Six Misconceptions About Psoriasis & Why They Are Wrong
Last updated: January 2022
Common misconceptions surrounding psoriasis can result in stigmas and setbacks for those living with a condition that’s more serious than many suspect. If you know someone with psoriasis, take a minute to talk to them about what you still might not know. And if you live with psoriasis, don’t be afraid to speak up. The more myths we can bust, the faster we’ll progress.
The stigma is real!
Although public knowledge of psoriasis is increasing, there are still many misconceptions that need to be addressed. You might be surprised by what you thought you knew and what you still don’t know about the disease. Check out these common myths people still believe about psoriasis.
Although both psoriasis and eczema are conditions of the skin, they are very different. 7.5 million people in the United States have psoriasis while 35 million Americans have eczema.
Psoriasis is due to the immune system producing the various cells that make up our skin, at an excessive rate, leaving dry patches of inflamed skin on the surface of the body.
Surprisingly, although eczema is more common, it seems as though its core cause is still unknown. The disease is said to be triggered in response to an allergic reaction but more research needs to be done.
It's a cosmetic issue!
Psoriasis goes way beyond just the skin. It's not a simple cosmetic issue like acne or a burn. As mentioned, psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. There are several autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, lupus, and arthritis - just to name a few. Each of those diseases attacks or overreact to specific parts of the body.
In this way, the autoimmune response that comes with psoriasis impacts the skin directly. Additionally, people with psoriasis have a shorter life span by 4-5 years and are more likely to have other diseases like depression, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, heart issues, and much more.
The most effective treatments are usually ones that target the immune system from the inside out such as pills and injections.
It’s caused by a poor diet!
Many naturalists seem to believe that psoriasis can be cured for all by a change of diet alone. A diet that basically only includes, fruits, vegetables, grains. This type of diet excludes dairy, meat, sugar, gluten, and processed foods.
While a change of diet may work for some, this should not be assumed to be a good method for everyone with psoriasis. This condition is very unique and affects everyone in a different way. Diet for some may be an issue, but for others, this is not the case.
Lotion is the cure!
A good thick lotion will help with help alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis, but it will not make it disappear. Although there is no cure for psoriasis there are several effective ways to possibly manage the disease with diet and medicine.
Some assume that psoriasis is as simple as dry skin, which is false. Psoriasis involves not only dry skin, but inflammation, pain, and severe itching.
What works for one should work for all!
The cause of psoriasis varies according to the individual. The most common triggers include sickness, stress, environmental factors, and allergic reactions to a variety of things.
With this being said there is not a “one size fits all” on how to manage this disease. The chemistry of a person’s body is unique to them so what works great for one person may not do so well for another.
It’s imperative to remember this when engaging with those of the psoriasis community even if you are a patient yourself.
When psoriasis was first discovered thousands of years ago, it was considered contagious until more research was conducted that proved it was not. Back then it was also commonly misdiagnosed as leprosy.
The one and only way psoriasis can potentially be passed to another person are by way of genetics. Many psoriasis sufferers have shared their experiences being discriminated against at pools and spas due to the condition of their skin.
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