According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, with 7.5 million Americans suffering from psoriasis, this is one of the most widespread autoimmune diseases in the United States. Psoriasis, a skin condition which causes patches of red and itchy skin, still has a number of illusions surrounding it.
Here is a list of the top eight illusions surrounding the disease. Together, we will debunk all eight in an attempt to help you better understand psoriasis.
Illusion Number 1: Psoriasis is caused by a lack of hygiene.
As mentioned, psoriasis is a skin condition, therefore many people are duped into believing that poor hygiene is the root cause of an itchy rash or an itchy scalp. This is the furthest thing from true. Everyone differs, but some individuals have the condition due to genetic factors, while others develop the disease because of stress, injury, hormones, and certain kinds of medication.
Illusion Number 2: This is a contagious skin disease.
Mentioned above, psoriasis causes red and itchy patches to appear on an individual’s skin, and in some cases, these patches of skin can crack and bleed. As a result, people tend to think that these red patches indicate an infection, therefore it must be contagious. This, of course, is not true. Autoimmune diseases can not be “caught”. So, if you have psoriasis and someone refuses to touch you or come into close contact with you, just let them know that they are wrong and that Psoriasis is not an infection.
Illusion Number 3: Treatment is not an option for psoriasis patients.
Though it is true that there are no cures for psoriasis, there are a number of psoriasis treatment options. Lessening symptoms goes a long way in a psoriasis patients world, and there are vast options for treatment such as medications, ointments, and phototherapy.
Keep in mind that everyone reacts to differently to treatment, so when you are looking for psoriasis treatment options, it is always best to consult your doctor to help aid with the process.
Illusion Number 4: Psoriasis lesions look the same.
If you ever hear someone say that psoriasis lesions (patches) always look the same, don’t believe them. Yes, generally speaking, lesions of psoriasis take the form of red skin covered by white plaque, but, in African Americans for instance, psoriasis looks completely different as it appears the same color of their skin. If you have skin rashes and you are unsure of the cause, talk to a doctor and have him or her do a biopsy of the plaques.
Illusion Number 5: Psoriasis is JUST a skin condition.
Since the most visible sign of psoriasis is a red patch on the skin, many believe that is is just a skin or cosmetic condition. Like everything else on this list, this is simply not true. As mentioned, psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, and autoimmune conditions are in a section of their own which exclude any skin or cosmetic condition.
Illusion Number 6: There’s a cure.
This is not true. As mentioned, there is no cure for psoriasis. While the medical community offers numerous options for treating psoriases, such as medication, ointments, and light therapy, these should not be confused as a cure. Sadly, psoriasis has been deemed as a chronic condition.
Illusion Number 7: If you have a red patch on your skin, you have psoriasis.
Stated above, one of the main symptoms of psoriasis is red, scaly patches on the surface of the skin. That said, there are other medical conditions, such as eczema, which cause symptoms that have a striking resemblance to psoriasis. If you have skin rashes and you are looking for treatment for itching skin, go to a dermatologist as they can perform testing, such as a biopsy, to confirm whether or not it is psoriasis.
Illusion Number 8: MY psoriasis is temporary and it will go away.
As we come to the end of this list, I’m sure that you are now aware that this is untrue. Psoriasis is a lifelong, chronic autoimmune disease. Even if a psoriasis patient has a period of time where their skin is clear, they will also experience a number of outbreaks at different points in their lives.
It is important to remember that psoriasis is not temporary, but rather there are cycles, and if the disease has gone away, prepare for it to come back.
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