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Kim Kardashian's First Psoriasis Flare-up Was at 25 — inside Her Life with an Incurable Disease

Laura Beatham
Jan 01, 2021
07:15 P.M.
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Kim Kardashian has dealt with psoriasis and its effects since her early 30s but sees the diagnosis as a part of who she is.


Kim Kardashian has had to deal with psoriasis and its effects since her early 30s, and later in life, she was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in her hands.

The reality Tv star opened up to Poosh in a written essay to share her journey with psoriasis, a misdiagnosis, and experiencing bone pain in her hands, which would be later diagnosed as psoriatic arthritis.

Kardashian wearing a gorgeous black dress at the Emmys Awards in 2019. | Photo: Getty Images


The essay details her experiences with the condition, from the first flare-up to how she has been dealing with it to date; she shared how she felt during the different stages of diagnosis.

Kardashian revealed that she had her first flare-up when she was 25 and developed red and itchy skin after suffering from a cold. She said this about her first flare-up with the autoimmune condition:

"I got a common cold, and since psoriasis is an autoimmune condition, this triggered it. It was all over my stomach and legs. "


Around 5 years later, she developed a red patch on her right lower leg, which has consistently flared up. She then got a diagnosis for the autoimmune condition.

She revealed she is "extremely comfortable" with her psoriasis, although sometimes she might decide to cover up so it doesn't become a distraction.

She revealed in the essay that she has tried all sorts of teas, juices, and diet changes.


Kardashian's psoriatic arthritis journey had been a far more scary and stressful situation. She first noticed something was wrong when her hands hurt too much even to pick up her phone.

After a misdiagnosis, she learned that her bone pain had been caused by psoriatic arthritis, a condition that many people with psoriasis develop. She said this about living with the autoimmune conditions:

"No matter what autoimmune condition I had, I was going to get through it, and they are all manageable with proper care."


Kardashian was first misdiagnosed with Lupus and Rheumatoid arthritis; the situation played out on an episode of "Keeping up with the Kardashians." The tests had given a false positive, however, and she later received her actual diagnosis.

In the essay, she revealed that she had tried all sorts of teas, juices, and diet changes. But in 2018, a bad flare-up resulted in her asking Twitter for suggestions on medications that had worked for other sufferers.


The businesswoman has her own makeup line, KKW, and shared how she uses her body makeup to cover up the hypopigmentation that she experienced as an aftereffect from a flare-up patch.

Psoriasis is a condition that causes red, white, or silver scaly patches that can be itchy or sore. The condition is currently incurable. Kim is not the only Kardashian to have the skin condition, as her mom Kris Jenner is a longtime sufferer.


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