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P on Feet Threatens Wedding on Beach
I came across FlakeHQ while doing a search on Psoriasis.
I was told about 6 months ago that the horrible rash on my hands
and feet is Psoriasis. I have tried a few different treatments but none
have improved my condition. I
was given 3 different creams the most recent of which was Tazorac.
Another one was Colchicine.
Psoriasis about a year ago, at first it was only on my feet and I thought
it was athlete’s foot, so I treated myself for that, with no change. I
then went to my doctor, he treated me for the same thing.
Still no change. I went to another doctor. She referred me to a
Derm, that's when I was told that it was Pustular Psoriasis.
Since then I have also developed it on my hands.
My hands are not bad, but my feet are terrible.
Some days I can hardly walk my feet are so sore.
Next Spring I
am getting married in Jamaica at a resort at which we will be staying for our honeymoon. The
ceremony is going to be very simple just us, the officiate and the beach.
It is what I have always wanted.
Now the only thing I can think about is how much walking on that
sand is going to hurt.
I hope by then
I will find something that will help.
If you can
offer any advise I would greatly appreciate it. At the present time I am
not using anything but lotion.
Response: It sounds like you
need to keep pressuring your derm for more treatments.
It’s not unusual for any of us, Katy, to try a number of things
before we find something that works.
In your case
you are also concerned about timing.
You definitely want your feet to be at their best for your beach
wedding. That’s why you need
to try as much as you can now, learn what works and how long it takes to
work, then make a note on your calendar to start that treatment (again) at
the appropriate time before your
You may want to
ask your derm about some of the systemic (oral) medications.
Soriatane, methotrexate and cyclosporine are all used to combat
pustular P. Most docs and
patients don’t like to be on these meds for years on end because they
can have rather nasty side effects (liver and kidney damage to name two),
but if you try them and learn that one works, it may be just what you need
to “back time” and use before your wedding — or use until your
wedding is over.
diagnosed was an important achievement, Katy.
At least now you and your doctors know what they are combating.
Share your goal with them — to be free of pustular P on your feed
for your wedding — and encourage them to be aggressive about trying the
different therapies available. When
they recommend something, ask how long it should take before you see
results. If that time comes
and goes and you’re not satisfied, try something else.
That’s what I would do.
Good luck and let us know how the wedding goes! (It sounds marvelously romantic.) -Ed