Here is an interesting article you may like to read. ----------
I want to go through a survey which was published under the auspices of the National Psoriasis Foundation. There were 17,000 patients with psoriasis, and this was a standard survey. Let's talk about the results.
These are symptoms patients listed: Scaling - you would imagine everybody had it. Itching - 80 percent of patients complain of itching, burning, and stinging of their psoriasis. Redness you would expect, but it causes tightness of the skin, burning, fatigue, bleeding, in about one-third of the patients.
[There is also the] emotional side of psoriasis - feelings of unattractiveness, depression. The one thing people hate is, "[Is] my psoriasis going to get any worse? I am embarrassed by my psoriasis. I can't wear the clothes I want; I can't work with people because my hands are involved." And this is a high number; 10 percent are young kids who have contemplated suicide. That's higher than almost any other chronic disease. So when managed care turns you down for new drugs, you sure as hell let them know about the emotional aspect of psoriasis because they need to be educated.
Now the social aspect: How many people out there, little kids, have looked at you and backed off? People have gone to swimming pools, they have gone to food-related activities, and they have been told, "Hang on, you have a condition that may be contagious."
I gave a talk at Baylor this morning about the history of psoriasis from biblical times until 1800. For 1800 years, psoriasis was considered to be leprosy
, and people were barred from doing things. People were burned at the stake in the 14th century because they thought they had leprosy
, so psoriasis is often mistaken as other diseases.
An interesting survey was done relating to the impact disease has, and they took hypertension, heart disease, heart failure, diabetes, depression, arthritis, cancer. Now where does psoriasis fit into this? The lower the score, the worse the patients report their physical outcomes. Heart failure is 35, psoriasis 41. Psoriasis is second. Hypertension, heart attack, diabetes, depression, arthritis, cancer, of all these 7 to 8 diseases out there, psoriasis is second in the severity of the physical outcomes relating to it.
Now let's talk about the social or mental outcomes. The same diseases were taken, and psoriasis again is number two - not second best, but second worst, to depression.http://www.healthtalk.com/psoriasis/programs/101403/page04.cfm