False myth of psoriasis. Today we are in the 21 century, but when it comes to skin diseases we seem to have stopped somewhere in the Middle Ages, when legends and false beliefs were kindled by illiterate gossip-mongers full of preconceived notions. Read about 5 untruths about psoriasis.
Today we are in the twenty-first century, but when it comes to skin diseases we seem to have stopped somewhere in the Middle Ages when legends and false beliefs were kindled by illiterate gossip-mongers full of preconceived notions. The people suffering from these diseases (eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis...) have always been the victims. In addition to the physical pain often suffered as the consequence of psychological pain, they have ended up feeling distrust, self-contempt and even shame.
Many studies have been undertaken since those dark days and even though many of the rumors have been debunked, others have persisted over time, passing from generation to generation and attaining the status of truth. That’s why we must dispel these untruths and teach people about the disease and how to live with it in a healthy manner, even though that sounds like a paradox.
Next, read about 5 untruths about psoriasis that you might have heard.
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Myth No. 1: Psoriasis is contagious.
False! It is completely unfounded resulting from the misinformation surrounding the disease. In fact it isn’t unusual nowadays to see people showing signs of being afraid to get close to someone with psoriasis for fear of becoming infected. Psoriasis is not contagious. It is not transmitted by contact and it is not caused by viruses or germs as many people might think.
Myth No. 2: Since it isn’t a fatal disease, treatment is not necessary.
False! Of course psoriasis is not a fatal disease but the decision to not undergo appropriate treatment leads to worse symptoms in the evolution of the disease. Therefore it is essential to take care of ourselves, preferring natural treatments for our well-being and in order to keep the disease under control.
Myth No. 3: Psoriasis is synonymous with poor hygiene.
This is a deep-rooted prejudice of our society. For some reason people believe scratching yourself all the time is because you don’t wash enough. Wrong! The psoriasis, eczema or dermatitis sufferer has an easily irritable and very sensitive skin. Imagine: if you wear the wrong clothing or don’t hydrate your skin even for one day you will trigger an annoying itch.
Myth No. 4: The symptoms of psoriasis never disappear.
Absolutely false! Although psoriasis is a chronic disease, symptoms may even disappear over time. With its chronic and recurrent characteristics, psoriasis manifests variably lasting phases of exacerbation alternating with phases of remission. That’s why there are times when psoriasis goes into remission and the symptoms are not so obvious.
Myth No. 5: Body weight does not affect the severity of psoriasis
False! In fact obese patients may develop a form of the disease which is more severe because of the important role played by adipocytes, responsible for the regulation of inflammation by means of secretion, a process that is fundamental in psoriasis as an inflammatory skin disease.
Many studies have been done to prove this; one of the most important took place at the University of Copenhagen where researchers analyzed information gathered from 33,588 twins aged between 20 and 71 years. They observed a clear correlation with diabetes. Scholars have also found that a higher mass index leads to a more invasive form of psoriasis: in 720 sample pairs of twins, the twin who had more spots was the one with the bigger waistline.
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