My son of 22 is covered in psoriasis, from the top of his head, to his toes. He is 6ft 2, and trying to continue his studies, but struggles with the pain, and trying not to itch. He can't find anybody to really help him, bar doctors giving him steroids. He has been promised heat treatment, but twice they have failed to deliver at his local hospital. The worst part at the moment, is round his penis. He can hardly walk, and is fearful of passing from the bowel, as it means opening his legs, which causes the skin to open and bleed. On a regular basis he looks like he's devoid of all skin, just a red person. Help of any sort, advice etc would be gratefully received. He also is allergic to nuts, and has a swallowing disorder.
I have had psoriasis for over 30 years. I have done all the normal treatments, tar,light treatments. Etc. The only thing that has ever helped is a medicine call embrel. Which is used for arthritis but help psoriasis also.
But he needs to see a dermatologist before being put on embrel as there are side effects but for me was worth it.
For the 1st time in years i can wear shorts ...
Speedy, if you haven't already get him to a dermotologist because from what I've read he needs hospitalisation. If he is being affected that badly by it he needs proper attention, not being fobbed off by some GP who knows very little about it.
Your son obviously needs to be treated by a dermatologist. I'm not sure if he's using anything right now but if he is he shouldn't be in that much pain. Until he sees the dermatologist tell him to apply olive oil to help lubricate his skin so that it can alleviate some of that painful dryness. The best thing he can do is stick to cortisone ointments, or he can try sun lamp treatments, which do help. There are so many products he can try, he can also try bathing in aveeno oatmeal it will give him some relief, there are plenty of tar shampoos one of them is neutrogena t-gel. Please tell him to keep in mind that these treatments only work if he uses them. For the moment i really do suggest that he generously applies olive oil all over and then loofah the areas it will give him some relief even if temporary. Good luck to him i hope he gets the treatment he needs. Also wanted to let you know any oral prescription medication does come with side effects, some of them serious.