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5 Common Misconceptions About Psoriasis

Biases About Psoriasis

Psoriasis, a chronic skin disease that affects 7.5 million people in the United States, often is much more visible than other diseases, prompting questions from people who sometimes form their own—often incorrect—opinions about it. Think about it: Have you ever hesitated to shake hands with someone who has scaly, red patches of skin showing, perhaps thinking, “Is that contagious?” Here’s what to know about the six most common myths surrounding psoriasis. 

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  1. Questions and Answers about Psoriasis. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_Info/Psoriasis/default.asp
  2. What is Psoriasis? National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Psoriasis/psoriasis_ff.asp
  3. About Psoriasis. National Psoriasis Foundation. https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis
  4. Psoriasis. American Academy of Dermatology. https://www.aad.org/media/stats/conditions/psoriasis
  5. Comorbidities Associated with Psoriatic Disease. National Psoriasis Foundation. https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/related-conditions
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