Psoriasis Association sharing my story in their magazine, Pso Magazine
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!)
So a couple of weeks a go, my cousin and I were watching a documentary on psoriasis and they were talking about the physical pain psoriasis can cause. And my cousin mentioned that she would have never realised that psoriasis could cause such discomfort. So I thought this would be a good blog post. I’m guessing many people think it just sits on the skin and that’s that, and how it makes people feel (besides emotionally and psychologically) is not commonly spoken about, but having psoriasis can actually be very discomforting. However, everyone has different experiences and the discomfort of the disease varies from person to person. But I’m guessing for most people the discomfort increases with the severity of the flare up, which has definitely been the case for me.
Through my experience, I can tell you that psoriasis is extremely itchy, and for me the itchiness is insane at night, which leads to loss of sleep and feeling fatigue the next day. Itching causes the skin to become very sore and sensitive, often getting a “burning” sort of feeling. And then wearing certain clothing adds to that irritation. I used to have patches over my elbows and my knees, and because the skin dries up quickly I would find that movement of my joints would be restricted/my skin would tighten, and sometimes it would even end up cracking and bleeding. Last year when my psoriasis was severe, it would constantly itch; burn and I’d have this tingly feeling, all through the day and all through the night. It would drive me insane and it would completely exhaust me!! And you just want to rip your skin off. I used to have to soak myself in Dead Sea salts daily to help calm down the irritation and burning. I’ve actually found this blog quite difficult to write. It’s really difficult to actually explain and describe the physical feelings, and it’s probably equally difficult to understand where I’m coming from if you don’t have psoriasis.
Hope you’ve all had a great New Year!
I don’t know if this is the same for everyone else, but the winter is usually the worse time of the year for my skin, but surprisingly this winter I’ve had no flare-ups. Touch wood!!!
However, I’ve still been getting the itchy sensation, especially on my arms. Can’t seem to stop scratching! I was just wondering if anyone else has experienced/experiencing this too? I don’t think the winter jumper are helping to reduce the itching either!
I’d love to hear from you guys. You can Tweet, Facebook or email me – contact details are on my blog! 🙂 xx
I just wanted to make a quick post, sharing a few simple changes that I have made over the past 9 months, which seem to be keeping my Pso under control.
- So the first one has definitely got to be controlling my stress levels. Stress is my biggest trigger and I always used to let stress get to me, which just results in nothing but outbreaks! I still definitely stress, especially with university, but I have now learnt to control it better than I used to and keep it to a minimum.
- I’m a lot more open about my Pso now, which I feel has helped my skin clear up, as I’m no longer stressing about what people think, about being judged, hiding it or avoiding having conversations about my Pso and that has also helped boost my confidence levels.
- Diet! I’ve been increasing my intake of anti-inflammatory foods, such as lots of different veg, leafy greens, avocadoes, fish and many more! And a lot of green teas too!
- I use natural products as often and as much as I can. So this means all my creams, soaps, shampoos and conditioners. And still using my aloe vera products too (mentioned in my earlier blogs). Even using aloe straight from the plant!
- Just generally being an overall happier person! 😀 xx
Just wanted to quickly post a link to my article on an interview I did with the BBC on Living with Psoriasis 🙂 : BBC Interview on Living with Psoriasis
Hello everyone! Apologies, I know I haven’t blogged in a really long time; I have been really busy recently! Anyway, I thought I’d give a quick update on how I’m doing.
Well it is great to say that my skin is the best it has ever been, being 95% psoriasis-free! My confidence has returned and I’m definitely enjoying life again. My skin has been so good recently, that I even wore a dress a couple of weeks ago without feeling insecure, which is something I haven’t done in a really long time!
I hope all my fellow psoriasis warriors are doing well, and I’ll be uploading a few more posts in the upcoming weeks! xx