This month Susannah Baron focuses on the quality of life issues to consider when managing someone with a skin disease
Most dermatological diseases are chronic and, as for so many diseases in medicine, we understand just a few of the aetiological factors. Patients with diseases such as psoriasis and rosacea often find it difficult to come to terms with the fact that we do not fully understand why this particular skin disease began at this time in their life. It is also hard to be told that management of disease will be aimed at control because there is often no cure.
Dermatological disease is very visible and causes considerable physical and psychological disability. In the past few years studies have been conducted to try to assess the impact of disease on quality of life. It is so important in the clinic room to remember that your patient may have to spend many hours applying messy creams and ointments which can stain clothes and furniture and clog up the washing machine.