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How I found out I had psoriasis

Hello everybody! Thank you for taking the time to read my story. So, at first, I didn’t even know…I had never had a flare up. I had just turned 16 and a couple of days after my birthday, I noticed my legs had these large red patches. I was super confused, so, made an appointment. This woman told me… I had scabies… yes, you read right. SCABIES. Then proceeded to put me on medication for scabies, it was horrible no improvement what so ever. Then, finally, she sent me to the dermatologist, which was confirmed I had psoriasis. Then proceeded to light therapy, 3 times a week for a year. Still no improvement, I was reaching the end here, wanted to give up. Which made me take things into my own hands. Started doing research, experimenting with a bunch of topicals because I am against prescription pills. Nothing worked, then came along Derma-rest from Walgreens, heaven sent I tell you. Legs, arms, knees, everywhere cleared up. Just to find out I also had it on my genitals and my scalp and my underarm crease. It definitely didn’t work there and I couldn’t put it on my genital area so now I am back to square one with one itchy ass head. 🙁

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  • Clair G moderator
    1 year ago

    @yvettecozzie – thank you so much for telling your story. I was also initially misdiagnosed ( ringworm) it can be so frustrating. I hope you are doing well. – Clair, Community Moderator.

  • khall1578
    1 year ago

    omg this same exact thing happened to me when I was 16!!!!

  • CathyD moderator
    1 year ago

    Thank you for sharing, @khall1578. How are you managing these days? -Catherine, Community Moderator

  • VickiN moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi @yvettecozzie, wow! I enjoyed reading your story as it was similar to mine (first flare when I was in school, misdiagnosed and treated with the wrong meds). Did you try Dermarest’s shampoo line for your scalp? The active ingredient is salicylic acid, but if you find that doesn’t work so well you could always try an OTC shampoo with coal tar (MG217, T-gel, and Denorex are a few).
    Psoriasis around your genitals and in your skin folds can often be inverse, which is tricky to treat with OTC (although many use things like talc powder to keep it dry, which helps). Have you showed these new patches to your Dermatologist? I know a few people who have had success using Sorion, which you can buy online, but it’s so individual and the trial and error can be a massive pain.
    Hopefully some community members will share their experiences too. Sending lots of support your way.
    -Victoria, Community Moderator

  • yvettecozzie author
    1 year ago

    I use fluocinolone for my scalp treatment and it barely works. I didn’t even know dermarest had shampoo? I love the brand did wonders for my legs. But as for the genital issues, I still have to see my dermatologist.

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