Sunil Kadam, 31, (name changed) a Cuffe Parade resident, has been unemployed for the past two years.
Till 2010, Kadam worked as a driver in a hotel in Colaba. But when he developed the first signs of psoriasis, he was asked to quit the job.
“I had psoriasis on my hands and feet. The skin keeps getting scaly and shedding. My clients asked me if they would get the disease by touching me,” said Kadam. He added that the air-conditioning in the car would worsen the disease as it made his skin dry.
After he lost his job, Kadam has been at home with his sister and mother.
“My skin did not clear up after that. I couldn't find another job because of this problem. People feel that this disease is contagious and I could not convince them that the disease does not spread,” said Kadam. “The situation is grim.”
Kadam is undergoing homeopathic treatment from Dr Rajesh Shah and is waiting for his skin to clear up so that he can get back to work.
“Please do not reveal my identity. I do not want to make a joke of myself,” pleads Kadam, his voice tinged with bitterness at the way his life has changed over the past two years.