13 Jun 07:32
Coping, relationships, friends & family
Does it get better over time? Is psoriasis easier to handle as you get older (and wiser)?
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13 Jun 08:16
I have had psoriasis for 47 years, it was very bad at the beginning, but got better over the years, however the last 3 years have seen it get worse and at the moment I have had a terrible flair up due to an abcess infection.
13 Jun 08:27
Yep. It no longer seems to matter so much re. a few nasty rashes etc. and the less it seems to matter the less it seems to occur. I got to the stage when I actually couldn´t care less and now my psoriasis is just an occasional flake or two, easily removed and then gone. I think that the itching, flakes etc. are a manifestation of your mind really. No-one appears to share my view, but if you try to ignore the grotty signals it sends then I think psoriasis will not be dead, but it will certainly be lying down. Not sure I´m wiser, but am certainly older!
13 Jun 10:07
I hate to say it but I am 65 and it has not got any better. I have mostly positive days but occasionally a fe w negative . Unfortunately mine is in places you don't want it haha
13 Jun 11:12
Having been a victim 4 the last 26 years, I personally dont think you ever get over it, neither physically nor mentally. You may begin to accept it as a part of your biological system, but the trauma and social stigma remains. Depression ang angst become your companion.
13 Jun 11:19
I wouldn't agree that psoriasis causes depression and angst. That will only happen if you let it. You have to be strong and love yourself and the world around you. Count your blessings. Breathe and enjoy xxx
13 Jun 12:13
I have had this disease for 48 years and to me it has not gotten any easier then when I was first diagnosed, if any thing I think it's a bit harder because not only do you have p but you start to get other health issues with age aswell..I'm a firm believer in quality of life and my p has taken that away from me..I ignore it as there is nothing else I can do...I focus on my children, grandchildren and all the things I enjoy in life...there is not 1day that goes by without me hating p a little bit more.
13 Jun 12:59
I think it gets easier when we can get it out of our head and love our skin ❤
13 Jun 14:35
Depends what tratment you use and what you eat...problem is with psoriasis appear other medical problems with heart...
13 Jun 15:41
For me it has got better and yes, as I've matured with P, it is easier to accept and easier to handle.
I don't fuss anymore and find it goes away much faster.
13 Jun 15:44
no it does not get any easier mine spread over my face in the last 6 months
13 Jun 16:20
i am a lifer with it i should be used to it as i know no different,i dont know about getting better with age,i am not as shy about it as i was as a teenager and dont have it like i did then but, still dont like looks or mentioning it really, like its got worse on your face or that looks horrible etc,the complex may kick in ,not good, could be worse though :)
13 Jun 16:32
No hun not me didn't had 40 years as said cover head to toe really don't cope good mine fate to see face head skin this bad try ed stiff nothing helping itch sore etc .. sorry gets me down so low hope wish well soon yours ease
13 Jun 16:34
Yes and no. It's better in that I can handle others' questions about it. I'm more mellow and understanding about that now. I wasn't so much when I was younger because I felt embarrassed if someone saw my flakes or patches.
However as I get older, I'm frustrated with being itchy and flakey. I just want normal skin.
13 Jun 16:35
Well that makes me feel great... Not 😁
13 Jun 16:39
The thing is.. we don't have a choice. That's why it's important that you learn to live with it, which you can only really do in time. I've had psoriasis since I was 8 years old that spread 90% of my body when I reached 22. I keep my psoriasis manageable now as I vowed to never let it get out of control again. I am now comfortable in my skin. I still have areas that never really clear up and visible scars. However, I have learned over time to love my skin and look after myself as that is the only option I have.
13 Jun 17:30
It seems be worse
13 Jun 19:14
Sno you just add it on to your ever growing list
13 Jun 19:46
I think it gets easier when you stop fighting it, which I have. Having suffered most of my life I can honestly say that it has always been in total control of everything I have done.
13 Jun 20:04
Err, Let me think !!!!!!!!!!!! NO . This year seems worse than ever, But its been 50 years in the making.
14 Jun 01:18
As with everything, as one gets older, one becomes more accepting of the things one cannot change. As for myself, starting the vegan diet has been a great leap forward... Over the years I have read up on psoriasis a lot. Knowledge helps! Being informed helps one to make the right decisions especially when it comes to making big changes.
14 Jun 04:14
Easier! You just gets wiser
14 Jun 06:58
Mine only started in my 50's. After 17 years I have learnt certain things to avoid - like MSG, washing powder, cynthetic clothing etc
15 Jun 02:54
I wouldn't say it gets easier, but it dose become a part of life. It was accepted as a part of me, whether I ever get it under control or not... And that is comforting to know life dose go on, even better to find so many others can live with this too 💗
15 Jun 10:31
Thank you all for your comments, some happy and some sad.
