What To Do If Your Psoriasis Is Causing Problems At Work
By Freedom 360
Medically reviewed by Freedom 360 Panel of Doctors
Living with psoriasis can be tough, especially when it comes to work. For some it is the challenge of making doctor’s appointments and getting regular treatments which may require taking time off work. For others it is the impact of the condition itself, such as flare-ups on the hands and fingers which make doing some tasks difficult.
Learning to manage your psoriasis in the workplace is just one of the many challenges that people with psoriasis face each day. But with the right treatment and open lines of communication with your employer, psoriasis is not an obstacle to a successful and rewarding career.
According to published researchi the more severe your psoriasis is, the more likely you are to have a reduced income and the less likely you are to be in full-time employment. In other words, the more severe your psoriasis, the greater the impact on your long-term earning capacity and financial health.
Psoriasis patients already bear a financial burden related to the cost of their treatment, so having a reduced earning capacity can make it doubly tough.
For those who are in employment, there is no denying that psoriasis can make it difficult to contribute fully. Another studyii , published in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment, examined the impact of psoriasis on the workplace experiences of patients as well as the way their condition impacted on their productivity. The study found patients experienced a range of issues related to their psoriasis. According to the study 70 per cent of patients indicated psoriasis impacted their productivity and 10 per cent stated they missed work days due to the illness.
However, it is not all bad news. The same study found that with successful treatment, the patient’s productivity improved and the time missed from work decreased (in the study the treatment used was the biologic, ustekinamab).
So improving productivity in the workplace goes hand in hand with the successful treatment of the condition. This is why doctors and patients need to work together to find the best treatment mix to stabilise and control a patient’s condition. And as your psoriasis improves, the obstacles to a better work performance and a more rewarding professional life will slowly recede.
- Horn EJ, Fox KM, Patel V, Chiou C-F, Dann F,Lebwohl M. Association of patient-reported psoriasis severity with income and employment. J AmAcad Dermatol. 2007;57: 963–971.
- Reich et al. Ustekinumab decreases work limitations, improves work productivity, and reduces work days missed in patients with moderate-to-sever psoriasis: Results from PHONEX 2, Journal of Dermatological Treatment, 2010; Early Online 1-11