Living with Psoriasis…and endless battle

 

Psoriasis affects 10% of the total world population. It does not care about gender, age, race, or economic status. It may be considered to be a common skin condition of auto-immune and hereditary etiology; a lot of people have still misconceptions about psoriasis. Here is an #Infographic about the #myths of #Psoriasis:

Psoriasis a silent nuisance that creeps on you and make you itch until you go mad. Psoriasis has been a nightmare for me, any negative emotion flares me up.  Any change in the weather, cold weather, aggravates the sores and more and more scales form on my body.  It started in my lower legs, then last summer it spread everywhere but my face.  Today I can feel the itch from head to toe, have sores in my legs, and I am trying my hardest to keep my face intact although the itch is overwhelming.  Sleepless nights because of the itch…for me psoriasis is not so much about the “look” is about the unbearable itch!

Let’s see…currently I have been doing Humira, again, for the last 3 months.  The first time I tried the medication it was amazing, it worked great, however this second time around…it really has not done anything.  I really think that the doctor lower the dosage, and unaware me does not know for sure!!!!  Humira has not done a thing this second time, so I’ve had to improvise a little.  I’ve been reading about other people who suffer from the disease and I keep coming back to the same home remedies, etc.  So, cold weather, not enough sun, too much sun, alcohol are things that aggravate the condition.  So, I’ve been trying to be mindful of those.  Now, it’s not really helping…

So, the other thing I have not try is the weight issue, although not scientifically prove…it seems that weight gain does affect psoriasis. I’ve been on the chunky side for a while, but this past year I added some additional weight…stress is my weight gain “tool”.  Realizing that healthy eating may be a factor in controlling my psoriasis, I got everyone on board and we decided to make some healthy changes, starting small, and adding more changes as we go.  I also started using olive oil on my skin.  It alleviates the itch for a couple of hours after you apply it to your damp skin.  I was hesitant about using it, I was afraid it was going to have a funky smell, but it did not…the skin absorbs most of the oil right away and like I said, the itch its control for a couple of hours. 

Living with psoriasis is very painful, not only physically but emotionally as well.  You can develop scalp psoriasis, which looks like really bad dandruff and is very difficult to control, the sores can be tiny or huge…and obviously human beings are very cruel when they see things like that.  People make faces and make you feel very uncomfortable. When I feel that way, I speak up, I try not to take offense to the weird looks. I try to educate them, first by explaining that it is not contagious, and that there is no cure. From there I build up a nice conversation explaining all the effects the disease have on me.  After is all said and done, people are more aware and they show empathy, which feels great.

Sometime the prescribed medicines may even cause side effects and complications too. This is when one needs to look for easy home remedies for psoriasis, which will provide them with long term:

So, what can you take from this post? Simply that if you have questions, just ask!  Don’t assume! And to all those suffering from Psoriasis, keep your faith in God and do not give into depression, just keep fighting, try everything out there…you never know when you are going to discover that one thing that is going to provide the relief you need. 

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