Survey shows impact of psoriasis is more than skin deep

sis had problems with sex and intimacy. In fact, four in ten people with psoriasis (38%) agreed that the disease affects their sex life/intimacy. The problems are more prevalent for those who are single. Feelings of worry are common.
  • Over half (53%) of those single admitted to having problems with their sex life (versus 30% of married people with psoriasis)
  • Half (49%) of young adults (ages 18-24) are also more likely to experience angst in intimate situations (versus 36% of 25-35 year olds)
  • Half (52%) turn off the lights when they are intimate with their partner; 48% worry that their partner is embarrassed by their psoriasis; 26% say psoriasis interferes with their ability to getting emotionally close to their partner

    Family Life
    In general, the people surveyed felt that their family and friends understand their psoriasis and are supportive. Understanding of family could be driven by genetics: almost half (45%) of the people surveyed have at least one family member with psoriasis. Of those, the majority (62%) has at least one parent who has psoriasis. 81% are worried and 76% feel guilty that they might pass psoriasis on to their children.

    Social Interactions
    Most people with psoriasis avoid public interaction, dress to hide their condition and feel like outcasts (64%). Psoriasis affects daily interactions for four in ten (38%) respondents. For those with severe psoriasis, this increases to 57%.

  • Three fourths (74%) do not like to be in public when their psoriasis flares up
  • 64% hide their condition with long sleeved shirts and pants

    Work and school can be particularly problematic for people with psoriasis. One-third (37%) of all people with psoriasis agree that the disease affects work/school.

  • Those people with severe psoriasis, visible psoriasis (face and/or scalp), early childhood onset and young adults (18-24) were mor

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