A Guide to Helping Friends with Allergies (Psoriasis Edition)
When you know someone suffering from psoriasis there are more things you can do for him other than simply telling him how hard it must be for him.
Living with psoriasis can be difficult and your friend needs all the help you can give, so if you’re willing to lend a hand to a friend with psoriasis here are a few tips to help you out:
Learn more about psoriasis
It’s important to know more about the skin condition of your friend. Fortunately, the internet is filled with information about this particular disease. You can learn about the symptoms of psoriasis, what causes them and how to treat them, which could come in handy if ever your friend experiences a flare-up.
Ask your friend what he needs
When dealing with someone who’s suffering from psoriasis it’s important to be clear as to what he or she actually needs and not assume that you know what they need.
Some individuals prefer not to be coddled even if their skin condition is quite debilitating. Some individuals prefer not to talk too much about their skin condition all because they want to be treated as any normal human being and not have everyone focus too much on their condition. So before you make any assumptions about what your friend needs sit down and have a nice chat with him first and ask him how you can help.
Encourage him to keep seeking treatment
Psoriasis can be tough to treat and some individuals experience several failed attempts to alleviate their symptoms. That is why some people quit seeking treatment due to their frustration. But stopping treatment will only make their condition worse so it’s important that you keep encouraging your friend to seek treatment despite the many failed attempts. What you can do to encourage them is to accompany them while they’re looking for other dermatologists if their previous doctor wasn’t able to treat them effectively.
But don’t nag them
Encouraging your friend to keep seeking treatment will be of great help to him, but try not to push him too hard. People with psoriasis often try to isolate themselves from other people due to the unsightliness of their skin.
But it’s important that they get out of their comfort zones every now and then. So encourage them to go out and seek treatment and live their lives like any normal person, just don’t try to push them too hard. Let them move at their own pace.
Help them with their depression
People with psoriasis often experience mild to severe depression and it’s important that you take the signs or symptoms of depression seriously. If you find your friend feeling sad most of the time or lacking interest in partaking in social activities encourage him to talk to a doctor and seek help.
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