As a psoriasis patient you get used to psoriasis being fairly predictable. When it’s cold your skin gets sore. When it’s hot and you sweat your skin can go red and itchy and you feel uncomfortable. If you get stressed then your psoriasis can redden and many people experience a flare up. Our diet affects us. We all have certain foods that seem to cause a minor or major flare up and some find a diet that helps sooth.
Then there is being ill. We all know that as our immune system tries to fight something that isn’t there and we get ill, this puts a greater strain on us. Note, “something that isn’t there” refers to my immune system thinking my skin is under attack. I am not saying that psoriasis is not a real condition. For some reason that makes our immune system work even harder so, yes you guessed it, our psoriasis worsens……. or does it?
I have recently suffered from a very bad cold or, as my wife called it, full on woman flu. Yes even worse than man flu. Now when I get a cold I get a flare up. I do honestly. Except that this time my psoriasis did not flare up. The low down sneaky little git of a disease decided not to get worse when I expected it to. I mean how dare it? Just when you think you know your psoriasis it goes and does something nice. What’s it playing at?
Also work has been busy. I work in accounts and having the auditors in for year end whilst also trying to do the month end makes things a little hectic. So with added pressure that should cause stress and worsen my psoriasis, still not a peep from it.
My skin isn’t clear right now, in fact I would say I’m about 20% covered right now. My psoriasis should have been raging over the last week. It should be red and sore and flaking everywhere. That is psoriasis for you. It never does what it should do. I am more and more sure it is a moody teenager, doing the exact opposite to what you expect.
It also makes me wonder if it has something up it’s sleeve. Is it planning something? Just as I think this is a good period, skin not too uncomfortable and actually looking better than it has done for weeks, is psoriasis going to jump out and exclaim “Ha haaaaaaaaa, fooled you” then attack.
Or has my psoriasis had enough? Has my cold caused my immune system to say “sod it, I’m too tired for this skin malarkey”? Maybe the cold has knackered it, so rather than being overactive it has as much energy as I did over the last week. Possibly, just possibly, psoriasis has decided to be nice to me for a change.