Q. How long have you had psoriasis for?
A. About 14 years. Its been a major part of my life
Q. What treatments have you used?
A. I have tried a range of treatments since being diagnosed with Psoriasis. Mainly a mix of steroid ointments, but I have taken light therapy before. Also tried different home remedies and herbal treatments.
Q. Have I used biologics?
A. No I haven’t. I don’t feel I’ve been at a point where I have wanted to turn to that as an option.
Q. What affects your flare-ups?
A. Stress and winter/the cold. Many people say certain foods affect their skin, but I haven’t really noticed any patterns associated with my diet.
Q. How does Psoriasis makes you feel?
A. So many emotions and feelings – angry, annoyed, upset, frustrated, embarrassed, stressed, depressed
Q. What helps dealing with these emotions?
A. Talking to someone and being open about my condition
Q. Where does it affect you?
A. At its worse- everywhere! Including my face, scalp and nails. But at the moment only have psoriasis on my elbows, knees and nails. The severity of my psoriasis fluctuates from being clear to being completely covered in plaques and scales.
Q. How are you keeping your skin so clear?
A. I started using Forever’s Aloe Vera products – drinking aloe vera gel and applying their gels and creams. I’m not really one to believe in home remedies and non-medicinal products, but I was so fed up of steroid ointments only temporarily working and I saw many success stories for psoriasis from using these products, so I decided to give it a go, and its been the best solution for my skin so far. And I just maintain my skin by using my prescribed ointments when I desperately need to.
Q. Do I have Psoriatic arthritis as well?
A. No I don’t (touch wood!)