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Common but crushing: how skin conditions can affect mental health

The resources and information you need to support patients coping with ‘just a skin condition’

With the right resources, nurses can improve quality of life for patients coping with ‘just a skin condition’

  • Healthcare professionals and patients often downplay or underestimate the seriousness of skin conditions, experts say
  • Some patients may see their disease as ‘just a skin condition’ and not seek further treatment
  • How wider understanding of the mental health impact of common conditions, as well as possible treatments, can lead to vast improvement in patients’ quality of life

The mental health impact of living with skin disease is not widely recognised and understood by nurses and other healthcare professionals,

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