What Would You Do When Living With Psoriasis?
When you live with a visible disease like psoriasis, there are times you will run into some interesting scenarios. Some you can manage, but others can catch you off guard. Some situations call you to be quick on your toes with a response, while others require more thoughts. Throughout the years of my advocacy, I have had the opportunity to converse with hundreds of people with psoriasis; all of whom have different stories to tell. Check out these 3 psoriasis scenarios, and pick what you would do!
You are living in a college dorm and have to share the restroom with 5 other women. At this point, your psoriasis is at its worst, and you just can't keep the flakes from falling. Your dead skin is everywhere! None of your suitemates knows about your condition. One day while you are in your room getting dressed, you hear one of your suitemates yelling. As you listen in, you hear her say, “Where are all these flakes coming from on the toilet? Does someone have flakes on their butt? This is gross!” What would you do?
- Come out of your room, explain to her you have psoriasis, and tell her where the flakes are coming from.
- Say nothing at all but be more conscious of making sure you aren't “leaving yourself behind,” by cleaning up extra well every time you use the bathroom.
- Say nothing but leave pamphlets about psoriasis in a common area.
This actually happened to me and it was SO embarrassing. I actually thought I was doing a good job by cleaning up behind myself. At the time my psoriasis was very bad with itchy, flaky, and dry skin. In my situation I chose option B!
It's in the middle of summer and your boss is having a roof top pool party. You are up for a promotion and you know going to this party and hanging with your boss, would really help increase your chances of landing the new gig. The catch is, you are having a really bad psoriasis flare. None of your coworkers knows about your disease, and you are honestly not sure if you want to attend the event. What would you do?
- Go to the event and flaunt your psoriasis without a care in the world.
- Don't attend and tell your boss it's due to your psoriasis.
- Go, but wear street clothes the entire time and remain covered.
In the past I would have gone for C. But at times I feel as though I received more questions about why I had on a bunch of clothes in 80 degree weather, than I would have received had I just flaunted my skin.
You are at work in the breakroom preparing for lunch. You have on a short sleeve shirt, and your psoriasis plaques are quite visible. Most people at the job know you have the disease, and no one says much about it. One of your new co-workers walks in and notices your plaques. She pulls you to the side, and explains that you don't have to live with the condition. She also gives you a list of natural products to try while she implies that they “will help clear your condition right up.” She also states that you need to meditate more. What would you do?
- Simply thank her for the advice.
- Tell her you have psoriasis and explain the components of the disease.
- Explain to her that you don't appreciate her suggestions and everyone's psoriasis is different.
At some point I have done every option listed. This is probably the most common scenario I face on a day-to-day basis with people who don't have the disease. It is important for people to know that this disease is more than skin deep, has to do with the immune system, and is not as simple as eating healthier. For more information please follow-up with your Healthcare professional.
Any suggestions made are not intended to replace the advice of a qualified medical professional. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to making any changes to your treatment, exercise or diet routine.