Psoriasis: is this skin disease contagious?
Is psoriasis contagious?
A survey published by OpinionWay revealed that1 in 3 French people would avoid kissing someone with psoriasisFor fear of catching it ... Psoriasis is not a contagious disease and can not be transmitted by physical contact. It is an inflammatory disease of the skin, whose seizures can be triggered by various factors (stress, fatigue, family history ...). No risk therefore to "catch" psoriasis if you come in contact with someone who suffers, or even spread the plates on his own body ...
Boost of psoriasis, it's not in the head ...
Another popular misconception is that psoriasis is a psychosomatic, psychological disease. It is actually an autoimmune disease, called "epigenic": this immuno-inflammatory reaction can involve both a genetic predisposition and environmental factors. External factors can affect psoriasis, as for all autoimmune diseases: cold, certain beta-blocking drugs, stress, overweight ...
Psoriasis crisis: risk factors
If psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disease that can be inherited and involve certain genes, other factors can trigger seizures, increase or worsen symptoms.
Among the factors promoting the onset of psoriasis that we know today, we find:
- The stress
- Some medical treatments
- Excessive consumption of alcohol
- A great tiredness
- An emotional shock
- An infection that weakens the immune system (such as angina, HIV, respiratory infections ...)
- Irritations or skin infections
Studies have recently shown that psoriasis, in its extended form, can increase the risk of developing other pathologies. Researchers have found that this chronic inflammatory disease may be associated with cardiovascular risk factors, such as obesity and diabetes.
Hence the importance of "global" management of the patient, for whom, for example, cardiac monitoring is essential.
Psoriasis: the symptoms of this skin disease
There are several forms of psoriasis: the symptoms and their intensity differ from person to person.
- Inflammatory plaques (red and thick, often round or oval), which can form on the face, scalp, knees, in the back, at the elbows, but also the nails, the soles of the feet, the palms hands…
- Whitish crusts, dander that can form like large dandruff and come off.
- Burning sensations at the plate level
- In some cases, white pustules may appear
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