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Kim Kardashian West opening up about her psoriasis is so refreshing

It seems like Kim Kardashian West has it all – unfortunately, “all” includes the chronic skin condition psoriasis. Along with 125 million people around the world, Kardashian suffers from the sometimes painful and embarrassing rashes – but she does it with honesty, grace and humor. Her latest posts on Instagram about her battle are relatable both to others who have the disease and to anyone who struggles with a chronic medical condition.

The reality television star took to Instagram on Monday night to share a few selfies that depict exactly what it’s like to go through a psoriasis outbreak, and she managed to do it in a way that showed both her pain and frustration as well as her positive attitude.

“Psoriasis is the shits!” She joked in the first picture that she shared to her Stories, followed by a crying-from-laughing emoji.

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In the second picture, she clarified that the treatments on her face were an herbal ointment.

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Finally, she showed a picture of her legs, which is where her body has been most affected by the rash. “Sexy,” she wrote about the red spots, as she pulled up a towel to show them off.

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Psoriasis is a skin condition likely involving the immune system in which skin cells build up more quickly than they’re supposed to, creating red, scaly, itchy patches. Some people only have isolated patches, while others might have body-wide outbreaks. It’s believed to be a genetic condition (it can’t be passed to others) that appears in young adulthood. Although there isn’t a known cure, treatments can minimize the issue, relieve itching, and shorten outbreaks.

Outbreaks can be caused by colds, stress, or injuries.

Kardashian was diagnosed with the condition in 2011, and the experience was captured on her reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians. At first she thought it was ringworm, but it turns out it was the beginning of a battle that has been getting worse over the years.

At the time, she was worried about how the diagnosis would affect her life.

“When the doctor tells me I have psoriasis I have heard of it before because my mom has always had it but my mom didn’t have red flaky dots all over her,” Kardashian West said on the show. “My career is doing ad campaigns and swimsuit photo shoots. People don’t understand the pressure on me to look perfect. Imagine what the tabloids would do to me if they saw all these spots.”

She’s been open about her struggle since the beginning. She’s shared her emotions on the subject on Twitter and Instagram as well as her journey to find treatments that work for her, from light treatments to detox smoothies to celery juice.

Then in 2018, she reached out for more help. “I think the time has come I start a medication for psoriasis,” she wrote on Twitter. “I’ve never seen it like this before and I can’t even cover it at this point. It’s taken over my body.”

I think the time has come I start a medication for psoriasis. I’ve never seen it like this before and I can’t even cover it at this point. It’s taken over my body. Has anyone tried a medication for psoriasis & what kind works best? Need help ASAP!!!

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 24, 2018

“I have that one patch on my right leg that is the most visible,” Kardashian West said in a post on her app, which has since been taken down. “I don’t even really try to cover it that much anymore. Sometimes I just feel like it’s my big flaw and everyone knows about it, so why cover it? After this many years, I’ve really learned to live with it.”

Currently, she uses a cortisone lotion before bed to help treat it, along with her natural treatments.

But while she’s learning to live with it, things are still hard. Last week, the Daily Mail called her out for having a “bad skin day” and Kardashian shot back explaining it was her skin condition flaring.

Make-up mogul Kim Kardashian suffers bad skin day ahead of Master Class beauty seminar https://t.co/wrRgWFSDHG

— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) February 5, 2019

Even then, she was open and honest both about her condition and how she felt about it.

Other than a few gossip rags, the response to Kim’s struggle, and her attitude about her condition, have been overwhelmingly positive.

@KimKardashian Kim, no matter how much psoriasis you have oh, you have made your mark on the world.People know that you’re beautiful inside and out. We all have flaws. Even you. That’s what makes you perfect. I have it all over. More than just the photos. Can’t wear dresses.

— X♪★*RAVERQUEEN*★♪X (@Rayvrq1) February 12, 2019

Here’s to celebs (who we all too often assume are perfect) opening up about their struggles, imperfections, and battles.

