Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, itchy, and rough patches. As per the National Psoriasis Foundation, nearly 8 million people suffer from psoriasis in the United States. Even though psoriasis is very prevalent, there are still a lot of misconceptions and myths surrounding the condition.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that results in some skin cells to grow at a faster rate than they are supposed to. Instead of shedding these cells, in patients with psoriasis, these cells accumulate to create the scaly patches on the skin. Psoriasis lesions most commonly appear on the elbows, scalp, and knees but can occur on any part of the body.
Myth #1: Psoriasis develops due to poor hygiene
Many are still under the impression that poor hygiene or not tending to your skin properly may cause psoriasis, this is false. People with psoriasis are not unhygienic people. Regardless of how much you exfoliate and moisturize, depending on certain genetic and environmental factors, anyone can develop psoriasis.
Myth #2: Psoriasis is a skin condition
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease whose visible symptoms are on the skin, but this does not mean it is merely a skin condition. Psoriasis impacts the entire body and has been associated with an increased chance of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, stroke, and heart failure.
Myth #3: Psoriasis is contagious
Some also believe that psoriasis is contagious, it is not. You cannot develop the condition if you make physical contact with someone who has psoriasis. People with psoriasis suffer from a condition that attacks their immune system, not others’.
Myth #3: Psoriasis doesn’t impact mental health
People who suffer from psoriasis also often suffer from depression. Psoriasis increases the risk of anxiety and depression, and the more severe your case is, the more like it is for psoriasis to have a psychological impact. Stress and anxiety are also psoriasis triggers, so avoiding stressful situations is imperative.
Myth #4: Medications are enough to cope with psoriasis
Lifestyle changes are also necessary to manage psoriasis symptoms. Many studies definitively show that making lifestyle and dietary changes in addition to using medication lessens the severity of symptoms and shorten the duration of recurrences. Incorporating regular exercise and a healthy diet that include lean protein, seafood, and low-fat dairy is imperative.
Myth #5: If a treatment doesn’t work right away, try a new one
Most psoriasis treatments do not work as fast as most people believe and take some time to start showing results. Some types of medications may take up to a few weeks to a month to improve someone’s condition.
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