Kim Kardashian West Wrote an Essay About Living With Psoriasis And Arthritis

“If you have psoriasis, you can't let it ruin your life or get the best of you."

In a heartfelt essay for sister Kourtney Kardashian's Poosh.com, Kim opened up about her struggle with Psoriasis, speaking at length about living with the disease.

"Even though I always grew up with my mom having psoriasis and hearing her talk about her struggle, I really had no idea what my life would be like dealing with an autoimmune disease myself," she wrote. "I am the only child my mom passed down her autoimmune issue to. Lucky me, lol."

Psoriasis is "a skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales", and is linked to problems with the immune system.

Over the past couple of years, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has been candid about her struggle with her condition and has even shared pictures of her flare-ups with fans across social media.

In the article, Kim shares what it's like living with psoriasis and how she's learned to deal with it.

She also opens up about being diagnosed with another autoimmune condition, psoriatic arthritis, a type of arthritis which develops in people who already have psoriasis.

When she was initially diagnosed, Kardashian West says she tried "everything natural — every ointment, cream, serum, and foam you can possibly imagine and everything from the dermatologist."

Since then, she said she has become "extremely comfortable" with it.

"If you have psoriasis, you can't let it ruin your life or get the best of you," she said. "You have to do what you can to make sure you are comfortable but not let it take over... I hope my story can help anyone else with an autoimmune disease feel confident that there is light at the end of the tunnel."

Explaining how the illness progressed over the years, she added: "For the past eight years, although the spots are unpredictable, I can always count on my main spot on my right lower leg, which consistently stays flared up. When I got pregnant both times, it fully went away."

She went on to describe the pain she felt when her psoriatic arthritis first arose, saying: "One night, I woke up to use the restroom and I physically couldn’t pick up my phone."

She describes the pain, revealing: "As the day went on, I got a bit more movement in my hands, but they really hurt from the inside—I felt it in my bones."

Explaining how she manages her conditions, Kim writes: "I live a healthy life and try to eat as plant-based as possible and drink sea moss smoothies. With all the stress in life, I try to make sure I take time for myself so that I am centred and keep my stress to a minimum."

She offers advice for other people struggling saying: "If you have psoriasis, you can’t let it ruin your life or get the best of you." She adds: "I hope my story can help anyone else with an autoimmune disease feel confident that there is light at the end of the tunnel."

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