THE TRUTHS ABOUT PSORIASIS… SEPARATING FACTS FROM FICTION

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PSORIASIS IS A SKIN DISEASE

It is an autoimmune disorder which leads to abnormal skin growth and leaves itchy, red patches or spots on the skin. It not only affects the skin but also the joints and the nails in 30% of the patients.

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PSORIASIS IS CONTAGIOUS AND CAUSED BY BAD HYGIENE

Psoriasis is not and will never be contagious as it is not caused by an organism but by the body having an auto immune condition. It is not caused by bad hygiene.

PSORIASIS IS UNTREATABLE

This myth has led to a lot of misconception and suicide attempts in patients with psoriasis. The fact is that there are abundant treatment options available for the said disease in the form of photo therapy, topical creams, and oral medications.

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PSORIASIS IS CURABLE

It is a chronic lifelong condition which is not curable but treatable and manageable. As of now there is no confirmed cure for Psoriasis. There are waxing and waning periods of the symptoms which makes it seem like the patient is cured.

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THERE IS ONLY ONE TYPE OF PSORIASIS

Psoriasis comes in many different form like guttate, plaque, inverse, erythrodermic and pustular.  It may also only affect certain parts of the body like hairline psoriasis, ungual psoriasis (nail) or psoriatic arthritis.

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PSORIASIS IS JUST A PHYSICAL CONDITION

Patients with Psoriasis have a 10% higher rate of depression and also suicide attempts. They have exhibited anger and frustration due to their health condition.

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ONLY SKIN LESIONS ARE ITCHY

It is proven that in psoriatic patients not skin lesions are also extremely itchy and unbearable. At times they crack and bleed leading to skin infections like folliculitis.

 

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PSORIASIS IS PREVENTABLE

Psoriasis is not a lifestyle disease to be prevented by modifications, it is a genetic mutation in our genes which leads to auto immune reactions, and hence it’s not preventable.

 

Don’t worry you’re not the only one suffering from it. Have more questions regarding the illness and its treatment? You can always contact us at www.doctoroncall.com.my 

 

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