LeAnn Rimes opens up about health struggles she has been dealing with over the years

Diagnosed at age 2, this American singer is familiar with the physical and emotional toll psoriasis can have on people with the disease.

LeAnn Rimes, 36, is a two-time Grammy Award-winning singer and actress who has struggled with a skin condition all her life. She became famous at 13 with her 1996 breakthrough single, Blue, and has gone on to sell more than 37 million albums.

Though she first kept her psoriasis under wraps, in the last decade, Rimes has decided to reveal the lifelong battle she is winning against this skin condition that affects nearly seven million Americans.

Rimes has a critic psoriasis, an autoimmune disease that leaves scaly, red patches on the skin. At age 6, her body was 80 percent covered, and she was constantly in a state of covering up everything, as reported Shared.

Psoriasis most commonly appears on the scalp, knees, elbows, and torso, though it can develop anywhere on the skin. It may even occur on the fingernails and toenails. In addition to its physical symptoms, it also may affect one’s life, leading to poor self-image.

Psoriasis can occur in people of all ages, but it typically appears in patients between the ages of 15 and 35. The most common form, called plaque psoriasis, appears as red, raised areas of skin covered with flaky white scales that may itch or burn.

The Grammy Award-winning artist hid her disease for years but has learned to manage her symptoms with a healthy lifestyle and proper treatment. She eventually overcame low self-esteem and learned to love her body.

Currently, there is no cure for psoriasis, but, together with their dermatologists, people can create treatment plans that may include simple, everyday changes to better manage their symptoms and the effects their disease has on their lives.

With the regimen of the right medication, diet and stress management, Rimes has been symptom-free for over 5 years. However, her struggle has not gone without its hurdles. Her psoriasis used to dampen her live performances, even making her bleed onstage.

Fortunately, scrolling through the singer's Instagram today, you'll see there's no shortage of bikini pictures, which is proof that she was eventually able to find confidence in her body.
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