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    Psoriasis patient point of view

    Survey highlights the challenges of controlling psoriasis flares.

     

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    TREATMENT, TRIGGERS, REMISSION

    • 47% were started on a prescription medication within a month of diagnosis with methotrexate being the leading traditional systemic medication for trial and usage.
    • For 11% of patients, more than 5 years lapsed between diagnosis and receiving prescription medication.
    • Only 42 percent of patients have used manufacturer-sponsored discount programs.

    TRIGGERS

    - Stress/anxiety 86%
    - Weather or seasonal changes 65%
    - Dry skin 45%
    - Illness/being sick 40%
    - Injury to the skin (Koebner phenomenon) 34%
    - Heat 29%
    - Suddenly stopping psoriasis treatment 28%
    - Infection 25%
    - Diet 23%
    - Hormonal changes (monthly cycle/period, menopause, puberty) 21%

      REMISSION

      - 62% have never gone into remission
      - 6% were currently in remission
      - 31% went into remission, but psoriasis recurred
      - Among those who experienced remission, for 33% it lasted up to six months; up to one year for 22%; and, up to three years for 19%
      - Remission was attributed to biologics in 36% of cases, topical medications in 30% of cases and the disease resolved on its own in 26% of cases.

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