The following factors can trigger a psoriasis attack or make it more difficult to treat:
- Bacterial or viral infections, including strep throat and upper respiratory infections
- dry air or dry skin
- Skin injuries, such as cuts, burns, insect bites, and other rashes
- certain medicines, for example antimalarials, beta blockers and lithium
- very little sunlight
- too much sunlight (sunburn)
- Psoriasis may be worse in people with weakened immune systems, including people with HIV/AIDS.
- Some people with psoriasis also have arthritis (psoriatic arthritis). Additionally, people with psoriasis have an increased risk of fatty liver and cardiovascular disorders, such as heart disease and stroke.
There are different degrees of psoriasis:
- Mild: Symptoms cover less than 3% of your body.
- Moderate: Symptoms affect 3% to 10% of your body.
- Severe: Symptoms cover more than 10% of your body.
preparation for consultation
You may need to see your primary healthcare provider first. In some cases, they may refer you straight to a dermatologist (skin specialist).
The following information will help you prepare for your doctor’s appointment and know what you should expect from your health care provider.
what can you do
Make a list of the following:
- List the symptoms you have, including those that may not seem related to the reason for the appointment.
- All medicines you take, including vitamins and herbal medicines, supplements.
- Questions to ask your healthcare provider.
For psoriasis, basic questions you can ask include:
- What could be causing my signs and symptoms?
- Do I need to have diagnostic tests?
- What are the treatments available and which do you recommend?
- What side effects may appear?
- Will the recommended treatments cure my symptoms?
- When can I expect results?
- What are the alternatives to the primary approach you mentioned?
- I have other diseases. How can I control these situations together?
- What skin care routines and products are recommended to improve my symptoms?
What to expect from the doctor
Your healthcare provider will probably ask you several questions, such as:
- When did you start showing symptoms?
- How often do you see these symptoms?
- Have the symptoms been constant or intermittent?
- Is there anything that makes the symptoms better?
- Does something seem to be making the symptoms worse?
The location of psoriasis on the body affects quality of life.
A recent article in Journal of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis® which examines the impact of psoriasis lesions on quality of life in certain locations, was created through a collaboration between the International Psoriasis Council (IPC) and the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF).
The article, titled “Psoriasis affecting specific areas is associated with poor quality of life, depression, and limitations in the ability to participate in social roles and activities,” shares findings from three years of the NPF survey. The analyzes showed that psoriasis had a greater impact on specific locations, reducing quality of life and affecting the patient’s ability to participate in social roles.
These results bring data from patients’ own experiences into the conversation about how best to update current measures of disease severity to consider disease location. Traditionally, the percentage of the body covered with psoriasis lesions was used to determine severity, but this study highlights the fact that psoriasis can greatly impact a person’s quality of life in certain areas (listed below). Could.
Of the more than 4,000 people who completed the survey, 84% said they had spot psoriasis. These patients were less likely to have the ability to participate in social roles and activities and were 126% more likely to suffer from depression.
Sources: MedlinePlus, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mayo Clinic, and National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
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