I was recently (finally!!) diagnosed with psoriasis. I've had a scalp problem for sometime which has ever so kindly spread to my face and now also my elbow. As yet, none of them are particularly large patches but it is spreading and I'd really rather it didn't.
My doctor has threatened me with steroid creams but my reading suggests that these don't really work. My readings have also suggested that there are possible links with liver function, genetics and the immune system.
This site has various references to more holistic style therapies so I'm hoping that my questions will be understood from a holistic viewpoint. I'd like to try and establish if there are any common factors amongst Psoriasis sufferers, so it would be heplful to me if other suffers would mind answering some of the following questions. I'm asking with regard to plaque Psoriasis in adults.
Firstly, my family is fairly allergy ridden - my mother has a gluten allergy and my father a mild allergy to hazelnuts and raw carrots. I have an egg allergy. I'm wondering if other sufferers come from a similarly allergy-ridden family.
As a teenager I had fairly greasy, spotty skin. Did other Psoriasis sufferers experience the same?
I know that drinking alcohol aggravates my skin. Is this a common experience? I'm also beginning to think that smoking also irritates it or is a contributing factor. Are these experiences shared by other suffers? Are there any sufferers who have neither smoked or live with a smoking partner and/or found alcohol to be a factor?