Psoriasis: THE FACTS
What is Psoriasis
Psoriasis is an incurable (in-cur-able) disease of the immune system triggered by faulty
signals that cause skin cells to replicate too quickly. This causes patches to form and they
can appear anywhere on the body.
Forms of Treatment
Prescribed creams, lotions, ointments, foam-based shampoo, ultraviolet light, injections
Psoriasis can cause physical pain
Flaky Skin Red and Inflamed Skin
Itchy Feeling Arthritis
Often hurts more in dry cold weather
Psoriasis can cause emotional pain
Communicate your feelings about having this disease to your teachers and
parents. The itching and the pain can be distracting and make it hard to concentrate.
If you feel anger, frustration, embarrassment, shame, sadness,
stress or anxiety……tell someone!
If you experience teasing or bullying for looking different……tell
Sharing makes things easier, you do not have to go through this alone. Getting these
feelings out actually helps psoriasis!
Psoriasis and the future
Educate yourself about psoriasis and teach others about the disease.
Let people know that it is not contagious. Realize too that it is okay
to hide your psoriasis if you want. Not everyone is comfortable with
showing their psoriasis.
Remember that you are not alone and that hundreds of children have this disease. Benjamin
Franklin had it too and it never stopped him from accomplishing his goals!
Reference: www.psoriasias-cure-now.org * revised 2011