- "Psoriamiming" - What my wife calls it when I
wear my white cotton gloves to bed every night. I like to pretend I
am a mime. The gloves help keep my ointments on my hands and not on
the bed. -Adam G.
- "Pso Bored" - When you
create beautiful art on your desk from the flakes you have
masterfully accumulated throughout the day. -Adam G.
- "Psymmetry" -
the symmetrical development of plaques in the same place on opposite
sides of the body. -Rob T.
- A scalp flaker with a shaved head. And we're talking about a
great globe with 3D topography! -Mars B.
"Flake Flurries" - Rubbing at a dry, flaked spot on the scalp while the
desk fan is blowing.
irony" - fingernail loss (due to ... P) -Teenie
exfoliating" - scratching -Teenie
waste management" - manually exfoliating over a wastebasket -Teenie
candy" - Red blood crystal from a new scalp pustule -Teenie
- Thick, white, circular scalp flake attached to at least six hairs. -Teenie
- Explanation for bloody, flaky sheets if you can't remember
- brushing off one's shoulders. -Christina W.
storm" - vigorous hairbrushing. -Christina W.
me!" - please rub my ointment on the places I can't reach.
fest" - what you were doing to create that pile of flakes
surrounding you. -Christina W.
Spotty" - when I flare up. -Christina W.
zap" - UV treatment. -Deanna N.
- looking for a fresh patch of P to scratch when the current area is
"all flaked out." -Paul M.
- pronounced "sis": A fellow female flaker, as in
"flaming" = when a lesion turns blood-red and is generating
maximum scale. What we would like to say but usually
can't: "I'm taking the week off because I'm flaming."
= thick, hard patches of scalp P that are puffed up like a football
stadium (like the former Kingdome in Seattle) -Alison S.
Shimmy" = the dance we do to shake the flakes from our shoulders,
characterized by a shaking of the shoulders and twisting of the upper
body -Alison S.
Mark" = a small patch of P on your cheek where Cindy Crawford's
mole would be -Alison S.
= kitchen spoons, hangers, rulers
= skin when it's painful and dry, thick with flakes
soup" = Insert one flaker into a tub of hot water for 45 minutes
or until flakes soften. Slough flakes with abrasive cloth 'til
water is opaque. Serves plenty if you can find anyone that
crumbs," "Potato Flakes," "Oatmeal" =
descriptions for relative sizes of P-flakes
head" = flaker with scalp occluded under clear plastic shower cap
up" or "grease up" = the daily act of applying topicals
Bake Flake" = don't wash sheets for a week, lube up before going
to bed, this is what you are the next morning
= (pronounced tack-uh-flaxing) what you do for a few weeks when
your topical steroids stop working (i.e., stop using them until your
Bake" = using a UV box
Stink" = the smell inside a UV box
= a UV session followed by a blood work-up
eye" = universal expression worn by flakers while they scratch a
penning" = flaking up an area (apologies to Charles Shultz's
Fire" = generalized pustular psoriasis
Burn" = erythrodermic multiform psoriasis (EMP)
trudge" = the arthritic walk you get in the middle of a bad flare