Psoriasis? Lose weight, it will go away.

Amanda writes:

I went to the doctor recently because psoriasis runs in my family and I wanted to get treated for it. I am lucky as it is on just a small portion on my back and on my head. My mother and sister are COVERED by it. The doctor told me it would go away if I lost weight.

My mom and sister are both average weight. I cannot believe how many times I have decided NOT to go see someone for an ailment or even a cold. Because I know NO MATTER what I go in for it will result in a LOST weight debate.

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  1. Jenny Rose

     /  July 15, 2009

    What a waste of your time and money, not to mention energy. Can you go to another doctor? I would like to tell this doctor that “normal” weight people have this and you would like to be treated in the same manner they are.

    Psoriasis is tough and from my knowledge it can only be treated and controlled. What a clod!

  2. Sheesh! The only person with psoriasis I have personally known in my entire life was quite thin. Like you, he had a strong family history. Hmmm…could there be, I don’t know, a genetic component? I would certainly go there before assuming it’s all about fat.

    When are doctors going to realize that fat people and thin people are both going to get a wide variety of ailments that have nothing whatsoever to do with the size tags in their clothes?

  3. Debra T

     /  July 15, 2009

    As a fellow sufferer, I can recommend the Psoriasis Foundation website ( where you can find doctors who specialize in the disorder in your area as well as a lot of commentary on what works and what doesn’t for other sufferers.

    My understanding is that dietary restrictions do work for some people, don’t work at all for others and believers on both sides of the debate are passionate.

    No doctor who claims that ANY treatment for psoriasis will make it go away can possibly have a claim on your attention. To date, science has NOT determined what causes psoriasis, but they do know that there is NO CURE, only control through trial and error and immense effort. What may work for you for a few months may stop working for you without warning (and what didn’t work one time may work another) and this covers all levels of care including the very dangerous, but oftentimes effective, biologics.

    I have a wonderful doctor here in Chicago who understands that weight does not cause diseases to which I am genetically vulnerable. It has been worth the search for me to find someone I am not afraid to visit.

  4. catgal

     /  July 15, 2009

    Really? Really????? I don’t know if I would have laughed or cried.

  5. MargB

     /  July 16, 2009

    Hmm, “Psoriasis is a chronic, genetic, noncontagious skin disorder that appears in many different forms and can affect any part of the body, including the nails and scalp”. (Source: Australian government “better health” website). No mention of weight here… I second Debra T’s recommendation of contacting the psoriasis association in your country and finding a doctor who specialises in the condition (Google is your friend). If it’s a genetic condition, I suspect you already have a good knowledge of all the soap-alternatives you can use – if not, your local pharmacy is your friend.

  6. lilacsigil

     /  July 16, 2009

    My brother – who was been severely underweight until he hit 30 and started to sneak into the “normal” range – has had terrible psoriasis from the age of 12. I’m fat, and I have psoriatic arthritis, but not the skin condition. Your doctor is a moron, and with any luck your local psoriasis association will have some better suggestions for you.


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