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How do people with psoriasis cope with the drier autumn air? Do they drink more water, use a humidifier in their house or intensively moisturize with a favorite lotion? This was just one thing we set out to discover in our seasonal survey of more than 300 members with psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune condition.
The average age of those who participated was 43, with 74% female and 26% male. What did they have to say? In response to the best way of dealing with the drier air, an overwhelming 71% said, “moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.” 27% agreed that drinking more water was the most effective way to keep your whole body hydrated, and only 2% said that humidifiers worked for them.
We also asked how psoriasis affects quality of life, including social activities, sports, personal relationships and more. These important lifestyle factors were captured using the Dermatological Life Quality Index (DLQI). Internally, PatientsLikeMe refers to DLQI ratings as a person’s “skinpact” because it quantifies how much of an impact psoriasis can have on your lifestyle.
To share what we learned, we’ve put together a new Patient Voice report entitled Uncovering Psoriasis. Don’t miss this in-depth look at how our psoriasis patients rated their “skinpact” this fall along with what specific factors can increase it, from age to the location of an outbreak to the percentage of the body covered with itchy, red plaques (a measurement known as the Body Surface Area or BSA score). Also, discover how many of our respondents get annual flu shots.
Interested in other seasonal psoriasis insight? Find tips about living with psoriasis during the summertime in our previous report.
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