Posted by JohnT3
on April 26, 2000 at 10:35:59:
In Reply to: Re: Psoriatic Arthritis posted by George on April 25, 2000 at 11:15:54:
: : I have had psoriatic arthritis for over 20 years, the best topical treatment I have taken for short term use was Dovonex cream. But it only held a few weeks. Then I read a report where they alternate dovonex and hydrocortisone. I did not want to be bothered with that so I make a mixture of 1 oz hydrocortisone, 1/2 oz dovonex, in about 2 oz vasoline, and 2 oz of lotion. This lets me apply it often and keeps the skin moist. I have been able to keep my skin nearly clear for almost a year with this. Has anyone else tried something like this.
: : On the PA email list we have been talking about the benefits of evening primrose oil for our condition. Have any of you tried it?
: : Supposedly 1000mg per ailment which means 2000mg per day for P + A. Might not see signs of it working for six months. It also helps reduce cholesterol. Is known to help with cramps and womens cycles and PMS and other things like helping to release sex hormones. Guess it couldn't hurt.
I tried the various steroids over the years along with a variety of other topicals. At times both the joint pain and the skin erruptions became so severe as to require systemic treatment. The best thing that I have found for the skin erruptions is LacHydrin Lotion. I took a few weeks but worked wonders. Good luck!