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a 25 year old black female with psoriasis and I have had psoriasis for 13
years. I have tried everything
over the years to get rid of my spots:
cocoa butter, which stinks a lot;
bleaching cream; Ambi
Cream and skin discoloration cream; none of it has worked over the years.
My entire body is covered with big spots and even some of the spots
are connected together. I use
Elocon cream for my sores that only really come in the winter time.
I can't wear what I want to wear — shorts, tank tops, skirts,
sleeveless shirts.... Dressing
basically fully covered all year round, I have really gotten use to being
very hot, which doesn't bother me anymore.
doctor at Kirklin Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama, where I'm located,
could use any help or advice I could get.
Please do publish my email address, which is, [email protected].
Response: It sounds as though
you’ve tried the over-the-counter (OTC) remedies that jump out at us at
the stores. You know that,
among these, what might work, even a little, usually doesn’t work for
not going the prescription drug route (or the light treatment route) does
not mean your situation is hopeless. The
next best step you could take (if you haven’t already) is to join the National
Psoriasis Foundation (NPF), get a copy of their book, The Best of It Works for Me: 1991-1999, then keep up with their periodical literature.
For membership and publication information, you may call toll-free
to 800-723-9166. There is no
set membership fee at NPF.
You may join by donating any amount you can afford.
you get your hands on the It Works
for Me book you will be amazed at the assortment of things people have
tried successfully through the years.
In addition to OTC things to apply to your skin, you will read
about things to put in your bath, things to apply and wear over night,
even things to eat and not to eat.
the same time, don’t roll over on pursuing better results from your
insurer, or finding a better health insurance.
Flakers have always had insurance problems — partly because the
disease typically isn't debilitating, and partly because the treatments
known to work well are also the most expensive (surprise-surprise!).
But most large and well-known health insurance companies do provide
coverage, even if limited.
Stay in touch, Lil’Kim, and let us know how you are doing. –Ed