LIVING WITH PSORIASIS
Having psoriasis is associated with several day-to-day challenges that can affect personal, social, family, and occupational aspects of life. Healthcare professionals who treat psoriasis are becoming increasingly aware of the significant impact that psoriasis can have on a person’s quality of life.
People with psoriasis can experience physical discomfort and disability. Itching and pain are two of the most common complaints that can get in the way of everyday functions such as walking, writing, and sleeping. People with psoriasis may feel self-conscious about how they look, have poor self-esteem, and be reluctant to be seen out in public. This distress may go on to cause other problems such as depression and anxiety. Plaques associated with psoriasis may prevent patients from working at certain jobs, playing sports, and participating in many kinds of daily activities.
Fortunately, researchers are focusing more than ever before on effectively treating psoriasis and improving the quality of life of patients. There are several types of medication that you and your doctor, working together, may consider to treat your psoriasis. There are also several lifestyle changes that may help with symptoms. Some of these include:
• Reducing stress
• Eating healthier
• Maintaining a healthy weight
• Managing symptoms of itching
• Avoiding harsh scrubs and soaps
• Understanding triggers (stress, infections, medications, and foods)
• Being open with interpersonal relationships
• Facing possible depression
• Learning how to manage work
Most importantly, be open with your healthcare provider. He or she can be of most help when you are honest, open, and willing to sometimes take new steps to improve your symptoms.