My boyfriend suffers from psoriasis and it gets worse, year by year. He had it when we met 10.5 years ago, but it was just a quarter-sized spot on the back of his head, plus dryness in the genital area (sorry for the graphic post), which was a bummer, but seemed to be okay whenever he used his corticosteroid creams (which he hates). The creams/salves are frustrating, because, although they kind of work, they’re gloopy and they make the skin of the affected areas really thin and prone to cracking, which is pretty nasty if the affected areas are body parts that are involved in a lot of movement. As it stands now, I’m constantly washing bedding that has blood spots or stains from the goopy salve. The psoriasis has erupted in other areas, so now there are trouble spots all over the back of his head, his elbows, his fingernails and toenails, sometimes on the backs of his legs below the knees, between the pecs and a tiny spot on his back that is growing. I’ve even noticed a spot or two on his face at times. Luckily, they respond well to treatment and don’t seem to stick around for long.
With each passing year, as it gets worse and spreads to new places, he is becoming more and more self-conscious. I haven’t seen him in a bathing suit in years. He dresses in the dark or in his closet. He puts band-aids on the worst-looking fingertips. He’s basically out of commission 98% of the time in the bedroom department—he’s either slathered up with the goopy salve or pretty messed up with psoriasis plaques.
I adore him. He is an incredible person and my soulmate. For the most part, the psoriasis doesn’t bother me. I love all of his 2,000 body parts, even if they don’t all look smooth and perfect like other peoples’. He knows that, but he’s still so self-conscious and doesn’t like to talk about it. It’s pretty tough not to be able to be intimate, except on the rarest of occasions, when all the stars are in alignment and he’s miraculously plaque-free. We’re happy in every other way as a couple, but this is a pretty big problem … for him AND for me.
He’s not a fan of traditional medicine, so he’s opted to see a homeopath, but after a year of treatment, he’s seen no improvement. He’s been to an acupuncturist over the past 6 months, but again, there hasn’t really been any change. He lives a high-stress life as a businessman and entrepreneur, and the psoriasis really flares up in stressful times. When we go on vacation for 6 weeks, it gets better (due to exposure to the sun and the lack of stress), but it doesn’t go away, and frankly, the improvement is pretty minimal.
I don’t know what to tell him at this point. We tried a diet last year that eliminated fatty foods, meats and plants in the nightshade family, and alcohol, but to be honest, it was so tough for him to stick to it, he gave up pretty quickly. He didn’t want to be miserable, which I understand, but the sacrifices in other areas (wink, wink) are pretty major too, so we’re still on the hunt for something that will work, without him having to abandon all sources of food and beverage pleasure. I should add that he’s not raw, but he eats vegetarian more often than not. He loves dairy and eggs, but for the most part, doesn’t partake in much meat these days. He won’t go raw. He’s just not into it. He eats some raw, with me, but just loves his cooked meals too much.
Sorry for the novel-length post. I’ll get to my point. Does anyone first-hand experience with psoriasis, or some sage advice for me/us. He would be mortified if he knew I was posting this, but I’ve seen some really great advice offered for other health issues and wanted to see if anyone knows of a natural product or substance that could make an impact on this most unfortunate affliction. Thanks for taking the time to read this and for any tips and/or advice.