A Letter to My Immune System

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Day 2 for The Wego Health’s National Health Blog Month 30 Days 30 Post
Topic: “Write About the Weirdest Thing About Your Health” 

While most people value having a strong immune system, I wish mine would slow down a bit. The weirdest thing about Psoriasis is having to much of a good thing; which in my case is skin! When you scrape yourself, your immune system sends a message to your skin cells telling them to work over time to produce healthy skin in the damanged area.  Well my skin is working an extra 24-7, due to over reactive skin cells which causes psoriasis. For some reason the immune system, of a person with psoriasis, seems to think something is wrong. Therefore cells reproduce in 3-4 days instead of a normal 28 days.  My body has no way of shedding the skin fast enough, thus cells stay on the surface, producing red scaly patches. Since this post is about things that are “weird” I decided to write a letter to my immune system, which in my opinion is something weird but fun to do! Here it is:

Dear Immune System,

Look, I appreciate everything you have done for me. You’ve been with me through thick and thin. Anytime I’m hurt  or sick you are there when I call. But I have one favor to ask of you…

CAN YOU PLEASE TELL MY SKIN CELLS TO SLOW DOWN. Don’t get me wrong, I love them all dearly, but I really don’t need so many of them so fast. They are coming anywhere from 3 to 4 days, when I only need them to reproduce in 28 days. There are too many of them and it’s getting over crowded. My skin is starting to over-populate like China over here, and everybody around me notices.  Please allow some of the other skin cells to leave before you hire other cells to work.  

I promise you there is nothing wrong, there is no need to send the troops out for my skin. It’s fine, I promise. As much as I love them all, everybody can’t stay.

Sincerely, 

Psoriasis Chick 

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