Psoriasis itches. Is that stating the obvious? It will be to anyone with psoriasis and I would imagine anyone who has ever had a dry skin condition would have probably assumed that psoriasis itches. If you’ve had sunburn so it peels you can probably relate to it also. So why am I telling you that it itches? Surprisingly, many dermatology professionals do not think that psoriasis itches or think that itch is not as bothersome as patients say it is. Excuse me? I have the itch, I think I know exactly how bothersome it can be. I am the one after all who has had countless sleepless nights due to itching. I am the one who has scratched myself until I bleed because the itching just won’t stop.
I do find this kind of funny though as I have posted before about the definition of psoriasis. The word psoriasis comes from the Greek word psōra, meaning “itch”. So the name given to the condition basically means itch. Why would a condition named after itch not be itchy?
This is only one part of having psoriasis. It is for many though the most irritating and misunderstood part. So a campaign has been launched to raise awareness of how itch affects people’s lives and what itch means. Life’s An Itch is a joint project by The Psoriasis Association and Celgene and fully back by The British Dermatological Nursing Group. It started a while back with a meeting of healthcare professionals and bloggers of which I was lucky enough to be part of. We were asked to submit words to describe what “Itch” means to us and the results produced this brilliant artwork. You can add your words and help the campaign grow. Just visit the Life’s an Itch website and submit your words. It is completely anonymous and more artwork will be created from how we all feel about itch. You can also take a look at the word cloud to see what others have said. As it is anonymous I won’t reveal which words I submitted.
If you don’t have psoriasis, please take a look and maybe it will help you understand a little more of what psoriasis patients go through every single day.