Myths & Facts

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About Psoriasis

How much do you know about psoriasis? Get the facts:

Myth: Psoriasis is the same as eczema.

Fact: A lot of people confuse psoriasis and eczema because they can both cause itchy, red patches on the skin, but they are not the same. In psoriasis, the patches are thicker, with well-defined edges. In eczema, the red patches are typically flatter. Each of these skin conditions has its own specific treatments, so it is important to speak with your doctor if you think you have psoriasis or eczema.

Myth: Psoriasis is contagious.

Fact: Psoriasis is not contagious. It is not a virus or bacteria. It is a skin condition caused by the immune system not working as it should. There is no need to worry about catching it or giving it to someone else.

Myth: Psoriasis is just "dry skin".

Fact: Psoriasis is not just “dry skin”—it’s a chronic, inflammatory condition with symptoms that come and go. Psoriasis needs to be managed over the long-term.

Myth: Psoriasis can be cured.

Fact: Unfortunately, psoriasis is cannot be cured, but it can be treated. What works for one person may not work for another. It's important to find the right psoriasis treatment for you.

 

Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory condition with symptoms that come and go.