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Expatriate Healthcare News: Mythology of skin disease problematic

Expatriates struggling with a skin condition might want to look into overseas medical insurance to help them with access to treatment.

According to recent comments from Dr Linda Papadopoulos, psychologist and academic author, the shame found in people with psoriasis is "very much based on the mythology of skin disease".

She explained: "Clarity of skin is almost uniformly seen as an indicator that's desirable. It is an indicator of health and wellness, so culturally it becomes hugely significant."

Dr Papadopoulos added that it can even go so far that people with psoriasis suffer from "things like depression, anxiety and ultimately even suicide".

The comments follow research from LEO Pharma, which found that 94 per cent of GPs questioned did not have sufficient time to discuss the impact of psoriasis on an individual's life with their patients.

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