Psoriasis is a personal subject. You may feel awkward or uncomfortable talking about it, but, facing it head-on can help you manage how it affects your family and work life. Here are some tips for talking about your condition:
Tell them when you’re ready
Use your best judgement when you decide to tell someone about your psoriasis. You may want to get it out in the open as soon as possible. Or you may want to build up some more trust first. Whenever you decide the time is right to share your story, remember to be open and honest about the condition. For example, you might say something like this: "I don't want you to be worried about what you see on my hands (or face, etc.). So let me put your mind at ease. I have a skin condition called psoriasis. It's not contagious, but it can be itchy and annoying."
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