Singer LeAnn Rimes Shares Her Struggle With Psoriasis and Hope for Other Sufferers

LeAnn Rimes, 26, is a two-time Grammy Award winning singer and actress who has struggled with psoriasis since age 2. 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, today Rimes is a spokesperson for, a campaign sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology and the National Psoriasis Foundation. In December 2008, Rimes spoke with about the lifelong battle shes winning against a skin condition that affects nearly seven million Americans.

Q: How long have you had psoriasis?

A: I was diagnosed with psoriasis when I was 2. I had a really bad bout with strep throat, and that's when I first had patches break out on my scalp. It's been an ongoing battle my whole life. I've been able to find a good dermatologist and get it under control. I've been clear for about five years now, which is pretty amazing, because when I was about 6, psoriasis covered 80% of my body.

Q: What was it like to have a skin condition as a child?

A: It felt very isolating. I was constantly in the doctor's office. My mom had to get me out of school to go to treatments. Kids didn't want to hang out with me or touch me. I remember being called "scaly girl," and never ever wanting to go out in a bathing suit.

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Interview by: Kate Rope
Last Updated: December 19, 2008

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