In one study, 3 out of every 4 people with psoriasis felt that their condition had a negative impact on their quality of life. Since psoriasis and its skin lesions are visible to others, it's to be expected that you might feel stress or some degree of social stigma, or even have poor self-esteem.
The emotional impact of psoriasis may lead to feelings of helplessness, embarrassment, anger, frustration, and self-consciousness. The Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) is a validated tool that is used by dermatologists for assessing the impact of skin conditions on your quality of life. It is one of the tools that the doctor may use to assess how well your condition is responding to treatment. The dermatologist can use this tool together with other validated tools to determine the severity of your psoriasis and create an individualized treatment plan that provides the best results, the fewest side effects, and the most satisfaction for your needs.
Psoriasis is not merely a cosmetic condition. Psoriasis can have a huge impact on your quality of life in general and on how you feel in your relationships, work, and school. In fact, its impact on physical and mental function is similar to that of other chronic and serious conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, depression, and arthritis.
The good news is that psoriasis can be effectively treated and managed. Treating psoriasis can help improve your quality of life. Read more about psoriasis treatments and talk to your doctor about what you can do.
Effective psoriasis treatment varies from person to person. Finding the right choice for yourself may take several tries and will require close collaboration between you and your doctors and nurse practitioners. Various treatment options can have different advantages and disadvantages; the best choice will maximize the benefit while minimizing the risks. You should also consider the impact of the treatment on your quality of life.
Take steps now to improve your life with psoriasis:
- Assess its impact on your life. How is psoriasis affecting your quality of life? Take the Psoriasis Questionnaire to find out.
- Continuously work with your dermatologist and nurse practitioners. Keeping track of how you're doing with the treatment is an important part of managing psoriasis. It may take several tries to find the right option for you. Make sure you keep up with your psoriasis.
- Find things that help you relax. Meditation, writing, and smiling and laughing are great ways to help cope with stress. Read more about living well with psoriasis.
- Get active. Physical activity can help you feel better and healthier.