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for 10 Years — It’s Back
believe it took me so long to find your great site.
I have had a guttate eruption only for about 3 weeks (I am going to
a dermatologist this Tuesday for the 1st time).
I am 47 and did have a couple of bad sore throats this winter.
It is well over more than 50% of my body, but not terribly itchy
— just very unsightly. I am
47 and had a mild case of plaque P in my 30’s that eventually went away
completely. I haven’t had
any P for about 8-10 years. Now
this! I did have several bad
sore throats this past winter.
frightens me to hear about people developing severe arthritis.
How common is this? I
was hoping the dermatologist would give me something great that would make
it go away. Now that sounds
stupid! Any information you have would be helpful. –Kathleen D.
Response: The good news in
your email is that the plaque P you had in your 30s went away entirely.
So many of us have experienced permanent flaking — with periodic
waxing and waning — the prospect of a quiescent period lasting over a
decade is like a promise of nirvana.
Perhaps your constitution — whatever it was that made you beat it
that first time round — will help this time, with the guttate.
Optimism isn’t expensive, so you might as well spend a little on
the National Psoriasis Foundation’s booklet on Psoriatic Arthritis,
between 10 and 30 percent of the people with skin psoriasis will develop
psoriatic arthritis (PA), typically between the ages of 30 and 50.
So, you have a 1-in-10 to 3-in-10 possibility of developing it.
Perhaps, says NPF, more may have it but it goes undiagnosed because
of its mildness.
source of information about P and PA is the National Psoriasis Foundation
and, since you’re a cybernaut already, your best method of getting that
information is to go to
Becoming a member lets you into other areas of the web site — all
of their booklets and most of their periodicals are available on line and
there are chat areas for informal as well as scheduled chats and events.
And joining is relatively painless: there is no set annual fee, you
pay what you can and what you want (as long as it’s something).
You can, if you wish, join right on line.
Once that’s done you’ll find hours of browsing available to
you. I learned early on that
the best way to cope with our condition is through knowing everything I
could learn about it. And,
though it seems I learn something new everyday, I certainly jump-started
the process by joining NPF.
and stay in touch with us, Kathleen. -Ed