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Foam Working on Skin Lesions for A Year Now
I just realized as my prescription sticker lists zero refills that
I've been using Olux Foam on my skin — not my scalp — for 12 months
I'm happy to
say that I haven't had one new untreatable flare up in 12 months (even
though I've had two active strep throat infections — always my psoriasis
trigger) — but the stubborn spots on my lower legs and feet haven't
gotten any better (but they haven't gotten worse either — and I think
that's a good thing).
As new spots
appear the Olux Foam scares them away.
This stuff is great! I've
also been using Elidel off and on over the past 12 months for psoriasis in
skin folds and it works great, too. Elidel
has had no effect on my psoriasis on my legs.
I continue to use hydrated petrolatum to moisturize when the
itchies get unbearable. This
is the stuff they use as a base in compounding pharmacies when making
various creams and ointments — it's only about $10 for a huge tub of it.
It's so thick I actually use a butter knife to get it out of the
tub and plop it on ny legs but it stops the flakes — although it's
pretty gross if the cat rubs up against your leg after you've put it on
— think Planet of the Apes times ten . . .
have an enlightened derm who also suffers from psoriasis and he told me
about using Olux Foam on the skin in March 2002.
Sad thing is his partner had told me just 3 weeks before there was
nothing she could treat me with other than the standard Dovonex/Temovate
regime I'd been using unsuccessfully for years.
I just happened to see this other doctor for a scar revision.
psoriasis for 28 years now and been through UVB, UVA, all the topical
steroids, Dovonex, etc. Nothing
has ever successfully kept me on an even keel.
I'm pretty pleased with the Olux Foam.
convenient to use — easy to get dressed after using it, doesn't stick to
the sheets at bedtime and finally allowed me to wear regular pantyhose (as
opposed to black or navy blue tights) when wearing dresses and skirts to
the office over the past year.
Oh — and
please pass along a note to the nudist flaker — he's not alone — there
are lots of people with psoriasis at my nudist clubs in Central Florida
and New England.
Thanks for the
website! -Leslie A.
Response: I was glad to hear
this, Leslie. I’m trying my
first 100 gram can of Olux Foam right now.
And you’re right about it being a lot more pleasant to use!
What I like best is the fact that I can put it on my legs “last
thing” before I go to bed. The
foam dissolves instantly from skin heat and there’s no sticky residue
afterwards. With the typical
creams and ointments I felt compelled to stay up for another 30 minutes or
more after application to I would turn the sheets into gook.
And, often too tired to wait, I’d just forgo the medicine.
difficulty learning to master the can’s trigger, though.
It has a hard pull and I’m too often sending strings of Olux Foam
across the bathroom when all I wanted was a little dab.
My grandson the Spiderman fan thinks this is a great substitute for
“web throwing” and has asked more than once if he could use it to
round out his Spiderman arsenal.
Years ago a
derm told me that sometimes, when we’ve gotten used to a certain
topical, simply changing the brand may make it work better for awhile,
because of a change in the base. Clobetasol
propionate — the active ingredient in Olux Foam — has been a staple of
mine as an ointment for years and, just prior to starting the Olux Foam
regimen, I’d been despairing the clobetasol wasn’t “doing it for
me” anymore. I’m already
seeing the radical change in base — from ointment to foam — is making
heard from Roger D. (our correspondent nudist) for quite a while.
But I hope he reads this. He
needs to know that his FlakeHQ sub-population of nudists has just doubled.
That will make him happy. -Ed