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Six Myths About Psoriasis

Despite psoriasis being a fairly common skin disease, there is a surprising amount of false information around related to this condition. Here are six myths associated with psoriasis.

 

1. Psoriasis is contagious

Red patches on the skin caused by psoriasis may give the impression that the skin is infected, and many people believe that this is contagious. This isn't the case at all. Psoriasis is not an infectious disease, but an autoimmune disease.

 

2. Poor hygiene causes psoriasis

Hygiene has nothing at all to do with your chances of getting psoriasis, or inducing flare-ups. There are a number of factors that may contribute to an individual developing psoriasis, which may include having a genetic predisposition, but often there is no specific reason this condition may appear.

 

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3. Psoriasis will eventually go away

Many people who suffer from psoriasis experience periods of the condition coming and going, but, unfortunately, there is currently no cure. The good news is that with effective psoriasis treatment, and possibly lifestyle adjustments, many sufferers should be able to manage their symptoms.

 

4. Psoriasis is just a skin rash

Psoriasis may just look like a skin rash, but it is far more complicated than this. In actual fact, psoriasis is caused by having an overactive immune system. To complicate matters even further, there are five different types of psoriasis, with the majority of people having what is known as plaque psoriasis. The condition can also affect people differently, with some sufferers only experiencing small areas of skin lesions, and others having more widespread patches.

 

5. Psoriasis only affects the knees, elbows, scalp and lower back

Red patches and lesions are typically found on knees, elbows, the scalp and the lower back, but they can actually appear anywhere on the body, including inside the ear canal and in the mouth. Psoriasis doesn't just affect the skin, either. As an autoimmune disorder associated with inflammation, according to the US Psoriasis Association, sufferers have a higher risk of contracting heart disease, diabetes and Crohn's disease.

 

6. It's easy to tell if someone has psoriasis

Red, scaly patches on the skin are telltale signs that someone may have psoriasis, but you can't make a diagnosis based on appearance alone, as the symptoms may be confused with other skin complaints such as eczema. Your doctor or a skin specialist will usually perform a biopsy and other tests to make a confirmed diagnosis.

 

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About HelloSkin

HelloSkin is the world's first online store for people with psoriasis. We provide a meticulous selection of non-prescription products ranging from creamslotionsointmentsbath additives and shower products to nutritional supplements and accessories.

Our team of experts research all products for scientific evidence and present the information in order for people to make a considered choice for their psoriasis. The mission is to provide transparency in the product selection process and provide people with all available product information at one place.

 

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