5 Psoriasis Myths and What You Should Know About Them

Home Care in Seven Hills NV: Psoriasis Myths

There are 7.6 million psoriasis sufferers in the United States. Yet, many people don’t know much about the disease. And, in some cases, what people think they know are actually common myths about the condition. If you’ve recently become a family caregiver to an older adult with psoriasis, you may not know as much about the condition as you’d like to. Being able to separate the myths from the truth can help you to better understand and manage the condition. Below are 5 common myths about psoriasis and the facts behind them.

Myth #1: Psoriasis is no big deal because it’s just a skin condition.

Truth: It’s true that psoriasis causes problems with the skin. People with psoriasis develop red, scaly patches on their skin. The patches are itchy and can be painful, too. But, psoriasis isn’t a simple skin condition. It is an autoimmune disease that can impact all parts of the body. Psoriasis makes skin cells develop much more rapidly than normal. The old cells build up on the surface of the skin because the body cannot shed them as quickly as they form. In addition, psoriasis causes inflammation throughout the body and raises the risks for other serious conditions, including heart attack and stroke.

Myth #2: Psoriasis is catching.

Truth: Psoriasis is a hereditary condition. Having a parent with psoriasis increases a person’s risk of developing the condition. However, it cannot be passed from one person to the next through contact. People who touch, hug, or spend time with your aging relative will not catch the condition.

Myth #3: There’s no treatment for psoriasis, so you just have to put up with it.

Truth: There is no cure for psoriasis, but there are treatments that can improve the symptoms. When the doctor develops a treatment plan, their objectives are usually to slow down or stop the overproduction of skin cells, manage itching, and get rid of the dead skin cells that form the scaly patches. Treatments may include light therapy, topical creams and ointments, and other medications.

Myth #4: Bathing makes psoriasis symptoms worse.

Truth: Yes and no. Bathing in water that is too hot can make skin drier, making itching worse. However, baths in warm or cool water using oils or bath salts can help to soothe irritated skin.

Myth #5: Psoriasis does not affect mental health.

Truth: Unfortunately, people with psoriasis are at twice the risk for depression and anxiety. It can be a vicious circle. The worse psoriasis symptoms are, the more likely depression becomes. And, stress related to emotions increases the likelihood of a psoriasis flare up.

If your family member has psoriasis, a home care provider can help them to better manage the condition. Home care providers can remind seniors to use the medications prescribed by the doctor. A home care provider can also help to apply moisturizers to keep skin from getting too dry. And, when it is time to bathe, a home care provider can make sure the water isn’t to hot and can help the older adult to get safely in and out of the bath.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering home care in Seven Hills, NV, please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care. Call today (702) 385-0920.

 

Sources

https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis/myths-about-psoriasis

https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/psoriasis-treatment-management/myths/

https://www.healthywomen.org/content/blog-entry/9-common-misconceptions-about-psoriasis

 

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5 Psoriasis Myths and What You Should Know About Them

Home Care in Seven Hills NV: Psoriasis Myths

There are 7.6 million psoriasis sufferers in the United States. Yet, many people don’t know much about the disease. And, in some cases, what people think they know are actually common myths about the condition. If you’ve recently become a family caregiver to an older adult with psoriasis, you may not know as much about the condition as you’d like to. Being able to separate the myths from the truth can help you to better understand and manage the condition. Below are 5 common myths about psoriasis and the facts behind them.

Myth #1: Psoriasis is no big deal because it’s just a skin condition.

Truth: It’s true that psoriasis causes problems with the skin. People with psoriasis develop red, scaly patches on their skin. The patches are itchy and can be painful, too. But, psoriasis isn’t a simple skin condition. It is an autoimmune disease that can impact all parts of the body. Psoriasis makes skin cells develop much more rapidly than normal. The old cells build up on the surface of the skin because the body cannot shed them as quickly as they form. In addition, psoriasis causes inflammation throughout the body and raises the risks for other serious conditions, including heart attack and stroke.

Myth #2: Psoriasis is catching.

Truth: Psoriasis is a hereditary condition. Having a parent with psoriasis increases a person’s risk of developing the condition. However, it cannot be passed from one person to the next through contact. People who touch, hug, or spend time with your aging relative will not catch the condition.

Myth #3: There’s no treatment for psoriasis, so you just have to put up with it.

Truth: There is no cure for psoriasis, but there are treatments that can improve the symptoms. When the doctor develops a treatment plan, their objectives are usually to slow down or stop the overproduction of skin cells, manage itching, and get rid of the dead skin cells that form the scaly patches. Treatments may include light therapy, topical creams and ointments, and other medications.

Myth #4: Bathing makes psoriasis symptoms worse.

Truth: Yes and no. Bathing in water that is too hot can make skin drier, making itching worse. However, baths in warm or cool water using oils or bath salts can help to soothe irritated skin.

Myth #5: Psoriasis does not affect mental health.

Truth: Unfortunately, people with psoriasis are at twice the risk for depression and anxiety. It can be a vicious circle. The worse psoriasis symptoms are, the more likely depression becomes. And, stress related to emotions increases the likelihood of a psoriasis flare up.

If your family member has psoriasis, a home care provider can help them to better manage the condition. Home care providers can remind seniors to use the medications prescribed by the doctor. A home care provider can also help to apply moisturizers to keep skin from getting too dry. And, when it is time to bathe, a home care provider can make sure the water isn’t to hot and can help the older adult to get safely in and out of the bath.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering home care in Seven Hills, NV, please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care. Call today (702) 385-0920.

 

Sources

https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis/myths-about-psoriasis

https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/psoriasis-treatment-management/myths/

https://www.healthywomen.org/content/blog-entry/9-common-misconceptions-about-psoriasis

 



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