Hi, I‘m Albert B., and I want to share my psoriasis story with others affected by this skin condition. I chose to dedicate my website to psoriasis, its causes and treatments and other information you might find helpful about this skin condition, after suffering with the disease for 40 years. I would also like to share my positive and negative experiences with psoriasis in the hopes of helping others through their emotional and physical battle; hence, my psoriasis story begins.
a long time, I have been playing with the idea of building a website
about psoriasis but did not have the time or knowledge to implement my
idea. Gradually, I began to research information via the Internet and
a website building system perfect for someone like me, with no experience in creating a website.
So, at the end of 2010, I retired and began to create my website devoted to psoriasis while basking in the Caribbean sun. The warm island sun and salty sea provide a natural remedy to help me live comfortably with my psoriasis, and in a few months my wife and I are going to Switzerland to search for other natural antidotes.
I am telling you this because
I intend to share my Caribbean and Swiss experiences with you in the
hopes of assisting you in battling the red, scaly patches residing on
your skin. I am in no way a psoriasis guru or a doctor; rather, I am a
simple guy with psoriasis, like the other 80 to 120 million people
worldwide affected by this disease. my psoriasis story.
At the age of 30, I discovered some small white spots on my elbows
but dismissed them as dry skin. I applied an oily, common, non-medicated
cream from my pharmacy shelves, assuming this would help. I did not pay
much attention to the area until the spots began to spread and I became
I've spent much of my free time over the last three years backpacking around the world, and I started to think my skin problem could be a health issue. Shortly after I found the spots on my elbows, I realized I had the same spots on my knees.
At this point, I became worried and decided to see a dermatologist. During my visit, the doctor examined my elbows and knees as well as the rest of my body. He asked if the spots were itchy, as well as many other questions, and at the end simply said, “You have psoriasis. There is no cure for it.” I asked him what I should do, since there was no cure, and he handed me a tube of Dovonex cream and told me to come back in a month. My Psoriasis Story,
I kept going back to the doctor, thinking that there must be something they can do to offer me some relief. Modern medicine has come a long way, and I could not accept the fact that no medication existed to help me manage the pain. Desperate and disappointed, I began all kinds of treatments, such as light therapy, methotrexate and tar. I tried numerous creams and ointments, some of whose names I cannot even remember, until I became frustrated and decided to do my own research. I then spent a lot of time in the public library and learned a great deal about psoriasis.
Today, I am persuaded that everyone impacted with psoriasis must discover their very own individual therapy by studying and also speaking to their medical professional. In my viewpoint, individuals ought to discover all choices, from all natural techniques to prescription medicines, since what help a single person might not benefit another person. Amongst the lots of therapies I have actually attempted, some made my psoriasis even worse, others not did anything et cetera helped. My Psoriasis story,.
When I first learned that I had psoriasis, I stopped swimming and playing sports; I always wore a shirt with long sleeves and constantly tried to hide my psoriasis. I was ashamed of the disease and hated when people asked me questions.My Psoriasis Story,
During my time in the library, I came across a book written by a Swiss doctor, Catherine Kousmine, who suffers with psoriasis. She wrote the book after years of research, and said the most important part of coping with the disease requires the affected person and their family members to accept it and come to terms with the fact that no cure currently exists. Some time after reading this book, I came to accept my psoriasis and was overcome with relief. I started to swim and play sports again, no longer caring about other people’s stares, questions or thoughts.
Looking back I can say that the first 10 years of my disease were the worst. The disease affected my arms, knees, shoulders, hands and upper back. It was at this time that I began my research and discovered the salt of the Dead Sea offered some relief. After doing more research, I finally found someone selling Dead Sea Salt and began to bathe in it two to three times a week. I soon noticed that the pain was less, the itching almost stopped and the red skin was minimal. However, I had to use extreme discipline with this natural method and take the bath with the punctuality of a Swiss watch.My Psoriasis Story,
Since discovering this treatment, I developed a desire to go to Israel, to the Dead Sea, for therapy, but at the time, years ago, I could not afford this trip. The sea, located in the middle of the desert, was served by fewer than twenty hotels, the cheapest of which cost $160 a night, plus airfare. This is not too expensive if you go for only a week, but the doctor recommended I go for an entire month. Finally, in 2006 I made the trip, which I will share with you elsewhere on my website, along with more affordable traveling options.
Black mud from the Dead Sea, Ein Bokek - Israel
The Dead Seas is −424 m (−1,391 ft) below Sea level
Aside from using the salt of the Dead Sea, I also found the use of ultraviolet light B (UVB) therapy to be quite successful. Again, the same discipline applied with this method of treatment as with the sea salt and required a doctor‘s visit two to three times a week. Additionally, I received autogenic training and found this to be very helpful for my personal battle against psoriasis. My Psoriasis Story,
It was a great pleasure to introduce myself, and I really hope my experiences help you in your struggle with psoriasis. Just remember, before you start or stop any treatment, always talk to your doctor or specialist.
All the best, Albert B.