Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes red, itchy, and scaly patches on the skin. Patches can form anywhere on the body, but typically occur on the inside of the elbows, knees, and scalp.
How common your flare-ups are and the impact they have on your life depends on the severity of your psoriasis. Although psoriasis is unpredictable, it doesn’t have to control your life or affect your self-esteem. Connecting with others who live with psoriasis can motivate and encourage you, plus offer a high level of support. A strong network can give you the strength you need to cope.
Joni Kazantzis was diagnosed with psoriasis at the age of 15. The disease made her self-conscious as a young person, but over time it also strengthened her and made her more confident. She uses her blog to empower and help others cope with the skin disorder. She offers stories about her personal experiences, as well as information on how to manage flare-ups and connect with others who are living with psoriasis.
The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is a useful resource for learning about psoriasis, the latest research, and getting involved. Their blog offers up daily hacks for dealing with the condition, such as workout tips to help improve psoriatic arthritis and diet and nutrition tips to fight inflammation. There is also information on how to improve awareness about psoriasis; as the blog’s tagline attests, “The P is silent, but we are not!”
Sarah was diagnosed with psoriasis at the age of 5, and she’s spent the majority of her life educating herself and learning how to manage this disease. She uses her blog to share her experience with others living with psoriasis and their families. She hopes to become a source of comfort and support. Her aim is to convey that it’s possible to live a happy life with psoriasis.
Howard Chang is an ordained minister who was diagnosed with psoriasis and eczema over 35 years ago. In his spare time, he blogs about psoriasis and volunteers for the Northern California division of the NPF. On this blog, he serves up motivation and support for people living with the condition. Chang writes about his personal psoriasis journey and gives readers tips for taking charge of their treatment.
Tweet him @hchang316
Simon Jury uses his blog to raise awareness, provide explanations about the skin disorder, and encourage others to take charge when it comes to managing the condition. He’s honest about the ups and downs of life with psoriasis, but he maintains a positive attitude. Check out his post about why psoriasis is his mutant superpower.
Tweet him @simonlovesfood
Julie Cerrone was officially diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in 2012. As well as undergoing knee surgery, she has also dealt with digestive issues, anxiety, and depression. Through her health ups and downs, she maintains a positive outlook. Her blog offers practical tips, such as exercises for autoimmune arthritis and ways to fight inflammation with food. She encourages others to look on the bright side and keep their head up.
Tweet her @justagoodlife
Todd Bello was diagnosed with psoriasis at age 28. He started his blog as a way to help other people learn about this skin disease. To raise awareness and offer support, he also started a support group called Overcoming Psoriasis to help those with psoriasis and their families receive the accurate information they need to manage the condition. It’s been an uphill battle for him, but he has learned how to smile through adversity.
Tweet him @bello_todd
Whether you’re looking for information on new biologic treatments or upcoming psoriasis events, or you just want to share what it’s like to live with psoriasis, the Psoriasis Association’s blog is an excellent place to expand your knowledge and gain a better understanding of this condition. Check out their videos from people sharing how psoriasis affects their lives.
Tweet them @PsoriasisUK
New Life Outlook offers a wide range of information related to psoriasis, such as nutrition, exercise, and coping tips. Are you looking for alternative therapies for psoriasis? If so, check out the blog post on the benefits and risks of phototherapy for psoriasis. The blog is also a great resource for ways to make sure your psoriasis doesn’t control your whole life. Watch the video on managing psoriasis while traveling and read other coping strategies.
Tweet them @NLOPsoriasis
Knowledge and understanding are the keys to coping with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. This blog is committed to raising awareness and providing resources to help you deepen your understanding of the condition and available treatments. Read about how nutrition can affect your psoriasis or find the latest merchandise for raising awareness.
Tweet them @PsoriasisInfo
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