Patient discussion about psoriasis

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Q. Is psoriasis infectious?

Last week I and my friends from high-school went to the pool. One of my friend has psoriasis on his back, and when the lifeguard noticed it he asked him to leave the pool because he has skin disease that may spread to the other people swimming in the pool. We told him it is psoriasis and not some fungus, but he told us that psoriasis is also infectious. Is that true? Can psoriasis infect people who come in touch with people with psoriasis? Can I go swimming with him or should be more cautious?
A1It is right that psoriasis is not a contagious skin condition. But your friend should take care. However keeping skin humid is better for Psoriasis patients as I recently read these tips at
http://www.vitiligoguide.com/psoriasis/

A2It's genetic. You cannot "CATCH" psoriasis!!
A3I’m sorry to hear about your friend’s bad experience. People can be so mean and bad, and it’s even worse when they think they’re right when they behave like that. Your friend can’t make you have psoriasis, no matter how much he’ll touch you, so you can go swimming with him with out any worries.

Q. Is psoriasis contagious?

My wife got psoriasis and I don’t want to get infected…
A1Psoriasis itself, as was written above, isn't contagious, i.e. if someone has psoriasis he or she can't transmit it to you. However, there is a form of psoriasis called psoriasis guttate that is associated with infection of the throat by a bacterium called streptococcus (which is contagious), so in some way it is contagious.

You may read more here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psoriasis#Types_of_psoriasis
A2Psoriasis is a chronic and genetic disease and has nothing to do with infections. But Hey, don't believe me, believe your wife :-)
A3No, psoriasis is not contagious. It is not something you can "catch" or "pass on." The psoriatic lesions may not look good, but they are not infections or open wounds. People with psoriasis pose no threat to the health or safety of others.

Q. What kind of health complications I should expect if I have Psoriasis?

i recently was diagnosed with Plaque Psoriasis- will it affect other organs in my body? Are there any complications I should worry about?
APatients suffering from psoriasis may also suffer from arthritis of various type, and also accelerated atherosclerosis (i.e. heart diseases). However, I don't think that the approach should what should you worry about, but rather you may consult your doctor to see what you can do to control the disease and maybe feel better about it.

Take care,

Q. Does alcohol makes psoriasis worse?

I have psoriasis on my scalp, and in the last few months I started to drink some alcoholic drinks (mainly in social occasions like parties). I heard that it will make my psoriasis worse- Is that true?
A1In addition to worsening your disease, alcohol can interfere with your treatment. You may consult your doctor to see if and how much alcohol you can consume.
A2In some way - yes. There’s more psoriasis in people who consume alcohol, and in some research alcohol was found as a risk factor for worsening of the disease, so be cautious…

Q. What are some good non-prescription lotions for psoriasis

A1from some reason- bathing in the "dead sea" in Israel helps psoriasis. i know they sell mud from the dead sea in malls all over the U.S. try it- could be useful.
A2Topical (skin applied) medications include topical corticosteroids, vitamin D analogue creams (Dovonex), topical retinoids (Tazorac), moisturizers, topical immunomodulators (tacrolimus and pimecrolimus), coal tar, anthralin, and others. Topical corticosteroids (steroids, such as hydrocortisone) are very useful and often the first-line treatment for limited or small areas of psoriasis. These come in many preparations, including sprays, liquid, creams, gels, ointments, and mousses. Steroids come in many different strengths, including stronger ones are used for elbows, knees, and tougher skin areas and milder ones for areas like the face, underarms, and groin. These are usually applied once or twice a day to affected skin areas. For the complete list:http://www.medicinenet.com/psoriasis/page5.htm
These might useful also:
http://www.skincarephysicians.com/psoriasisnet/treatment.html
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/psoriasis/DS00193/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs
Hope this helps.


Q. Do any foods cause psoriasis? What can I change in my diet to prevent psoriasis?

I suffer with psoriasis on my neck. I was wondering, if it can flare up when I eat certain foods? I've tried ointments but nothing is working. I couldn't get a doctor's appointment until mid-November. What can I do to help myself now?
ANot that I know about, except alcohol and obesity, which may increase the risk of developing psoriasis.

You may read more here:
www.mayoclinic.com/health/psoriasis/DS00193

Q. Do you guys have any experience with cremes for psoriasis?

I've been using Dermovat but as it's full of steroids I guess it isnt that good for u... I'd love to hear any recommendations for other cremes that worked for you.
ACreams with steroids are the known and accepted treatment for psoriasis and Dermovat is a good one. If this doesn't help you, you should see a dermatologist for another treatment, however don't be afraid to use creams on steroidal basis, they help with psoriatic attacks best.
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