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Guttating in Spain
from Andrea M.

Dear Ed, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Andrea. I was born in London 33 years ago, although I now reside in southern Spain, having been here now for the past 12 years. I have had guttate P since the age of 4, so I don't really remember any time without these red spots, which makes it easier for me to deal with.

The strong Spanish sun mostly helps my condition, although it does initially worsen it in Spring. Also I live just 10 minutes from the beach, so the combination of sun and sea water is a bonus to me.

Stress certainly does seem to affect my P negatively, as did both my pregnancies (not through stress, I would like to add). Funnily enough, my ex-husband was very accepting of my ugly skin, having a previous girlfriend with the same condition. Maybe the P was what attracted him to me initially!!! However, the allure of my skin didn't last too long, but long enough to give me my two precious ones, who fortunately don't seem to be afflicted yet.

Like many others, I have tried different treatments, namely PUVA, Daivonex and Zorac (different names here, I know) but without any great success.

Itchiness is not really my problem, so I count myself as extremely fortunate.

Presently, I'm trying out the high doses of fish oils, but I believe it's too early to give you any positive feedback (I only started 6 weeks ago).

I'm toying with the idea of having my tonsils removed after reading some interesting success stories, although I can't really say I suffer to any great degree with throat infections.

Suffice to say, I am very thankful to you for this web site and to everyone who contributes, (most of the messages have made me chuckle and others have made me cry). I loved "Bear" by Dena Feldman. Regards, -Andrea M.

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Ed’s Response: I’m glad you are enjoying FlakeHQ. Just out of curiosity, in your surfing about here did you come across Spanish Ant Food in the Archives? It’s a 1997 exchange with a woman who found ants in your neck of the woods were fond of her flakes. As you have guttate P, you might not be so harvestable by the ants. But I thought I’d ask.

Do let us know how you fare on the fish oil. Interest in this regimen lingers (see "Vagisil for P?" in this month’s mail). -Ed

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