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Psoriasis in education

Having psoriasis while at school, college or university can pose unique challenges at times. For example, some people have said that their symptoms make it difficult to concentrate and actively take part in their classes. The look and smell of certain treatments can also make some people feel self-conscious.

If you or your child have mild psoriasis, you may not want to disclose the condition to a tutor or teacher – however, some people with psoriasis find it helpful, so they can access support if needed. Tutors can be understanding, and they are there to enable and support learning. You also have the right to ask them not to share details of your condition, or your child’s condition, with others.

By being informed on what aspects of school, college or university are a problem and how you or your child can be supported, you will be able to reduce the impact the condition can have.

Young female student in class working

How could the school, college or university help?

There are a number of ways educational institutions can help you or your child with psoriasis:

  • Allowed time to take off for medical appointments or phototherapy sessions
  • Extra support getting back into studies after time off, to ease back into it
  • Option to not do physical activities, or change in a private space
  • Extra time to complete exams, supervised breaks during exams, and allowances if a flare-up means you’re unable to attend them
  • Place of privacy to take medications or apply topical treatments
  • Alternative arrangements for work and deadlines if symptoms, fatigue, stress and effects of medication are an issue
  • Contact from staff during any periods of time away from studies

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