11 Crazy Assumptions Made About Psoriasis
If you have psoriasis I'm sure you have heard at least ONE if not all of these crazy assumptions about our disease!
You must not eat right
How many times have you heard this statement? Several people have told me if I just ate better my psoriasis would go away. While this may be a helpful suggestion for some it's not fair to assume it would apply to all. In the past, I have gone gluten free forcing myself to eat healthier, and after a lot of sacrifice and 4 months later, my psoriasis still remained.
You just need to drink more water
While water does help to promote healthier skin, it is not a cure for those with psoriasis. Yes water may help the skin to look better in certain ways (and hydration is important), but it is not to be assumed that the solution to this auto-immune disease is as simple as drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day.
You just need to moisturize more
It's disheartening to know people think getting rid of psoriasis is as simple as Vaseline, vitamin E capsules, or other over-the-counter remedies. These items might help with the symptoms of the disease but are only a short term remedy for flakiness and dryness.
That you're expected to be a spokesperson for the disease
I'm very comfortable speaking about my disease, but that is not to assume everyone is at this same comfort level. I spoke with a fellow psoriasis sufferer who talked about the woes of people being bold enough to ask, "Hey what's going on with your skin?" I've even had a guy walk up to me and say "You are a pretty girl, but have ugly skin." Please assess a person's comfort level before engaging in questions. Everyone does not want to be forced to talk about their psoriasis.
It's Easy to Just Show Off Your Scaly Plaques
A lot of my friends do this as a way of endearment and don't realize how annoying it can be. They always say what THEY would do if they had psoriasis. How they would wear this or wear that and not care what others had to say. In reality, you can't truly say what you would do if you had a hypothetical health condition. Until you actually encounter the challenge your thoughts are only a theory. Verbally expressing what you would do is much easier said than done.
It's Just Dry Skin
If I had a dollar for every time I heard this statement in regards to psoriasis I would be a rich woman. If you have psoriasis or are close to someone who has the condition, you know first hand this disease is much more than "dry skin." It's a disease of the immune system associated with a host of other health issues.
All you need is some head and shoulders shampoo
You can Use Regular Products
Many with psoriasis have sensitive skin. Therefore, items with fragrances such as soaps, washing detergents, hand soaps can be harsh on the skin. People without the disease may not be aware of this issue and may think it's strange you use all free and clear products.
It's poison ivy, bed bug bites, or scabies
So one of the most hurtful stigma's is when our psoriasis is reinterpreted by others to be a disease that is contagious or caused by something WE are doing wrong.
You must not wash properly
Some people assume that psoriasis is caused by poor hygiene, not washing enough, or using the wrong products. Again psoriasis is an issue of an over-reactive immune system and not directly tied to something a person is doing wrong.
You have lice
Last year I attended a meeting about psoriasis with The Food and Drug Administration about the struggles of living with psoriasis. One of the patients recalled a time when she was in elementary school and her teacher accused her flakes of being lice.
What assumptions have you heard from others in regards to your disease? Let us know in comments.
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