While not necessarily a dangerous condition (in most cases), psoriasis can be incredibly uncomfortable. This can make coping with psoriasis incredibly difficult.
Even the smallest of flare-ups can really hamper your life. This is before you even start to consider the fact that some people really loathe going out in public while they are covered with a psoriasis flare-up. That is why we decided to put together this guide. We want to give you a brief overview of how you can cope with psoriasis.
Identify your triggers
This is probably one of the most important things for you to consider. When you suffer from psoriasis, you will start to notice that there are certain things which ‘trigger’ your symptoms. It could be coming into contact with certain chemicals, it could be eating certain foods. Triggers are going to be different for everybody. For that reason, we are not going to list them here. Instead, we suggest that you read one of our other more ‘complete’ guides to psoriasis triggers elsewhere on this website. This should give you a good idea as to what things you should be avoiding.
Once you work out most of your triggers, coping with psoriasis is going to be so much easier as you will be dealing with fewer flare-ups.
Dealing with Psoriasis on a Psychological Level
This is where most people tend to have issues. There have been studies carried out which indicate that most people suffering from psoriasis find that the condition hampers their emotional well-being.
If you come into contact people with people on a regular basis, particularly if you are dealing with a flare-up, then make sure that you talk to them about your condition. Tell them it is nothing that can be caught by them. Tell them that the condition is lifelong but you are going through treatment for it. This is something which is especially important to tell your place of work, your friends, and your family. Almost everybody is going to understand if you talk to them properly about it. You may even want to prepare what you wish to say at the start, just so they can get a rough idea as to what you are going through at the moment.
This is not the only thing you will need to deal with psychologically, sadly. You are still going to be suffering from the condition and it can be quite a miserable experience. Many people who are coping with psoriasis do consider giving themselves a bit of a ‘treat’ on occasion, just to perk themselves up when they are feeling at their lowest. It does not necessarily need to be something expensive. It just needs to be something that can put a smile on your face among all the misery.
Join Support Groups
If you live in a reasonably large town or city, then it is likely that there will be a support group that you can join. There are many support groups dedicated specifically to those suffering from psoriasis (it really is a common condition). If you can’t find one, then there is likely going to be a support group for people suffering from ‘general’ medical conditions. Just get the help that you need!
Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor
Your doctor is there to help you. Now, if you are suffering from psoriasis, then it is likely that you will have spoken to them when you were first diagnosed with psoriasis. They will have provided you with treatment for it. Do not be afraid to ‘touch base’ with them every so often. If your treatment does not seem to be working or your symptoms seem to be getting worse, then make sure that you talk to your doctor. They will be able to provide you with advice on what to do. Sometimes, if they move you onto a different treatment then you may notice that the symptoms you are suffering from drastically improve, which is just what you want!
Lean on your friends and family
We are going to assume that your friends and family are understanding about your condition, which is fantastic! Of course, they will also need to understand that you are going to have low points when you are suffering from psoriasis. There will be times where you are feeling incredibly depressed about the whole situation, or you may not want to go out in public because you do not want to face ‘ridicule’. They need to understand this.
Do not be afraid to talk to your friends and family if you are suffering from a low point. If they care about you, then they will be there for you and will be more than happy to deal with any issues that you may have. In fact, this is probably going to be the best way to deal with any of the emotional issues that you are dealing with as a result of your psoriasis. Of course, still go to your support groups and the like, but the bulk of the ‘help’ you are going to get from people will come from your friends and family.
Research your condition
It is likely that you have already researched your psoriasis as you have landed on this website. However, we do urge you to carry out as much research as you possibly can. The more you understand the condition that you are suffering from, the more likely you are to be able to treat yourself and make your life a lot better. As we mentioned before; you should always work incredibly hard to understand the triggers for your psoriasis. In addition to this, you will want to pay attention to the various treatments available. This includes thinking about what the natural remedies for your condition are (this is going to be incredibly important)
We do know that dealing with your condition will be difficult, but we promise you that things are going to get easier when you suffer from psoriasis. It can be difficult at the start, but we promise you will learn how to cope with this life changing condition.