I was flaring badly
when I started taking Soriatane (a.k.a. acitretin) on March 17,
2004. Twelve weeks later (June 9th), when I stopped taking
Soriatane, I was flaring again. The course started well but turned
bad quickly. For most of the third month I watched as my skin
decided to revolt. The pictures, below were taken four days before I
stopped using the drug.
big difference between these lesions on my calf and the sort of lesions
I'm used to is the pain. These lesions burn and sting when
touched. Putting socks on is a teeth-gritting experience (but
eventually the skin gets used to the sock). It occurred to me after
I took these photographs that the crimson rings resemble lesions
that are on the mend from the inside out. Many people experience
this: skin tends to lighten and return to normal in the middle of a lesion
first, leaving for a time a red ring that outlines where the lesion had
been. Unfortunately, that isn't what's happening on my calves.
The rings are simply areas of the most severe inflammation. In some
cases they are clusters of pustules and may even be a form of pustular P.
Soriatane does not work for me. The question is, why did the start
seem so promising? -Ed