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Problems With Psoriasis


The symptoms of joint disease and arthropathic psoriasis must be aware. Psoriasis is a skin disease , non-contagious chronic autoimmune disease that can occur at any age. In Portugal, affecting about 2-3% of the population. With 250,000 Portuguese have psoriasis. There is little known by the general public , which often is given a negative connotation and is confused with diseases.

Psoriasis is not perceived as a disease of the skin , affecting the body as a whole with generalized inflammation , which involves oxidative and metabolic balance in the body and having an impact on various organ systems , namely , the skin is the largest organ in human joints , the cardiovascular system and / or liver disease, among others.

This view is systemic disease , spoken in comorbidities including diabetes, obesity, increased blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides , hypertension, angina and myocardial infarction, stroke, liver fatty , arthritis , depression, and certain types of tumors . Achieving nails ( drilling thickening , changes in hue and / or detachment ) is generally a predictor of disease arthropathic psoriasis – joint .

It follows that therapeutic strategies have to be defined according to the severity of illness , impact on quality of life and characteristics of each individual. Lesions on the scalp , face , hands , nails and / or genitals, for example, although not occupy large areas of the body surface are very stigmatizing source of distress and in most patients, greatly affects the image , self-esteem and well-being , social relationships , and in some cases , professional, patient.

The stigma and shame

“Sorry, but contagiamos . Contagious is prejudice ” is the motto of PSOPortugal , Portuguese Association of Psoriasis and it is this perspective that advises patients to be pro – active , talking about his illness and showing confidence . The disease can affect men and women of any age, although the drug has already identified two phases particularly critical , especially early adulthood and after 40 years of age.

In addition, more often in cold weather than in warm. The lack of sunlight and increasing dry skin from the cold and heating are considered risk factors . However, we are talking about a strong social and psychological impact chronic, recurrent , ugly and stigmatize with , which tends to limit the family, social and professional .

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