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9 Myths You Should Know About Psoriasis

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Myth #6: Skin lesions are the only causes of itching.

Even in areas without lesions, the skin may itch. The itch’s intensity is not related of the severity of the psoriasis.(4)

Myth #7: There is a cure for psoriasis.

Unfortunately this is not true. Psoriasis is a chronic, lifelong condition. For those with psoriasis, their flare-ups can sometimes be nominal or nonexistent, and at other times, very severe.

Myth #8: There is no treatment for psoriasis.

There may be no cure for psoriasis, but there are numerous ways to treat it. Treatments such as medications, ointments, phototherapy and stress relief strategies, can help reduce the symptoms of psoriasis.

Myth #9: Only adults have psoriasis.

Every year, approximately 20,000 children under the age of 10 are diagnosed with psoriasis. According to the NPF, the risk that a child will develop psoriasis is 10 percent if one parent has it and 50 percent if both parents have psoriasis.

Reviewed August 5, 2016
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

1) "About Psoriasis." Learn about Plaque Psoriasis, Guttate Psoriasis, Inverse Psoriasis, and Pustular Psoriasis. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Aug. 2016.

2) Bailey, Eileen. "8 Myths About Psoriasis." - Skin Care. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Aug. 2016.

3) "Psoriasis: 6 Common Myths." CBSNews. CBS Interactive, n.d. Web. 02 Aug. 2016.

4) Rodriguez, Diana. "7 Psoriasis Myths Debunked." EverydayHealth.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Aug. 2016.

5) Schaefer, Anna. "9 Psoriasis Myths You Probably Think Are True." Healthline. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Aug. 2016.

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