In honor of World Psoriasis Day, Healthline.com is inviting psoriasis sufferers to share their personal stories with the world. If you have tips, success/horror stories, or any details in general that you’d like to share about living with psoriasis, now’s your chance for your voice to be heard!
How to Submit
So—if you’d like your personal story about psoriasis published on Healthline.com, here’s how to participate: In 100 words or less per answer, answer as many or as few of the questions below. Please be sure to include your first name, city and state and, if you’re willing, a photo of yourself to run with the article.
*Note: Feel free to send as many photos as you want, and if you’d like to send photos of your skin, that’s fine too.
When you’re finished, email your answers (with the questions included) to firstname.lastname@example.org with “My Psoriasis Story” in the subject line.
When were you diagnosed with psoriasis? What were your symptoms, and what was your reaction when you were diagnosed?
Do you feel comfortable talking about your psoriasis with people?
In terms of discussing your psoriasis, how do people generally react when you discuss your condition with them?
Do you feel a level of embarrassment around your psoriasis? Explain.
Is there any one particular thing that causes a psoriasis flare up for you?
Explain in detail the worst flare up you’ve had. How did you deal with it?
When Kim Kardashian revealed she had psoriasis, the news really raised awareness to psoriasis. What (if any) is your opinion on Kim “coming out?”
Tim Gunn gave fashion and style advice to people suffering from psoriasis. How much thought do you put into what you wear in terms of your condition? Do you hide it? Or do you wear your psoriasis like a badge of honor, openly and proud?
If you’re a parent, and any of your children inherited psoriasis, how did they react when they were diagnosed and found out it was genetic?
If there was a pill that could rid you of psoriasis completely, what kind of side effects would you be willing to endure from the pill?
Are there any particular over-the-counter products that you have found that help keep your skin moisturized without aggravating your skin?
Do you have any particular “home remedies” that really work for you? Share.
Do you have a daily care “ritual?” What is it?
Do you use any prescription medications to treat your psoriasis?
Is there any particular treatment you swear by?
When it comes to psoriasis, the weather can really have an impact. What “weather” works best for you? (UV, humidity, etc)
In terms of support, what advice would you give to the spouse/partner of someone suffering from psoriasis?
Was there ever any instance where you knew a particular stressful situation would cause a flare up, but you took preventative measures that actually helped? What were they?
In terms of psychological impact, how many times per day do you think about your condition? Over the years, do you find the time spent thinking about your psoriasis has increased or decreased?
How do you think the perception of psoriasis has changed in the past 10 years?
Can you provide any tips on how you control your psoriasis?