It is not all gloomy if you’ve psoriasis
She basked in her rosy glow during pregnancy and wished it could last forever. However, after the birth of her son, a skin condition she has battled since 2008 was back with a vengeance. Hellen Wangui Gathere, 28, is suffering from psoriasis, a condition that makes her skin appear dry, scaly and flaky on the legs, hands and back. The Advocate of the High Court of Kenya is a member of the Psoriasis Association of Kenya that seeks to create awareness, champion for improved medical care and research on the disease.
I choose to speak about psoriasis because it is often misunderstood and persons with the condition stigmatised or prevented from participating in social activities,” said the mother of a nine-month old boy. Individuals with the condition are prone to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, heart attack, stroke and liver disease among other lifestyle diseases. Psoriasis is not contagious, however, if not properly managed, it can lead to heart complications like hardening and narrowing of artery walls, diabetes and arthritis. These underlying complications worried Wangui when she was pregnant with her first child last year.