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Old 10-16-18, 07:18 AM
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Ella and biologics (stelara)

Ella has had severe plaque psorisasis since she was 4 years old. At first we thought it was dandruff and then when she caught lice in school we had such a hard time getting rid of it. We began taking her to the dermatologist in 7th grade. For a year we had injections in the head and face where she had breakouts but right at the hair line it would peel and be so angry red that she wore beanines and never wore her hair back. Kids were mean. We tried UV light therapy three times a week for a year and we maxed out on the injections because after awhile they can thin the scalp and hair. She actually got lice again after sharing a brush in 9th grade and was devastated. She cried and said she just wanted to be normal. We were referred to the Derm in charge of biologics instead of the PA. The first consult we talked about them and he had to go over the side effects which sounded terrible when first hearing about them. They actually list rare cases of lymphoma! Ella was scared and didnt know what to do. Then we got some blood work done, the pre-auth done and went in for the first shot.

Within weeks I would say she had 70% clearing. The shot schedule was 4 weeks/8 weeks and 12 weeks and now every 12 weeks. She has only had three shots so far and she is completely clear! She wears braids and headbands. She has confidence. We just went back last week and she is a definite success story. The doctor couldnt believe the progress.
I say all of this because if anyone out there suffers severe psoriasis they should consider biologics like (stelara(she is on this) humira, consyntex) because clear skin is possible. As long as you stay on top of your blood work and manage the immune portions of things (some side effects can make you prone to colds) it can be life changing. Ella is 15 and so happy she decided to do it!
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That's wonderful!
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Re: Ella and biologics (stelara)

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She cried and said she just wanted to be normal.
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That's awesome she's finally found something that's helping so much!
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Re: Ella and biologics (stelara)

Glad it is working so well and that she's feeling more confident!

My sister and a cousin had really good results with biologics for a different autoimmune thing. When they work well, they can really be life-saving/life-changing.

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