Psoriasis has "taken over" her body lately.

By By Jennipher Walters and Renee Cherry
December 27, 2018
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If you have any recommendations for a psoriasis medication that works, Kim Kardashian is all ears. The reality star recently asked her Twitter followers for suggestions after revealing that her flare-ups have been extra bad lately.

"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," she wrote on Twitter. "It's taken over my body. Has anyone tried a medication for psoriasis & what kind works best? Need help ASAP!!!" The post has been flooded, with comments with Twitter users suggesting various courses like tweaking her diet to reduce gut inflammation or looking into specific meds. (Related: The One Skin-Care Product Kim Kardashian Uses Every Single Day)

Kardashian first revealed that she was diagnosed with psoriasis in 2010 on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and has been public about her experience with the skin condition since. In 2016, she wrote a "Living with Psoriasis" post on her blog, revealing that she was using a topical cortisone every night and getting a cortisone shot every few years to help with the inflammation. The following year, she told People that she'd been having success with light therapy, telling the publication "I have been using this light-and I don't wanna speak too soon because [the psoriasis] is almost gone-but I've been using this light [therapy] and my psoriasis is like 60 percent gone."

While psoriasis is becoming better understood and better diagnosed, there's still a lot to learn about the condition. Many people, like Kardashian, try multiple courses of action without complete success since there's no cure. Read on for the five more things you should know.

What is psoriasis?

  1. More people have it than you think. An estimated 7.5 million Americans suffer from psoriasis, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. Several celebrities besides KKW have been public about dealing with psoriasis, including LeAnn Rimes, Louise Roe, and Cara Delevingne.
  2. It's hereditary. While it's not fully understood, psoriasis does seem to run in families. Kim's mother Kris Jenner also has the eczema-like condition.
  3. Psoriasis can vary in its severity. For some people, psoriasis is an annoying skin condition like eczema. For others, it's truly disabling, especially when associated with arthritis. While there is no cure for psoriasis, certain lifestyle measures, such as using a nonprescription cortisone cream and staying out of the sun, can help reduce psoriasis flare-ups. (Psoriasis is associated with stress.)
  4. The symptoms vary. Psoriasis symptoms are different for different people. According to the Mayo Clinic, they include red patches of skin covered with silvery scales; small scaling spots; dry, cracked skin that may bleed; itching, burning, or soreness; thickened, pitted, or ridged nails; and swollen and stiff joints.
  5. It's been linked to other diseases. Psoriasis has been linked to other serious medical conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression, which is why treatment is important.