People have complicated relationships with Kim Kardashian West and her role in the modern cultural landscape, to say the least. But one thing that Kardashian West continues to do that’s inarguably a good thing is normalize the skin condition she has: psoriasis.

The reality star and cosmetics mogul may have a highly curated public image, but she’s never been afraid to talk about—and show—what it’s like to live with psoriasis and its flare-ups. In case you’re not familiar, psoriasis is a skin condition that causes skin cells to build up and create scaly, itchy dry patches on your face and body. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, Kardashian West is one of approximately 8 million Americans dealing with the condition. It affects women’s quality of life more than men’s and usually first appears between the ages of 15 and 25, though it can occur at any age.

Kardashian recently shared new images of her a recent flare-up on Instagram Stories, where she captioned the makeup-free video “Psoriasis face.”

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She also took to Instagram Stories and Snapchat to share another pic of her “morning psoriasis” on Sunday, March 17.

Kardashian West’s long history with psoriasis has been part of storylines on Keeping Up With the Kardashians since practically the beginning of the show and is probably one of her most relatable qualities. (Her mom, Kris Jenner, also has it.)

While there is currently no known cure, Kardashian West also recently showed herself using an herbal ointment treatment with the caption “Psoriasis is the shits.” She has also called out tabloids for commenting on her “bad skin.”

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Fans certainly appreciate her candor on the subject. “Crazy that @KimKardashian shows us her psoriasis on her face not crying and not throwing a tantrum to her mother,” a social media user wrote. “If theirs anyone who has changed the most it’s Kim. I love her, who am i kidding though i love everyone.”

“This is what I appreciate about the Kardashians; they put everything on camera for the world to see. The down side is that it’s easy to get caught up in the illusion of feeling like you actually know them,” another said on Twitter.

Hope this flare-up settles down soon, Kimberly.

Kim Kardashian West Say Psoriasis Has ‘Taken Over’ Her Body—Dermatologists Say These Products Could Help

While they may appear flawless, celebrities suffer acne and skin issues like the rest of us. Even Kim Kardashian West has spoken very publicly on her struggle with psoriasis, an autoimmune disease that causes raised red, white, or silvery patches on the skin and affects up to 7.5 million people in the United States.

This week (and just in time for the famed Kardashian Christmas card), the reality star got real with the internet and opened up to Twitter fans revealing that her psoriasis has worsened.

“I think the time has come I start a medication for psoriasis,” Kardashian West tweeted. “I’ve never seen it like this before and I can’t even cover it at this point. It’s taken over my body. Has anyone tried a medication for psoriasis & what kind works best? Need help ASAP!!!”

I think the time has come I start a medication for psoriasis. I’ve never seen it like this before and I can’t even cover it at this point. It’s taken over my body. Has anyone tried a medication for psoriasis & what kind works best? Need help ASAP!!!

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 24, 2018

RELATED: Did Stress Trigger Kim Kardashian West’s Psoriasis Flare-Up?

Kardashian West was first diagnosed with psoriasis in 2010 when her mom, Kris Jenner (who also has the skin condition), recognized the rash on her daughter’s legs. Years later, she’s still fighting it, tweeting in January 2017 that she was starting to see psoriasis on her face.

How does she deal? In the past, Kardashian West has shared her personal strategies for managing the condition on her app, including applying topical cortisone ointment nightly and avoiding acidic foods like tomatoes and eggplants.

“After this many years, I’ve really learned to live with it,” she wrote on her app. “I’m always hoping for a cure, of course, but in the meantime, I’m learning to just accept it as part of who I am.”

RELATED: 18 Famous People with Psoriasis

Now, however, the star is pinging fans for solutions. We feel for you, Kim! There’s still no cure for psoriasis, but it can be treated with oral and topical prescription drugs, vitamin D supplementation, light therapy, and by managing your diet. Luckily, there are also a handful of over-the-counter skincare products to help those who have it live more comfortably with the condition.

