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5 Surprising Myths About Psoriasis (Psoriasis Awareness Month)

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Psoriasis impacts 125 million people around the world. In the United States, 8 million Americans have the disease. Despite being so widespread, there are still many myths about the disease. There’s a misconception that it’s just a skin condition because psoriasis can manifest as patches of red inflamed skin. However, it’s potential symptoms aren’t exclusive to the skin. It can have a serious impact on someone’s quality of life. According to the National Foundation of Psoriasis, people who have psoriasis may have an increased chance of developing depression. 

Check out this guide on what you need to know about the most common psoriasis myths.  

Myth 1: Psoriasis Only Impacts the Skin

There is a misconception that psoriasis exclusively impacts the skin. Actually, it’s an autoimmune disease which happens because the immune system is mistakenly lashing out against the body’s tissues. Psoriasis can cause skin cells to grow at an accelerated pace and subsequently lead to a buildup of scaly red lesions. These lesions may trigger itchiness or burning sensations. Even if psoriasis has potential skin symptoms, it’s important to note that this isn’t the only way the disease may manifest.

 

Myth #2: All Types of Psoriasis Are Exactly The Same

A key element to staying on top of your health is getting the proper information about a disease that’s impacting you. If you want to find a treatment that works for you, you should know specific details. That’s why it’s crucial to understand that all types of psoriasis aren’t exactly the same. Here are the various forms of psoriasis:

● Inverse
● Pustular
● Guttate
● Erythrodermic
● Plaque Psoriasis 

 

Plaque psoriasis is the common type of the disease and it’s characterized as patches of lesions with white buildup of dead skin cells. The second most widespread form of psoriasis is guttate psoriasis which manifests as tiny red dots and develops in children and young adults. 

 

Myth 3: There’s No Difference Between Psoriasis and Eczema 

 

Both psoriasis and eczema can lead to uncomfortable red patches on the skin. That being said, they are fundamentally two different things. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. On the other hand, eczema is a “chronic relapsing inflammatory skin condition.” Though they may both result in rashes and discomfort, it’s important to understand that there’s a difference between the two so you get the proper treatment. With telehealth services, you can set up an online consultation with a healthcare provider and discuss symptoms. There’s no need to wait in a busy doctor’s office — you can discuss what’s happening virtually.

Myth 4: Psoriasis Only Affects Adults

Although psoriasis usually develops from the ages of 15 to 25, it can appear at any point in someone’s lifetime.  20,000 children younger than the age of 10 are diagnosed with psoriasis each year

Myth 5: There Is A Psoriasis Cure

 

While psoriasis symptoms can be managed, there is no cure because it’s a lifelong condition. There’s a wide range of potential treatments for the disease. A doctor with a background in dermatology can help determine which one is right for you. Here are a few treatments: 

 

● Topical Anti-Inflammatories 
● Biological or systemic drugs that are taken orally. These treatments manage your body’s immune and inflammatory responses. 
● Creams and lotions that hydrate the skin.
● Phototherapy (light therapy)

 

Unfortunately, there is a still stigma surrounding psoriasis. Even if it’s a widespread disease, there is a lot of misinformation about symptoms and treatments. A way to combat this stigma is to tell people the facts about psoriasis so they don’t believe the myths. This Psoriasis Awareness Month, educate others about this disease that impacts millions of people. 


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