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The patch of psoriasis on my left arm has been a lot more frustrating than usual the past few weeks. It's not only increased in size, covering about a 3x4.5" oblong instead of its usual 3" circular shape, it's responding less to rich emollients and has been itching like a son of a gun -- scratching in my sleep bad.

Vogon told me I was welcome to try anything in the medicine cabinet, so I placed two medium (2x3") Spenco 2nd Skin Moist Burn Pads side by side, taped 'em down and wrapped my elbow unflexed to get the most benefit from the moist pads and holy crap, the relief was so intense it make me light-headed for a few seconds. I'd like to pick up some of the large moist burn pads later.

(I've used Spenco's other 2nd Skin products for years. Their sport dressing and blister pads are the best thing to happen to blisters since duct tape.)


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May. 29th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
Wow! I'm glad you found some relief. I keep buying things for my mom's, but thankfully, she only gets it on her head, usually around the hairline. I have her using a T-Gel psoriasis shampoo, and a cream I can't remember the brand on. It's gotten it down to one patch on her forehead. Of course, I don't think hers itches as bad as yours does, or gets as red.

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May. 29th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
I just say thankfully because that's how she says she feels about it. It bothers her, but she doesn't have to deal with other people's reaction to it. Not knowing what it is, thinking they are going to 'catch' it from her, etc. My mother is very big on 'hiding' things. She doesn't have a REALLY bad case of it, although she does have severe psoriatic arthritis.
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May. 29th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
I was like that in high school! My forehead was a giant sore, my fore arms, and all around my eyes. I hated it!
Jun. 1st, 2006 06:28 am (UTC)
The relief only lasted until I took the moist burn pads off after I started itching under the tape, but I'm glad I learned that. I'm back to rich moisturizer and keeping it wrapped to prevent scratching for now.

Neutrogena's shampoos are great! I use their Healthy Scalp shampoo (1.8% salicylic acid) and it works like a charm for me.

Only the patch on my arm has been a problem this year, so I'm hoping it means the rest of the year will be quiet for my skin.
May. 29th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
Okay, I have a massive blister on the bottom of my right foot, just got it yesterday, would the blister pads help me now? If so, can I get them around here??? The blister is an inch long, and about that wide too. I have one on the side of my foot too, and another, smaller blister on my left foot. Yeah, I wore the wrong shoes to take my sibe for a walk. oops. :)
May. 29th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, the blister pads are designed to cover blisters after you've got them. Most drugstores and grocery stores stock Spenco 2nd Skin products near the band-aids or insoles and foot care products.

The last time I wore the wrong shoes, I wore a pair of brand-new heeled sandals for a night out in Los Angeles. We wound up doing so much walking between the places we went I got a stress fracture in my left foot and felt it for weeks. I'd rather have blisters than that again.
May. 30th, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
I think they also make a blister-aid kit that includes their 2nd skin stuff. Those things are handy. I ended up using it on someone else the week after I bought it.
Jun. 1st, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
I keep one of their blister kits in my hiking bag and had another in the diaper bag that now lives with my travel kit.

I was serious about duct tape working on blisters, but 2nd Skin blister products are more comfortable and a lot less noticeable. (:
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