Communications (Mar/Apr, 1998)

Cortisone Cured Everything
by Michael

Dear Ed: I have had P for 30 years, but not in any way as bad as most of your correspondents. As the result of taking an anti-fungal pill (my supposition) I got what is called "Pressure Hives." No doctor in Puerto Rico, where I was living at the time, diagnosed this. I was put on dethmesesone for a year. The cortisone pills cured everything, Ps, headaches, arthritis, hives, but I put on a lot of weight in wierd places. After returning to Canada, I went off cortisone. I was warned of the side effects and the long lasting effects. Fortunately, up until now the only after-effect has been the rebound and increase of P.

Even though I have P all over my head, I have no flaking so long as I use the shampoo and conditioner that I have been using for 10 years. I used tar shampoos, but found that they caused a different type of flaking. I also use a barrier cream that is better than any other oil, grease or skin protector to maintain moisture, reduce flaking and itching.

I have also used Tazorac and Dovenex with the same red skin and burning result that many people get. When the burning is bad. I use the barrier cream. -Michael


Ed's Reply: Tell us more about the shampoo! I'm singlehandedly keeping tar pits open for business and the benefits are insubstantial. If you know of something better, PLEASE SHARE! And, while you're at it, tell us more about your "barrier cream."

Your cortisone experience in Puerto Rico is scary, Michael. I've yet to find any doctor who can tell me why and how cortisone works systemically, but it does, and at a potentially deadly price. It's the health care equivalent of selling one's soul to the Devil.

I went through the same miracle cure, except my cortisone systemized from intra lesion injections (not oral). (You can read all about it in Flake: Confessions of a Psoriatic.)

You will get back to us, won't you? -Ed

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