Quality of life in patients with psoriasis

Written by: Dr. José Luis López Estebaranz
Edited by: Top Doctors®


More than 125 million people worldwide suffer from psoriasis , in Spain there are about 800,000. In my previous articles I explained what is psoriasis, its causes, types and treatments , but now I want to focus on, perhaps, the most important thing: the quality of life of people. Psoriasis is a complex and chronic disease, which has no cure and causes that are not completely known, although it is known that different factors are involved and there is a genetic predisposition. In spite of everything, the advances in research allow us to live without the discomfort caused by the disease, although this does not mean that psoriasis affects the quality of life of patients in a very important way.

Thus, it has been observed that psoriasis has a physical and emotional impact on the quality of life of patients similar to other chronic diseases such as diabetes, depression, hypertension or cancer.. It should be noted that the clinical involvement of psoriasis influences the patient's image and often causes the rejection of other people, affecting their social, family, couple, sexual or work life. This fact can produce anxiety and depression , can produce an increase in the consumption of alcohol, tobacco and food and can cause disturbances in concentration both at work and in studies.

The figures available on the involvement of psoriasis in the quality of life of the patient are striking: a large percentage suffer from sleep disorders , in addition to sexual difficulties , are conditioned by the disease and states that psoriasis affects them significantly in their daily activities. It is therefore clear that it is a disease that seriously affects the quality of life of those who suffer it.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. José Luis López Estebaranz

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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