Understanding psoriasis may be very helpful in effectively treating the symptoms associated with the condition. There are several myths surrounding psoriasis and separating fact from fiction can be an eye-opening experience and may help those suffering from the condition better cope with psoriasis.

Is it Contagious?

No. Psoriasis is not a contagious disease. The exact cause of psoriasis is not fully understood, although malfunctioning T-cells in the body lead to the buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. These appear as red patches on the skin with silvery scales over them. Touching these scales or passing bodily fluids does not spread the disease.

Psoriasis Affects Only the Skin

False. This is actually a problem with the immune system, as T-cells that are supposed to only attack bacteria and viruses target healthy cells as well. This leads to the buildup of dead skin cells, as new skin cells move to the surface of the skin too quickly. The result is the scaly appearance of psoriasis.

Psoriasis is Not Curable

This is true. While treatments exist that may help to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis, there is no known cure for the disease.

Psoriasis is Due to Poor Hygiene

False. Psoriasis is due to a problem with the immune system and is not caused by poor hygiene. Weather, stress, obesity and smoking are common triggers of psoriasis, but hygiene has not been linked to the disease. If you have heard other myths that you would like to be confirmed or debunked, talk to a licensed physician or skincare professional. This is the best resource for information about psoriasis and other skin conditions.