A woman with psoriasis shares her story.
When I was first diagnosed with psoriasis over 20 years ago, I dismissed it as a somewhat inconvenient rash. Initially it was very sporadic. It would appear for a week or two, react well to some over-the-counter creams and disappear for months at a time. Within a few years, however, it reappeared with a vengeance and with the exception of my pregnancy 16 years ago, it has been a constant companion ever since.
Being both stubborn and optimistic, I ignored everything I heard and read, and decided there must be a cure and I would find it. I started my search, not just confining myself to conventional medicine, but also exploring the path of alternative remedies.
For the next 14 years, I applied every known steroid cream to my skin. I spent a small fortune on lotions and potions in health stores and tried every fish oil and supplement they recommended. I travelled to the International Psoriasis Clinic on the Dead Sea, where I spent 10 days in a state of misery and returned home just as flaky as when I had left.
I did UVB phototherapy treatment. Not just one course, but four separate courses of treatment. My remission lasted one week each time, but at least it brought me back to base level. I even flew to Paris to meet a doctor who claimed to have the answer. His answer was diet. Over the next few years I tried them all – dairy-free, gluten-free, salt-free diet, processed-free and organic only.
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