The impact of psoriasis on health and relationships
Relationships are not always easy. Psoriasis, a chronic skin disease that can cause red, scaly patches, can make them even more challenging – especially if you’ve been diagnosed with the condition.
A survey conducted by the National Psoriasis Foundation found that 31 percent of respondents with psoriasis said they felt embarrassed to be seen in public; 30 percent felt self-conscious about their appearance; and 20 percent felt like people were staring at them because of their skin condition. In addition, 17 percent had experienced discrimination at work or school due to psoriasis.
The physical effects of psoriasis can also take a toll on relationships. The same survey found that:
More than half (55 percent) of respondents said they had difficulty sleeping because of their condition
Nearly half (49 percent) reported missing work because of it
More than a third (39 percent) said their ability to do work was affected by psoriasis
My psoriasis  really took a toll on my relationship. My husband said that I was more concerned about the condition than about our two young children. We were constantly arguing and the arguments were awful. I felt that he didn’t understand what I was going through, but he felt like I wasn’t trying to deal with it. So, we went to counseling. (I think that’s when we realized we had serious problems.)
I wish that someone could have told me how severe the psychological impact of psoriasis could be. As a result of the stress, I started to develop a bad case of depression, which further aggravated my psoriasis and made me even more depressed. And the more depressed I became, the worse my marriage got and so on, in an endless cycle.
I guess it all came to a head when my husband wanted to go away for Christmas and spend time with his family but I couldn’t bear the thought of having to face them with my condition acting up. We ended up getting divorced during that holiday season; we both felt it would just be better for everyone involved if we separated. (We still haven’t worked out custody of our kids.)
Nowadays, I’m doing much better. The depression is gone and
Psoriasis is a chronic, lifelong condition. It can be stressful and frustrating to live with. Psoriasis can affect your relationships in many ways – both positively and negatively. It’s not unusual to feel embarrassed, uncomfortable or even ashamed of your psoriasis. You may find it difficult to talk about or show your psoriatic skin to someone close to you, especially if you are in a new relationship. Or you may be so comfortable with your partner that you don’t mind showing them your psoriasis.
Psoriasis affects everyone differently, so it’s important to find the right balance between what works best for you and what works best for your partner. Here are some things to consider when dealing with psoriasis in your relationships:
This blog is provided by the National Psoriasis Foundation. The mission of the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected.
Psoriasis is a chronic, immune-mediated inflammatory skin disease characterized by red, scaly plaques that may itch or burn. There are five types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic. The most common type is plaque psoriasis. Some people suffer from joint inflammation in addition to the skin disease; this combined condition is called psoriatic arthritis.
Some people with psoriasis may also experience symptoms similar to those of eczema.
Psoriasis affects about 7 million Americans and about 125 million people worldwide. It occurs equally in men and women and can develop at any age, although it most commonly appears between the ages of 15 and 35 years.
Each year, approximately 7.5 million Americans suffer from psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis is a chronic, skin disease that requires daily management. For many, it’s more than just dry skin or a rash – it is a physical and emotional burden that affects their quality of life. Psoriasis can impact everything from your clothes to your relationships to your job.
When living with psoriasis – the most common autoimmune disease in the United States – you are faced with a myriad of challenges: how to find the time to properly manage your condition while juggling your life; how to fight the negative emotions often associated with psoriasis; and perhaps most importantly, how to cope with the physical impact of this disease.
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Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that needs lifelong treatment. It usually causes red, flaky skin with silvery scales. The skin may feel itchy or painful and can crack and bleed. Psoriasis can be a mild nuisance or a disabling burden. It’s a common misconception that psoriasis is “just a skin disease.” In fact, psoriasis is considered an autoimmune disease that affects the entire body.
Psoriasis often has a significant impact on quality of life, causing physical discomfort and embarrassment, and impairing the ability to perform everyday tasks. It also appears to increase the risk of other serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and depression.
Unfortunately, many people with psoriasis don’t receive treatment for the disease. A survey by the National Psoriasis Foundation found that nearly half of people with psoriasis had not seen a dermatologist (a doctor who specializes in treating skin conditions). Of those who had visited a dermatologist, about half said they didn’t receive adequate treatment for their condition.
Psoriasis is a very common, chronic skin condition in which skin cells grow too quickly, resulting in thick, white, silvery, or red patches of skin. It affects more than 4 million Americans.
There are many different types of psoriasis. The most common form is called plaque psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis occurs when the immune system sends faulty signals to the body that cause skin cells to grow too quickly. Skin cells build up on the surface of the skin, forming raised red patches and scale. You can have just a few patches or you can be affected over much of your body. Sometimes it causes itching and burning sensations. In severe cases, it can be painful and disabling.
Psoriasis is not contagious or infectious. You cannot catch it from touching another person who has it. People with psoriasis often feel isolated from others because their disease can make them feel self-conscious about their appearance and may even affect their relationships with friends and loved ones.