‘Can I contract psoriasis from shaking a patient’s hand?’
‘Penyakit kulit kamu berjangkit ke tidak?’ (translation: ‘Is your skin contagious?’)
‘牛皮癣会传染吗?’ (translation: ‘Is Psoriasis contagious?’)
Psoriasis patients have probably heard people telling them this too many times. It is just one of the most common myths about psoriasis. It is easy for those who are not aware of this condition to have misconceptions about Psoriasis. Ask any psoriasis patients and they would be able to tell you about the things they have heard being said about their condition. Besides the ones covered here, there many other psoriasis myths and we’re going to debunk some of them here!
Myth #1: Psoriasis only affects the skin1
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. Although psoriasis patches are most visible on the skin, the underlying inflammation is often linked to ‘invisible’ comorbidities like, , cardiovascular disease, psoriatic arthritis, and diabetes. Patients are at risk of depression and diminished quality of life.
Myth #2: Psoriasis is caused by poor hygiene2
There is no correlation between psoriasis and an individual’s personal hygiene. Psoriasis is caused by a combination factors like genes and/or environmental triggers such as infection, stress, or exposure to a particular agent.
Myth #3: Psoriasis is just dry skin3
Many people believe that psoriasis is just dry skin that can be easily fixed with moisturizing lotions and soaps. However, this is not true as the cause of a psoriasis patient’s dry skin stems from their exaggerated immune system that causes red, scaly patches to appear on the skin.
Myth #4: Psoriasis is just Ezcema/Rash3
Eczema is a skin condition that causes an itchy, inflamed rash of the skin. People often mistake psoriasis for eczema or rash. Although both conditions affect the skin, but their underlying causes are not the same.
Myth #5: Psoriasis is preventable1
Although certain factors such managing your weight, stress levels, and alcohol intake, and avoiding or quitting smoking can reduce the risks of psoriasis, genetic component to the disease may render some individuals very susceptible to the condition hence it is not entirely preventable.
Myth #6: Psoriasis will eventually go away2
Psoriasis is a chronic life-long condition. The symptoms may disappear or go into remission from time to time, but there is always a chance that it will return.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease with lasting effects. These misconceptions about psoriasis can affect those who live with it and create unnecessary stigmas. Hence, it is important that we learn about these myths so that we can understand Psoriasis patients better.
- Schaefer, A. (2018). Debunking 9 Psoriasis Myths. Retrieved 11 August 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis/myths-about-psoriasis#4
- Five Myths about Psoriasis, Debunked. Retrieved 11 August 2020, from https://www.ask-alia.com/five-myths-about-psoriasis-debunked
- Bridges, A. (2017). 7 Psoriasis Myths Debunked. Retrieved 11 August 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/health/7-psoriasis-myths-you-shouldnt-believe#1