April 18, 2014


Understand what it means to have mild psoriasis

If you have psoriasis, your doctor may have explained to you a bit about the symptoms. In short, psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition that can cause red skin patches, often covered in silver flaky scales, which form on areas of your body where new skin cells grow faster than normal.

Psoriasis is usually classified as mild, moderate, or severe based on how large an area it affects and how the condition affects the person's quality of life. If your psoriasis has been classified as mild psoriasis that means that the condition affects 5% or less of your body surface area and has a minimal impact on your quality of life.

But even with mild psoriasis, you may experience some of the negative effects of the condition. If you ever feel stressed, embarrassed, angry, frustrated, or helpless because of your condition, know that you are not alone. These emotions are common among those living with psoriasis. Your relationships at home, work, or school may be affected, and you could face social stigma since psoriasis is visible to others. Your self-esteem may even be affected.

Currently, there is no cure for psoriasis, so you must find ways to live with your condition and to manage it every day. The good news is that with proper treatment, your psoriasis lesions can be cleared, and you can enjoy a better quality of life.

You have many treatment options available to you. And there are effective treatments for all severities of psoriasis - including your mild psoriasis. If you haven't already, talk to your doctor about your treatment options or ask about getting a referral to see a dermatologist who specializes in treating psoriasis.

To locate a dermatologist in your area who specializes in psoriasis, use the Dermatologist Finder. You can also learn more about psoriasis severity by using the Psoriasis Severity Calculator.

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