Psoriasis in winter: what we’ve learned

Posted April 5th, 2013 by

The winter months can mean dry air, less sunlight, indoor heating, and heavy clothing – not the best conditions for people living with psoriasis. As part of our continuing seasonal series, we conducted a
survey of our psoriasis community between October and March, receiving responses from over 500 patients.

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We asked everything from, “How does the way you dress for winter affect your psoriasis?” to “Does getting the sniffles or the flue impact your condition?” Members in more than 15 countries responded, signaling our survey is really starting to go global!

The average age of those who responded was 45, with 70% women and 30% men. In response to whether or not getting sick had an effect on their psoriasis, most people (40%) said that it had an effect, 33% said it affected their psoriasis “a little”, while 27% said it had no effect.

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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).

Interested in other seasonal psoriasis insights?  Find tips about living with psoriasis during the summertime in our previous report.

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