When shopping for cleansers, shampoos, and lotions, look for products made specifically for sensitive and dry skin, Stacy Chimento, MD, a Miami-based board-certified dermatologist, told Health previously. “People with psoriasis can develop worsening of psoriasis or more inflammation if the skin gets too irritated.”

If, like Kardashian West, you’re at your wits’ end, here are six gentle, dermatologist-approved skincare buys to help treat and calm your psoriasis flare-ups.

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Kim Kardashian West Just Got Extra Candid About Her Psoriasis

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Kim Kardashian West has been quite open about her battle with psoriasis since first sharing the experience of being diagnosed with the autoimmune disease 13 years ago on Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

The chronic illness, which manifests itself in red, flaky, itchy patches on the skin, can be unpredictable, since there are a number of factors that can trigger flare-ups, including stress. However, psoriasis is treatable. Throughout the years, West has always been transparent about the current state of her psoriasis by sharing makeup-free photos of her flare-ups on social media, and revealing what skincare products and treatments she’s used to try to get the condition under control. But West’s latest update on her psoriasis is her most candid, personal one yet.

In an essay published on her sister Kourtney’s lifestyle website Poosh, the star shared a detailed account of what it’s like living with the autoimmune disease, along with never-before-seen photos of her flare-ups. She said that her flare-ups have been unpredictable for the past eight years, but they often show up on her right lower leg — the spot where she first noticed her psoriasis.

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However, earlier this year, flare-ups weren’t her only concern. In the essay, West shared that one night she woke up unable to move her hands, a symptom that continued into the morning. Afraid she might have rheumatoid arthritis, she went to the doctor immediately for tests.

RELATED: Kim Kardashian Got Real About Psoriasis Flare-Ups with a New Selfie

“I had my blood tested for all possibilities, and it came back positive for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. I immediately started to cry and felt so lost,” West wrote. “You really can get in a crazy head space when you think you have something. My doctor said I could have a false positive, and he wanted me to come back.” West’s lupus scare was shown on a recent episode of KUWTK.

West’s tests ended up being false positives for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, but it was discovered that she has psoriatic arthritis. This is a form of arthritis that affects some people who have psoriasis. It can come and go, but it’s manageable with proper care. In the months before her arthritis scare, West reveals that she was trying a number of natural remedies to try to get her psoriasis under control, including switching to a plant-based diet.

VIDEO: Kim Kardashian Got Real About Psoriasis Flare-Ups with a New Selfie

“Before the arthritis hit, I spent about four months doing everything natural—every ointment, cream, serum, and foam you can possibly imagine and everything from the dermatologist” she shared. “I even tried an herbal tea that tasted like tar. I tried celery juice for eight weeks. Then I’d do celery juice mixed with the tea. I would do that twice a day. I was just exhausted by everything. I changed my diet to plant-based (which I still follow).”

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West’s KKW Beauty body foundation was inspired by her struggle to cover up her psoriasis on the red carpet, but today, she’s comfortable with having red patches on her body, specifically her leg. “I have learned to live with this spot without using any creams or medication—I just deal. Sometimes I cover it up and sometimes I don’t. It doesn’t really bother me.”

Her overall advice for dealing with a chronic disease like psoriasis? “If you have psoriasis, you can’t let it ruin your life or get the best of you,” she penned. “You have to do what you can to make sure you are comfortable but not let it take over.”

Kim Kardashian’s Psoriasis Journey: See the Star’s Most Candid Never-Before-Seen Photos

Kim Kardashian West has never shied away from opening up about her psoriasis flare-ups, which she’s dealt with for the past 13 years. Now, the star, 38, is revealing more about her ordeal than ever before with never-before-seen photos and a detailed new essay on Kourtney Kardashian‘s lifestyle site, Poosh.

Despite seeing her mom, Kris Jenner, deal with her own psoriasis struggle, Kardashian West admitted that she truly “had no idea what my life would be like dealing with an autoimmune disease.” While Jenner found that the UV rays from a tanning bed would ease her flare-ups, that wasn’t the case for Kardashian West.

