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flakers' jargon

This section contains things we say about flaking.  Words, phrases, euphemisms, aphorisms, rejoinders, rebuttals, ranks.... As flakers we are entitled to our own jargon, and this is a good place to collect it.  My thanks to Rozalie S. for suggesting it and contributing the first 16 entries (Feb, '01).  If you find yourself saying something more than once in reference to your flaking, email the language to me and I'll "promulgate it" right here. The list builds from bottom to top (newest entries always on top). -Ed
 

  • "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.
  • "Globehead" - 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.

  • "Cruel irony" - fingernail loss (due to ... P) -Teenie

  • "Manually exfoliating" - scratching -Teenie

  • "Flake waste management" - manually exfoliating over a wastebasket -Teenie

  • "Rock candy" - Red blood crystal from a new scalp pustule -Teenie

  • "Spiderflake" - Thick, white, circular scalp flake attached to at least six hairs. -Teenie

  • "Sleepscratching" - Explanation for bloody, flaky sheets if you can't remember scratching. -Teenie

  • "Deflake" - brushing off one's shoulders. -Christina W.

  • "Snow storm" - vigorous hairbrushing. -Christina W.

  • "Goop me!" - please rub my ointment on the places I can't reach. -Christina W.

  • "Scratch fest" - what you were doing to create that pile of flakes surrounding you. -Christina W.

  • "Super Spotty" - when I flare up. -Christina W.

  • "Strip 'n' zap" - UV treatment. -Deanna N.

  • "Mining" - looking for a fresh patch of P to scratch when the current area is "all flaked out." -Paul M.

  • "Psis" - pronounced "sis":  A fellow female flaker, as in "Psister."

  • "Flame," "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." -Ed

  • "Domes" = thick, hard patches of scalp P that are puffed up like a football stadium (like the former Kingdome in Seattle) -Alison S.

  • "Psoriasis 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.

  • "Beauty Mark" = a small patch of P on your cheek where Cindy Crawford's mole would be -Alison S.

  • "Backscratchers" = kitchen spoons, hangers, rulers

  • "Crunchy" = skin when it's painful and dry, thick with flakes

  • "Psoriasis 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 hungry.

  • "Bread crumbs," "Potato Flakes," "Oatmeal" = descriptions for relative sizes of P-flakes

  • "Jelly head" = flaker with scalp occluded under clear plastic shower cap

  • "Lube up" or "grease up" = the daily act of applying topicals

  • "Shake and Bake Flake" = don't wash sheets for a week, lube up before going to bed, this is what you are the next morning

  • "Tachyphlaxing" = (pronounced tack-uh-flaxing) what you do for a few weeks when your topical steroids stop working (i.e., stop using them until your skin forgets)

  • "Flake Bake" = using a UV box

  • "Flake Bake Stink" = the smell inside a UV box

  • "Bake'n'Bleed" = a UV session followed by a blood work-up

  • "Scratch eye" = universal expression worn by flakers while they scratch a lesion

  • "Pig penning" = flaking up an area (apologies to Charles Shultz's "Pig Pen")

  • "Blister Fire" = generalized pustular psoriasis

  • "Acid Burn" = erythrodermic multiform psoriasis (EMP)

  • "Psoriatic trudge" = the arthritic walk you get in the middle of a bad flare

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