Common skin conditions, such as psoriasis, are shrouded in doubt. What causes them? Are they contagious? Can they be cured? We ask highly-experienced consultant dermatologist Dr Cristina Rodriguez-Garcia, who practises in London, Great Missenden, and Beaconsfield to set the record straight; which are myths and which are facts?
Poor hygiene can cause psoriasis; myth or fact?
Myth. Psoriasis is not caused by poor hygiene. It is an inflammatory condition of the skin that is related to the immune system.
Psoriasis is contagious; myth or fact?
Myth. Psoriasis is not a contagious skin condition. It is not caused by a fungal or bacterial infection and if people get it, it is because of their immune system. You cannot catch it or pass it to another person.
Psoriasis can be cured; myth or fact?
Myth. Psoriasis cannot be cured. There are many treatments, which can be topical, oral, or injections, that help control the condition. They won’t, however, fully cure the condition. Although the condition can be in remission for a period of time, patients who have psoriasis will always have the tendency to develop it.
Children can't get psoriasis; myth or fact?
Myth. Psoriasis can affect people of any age, including young children and babies. It can also affect elderly patients, who may have never had psoriasis before.
Psoriasis affects more than just the skin; myth or fact?
Fact. Psoriasis can also cause psoriatic arthritis, which is the inflammation of the joints, or of the fingers and toes. It can be a debilitating condition, affecting the shape of the joint permanently if not treated early. Additionally, patients who have psoriasis may have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
If you are suffering from psoriasis and would like to book a consultation with Dr Cristina Rodriguez-Garcia, you can do so by visiting her Top Doctors profile.