Living with psoriasisIn November 2003, I noticed I had a bit of rough skin on the inside of my elbow. Only a few days later, I found I had similar patches all over my body. I was horrified. My GP said I had scabies and gave me some cream, but it made no difference. If anything, my skin was getting worse. I went back to the doctor, and this time he told me I had psoriasis.
I left the surgery armed with more steroid pills and potions than a chemist. But they had no effect. Pretty soon I was covered from head to toe in patches of scaly skin. I looked so awful that I didn't want to leave the house. I became really depressed and, in December 2003, my GP signed me off work.
Eventually, I was referred to a dermatologist. He told me my psoriasis had probably been triggered by a throat infection. But he reckoned it was hereditary, too. He then recommended a range of treatments for me, like UVB light treatment, as well as a load of other creams. But the relief was only ever short-lived.
Then, in February 2005, I read about a psoriasis remedy called Oregon Grape Root Extract, which was a natural cream and spray. To my amazement, after only four weeks of using it, I noticed a difference. My patches were beginning to shrink. And after about six weeks, they had all but cleared up. The more my psoriasis shrank, the more my confidence grew. Until eventually, I started to feel like going out again!
Emily Fisher, 26, is from Sutton, Surrey
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