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Harvard Ready for Her?
Thanks for your site. I’ve had pretty severe psoriasis since age
13 (14 years now, jeez) and I’m feeling a bit down about it tonight.
The only part of my
face that isn’t covered is my nose. The rest is very red and scaly —
feels like a mask, makes it hard to smile or raise my eyebrows. The rest
of my body is covered to the point where I have a lot of trouble staying
warm — always carrying a blanket around.
I guess I’m feeling
a bit frustrated with it because I’m headed off to grad school this
summer — a whole new group of people to get acclimated to the way I look
(Not contagious ... Not poison ivy ... Not a rash ... Stop staring at me,
already!) I’m headed up to meet my roommate next month, which has
spurred an intense effort to get it cleared a little (sunshine, Westcort,
coal tar, again). I hate the thought of my red scaly face on my new
Sorry for the long
email. I don’t know anyone with psoriasis and I don’t think most
people understand. My husband seems not to even notice it, but he will be
staying here in North Carolina to complete his own Ph.D.
Have you heard of
anything good for treating faces? Thanks for letting me vent. –Christy
Hmmm. You are already
using the one thing I’ve found works best on my face — Westcort cream.
HOWEVER, if you’ve been using a lot of Westcort for quite some
time, you may just need to shift to another formulation of corticosteroid
to shock your system into a
positive response. Westcort
also comes in an ointment — and there are other products of similar
potency including Benisone, Diprosone, Kenalog, Valisone....
Years ago my derm told
me that after using any topical for an extended period of time its
effectiveness would diminish. When
I was dependent entirely upon topicals I found this to be true for me in 2
or 3 month cycles. No matter
what I might be using, after a couple of months my lesions would get
worse. Shifting to another
product of about the same potency usually jarred
me out recalcitrance. Also, if
I wasn’t getting worse, I’d shift to a lower potency topical to give
my skin a break and to preserve the “shock” conditioning.
Please tell me you can make your colleagues at Harvard understand.
If they’re too dense to get the message, I give up.
Let us know how things
go up there, Christy. What
will you be studying? -Ed