“That remedy would burn the areas and cause them to itch, so I always felt helpless. I am the only child my mom passed down her autoimmune issue to. Lucky me,” the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star wrote.

Image zoom A never-before-seen photo of Kim Kardashian’s psoriasis flared up on her leg. Poosh/Kim Kardashian

Kardashian West first noticed her psoriasis when she was 25 years old. “It was all over my stomach and legs,” she said. Luckily, the star turned to a dermatologist who lived in her apartment complex to give her a shot of cortisone (in his office), which kept the skin condition away for about five years.

Image zoom Kim Kardashian West shares another photo of her psoriasis with Poosh. Poosh/Kim Kardashian

But her “real psoriasis journey” began in 2010 after noticing her skin was very itchy at the New York City opening of the now-closed DASH boutique. “I thought that my skin was just sensitive toward the dress’s material,” Kardashian West said. “Then I came home to L.A. for Mason’s first birthday party and my mom looked at my leg and said it was definitely psoriasis.”

Image zoom Kim Kardashian West at the DASH New York store opening when she noticed psoriasis on her legs. Joe Kohen/WireImage

For the past eight years, Kardashian West noticed that her flare-ups would be quite “unpredictable,” but would often show up “consistently” on her lower right leg.

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“I have learned to live with this spot without using any creams or medication—I just deal. Sometimes I cover it up and sometimes I don’t. It doesn’t really bother me,” she wrote.

RELATED: Everything Kim Kardashian Has Ever Said About Her Battle with Psoriasis

Kardashian West actually launched a KKW Beauty Body Foundation earlier this year inspired her time covering up her psoriasis for red carpet events, but says she also feels comfortable letting it show.

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“I’ve become extremely comfortable with my psoriasis. No matter where it is on my body, sometimes I am fine with showing it off,” she said. “If you have psoriasis, you can’t let it ruin your life or get the best of you. You have to do what you can to make sure you are comfortable but not let it take over”

For more candid photos of Kardashian West’s psoriasis flare-ups, read her full essay on Poosh.

Kim Kardashian Has Detailed Her Painful Journey With Psoriasis And Psoriatic Arthritis, But What Are They?

Kim Kardashian has opened up about her journey with psoriasis for Kourtney Kardashian’s lifestyle website, Poosh. Detailing her first flare-up, how her psoriasis developed into psoriatic arthritis and the endless treatments she’s attempted – the article is an extensive look into just how difficult it can be to be living with psoriasis.

‘Even though I always grew up with my mom having psoriasis and hearing her talk about her struggle, I really had no idea what my life would be like dealing with an autoimmune disease myself,’ she explains in the piece.

Going on to discuss her 13-year journey with the skin condition, she stated it initially flared up at age 25 after a common cold triggered the auto-immune disease. While psoriasis can run in families, the exact role genetics play in causing the condition is unclear, according to the NHS. In the UK it is estimated to impact up to 2.2% of the population – up to 3% worldwide.

So what causes psoriasis?

‘People with psoriasis have an increased production of skin cells,’ the NHS website explains, ‘Skin cells are normally made and replaced every 3 to 4 weeks, but in psoriasis this process only takes about 3 to 7 days. The resulting build-up of skin cells is what creates the patches associated with psoriasis.

‘Although the process is not fully understood, it’s thought to be related to a problem with the immune system,’ the explanation concludes, ‘The immune system is your body’s defence against disease and infection, but it attacks healthy skin cells by mistake in people with psoriasis.’

According to the NHS, possible triggers of psoriasis include ‘injury to your skin, throat infections and using certain medicines.’

However, it warns that ‘the condition is not contagious, so it cannot be spread from person to person.’

How did Kim Kardashian manage living with psoriasis?

