Talking with Family and Friends

Just because psoriasis is visible to others doesn't mean it's easy to talk about. Your family and friends may not know how to bring the subject of psoriasis up, or may not know how to support you.

It Takes a Team

A dermatologist discusses why it’s a good idea to turn to family members for support.

Dr. Menter is chairman of the Division of Dermatology at a prominent U.S. academic medical center. Dr. Menter is also a paid consultant of AbbVie.

Be Prepared with the Facts

Your family and friends will have many questions about psoriasis. But the more you know the facts about psoriasis, the better you can help explain it to others.

Beneath the Surface, a boxed kit that’s free for you, has information that can help answer questions about psoriasis. There are also local and online support groups for family and friends of people living with psoriasis. Ask your dermatologist about how to find one in your area.

Psoriasis and Intimacy

Real intimacy starts with open and honest communication. As with your other relationships, be sure you have access to the facts when you discuss your psoriasis with an intimate partner. Assure him or her that psoriasis is not contagious. It helps if you can let a partner know that you are comfortable with yourself, and that psoriasis is only one part of who you are.

Be sure to talk with your doctor about your feelings and let him or her know any questions you might have.