At last the summer has fully arrived in the UK. It changes everyone’s mood, suddenly people are upbeat, bars are buzzing as people gather to celebrate the sun, drinking ice-cold beers, cider in ice filled glasses, even the rosé makes an appearance. I find there’s no more beautiful place than London (some may disagree) at this time of the year, she is certainly a city that loves the sun. The other plus side is that the sun is good for fighting psoriasis…………. or is it?
The weather we had a few weeks ago when it go to about 21 degrees Celsius was good. Warm enough to get my legs out, not too much risk of burning and a nice comfortable breeze. This heat is pretty much unbearable. As much as it’s great to get some sun on my skin, whilst being careful, the increased heat is not so good. After only a few minutes outside, or even in the office, my skin starts to crawl as the heat rises. The itching starts and it’s that sun burnt itch, even though I’m not sunburnt. A rash appears and then the bumps. I’m sure if you’ve had a heat rash or suffered bad sunburn you will know what I mean.
It makes your skin just constantly feel on edge. There’s an incessant prickling sensation which you just want to scratch the hell out of. The weird thing is that I can only remember having this feeling once before. In just over ten years of having psoriasis with many hot humid summers I cannot remember having this reaction apart from that one time. The one other time my skin looked and felt like this was the kick-start to my first ever outbreak. So that means that all I can think now is, am I going to have another outbreak? And, if so, how bad will it be? The last time my skin reacted like this I ended up with psoriasis covering 80% of my body.
So lets hope the summer doesn’t last long and were soon in winter, but wait, the cold makes my skin sore and dry out even more. Oh well, come on then Psoriasis, you want a fight, I’m ready for you. The first time you caught by surprise, this time I know what to do.