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‘My neighbour was a dermatologist,’ Kim explains dealing with her first flare-up, ‘I showed it to him, and he said to come into the office and he would give me a shot of cortisone and then hopefully it would go away (since it was my first big outbreak). I did this and my psoriasis completely went away for about five years.

‘However, it came back again in my early thirties,’ she continued.

Detailing the next eight years of her life with psoriasis, Kim says that her spots are always unpredictable apart from one main flare-up on her right leg. While she says it doesn’t bother her anymore, she describes covering up the spots with body makeup to avoid them being a ‘distraction’.

‘When I got pregnant both times, it fully went away,’ she shares, ‘That was amazing, but then it came back again. Earlier this year is when it got extremely bad—it covered my whole face and a majority of my entire body.’

What is psoriatic arthritis?

For Kim, her psoriasis eventually developed into psoriatic arthritis. A long-term condition that can worsen in time, it causes inflamed, stiff and painful joints.

‘One night, I woke up to use the restroom and I physically couldn’t pick up my phone,’ she says, ‘my hands hurt so badly. I had worked out the day before and we did an arm day, so I thought maybe one of the exercises strained my hand. It didn’t cross my mind that it could be anything serious.’

However, after painfully getting through a Jimmy Kimmel interview, she describes being tested by the doctor for ‘all possibilities’ – coming back positive for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. It turned out to be a false positive, and three days later her doctor confirmed she has ‘psoriatic arthritis’.

With early diagnosis and appropriate treatment, the progression of psoriatic arthritis can ‘slow down’, according to the NHS, minimising permanent damage to the joints. For those who already have psoriasis, you should receive yearly check-ups to monitor the condition in which the NHS advises sharing any joint problems.

How can you treat psoriasis?

Before her arthritis diagnosis, Kim explains ‘doing everything natural’ for four months in attempts to treat her psoriasis.

‘Every ointment, cream, serum, and foam you can possibly imagine and everything from the dermatologist,’ she says, ‘I even tried an herbal tea that tasted like tar. I tried celery juice for eight weeks. Then I’d do celery juice mixed with the tea. I would do that twice a day. I was just exhausted by everything. I changed my diet to plant-based (which I still follow).’

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She details becoming so tired of trying everything sent to her, including a light machine for light treatments, that she ‘couldn’t take it anymore’. But then she had a new problem, her arthritis began.

According to the NHS, there’s no cure for psoriasis but treatments can improve symptoms.

‘In most cases, the first treatment used will be a topical treatment, such as vitamin D analogues or topical corticosteroids,’ the website reads, ‘Topical treatments are creams and ointments applied to the skin.

‘If these are not effective, or your condition is more severe, a treatment called phototherapy may be used,’ it continues, ‘Phototherapy involves exposing your skin to certain types of ultraviolet light. In severe cases, where the above treatments are ineffective, systemic treatments may be used. These are oral or injected medicines that work throughout the whole body.’

What is Ilumya?

One of the many treatments for psoriasis, Ilumya has been trending on Google since Kim’s article was released – despite her not mentioning the treatment at all. It is part of a growing variety of new medications treating both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis that have been approved by the FDA. Ilumya, alongside others, is quickly becoming a treatment of choice for doctors according to MedPage Today.

If you want to know more about whether Ilumya could work for you, talk to your GP or contact the National Psoriasis Foundation here.

What is pityriasis rosea?

Pityriasis rosea is another term randomly trending as Kim’s article has been released. Another skin condition, is it different to psoriasis in both cause and treatment. It is relatively common and causes temporary rashes of raised, red scaly patches on the body.

NHS advice warns: ‘See a GP if you have an unexplained rash. They’ll usually be able to confirm whether it’s pityriasis rosea, or another skin condition like eczema, psoriasis or ringworm.

Click here to find out more about psoriasis from the National Psoriasis Foundation

Reality star Jess Wright has spoken out about suffering from the skin condition psoriasis for a new e-book.

