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Lifestyle advice

Psoriasis at work

Managing psoriasis whilst working can feel overwhelming at times. It is important to understand your condition, the resources you have available to you, and how to discuss your condition with others if you choose to. By being informed on what aspects of work would be a problem for you and how you can be supported, you will be able to take more control of your condition’s impact.

You may not want to disclose your condition to your manager – however, some people with psoriasis find it helpful, so they can access support at work

If you want to discuss your condition with your manager, try to do so during a time when neither of you are under any pressure. Be open and describe to them how your psoriasis can affect your performance (for example, if you experience joint pain), what reasonable adjustments could help, and what you need to do to look after yourself (e.g. regular breaks or time off to attend appointments). By remaining upfront and specific with your employers, you can find ways to resolve any problems you are facing, improve your productivity and wellbeing.

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Everyone with psoriasis has different needs for reasonable adjustments. Nevertheless, there are a few adjustments which it is likely someone with psoriasis – including joint pain - may need:

  • Assistive devices to make your workspace more comfortable.
  • Protected time for scheduled skincare routines to keep your skin moisturised.

Support from your organisation can be really helpful, but there are also things you could try to look after yourself at work:

  • Keep a stash of topical treatments and itch-relieving medications where you work, so you always know you have something to hand that can help your symptoms.
  • Put a cold pack in the workplace fridge to help with itch when you need relief.
  • If possible, vary your activities throughout the day so that you avoid sitting or repeating the same action for too long to minimise pressure on your body.

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