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Shattering Psoriasis Stigma: An Eye-Opening Quiz

There is no cure for psoriasis. Seriously, think about it for a minute. Let’s get descriptive here. We’re talking permanent poison ivy until the end of time on skin that feels way too tight. No cure means endless stares, fear of progression, and the impending doom that, at any point in time, your treatment could stop working. No cure means trigger management and moisturizing routines for, well, eternity.

Results from The 2022 Psoriasis & Psoriatic Arthritis In America Survey further prove that psoriasis is so much more than “just a dry skin” condition.

Psoriasis cracks into all areas of life

When you live with a visible condition like psoriasis, no one really wants to be seen. But your experience and your reality matter. As you make your way through the quiz questions below, we hope you will feel seen in a shared experience, validating type of way.

Quick Quiz

Psoriasis is a painful reality for a lot of people. Within 1 painful month, what do you think are the most commonly reported symptoms?

Quick Quiz

Many people don’t understand the painful symptoms of psoriasis, such as cracking and bleeding skin, which 48% of survey respondents reported experiencing. What do you think was the top reported most painful symptom?

Quick Quiz

Progression is scary. Psoriasis inflammation can develop into a deeply painful and further life-altering condition called psoriatic arthritis. Have you spoken to your doctor about psoriatic arthritis?

The emotional grip of psoriasis

Psoriasis controls so much, yet those who live with it feel so out of control. We’re always on edge, wondering if someone is looking at our skin or if we did a good enough job of covering it up. We avoid the color black, and even if it is in the dead of summer, we’ll choose long sleeves if a new plaque is looking particularly angry. We do all this to avoid hurtful stares and uncomfortable questions. Psoriasis does not define us, yet it dictates so much of our daily life.

If that’s not enough of a look into the emotional toll of this overlooked condition, let’s dive into the mental health implications of this visible and stigmatized illness.

Quick Quiz

Psoriasis symptoms can be difficult to maintain and manage. In fact, only 27% of those with psoriasis feel their symptoms are under control. Would you agree?

Quick Quiz

41% of our survey respondents reported having low self-esteem due to their psoriasis symptoms. Does psoriasis play a role in your own self-esteem and confidence levels?

Quick Quiz

61% of those with psoriasis have felt stigmatized due to their visible skin symptoms. Who did survey takers note as being the most judgemental?

Shattering psoriasis stigma starts with you

There are so many myths and misconceptions about psoriasis. No, it’s not contagious. No, it has nothing to do with hygiene. And that miracle cure that worked for your dog walker’s hairdresser? I hate to break it to you, but it’s not going to work for me.

It is misconceptions like these that add to the stigma of this painfully chronic condition. It is misconceptions like these that allow those who live with this lifelong disease to hold overwhelming shame. It is misconceptions like these that our community is committed to shattering.

Join our community today and join us as we continue to raise responsible awareness and provide support to those living with psoriasis.

The 2022 Psoriasis & Psoriatic Arthritis In America Survey was conducted online from January 2022 through April 2022. The survey was completed by 1,075 people.

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.

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