In 2018, psoriasis affects about 125 million people worldwide and 800,000 Malaysians.
Medical definition of psoriasis: 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.
Essentially, psoriasis is a lifelong autoimmune disease that can be treated but not cured.
‘Psoriasis’ derives from the Greek words ‘ psora ’, meaning ‘itching condition’ or ‘scaly condition’and ‘ -iasis ’, for ‘action, condition’.
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 every 29 October; it’s 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.
The good news is that clear skin is now possible. You can live well with psoriasis. The first step you need to do is ask the right question. The right psoriasis medication for you is out there. Be inspired on the journey to hope.
Are you ready to discuss treatment options? Visit Ask4Clear and find the best dermatologist near you today! Say goodbye to skin lesions and say hello to clear skin.