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Sulfodene Again — Gotta wonder
from Donald M.

Hello there, ED. My name is Donald and I have had psoriasis ever since I was 17. I have just thought that Sulfodene may cure psorasis and seen that someone on here said they had a complete cure from the same thing. [See Sulfodene (for dogs) Worked for Her.]I have just done my first coating on my psorasis and am hoping that it will do the same for me as it did for my Dog, named Lucky. He’s a mixed dog that had mange bad until I treated him with Sulfodene. It helped him so don’t you think it will help me? I have tried so many things, spent too much money on prescriptions that didn’t do anything, and am very sure that nothing is going to completely get this psoriasis to go away. Please tell me if the woman that had good results from it ever did reply to tell you how much to use and how often to use it. Thank you. -Donald M.

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Ed’s Response: I’m still scratching my head about Sulfodene (no pun intended). According to the manufacturer, the active ingredient is something called “2- Mercaptobenzothiazole” which, according to correspondent Rob T., is, at least in one form, an accelerant used in the making of rubber and known to cause contact dermatitis for some people.  [See Sulfodene (for dogs) Ingredients Uncovered (but mystery not solved).] Correspondent Lynn M. cited the manufacturer’s safety data and reported ingredients included coal tar, certain derivatives of which are well known psoriasis palliatives [See Sulfodene — The Dog Shampoo that Helps P.]

Coal tar is one of those OTC (typically) substances that a minority percentage of mild-to-moderate P sufferers find helpful. (For many years products containing coal tar were among the few effective OTC products available for treating P.) So, if the coal tar contained in Sulfodene for dogs is the same as the derivative flakers have used historically, the reported successes are understandable.

But, as we all know, the effectiveness of any active ingredient depends in large part on the other ingredients in the product. Is a concoction designed for serious canine skin problems equally appropriate to humans? I don’t know, and that’s my problem. In 2004, Katherine S. reported 8 months of clearance from using Sulfodene for dogs. Katharine S. never wrote back on matters of administration (dose and frequency of application).

If I ever elect to try it, I’ll start with one appendage, or perhaps just one or two lesions; give it several weeks while I continue to use better known products (prescription topicals, probably) on the rest of my lesions. I would expand my use of Sulfodene if it performed better than the other product(s), with no apparent adverse effects. But that’s me.

If you do decide to try it, Donald, I hope you’ll email again and let us know what happens. –Ed

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