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Larry
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 Posted: Tue Dec 20th, 2005 19:26

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Hello, Members

A couple of weeks ago, a neighbour of mine suggested Milk of Magnesia for my psoriasis itch!  Although I was dubious, I thought that this inexpensive alternative was worth a try.

Use the Milk of Magnesia on the surface of your itch areas (plaques) and allow it to dry.  A white film will be the result.  I have found that the itching is reduced by this product!  The product labelling has a warning not to use if you are taking tetracycline (minocin/minocyclin is a tetracycline derivative) because the magnesium can bind with the antibiotic.  However, when I asked the pharmacist about using the MofM on the skin surface, I was told that there would be no problem with it interfering with the minocin. (Moderators note: that is correct, and see  Is it okay to take magnesium?  re oral use)

The degree of itch that I experience before using the MofM is not a Herx at this point.  I have yet to experience Herx--I am hoping soon since tomorrow I raise the mino to 50 mg.  I hope, though, that the Milk of Magnesia may provide some relief before having to use the Benadryl (which I had used before for itch).  The MofM is certainly a lot less expensive than Benadryl!

Regards,

Larry



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 Posted: Wed Dec 21st, 2005 16:09

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Larry,

Thanks so much for posting your suggestion of using Milk of Magnesia! When you posted your suggestion, I read it and went in and tried it on some itchy patches of skin that I've had that nothing else has managed to resolve, and it worked, almost immediately! It started soothing it as soon as I applied it, and the soothing effects continued till the itching totally disappeared. I didn't want to jump to conclusions too quickly, but it's a day later, and it's still working. So it was a good suggestion.



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Larry
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 Posted: Sat Dec 24th, 2005 20:31

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Hi, Linda

Glad to hear that the MofM worked for you as well.

I initially was doubtful since I, like so many others, have tried SO MANY strange but not-so-effective non-prescription alternatives in the past.

Regards,

Larry



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40mg4QD;Dec14Mino25mgQOD;Dec21=50QOD;Jan6=75QOD
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 Posted: Sun Dec 25th, 2005 05:22

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I might have spoken too soon. The Milk of Magnesia worked for about 12 hours, and then the skin underneath got so terribly dry that it started itching again from dryness, and a repeat treatment only made the problem worse. I have a whole arsenal of tools to use to deal with itching, and lately none of them have been very effective for very long, either alone or in combination with one another.



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