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Psoriasis: More Than Skin Deep

November 15, 2005

Self-confidence, relationships, work and social interactions are affected by psoriasis, a chronic skin disease that affects more than 4.5 million adults in the U.S., according to a survey by Beyond Psoriasis, a collaboration between The National Psoriasis Foundation, The Dermatology Nurses Association, dermatologists, advocates and patients. The “Psoriasis: the person behind the patient” survey revealed 73% of people with severe psoriasis and 48% of people with moderate psoriasis reported low self-confidence, driven by perceived lack of understanding by the public.
Sixty-seven percent said the public is ignorant about psoriasis, 64% said the public is afraid it may be contagious and 45% said that people with psoriasis are often the “object of ridicule.” Negative effects were most dramatically experienced by victims ages 18-24. Women, single people and those who have visible psoriasis were most impacted. Moreover, 38% with mild psoriasis cases and 57% with severe cases said it affects daily interactions.
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