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Living With and Treating Ear Psoriasis: A Personal Journey

Psoriasis appears just about everywhere on my body. Some spots are hard to treat, like those on my fingernails or scalp. Other areas are hard to hide, such as those on my face or hands.

Ear psoriasis, I’ve learned, is both difficult to manage and to conceal.

At my last dermatology appointment, I asked my doctor if the flaking and itchiness around, on, and in my ear could be eczema. (I am fortunate enough to have both eczema and psoriasis!) After an examination, she diagnosed ear psoriasis.

It turns out that a lot of people with psoriasis have ear symptoms. A survey of the Medical Board of the National Psoriasis Foundation found that the “frequency of ear psoriasis was wide,” and that for people with ear psoriasis, psoriasis was most likely to also appear on the scalp.

When I think about it, I’ve been living with both ear and scalp psoriasis since elementary school.

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