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What are some myths about Psoriasis?

There are countless myths about psoriasis. So many lead to the stigma that a majority of our community has experienced.

Tell us: What are some psoriasis myths that you have encountered?

  1. One of the most prevalent myths surrounding Psoriasis that I have heard is the belief that it is contagious. This misconception significantly contributes to the stigma associated with this chronic illness and affects how people react to those who have it, as there is a fear of contracting the condition. -Latoya (Team Member)

    1. Hello , Way back in the day, (55 or more years ago) this is what people were told. I was told by a healthcare professional to wear gloves on my hands so that no one caught my disease. If our healthcare professionals were spreading these lies, you know how the general public would feel. I have had to have 6 biopsies because it was a belief that black people didn't get psoriasis. We have come a long way in this disease, but have a ways to go. Let's continue to let our voices be heard. Diane (Team Member)

  2. I once got told that I got psoriasis from putting my elbows on a dirty table in a restaurant. I was at an event representing the NPF so I had a bunch of brochures on the table. I gave that lady every different type of brochure on the table and told her to please go home and read them. The things people tell you. Vickie W., Team Member

    1. Hello , The one I heard the most growing up was that people with psoriasis didn't take baths. Geesh!!!! The things people say out there mouths.

      Diane (Team Member)

      1. , I think the myth that I personally encounter most often is that psoriasis is the same as dry skin and moisturising will get rid of it. I know people are trying to help when they tell me about a distant family member who was "cured" by some kind of lotion or potion, but it does get quite tiring dealing with these comments. I suppose that's the other myth - that there's currently a cure for this disease, or an easy, one-size-fits-all way to treat it. Unfortunately, it's not that simple! -Catherine, Community Moderator

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