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Stigma Sucks!

Psoriasis sucks. Truly, it is such a frustrating condition to manage. So often, psoriasis stigma is such a pain! What stigmas have you experienced with psoriasis?

This is a safe space to let it out! Vent away about all the ways that psoriasis stigma sucks!

  1. Hello , I have had psoriasis for 60 years, so I could write a book on stigmas. I'm just going to go with one today. I have always had severe psoriasis which is very visible. The one question that I have been asked forever is if I'm contagious. I used to get upset over this question, but now I take the time to educate. My first response is no, I'm not contagious. Why would I be out in public if I was?

    1. Sixty years is such a long time to deal with such a chronic illness. I know you have probably heard so many different stigmas over the years and I can't imagine how I would have responded to any of them. But I'm glad you're no longer finding yourself upset at the things you've heard but rather turned it into an opportunity to educate people about psoriasis. The lack of education and awareness is really where all of these stigmas come from so informing people about it and correcting them about misinformation is a good thing and it's something we all need to do as much as we can. Thanks for sharing! Kindly, Latoya (Team Member)

  2. It is a real bummer. I was turned down service when trying to get a pedicure today.

    1. Oh , this breaks my heart. Did the pedicure place say what their reason for turning you down was? I'm so sad that you tried to do something nice for yourself and this was the outcome. Sending so much love to you. If it would be helpful, Alisha has shared some tips for attending a spa (which I think are relevant to all health/beauty facilities) towards the end of the following article: I hope you can have a pedicure another day. You deserve all the nice things! Hugs 💖 -Catherine, Community Moderator

    2. It must be difficult and painful to have something like that occur. I really hate that you had to experience this. I can't imagine what I would have done or how I would have felt at that moment. We'd really like to hear more about your experience if you don't mind sharing. No one should have to be turned away like this. Don't let this keep you down. Hang in there. Warmly, Latoya (Team Member)

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