Every winter, I sense the need to adjust how I care for my skin. Freezing cold night temperatures give way to cold, shortened days. My wife likes to turn up the heater, as do my workplace and the stores I frequent. I enjoy a hot shower too. But I know that my psoriasis and eczema don't necessarily take well to dry, heated air and long, hot showers. My years of experience have helped me develop ways to manage any inevitable winter flare-ups. Here are my five recommendations with a few of my doctors' thoughts peppered in.
For much of the last year I looked forward to taking Tremfya (guselkumab) to treat my severe chronic psoriasis. My dermatologist suggested I hold off on the new IL-17A inhibitors until it was FDA approved. Now almost three months into the new treatment I am asking a question I hoped not to need to ask: what’s next?
I’m a dreamer. Psoriasis treatments, however, dash my hopes more times I care to remember. After five weeks on the new biologic medication Tremfya (guselkumab) do I dare to dream that it just might clear my skin of nasty psoriasis lesions? What is my biggest fear taking a new biologic for the first time in years?
Five years ago I wrote about the challenges of waiting for a new treatment, Stelara, to work after taking it for three weeks. It never did, even after six months. I find myself at a similar juncture today--a few weeks into Tremfya treatment wondering the same.
Last week I finally conjured up the courage to call my insurance provider about the Otezla denial. Right away I knew why I procrastinated.