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Psoriasis is More Than Skin Deep
Date:3/4/2010

In addition, other studies have shown that psoriasis patients are more likely to consume excessive amounts of alcohol and cigarettes, both of which can negatively impact a psoriasis patient's health. These detrimental behaviors can further aggravate other conditions associated with psoriasis, such as heart disease and COPD.

Impact on Quality of Life from Psoriasis Cannot be Underestimated

Since psoriasis is a chronic lifelong disease that needs to be controlled with a customized treatment regimen, the constant presence of psoriatic lesions

or unexpected flare-ups – at times when patients least expect it – can cause a considerable amount of stress and anxiety. In fact, psoriasis has long been known to cause considerable emotional stress for patients, including low self-esteem and feelings of rejection, introspection, weight gain, increased use of alcohol and tobacco, and depression (which in some cases can be severe).

Another study conducted by the National Psoriasis Foundation examining attitudes and beliefs about conta
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