Stress due to the pandemic has taken its toll on student nurse Clara's psoriasis. By developing a treatment plan and practising self-care Clara hopes to get her skin back under control.
I have definitely
been more stressed because of the pandemic which has had a negative impact on
my psoriasis as my psoriasis is very much stress related.
Last summer, through
stress reduction and being outside in the sun and fresh air I was able to just
about clear my psoriasis. I still had some markings but no flare ups. However,
a few days after schools and colleges were closed a flare up began. I work in
healthcare as well as being a student nurse so everything felt stressful and
scary. I have psoriasis on my stomach, back, legs, arms, scalp &
occasionally my face during bad flare ups, however it is mostly on my back and
I was referred for
light therapy over 2 years ago but nothing ever came of it. My GP continues to
prescribe me topical steroids the past 7 years and while they do the job, they
are very expensive and also make my psoriasis come back even worse. When my
flare up started at the beginning of the lockdown I made the decision not to
contact my GP as they were only operating over the phone so I knew they would
just prescribe the steroids again. I have been trying to reduce stress &
engage in activities that do help such as swimming in the sea and practicing
more self-love and care. At the moment I am saving so that I can access
private dermatology services and hopefully get a more substantial
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