No. Psoriasis is not contagious. It cannot spread from one person to another through contact.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease and needs to be medically addressed. If left untreated, there is a possibility that it will increase not only in number and size of the existing lesions but also affect the finger and toenails and joints, sometimes causing deformity to the joints.
It depends upon the chronicity and type of psoriasis. However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says that if all existing psoriasis lesions are healed and no new lesion occurs for five consecutive years, it can be termed as cured. Guttate psoriasis is a type of psoriasis that has best chances of being cured.
About 40% people with psoriasis have family members with psoriasis. However, there are also cases of psoriasis that occur without any family history. This indicates that although there is a genetic predisposition, there is no guarantee that a person will develop psoriasis just because of a positive family history.
Application of ointments can help temporarily to heal the existing lesions. However, they cannot stop the development of newer lesions in different areas, nor can they control the complications of psoriasis.
Homeopathic medicines can help not only to control newer lesions and prevent complications, but over a period of time, they help to heal the lesions completely, and without any side effects. One has to keep in mind that psoriasis is the disease that has remissions and relapses. With homeopathic medicines, the periods of remissions can be prolonged and the periods of relapses can be shortened.
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