Psoriasis Overview


Living with Psoriasis

Although there's no cure for psoriasis, millions of people live with the disease every day. People with mild cases live relatively normal lives, but more severe cases can be debilitating and even life-threatening. But psoriasis can cause more than just physical damage to the skin. Many psoriasis patients also have low self-esteem because their skin can be unsightly and difficult to hide. And many others are diagnosed with depression and feel alienated because people don't understand psoriasis and fear it's a contagious disease. But there are numerous support groups for people with psoriasis that can help them cope with the disease and help them educate others about the condition [source: Griffin].

Overall, the key to living with psoriasis is a proper diagnosis followed by proper treatment. To learn more about psoriasis, check out the links on the following page.

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