Mum’s pregnancy triggered agonising skin condition
A young mum has claimed that her pregnancy triggered an agonising skin condition – that leaves her skin cracked and bleeding.
New mum Chloe Lynam, 18, first noticed red blotched appearing on her skin when she was pregnant with baby Jacob.
But as her pregnancy progressed, the beauty therapist, from the Wirral, Merseyside, was left with huge weeping wounds, covered by scaly, flaking skin – a condition believed to have been triggered by her pregnancy hormones.
Baby Jacob is now 10 months old but even after his birth, Chloe was left with more than half her body covered in the scaly sores – but her skin was so sore she found it difficult to even cuddle her baby.
After being diagnosed with Psoriasis, and starting UV light treatment six months ago, she has seen massive improvements in her skin.
Chloe said: “I was pregnant with my first baby, Jacob, when these huge red spots began covering my body, I had never seen anything like it.
“I would scream in pain and it was everywhere from the soles of my feet to my whole scalp.
“It was so itchy that my skin was shredding like a snake as it was so flaky and dry.
“I even had it on my fingertips which stopped me being able to straighten them properly.
“I was unable to change my baby’s nappy because it hurt so much, I would just cry every time.”
“When I’d finished my treatment I was discharged from hospital with no patches whatsoever, I just had staining of where the psoriasis had been.
“I’ve been getting loads of support on social media which has boosted my confidence as the positivity has enabled me to be more open about my skin.”
Chloe was unable to carry out usual everyday tasks and was too self-conscious to even take her son swimming.
She said: “I’d find it really hard to do normal everyday things like washing the dishes or chopping up certain foods because my fingers would crack and bleed.
“Hopefully in the future I’ll be able to take my son swimming because it’s something I’d absolutely love to do.
“I’d like to be able to wear summer clothes without having to cover my skin from other people.
“I remember one time I rolled my sleeves up to try and cool myself down in the summer and I got asked if I’d had an allergic reaction to something.
“Other times I’ve just been asked what is wrong with me but it’s hard to explain to someone who doesn’t understand.
“I get people looking at me in disgust as if I’m some sort of freak.”
Chloe’s mum has also suffered from severe psoriasis and she explained how the bond between them helped her to rise up against cruel taunts.
She said: “My mum has also had psoriasis for 18 years since she gave birth to me.
“Me and my mum have always supported each other and the bond between us is better than it’s ever been.
“We can help each other out with advice, different creams and lotions and give each other as much support as we can.
“I wouldn’t have been able to get through it as well if it wasn’t for my mum.”
Despite the support of her mum and the treatment helping Chloe’s skin, she’s still worried of the condition returning one day.
She said: “It’s depressing knowing that I’ll never be psoriasis free and the fact that it will probably come back just as bad makes me really upset.
“Psoriasis doesn’t just hurt on the outside, it hurts a lot on the inside and I’m hoping that one day a cure is found so I can finally take my son swimming and be the confident person that I used to be.”
Professor Chris Griffiths from the University of Manchester & British Skin Foundation spokesperson said: “Psoriasis tends to come and go unpredictably and can appear at any age.
“Psoriasis doesn’t scar the skin and appears as pink or red coloured areas on the skin with silvery-white scales, known as plaques.
“Plaques of psoriasis usually appear on the knees, elbows, trunk and scalp but are not exclusive to these areas.
“Flare ups can happen from a combination of genetic susceptibility and environmental triggers such as streptococcal tonsillitis or pharyngitis, stress, and some medicines.
“Treatment depends on the extent of the disease and varies from topical creams and ointments through to light (UVB) therapy, systemic medicines such as methotrexate to the new biologic injectable drugs which are highly effective for severe cases.”
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