Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition that causes red, flaky and crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales on elbows, hands and even the face. It causes physical symptoms and can lead to psychological distress and feeling of isolation.

Psoriasis is more than a skin problem. It makes people stare or snicker at the persons with this condition, making them feel embarrassed about their condition. As more people know about the condition, it helps people with psoriasis face less stigma and misunderstanding about their skin condition. So here’s what people with psoriasis would like the rest of us to know.

Psoriasis is not contagious:
This is by far the most common misunderstanding that people have about psoriasis. Skin cells live for a month before they drop off the skin. With psoriasis, they die even faster, that the dead ones pile up and flake off in droves. That makes people think psoriasis is contagious, whereas it isn’t the case.

Psoriasis makes you self-conscious:
Skin conditions that affect the appearance naturally make people with these conditions self-conscious. Add the misconception that psoriasis is contagious, it’s no wonder people with psoriasis are embarrassed to expose their skin or go out in public. Because of this misconception, psoriasis can be very isolating at times.

Many people with this skin condition are in pain:
Many people with psoriasis also have painful psoriatic arthritis. Even people with mild psoriasis have severe arthritis, making them suffer from joint pain, swelling and stiffness.

Stress is a huge trigger:
Most people with Psoriasis report that it affects their quality of life and stress is a common trigger. Patients with disfiguring scaling and redness on the face, neck and other visible portions of the body are particularly affected if the onset of psoriasis is during childhood and adolescence. Infections, trauma to the skin, smoking, alcohol and extreme weather are also common triggers.

Psoriasis looks different on everyone:
Most people with psoriasis have plaque psoriasis, which presents as red, elevated, scaly patches on the outside of the elbows, knees, or scalp. It shows up anywhere on the body. Other types of psoriasis appear as small, dot-like lesions in body folds, like under the arms and breasts and pustular looks like white, pus-filled blisters. A patient can suffer from more than one kind at once, it is very dynamic and always changing.