Psoriasis and relationships

Your psoriasis may affect your relationships with friends, coworkers, or love interests. Some people may feel uncomfortable because they don’t understand what psoriasis is, or maybe they think it's contagious. It's important that you try not to let their sometimes negative reactions affect how you feel about yourself. Below, you'll find tips to help you manage everyday social situations with psoriasis.

Talking to coworkers and family about psoriasis

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."

Stress management
Overdoing things may trigger stress, which could make your psoriasis even worse. Get tips for managing stress.

Be informed
Check out our Resources Library, so you're familiar with the latest developments in psoriasis treatment and care, and so you can answer questions that might come up. If people have more questions, consider sharing an article or the address of a website that you've found helpful.

Hear tips from real patients with plaque psoriasis about how to manage relationships

Dating with psoriasis

Psoriasis can affect your body image and your confidence, but it shouldn’t stop you from dating. Many people try to use makeup or clothing to cover up their psoriasis. That can help you feel more comfortable, but it’s also important to gain confidence within you. Here are some tips to help you feel more comfortable in your own skin.

  • There may not be a perfect time to bring up your condition. So use your best judgement, and know the value of open communication and establishing a supportive relationship
  • Let your partner know that psoriasis is a condition of the immune system and that it is not contagious
  • Understand that flares may occur and what triggers them
  • Tell your partner about your treatment plan and the steps you’re taking to manage symptoms
THE TAKEAWAY
  • Use your best judgement to determine when is the best time to tell someone about your plaque psoriasis
  • Let others know that psoriasis is not contagious and that it is treatable
  • Open communication will help you create stronger, more supportive relationships
“I stopped wearing shorts and going swimming because people thought my psoriasis was contagious.”
Read Robert’s story