Psoriasis fact sheet

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disease.


The latter is characterized by the appearance of scales and plaques that appear on various parts of the body, the scalp, elbows and knees are the most affected areas. Unsightly, these plates and scales can cause many problems.

Psoriasis constitutes flares during which plaques appear or are exacerbated, and remission during which they sometimes regress and even disappear. These outbreaks can last from several weeks to several months.
Psoriasis usually affects only the skin, sometimes even causes pain on the affected area. In rare cases, the disease can worsen and affect the entire skin (psoriatic erythroderma). The joints may also be affected (psoriatic arthritis) in 1 out of 10 cases. Therefore the impact is more severe.
While complications are infrequent and psoriasis generally do not decreases life expectancy, quality of life is often degraded due to how others perceive these disease.
No one knows the cause, psoriasis patients suffer more from cardiovascular disorders, obesity and metabolic syndrome than the general population.


Psoriasis is never easy to live with. In professional life, for example, the disease can be a real handicap especially if the position requires to be in relationship with the public. Victim of the gaze of others, the patient also spends a lot of time trying to hide the disease and is victim of many prejudices. It is rare that someone can cope by itself with all these problems. This is where the role of other people affected by psoriasis makes sense. These allow the patient to talk about topics they don’t dare to deal with loved ones.
Monitoring of the disease is also essential. By using special tools, the patient can better measure the impact of the treatments that have been prescribed.
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