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Living with psoriasis

When you read about psoriasis you may also see it being described as mild, moderate and severe. Psoriasis is generally considered mild if it affects less than 3% of your body, moderate it if it affects 3 to 10% of your body and severe if it affects over 10%. As a rough estimate, the area of your hand is about 1% of your skin surface. However, how red, flaky, raised and itchy the psoriasis should also be considered.

If you have psoriasis or know people who do, you will also know that it isn't just about the amount of skin involved that is important, it's also about how it makes a person feel, their thoughts and how it effects everyday life.


High resolution heartPsoriasis can be very distressing for some people and it is known that disease related stress can lead to unhealthy ways of coping such as smoking, drinking alcohol and over eating. Smoking, excessive use of alcohol and weight gain all make psoriasis worse.

In recent years, a link has been reported between severe psoriasis and cardiovascular disease (this includes heart attack and stroke). We don’t know whether all psoriasis patients face the same risk of developing cardiovascular disease and we don't know if the risk is linked to psoriasis itself or due to the unhealthy behaviours people use to cope.

Impact for Patients

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