My inverse psoriasis has completely healed after 14 months. I did not post during the 14 months that I suffered with inverse psoriasis, but I searched and searched other posts looking for answers, encouragement, ideas and help and now hope to encourage others that are looking toward management of psoriasis without drugs.
I was pregnant and urged to get (against my better judgment) an H1N1 vaccination in late 2009. Within a week I developed a rash on my armpit, then the other armpit, then I developed what appeared to be a diaper rash. 35 years old and three babies of my own and I am dealing with a diaper rash?! Wonderful. I lost the baby, which was devastating, but I figured once the D&C was over, the hormones would calm down, and if it was a pregnancy related rash that it would go away. It didn't. So I went to the OB/Gyn and was tested for STD's - nothing there. I went to three dermatologist - got a first, second and third opinion because I could not believe that an immunosuppressant was the only answer- but that is all they had to offer. The derm did biopsy my rash and confirmed that it was Psoriasis. I also saw two different allergists - because I had a distinct feeling that the itchiness that was tormenting me was somehow related to food. I could not completely explain this, maybe intuition, maybe just observing the correlation between meals and levels of itchiness, maybe my history of food allergies. Anyway, I felt it had something to do with my diet, despite all the western docs telling me it did not have anything to do with food. The allergist pretty much told me I was a little allergic to everything... and good luck. I also saw a colo-rectal surgeon and she said that the sea salt baths had to stop, as they were too drying (this was devastating, as the dead sea salts baths were one of the only things that brought a little relief). She also said to increase my fiber and thats about all she had to offer.
In desperation, I did try the protopic that the derm recommended for a short time, only to develop swollen lymph nodes in my groin that I had never had before. So off to some more doctors and surgeons I went, and eventually they took out the biggest one and biopsied it. No cancer, thank the Lord, but it scared the daylights out of me and I was more determined than every to stay OFF the scary drugs and find another way to cope with this horrible condition.
I read Pagano's "healing psoriasis" book and it made more sense than anything else I had heard, so I diligently went on the very restrictive diets in the book. The diet seemed to help... The rash had grown to 5 or 6 inches in diameter, it was itchy raw, and painful... and the Pagano diet seemed to heal it up. However the itchiness never fully went away. So I continued my search.
I saw 12 different doctors and specialists over 14 months and no one mentioned a sulfite allergy as a possibility. Only my naturopathic MD would even consider the possibility that my psoriasis had anything to do with food. I probably would not have persevered without her encouragement that there was a cause for this and we just had to keep looking until we found it.
I seemed to get itchier after I ate anything at all (which make sense now because sulfites seem to be in everything). I would yo-yo on and off of very restrictive diets including gluten, dairy, nightshades, sugar, and other things that I am allergic to.... corn, soy, oat, various others... and at times the restrictive diet would seem to help, but then I would get sick again (because I was still eating apple cider vinegar, maple, molasses, grapes, grape juice, lemon juice concentrate, and other things FULL of sulfites!) The final trial was vinegar, I gave it up and it seemed to help a LOT. So I researched "vinegar allergy" and learned that some vinegars, like the apple cider kind I was consuming daily, contain sulfites. When I educated myself on sulfites and eliminated all or most of them from my diet, I was completely healed.
I was itchy - SO very itchy - everyday for over a year. I cannot tell you the relief this has brought. Hope it helps someone else. I know that everyone is different, but it worked for me so maybe worth a try for anyone wanting to try to heal with diet. Mine cleared up within days of eliminating the right foods. And, even if a sulfite allergy is not your particular problem, I urge you to keep trying to figure out if you are ingesting something that your body is reacting to -- whatever that may be.
Praying for answers and healing for you,