Please relax about P, give your body time to heal and be happy every day.
Thank you John, you are an inspiration to all and you are always here for each of us with advice and help.
Take care everyone and heal soon 🌹👏🏻
15 Jun 17:19
No it does not get easier .... as a matter of fact I hate the disease with a passion... i have been suffering from this horrible misunderstood disease for more than 35 years......
16 Jun 06:07
ahh thanks nan195 for the nice comment.I found when i started to make changes, i tried as much as possible to be positive,not easy when your skin is not good i know but, the only one is going to help, is ones self .
16 Jun 06:11
over a period of a month or so 4 months ago now,i took on board what people were saying here and took advice.i have changed my life so much in a short period,i stopped smoking, drink a lot less and changed what i eat.
16 Jun 06:13
i was eating anything,i looked at it, whats more important, my skin and joints or eating anything i loved to eat.
16 Jun 06:16
when one makes these changes, it is a choice though and the itch,skin improves,then the mind will get more positive which also helps one inside aswell. i look at my life now and think, i may have been depressed pretty much most of my life though i have dealt with that myself
16 Jun 06:18
psoriasis is not from the skin but from within,mind body needs to be treated to improve the condition.:)
16 Jun 07:16
all this is from my experience,one does not agree thats ok, i would be interested on their take on it,psoriasis lifer since birth psoriatic arthritis 14 years thanks :)
16 Jun 08:59
I feel the moment one says something someone takes the carpet from under your feet. PLEASE just go through what I've been (and going) through and you'll sing another flipping tune, so PLEASE stop knocking those who "are NOT like you".....
Now BOO to you
16 Jun 11:08
I am new to this, so I have no wisdom to impart. I guess the positive of being diagnosed as an older person is I have a huge amount of life experiences behind me. Having psoriasis is an inconvenience, it doesn't define me or interfere with my daily life. I don't have time for that. I imagine, though, as a young person having this on your body would destroy your self esteem. As if puberty is not difficult enough!
16 Jun 12:31
Well, as always, experience is a grade. But I think it depends of the person. There are sensible and non-sensible persons. For example, when I started with psoriasis I left my entire life (basketball and football team, colleagues, friends, healthy habits, etc). It was like if I come into a jail. I was hiding for more than 6 years. Right now I show my psoriasis with normality and I talk about it. When I was diagnosed of psoriatic arthritis about a year and a half ago I was sad some days but I recovered my happiness so fast because my plaque psoriasis was traumated me a lot and I learnt to life with a cronic disease. It is not easy in the most of the cases, it is just about time. Time to understand what you have and accept to you as you are. So, in my opinion, it is not about age, it is about how you are, your environment and how you decide to life with it.
16 Jun 16:22
hello piers,if the comment is for me , i am sorry if i have upset you, i dont want to upset people here,i know psoriasis is hard on ones life and i am not saying chages are easy at all,they are not,this is a site to give an opinion and ones own experiences,if you feel i am out of line by speaking of my own experience, i apologise to you,we are all different and i have had the grief with psoriasis and i have been in a rut over it ,especially arthritis at 34 years old and thought my life was finished, this site is to help each other. i am sorry piers thanks
16 Jun 16:31
and piers,why i always say, its a choice a choice for everyone, i have never said to anyone to do this or that,its not my place to and its wrong, i say, i made changes now and i have improved a lot, it works for me. its up to everyone as it is a choice thank you :)
16 Jun 17:43
Hi John, No it's not you the last 6 months have been the worst for me,and very lucky to be alive. I think that at the moment i'll just with-draw form this a watch from the side-lines of if they would prefer leave the group
16 Jun 17:51
hello piers,thanks for getting back to me :) please dont leave,all your experiences with this is helpful to others here :), i understand the upset this disease has on us, i just try to be positive and hope we can help each other here with all different things we all do to help the skin and joints,if one has that aswell like myself . i know its not just a skin condition, thanks a lot piers :) :) :)
16 Jun 17:58
hello again piers, sorry about that you have been through a lot in 6 months is that due to psoriasis, if you dont mind me asking?no need to answer if you dont want to piers,i understand, thanks
17 Jun 07:35
No not at all But while getting over the health problems the psoriasis really got a grip so I'm fighting health on all fronts and I'm tired of see blood from the psoriasis and all I get from the Dr's is " There just NO answer" EISH!!!!!!!!!
