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Don’t Fall for These Psoriasis Myths!

Ketan is undergoing psoriasis treatment forrashes on his forearm and scalp. The red rashes make him quite conscious at his workplace and he does his best to cover them up. Even on casual Fridays, he still wears long sleeved formal shirts to work to avoid revealing the rashes to his colleagues. Once a new intern was hesitant about extending a handshake to Ketan and this really upset him. Ketan decided to speak to the management about creating an awareness on psoriasis.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder which occurs when your body’s skin cells multiply faster than they should. A healthy body takes around 2 to 3 weeks to grow new skin cells. In psoriasis, new cells are generated within 3 to 5 days. As the new skin cells reach the surface prematurely, this causes the appearance of scaly, red coloured rash to appear. Psoriasis can itch and spread to other parts of the body. Thus, it is important to seek timely treatment for relief.

Due to lack of information and awareness, many myths exist on psoriasis. These myths cause a lot of misunderstanding and lead to unnecessary boycott and even mistreatment of people who are suffering the condition. Getting the right information is as important as curing a condition. Let’s take a look at the most common psoriasis myths and uncover the facts.

  1. Myth: Psoriasis spreads through physical contact.

Fact: This is undoubtedly the biggest myth on psoriasis. The good news is that psoriasis is completely non-contagious. So, you don’t need to worry about shaking hands or sitting next to someone with the skin condition. Neither is it air or water borne. 

  1. Myth: The rash only affects the arms and neck.

Fact: Psoriasis rashes can appear anywhere on the body. The reason for this myth is that the most visible areas on a person’s body are the arms, neck, and face. The rash can occur anywhere including the feet, underarms, knees, back, and even around the genital area.

  1. Myth: Lack of hygiene causes psoriasis outbreaks.

Fact: Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition. Lack of hygiene does not cause this condition. A family history of skin disease, skin trauma through surgery or an accident, or a weak immune system can cause psoriasis.

  1. Myth: It’s just a simple skin rash and will go away on its own.

Fact: If left untreated, psoriasis can turn into a scarring lifelong condition. The rash itches and can leave unsightly marks. Psoriasis can spread and form large patches on the skin. It should be treated immediately to successfully manage symptoms.

  1. Myth: Psoriasis only affects your skin.

Fact: Psoriasis is a condition that takes time to heal and is known to cause emotional turmoil. The rashes are more than skin deep as they affect the person’s self-esteem. Moreover, there is a type of psoriasis, called psoriatic arthritis that causes pain and stiffness in the joints.

  1. Myth: Any scaly, red rash is psoriasis and I can treat it with skin creams.

Fact: Psoriasis rash needs to be diagnosed and treated by a specialist. Home remedies may provide temporary relief from the itching, but they won’t help to control the condition. Moreover, psoriasis is often confused with eczema – another type of skin rash – so it’s always best to let a doctor do the diagnosing.

Healing psoriasis with homeopathy

Homeopathic remedies for psoriasis provide relief from the itching and help control further spread of the rash. Homeopathy heals from within. Each patient is prescribed treatment based on the progression of the skin condition, genetic susceptibility, and his / her medical history. Above all, psoriasis treatment, in homeopathy, is non-invasive and free from harmful side-effects. This makes homeopathy an especially great choice for young children, patients recovering from trauma, expectant mothers, and the elderly. Don’t let psoriasis get in the way of your confidence. Consult your nearest homeopath today for the best healing solutions.

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