Right, how do I stop this sounding like I’m moaning? This week has been tough. The year has been okay so far apart from being on my second cold with a chest infection in between the two colds. Work has been busy, a little stressful maybe. The stress of work is lightened by the fact I work with a great bunch of people.
The slightly ill health (would say man flu but I only had one day off) is probably the cause of my latest flare up. My skin has been sore, burning, dry, basically a pain in the bum. The flare up is always something a psoriasis patient fears. How sever will it be? How long will it last? Will it be worse than the last one? All the questions that go through your mind then there’s the sleepless nights, feeling tired at work. Actually feeling so tired and irritable that I told my colleagues to hit me if I became snappy.
So how do you deal with a flare up? Well in my case I spent three days not doing anything to my skin. No ointments, no moisturiser. I have found that the first couple of days seem to have no effect whether I treat myself or not. A flare up means sore cracking skin, you try putting any kind of topical treatment on that and you’ll know why I just don’t bother.
It is something I do often as I find that if I let my skin build up a bit, the treatment it more effective. Obviously this isn’t something I do every week or even every month, maybe a few times a year though. The funny thing is that as my skin clears up it can often feel really sore so I almost need that extra few layers of skin.
So this latest flare up has been painful, sore and a few years back I would be throwing things around the kitchen, shouting and screaming. This flare up I have stepped back, decided what I need to do and after a few days off from treatment I have gone into intensive mode. A few bad days and nights are worth a week or two of sleep and clearish skin. Also I do weirdly like when I suddenly up the treatment again and get big patches of skin peeling off. If you’ve had sun burn and felt the relief of your skin peeling off you will know exactly what I mean here.
The other thing I have done is continued to live my life. The other night I sat down, my legs were screaming at me and I told psoriasis to get knotted. I went to the fridge and grabbed a beer and relaxed. I am not saying you should all go out there and start drinking, just live your life. No matter what psoriasis throws at you, stay in control. Otherwise psoriasis will control you.