12 Mar '11, 8am

Psoriasis condition more than skin deep

SINGAPORE: Experts have urged those who are suffering from psoriasis -- a non-contagious but incurable inflammatory skin condition -- to come forward to seek treatment. Psoriasis leads to the thickening of the skin and scaling, and affects about one per cent of Singapore's population. Thirty-six-year-old Shawn Wong, a psoriasis patient of 21 years, said the condition caused him to be constantly depressed, as he had to cope with the social stigma and endure pain. "You have a lot of things to be mindful of, in terms of putting on the lotion and psychologically," the marketing professional said. "You have to be careful not to be affected by stares; people may wonder what the red patches on your skin are, and if they are contagious. From there, you get emotionally affected and distressed by it." Psoriasis has been shown to affect health-related quality of life to an extent sim...

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