There are more than 125 million psoriasis patients in world, and more than 6 million psoriasis patients in my country.
Psoriasis can occur on any part of body, such as scalp, face and other exposed parts of body, which often causes severe mental stress for patient and affects patient's social, family and work life. Many patients and public have many misconceptions about psoriasis, some of which may lead to discrimination against psoriasis patients, and some of which will affect standard psoriasis treatment.
The first myth is that psoriasis is contagious. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, not an infectious disease, so it is not contagious. You do not need to worry about infection if you come into close contact with people with psoriasis.
We should treat treatment of psoriasis and diabetes, hypertension and other diseases same way. These diseases cannot be "cured", but most patients can recover well and return to society and family normally.
The second misconception is that when you are sick, you need to seek medical help and use drugs indiscriminately. Some patients often seek medical help repeatedly for treatment and take so-called immune-stimulating traditional Chinese medicines for a long time. Psoriasis is caused not just by a decrease or increase in body's immunity, but by immune dysfunction caused by genetic and environmental factors. Treating psoriasis by "improving immunity" is completely unscientific.
The third misunderstanding is a blind taboo. Psoriasis is not an allergic skin disease and should not generally be tabooed. Even if it is an allergic disease, it is not recommended to refuse food at will. In some children with allergic skin diseases, because enzymes in digestive tract are not perfect, eating certain foods can cause allergies, but enzymes in digestive tract of adults are healthy even if they have allergic skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis, urticaria, and an association with food is not great. Therefore, adult patients with skin diseases should not refuse food on their own, except in cases of obvious food allergies.