9 Things Never to Say to Someone with Psoriasis
Ask anybody with psoriasis, and they’ve probably heard some pretty outrageous things. Psoriatic disease affects about 125 million people around the world (that’s more than 2 percent of the population); but, unless you have it, you probably don’t know much about it. Cue numerous myths, misconceptions, ridiculous statements, and downright insensitive questions.
Knowledge is power. It’s also compassion and understanding. So, let’s set the record straight on psoriasis. Here are some things people have said to me about my psoriasis that I wish they hadn’t.
What’s Wrong with Your Skin?
Um, nothing. I have a chronic autoimmune condition that shows up on my skin at random (and, sometimes, not-so-random) times, causing me discomfort, mental anguish, and a whole lot of anxiety. But there’s nothing wrong with me, just like there’s nothing wrong with someone who has any other illness. I got dealt a bad hand when it came to immune-system function, that’s all.