Welcome to the community. Living with psoriasis is tough – believe me, I know ...
While I cannot always control my skin condition, I can control my attitude and the actions I take. I'm here to answer your questions and hear about your side of the story. We can talk about psoriasis. We can also discuss so much more than psoriasis. I’m here to help. If you’re having a rough day with your psoriasis, post your story or ask me a question. If you’re having a good day, even better! SHARE IT! I’m sure it will really help others in the community.
If you have a question, send it over! I’m not a medical expert but I’m well connected so I’ll get working to find the answers you are searching for.Ask Steph a question!
It’s time to talk about the birds and the bees. Yes, psoriasis and sex. The pain of flare-ups and feeling self-conscious can be a mood buster, but intimacy shouldn’t be out of the question.
Do you know what I love more than dark chocolate and yoga? Hearing your stories and answering your questions, of course! So here I am, staring at my oh-so prickly legs, and it got me thinking about the questions you’ve had about how to deal with hair removal when you have psoriasis.
When it comes to your health, it’s important to know yourself and to be as informed as possible (just like you know the brunch menu of your fave Sunday spot). Taking control of your health and being in-the-know means taking note of changes in your health, asking the important questions, and staying up to date so that you receive the best care possible.
If you’re one of the more than one million Canadians with psoriasis, you probably have a few choice words for your condition. It’s stressful, unpredictable (like that platinum blond stunt Kimye pulled for Paris Fashion Week. #MindBlown) and totally not a walk in the park (same reference applies actually, cuz getting back her black locks must have been torture).
If you have psoriasis on your feet, you can feel like you’re walking on hot coals but, it’s actually more common than we know in PsO. In more than a third of people with psoriasis, the plaques affect sensitive areas such as the hands or feet. Having psoriasis on your feet, and particularly the soles of your feet, is like the pain of running a marathon in sky-high stilettos.
Dating can be challenging in the “best” of circumstances, and you’ve probably heard all that jazz about having to go through a few trial-and-error experiments. But if you’re living with psoriasis and other skin conditions, it can sometimes feel like you’re the experimental project. Yep, it adds an extra layer of anxiety and unwanted stress –stress that usually only aggravates the situation, and – yikes – the flare-ups too! But dating with psoriasis isn’t something to shy away from.
Does skin colour make a difference if you have psoriasis?
Psoriasis can happen to anyone from any region, ethnicity, or skin colour. But it does seem to occur more often in certain groups, including people of Asian, Pacific-Islander, or Hispanic descent.
The underlying immune mechanism seems to be the same, and the treatment options do not differ. But if you have darker skin, you might find this changes a few things. You have special considerations ranging from your medical assessment to your health-related risks to your quality of life, and sometimes even treatment adjustments are required:
If you’re like me, you love your sleep. (I heard sleep is the new sex, BTW). But, then again, if you’re like me, you sometimes have trouble catching your zzzz’s? You’re not alone. Proving once again that this is so much more than a ‘skin disease’, people with psoriasis tend to have more sleep problems. Let's face it, psoriasis can screw your sleep.
Gluten-free, vegan, Paleo – with so many diet trends out there, the question on a lot of minds of people living with psoriasis is, is there a ‘psoriasis diet’? Now before you go crazy on WebMD, how are you going to sort out fact from wishful thinking, over-stating, or straight-up junk?
Good news! Though there hasn’t been nearly enough research yet, a major review of the evidence on diet-and-psoriasis was published in 2014 to help sort out what’s real and what’s really not. Check out some of the insights from that review.
We all know the importance of getting exercise, blah, blah, blah. But really, what keeps your body healthy can also keep your psoriasis in check. If you’re having a flare-up, you may feel embarrassed to wear revealing gym gear, short-sleeved shirts and shorts, or even a bathing suit. But don’t pack away that gym bag for good! Remember how awesome you are – your self-confidence has a big impact on how others respond to you.
Does psoriasis cause you emotional pain? I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but psoriasis can cause some serious stress - there are even days I don’t want to go out of the house. I mean a long-sleeve tee on a 25°C day – when did I sign up for this? Taking care of your emotional well-being is an important part of looking after yourself when you have psoriasis. As Robert Urich says: “A healthy outside starts from inside.”
Girly girls or metro sexual dude, we know you’ve already got your counters covered in creams, balms, sprays and more. Au natural? You’ve probably got the basics covered! But when you’re working with psoriasis, there’s a lot more to think of than lip balms and whether blue eye shadow is out (the answer is definitely yes, BTW) Your psoriasis meds are a great start, but let’s chat about some other things you should be considering when it comes to your daily skin routine.
When you have psoriasis, you need to take care of you first. That means taking charge of your own health and being well-informed. So first of all, props to you for being here in the first place; that’s a step in the right direction!
Here’s the thing: there are many ways to manage psoriasis. Your lifestyle counts and so does your treatment approach.
Swollen joints? Back pain? No, those aren’t just signs of “old age”. You might have these symptoms if you have psoriatic arthritis (PsA), which occurs when your body’s immune system attacks healthy cells. Talk about a stab in the back! Because it can feel like a doozy of a diagnosis, check out these fast facts to learn more about PsA and how to handle it on the regular.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. Researchers believe that a combination of genetic and environmental factors will trigger the body’s immune system.
A type of white blood cell, called a T-cell that usually fights off bacteria, attacks healthy cells by mistake. The immune system also produces proteins called cytokines, which normally have a role in fighting infection. Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha (TNF-a), Interleukin 12/23 (1L12 + 1L23) and Interleukin 17A all play a part.
Psoriasis tends to comes in waves, subsiding for a while until it is aggravated causing an outbreak of psoriasis patches or plaques - this is known as a flare-up. Flare-ups can be unpredictable, and triggers are not the same for everyone. Some commonly reported triggers include:
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease the body’s immune system produces inflammation that damages healthy tissue. The systemic inflammation in psoriasis generates elevated levels of proteins, which causes comorbidities such as psoriatic arthritis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, obesity, metabolic syndrome and other immune-related conditions like Crohn’s disease and lymphoma.
Although there is no cure for psoriasis, treatments can help reduce the symptoms and clear your skin. There are several types of psoriasis treatment. Your treatment choice will depend on your individual needs and how well you respond to a chosen therapy. Provided below is a topline overview of treatment options including both the benefits and risks: