The International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) has recently called for Psoriasis to be considered a disabling disease. Psoriasis causes physical and social difficulties for those suffering from the disability due to the pain and appearance of the condition.
IFPA Executive Committee Treasurer Josef de Guzman shared his thoughts, “Today, not many people think of psoriasis as a disability but this needs to change. People with psoriasis suffer a number of limitations and restrictions in their lies due to their impairments and are faced with enormous barriers as they try to interact with society.
Psoriasis is a chronic condition where skin cells grow too fast, resulting in thick, white or red patches on the surface of the skin. The patches can become tender and itchy and are most commonly found on the hands, feet, lower back, elbows, knees and scalp. The Savin Center in New Haven, CT treats Psoriasis with light therapy, topical medications and oral medications, and can also help patients suffering from Psoriasis by using biologics (a new medication) to give them clearer skin. The use of biologics (Humira, Enbrel, etc) is revolutionary in the sense that people with extensive psoriasis can look clear (normal) in a bathing suit.