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Dr Pixie V/O: 29 year old Josephine Webb can’t face the pointing and staring any more.

Jo: When I was working in a care agency, an elderly patient who I was trying to help, refused any form of contact with me because she thought I was a leper.

Dr Pixie V/O: What Jo actually has is psoriasis, which makes the skin inflamed and itchy.

Dr Dawn: This is classic psoriasis Jo. What happens is that the skin cells actually turn over 10 to 20 times more quickly than normal skin, so you get this scaling. And do you find almost like you’ve shed skin? It’s worse on the backs of the knees and the fronts of the elbows.

Jo: The treatments that I’m using, they’ll work to a certain point, and then it’ll come back. It doesn’t seem to want to disappear completely and leave me at peace.

Dr Pixie V/O: Psoriasis affects 1 in every 50 people in the UK. The causes are unknown but it’s not a contagious condition. There is however a genetic link and it tends to run in families.

Jo: I’ve been suffering for 3 years and I’ve got to the end of my tether. I don’t wear skirts, I don’t wear shorts, I don’t wear perfumes because they hurt. I want to be me again, you know, being able to wear anything I want, being able to walk out the front door without having to put makeup on. Put make up because I want to, not because I’m trying to hide.

Dr Dawn: We ought to send you off to see a specialist. My guess is that they may well be speaking to you about some light treatment, it’ll be several sessions over a number of weeks. Go and have a check with the consultant and come back and let me know what’s going on.

Dr Pixie V/O: Jo required a 10 week course of light treatment, it might look like a tanning booth, but this isn’t about going brown. Jo will only have blasts of UVB rays for up to a minute at a time. This won’t cure her psoriasis, but the 30 short treatments should help alleviate her symptoms. Jo will soon find out if it’s having the desired effect.

Dr Pixie V/O: Jo Webb is back at the clinic after just one fifth of her treatments for psoriasis so Dr Harper can see how things are progressing.

Dr Dawn: Jo, come on in, how’re you doing?

Jo: Fantastic, my face is a lot better, I’m nowhere near as itchy as I was, my arms are clearing up certainly.

Dr Dawn: Come on let’s have a look, let’s have a look; you’re itching to show me.

Jo: I am I am!

Dr Dawn: Come on through. So, this looks a lot, this has really faded down here, and your tummy is much paler too. Oh wow. Well I think that’s a great result, you’ve only had 5 treatments did you say? So you’ve got a few more to go, and I think you’ve had a really good reaction there. It’ll take a bit longer on the legs, it will, but then you knew they were going to be the more difficult patches anyway. But I mean look at you from here, you just look so much better.

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Consultation: Psoriasis

Psoriasis is quite rare, affecting around 2% of the population, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less distressing. Dr Dawn Harper examines a patient who just wants to be normal again and she is referred to a specialist who suggests a course of light treatment may provide some light relief.

If your child is suffering from psoriasis, check our condition guide especially for parents on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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The doctor was kind to tell her how much better she was, but none of her psoriasis was gone. Her disease will come back and upset her more, whereas a systemic treatment would give her a sustained remission. The management of psoriasis is utterly abysmal the world over, and the program simply reinforces the idea of psoriasis as a cosmetic illness. It is not, and improperly managed patients face a range of life shortening morbidities.





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Borax stops psoriasis. http://www.life-saving-naturalcures-and-naturalremedies.com/natural-cures-for-psoriasis-foods-to-eat-foods-to-avoid.html





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i never had psoriasis as a child , going through puberty i had spots, lots of spots and some big boil type ones too usually on my chin the boil type ones. at fifteen i saw the doc as the spots covered my back, he gave me oxytetracycline, it worked for a brief time bu the spots on my face subsided just left with a red rash between my shoulder blades, it wasnt itchy or or painfull or flaky it was just there. and in 2013 (i was 33) i was diagnosed with guttate psoriasis very itchy covered back of my hands and forearms and back chest stomach n legs, i wouldnt wear a t shirt as people would cross over the road, but then after light treatment it completely went, but now recently i had a bad cold with a very sore throat and over last few days the pin pricks and plaques have covered me again, im itchy and if i sweat due to my furniture delivery job it is painfull when i sweat, but forget how people see you if u suffer from it, it seems hard but people have always been afraid of what they dont understand, youre still you dont let these plaques determine how you live your life. there maybe no cure but there are ways to lessen the symptoms.





