Misconceptions about psoriasis have had an immeasurable impact on Ravenswood woman Rhonda Smith’s life.
The 56-year-old has lost jobs, moved states and spent days on end hiding in her own home as a result of people misunderstanding what her flaking skin means.
She also lives with the side effects of arthritis, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
“The biggest impact is not being able to do what I want to do all the time,” Mrs Smith said.
Mrs Smith has spoken out after new research revealed 82 per cent of Australians with psoriasis have experienced humiliation or discrimination.
“If people understand it’s not contagious, it’s something we have no control over, I just want people to know I’m not going to hurt you,” Mrs Smith said.