August is Psoriasis Awareness Month Did you know Kim Kardashian has psoriasis?

 

Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes skin redness and irritation. Most people with psoriasis have thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches called scales.  

Psoriasis is a very common condition. The disorder may affect people of any age, but it most commonly begins between ages 15 and 35. The condition cannot be spread to others. Psoriasis seems to be passed down through families. Doctors think it probably occurs when the body’s immune system mistakes healthy cells for dangerous substances.

  7.5 million Americans are living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis recently received a little more “press” then usual since on the reality television In a video on the “Keeping up with the Kardashians” website, star Kim Kardashian reveals she has psoriasis. In Kardashians: Don’t be rash, Kardashian talks with dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer about the “rash” on her body, which, her sister Khloe Kardashian, says is ringworm. Dr. Lancer examines the spots on her legs and tells Kardashian she has psoriasis—a chronic, genetic disease of the immune system that appears on the skin, often as red, scaly patches that itch and bleed.

We of course wish Kim the best, but also thank her for being so honest about her health so that she can educate and help others.

For more information about Psoriasis click here.

 

 

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  • Amy

    I got psoriasis probably about 8 yr before I got a diagnosis b/c mine was on the scalp & I thought it was dandruff. I didn’t see anyone until it wasn’t controllable. I would occasionally get scales, small ones, not quite as bad as on the scalp, so initially they said I had seborrheic dermatitis & eczema. Until the medication I’d been using quit working at all, I didn’t seek help. I was given Taclonex, & it has worked wonders, stopping the scales & the hair loss.

    I was in my early 50s when I got the diagnosis, so you can get it at any age.

    A lot of people with dandruff feel like they have some sort of scaly covering on the scalp. Don’t wait like I did; go see a good dermatologist. Get treatment. It might be dandruff; it might be seborrheic dermatitis; but it could be psoriasis.

    Mine is spreading again, but I just use the medication I had for skin problems before – the one that stopped working for the scalp – bc Taclonex is only for psoriasis on the scalp. So far, it hasn’t been too terrible. I know I am blessed; it could be all over & very visible & require far stronger medication.

    I have no time for reality shows, but I’m still grateful Kim spoke up. I am grateful every time a celeb with an invisible illness comes out & educates people. People will do anything a celeb asks, while they ignore or even belittle their sick friends/family. It’s a shame, but it’s true. I applaud celebs w/ invisible illness who come out & admit it, & wish more of them would. If 50% of Americans have 1 or more chronic illness, then close to that many celebs have it.

    Time for ALL of them to speak out!

  • john egan

    I rarely watch “reality” TV programs as I find them tedious, but I did hear through a friend who watches, and suffers from psoriasis about this topic.
    What can one say, but a huge “Thank You” not only to Kim, but to the producers of the show who could have easily opted to edit the sequence out of the episode, ruling it not “in the best interests of the show and people watching”
    Its all to easy to literally “cover up” the problem but on this occasion its hats off to all concerned. Hopefully the condition will get some more air time as the programme continues.

    NICE ONE EVERYONE