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How to treat
When I was 22,I was bitten by sea lice while swimming at
Byron Bay and the marks they left on me never went
away. The doctor told me "you have psoriasis", and
I've been living with it for 31 years. The itch feels like
1,000 mosquitoes biting me every day, the redness
is like constant sunburn, and the dry flakiness
means I can lose up to three cups of skin some
Psoriasis can range from mild to severe, and
treatments are likely to vary from person to
person so you should always consult with
your GP or phamacist about what may suit
you best. While every person is different,
there's a number of holistic treatment
It hugely impacts every part of my life, affecting
my sleep and concentration, right through to
employment opportunities, my diet, sports, and
socialising. It's very hard to hold down jobs because
I scratch and itch so much, and air conditioned
rooms aggravate it. Even intimate relationships are
tricky because l'm so body conscious. It's hard.
A lot of people ask me "Is it contagious?" and
no, it's not. Psoriasis is an immune condition
within me. But it's one of those things people
notice immediately. If they don't understand
what they're looking at, it makes them nervous.
It's this look of shock or empathy on their face,
because they don't understand. And I feel it. But
a smile and kindness go a long way.
options our pharmacists recommend to help
manage milder symptoms or avoid flare ups:
Moisturisers (suited to sensitive skin)
can help to keep skin supple and stop
Topical steroids may help reduce
inflammation, depending on severity.
Medicated creams or ointments
containing ingredients like Dithranol,
Coal tar or Salicylic acid can help
with managing different symptoms of
I've tried just about everything you can imagine
manage it, and my pharmacist is
Diet can play a huge role in managing
psoriasis. Eliminating common triggers
such as saturated fats, refined sugars,
carbohydrates and alcohol may help
Avoid fragrances (e.g. perfume, soap,
detergent) as these often contain
chemicals that iritate skin and inflame
great in helping me choose which creams
and ointments will help my particular skin.
Creams are vital – without them, life
would be so difficult. I'm also vigilant
in what foods I eat, I don't drink
or smoke, and try to avoid doing
anything that will flare it up.
I don't like the idea of victimhood,
and I don't want my condition to
define me. I choose to ride above it
and do a lot of work on myself [mentally],
but it's a work in progress. And l'll keep
psoriasis, or opt for 'sensitive skin'
Reduce stress which is linked to flare-
ups of psoriasis. Ideas might include
yoga, reading, swimming, or meditation.
Source # https://www.psoriasisaustralia.org.au/