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Good Morning Ed: I found your site and have spent some time reading. Wanted to stop and say “thank you” for maintaining this site.
I have had psoriasis for close to 33 years. I maintain my skin care myself. Several years ago I found out I cannot use a down comforter without developing pustules. I had never dealt with pustular P, only plaque P, so wasn't sure what was happening, called for a derm appt, was told 6-8 week wait so had to find a way to help myself. The removal of the down comforter, going to 100 % cotton clothing, and general good skin care finally put an end to the pustular P.
Several months ago I developed pustules on one finger and I learned what true severe itching feels like. Soon I’d scratched the finger into an infection. The only thing I found to stop the itching was Naylor Udder Balm — found in Fleet Farm — in a tin can. This is a balm used on dairy cows’ udders. I was amazed to find "slathering it on" stopped the itching, which stopped the scratching, which eventually led to the healing.
Hoping this can help someone else with their itching. –Karen S.
Ed’s Response: Thanks for your kind words and the report on Naylor Udder Balm. A similar product, “Bag Balm,” has been recommended for the same reasons. Both products are what I’d call “extreme emollients.” They soften skin, make it and maintain its pliancy, which both relieves itching and promotes healing. (Bag Balm is even sold in some pharmacies alongside Petroleum Jelly and A&D Ointment.)
Infection is the really bad thing we can cause by scratching our lesions, but even if we don’t break the skin and cause infection, our scratching can prevent the lesion from healing. I’ve proven this to myself over and over again. I scratch the lesions on my legs and arms consciously AND unconsciously, but I’m not so prone to scratching the lesions on my torso. Consequently, those lesions sometimes diminish quickly, especially when I’m using a topical medicine on them. But so long as I continue to scratch lesions on my extremities, they will linger. By now, most topical medicines won’t budge those bad boys.A heavy duty moisturizer — like these udder balms — will diminish the itch, especially if you keep it handy and apply it when the urge to scratch catches your attention. -Ed