How do I deal with the itch? It’s pretty simple, if I scratch it spreads…
Dealing with psoriasis is a day-to-day task. First you have to deal with the emotional pain of seeing your skin covered with red, scaly patches. Then you have to deal with the urge to scratch. Then you have to find a way to tame that itch. Then you have to celebrate that you did not scratch!
When I itch, usually my legs, I find some sort of odor-free lotion, oil or ointment. I apply to the affected area and gently rub until I feel the itch be less intense. When I look at my legs or feel my legs, specially during the cold months, I take a deep breath and I say to myself you know it could be worst! Then I remind myself of how strong and confident I am. Then I get dress, all dolled up and I go about my day.
After you have been dealing with the disease for a while, you learn to recognize the triggers. You can actually feel your body responses to the stressors…and YES…STRESS=FLARES…lots and lots of Flares. I am still learning to breath in and breath out when I feel my body tense during those stressful moments. I mean lets face it, I am a mother, a wife, and a woman…so I will face stress…EVERYDAY! I have been controlling my stress, I’ve learned how to let go of the things I cannot control and I have learned to celebrate small, simple victories. Another trigger is cold weather…that one is a killer for me…being born and raised in Puerto Rico, where the weather is always HOT…my skin is not used to being in cold areas. Mississippi has proven to be the coldest area I have lived thus far. I lotion up in the morning and before going to bed.
Those two triggers are the ones that affect my disease the most. This past year was very stressful for me and my family and it was also super cold. Therefore, I flared up like never before and that lead me to find a more aggressive form of treatment. My Humira arrived tomorrow, if the winter storm permits, and I am excited about it. I am hoping that the flares will clear up and the itch will dissipate.
Just remember to always have something handy to control the itch, if you scratch…it will get 100 times worst and it will spread!!!! DO NOT SCRATCH. Some home products that work for me are Suave Almond Lotion and Coconut Oil. Coconut Oil is wonderful! Give it a try, you can also cook with it and its a lot healthier than other oils 🙂
So…lesson learned today….DO NOT SCRATCH THAT ITCH!!!by