application about twice a day. Always gets worse during late winter (Feb-April) as living on the West Coast of Canada we don't get a lot on sunshine in winter. Summertime there seems to be less outbreak. Be careful with OXIPOR. It will permanently stain clothing and some countertops and enamel sinks. Wipe it off immediately with a Kleenex or toilet paper. Keep away from eyes.

Comment from: lorilo, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 22

I suddenly woke up feeling queasy and salivating at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, and without warning, leaned over and vomited all over the floor. I ran to the bathroom and just threw up and threw up. I'm still not keeping anything down, as everything I put in my mouth, I vomit right back up again. I tried the BRAT diet today and it came right back up. I get stomach flu once or twice a year and have never had diarrhea, just cramps, chills, fever, extreme nausea, and severe vomiting. On the upside, I lose weight because I throw up whatever I've eaten or drunk. This is weird, because I thought I was getting sick last week when I threw up at work, but I do occasionally have random vomiting. Since Wednesday, I've vomited about every hour. When I try to think about anything my head spins and I'm leaning over the bucket. I vomited a huge amount of tan liquid about a half hour ago. I have an identical twin sister, whose stomach is not as sensitive as mine who left work early today as she had to leave a meeting due to having to vomit twice.

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.

Comment from: Linda makarm, Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I have a son 5 years old he is suffering from something I don't know. He suffers scaling of his nails and then they fall, otherwise no other manifestations. I am wondering if this is psoriasis.

Comment from: Dona, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 07

I have been diagnosed with psoriasis of the hands. However, when I read about it, it does not sound like what I have. I have open sores on the back of my hands. My hands are very dry. My doctor has tried many kinds of creams, with no good results. My skin is not scaly and it does not itch. Does anyone else have anything that looks like this?

Comment from: Georgia, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I developed psoriasis shortly after the birth of my child. I have used topical medicines with occlusion to try to clear it when it’s at its worst. As I started menopause, my symptoms became worse and I changed topical meds, which helped, but not much. I did not want to take HRT because I wanted to deal with menopause naturally. I tried everything available and did not get any relief. I suffered for seven years and was at the end of my rope. I went on hormone therapy and within a month my psoriasis has all but cleared up. I wonder if hormones had a part in the remission. I have looked for information on that question and have not found anything. I’m enjoying being able to wear shorts and short-sleeved shirts, even in winter.

Comment from: Berth, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: April 15

I can’t afford expensive medicine, so I tried herbal cures. Boil guava leaves in water until it looks like a tea. Then take a bath using the water. Try to use it while it is still warm. You may look green after taking a bath, but it’s the leaves curing the skin. Also try papaya soap, but nothing scented.

Comment from: dpeiso, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I had psoriasis for 6 months after I was told that I have Parkinson’s, a nervous reaction. I am A positive in blood group and I found my blood group diet, stuck to it and the psoriasis left in around 5 months, that way 2 years ago, clean since.


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Comment from: Kelly, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I've had plaque psoriasis since I was a small child. I had it in my knees, elbows, and then later on my scalp and in my ear canals. The knee, elbow, and ear psoriasis cleared up in my late teens but the scalp psoriasis only got worse. I still have it now, and my knee psoriasis is back, but well controlled with steroid cream. I've also developed a small patch in my pelvic area. It is very unpleasant and nothing seems to work on it. It often affects my sex life. I did take injections of Triamcinolone Acetonide in my scalp. It cleared for well over a year. When it reappeared, it came back with a vengeance. I went back for more injections but sadly, they no longer worked. My grandfather had it all over his body. He was ashamed of it and so would wear long sleeves year-round. Covering it up (occlusion) is often really bad for it and can make it worse. He was a farmer and always out in the sun. It could have really helped him. My dad didn't have it until later in life (in his 60s). My older brother (now in his 40s) has it in the palms of his hands. Eucerin cream at night helps him a lot. My cousin has it on her scalp. It definitely "chose" our family. While I am frustrated with my psoriasis, I am grateful I only have it over a small percentage of my body. My heart goes out to those with large/painful plaques.

Comment from: jojo, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 26

I had psoriasis in my early 30's; but was only diagnosed when I was 37. It started with rashes on my scalp (it causes flakes which I thought was dandruff), elbows, buttocks. After visits with doctors, I was advised to take several medications: tar shampoo fixed the scalp problem; moisturizers fixed the elbows; I also was prescribed "Methotrexate" to lower my immune system. All these medicines cost a lot of $$$! Skin started to improve after 2 months, but then after a year, they're back. I’ll have to consult with my doctor again.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Comment from: Carol, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 14

My scalp is red and tender like a bad sunburn. It itches and has small bumps filled with fluid. I first had the condition around age 63 while going through extreme stress over the death of my parents. I am now 66 and under an extreme amount of stress again and the condition has returned. I feel that in my case stress brings it on. I have also noticed my hair is very thin.

