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Anyone pick at it? Also question for Veterans.

  • By Snayjay

    I know it sounds gross…. but am I alone in picking off the plaque psoriasis. I’m always scratching and picking off the white patches… my family calls it Daddy Powder.

    I’ve never scarred from it. The skin below heals without any marks at all.

    Also, any vets have psoriasis covered on disability? I have 30% but think I should get 60% since I’m on Embrel. I’m not 40% of skin surface, but still have it everywhere. Head, elbows, knees, hands, groin, ass, calves and feet. Any tips to fighting the VA?

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  • By CathyD Moderator

    Hi Snayjay, I am willing to bet that you’re not alone in picking your psoriasis! I used to pick and peel off the skin a LOT when I was younger. I think for me personally it really made my psoriasis quite angry and sore, so now I only really allow myself to pick at my scalp (got to get my picking fix somehow!).

    I hope we have someone here who can offer information or experience on the disability question – if I can find any information I’ll be sure to pass it on!

    Thanks so much for contributing to the community!

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    • By TracyWoodward

      You would have to go through comp and pen to reevaluate your percentage of disability. Some can get there disability upped and some are left in the cold.

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  • By Chris Pettit

    Unfortunately I don’t know much about VA, but I can say that I struggle with picking as well. I usually do it without realizing I am doing it, so it takes a lot of self-awareness to not pick. You might want to consider contacting National Psoriasis Foundation about the disability. They have a Navigation Center that helps with that kind of stuff and may have some answers and resources for you. Best of luck!

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  • By LoriZ

    Hello, I’m New the community and to plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. I’ve been on Methotrexate, steroids, and Otesla. With no relief, I began Cimzia injections. I am covered in plaques on my arms, legs, back, feet and the palms of my hands. The hands are the worst. I pick, peel and scratch all over. I tried light therapy but wound up burning terribly. I sleep with the gloves but by morning I have ripped them off and scratched like crazy. I cut my nails down low so I could not do too much damage. Does anyone know how long the flare ups last?

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    • By CathyD Moderator

      Hi LoriZ, welcome to the community!

      It sounds like you’re having a rough time with it at the moment. How long have you been having the Cimzia injections?

      With regards to flare ups, it seems to be a very individual thing. This article may be of interest – it shows the results from our Psoriasis in America 2017 survey, including community members’ flare durations: https://plaquepsoriasis.com/living/flare-frequency/

      Hoping things calm down for you soon!

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    • By Gani

      Long oatmeal baths, buy yourself an ultraviolet light, utilize the Sun as much as possible, and continue putting steroid creams on. That should really help you

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  • By LoriZ

    Hi! I think it’s too soon to tell. I’m still flaring. The medication is a loading dose so I’m getting two shots every two weeks for six weeks and then once every four weeks. I’m optimistic!

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  • By Gani

    No tips for fighting the VA, but I have a couple of tips to help you get a little relief from picking. I’ve been using a dr. Scholl’s foot file for over 30 years to get relief so I don’t pick at it and at the same time the medicine can penetrate where it needs to be because I’ve come to find it’s almost a waste of time and money to keep putting medicine on these thick scabs. The medicine isn’t getting too where it can be beneficial on the skin itself. Slow and easy with the file and you will see what I’m talking about

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