It is a common and chronic but non-contagious skin condition. Typically, your body takes about a month to produce new skin cells and shed the old ones. However, in psoriasis patients, skin production occurs in just a few days. As new skin cells are produced rapidly, old skin cells are pushed to the surface to form thick, red patches.
Psoriasis affects 125 million people worldwide and about 500,000 Malaysians in 2010.
75% Feel unattractive
54% Feel depressed
31% Have financial distress
8% Are restricted to working at home
World Psoriasis Day is an annual global awareness day celebrated on 29 October dedicated to people living with psoriasis.
It aims to, among other things:
Psoriasis myths debunked and facts to help you understand this common condition better.
Myth: “Psoriasis is contagious.”
Fact: Psoriasis is a chronic disease that results in skin cells piling up and forming scaly lesions. However, it is not contagious. You can’t ‘catch’ the disease or pass it on to somebody else.
Myth: “Psoriasis is caused by poor hygiene.”
Fact: Psoriasis is a disease of the immune system and not caused by the lack of cleanliness. Triggers may include stress or worry, hormonal changes, injuries to the skin, alcohol, and certain medications.