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Hello, I am 30 yrs old man from India having Psoriasis since last 9 years.After trying almost everything, now I am managing my psoriasis without medicines by making positive changes in diet, life style and use of some household herbs...Please visit my blog where I am sharing my experiences and do share your comments :

Psoriasis get worse when eating chocolate.
After 2 weeks on the ocean with sun-bathing psoriasis is gone for 5 month.
Maybe I don’t have staphylococcus aureus infection in addition to psoriasis.
On Sept 2012, I had a car accident with an open fracture; consequently surgery, followed by 6 weeks of extensive antibiotics. After 4 weeks my psoriasis was gone. 3 months after ending antibiotics psoriasis was back.

Mom has small scabs on back, shoulders and shins. They peel away to form hollow lesions. In less than 1 week, most of them are "drying up".

What did we take? 1 teaspoon cod liver oil, 1 capsule Vitamin k2 and 1-2 gelcaps of vitamin d3. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING else worked.

Mom has small scabs on back, shoulders and shins. They peel away to form hollow lesions. In less than 1 week, most of them are "drying up".

What did we take? 1 teaspoon cod liver oil, 1 capsule Vitamin k2 and 1-2 gelcaps of vitamin d3. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING else worked.

I find salt water to be as effective as anything I have ever tried.

0ral meds are expensive

Re: Etanercept (Enbrel) — get colds and infections easier.

Re: Dry, cracked skin — take antihistmine zirtec

Re: Dry, cracked skin — itch, rashes, raised bumps,

Re: Tacrolimus — Very good results with the Tacrolimus GEL. I did not try the cream. I received the gel in a study at the University of Michigan. I had pretty mild psoriasis ( elbows knees and 6-7 quarter sized patches mostly on my lower legs). The Tac Gel cleared all of it within 4 months or so. I am not sure if the gel version is available in pharmacies or not.

Re: Avoid triggers — I"ve been completely unable to identify any Psoriasis triggers.

Re: Calcipotriene (Dovonex) — Using the canadien equivalent, Dovobet, that contain calcipotriol (Vitamin D) and betamethasone.

Re: Topical corticosteroids — short term improvement here too - a few weeks only

Re: Abrasion — Filing on callouses before they crack works and is less painful than one may think. Not sure if the emery board makes it worse in the long run but it gives relief in the short term. I apply vaseline afterwards and use overnight cotton gloves to keep vaseline in place. Abrasion and overnight vaseline and bandages means symptom free for 3-4 days.

Re: Topical corticosteroids — Works short term but not long term

Re: Coal Tar — That should be "COAL tar." No idea why it works, but it isn't the most effective therapy by a long shot.

Re: Sunlight — See "UVB phototherapy" category, then "Vitamin D." How much does sunlight cost?

Re: UVA phototherapy — I bet it works only because of the modest amount of unavoidable UVB produced. In any case, the evidence favors UVB. See "UVB phototherapy" category, then "Vitamin D."

Re: Calcipotriene (Dovonex) — This is artificial Vitamin D - real Vitamin D is much cheaper, but drug companies can't turn a profit on it...

Re: Vitamin D — Anybody wonder why UVB phototherapy works? Here's a hint: UVB is the only wavelength of light which stimulates Vitamin D production in the skin. UVA lightboxes produce a small amount of UVB, too, and are consequently effective, only less so, photon per photon. Anybody wonder why Dovonex work? Hint: it's artificial Vitamin D. See the pattern? Dermatologists have worked hard to put the fear of skin cancer in us, telling us to avoid sun exposure and tanning beds. Yet what do they have sitting in their offices? A UV light box, nothing more than a fancy tanning machine. It works THAT well for psoriasis. Try getting a little more strong sun, if you know your psoriasis is responsive to it, or even SUSPECT that it is. The best time to do it - when the UVB is greatest - is just afternoon, in the sunniest/hottest part of the day. You don't need much to make a good amount of Vitamin D: 10-15 minutes if you've ever been sunburned, more if you haven't. Don't use sunscreen or sunblock, they work as advertised, and you won't make any Vitamin D. If you'd rather avoid the sun, or live where/when there isn't much, supplement with Vitamin D. 4000 IU per day won't hurt you (unless you have tuberculosis, sarcoidosis, or lymphoma), but it probably won't be enough to help you, either. Get your blood level of 25-OH Vitamin D (NOT 1,25-OH Vitamin D) checked, and increase your daily intake by 2000 IU every 2 months until your levels are at the high end of normal, or your lesions go away, whichever comes first. High-normal is around 80 ng/mL (200 nmol/L). You'll probably need well over 10,000 IU per day to achieve remission, but as long as you keep your blood levels within normal range, you'll be okay. Professional lifeguards and dirt farmers in Ecuador routinely achieve equivalent daily doses of 20,000 IU or more. And there are NO recorded cases of Vitamin D toxicity from sun exposure. One more thing: use the D3 form (cholecalciferol) if you can get it, and if possible, oil-based. You may not absorb it from tablets or powders as well.