17 Jun 18:38
hello piers, i am sorry to hear that,psoriasis is frustrating i know as most here do so i do sympathize with you on this.
17 Jun 18:43
it wont let me type long write ups piers,thats frustrating too ggrrr.
How long have you had psoriasis piers, do you have psoriatic arthritis aswell ?interested to know what you have tried over the years for treating it , i have tried all potions and lotions,some ease it some make it worse, the cracking and bleeding, i know about that for sure, i do feel for you and all here with this,thanks piers john
18 Jun 06:04
I know almost to the day when I got it I was 9 and a horrific scene I witnessed that day I'm now deep into my 70's. So I've had years of try-this-no-that-no-go to church I just scream into my pillow out of sheer frustration with one thing working for one (or some) and not others. It's NOT a case of one-shoe- fits-all and that is something people should remember and been so dogmatic about their relief on one (it WILL come back)
18 Jun 06:21
yes, i know, i been all through the trial and errors piers being a lifer since birth you are right, we all have triggers that may be different from one to another. i was a very stressed and quiet child inside,i went through a lot,confussion with family etc and skin disease aswell as abuse from people and wishing i was dead, i was hopsitlised twice for severe psoriasis which took a month each time to heal up at around 10 and 11 yrs old, i was bed ridden and wrapped like an egyption mummy in coaltar,its all in the past,i know where you are coming from piers .i have got this far so i must be doing ok i think,i hope :)
18 Jun 06:27
and yes, i know it will be there until they nail my coffin, i accepted that for 0ver 30 odd years ago,this is it ,i have to live with it or not, i made the choice to carry on,i dont get it like i did years ago so, i dont know what i have been doing for years to make it not severe?we are still fairly in the dark ages with it and attitudes though there is more things to try and do that work for some here i see.
18 Jun 06:43
the winter will be my big challenge piers,with my changes,will it come back worse as it can do or will it be as good as it is now,i shall see,if we are all still here on flaym, i will be sure to let all know,changing my life style has made a big difference for me for sure, my hands are clear,they never are,my elbows and knees have tiny patches,nothing really, i am covered in white scars left from all the psoriasis i had, that dont look good but, its a million times better,no itching,scratching,if i get it down to just tiny spots all year round, i will be pleased for sure. :)
18 Jun 08:40
I hope that all of us together, sharing and caring, will find a solution that helps or stops P.
Thank you all for your input to make this Site rock and roll xo 🌹
19 Jun 08:18
Had it off and on since i was 10 years old. Am now 71 and it has covered 60 percent of my body. Red raw and always iching. Tried everything out there and nothing has helped. Just try to take one day at a time. Summer is the bad cuz i have to wear long sleeves and pants to cover it up. Am really depressed right now.
20 Jun 03:54
No psoriasis is never easy to handle
20 Jun 14:10
21 Jun 07:24
It has for me. Moms took awhile to understand but
21 Jun 09:41
I heard you need to cut out dairy products and meat - This is food I love ???
21 Jun 14:19
Well, I don't have struggles anymore, but I had to learn to work with my doctor. Thank God as my symptoms are gone mostly and my skin is almost clear. Just waiting for the sun to get rid of the scarring from cortisone creams... Really sucked for almost 50 years...
21 Jun 15:52
hello melodie, believe me, i gave up all the things i loved, it was dairy,cheeses,currys,scotch eggs, chocolates, its not easy and it wasnt for me at all and i stopped smoking at the same time. may saving grace i think, i eat chicken and veg all the time anyway through the years and very little i ate red meat,chicken is supposed to be ok though some go veagan i know,pork and beef are the dodgy ones and fast foods,fried foods etc, it sis a choice though for everyone :)
22 Jun 15:11
Dead Sea Salt in warmwater is definitely making a difference for my head. I actually had my hair cut without feeling so embarrassing... 😁
22 Jun 15:14
My ears are better to slightly itchy now and again but amazingly better since dabbing dead sea salt in them daily for weeks...
23 Jun 22:23
I wouldn't say it got any easier, once i had accepted that it would never be cured, i learned to ignore it more than anything. But by then the damage was done, I socially isolate myself (even now) cause i have zero self esteem, floating anxiety, BPD, depression and Complex PTSD. And while I cant blame it all on the P, it definately made things 500 times harder to deal with than they should have been. However, I eat red meat, i love dairy, I'd die without my coffee fix everyday, with sugar of course. The only food that flares my P are tomatos.... Ive done the dr, specialist medical, prescrption crap that left me with no hair or teeth. So, im now doing my own natural medicine, and its working great, for now anyway. So no, not easier, you just find different ways to make it thru the day...
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