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Are You Satisfied With Your Psoriasis Treatment?

Dissatisfied with your psoriasis treatment? You’re not alone. The majority of people with psoriasis surveyed report that even with treatment, psoriasis is a significant problem in their lives.

Your doctor won’t know psoriasis is a problem for you, though, unless you speak up. Psoriasis isn’t curable, but chances are good that there’s a psoriasis treatment you and your doctor haven’t tried.

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Psoriasis Treatment Dissatisfaction Is Common

The National Psoriasis Foundation, a nonprofit organization, conducts surveys twice a year to track trends among people with psoriasis. They ask people with psoriasis to dish dirt on doctors, drugs, and life in general with psoriasis.

Among those surveyed, two-thirds of people with psoriasis visit a dermatologist for their psoriasis treatment. About one in five see a general practitioner, and roughly one in four see a rheumatologist.

As for doctors' availability, most people report that when there's a need, they’re able to see their dermatologist. Two-thirds reported being able to get an appointment in less than one month.

For overall psoriasis treatment satisfaction, though, the numbers don’t look so good:

  • Only 29% of people with psoriasis say they’re "very satisfied" with their psoriasis treatment.
  • Among those with psoriatic arthritis, only 36% are very satisfied. 
  • One in 10 people with psoriasis have stopped seeking treatment, either because it was unsuccessful or because of the cost.

Most people surveyed were receiving treatment for psoriasis, but treatment hadn’t eliminated the impact of their psoriasis:

  • 41% said psoriasis was a large problem in their lives.
  • For 38% of people, psoriasis was a moderate problem.
  • Only 19% said psoriasis was a small problem in their lives.

Of course, no survey is perfect. Only the opinions of people who respond are counted. People might be more likely to respond if they’re frustrated -- making the results appear worse than reality. Still, the surveys suggest most people are not satisfied with their psoriasis treatment.

Improving Your Satisfaction With Psoriasis Treatment

Psoriasis isn’t curable, and its severity varies widely. Some people just have worse symptoms than other people. That can’t be helped. But to some degree, satisfaction with psoriasis treatment is up to you.

  • Ask questions during your visits to the doctor.
  • Get more familiar with your own pattern of psoriasis. Track psoriasis outbreaks and any potential triggers.
  • Become familiar with the various categories of psoriasis treatments: topical treatments, oral drugs, and biologics (which are injected as well as taken orally).
  • Stick with your psoriasis treatment. Topical treatments can be messy and inconvenient, but people often abandon them without allowing them a full chance to work.

For many people, total satisfaction with psoriasis treatment will only come when there’s a cure. Until then, your best shot is to learn about available treatments for psoriasis, become an expert in your own pattern of psoriasis, and partner with your doctor to manage your psoriasis.

If something isn’t working, if it’s time to try something new, or if you’re just unhappy with your psoriasis treatment, say so. Your doctor may not realize it’s time for a change without hearing it from you.

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Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on August 31, 2014

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