Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]A Rash Almost Ruined My Life'; after Years of Hiding Away a New Treatment Gives a Coast Grandma Fresh Confidence

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]A Rash Almost Ruined My Life'; after Years of Hiding Away a New Treatment Gives a Coast Grandma Fresh Confidence

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Byline: Richard Bruinsma

FOR most of her 38 years, Tracy Miller has been very reluctant to show herself in public.

The cause of her nervousness was a severe and debilitating case of psoriasis a a skin condition that manifests in red dry patches of skin that are incredibly itchy and can be unsightly.

Even playing with her grandchildren would have been uncomfortable and risky, but thankfully she's had a mini miracle in the form of new revolutionary treatment.

Research has shown that about 91% of those suffering psoriasis also have related conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, arthritis and sometimes cancer, as well as depression, anxiety, stress and weight issues.

Mrs Miller was diagnosed with psoriasis as a 12-year-old, and despite trying UV treatment, various creams and oils, and dietary changes, the condition just grew worse as she aged.

Her parents spent literally thousands of dollars in the search for relief, but nothing worked.

aI've hidden myself away for many years,a Mrs Miller said of her condition.

aEven on hot days, I would wear long sleeves, long pants.

aPeople would look at me funny and ask if it was contagious.a

The condition became more unbearable each time she was pregnant with her four boys, when her skin would be so dry and scaly that brash movement caused it to split and bleed.

She also suffered joint pain.

aI really didn't let it get in the way of them doing anything,a she said.

aI would take them to the park, but I wouldn't enjoy it as much.a

Her condition was perhaps liveable because the redness and dryness was hidden, until one day when she noticed the first blotches on her face and she renewed her desperate search for an effective treatment.

It was then that Maroochydore dermatologist Dr Christina Sanders entered her life.

The doctor, who has a special interest in psoriasis, has been involved in research into new treatments.

By chance, a tablet taken for MrsMiller's asthma cleared the condition, but required higher and higher doses that threatened to dramatically weaken her bones. …

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