Stigma of skin condition worse than symptoms
HALF of those living with psoriasis believe the social stigma associated with the skin condition causes them greater distress than the actual medical symptoms of the illness, research reveals.
Launched to mark World Psoriasis Day, the research found that 48pc of people said their fear of what others might think affected them more than the physical challenge of the condition.
More than 100,000 people in Ireland have some form of psoriasis, which causes scaly patches of silvery or red skin.
"Doctors are aware of the physical symptoms associated with psoriasis but patients may not be sharing the psychological consequences with their doctor," said Prof Brian Kirby, consultant dermatologist, St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin.