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around six months after island service, I wangled a three-year tour out to S.france. on one of the (infrequent) visits to the local tonsorial artist, he pointed out a patch of scaly skin in the scalp. turned out to be a bad case of psoriasis and the condition persists to this day, and even spread to other body parts. since there was no family history of this, I've often wondered if it was a result of service out there. did any of you experience anything similar?

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Hi Brian. Like yourself i have psoriasis and i believe i am the only one in the family with it. I have been to the doctor and skin specialists and mentioned it among other ailments, could they be caused by my stay on the island. The answer was a defiant no.
After all the self treatments i found a cream that kept it at bay (called "Calendulis") I had the scale on my elbows my knuckles and scalp. I no longer have it on my elbows or knuckles but bad on my scalp. Brian what treatments have you used. They dont always suit everyone as you would know.
Nice talking to you. John Caldwell

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Hello John

for some strange reason the condition on parts other than scalp gradually disappeared, though as in your case it persists on the scalp.
I met a female some time ago who also had the scalp condition and even had treatment by laser surgery. This failed to cure her.
The medics are apparently baffled by the condition and last time I checked were reluctant to prescribe for it.
Many thanks for your response; I'm just hoping that it will eventually disappear from topside as it did from the others!

Best wishes, brian

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I developed the condition immediately after returning from the Island. It wasn't too bad at first but soon became chronic and so it remains. Like others, medics refused to consider a link with my service so one must accept it. No definite evidence, but, bearing in mind the fate of others, it makes you wonder!

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Hi Bob

I guess it's like other more serious conditions experienced by the Vets.  They could all be caused by factors other than radiation exposure; or at least that will continue to be the line pedalled by the MOD.

I've often wondered how the ratio of illnesses in personnel exposed when they started testing close to the island compares to those involved in the earlier ones, when the drops took place South of the equator.

Regards, Bri

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