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Psoriasis: Debunked!

February 26, 2019

Psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the United States. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, more than 8 million Americans have psoriasis. The chronic skin condition causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin and the excess cells form scaly red patches that can be itchy and painful. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding this uncomfortable skin condition. Let’s clear up a few.

One of the biggest myths about psoriasis is that it’s contagious. Since psoriasis can resemble a rash, many people think they may get the skin disease from someone else. You can’t “catch” psoriasis from someone, even if you make direct contact with their skin.

Another common misunderstanding about psoriasis is that it only affects the skin. The painful effects associated with psoriasis aren’t just cosmetic. People with psoriasis are more likely to struggle with depression and anxiety due to their skin condition, which can have a significant impact on their quality of life. [1]

Many people also think that changing your diet will have an impact on your psoriasis. Your diet does not affect your psoriasis. You may feel better when you are eating healthy, but that’s simply due to healthier eating and has nothing to do with your psoriasis.

There is currently no cure for psoriasis. Many psoriasis sufferers experience periods where their flare-ups are at a minimum, and other periods where their psoriasis is exceptionally bad. While there is no cure, psoriasis symptoms can be treated. Treatments may include prescription medications, light therapies, or injected medications to name a few. However, these treatments don’t work for everyone.

Physicians at ActivMed Practices & Research, INC are currently enrolling for studies evaluating potential new psoriasis treatment options. Qualified candidates who participate will receive study-related care at no cost and receive compensation for travel. To learn more and see how you or someone you love may qualify for a study, click HERE.

[1] https://www.psoriasis.org/life-with-psoriasis/depression

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