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More than 125 million people worldwide affected by Psoriasis: PPF report.

'Psoriasis drastically affects the everyday lives of patients as it victimizes more than 125 million people worldwide,' revealed in a statement to mark upcoming International Psoriasis Day.

Pakistan Psoriasis Foundation (PPF) report states that in an analysis of survey data from 5,000 psoriasis patients, 20 % of women said that psoriasis was a massive problem in their everyday lives, compared to only 12 % of men. In addition, approximately 60 % of women said that psoriasis interferes with their ability to enjoy life, as compared to only 52 percent of men. Overall, women have greater difficulty dealing with the psychological and social issues brought about by having psoriasis.

Dr. Fauzia Farid, Seasoned dermatologist and CMO Sindh Government Hospital Saudabad said, 'Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease clinically evident as raised inflamed scaly red skin lesions that crack and itch. International Psoriasis Day is observed globally on 29th of October to increase the awareness of one of the most important skin problems.'

'Psoriasis sufferers feel that people in general, including doctors, underestimate the overall impact the disease has on their lives. It is evident that the disease burden of psoriasis extends beyond the physical symptoms experienced by the patient,' she added.

'Health professional and the general public should not minimize its impact as skin disorders are often chronic but not life threatening but they severely affect the mental wellbeing of patients. Psychologists who know the impact of the mental anxiety should come forward to help patients,' she urged.

She highlighted that psoriasis can also cause inflammation of the joints, which is known as psoriatic arthritis. Almost 10 to 15 percent of people with psoriasis have psoriatic arthritis.

The risk for diabetes mellitus rises substantially in patients with psoriasis, with a 62% increase in risk noted in patients with severe psoriasis. Psoriasis appears to have a greater impact on women's lives and early cardiovascular deaths have been reported in psoriatic patients.

'Psoriasis has a bimodal age of disease onset. The first peak is around 20 and the second peak is around 60. Around one-third of patients are under the age of 18 years. Childhood obesity and psoriasis is considered amongst one of the prevalent factors. It is said that psoriasis has a genetic basis, as 23.4% to 71% of children will have a family history of psoriasis,' she revealed.

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Publication:Pakistan Observer (Islamabad, Pakistan)
Date:Oct 25, 2018
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