What to do about excema/psoriasis?
February 21, 2007 10:45 AM Subscribe
EmbarrassingSkinFilter: I get excema/psoriasis in the winters, usually on my arms and legs but now it seems to be spreading to my face. What do I do?!
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (25 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I am in college. Three years ago (the year I that was living in the dorms instead of a house) I first got tiny bumps on my legs/arms. I had no idea what they were. This went on every winter since then. It starts on one patch on my arm and one patch on my leg and then gets all over my right forearm and then all over my calves.
One doctor said that they were "inflamed hair follicles," another doctor said that I was "using too much product in the bath" (I do not use any "product." I only use shampoo and conditioner on my hair, and then soap under the armpits). Another doctor told me I had excema or psoriasis. I then went to a dermatologist, he told me that it was a reaction probably to poison ivy but gave me no justification for his answer. (furthermore, whatever I have is not contagious - boyfriends have no gotten it and would I really get poison ivy in the SAME PLACE every year?) A biopsy that I requested came back with the result of "dermatitis" (which, to me, is completely vague and useless).
The doctor gave me a topical steroid (Clobetasol propionate 0.05% - the very potent kind) but it makes my skin splotchy so I decided to just wait it out like I have done the last two years (usually this goes away when summer comes ).
However, (as it slightly did last year) this weird bump thing is now slightly affecting my lips and even more slightly the area around them.
How do I stop this? Can I change my diet? I eat pretty healthy food but would cutting out ALL sugar/alcohol help? Should I go to a tanning salon? (this sort of helped once) Is there some sort of magic cure that will stop all of this?
What should I do? (I would move to a place with no winters but I need to finish university first!)