Fact: Because psoriasis is a skin disease, many people mistakenly believe that poor hygiene is at the root of the red, scaly patches. Most people with this condition have a genetic tendency to develop psoriasis. Other factors, such as stress, injury, hormones and some medications can worsen psoriasis but do not cause it.
Fact: While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are many different medications, phototherapy and ointments to stress relief strategies, you can lessen the symptoms. There is no one treatment that works for everyone, as everyone reacts differently. Working together with your doctor you should be able to determine which treatment works best for you
Fact: Because psoriasis patches are red and can, at times, crack and bleed, many people think that the skin is infected and can be contagious. This is not true. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, not an infection, and you cannot "catch" psoriasis by touching or being in contact with someone with psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease which affects around 125 million peoples all over world. Although characterized by red, scaling patches of skin, living with psoriasis can have a profound psychological and social impact. Individuals may feel “ on display” or that they have to approach life in a different way from other people.