A woman suffering from severe psoriasis is too scared to leave her home
4th January 2015
Everyone has insecurities, sometimes paranoid that our imperfections are all people can see. The majority of the time, we are the only ones who are aware of them but unfortunately this isn't the case for Pat Schuerman.
Pat, a 50-year old US resident, suffers from severe psoriasis which leaves her skin covered in welts as well as rough scales that has been likened to bark.
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin condition the presents as “red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales”. It is relatively common, affecting 2-4% of the people and the severity of the condition will vary depending on the individual.
Its occurrence is due to an acceleration of the process in which the body produces skin cells, causing a build up of these cells.
Pat's case is obviously extremely severe and impacts her life on a daily basis. On top of the physical pain of her condition, she has been refused entry into a number of public venues for fear of it being contagious.
Due to this lack of understanding and consideration by others around her, Pat is practically house-bound; she feels too fearful of others' judgement to go out in public. Despite trying a number of different treatments including creams, tablets and UV light treatment, the condition is unchanged.
You should always visit your GP, or preferably, a qualified dermatologist if you see a difference in your skin or are experiencing discomfort. Understanding what's wrong is the first step to successful treatment, whether it's simply a case irritation from a new body wash or something more severe like psoriasis.
Everyone's skin is different so it's important you learn to recognise when your skin is trying to tell you something.