Ezra Loveless is 37 years old and suffers from Psoriasis on the hands and feet. His struggle with psoriasis began just three days after his 21st birthday. “While hiking in the Ozarks with a few friends”, he said, “I slipped and scraped my left hand on some moss-covered rocks. Not long after, blisters began forming on the palm of my hand.”Initially, Ezra thought he was just having an allergic reaction to the moss, but when the condition worsened and blisters began forming on the soles of his feet as well, he knew something more sinister was going on. Walking became extremely painful. Ezra decided to see a physician.While the doctor was not 100% sure, he suspected that Ezra might have pustular psoriasis, a rare form of psoriasis that is often characterized by blisters on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. A dermatologist confirmed that it was indeed pustular psoriasis.Ezra’s initial reaction was one of despair. He felt “deformed” and “tainted”. He withdrew from friends and family. Knowing that psoriasis is incurable left him feeling hopeless and despondent. His response is not at all uncommon with individuals suffering from psoriasis. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, depression is the number one comorbidity of psoriasis and people with psoriasis are twice as likely to become depressed as the rest of the population.Ezra began a long journey of trial and error into the world of psoriasis treatment. Psoriasis on the hands and feet is difficult to treat and more often than not, the ointments and creams his doctor prescribed did little or nothing to alleviate the painful blistering. Many times, a treatment would work for a short period of time, only to leave his condition worse over time.Eventually, Ezra’s depression and feelings of hopelessness gave way to sheer determination. He began researching psoriasis in his spare time and tried numerous less standard forms of treatment. Over the years, he went through several doctors until he found one who offered hope.Dr. Jacobs was a kindly, gray-haired gentleman who specialized in the treatment of psoriasis. Realizing that the best way to treat psoriasis was to not only to treat the symptoms, but also to prevent the things that trigger outbreaks, he prescribed a combination of vitamins, topical steroids and a shielding lotion which Ezra was instructed to apply to the skin prior to applying the steroid cream.Within just days of starting the new regiment, Ezra’s symptoms began clearing up. The only difference between prior treatments and this one was the use of a shielding lotion instead of a standard emollient or moisturizer, but the difference was more than substantial. As the symptoms continued to fade and eventually disappear, Ezra felt a tremendous sense of relief.It has now been 16 years since Ezra first experienced psoriasis on his hands and feet. He still gets outbreaks from time to time, but introducing shielding lotion to his treatment regiment has drastically lessened both the frequency and severity of his outbreaks. Psoriasis on the hands and feet can be very painful and debilitating, but thanks to shielding lotion, Ezra leads a satisfying life, full of hope and promise.