1. It’s not contagious
For someone who suffers from psoriasis, the condition isn’t only physical, but impacts him or her emotionally as well. “The number one complaint I hear is that other people [who don’t have psoriasis] see someone with it and think they’re contagious,” says Dr. Gooderham. “But it’s not a contagious condition.”
Since psoriasis is a visible condition and often occurs on parts of the body that aren’t always covered by clothing, people with psoriasis may have to deal with intruding looks or questions about their condition. Former dancer Renae Addis says her psoriasis diagnosis was difficult due to the physical and emotional impact it had on her life. “I grew up on a stage and had always been really confident, but suddenly I felt very uncomfortable in public,” she says. At one point, Addis says her body was about 70 percent covered with psoriasis lesions. Having a moderate to severe form of psoriasis made it hard for her to continue being as active as she once was.