Having plaque psoriasis might be merely an annoying nuisance, like a fly you just can’t swat, or for some, it may significantly detract from their quality of life and daily activities. This largely depends on the severity of plaque psoriasis and how well it is treated. Some ways plaque psoriasis can affect quality of life include:
• constant itchiness (like when you had chicken pox, but worse) throughout the day, often disrupting daily activities
• itchiness, pain, cracking, or bleeding at night, causing loss of sleep
• the cosmetic impact (the way the lesion looks, or where the lesion is located on the body), including self-esteem issues, embarrassment, or even depression
• distractions at work, school, and the time and money needed to see a doctor.
Managing flare-ups and comorbidities is the key to managing the disease and maintaining your quality of life.