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Being Stuck With It
I have had
psoriasis for 10 years.
just stuck with it.
Ed’s Response: Well, we ARE stuck with it, Mark, but we need not be resolved to the symptoms. Medicines are improving all the time. When I first “got P,” it was 1990 and the treatment options were (a) goops, (b) light treatments, (c) a handful of pills with side effects and “preconditions” before you could use them.
I tried them all. Some worked — for awhile. None worked PERFECTLY or COMPLETELY .
Then, at the turn of the millennium, the so-called “biologics” came on board and represented an entirely new KIND of treatment for P. Again, no cure; and again, they don’t typically work PERFECTLY or COMPLETELY. But they’re an option, and for some people they’re the best thing to come along so far.
But meanwhile, there have been improvements in the old standby categories of treatments, too. The goops now come in combos (Dovobet, Taclonex) that work better for some. Some goops have gone to spray and foam and liquid forms that perform better on scalp, ears, and that place you were so happy to see clear. Even light treatments have gotten better: so-called “narrowband UVB” is said to work more precisely and faster than conventional light therapy.Having P is maddening — none of us would deny that. But when it’s time to get angry, to growl at inconsiderate smooth-skins, you’ll feel better knowing you’re pro-active, doing everything you can to curb your own misery. -Ed