Psoriasis is a painful, inflammatory skin disease characterized by scaly plaques. This chronic condition affects 1 million Canadians. It can range from mild to severe depending on the amount of body surface involved, and can affect any area of the body including scalp, face, hands and feet, nails, genitals and skin folds.
The skin affected by psoriasis may appear pink or red on lighter skin tones and more purple or grey on darker skin tones.
Dry areas of skin, usually covered with scales and sometimes with raised edges
Itching and skin pain
Joint pain, swelling or stiffness
The physical and emotional burden associated with psoriasis impacts the quality of life of those with the condition, often leading to anxiety and depression. It can be extremely isolating and affect things such as your relationships, social activities, and even your ability to work or attend school.
If psoriasis could be impacting your quality of life, download our questionnaire and use it in discussion with your doctor at your next visit. It’s important to work with your doctor to find a treatment plan that helps you manage your symptoms.
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An estimated 1-3% of people in Canada are affected by psoriasis. Reena Ruparelia, a Toronto-based health & wellness coach and psoriasis advocate, has been living with this condition since she was 14 years old. She shares how the disease has impacted her life and how finding a treatment that worked for her skin has been life changing.
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