Hi Sophie, please tell us a bit about your self.
I am 21 years and live in Southern California. I am a junior in college and am majoring in writing at Point Loma Nazarene University.
When were you Diagnosed with Psoriasis?
I have developed Psoriasis as a toddler, but none of my doctors were able to diagnose it. It seems like doctors never expect such a young child to develop a disease that typically only affects adults, so they rule it out as a possibility without real consideration. I was diagnosed until I was 12 when it developed into psoriatic arthritis.
What do you think caused it?
For me, I believe it was genetic. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. Although no one else in my family has Psoriasis, there are other autoimmune diseases such as vitiligo and MS.
What Foods do you Avoid?
I try to avoid red meat and foods that are high in gluten, carbs, and dairy. It is pretty difficult for me because bread, pasta, and cheese are some of my favorite foods. Go figure.
What Foods do you Eat to Heal?
Cucumber and anything oat-based.
Do you avoid gluten, and what do you think about Gluten sensitivity in Psoriasis?
I do my best to avoid gluten. I think everyone with Psoriasis will notice that their sensitivities will vary compared to other people with Psoriasis, but gluten sensitivity appears to be a trigger that is consistent among psoriasis warriors.
We had a few people ask, what to eat for Breakfast when avoiding gluten, what is your Breakfast like?
My favorite Breakfast is Chobani Flip oat-based yogurts. They are dairy-free, have a lot of great flavors, you can grab them quickly and don’t require any prep, and they are oat-based, and oats are great for Psoriasis.
Name your top 3 non-food Triggers
And lack of Moisturizing.
I’m a big fan of Epsom salts. If you like taking baths, you can let them dissolve in the bathwater and soak in it. I’m not a fan of baths, so I soak washcloths in warm water with the salts and lay them on my inflicted areas for an hour or so. It especially helps with the irritation before going to bed.
What would you tell those who are newly diagnosed and looking for answers?
Don’t be afraid to consult with several different doctors. They all have different opinions on the best way to treat Psoriasis. Some will prefer oral medications, injections, topicals, or more natural remedies. By consulting with a few different ones, you will really be able to find what works best for your body. Psoriasis is something that is beautiful and unique, so you are beautiful and unique.
Find out more about Bree’s Journey on her Instagram page @the.chronic.lady