A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729). This special issue belongs to the section "Physiology and Pathology".

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Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, Wroclaw Medcial Unieversity, ul. T. Chałubińskiego 1, 50-367 Wroclaw, Poland
Interests: systemic itch; uremic pruritus; itch in dermatoses; skin and psyche
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Department of Psychology, Faculty of Education University of Zaragoza, Aragon Health Sciences Institute (IACS), 50009 Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: quality of life; psychodermatology; psychoeducation; health psychology
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Dear Colleagues,

Psychodermatology is a rapidly growing field. It combines dermatologic, psychiatric, and psychologic symptomatology. Skin diseases, due to their chronicity, visibility, and frequently occurring subjective symptoms, especially itch, predispose patients to develop secondary psychiatric disturbances, like depression and/or anxiety. This definitely influences coping strategies for dermatology patients. Many skin diseases are stress-induced ones, as psychological stress exacerbates skin conditions. Although skin disorders are mostly not life threatening, they heavily influence patients’ quality of life. All the domains, including physical, mental, and social functioning are affected. Moreover, patients with skin diseases present with increased level of stigmatization. One can also underline that dermatologists are quite frequently confronted with psychiatric disturbances with cutaneous manifestations or cutaneous imaginary symptoms. Within this group of so-called psychodermatoses, let us mention trichotillomania, onychotillomania, or delusional parasitosis. Another important, not enough deeply studied problem, are self-inflicted lesions in dermatology, previously called dermatitis artefacta. The aim of this Special Issue is to offer the platform for discussing all above mentioned problems within clinicians and basic science researches. We do hope that published papers will contribute to better the understanding of bilateral connections between skin and psyche and will be beneficial for a holistic approach to our patients.

You may choose our Joint Special Issue in Psych.

Prof. Dr. Jacek C Szepietowski
Prof. Dr. Lucia Tomas-Aragones
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  • psychodermatoses
  • secondary psychiatric disease
  • body dysmorphic disorder
  • quality of life
  • stigmatization
  • coping strategies

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Quality-of-Life Impairment among Patients with Hidradenitis Suppurativa: A Cross-Sectional Study of 1795 Patients
by Piotr K. Krajewski, Łukasz Matusiak, Esther von Stebut, Michael Schultheis, Uwe Kirschner, Georgios Nikolakis and Jacek C. Szepietowski
Life 2021, 11(1), 34; - 8 Jan 2021
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The chronic, inflammatory skin disorder hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is associated well documented negative influences on patients’ quality of life (QoL). The aim of this study was to present more robust data on patients’ QoL impairment by demographic data and its correlation with well-known [...] Read more.
The chronic, inflammatory skin disorder hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is associated well documented negative influences on patients’ quality of life (QoL). The aim of this study was to present more robust data on patients’ QoL impairment by demographic data and its correlation with well-known HS risk factors on a cohort of 1795 German patients. The instrument used for measuring QoL in this study was the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI). Overall, patients reported a very large effect of HS on their QoL (mean DLQI: 13.2 ± 8.1 points), and 22% of the analyzed population even reported to consider the effect as extremely large. Women tended to experience significantly higher impairment than men (p < 0.001). QoL impairment correlated positively with pain (r = 0.581, p < 0.001), HS severity (measured by the International Hidradenitis Suppurativa Severity Score System (IHS4)) as well as Hurley. Neck involvement tended to decrease QoL significantly more than any other location (14.7 ± 8.3 points). This study confirms the enormous influence of HS on patients’ QoL in a large cohort. Knowledge of QoL impairment in such patients is crucial for proper understanding and holistic management of this disease. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Psychodermatology)
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