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Psoriasis Found to Affect Daily Lives of Women More Than Men

Posted: October 12, 2009

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Women were also more likely than men to experience anger, frustration, embarrassment and helplessness with regards to their psoriasis. In addition, they reported more day-to-day physical discomfort than men, including itching, irritation and pain from psoriasis.

Women were particularly sensitive to the effect of psoriasis on their appearance. More than half (57%) of women said their psoriasis is disfiguring, compared with 48% of men, and nearly half (48%) of the women surveyed said they alter their clothing choices to conceal psoriasis, compared to a third (32%) of men.

"Studies like ours show that psoriasis is a complicated and serious disease, which affects people not just physically, but emotionally as well," said Randy Beranek, president and CEO of the National Psoriasis Foundation. "As there is still so much that we need to learn about the causes of psoriasis and its impact on our society, it is the top priority of this organization to dramatically increase the amount and quality of psoriasis research conducted in the U.S."

The data in the survey were gathered by the National Psoriasis in 11 rounds of telephone and Internet surveys over six years. Nearly 5,000 people with psoriasis participated, making this the largest study of its kind conducted with the psoriasis population.

The National Psoriasis Foundation encourages people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis to seek treatment for their disease, and to access information about education and support services including interactive online resources and local support groups, at www.psoriasis.org.