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It's Not Contagious!
Plaque Psoriasis. What is it? Is it contagious? Is it genetic? Is it one of the signs of a zombie apocalypse? First of all, breathe and relax. Plaque Psoriasis is where your skin cells are overpopulating themselves than they should. It's not contagious like the flu or an STD, it's actually genetic. Your children will get psoriasis if one of your ancestors had it in their lifetime. I don't know about the zombie apocalypse one, but aren't we all a little dead inside?
Sadly, there is no cure for psoriasis but only treatment. In this article, I'll share some tips and a personal story about psoriasis. Please have an open mind.
Please Stop Staring
As a person with psoriasis, I hate it when people stare at my arms and legs with disgusting looks at the store whenever I'm wearing t-shirts or shorts. With my anxiety, I feel like it's my fault for having this body and this problem. I didn't wish for it and no one wants any illness at all. The staring makes me want to rip my skin off and hide from the world forever.
I remembered this one time at a store, this lady kept on staring at me with a disgusting look on her face because I was wearing a t-shirt and my psoriasis was showing. Even with my anxiety on high alert, I managed to speak up for myself. I told her: "Bitch, they won't bite you. They don't even want your rusty ass. Take a picture, if you wanna keep on staring." I flicked her off while she took some pictures.
Long story short, don't be an asshole. We already have enough assholes in this world, don't be one of them. It's not the person's fault that they have psoriasis. They already feel embarrass enough for having this skin problem, and staring at them only makes it worse.
How To Deal With This?
Even though I'm not a doctor or a wizard that can find a cure or wave my Fred Weasley wand and speak a spell that'll make it disappear, but I can give you some tips for dealing with it.
Lotion is your best friend/lover in the whole wide world (Don't call chocolate or wine about this affair). Apply two coats of lotion on the areas in the morning and at night, every single day. Psoriasis is known to be dry and one coat of lotion just won't do. I recommend Vaseline's Coconut Butter, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Coconut Oil, or any lotion that helps with dry skin. Homemade lotions can work, just Google, Yahoo, or Bing homemade lotions for dry skin.
- Drink More Water, People!
Water helps skin looks young and bouncy. Plus, do you really need a reminder to drink more water? Hello! We need water to survive. It's not rocket science or the Mona Lisa. Drink ten ounces cups of water, every day, or drink half of your weight in ounces. Ex: 140lbs = 70 oz. 300lbs = 150 oz.
- Talk To Your Dermatologist!
You've seen those commercials about treatments for psoriasis and they tell you to ask your dermatologist about their brand. Dudes and dudettes, go and schedule an appointment with your dermatologist.
- The Bed Is Your Wife/Husband! Sleep is your main lover that you should be spending more time with, unless you have insomnia then I don't know what to say about that. Sleeping pills or warm tea might help.
Look, I know that you fear that you'd be judged for having psoriasis while wearing t-shirts and shorts that show them off, but sunlight is not your enemy here. If you fear that you will, take a morning walk in the park or a walk around your street when everyone is at work or school.
- Be You!
This wasn't your doing. You didn't wish for it or anything. Why should you be ashamed for having your body? Psoriasis doesn't give a fuck if you're rich, poor, black, white, male, female, smart, stupid, fat, skinny, healthy, unhealthy, talented, not talented, tall, or short. If you have skin, then it wants your skin. It's genetic, like cancer or the color of your skin, and you can't do anything about it.
I hope these helped and I wish you the best.