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									Is Psoriasis Contagious?

Discovering you have psoriasis is often enough of a blow by itself, and the
worry of is psoriasis contagious only adds to the confusion and misery.
Many people don’t really know much about psoriasis until they actually
find out they have it themselves, because it is not a subject we hear much
about. This naturally leads to the confusion and mis-understanding that
someone experiences when first diagnosed, and it is understandable to
worry about any contagious aspects of the disease.

                   The question of ‘Is psoriasis contagious?’ is important to
                   sufferers in two ways: firstly in trying to identify how
                   they acquired the condition themselves, and secondly in
                   worrying if they may pass it on to others too. In
                   addition, there is also the fear that others who notice the
                   scaly patches on the skin will act differently around you
                   for fear of catching the disease themselves.

To answer this question, it is important to understand what actually is
psoriasis. Contagious skin diseases tend to be caused by bacteria, viruses
or fungus. Psoriasis is caused by none of these, and that alone tells us that
psoriasis is absolutely not contagious. It is quite simply impossible for the
condition to pass from person to person through any amount of physical

The causes of psoriasis manifest way below the surface of the skin, within
the body’s own immune system which we usually rely on to fight disease.
A malfunction in the immune system is to blame for a rapid production of
skin cells, up to 10 times faster than normal. These skin cells still take the
same amount of time to die and shed, so a build-up of skin cells occurs on
the skin resulting in the most common type of psoriasis: plaque psoriasis.

What causes this problem with the immune system is still unclear,
although it is believed genetics are involved making psoriasis possibly
hereditary. Other causes attributed to psoriasis are allergies, stress, and
poor nutrition (to name a few). Tackling the causes of psoriasis can be
tricky because of the wide range of possible causes, and medicines
prescribed for the condition tend to treat only the symptoms rather than the
root cause.
Once they realise that psoriasis is not contagious, most will then have to
decide if they want to live with the condition indefinitely or take steps to
cure themselves of the disease. The worry for many is the mis-
understanding surrounding a skin disease like psoriasis, and that people we
come into contact with will no doubt also wonder is psoriasis contagious.
For the most part, concentrating your energies on healing your condition
will do you far greater good than worrying what others may think.

To learn about how therapy using artificial sunlight can help with
psoriasis, please visit the following webpage:


Dominic Greene.

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