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Psoriasis Sufferers Find it Difficult to Get Close to Their
May 15, 2018
There has probably been a time in most of our lives when our skin condition has interfered with
our personal lives.
Luckily, we can often move past it by educating the people in our lives.
People suffering from psoriasis often find it
difficult to form new relationships and
maintain existing ones, due to lack of selfconfidence and embarrassment. They
constantly worry about the acceptance of
their skin condition by their significant
others. As per a global ‘Clear About
Psoriasis’ Survey, 43 percent of psoriasis
patients have faced trouble in relationships,
owing to the skin disease. Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition which causes patches of
raised, red, scaly skin that are usually painful and itchy.
Living with psoriasis can be difficult at times, both physically and emotionally. It can have a
serious impact on relationships of all kinds, including family, friends, and romantic partners. Of
the patients that admitted to the impact of psoriasis on their relationships, a staggering 50 percent
avoided having intimate relationships and 33 percent felt that they were inadequate as a spouse or
According to Dr Soma Sarkar, Dermatologist and Medical Director, Skin Inn Clinic,
Mumbai, ‘Many patients feel that psoriasis gets in the way of their relationships eventually
impacting their self-esteem and confidence. Patients with untreated psoriasis tend to become
reclusive. It is important to understand that psoriasis is not contagious but lack of knowledge
makes it common for patients to shy away from social events and interactions. This further leads
to social isolation. Knowledge about psoriasis will go a long way to create public empathy.’
Source: People suffering from psoriasis find it difficult to get closer to their partners, says survey
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