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Psoriasis is a systemic inflammatory disease that affects your skin. It is an autoimmune disease with lasting effects. Symptoms include elevated itchy skin with thick scales. It is usually found on the elbows, knees and scalp. Psoriasis affects about 7.5 million people in the US. There are many myths circulating in relation to psoriasis. Let us help debunk 5 popular myths.

Psoriasis is contagious.

Fiction: Psoriasis is not contagious and not related to hygiene or cleanliness. Someone with psoriasis cannot pass it to you if you touch their skin, hug or kiss them, or share food.

Psoriasis is treatable.

Fact: Psoriasis cannot be cured, but it can be treated. Treatments can include topical, oral or injected medications. Typically, the goal with psoriasis treatment is to stop overactive skin cell production, soothe inflammation, help with itching and to remove excess dead skin.

Psoriasis is an adult disease.

Fiction: About 20,000 children under the age of 10 are diagnosed with psoriasis every year. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, the risk of a child getting psoriasis is 10 percent if one parent has it and 50 percent if both parents have it.

There are several types of psoriasis.

Fact: The most common type of psoriasis is called plaque psoriasis. However, there are several different types. These include pustular, erythrodermic, inverse, and guttate.

Psoriasis is curable.

Fiction: Psoriasis symptoms can come and go. Sometimes there are flare-ups that are minimal or nonexistent for periods of time. That said, psoriasis is not curable. It is a chronic, lifelong condition.

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