“I’ve been diagnosed with psoriasis, what do I do now?”
“Will I have to live with this disease forever? What does the future have in store for me?”
A diagnosis of psoriasis is a starting point for many people to begin to learn how to manage and care for their skin. Addressing the symptoms of the disease is essential to living well with psoriasis.
If you live with psoriasis or love someone who does, the Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients—or CAPP—is here for you. CAPP provides updated information about psoriasis, including how to live well with the disease, available treatments, how to manage your symptoms and how to support your mental health.
“We often hear from people living with psoriasis that they experience feelings of anxiety and depression, strains on their relationships, and frequently hide their skin from others, even on hot days,” says CAPP’s Executive Director, Rachael Manion. “There is a community of support available to people living with psoriasis so that no one has to face this disease alone.”
Due to its inflammatory nature, psoriasis has many comorbidities—including psoriatic arthritis, which nearly one-third of people with psoriasis will develop, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. CAPP also has a dedicated kids’ corner with information made for kids on how to feel comfortable in their skin.
For those supporting their loved ones with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, CAPP also has information on caring for someone with the diseases. It recently focused on the impacts of psoriasis on intimacy during its PsoIntimate campaign in February. “Conversations about psoriasis and people’s intimate lives still take place in the shadows,” says CAPP’s Co-Chair, Christian Boisvert-Huneault. “As an organization founded to support people impacted by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, we are here to make sure that our community has resources to help them navigate sensitive conversations and get high quality healthcare and treatments.”
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The Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients (CAPP) was formed in 2012 to serve people impacted by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. CAPP’s mission is to be a resource to these people by improving their quality of life, raising awareness, providing education, advocating for better access to care and treatments, and supporting research.