I remember being about 14 years old and starting to like boys. I remember my psoriasis just popping up everywhere; out of control.
It was always out of control, but because I was starting to like boys, I just noticed it more. It was extremely embarrassing with flakes falling off everywhere.
The Difficulty of Living With Psoriasis as an Adolescent
I remember being asked out on dates, but I always said, “No.” I had psoriasis everywhere, and didn’t know how to explain this disease to anyone.
- I had psoriasis on my elbows, arms, legs, stomach, face, trunk, in my ears, and in the front edges of my hair, and scalp.
- I was always worried people could see my psoriasis.
- I always had to be covered from head to toe, even in 100 degree weather.
I don’t really know when or if people could see my psoriasis, but I always assumed they could. As I got older, I would go out at night. This was to hide my psoriasis in the dark. When I went out during the day to events, like the park, festivals, shopping centers, I was always worried people could see my skin.
Read more about my discoveries of living with psoriasis as an adolescent and how to handle prejudice comments in this article from Health Union‘s Plaque Psoriasis blog.
Discovering Treatments for Psoriasis: My Experience With Biologics
I have always went to a dermatologist my whole life. I got prescriptions for many skin creams and ointments, that would never worked, but that would become very tedious. I used them for years and years.
Back in the day, they would give you a tube of medication the size of a small tube of toothpaste. It would last one week. I brought this to my doctors attention and was told to put Vaseline on my skin first, so that the medication would last longer.
I have been on many treatments of pills, creams, injections, and lights since 1963. Unfortunately, most of the medications never worked on me.
About 20 years ago, I discovered biologics. They have been my wonder drug. They tend to stop working after a few years or so, but you can just start another one.