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I’ve just been told I have Psoriasis, what is that?

If you find that you have thick, scaly and inflamed areas of skin you might have psoriasis.

There might be other symptoms. As psoriasis is related the autoimmune system, you might find that your skin condition is relatively good, but you have joint or stomach inflammations. Arthritis and crones disease can be co-factors in psoriasis.

The best first step is to explain all of your symptoms to your general practitioner and they will refer you to a dermatologist to confirm that you have psoriasis. Perhaps you will see a gastroenterologist or rheumatologist if further symptoms are present.

Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can cause painful physical, functional and psychological disability. Early detection is important to reduce complications and delay the onset of severe symptoms.  

This is an often hidden condition, but we are here to help. It is common for psoriasis sufferers to feel anxious, embarrassed, unattractive or depressed, so please make sure you let your doctor know all your symptoms.

Where does Psoriasis come from?

Psoriasis is a common, chronic skin condition, caused by an overactive immune system. The cause has nothing to do with cleanliness and it is not contagious.

The condition onset usually occurs in people in their early twenties, however there is also a smaller peak onset between 55-60 years of age. Children may also have psoriasis triggered through strep throat or hormonal changes.

Psoriasis is not strictly genetic but one third of sufferers have a family member who also has psoriasis.

Become a member

  • Fun social events
  • Seminars, webinars and support
  • Illuminating information for you and your family
  • Help educate doctors and fund research
  • Access new medications earlier
  • Quarterly newsletter

Essential Facts

  • This is a chronic (long term) disease, which can occur from any age.
  • Once you have psoriasis, it is a lifetime condition, so we help you find out all about it.
  • It’s related to the immune system and so is not something you can catch or give to someone else.
  • There is no cure but there are plenty of treatment options
  • With the right help you can manage psoriasis effectively

I have Psoriatic Arthritis, what does that mean?

  • Not everyone with Psoriasis gets Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis is often a mild form of arthritis
  • This may have only a minimal impact on your life
  • There is no definitive test for Psoriatic Arthritis


How do I handle Psoriasis?

We are here to help.

This is a condition that can really make you feel that life is unfair and can be a bit overwhelming at times. Doctors often take time to diagnose you and sometimes you’re actually relieved that there is a name for the symptoms you’ve been having. But once you learn that you have a life long condition, it’s time to find out more for your own good health.



The best way to start is to learn about what triggers you and how best to treat this. Your doctor or GP can assist you but alongside this you need to learn for yourself how best to manage day to day. You can also always  email us at info@psoriasisaustralia.org.au

The more you know and educate yourself accurately about the condition the better you will be able to cope. Being well informed is your best weapon against anxiety and stress. Just remember, general information is not accurate for you, so sometimes the worst case scenario can increase your anxiety but you may be affected quite differently.

Please read below for more specific information on triggers, treatments and types of psoriasis.

Ask questions

If you don’t understand anything you’ve been told, keep asking! Every symptom matters and every question is relevant, so make sure your healthcare providers keep you properly informed.

Your healthcare provider has a duty to provide you with the most appropriate care and the correct information to support the decisions they make.

Get involved

At Psoriasis Australia we are here to help you, to inform and create a community with you, but first start with getting to know all about yourself.

Become involved in your care and get the right information for you to be able to make decisions about what you want. Your health care provider is there for you and sometimes things don’t always go as planned, so if you are actively involved you will be able to cope far better with what needs to happen next.  

Try writing down your concerns and questions down before your next appointment and make sure to take them with you.

Discuss all the treatment options available to you and agree on the one that you feel happy to use which suit your lifestyle. We know that if you don’t understand the reasons for your treatment recommendations, you probably won’t use it effectively which means more symptoms and possible complications later on.

Please read below for more specific information on triggers, treatments and types of psoriasis.


Healthcare is a two-way street, you should not just follow, but feel and be a part of the process. Remember it’s your body, your life, so you need to have control too!

If, you don’t like what is being said, challenge it. We know that can be difficult and stressful. If you need help in understanding how to speak about your concerns, we are here to help, just email us at info@psoriasisaustralia.org.au.

As a general guideline, writing down your feelings helps you to express your concerns in a calm and polite way. This will help you to get a better response every time.