Hello, I know it's been a while but I wanted to post a brief update.
Since my last post, my skin had nearly completely cleared, and my UVB light therapy sessions had been decreased to once a week at half the light strength. I am still doing UVB once a week.
As the cold, dry air set in for the winter, and stress picked up with school final exams and projects, as well as holiday stress, I have since gotten some spots that have been growing in size. The spots are very thin, hardly flaky, hardly itchy, but are large. They are located between my calves and knees. I also have some small spots on my forearms. Since I have been attending light box for almost a year, we have not increased the light strength or number of weekly sessions. I am still using Triamcinalone no more than 2x a week. My spots are quite dry and no lotion/cream seems to be helping. CeraVe has been highly recommended to be, but at the cost of it and considering I can put it on at 3pm and look visibly dry by 8pm, I am finding it isn't worth it. My dermatologist has suggested I use Vasoline or any other thick salve to help moisturize. I have A&D ointment, so I started using that last night, though I hate smelling like a diaper. I will certainly not be using A&D as a diaper ointment for my daughter! I am opting to use Burt's Bees products for her.
I have informed my dermatologist that after the birth of my daughter (in less than 6 weeks!), I will be taking a break from UVB therapy to focus on motherhood. Since I will be nursing, I will not be picking up an alternative solution.
I am still on the fence about the whole psoriasis-candida connection. When my skin cleared up this summer, I was eating as I normally would, so if candida were the problem, wouldn't my psoriasis have resisted clearing up? I love yeast breads and baked goods so I'm not giving those up unless I absolutely need to, and I'm not sure how necessary it is.
I should also note that I had continued taking the critical care probiotic for some time, but then got lazy, which runs hand-in-hand with when I started getting busy with the holidays and what-not and my skin got worse. I just started taking a regular strength probiotic again (about a week ago) but when it comes time to buy more, I will be going back to critical care, to see if it improves my skin. Clearly, I still wonder about a link between the digestive system and psoriasis, which is why I haven't completely ruled out candida as a possibility.
I know, I know. I need to post photos. I need to be blogging in a more regular fashion too, though I can't promise anything with the baby coming. I know those first few months after birth are going to be busy and tiring. I just keep my fingers crossed that since my psoriasis journey has been so difficult, I won't be passing it onto my daughter because I bear the brunt of it.
Hope to post again soon!