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Five Year Old Son with Recalcitrant P
from Karin H.

Hi Ed.  Here’s a mother from the Netherlands! 

I have read your site with much interest and I wanted to thank you for all the information you and all the people who email FlakeHQ have collected.

My mother has had psoriasis for the last seven years. Last year my son was diagnosed as well.  He is five years old.

Sometime I wish I’d never taken him to the dermatologist, because ever since that doctor prescribed Dovobet my son’s situation has been getting worse. Only a year ago — before the Dovobet — his P was limited to his head. Now it is everywhere. The problem is the moment I stop using the Dovobet the P comes back three times worse and his derm just keeps saying use it some more! He adds, “There is nothing more you can do because he is too young.”

So I am running in circles. I want to quit because it's not good for his health, but if I do quit he itches so bad that he is covered with wounds. So I apply it only when its gets bad and only on his worst places.

I had my son undergo some allergy tests because he reacts strangely to some foods — not only when he eats it, but when it gets on his skin. For example, if he gets mayonnaise on his skin the area will inflame for a couple of hours. But the test didn't give any negative reaction (or, put another way, no positive result for allergy). Now my question to you is, if he just had an intolerance of some food would it show on the allergy tests? And is there a difference between those tests? Do they look for different things in the blood?

Thanks for reading my mail. Best regards and Hugs, -Karin


Ed’s Response: I wish I could answer your questions about the allergy tests, Karin, but I’m not a doctor and my point of view on allergies is limited to the patient angle. If any other readers have some insight, please email me and I’ll forward info to Karin.

I will say that food has been noted as directly or indirectly triggering psoriasis in some people. The direct triggering is allergy-like (if not, in fact, actual ALLERGY): they eat the offending food and within hours lesions or guttate “dots” appear. The indirect triggering takes longer and may have to do with toxins, released during digestion, escaping from the intestines and making their way into the skin (a.k.a. “leaky gut” syndrome).

Good luck to you, Karin. It is agonizing to watch a child so young suffer from psoriasis, especially when it really physically hurts. For awhile, at least, he may be indifferent to the stares and the stigma. We can at least hope so. -Ed

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