Alisha Bridges, 29, knows psoriasis can affect a person as a child and an adult. She first encountered the disease at age 7, after a bad case of chicken pox caused a psoriasis flare that she would battle for the following 20 years. In honor of Psoriasis Awareness Month, Alisha shares her experiences and advice on what it’s like to have psoriasis as both a child and an adult. She also lends her tips for parents and children struggling with the disease.
What’s the difference between having psoriasis now vs. having it as a child?
I was diagnosed with psoriasis at the age of 7 back in the early 90s. Although I understood the bases of the disease and what caused my plaques, it was difficult and uncomfortable for me to articulate this to other people when they inquired about my disease. As I approached puberty I started to lie about my psoriasis, claiming to have eczema because people were more familiar with that. I also did not have many options when it came to medicine. Also there were only so many drugs that a child could use at that time. My treatment options included topicals and light treatment, which really had no effect on my disease.
Now, as an adult, I have the tools to explain my disease in a clear way and to answer any questions. I also have a lot more options when it comes to medicines which allows me to be more proactive.
Growing up what was the hardest thing about having psoriasis?
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