Saturday, November 14, 2009

Super Psoriasis!

I have another medical theory that is almost certainly not true (but I pretend it is so as to gain a neat conversation piece). I have mild-plaque-psoriasis. This means that at certain times of year I get patches of silvery-white scaly skin the back of my lower leg and around the elbows. It is so mild that I never seek treatment and it's hardly noticeable to me (let alone others).

But in doing some research on psoriasis I discovered that it is a non-contagious auto-immune disease. Let's take the 2nd half of that first. What 'auto-immune' means is that my body loves fighting invaders so much, that when it can't find any it turns on its own cells. Now, the theoretical upside to this is that my body is very good at protecting against bad invaders. This may be why I almost never get sick. In doing some (read... I know 1 other person with psoriasis) polling, I discovered that nobody with psoriasis gets sick very often!

Now in this season of the year where everyone is getting sick, I wish I could change the 'non-contagious' aspect of psoriasis. I feel like if I could spread my psoriasis, it'd help others not to get sick. Maybe medical experts think it is non-contagious because they simply haven't tried to spread it hard enough!

And so I'm about to end this post with the strangest line in the history of my blog. I invite people to rub my psoriasis plaques.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bernoulli would be ashamed at your lack of respect for the LLN...

matthew said...

I am not smart enough to understand this comment :)

Anonymous said...

Bernoulli was a mathematician/statician and LLN stands for Law of Large Numbers....

Tamber said...

Wow, Matthew. I guess now you know two people! And now I have something to go on.

I get that stuff all the time, especially on my legs. It hasn't shown up on my arms for a couple of years now. Right now, though, I have four patches going on my legs, including a huge one on my left. It happens, they fade after time (although the one on the left leg has been there since last Christmas), and I never knew why. Now I can do some research.

And it's true that I hardly ever get sick. There are times my allergies might bring me down for a day, but as far as real I-can't-get-out-of-bed sickness, rarely ever, which is amazing if you consider I'm a teacher. It might seem very strange, but thank you for this post.

Now, any ideas on how to make it stop? lol...

matthew said...

Make it stop???

No no no

You should want to keep it! It protects you from most all other sicknesses!

That being said, if you have more than mild Psoriasis, I'm pretty sure there are helpful treatments.

AMK said...

Since there is no cure yet for psoriasis, skin's scaling, flaking and itchiness can be lessen by applying psoriasis cream. There are products that have mild formula that soothes and moisturizes the skin.