Many psoriasis patients dissatisfied withtreatment Kathryn Doyle writingReuters reportedhalf of people with psoriasis are not satisfied with the treatment they're receiving for theskin condition, according to a new study. Marked by recurring patches of scaly, itchyskin, psoriasis affects about seven million adultsthe U.S. and can be treated withtopical creams, light therapy and oral mediions. Up to 20 percent of psoriasis patients eventuallydevelop a form of arthritis related to the condition called psoriatic arthritis, accordingto the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.quot;Compared to other chronic conditions, patients
with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis maybe at particularly increased risk of not receiving adequate treatment,quot; lead author AprilArmstrong, a dermatologist at the University of California, Davis, said.Although that's not always a problem for people with mild psoriasis, those with more severeforms of the condition have an increased risk of a range of other health problems, researcherssaid. Between 2003 and 2011, more than 5,000 psoriasisor psoriatic arthritis patientsthe U.S. filled out surveys about prescription mediionuse and treatment satisfaction for the National Psoriasis Foundation.Depending on the year, between nine and 30
percent of the almost 1,900 people with severepsoriasis were not receiving treatment, with higher percentages for mild and moderate psoriasis.Just over half of psoriasis patients and 45 percent of those with psoriatic arthritisreported being dissatisfied with their treatment, according to results publishedJAMA Dermatology.Comment: Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are major health problems because of the socialostrasization patients feel when they have the disease.