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Anyone who suffers from psoriasis knows the heartache and embarrassment that goes along with the disease. Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes dry, scaly itching, rashes, and large red wounds. The rash is not pretty and the weepy wounds can be hard to cover up. The embarrassment can cause you to feel uncomfortable in public and have you dressed from head to toe, even in the hottest months of summer.
Psoriasis is nothing to be embarrassed about; it is a skin condition with no cure. Though you should try to avoid scratching at all cost, it is not always possible. Anytime you have unsightly wounds or rashes, going out in public can be difficult, but it should not keep you indoors or hiding out.
Many times it may seem like you are the only person who suffers from psoriasis. The truth is many other people feel the exact same way. Just as you cover up your rashes, other people are out there doing the same thing. The person in the chair next to you at work may suffer from psoriasis and you would never know. There are many people out there who suffer psoriasis and countless other skin problems. If it helps, you can join a local support group with others just like you.
Leaving the comfort of your home and exposing your rashes can be difficult. It's easy to sit at home in shorts and t-shirt; you are used to the rashes and patchy skin. However, hiding out in your house can just lead to more problems. Feelings of anxiety or depression can sink in and that added stress can actually cause the psoriasis to become even worse.
Stand up proud and tell people that you suffer from psoriasis. The rashes and scars, from previous outbreaks, will most likely be noticeable so you might as well stop the whispers and stares. Talking about the condition will also help get the awareness out there. There may be people all around who suffer from the same symptoms but never knew what they had. Talking about psoriasis will empower you to take charge over the ailment instead of allowing it to take charge over you.
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