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Submitted by mypsoria on Tue, 09/04/2012 - 04:43.
This is my personal story which I thought would be nice to have posted to this Website. As a past reader of the site, I hope to help others with what I have gone through and learned.
About 15 years ago when I was younger, my Psoriasis started popping up. I has no idea what it was, but as a young woman it was extremely embarassing. I would go out on dates, and it could be seen sometimes on my elbows, in my ears, and in the front edges of my hair. In general, to this day, I don't really know when people could see my Psoriasis but I always assumed they could.
My solution was to wear heavier clothes that covered up more of my skin... and to go out more at night. I took up hobbies like ballroom dancing and sometimes went to bars and clubs. All these places helped to hide my Psoriasis in the dark. When I went out during the day to events at beaches, outdoor festivals, and shopping centers, I was always worried people could see my Psoriasis.
I ended up internalizing a lot of my worries and pushing them deep down inside. At times I would get injections at the doctor to heal my Psoriasis. Then it would come back quickly and the injections would work less the next time. I got prescriptions for many skin creams and ointments. Prescribed skin creams and ointments were a lifesaver over time, but very tedious, and many lost their effectiveness over time. I have been on many, many treatments by pill and injection. Unfortunately, I'm one of those people that does not react well, often getting side effects. I have ended up now using a combination of natural treatments, phototherapy, and lotions to keep my skin as clear as possible. My favorite lotion is this Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream Which I get here, my phototherapy equipment is from here, and favorite guides I have learned lots from are here and here.
I have a new lease on life, as my Psoriasis is barely visible now. I have had up to 90% coverage at times in the past, and now I generally stay at less than 1% coverage. Best of luck to you and I hope my story has helped you.
Ustekinumab, with the commercial name Stelara, was created to control moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. Stelara is a fairly new treatment which has had generally good results in psoriasis patients. Is Stelara right for you? Read below to learn more about Stelara, and we recommend discussing with your doctor to decide if Stelara may work well to help heal your psoriasis.
Stelara stops the action of specific cells in the human body that cause psoriasis. Stelara heals plaque psoriasis temporarily but is not a permanant cure. Stelara is a human monoclonal antibody which affects proteins in the body which regulate the immune system and inflammatory disorders.
Stelara is used to treat psoriasis in adults 18 years and older where their psoriasis is too severe to be treated by topical medications. Patients who use Stelara have moderate to severe psoriasis involving large areas of their skin. Stelara often decreases plaque thickness and redness in psoriasis patients.
How Stelara is Administered
Stelara is a solution which is injected under the skin of a psoriasis patient by a nurse or doctor in their office. Stelara is injected every four weeks for the first two treatments and then every 12 weeks ongoing. Stelara is given in a 45 mg or 90 mg injection.
In studies, 12 weeks after Stelara treatment began, 7 out of 10 patients saw at least 75% clearer skin with the psoriasis coverage rated as minimal. After one year, 9 out of 10 patients who initially responded well, maintained clear skin. After two years, 8 out of 10 Stelara patients saw 75% clearer skin. CariDee English (2006 America’s Next Top Model winner) uses Stelara with excellent results for her psoriasis.
Stelara Side Effects
Some Stelara patients experience more infections. Other Stelara patients have had an increased risk of developing cancer. Other side effects may include, but are not limited to chest tightness, facial swelling, tiredness, headaches, confusion, back pain, trouble breathing, vision changes, seizures, and/or dizziness. All information and advice about use of Stelara is best discussed with your doctor.
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