Psoriasis can have a real impact on all aspects of your life, including your work. During a flare-up, you might be in too much discomfort or pain to do your job and you may need to see the doctor for a visit or a treatment, such as phototherapy. This could leave you no choice but to take time off work.

There’s no doubt about it—having to miss work due to a psoriasis flare-up can be stressful. You may worry about your job security and lost productivity. Make it a little easier on yourself by knowing what your rights are and how to best approach the issue with your employer.

Be Upfront and Honest

First of all, when starting a new job, you should let your boss or HR rep know right away that you’ve been diagnosed with psoriasis. “This will help to prevent any uncomfortable situations later on, and your employer will be more likely to understand when you have to take time off,” says Ellen Mullarkey, a VP of business development for the Messina Staffing Group.