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psoriasis - safe alternative remedies?

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geranium Sat 30-Jul-05 08:55:00

I get psoriasis on my c - section scar and I don't want to keep using steroids there. Can anyone recommend a safe, alterative remedy that can be used when pregnant?


spidermama Sat 30-Jul-05 08:59:52

My exczema, which had been rampant in pregnancy, cleared up completely when I cut wheat and dairy out of my diet.

Worth a try?

Hulababy Sat 30-Jul-05 09:02:32

Have you seen your doctor and asked to see a dermatologist?

I have psorasis on my scalp and body (seems to be spreading). I have tried alsorts of creams and lotions. The stuff I use on my scalp at the moment doesn't have a steroid in. So far I have struggled to get rid of it, and it always comes back. If my latest treatment doesn't work I am being referred.

I have tried herbal and non-medical creams, etc. but found that none of them worked.

jane313 Sat 30-Jul-05 09:12:11

Nothing alternative I have ever tried has every worked that well, including elmination diets (wheat, yeast, dairy, caffeine, alcohol), acupuncture, chinese remedies, reflexology, hypnotherapy and chinese herbs!

I have heard of a new one on prescription but having tried it myself as I'm ttc.

geranium Sat 30-Jul-05 09:13:56

Doctor is very medically minded IYAWIM and every time it comes back just wants to try stronger and stronger medicines - treating symptons rather than getting at the root cause - and not very interested in alternative medicine. But I'm pretty sure that the psoriasis I get sometimes elsewhere is very much stress related and I can usually keep it under control/get rid of it. However, teh c-scar seems to attract the psoriasis (doctor told me psoriasis often goes for weak areas of skin) and I can't seem to clear it up completely. Creams make it disappear but when I stop it reappears and I 'm ttc so want to use safe altnatives.

geranium Sat 30-Jul-05 09:15:08

Jane 313 - our posts must have crossed. TTC as well. What are you using at the moment?

happymerryberries Sat 30-Jul-05 09:16:27

I would have thought you know this one, the sun?

I realise that if you look like I did while pg the last thing you want to do is flaunt the bump . But sunlight is great for psoriasis

Have family members wit it and nothing 'alternative' has worked for them either

jane313 Sat 30-Jul-05 09:16:39

nothing except a bit of vaseline on my face. I have got immune to people seeing my elbows, hands knees etc but it still upsets me on my face. can just about cover it up with make up.

jane313 Sat 30-Jul-05 09:17:43

My psoriais gets worse with the sun! It burns and blisters with pus and is very sore. Lovely

Pinotmum Sat 30-Jul-05 09:17:52

I get this on my scalp, feet and palms of hands, elbows and knees. However I was completely free of it with both pregnancies. The scalp is worst and nothing seems to work for me.

Chickyboo Sat 30-Jul-05 09:18:27

My cousin's psoriasis flared up when she was preggers she used Jojoba oil, which you have to apply a few times a day. My ex- hubby used to take evening primrose oil he thought it helped.

happymerryberries Sat 30-Jul-05 09:19:45

Jane, that sounds rough

My cousin and her father both do loads better in the sun, and cousin has had UV treatment that has helped to keep it under control. She was covered in it at first. Its a rotten thing to get. Hugs.

jane313 Sat 30-Jul-05 09:19:49

oooh something I haven't tried. jojoba oil, will give it a go

happymerryberries Sat 30-Jul-05 09:20:45

The only thing that helped her a bit (other tha the sun) was getting a job that was less stressful

jane313 Sat 30-Jul-05 09:22:19

yes I did that once, it helped a lot.That and using curataderm cream which had vitamin d in it I think.

geranium Sat 30-Jul-05 09:24:43

Yes, sun didn't help me when I had it on my hands. Less stressful job worked a miracle cure (for a while) though - it all disappeared completely and I got pregnant. Stress of being at home with baby trying to bf through breast absess brought it back though and never managed to get rid of it finally again but need to do something now when ttc.

geranium Sat 30-Jul-05 09:27:34

Prufrock refers to using chickweed ointment in a different thread. Wonder what that is - would be interested in finding out more.

Also, Jane313 - what is curataderm cream? can I used ttc?

Chickyboo Sat 30-Jul-05 09:33:27

Over the yrs some of my clients have used Jojoba oil for psoriasis on their scalp it seems to work it seems to take the redness away and also help the build up of skin. Try it and see.

geranium Sat 30-Jul-05 09:35:17

chickyboo - you just buy it at the Chemists and rub the oil on the affected part?

jane313 Sat 30-Jul-05 09:36:45

no its on prescription. It did work wonders though. Haven't heard of chickweed cream. I treid something alternative once called zambesia cream, got it in ahealthfood shop. Also there dead sea salts.

Although you have to be careful with some alternatives as they still may be wrong for pregnancy. Years ago I bought a supposed herbal treatment and there was a big scandal after a few months as it was stuffed full of steroids

Chickyboo Sat 30-Jul-05 09:52:02

Yes a chemist or health food store but it needs to be pure Jojoba oil not the stuff from Body shop

lunachic Sat 30-Jul-05 10:29:33

have you tried exorex or a homeopathic remedy try finding on on this site
my ds had contact ezcema which cleared up in no time with a homeopathic remedy (it stopped the itching) you just have to be sure to get exactly the right one for your symptoms(it may mean trying more than one) but when you are taking the right one you will see improvement fairly quickly

lunachic Sat 30-Jul-05 10:31:24

chickweed cream contains a natural steroid
calendula ointment by weleda is good for dry skin dont know what its like for psoriasis though

MrsBubsDeVere Sat 30-Jul-05 10:50:20

I have found something purely by chance to use on my psoriasis and it is AMAZING, mine has all but gone.

Its 24 hour moisturing cream in a 150ml tub in the dry skin relief range from avon, its only £5 a tub and i won't use anything else now.

jane313 Sat 30-Jul-05 10:58:20

can you get avon online now? or do you still have to have a lady who visits?

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