Psoriasis is a common skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells. It causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells form scales and red patches that are itchy and sometimes painful.
Psoriasis is a chronic disease that often comes and goes. The main goal of treatment is to stop the skin cells from growing so quickly. There is no cure for psoriasis, but you can manage symptoms.
Psoriasis impacts the ability to perform activities, causes embarrassment and social discrimination, and leads to a severe emotional impact in both adult and pediatric patients, according to a public meeting hosted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to hear patient perspectives. A common source of distress in daily life among psoriasis patients was the lack of understanding of the disease in the general population with wrongful concerns that psoriasis infectious or contagious. Is psoriasis contagious? No It’s not—but if you have psoriasis, you’ve probably had to deal with people who think it is.