I was diagnosed with guttate psoriasis when I was 14. I had a break out because of an infection I had with Strep throat. After about 8-9 month it cleared up completely on its own. I was clear until I was about 19 (1999
) and I started to break out just on my calves and a little on my knees and elbows. Then last year, in the beginning of 2012 I started to break out on my thighs, stomach and back, which I had never had happen before. The breakout, while annoying was managed with sun light and ointments and my diet. Then this year in Dec I broke out terribly. I am now covered easily over 80-90% of my body. Even my face which had never been really affected before. I am convinced what happened is this, I had gotten tonsilities, which I have had before and never got a break out, but this time I got very dehydrated and ended up in urgent care. I got an IV of fluids and also an IV of an antibiotic. I believe someting about the IV antibiotic triggered something within me. I started noticing a rash break out on my inner thighs the next day. It continued to get worse and within a week I was COVERED. So here I am, a month later covered top to bottom in psoriasis. I look like I have a mix of guttate and plaque psoriasis. I cry almost daily because of how I look. I want so badly to fight it as natrually as I can, but I don't get much support for that. The steriod tubes they give me that are supposed to last a month are gone in 4 days since I have to use it on my entire body. I am just at a loss for what to do. I can start Methotrexate and see if that helps, but the side effects worry me. I am a mom of 4 young ones and I need to be healthy for my babies. I am normally a very active cheerful person, but this has really brought me down. My skin hurts and burns and itches, as I am sure you are all familiart with. I wanted to see about getting the stelara shot, but the side effects for that are even greater.
I guess I am just looking for guidence. I would LOVE to have it just on my calves again. I can't believe I even complained about that before. I would do anything to have just that again instead of being a giant walking psoriais patch. So, I guess my options are keep trying the natural route (open to suggestions too), just try methotrexate or stick with the steroid creams.