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His P is
Embarrassing but Not Debilitating
Ed, I'll make this short and sweet. Your concept of the “FlakeHQ Interview” is a great idea; and frankly, you are going to have a tough time improving upon this first one! Really a great interview with Michael Paranzino. Good information. Keep up the great work!
A quick history on me for your records: I am a 48 year old man; and I have the typical plaque lesions on my hands, elbows, knees, and an occasional spot elsewhere that comes and goes. I have had P for at least 25 years. Having read your site for years now, I can recognize many symptoms and stories from your other readers. (I thought I was the only one who sanded my hands!) I also recognize that my P is relatively mild; and is mostly embarrassing, not debilitating.
Through trial-and-error, I have settled on a routine of Dovonex and OTC topical hydrocortisone creams that seems to keep things manageable. A petrolatum-based version of this cream at night with the “food handlers” gloves is essential for me. Environment and stress seem to play a part; but I have never noticed a hard-and-fast pattern to flares or good periods.
I have learned a lot from your website. You are providing a valuable service! Bless you, and keep doing what you are doing!
Regards, -Ron A.
Ed’s Response: Thanks for the praise and well-wishes, Ron. I’ve got interviews lined up through the Sep-Oct update but can’t reveal the subjects until those interviews are “in the can.” I hope the resulting articles will live up to your expectations.
I had to chuckle when I read you thought you were the only flaker who sanded his hands. I still get email that makes me have similar thoughts. There’s something about our disease that makes us feel inhibited. Ashamed? Well, probably not. I think it has more to do with thinking people will find us foolish or “weird.” For example: Sometimes I wear a shower cap to bed to occlude psoriasis medicine on my scalp, and the supply of shower caps that “look masculine” is very limited. So, sometimes I wear a pink shower cap with a white flower blossom pattern on it. Did I really want anybody else to know that?Being a regular at FlakeHQ has done a lot to diminish my own inhibitions. -Ed