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IM 30 and have had psoriasis all my life, its always just been one or two small patches until year ago its flared up all over my body, in in so much discomfort, in becoming increasingly depressed as i cant sleep cant leave the house because its agony to wear my underwear and fear of people seeing me, simple things like bending over sitting down and sleeping is extremely painful and fear i may lose my job because of this, even my love life is being effected, im literally in tears day today fealing completely hopeless because of the lack of help from drs.





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Maria do yourself a favour buy DR.John Peganos book you will find it online.I have psoriasis for 25 years with 75% of my body covered within 5 months it is maybe 10%.Its tough diet to follow but when you see your skin clear its great feeling.I gave up alcohol,gluten,sugar,coffe and red meat.Dont give up hope:)

Thanks so much for your great advise, i actually bought that book a few weeks ago after a friend of mine showed me Dr johns youtube video, i finally was crying through joy when i saw this video, i saw a glimmer of hope, im yet to get my head around the diet. But am slowly slowly cutting things out of my diets and its already helping not only with my skin but my mental health too! I wish doctors could prescribe this book as iv heard so many good things about this and seen so many good reviews,it would help so many more people.

Psoriasis is one of the most embarrassing Illnesses to be diagnosed with. It is mentally damaging more than cosmetic appearance. After suffered for past 13 years, I am at the end of my tether! I have a son who is 'flake free' (I check his skin constantly) but I can't take him swimming for the fear of being asked to leave the pool... I can't play sports with him because my skin cracks & bleeds. It isn't fair... Bad people should be given these type of illnesses.





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Past two summers in Ireland have been good & I noticed patches getting sun have gone. The majority of P on torso & back though. I am convinced it is also diet & shower gel / shampoo sensitive. Flair ups have no pattern. Tried the diet books which caused big patches to fade from the middle & break up into smaller dots. Anyone share any similar experiences ?





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I'm 18 I've had psoriasis for about 9 years now passed on from my mum.My psoriasis is extremely aggressive and covers about 80% of my body.I've tried everything.Changed my diet, don't drink/smoke/take drugs, Have tried light treatment which cleared a bit from my back area but it just came straight back, Have tried emu oil, herbs, seawead, dovobet, dovonex.LITERALLY NOTHING WORKS.I'm at my wits end it is honestly ruining my life.I have locked myself away for my entire teenager years, I can't dress up like girls my age.I don't remember the last time I was at a beach or wore a sleeveless top.I've been asked to come to casting agents offices for modeling on 2 different occasions but I never went because once they would find out about my psoriasis I'd be told straight out no.It's seriously holding me back in life and I don't know what to do.I've been abroad on many occasions and it has helped my psoriasis but I just can't afford to go away that often.My last resort is sunbeds, and I think I'm going to have to try that out because nothing else is working.Life can be really cruel some times.





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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgxArA2XFfs i also had psoriasis artritis. i am taking Enbrel, right now. I have taken humira, and remicade in the past, but i had horrible side effects with Remicade because i did not have psoriasis previously. I developed psoriasis while i was taking Remicade which is applied intravenous. Iv. I noticed this website about Tony who delevoped different types of psoriasis and he is in a critical contidion because he was in a clinical trial for Stelar biologic drug. this video scare the hell out of me.





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I've had it for 2 years now. im 18 all in my hair elbows and legs starting to spread on my thighs and stomach its painful and i have 0 confidence not shown my legs and arms in 2 years had UVB treatment creams tablets and non worked ! went to magaluf last year it vanished for 2 weeks i was the happiest id been in a long time. please help !





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I have scalp and skin psoriasis and I've found dermaspray which is fantastic no more red scaly skin. You can even apply it in your hair its non greasy and contains no chemicals whatsoever. This was my last resort as none of the products my dermatologist worked for me.





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