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Psoriasis is a common skin condition in which silvery scales form on the skin due to abnormally rapid skin cell growth. This may cause itching, irritation, redness, and flaking of the skin. Despite the uncomfortable symptoms, according to a recent study, nearly 30 percent of psoriasis sufferers stop medical treatment. Why did so many of these people stay away from the doctor?
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, reviewed the results of a survey conducted by the National Psoriasis Foundation between 2003 and 2011. The survey consisted of 5,604 sufferers of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Nearly 50 percent of those with mild psoriasis, over 30 percent of moderate psoriasis sufferers, and up to 30 percent of severe psoriasis sufferers did not continue treatment. All across the board, these numbers are shockingly high, especially for those with severe psoriasis. Why did so many people leave their psoriasis untreated?
As with many medical conditions, inadequate insurance coverage was a common deterrent for many seeking treatment of their psoriasis. For others, dissatisfaction with their current treatment was enough to stop them from seeking further treatment. There is no permanent cure for psoriasis; however, newer treatments can provide patients with long-term remission. If not treated, psoriasis can vastly lower one’s quality of life, possibly leading to depression. Psoriasis varies from person to person, making its treatment trial-and-error until the most suitable method is found.
If you are suffering from psoriasis, you do not need to tolerate it any longer. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss treatment options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at diagnosing and treating psoriasis and other common conditions of the skin, hair and nails. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn Heights, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City (Upper West Side, Upper East Side), Brooklyn (Park Slope) Westchester County (Ossining, Briarcliff Manor), Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.