If left untreated, psoriasis can progress to further complications - increasing the risk people will be diagnosed with arthritis,.Patients can spend most of their lives trying multiple treatments that can control the disease, but often these can stop working or are ineffective.She adds: “Thankfully, once I was with a specialist dermatologist and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, I was given the correct advice and treatment I needed to learn more about the ways in which I can live with the condition.”Psoriasis affects around 1.8 million people in the UK.It is often misunderstood and wrongly assumed to be contagious and “just a skin condition”.One of the most disturbing findings was that more than 80 per cent of people with psoriasis regularly experience humiliation and discrimination because of the appearance of their skin.Around a third report being stared at and 41 per cent have been asked if they are contagious.
Within months she has picked up 3,000 Instagram followers and reached thousands of fellow sufferers around the world.
Psoriasis can be difficult to live with but we should never hide away.
Thousands of patients with the condition will now be able to access the drug called Otezla on the NHS.
It works by targeting a protein (PDE4) that controls inflammation of the skin, with trials showing around a third of patients achieved 75 per cent clearer skin after four months.
Psoriasis occurs due to an over-reaction of the immune system, which causes inflammation and rapid growth of skin cells.