You Know You Have Psoriasis When...
You might not be able to relate to all of these, but you can relate to some. Check out this list of "You know you have psoriasis when..."
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- You lose track of time by picking at plaques trying to see how much skin you can pull off in one solid piece.
- You wake up to spots of blood on your bed sheets due to your overnight scratch party that involved you, your nails, and your legs.
- You have a mental list of reasons as to why you are covered up for those moments when associates or friends ask you why you have on long sleeves and pants in the summertime.
- You also have a mental list of excuses as to why you can't attend a variety of summer activities that require you to show your skin, such as a pool party.
- After you shave your legs they often look like you have been in a battle that you, unfortunately, did not win.
- You have a love-hate relationship with the summertime. You love the summer for its beneficial sunlight, but you hate the summer because it means more skin exposure in public.
- You aren't sure if you are stressed due to psoriasis or you have psoriasis due to your stress.
- You cringe anytime someone suggests for you to "just put lotion on it."
- That instant excitement that hits your heart anytime you meet someone who reveals they have psoriasis. No matter how many times you meet someone new, the feeling is always refreshing.
- The struggle of finding the right dermatologist is much like the life of dating and finding the perfect spouse.
- Scheduling extra time to apply your ointments so they can absorb in your skin before you put on your clothes.
- You've mastered the fake smile you have to give anytime someone suggests something to you that their aunt's mother's friend's daughter uses for her "dry skin."
- Diagnosing everyone you see with a skin rash potentially having psoriasis.
- Checking behind yourself every time you use the restroom to ensure you didn't leave any flakes behind.
- Your shoulders look like they have been through a snowstorm with all the white flakes upon them.
- When you spend time trying to decide what hairstyle or hat you are going to chose to hide your forehead which currently has a psoriasis flare.
- When your cabinet is full of skin care products formulated for psoriasis that you've only used once and may not ever use again.
- You cancel plans due to a psoriasis flare but make up an unrelated excuse.
- When you are in remission and every time you experience dry skin you panic thinking a psoriasis flare is about to come.
- Applying any type of topical treatment several times a day is serious a daunting task.
- Planning your whole vacation or travel plans around your next dosage of a biologic.
Has psoriasis affected your ability to sleep well?