Psoriasis - beyond the red and flaky skin

Psoriasis is not limited to the visible lesions on the skin. It affects the whole person and, in many cases, can also have a significant impact on those that are close to the person suffering from it. Our skin is the first thing that others see and their reaction to our skin has a lot to do with how we feel and perceive ourselves. Don’t be fooled, psoriasis has an impact on us that is more than just skin deep. Dr. Sapijaszko, Edmonton Dermatologists, explores some of the impact that psoriasis can have.

Psoriasis can affect the cardiovascular system, which includes the heart and blood vessels. The evidence suggests that patients with psoriasis, which is associated with increased inflammation, have an increased risk of heart related conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease. This is not a minor thing, as heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. It is our hope that the treatment of psoriasis will improve heart disease parameters and outcomes.

The visible signs of psoriasis can have a significant impact on self-esteem and personal confidence. This is well documented and very significant. Our self-esteem and confidence has a large impact on many things including interpersonal relationships, career and job prospects as well as self-worth and happiness. The evidence suggests that successfully treating psoriasis improves confidence and self-esteem scores. Go ahead and get help – it’s good for you!

Psoriasis can have a significant impact on quality of life. Once again, this is documented in multiple studies. It is not surprising that people with visible skin lesions can have decreased quality of life. In addition, if the hands, feet, groin or underarm regions are involved, then the person may not be able to participate in certain occupations or sport activities. This, once again, can have a negative impact on quality of life. The good news is that successful treatment of psoriasis can have a huge positive impact on a person’s quality of life. Go ahead and get help – it’s good for you!

A comprehensive discussion regarding the benefits and the risks of each therapy is necessary prior to proceeding with any therapeutic modalities.

The above information is publicly available from multiple library and scientific community sources and is intended for general information only. It does not replace a visit and a discussion with your family doctor or a dermatologist.

Dr. Sapijaszko and his team are conducting studies to help people with psoriasis. If you are interested in participating, please contact us at 780-424-4440 ext. 3 or email us.

The information provided on this website is for Canadian patients only and is meant for information and education that is based on experience and research.


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