Psoriasis – know what you’re dealing with

What to expect from your psoriasis treatment

Psoriasis can impact many different areas of your life, and it’s understandable to wish you could make it vanish for good. Unfortunately, there’s yet no cure for psoriasis, and no treatment can make it go away forever.

Once you develop psoriasis you can expect it to come and go for the rest of your life. However, the length of time between flare-ups varies from person to person. Some people’s plaques may disappear for weeks, months or even years. Other people may always have remaining lesions.

Impact of psoriasis on your life quality

Research shows that during a psoriasis flare-up, people commonly feel distressed and, sometimes without even realising it, avoid various activities, such as going to the gym or swimming pool, having sex, wearing skin-revealing clothes and attending social events.

Your treatment won’t be as effective if you don’t follow the instructions properly.

Also, some people with psoriasis say they feel ashamed, distressed, depressed or embarrassed by their condition, and these feelings can make life seem more difficult. In other words, psoriasis can have a significant impact on your quality of life and the way you feel.

Follow treatment instructions

One way to reduce the impact of psoriasis is to use the appropriate treatment in the correct way. That may sound obvious, but researchers have found that many people who have been prescribed a topical psoriasis treatment don’t use it as directed.

Your treatment won’t be as effective if you don’t follow the instructions. So, take a little time to understand how to use it, how it works, and how quickly you can expect it to show a benefit.

It will help you to have a more informed conversation with your doctor, and help both of you to monitor your psoriasis and the effectiveness of the treatment he or she has prescribed for you.

Finding strategies to help you manage

However, doing the best to follow your treatment may not always be enough to address all the consequences of your psoriasis.

Here on QualityCare™ you can find advice on how to cope better also with the social and psychological impact of living with psoriasis. Browse the library for articles on the issues that concern you.