Psoriasis and your quality of life – coping with the ups and downs

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Getting the most out of your psoriasis treatment

If you have psoriasis, your symptoms may come and go.1 The length of time between flare-ups varies. Some people's plaques may disappear for weeks, months or even years, and then return.2

Impact of psoriasis on your life quality

A psoriasis flare-up can have a big impact on the way you feel and your quality of life.3 You may feel unhappy, ashamed, depressed and/or embarrassed by your psoriasis. These feelings can make life seem more difficult. You may want to avoid going to the gym, swimming pool or social events, having sex or wearing skin-revealing clothes.3

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Follow treatment instructions

One way to help reduce the impact of your psoriasis is to use your treatment as discussed with your healthcare professional. Your treatment won't be as effective if you don't follow the instructions to the letter.4

Applying moisturising cream or emollients every day is also important. It reduces the redness of your skin,5 so you may feel less self-conscious.

Talk to your healthcare professional if you are worried about how to apply your treatment, what to expect from it, how it is working or any side-effects. They will be able to reassure you and keep you on track.

Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

UK/IE MAT-26490 Date of prep: July 2019

  1. www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis (accessed July 2019).
  2. www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/a-deeper-look-at-psoriasis (accessed July 2019).
  3. Recreational activities, relationships and everyday life with psoriasis. IQWiG. 2017.
  4. www.psoriasis.org/advance/how-stick-your-treatment-plan (accessed July 2019).
  5. www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/treatments/topicals/over-the-counter (accessed July 2019).

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