How Ashley realised she wasn’t alone
It’s a beautiful, sunny 37-degree day, and there I stand in long jeans, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat and enclosed shoes. It’s freaking hot, but so worth it.
I’m not covering up because I’m allergic to the sun. I am one of the 125 million people in the world who suffer from psoriasis.
However, I don’t have the ‘regular’ form of the auto-immune condition—mine is the extra special, extra stubborn, extra embarrassing kind.
I suffer from ‘Guttate psoriasis,’ and because less than a third of people with psoriasis suffer from this variety, it makes me a rarity.
Psoriasis occurs when skin cells grow too quickly, but the body is not able to shed the excess skin cells so they pile up on the surface of the skin.
It’s not a rash, it’s not an infection, and it’s not contagious. It’s merely inflamed, scaly areas of the skin, and in some cases (including mine) it can affect your toe or fingernails, as well as the scalp.
|Read on: The reality of living with Guttate psoriasis|