Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Most common psoriasis patients’ FAQ list

Is psoriasis contagious?

NO

Passing this skin condition onto other people is not possible after touching their lesions. Psoriasis is not contagious, though many people think it is an infectious or contagious condition.

Should I avoid some medical treatments?

YES

Some medical treatments can trigger or aggravate psoriasis symptoms. Tablets used to treat arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure are among these.

Your practitioner can help so inform on your skin condition as soon as possible for him/her to adapt your treatment plan.

Will my children get psoriasis too?

Not necessarily

Psoriasis is believed to be an hereditary condition, though the probabilities to pass it onto your children are quite low:

  • Probabilities of a parent with psoriasis passing onto their children is of 1 out of 10.
  • When both parents have it, the risk increases in 1 out of 3.

Is there a cure for psoriasis?

No definite cure still

However, different treatment options exist to help control its symptoms and maintain a lesions-free skin. Most important point: get urgent treatment in case of severe eruption and consult your specialist on long-term options.

Psoriasis might be provoked by some infection. When treated, this kind of psoriasis disappears quickly.

Psoriasis patients often consult their skin specialist on lifestyle habits and their influence on the psoriasis condition.

We hereby provide some answers to the most common questions on lifestyle and its relevance for psoriasis.

Smoking and psoriasis. A bad combination?

YES

Smokers are more likely to get psoriasis. Prevalence is also higher in women. Smokers also: suffer from psoriasis at younger ages, face a more severe evolution and get worse responses to treatment options provided.

The influence of stress

A triggering effect

Stress has a triggering and worsening effect on psoriasis though it cannot be blamed for its outbreak and development.

Psoriasis patients are also sometimes quite stressed about their skin lesions. Experts recommend their psoriasis patients to avoid stress whenever possible to get better results.

Drinking and psoriasis

Reducing your consumption

Women are also more likely to get worse psoriasis flare-ups because they tend to badly metabolize alcohol. Heavy alcohol also has an influence on the amount of skin lesions on the body areas. Some psoriasis treatment options include alcohol intake among their absolute contraindications.

Diet and psoriasis

No diet effect has yet been observed on psoriasis

However, experts have showed the importance of factors like: obesity and some metabolic syndromes (high blood pressure, diabetes and high levels of blood lipids) which is why they recommend getting a healthy diet and life style.