Psoriasis is an incurable autoimmune disease that afflicts millions of people worldwide. Although research for a total cure is still underway, medical professionals have developed an arsenal of treatments to help manage and suppress its symptoms.
The topic of psoriasis remains a curious one. The general public and even patients themselves still grapple with the myths and facts of this skin condition. Thus, we are here to set the record straight.
Psoriasis only occurs in adults
While most commonly identified in adults, psoriasis is not exclusive as it afflicts all age groups. The onset usually happens between 15 to 30 years of age, with some arising at the late age of 50.
Psoriasis only affects the skin
The skin regenerates faster than the body can shed, so dead skin cells are left to accumulate, manifesting as dry, itchy, and silvery scales. Although symptoms do vary among individuals, most would suffer discomfort on their knees, elbows, hands, feet, and scalp. Other cases include more obscure parts of the body, such as the eyelids, ears, nails, genitals, and insides of the mouth.
A sizable percentage of people living with psoriasis also develop arthritis-like symptoms and have reported experiencing joint inflammation, hence the term psoriatic arthritis.
Psoriasis is contagious
No, it isn’t something people can “catch”. Psoriasis is a genetic autoimmune disease that typically gets passed down in families, so it’s practically impossible to contract it from a patient.
What this really means, is that it’s okay to touch someone who has psoriasis; nothing will happen to you.
Psoriasis is a death sentence
The majority of people who are diagnosed with psoriasis maintain a normal life expectancy and carry on living with prescribed treatments just fine. These include anthralin, coal tar, salicylic acid, and light therapy.
There are so many ways to manage a psoriasis flare-up. Find more advice here.
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