Test Your “PsO”Knowledge: Myths Versus Facts?

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Currently, there is no cure for psoriasis. Since psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition people will experience periods of remission (periods of time when symptoms are improved) and flare-ups (periods of time when symptoms are worse). The remission/flare-up cycle is often managed by working with a healthcare provider to determine a treatment plan that works best for you.

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Psoriasis affects more than the skin- it is a chronic autoimmune condition, in which excess inflammation can cause a range of different symptoms on the skin, nails, and joints. Psoriasis can have a range of effects both physically and emotionally. It can cause itchy, scaly patches anywhere on the body, fatigue, pain, hair loss, nail changes and can have a large emotional impact.

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Cleanliness and hygiene have no relationship to the cause of psoriasis. Cleansing the skin, bathing or regular routine skin care are not related to the immune system response that occurs in those with psoriasis. While certain skin care routines can help manage some symptoms of psoriasis – skin cleanliness and hygiene are not linked to the cause of psoriasis.

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Psoriasis is NOT contagious and is not passed through person to person contact. Psoriasis is a chronic health condition and flares are caused by a person’s immune system causing inflammation, which causes the overproduction of skin cells at a rate in which the body cannot shed the old skin cells naturally.

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