In Everyday Psoriasis, the 28-year-old reveals how it feels to live with the chronic disease and how it made her feel “lonely and isolated”.

“Psoriasis doesn’t just affect the way you look physically; it also has a huge emotional impact. But I’ve realised that it’s not the end of the world and living with psoriasis doesn’t have to hold anyone back.”

Jess, who is the sister of I’m A Celebrity star Mark Wright, told Express.co.uk that she began suffering with dry, flaky skin in her early 20s when she noticed inflamed patches on her scalp.

“It got worse so I went to see my doctor. It was pretty horrible. My dad has it all over his body and I was dreading that the same could happen to me,” she said.

Luckily Jess’s psoriasis is not as severe as her father’s and at the moment she only has “tiny, thumb sized patches” on her arms.

She says she notices that her skin becomes inflamed and dry when she is “stressed or had a shock”.

“My psoriasis is worse in the winter when the weather is cold. Going to the gym helps as it de-stresses me and helps me get things off my chest. I’m not sure if there is anything on an everyday basis that triggers it.”

NHS Choices explains what psoriasis is, how it affects sufferers and what to do if you think you’re at risk…

Cyndi Lauper and “the heartbreak” of psoriasis

Lauper was on tour when psoriasis first flared on her scalp. She’d just dyed her hair and initially thought the sores on her head were some type of bug. A doctor confirmed it was scalp psoriasis.

For a while, a shampoo kept it under control, but when Lauper scratched near her ear, there would be flakes.

“My poor stylist, I remember, she got me this shirt with spots all over it so you couldn’t tell,” Lauper said.

Her psoriasis changed into what Lauper thought was a rash, but then it started to spread. At one point, Lauper said, it felt like the psoriasis began to grow over her entire body. When it got really bad, she would just lay in bed.

Like many other people with psoriasis, Lauper struggled with the physical and emotional aspects of living with this chronic autoimmune disease.

“I had to work. So I stopped that….This was the heartbreak,” she said. “I was about the go on tour with Cher for the Kinky Boots’ build-up. It was really difficult because you are very sick and you’re trying to work. And yet, everything you are wearing now is a turtleneck.”

Inflammation covered Lauper’s arms, legs and stomach. She had to use makeup to cover areas, especially after an outfit had been picked out for her Broadway musical Kinky Boots and she’d have a flare. “And of course they say, ‘Don’t wear tight clothes!’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, right! I’m going to go out in a paper bag?’ “

The search for an effective treatment

Lauper was willing to try just about anything for her psoriasis and looked at alternative measures. She started to do coffee enemas on tour. She’d cook the coffee, clean the pot and have to take the coffee in a hotel room. Lauper did this every day and her skin got a tiny bit better, but she lost her voice.

She now takes a treatment that affects her immune system and has to be more regimented about it, but she can dance and do her yoga again.

Connecting with and inspiring others with psoriasis

Because Lauper knows firsthand what it’s like to struggle with psoriasis, she wants others to understand they are not alone. She’s partnered with the National Psoriasis Foundation and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation on I’m PsO Ready, a national initiative to encourage people with psoriasis to speak out and take the next step in their journey.

“I’m not talking about it because I feel sorry for myself. I’m talking about it because no one talks about it. I didn’t understand until I met people from the National Psoriasis Foundation and they brought two other people who had suffered their whole life with it. And what they told me was really kind of moving, that nobody really talks about it and a lot of times you feel alone. I know I felt alone…” Lauper said.

Through the campaign and her story, Lauper wants people who have never heard of psoriasis or who don’t understand the disease to know that it’s not contagious.

“It affects 7.5 million people, right? And I happen to be one of them. And I’m not looking to do anything but tell people to take care of yourself. Because I was lying in bed, and I felt like it was swallowing me up,” Lauper said.

Learn more Cyndi’s psoriasis story, and join her to say “I’m PsO Ready” to speak out about my psoriasis at MoreToPsoriasis.com.

Kim Kardashian has psoriasis

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.

