How Much Do You Know About Psoriasis
Amy Tudor | March 20, 2012
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Psoriais is contagious. True or False
The answer is false. Psoriasis is not contagious. You cannot "catch" psoriasis from a person who has the skin condition. Public fear that psoriasis is contagious is probably the most emotionally damaging myth for people living with psoriasis."
Psoriasis is a temporary cosmetic problem. True or false?
The answer is false. Psoriasis is considered to be a life-long, chronic skin disease for which there is no cure. The good news is that there is treatment and people with psoriasis can experience long periods of remission from symptoms.
There are some medications which can trigger a psoriasis flare-up. True or false?
The answer is true. Some medications have been reported to make psoriasis symptoms worse. Examples include Lithium, Inderal, anti-malerial drugs, and nonsteroidal anti-inflamatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen.
Psoriasis is not painful. True or false?
The answer is false. Many people with psoriasis report pain to be part of the condition. In some cases the skin may crack or bleed and cause pain. In addition, up to 30% of people with psoriasis may develop psoriatic arthritis which can cause stiffness and painful swelling in joints.
Psoriasis can affect children as well as adults. True or false?
The answer is true. The National Psoriasis Foundation reports that up to 20,000 children under the age of ten years old will be diagnosed with psoriasis this year.
Psoriasis can be genetically inherited. True or false?
The answer is true. Psoriasis has been found to have a genetic component to it. Up to 30% of people with psoriasis have a family history of the skin condition.
There is nothing you can do about psoriasis. True or false?
The answer is false. While psoriasis is a life-long treatment, it is NOT true that there is nothing you can do to treat it. There are several treatment options and research is expanding the possibilities.