Yup, that’s what I’ve been feeling about my psoriasis all these years. I really didn’t care about it when it was only a tiny spot on my hand. Wait, it started from my kneecap. My friends used call it a “button” because it was a perfect white circle on my dark-skinned knee. That was about 14-15 years ago because I was in high school.
One day, I accidentally hit a concrete basketball court floor hard while picking up the ball. Small portion of my skin was rubbed off. After the wound was healed, for some reason, that white spot started appearing on my hands. It was the same spot where an abrasion occurred.
At the time it wasn’t a big deal. I believed it was just a healing process. Because I have somewhat dark skin, I thought it was taking some time to heal. Boy I was wrong.. It got worse every year and exploded and doubled in size in just few years. I can’t remember the exact year, but for some reason, it doubled in size. And as I mentioned in my personal story, year 2012 has been the worst for me.
The whole point of starting this blog is to write down my findings about psoriasis, sort of like my notes. I’m doing this because I need clear understanding of my condition and how to cure it. Anyway.. here it goes..
What is Psoriasis?
- Very common & chronic skin disease – nearly 7.5 million just in the United States
- Not an infection, therefore is not contagious
- Generally has patches of raised red skin with thick silvery scales (sounds like my current condition)
- Skin cells grow faster of affected area
- Usually found on elbows, knees, and scalp ( first appeared on my knee)
- Related to immune system – faulty signals causing skin cells to form much faster than normal
- Can be inherited
- Smoking, sun exposure, alcoholism may affect
- Injury to the skin is a known trigger of psoriasis – exactly what happened to my hands
- Plague psoriasis is the most common type (about 5.5 million in the United States)
- Predisposed to obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease (I’m over weight)
- Skin cracks and bleeds (very painful. It hurts really bad when washing hands)
- Life-long condition
- No cure for psoriasis – you can only manage it (well, I don’t believe this. I’ve seen too many people who cured their psoriasis condition, mostly naturally, to believe this myth about there’s no way to cure)
- Plaque psoriasis – most common type. I think this is my condition.
- Guttate psoriasis
- Pustular psoriasis – raised bumps filled with pustules. I might suffer from this type too.