I Am Newly Diagnosed
So you have psoriasis, or psoriatic arthritis, or maybe both. What does it all mean? What is going to change? What do you do?
Being diagnosed with Psoriasis will mean that you are among the many Malaysians (1- 4% of population) with Psoriatic disease. We want you to know that you are not alone. To understand what it means about having Psoriasis especially in Malaysia, please visit our FAQ pages.
There is no known medical cure for Psoriasis. It is a lifelong illness and you may have remission periods in your life. You will be glad to know that medical science has advanced tremendously to treat Psoriasis and many scientists are working towards a cure as Psoriasis affects millions of people around the world.
For now, It is important to know that you know your medical treatment options including the following support :
Depending on your unique situation, you may need to build a team of doctors and other health care providers to best manage your disease and help you thrive.
This specialist helps you treat and manage your psoriasis especially when your skin is affected. Learn more about dermatologists in Malaysia here.
This specialist helps you treat and manage your psoriatic arthritis. Learn more about rheumatologists in Malaysia here.
Primary Care Providers
Primary care providers or general practitioners (Known as GP doctors) can help you maintain your overall health, including screening you for comorbidities. Learn more about primary care providers in Malaysia here.
Many psoriasis patients will be approaching retail pharmacy chains to buy your medication to manage your psoriasis. This may include many hair and skin care products that are more suitable.
For patients that are on select treatments at the hospital, you will have to purchase such treatments at the hospital’s pharmacy or directly through your doctor.
Speak to your local doctor or pharmacist for help.
PAM advocates for using medicine that is approved by the NPRA (National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency). You may perform a product search online at NPRA. To know how to identify medicine that is registered with the Ministry of Health, click here.
Emotional and Mental Health Care
In general, the more severe your Psoriasis (especially depending on the severity of your lesions or the location of your lesions), your emotional and mental health may be affected negatively.
PAM association members understand that Psoriasis patients often face stigma, misunderstanding, alienation and other forms of reactions from family members, friends, co-workers and the general public. We understand that not everyone may face this but for those that do, it can start affecting your emotions and mental health.
Patients with Psoriasis may sometimes experience other physiological symptoms such as tiredness, sleep issues, itchiness and other symptoms that affect your mood, emotions and mental health.
We recommend that facing up to negative emotions or mental health is nothing to be ashamed about. In fact, it is an important part of managing your condition and is just as important as managing the physical aspects of Psoriasis.
Another important aspect is not having to go through Psoriasis disease alone. Many Malaysians have found that their journey in Psoriasis disease has improved tremendously by knowing more Malaysians with Psoriasis through the Psoriasis Association of Malaysia.
It is important to have friends who share the same condition. We have patients that speak different languages in Malaysia.
Staying motivated to care for yourself and adopting an attitude to care for your own health are important attitudes. It is important to manage the following areas of your life.
Hygiene and skin care
Screening for comorbidities
Depending on the severity of your Psoriasis or Psoriatic Arthritis, costs from annual treatment for psoriasis can range from below RM1,000 to RM50,000 (estimated)
To know what options are available for financial assistance, please click here.