Uy ano yan nasa balat mo?
Eeeewww! Nakakahawa ba yan?
Shocks what’s that?
These are the common reactions people with Psoriasis get from almost everyone. Who can blame them though, seeing something uncommon and unusual always triggers attention, be it good or, in our case, mostly bad.
But what really is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that causes a buildup of skin cells. This buildup causes rough patches that are often scaly, red, and inflamed. Psoriasis can affect any part of the body, but it most commonly develops behind the elbows and knees, as well as the scalp, back, face, palms, and feet. It’s basically everywhere you don’t want it to be.
Is it contagious?
No, no it is not! What we get from people’s reactions hurts more than the physical wound these patches of dry skin creates. Those judgeful eyes they use to stare at us, the grimace they make. The fact that you’re the one who’s already suffering the condition, and yet you’re still the one that has to make adjustments and understand people. These are society scars that cannot be healed unless we take extra effort of educating them.
To put it in simple terms: Psoriasis is a total confidence killer.
Four years ago when I first noticed a patch over my right eyebrows, at first I didn’t really put attention on it. As the patch started to grow and become flakky, I knew something was wrong. I went to a local dermatologist for consultation and that’s when I first learned about the condition I have. Sure enough, stressed of the situation, other part of my body started to show skin dryness.
Stress is what really triggers the the condition for the worst. Ironically, in the nature of my job, we devour stress breakfast, lunch and dinner. It reached the point where I had to wear hoodies everyday to cover them up. Conscious about yourself and what others may think, I drove myself to a corner. I beat myself with thoughts everyday, why me? What have I ever done?
I had to change my circle of people, I found others who had the same skin condition. We spoke about experiences and what they did to overcome it. Finally, confidence slowly but surely, are flowing back. Understand that having Psoriasis is expensive and it requires understanding. That it is not curable but can be easily moderated. It’s high time we put this disability upfront to tell the world that we understand their lack of education.
I have moved forward. This is my Psoriasis story, and it will never make me less of a human.