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5 Possible Reasons for a Psoriasis Misdiagnosis

Patient with psoriasis on the elbow.

Doctor inspects a mole on a patient.

It's mistaken for other diseases

Patient with psoriasis on knees.

It doesn't "look" like psoriasis

X-ray of hands to examine joints.

It hasn't yet made an appearance

Magnifying glass.

It's unnoticed

Woman experiences psoriasis.

Appears in unusual place

Woman experiences psoriasis on her scalp.

How to combat misdiagnosis

Alisha Bridges

Alisha Bridges


Alisha Bridges has dealt with psoriasis since 7 years old after a bad case of chicken pox triggered her disease to spread on over 90% of her body. For years she hid in shame afraid of what people would think of such a visible disease. She has suffered from depression, anxiety, and panic attacks due to psoriasis.

Years ago Alisha wrote a letter entitled “My Suicide Letter.” The letter was not about actually killing herself but killing parts of her like low self-esteem, fear, and shame so she could truly live to her fullest potential. This proclamation catapulted her into psoriasis and patient advocacy. Following this letter she created a blog entitled Being Me In My Own Skin where she gives intimate details of what it’s like to live with psoriasis.

Alisha is a community ambassador for the National Psoriasis Foundation and has served her community in countless ways to help give a better understanding of what’s it’s like to live with psoriasis. Her life motto is the following: “My purpose is to change the hearts of people by creating empathy and compassion for those the least understood through transparency of self, patient advocacy, and dermatology.”

Alisha is also a Social Ambassador for the HealthCentral Skin Health Facebook page.