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Steroids Taken for Asthma Cleared P
from Mark L.

I've had P for about 5 years now. It sucks, but I deal with it. I try to stay as positive as possible, but it's hard. I'm actually one of the lucky ones! I only have it on 6 of my 10 fingers. It's the cuts that get me the most. I could deal with the little bit of itching, but it's the falling apart of the skin on fingers I can't stand. I try everything! Tazorac, Cormax, Fluocinonide, BACITRACIN (MY FAVORITE)!

The weirdest thing happened to me recently. I went to the ER [Emergency Room] for asthma. They gave me 5 day supply of corticosteroids. I couldn't believe it. It was like my hands were baby's hands. Brand new! But not for long. It came back with a vengeance. What a bitch.

Anyway, I love finding sites like yours, to read people's stories and hear all the methods they're trying. I especially like the Elmer's glue one. I gotta try that. A spa would be nice but I'm working on buying a house first. Anyway, this is my first time writing and hopefully not my last. All you P sufferer's hang in there! You're not alone! -Mark L.

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Ed’s Response: Thanks for the pop-in, Mark. Your quick and complete relief while taking an oral steroid is not unusual. Sometimes prednisone is actually prescribed for severe P; however, everything I’ve read suggests this solution is worse than the condition. And, as you experienced, a severe rebound is likely to occur when the systemic steroid is stopped.

Perhaps it’s fortunate you can’t buy a spa right now. During 1989 and 1990 I owned a hot tub and used it several times a week. These were also the years I first manifested P. Connection? Perhaps, but virtually impossible to prove. If change-related stress triggers P, those two years were full to busting with triggers. I can take my pick. -Ed

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