TALKING WITH FAMILY
AND FRIENDS

Person talking to friends for psoriasis support Person talking to friends for psoriasis support Person talking to friends for psoriasis support

For someone with psoriasis, the support of your family and friends can be priceless—having someone to share in your triumphs and milestones, and lift you up when you get down.

But some people have a hard time getting past what they see. They might not understand how you feel. That’s why helping people understand the deeper story behind psoriasis can open up the conversation and allow them to be a part of your support system and care team.

Tips for Talking

Illustration of a megaphone reminding you to talk about your psoriasis Illustration of a megaphone reminding you to talk about your psoriasis Illustration of a megaphone reminding you to talk about your psoriasis

Speak up

Sometimes the hardest part of talking about your psoriasis is just starting the conversation. You may be embarrassed, but get past the mental hurdle and it might be easier than you thought.

Illustration of a checklist on a clipboard Illustration of a checklist on a clipboard Illustration of a checklist on a clipboard

Plan ahead

Winging it doesn’t always work out. Have an idea of what you want to say and how you want to say it, and it can help you from getting flustered while talking about your psoriasis.

Illustration of an hourglass Illustration of an hourglass Illustration of an hourglass

Be patient

Some people may feel uncomfortable asking you about your psoriasis, or just not know much about it. Help them understand and, if they still don’t get it, you can rest easy knowing you tried.

Illustration of two speech bubbles Illustration of two speech bubbles Illustration of two speech bubbles

Follow up

You live with psoriasis every day, so one conversation is rarely enough to tell the whole story. Plus, people may not know how to respond at first. Keep the dialogue going and see what blooms.

Illustration of a thumbs-up Illustration of a thumbs-up Illustration of a thumbs-up

Keep it real

Being completely upfront and open about your symptoms and their impact can help you and your dermatologist find the right treatment plan for you and ways to help manage your condition.

Intimacy and Psoriasis

Two people talking about psoriasis Two people talking about psoriasis Two people talking about psoriasis

It’s not contagious.

That’s what you want to know—and it’s most likely what your partner wants to hear before getting intimate. Like any relationship, just being honest and open is usually the best way to go. It can make both of you feel more comfortable, which is never a bad thing when you’re getting close.

If you still have questions about psoriasis and intimacy, see what others have said and done in their relationships.

Find more insight and support at the psoriasisSPEAKS Community ➜