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Dear Society: I Am Proud of My Scars. Now It's Time For You To Change.

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*For representational purpose only.

Being an acute Psoriasis patient, I believe that it is important to spread awareness about it.

In the USA there are TV commercials coming up for the psoriasis cure, but in India, even when I go to buy clothes and shoes, I face questions like, “Madam, you will buy this product, right?”

But what is Psoriasis? Every Psoriasis patient has a different pattern. Some have Psoriasis (20% of the body skin is covered), some have Psoriasis Vulgaris (more than 80% is covered), and some others have Psoriasis arthritis (that literally bends the joints). In fact, it shows in the scalp as well. It is simply an overgrowth of skin. Psoriasis happens when your immunity system accidentally attacks your healthy skin cells.

I have Psoriasis since I was 21 years old, and now I am 30. I'm wiser and accepting. Psoriasis is an auto-immunity disorder and doctors often treat it with immuno-suppressants that can lead to abnormal and deformed childbirth in the patient’s life. The saddest part is, even the relatives don’t stand next to the patients. I endure extreme pain for psoriasis, and frankly speaking, the pains are both physical and mental.

At times, it becomes hard to judge which one is more.

I am highly grateful to my sister-in-law, who, coming from a different family, never gave me a frosty-nose look on me. My parents are extremely supportive and so is my brother. But today, I write for all the Psoriasis patients out there who have been suffering in silence.

The medicines we take are extremely painful. Imagine medicines taking down your immunity system. This leads to the harmful growth of fungal infections. In fact, we even vomit. The worst part about psoriasis is that it is incurable and the best part is that it is not contagious. So the disease is meant to be suffered alone.


Doctors are doing there best to find a proper solution for it. Whereas, what you can do as a friend, spouse, family member, relative, partner, or parents, is take up responsibility and tell your fellow Psoriasis sufferer that it is okay to have those scars and not to worry about it. Many people might not know that psoriasis spreads in the patient's body when they are in stress. So, if you cannot lessen the pain of our pain, take up the initiative to increase our level of confidence even with the flakes.

Psoriasis patients are very scared of physical relationships with their partners, so be a partner your psoriasis partner will be proud of. It’s not that tough. I found a great partner, and he never hesitates to apply medicine on my psoriasis when I have a bad flare. He also bears with my moods. I am lucky and so can all psoriasis patients be.

To all the Psoriasis Patients out there - Just with a simple mantra your psoriasis can be healed, keep your mind positive and stay around positive people. Always think that “I HAVE THE POWER TO HEAL”. And you will definitely heal. A disease that has no permanent medical solution has the solution in you, just activate it.

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