Myths and Facts
Many uninformed people perpetuate all sorts of myths about psoriasis resulting in confusion about the condition and a lot of needless suffering. Here are five common myths debunked.
Myth: Psoriasis is contagious
Fact: You can't catch psoriasis from someone else. The red, scaly patches are the result of a disorder of the immune system - not germs that can be passed from person to person.
Myth: Psoriasis is caused by poor hygiene
Fact: Although it appears on the skin, psoriasis is a chronic disease of the immune system and is not caused or exacerbated by poor personal hygiene. People with psoriasis have a genetic tendency to develop the condition. Stress, infection, skin injury, hormonal changes, and exposure to certain medications can then trigger a flare-up of psoriasisxii.
Myth:Psoriasis is just a cosmetic problem
Fact: Red, scaly patches are just the most visible symptom of psoriasis. The condition can also cause pain and intense itching, as well as skin infections. Some people with psoriasis develop a condition known as psoriatic arthritis, which causes joint pain, stiffness, and swelling.
Myth: Psoriasis is just a physical problem
Fact: Psoriasis is more than skin deep. The often severe skin problems that come with psoriasis can cause intense emotional suffering, including feelings of anger and depression. Embarrassment over the skin's appearance can cause sufferers to avoid common activities like swimming and going to the gym. Some psoriasis sufferers have suicidal thoughts.
Myth: Psoriasis is curable
Fact: Doctors consider psoriasis a chronic, lifelong condition. There is currently no known cure. However, the disease can generally be controlled via a variety of treatments, including lotions, shampoos, pills or injection, and photo therapy. Some people find their psoriasis occurs in cycles, in response to triggers or worsen at certain times of the year. Men and women of all races are at equal risk and it can occur at any age, but most develop the illness in early adulthoodvii
Even though there is no cure for psoriasis, there are many psoriasis treatment options that can effectively control the symptoms of psoriasis. You will need to talk to your doctor in order to come up with a treatment plan that is right for you.