Psoriasis is often misdiagnosed as a rash, ringworm or other skin irritation, such as eczema. However, psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the country, affecting as many as 7.5 million Americans, including Kim Kardashian. Psoriasis occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis is not contagious.

Like many celebrities with psoriasis, Kardashian is shocked and worried about the diagnosis because she faces so much scrutiny about her appearance. She even asks Dr. Lancer if it will appear on her face. Psoriasis most commonly occurs on the scalp, knees, elbows and torso, but it can develop anywhere. It very infrequently appears on the face.

“I’d heard of psoriasis before because my mom has always had it, but she didn’t have red flaky dots all over her,” says Kim, 30, about her psoriasis. There are five types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic. Nearly 80 percent of people with the disease have plaque psoriasis—the most common form—which appears as red, raised patches.

Mom Kris Jenner was also diagnosed with psoriasis at age 30. The disease most frequently occurs between the ages of 15 and 35, but can appear at any time. While the exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, it is known that genetics and the immune system play a large role in developing the disease.

Kim appears equally shocked to learn there is no cure for psoriasis. Although the disease cannot be cured, a variety of treatmentsranging from topical (on the skin) to systemic (throughout the body) can clear psoriasis, often for long periods of time.

Like millions of other Americans with psoriasis, Kim Kardashian is at increased risk for other serious health conditions associated with the disease, including heart disease, heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and depression. Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, which causes painful swelling of the joints.

Dr. Lancer recommends that Kardashian try slowing down her lifestyle, as stress is a known trigger of psoriasis. Other triggers include external lifestyle factors, certain medications and injury to the skin, such as a cut or scrape. However, what triggers one person’s psoriasis may not make it appear on someone else.

How Kim Kardashian Handles Her Psoriasis

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Kim Kardashian has been open about her struggle with psoriasis, an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin, ever since she was first diagnosed in 2010. Now, in a new blog post on her website, “Living with Psoriasis,” she shares what it’s like dealing with the skin disease on a daily basis.

As Kim (accurately) explains in her post, scientists believe that at least 10 percent of the general population inherits one or more of the genes that create a predisposition to psoriasis. However, only two percent to three percent of the population actually develop the symptoms, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. (“BTW, thanks for this amazing disease, Mom!!!,” Kim writes of Kris, who also has the condition.)

In total, approximately 7.5 million people in the United States have psoriasis, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, and while there is no cure for psoriasis, as we previously reported, certain lifestyle measures, such as using a nonprescription cortisone cream and staying out of the sun, can help reduce psoriasis flare-ups. (Kim says that she uses a topical cortisone every night before bed, and gets a cortisone shot every few years to help with the inflammation.) And, as Kim also explains, there are certain acidic foods, like tomatoes and eggplant, you should avoid to help prevent flare-ups.

“Still, everyone with psoriasis has different symptoms; sometimes the rashes are itchy, sometimes they’re flaky. Mine flares up from time to time for different reasons,” she says. Kim’s right: Symptoms do vary between individuals. Generally, though, they are the following, according to the Mayo Clinic: Red patches of skin covered with silvery scales; dry, cracked skin that may bleed; itching, burning or soreness; thickened, pitted or ridged nails; swollen and stiff joints.

While for some psoriasis is just an annoying skin condition, for others it can be truly disabling, especially when associated with arthritis. Not to mention, it’s been linked to other diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression, which is why treatment is so important.

“I’m always hoping for a cure, of course, but in the meantime, I’m learning to just accept it as part of who I am,” she says. “I have that one patch on my right leg that is the most visible. I don’t even really try to cover it that much anymore. Sometimes I just feel like it’s my big flaw and everyone knows about it, so why cover it?”

If you think you might have symptoms of psoriasis, check out Psoriasis.org for more info on treatment options (and to see photos of the five types of psoriasis) and be sure to see your doctor or a dermatologist.

  • By Kylie Gilbert @KylieMGilbert

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