What Do You Know About Psoriasis?
Jacqueline Ho | Mar 23rd 2014 Jan 9th 2014
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Psoriasis is contagious
Psoriasis is not contagious. You cannot "catch" psoriasis from a person who has the skin condition. Public fear that psoriasis is contagious is one of the most emotionally-damaging myth for people living with psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a temporary cosmetic problem
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
Some medications have been reported to make psoriasis symptoms worse. Examples include Lithium, Inderal, antimalerial drugs, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen.
Psoriasis is not painful
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
The National Psoriasis Foundation reports that approximately 20,000 children under the age of 10 are diagnosed with psoriasis every year.
Genetics plays a role in who develops psoriasis
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 to improve psoriasis symptoms
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.