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

gious diseases among the general population of young adults found that approximately one-third (36 percent) of those surveyed were unsure whether psoriasis was contagious. In addition, when asked their attitudes about dating and skin conditions, more than half (62 percent) of the respondents reported that they take the condition of a person's skin into consideration when first asking someone out on a date. Dr. Menter added that the findings of this survey lend credence to the belief held by many psoriasis patients that their disease can have a negative impact on their personal lives and affect their interpersonal relationships.

"We cannot underestimate the complexity of psoriasis, particularly the psychological impact the disease can have on young people," said Dr. Menter. "Even at a young age, psoriasis can affect a person's relationships at home, work or school, and the disease can contribute to an overall poor body image that can be hard to reverse throughout life."

Dr. Menter added that studies conducted regarding the effect of newer biologic medications, such as adalimumab, etanercept and infliximab, on psychiatric symptoms have shown that psoriasis patients may experience significant improvement in fatigue and other symptoms of depression. The newest biologic agent recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ustekinumab, also has been shown to improve sexual dysfunction in patients with moderate to severe psoriasis up to 10 fold.


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