Psoriasis quality of life – coping with the ups and downs

Getting the most out of your psoriasis treatment

Once you develop psoriasis, it may come and go for the rest of your life. However, the length of time between flare-ups varies from person to person and some people's plaques may disappear for weeks, months or even years.

Impact of psoriasis on your life quality

Research shows that during a psoriasis flare-up, people commonly feel distressed and may avoid various activities, such as going to the gym or swimming pool, having sex, wearing skin-revealing clothes and attending social events.

Your treatment won't be as effective if you don't follow the instructions to the letter.

Also, some people with psoriasis say they feel ashamed, distressed, depressed and/or embarrassed by their condition, and these feelings can make life seem more difficult. In other words, psoriasis can have a significant impact on your quality of life and the way you feel.

Follow treatment instructions

One way to significantly reduce the impact of psoriasis may be to use your treatment as discussed with your doctor, as you won't see or feel the best results unless you follow the treatment instructions carefully.

Do talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about how to apply your treatment, how it is working or any side-effects and they will be able to reassure you and keep you on track.

UK/IE MAT-09232 Date of prep: May 2017

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