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    Psoriasis patient point of view

    Survey highlights the challenges of controlling psoriasis flares.

     

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    SYMPTOMS

    Stress and anxiety prompted psoriasis in 86% of cases. 17% of respondents were diagnosed before age 15. Less than ½ of respondents started out with mild psoriasis, which covered less than 3% of their body; typically affecting the scalp, elbows or legs.

    INITIAL SYMPTOMS

    - Itching 62%
    - Red patches of skin with silvery scales (plaques) 53%
    - Scale/crust/lesions on the scalp 46%
    - Dry, cracked skin 44%
    - Bright red, smooth, shiny patches of skin 35%
    - Pain 30%
    - Pink or red spots on skin 9%

    AFFECTED BODY AREAS AT DIAGNOSIS

    - Scalp 61%
    - Elbows 53%
    - Legs 6%
    - Knees 38%
    - Face/ears 35%
    - Arms 33%
    - Hands 28%
    - Torso/trunk 25%

      DIAGNOSIS

      - Plaque psoriasis 76%
      - Psoriatic arthritis 49%
      - Nail psoriasis 30%
      - Guttate psoriasis 13%

        EXISTING SYMPTOMS

        Despite treatment, 99% of patients experienced symptoms within the last three months. 53% experience 8 or more flares a year, with flares often lasting longer than a month.

        - Itching 81%
        - Red patches of skin with silvery scales (plaques) 69%
        - Dry, cracked skin 66%
        - Fatigue 66%
        - Swollen and/or stiff joints 63%
        - Pain 58%
        - Scale/crust/lesions on the scalp 57%
        - Bright red, smooth, shiny patches of skin 50%
        - Thickened, pitted, or ridged nails 47%
        - Burning sensation on skin 44%

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