Psoriasis: psychological support

All those who suffer from it know it: psoriasis is hell on a daily basis. And we know, hell is the others. It is difficult to bear the eye of others when you have unsightly plaques on your face or body. First, the first handicap is the fear of contagion.

Psoriasis is not contagious, but not everyone knows it. The skin is the first social organ. This is visible to us. A damaged skin is perceived as disturbing by the entourage.

Difficult to support the eyes of others. But difficult also to accept one's own look on oneself. If psoriasis does not kill, it poisons daily life. Not to mention all its physical inconvenience, itching, especially that wake up at night and cause real fatigue.

Psychological support can help some patients. Children who are not tender among themselves also need support; they must be listened to, explained to them their illness, supported to follow their treatment, symptomatic treatment of course, but which appreciably diminishes the unpleasant appearance of the plaques.

The advice of the specialist doctor

Interview with Professor Paul Carle, Department of Dermatology, Larrey Hospital, Toulouse.

Can we today cure a psoriasis?

To cure a psoriasis, no. This is a chronic disease. But new therapies and better knowledge of the mechanisms of the disease, can significantly improve the quality of life of patients. However, it must be known, all treatments are long-term treatments. Even if there are treatments for the onset of the disease that can eliminate or reduce the lesions in their acute phase, the background treatments are always long.

That is to say ?

This is calculated in months or years. And it's never definitive. At the slightest aggression, physical or psychological, the disease reactivates. That said, the treatments are more and more effective. New, highly active molecules have been discovered that allow most patients to live normally.

It is a disease still poorly known, doctors and the population ...

And that's a problem, indeed. The first misconception about psoriasis is contagiousness. Psoriasis is not contagious. You can go to the pool or on the beach with psoriasis. This is dangerous for no one. The problem is the eyes of others. I have a new patient who has not been to the pool for over 20 years. Too difficult to support the eyes of others. It's a nightmare. So we have to pass the information. People with psoriasis suffer enough from the effects of the disease, without having to endure the hostile gaze of others.

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Read also :

> Psoriasis: what skin care?
> Skin disease: does it take courage not to conceal anything?
> How to regain self-confidence?
> Psychosomatic illness: what is it?

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