Comment from: m4ryj4n3, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I was diagnosed with a severe case of psoriasis when i was fourteen. When I was seventeen my dermatologist put me on a 3 month daily regimen of the antibiotic doxycycline or similar to that spelling and told me a team of doctors believed it was a cure. He tried me on it because my case was so severe. I am now 36 years old and it has not broken out since I was 17!

Comment from: 55-64 Female Published: July 26

Psoriasis can be controlled by your diet. Candida causes psoriasis to flare up and get out of control. If I eat any type of natural sugar like in fruit or have some wine or bread with yeast, I can wake up the next morning and the top of my forehead is all red and my head itches really bad. It is controls by your gut, it is like a fungus. Tea tree oil helps a lot. I only have it on my scalp and will NOT use tar products.

Comment from: strife, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 12

I have had psoriasis for years now. First it started on one knee, I thought it was some sort of parasite so I put salve on it and later learned it didn't work. I went to my doctor and was told it was psoriasis. Which made we stress out and made it even worse. Now 2 years my body is covered including un-metionables. I've used cortisone and pine tarsol which took a long time to work and only worked to a certain point.

Comment from: P, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 10

I developed psoriasis in 2000 on my right elbow which advanced to my left elbow, then my knees and from time to time my finger and toe nails. I thought I caught a skin condition from a work colleague but my GP disagreed, yet neglected to tell me what the problem was even though I pressed for an answer. This condition is now at an advanced stage in the areas mentioned and I only realized it was psoriasis after reading newspaper articles and information on sites like this one. I have not sort out any treatment as I realize the skin problem is only a symptom of something deeper. However, my finger and toe nails are treated effectively with Lamisil from time to time.

Comment from: Diane, 55-64 Male Published: March 21

When I married my husband he had a patch of psoriasis in his hair and on both knees. This went on for many years getting no worse, however, he was ashamed to wear shorts and the psoriasis would clear up when we went to the beach. Non the less, he also seemingly had a milk allergy so I started him on the generic lactase enzyme. He took this every morning for several years and one day we noticed he didn't have psoriasis on his knees anymore and even when he quit taking the lactaid the psoriasis has never returned. However, he never skipped taking the lactaid. We have always wondered if there was a connection between the lactic acid and psoriasis.

Published: March 21

I am in constant pain every day. My psoriasis is located on the soles of my feet and the palms of my hands. Some days I can't even hold a pen! It hurts to walk and the cracks in the skin bleed. The doctors are at a loss as to what I should do. I don't think I could live with this for the rest of my life.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I'm 40 and I've been diagnosed with guttate psoriasis. I've been offered biologic treatment because cream doesn't work much for my condition. Ever since, I decided to crash my immune system by cutting down on eating 1000 cal max par day. I stopped proteins. It worked. Instead of crashing down my immune system artifically with immunosuppressants, I made it all by myself. If you don't eat proteins you immune system will be down. Worth trying it!

Comment from: MGN Deadpool, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 25

Well on my hands I get small red pumps and then they turn into patches after the patches show up then they start to look like ring worm (which it is not). When it appears on my hands within the next couple of days it appears on my arms and legs. I have not been to a doctor yet and was looking on here and to me it seems like psoriasis due to the pictures. After about a couple of weeks it will go away but now it has been a month and well it’s still here.

Comment from: jnwelburn, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 12

I have had psoriasis for about one year. I have experienced that hydrocortisone cream works, but I think there might be other things out there that will work better. I just figured I would let you all know. Also try tar shampoo like body wash that helps keep it under control. Psoriasis really sucks mentally and physically. Don’t let it get to your head cause that will just add to the stress which makes it worse.

Comment from: Anwar uz Zaman, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 11

Scaly skin on upper side thighs, very itchy when dry (doctors observed it to be very aggressive) and has a black skin ring/ridge which indicates that the psoriasis will increase to the next level to such area. Got biopsy and other tests done and was diagnosed with psoriasis vulgaris. They suggest I do not wait long but get it corrected immediately. The skin gets dark all of a sudden in the size of a dollar coin and starts to get scaly. Gives you more of mental agony then anything else.

Comment from: PrinceRKO, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

My psoriasis started on the scalp. I thought that it was dandruff, but it wouldn't go away no matter how much I washed my scalp. Long story short, the dermatologist said I had psoriasis. And I was 12 back then.

Comment from: friendinneed, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I have had psoriasis for 2 years. It started as a small spot on the left leg, and my doctor give me a cream to use for ringworms. In about 2 weeks it had spread over 98% of my body. I now have psoriatic arthritis in my fingertips, knee joints, and toes.