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Psoriasis, an autoimmune disease which presents itself in the form of think scaly unsightly rashes on the surface of the skin, is just as emotional as it is physical and can feel like a very lonely experience. To learn more about psoriasis, click here. Along with treatment from a dermatologist, psoriasis patients require a lot of support from friends and family as the condition is known to dampen self-esteem, lead to negative body consciousness and even thoughts of suicide.

Here are 6 ways you can support someone who has psoriasis.

  • Get informed: managing and supporting patients requires appropriate information. Psoriasis is not contagious, so you cannot get it from standing in close proximity to someone who has psoriasis. Being informed and sharing the information you learn with others will help psoriasis patients face less stigma, reduce societal judgment and misunderstanding about their condition. It will also lead to more acceptance and reduce self-consciousness in those with moderate to severe cases.
  • Don’t be judgemental: scalp psoriasis has the tendency to appear as dandruff. Also, the rapid production of skin cells leads to dry scaly patches on the skin. This may lead those unaware of the disease to assume that patients are unkempt or don’t have a healthy daily skin care regime. This is untrue. With psoriasis, the patient has no control over the skin replication process.
  • Don’t offer untried home/traditional remedies: there are many self-made remedies on the internet with various claims. While you might be well-meaning, if not properly administered, these remedies could actually lead to a trigger and/or worsening of Psoriasis or cause other conditions. Instead, ensure that your family member or friend has been appropriately diagnosed by a physician and is in regular contact with their dermatologist who will dispense treatment as required.
  • Send information: sharing helpful information, especially on social media, on facts about psoriasis and/or new treatment opportunities from verified sources will not only help psoriasis patients remain better informed but will also increase awareness within the wider community on the facts of the condition and increase empathy.
  • Recommend that they see a dermatologist: if you know someone who presents some of the psoriasis symptoms mentioned above, they might feel self-conscious and not want to share details of their condition. They may also be using home remedies or self-medicating which could well be exacerbating the condition. Recommending that they see a dermatologist and even offering to accompany them to the first appointment could help calm their nerves and make them open up.
  • Listen: as already mentioned, this condition has emotional as well as physical impacts on its sufferers. Sometimes all the patient needs is someone to listen and empathize with them on what they are going through without judgment. Providing that listening ear can be all the support they need.

For more information, please contact your doctor.

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Article references:

  1. https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/scaly-skin/psoriasis#overview.
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis/celebrities-with-psoriasis#1.

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11 Comments

  1. Ola

    January 31, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks for publishing, one of my friends has psoriasis and I used to judge her for being unkempt until I found out she has psoriasis. I have since then become supportive in my own little ways.

  2. SS

    January 31, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    i suffer scalp psoriasis as well,if i wash my hair today,by the next 3-4 days i have scaly scalp,it messes my hair up scalp…sad it has no cure,can any one suggest shampoo or anything,it so embarrassing.

    • thedermcorner

      January 31, 2018 at 9:31 pm

      If it is indeed psoriasis you may want to consider capasal shampoo, dermax shampoo, alphosyl 2 in 1 shampoo or sebco scalp ointment

  3. Bebe

    January 31, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    I tried an untested remedy i found on the internet… selsun blue, i used it to shower and it worked !!!

    • Lol

      February 1, 2018 at 9:05 am

      It’s a great remedy for pityriasis versicolor, dandruff and fungal based conditions and works similarly to nizoral shampoo in that respect.
      Just out of interest, has your skin condition been diagnosed as psoriasis by a dermatologist as you say this shampoo is the only treatment you require?

  4. Bebe

    January 31, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Alongside with taking milk thistle tablets

  5. Adamazi

    January 31, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    My co-worker uses pure shear butter.

  6. Tee

    January 31, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    I have but God is helping me manage it
    I have been using Sebamed for the past six years constantly. I use the body wash and the body milk.
    But I noticed that when I stop or use another cream the lesions it come so back so I’m literally stuck with sebamed
    But lately I found out that when The lesions are back for no reason I use skineal for two days and it clears out
    My nephew who’s just 2 also has it and we’ve doing this and it’s working well too
    It’s something you have to live with but you’ll be fine.

    • Lol

      February 1, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Sebamed sounds like a great product for descaling after checking their website. The urea alongside emollients helps break down the excessive scaling.
      Skineal has an extremely potent topical steroid known as dermovate alongside antifungal nizoral and antibacterial neomycin. It is not suitable for use on face or long term use as a result due to risk of skin thinning, stretch marks and easy bruising/red marks. Also not suitable at such a young age.
      It’s extremely unusual to have psoriasis other than on the scalp at a young age. In any case, the active component in skineal is the steroid or dermovate. So in a child eumovate could be substituted and again for short course. However if it persists, he’d benefit from dermatology review for confirmation of diagnosis.

  7. Lol

    February 1, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Scalp psoriasis – capasal shampoo, cocois ointment, sebco ointment, t-gel shampoo – for scaling.
    For the body..exorex lotion, alphosyl.
    Soap substitutes such as dermol 500 which is not drying and already has an antiseptic in.

    Clarelux foam or betacap for the scalp – to reduce redness and prevent scaling..

    Skin – dovobet ointment enstilar foam – the latter has great reviews.

    Regular emollients such as vaseline, cetraben ointment

    If it is covering a large surface, phototherapy or sunbathing near the seaside is great for 90%. UV light can make it worse in rest.

    If severe then oral methotrexate or injection once weekly but you need at the least 3 monthly blood tests. Also a liver scan after a couple of years to make sure no adverse effect. Folic acid supplements

  8. Naomi

    February 1, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Use coconut oil #09038110221

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