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Misconceptions Series: Psoriasis

1.Isn’t Psoriasis just dry skin?
No, Psoriasis is a chronic genetic, autoimmune skin condition. It’s a condition that affects roughly 7.5 million people in the U.S. It occurs because our skin cell turnover happens too quickly thanks to our overactive immune system. Other problems with Psoriasis are redness and inflammation, along with the dry patches of skin that people notice most often.
2.Is Psoriasis Contagious?
No, Psoriasis isn’t contagious and it can’t harm others in any way. It’s an autoimmune condition so that means our body is attacking itself. Again it’s characterized by excessive skin cell turnover. In healthy people skin cell turn over happens every 28-30 days. While with people who have Psoriasis the process happens over 3-5 days. So any patches of dry skin, redness or scarring are completely harmless to everyone. You could touch a plaque area and you wouldn’t experience any ill effects, but we’d prefer you attempt not to touch them because they can be incredibly painful.

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