Seeing the big picture

Moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis may affect you in a lot of ways—some you haven’t thought much about. Here are some tips for important parts of your life.

Moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis may affect you in a lot of ways—some you haven’t thought much about. Here are some tips for important parts of your life.

The big picture guide tip 1

It can be scary talking to friends or loved ones about psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. But why not be open? If your skin plaques or joint pain comes up, reassure them that psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are autoimmune diseases and neither are contagious. A little education can go a long way. When you're up-front about your condition, people may understand you better as a person, which is always good. If some dismiss it as no big deal, remember: it’s their issue, not yours.

The big picture guide tip 2

Stress can trigger psoriasis flare-ups, and sometimes managing psoriasis can trigger stress. So what do you do? Pay attention to how you’re feeling and what you’re doing when you have a flare-up. Drinking too much, carrying extra weight, and being around people who smoke can be triggers for psoriasis. A cold or some other illness as well as stress can be triggers for psoriatic arthritis. If you're feeling overwhelmed, try to meditate, exercise, and eat a little healthier. You’re not alone—there are support groups and online communities where you can learn from others who are not letting their psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis stop them.

The big picture guide tip 3

Sometimes you need to talk to others who are depending on you to get things done. Being open nearly always helps. Plaques can show up on many parts of the body, including on hands, feet, elbows, knees, and scalp. Joint pain, swelling, or stiffness can make your regular daily routine impossible. During a flare-up, arranging a flexible schedule may help. If you need to, speak with a teammate who may have some useful ideas. There may be ways to help you feel more at ease as you do your part, which can make things better all around.

Find a doctor today

For a chance at 100% skin clearance* of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis or relief from psoriatic arthritis joint pain, why not ask your doctor if Taltz is right for you?

* In a clinical trial for people with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis who used Taltz, up to 90% of people saw a significant improvement in their plaques at 12 weeks. 4 out of 10 people achieved 100% clear skin.

In a separate clinical trial for psoriatic arthritis, more than half of people taking Taltz experienced less joint pain and improved mobility at 6 months.