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Preconceived ideas about Psoriasis

Former Foundation René Touraine’s president Louis Dubertret explain what we should not think about psoriasis so as to better deal with it.

Former Foundation René Touraine’s president Louis Dubertret explain what we should not think about psoriasis so as to better deal with it.

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Is psoriasis contagious ?

No. For instance, you can go without any risk to the swimming pool when your suffer from psoriasis. On the contrary, skins affected by psoriasis contain much more anti-infectious molecules than a normal skin. The risk is consequently lower.

Is psoriasis hereditary ?

This is a frequent question as psoriasis is a genetical disease. However, the transmission does not occur in a mathematical way involving one specific gene, but because of predisposition factors. A similar situation arises when a mother suffers from hay fever. Her children are likely to develop this disease, but nothing is statistically predictable. This concern about the children often grows in a case of severe psoriasis. It has to be reminded that when you mix your genes with those of another parent who is not affected by the disease, your children can only have, at worst, a more moderate form of psoriasis. Also, treatments are becoming increasingly efficient, which is a opportunity for us to stop perceiving psoriasis as a curse passed on from generation to generation.

If the cure is not working well, do I have to see another doctor ?

As the symptoms of psoriasis differ for each individual, the patients benefits from a priceless insight giving them information a doctor cannot know. Any patient willing to improve their condition have to communicate consistently about the evolution of their disease in order to enable their doctor to adjust the treatment progressively. Hence, it is a mistake to change your physician since it will make you start from scratch. Thus, it seems better to be patient enough to explain regularly to your doctor why you still are dissatisfied with your current treatment, so that he or she eventually finds the ideal one. This is all the more significant as no pratictioner can have an exhaustive knowledge, especially in the case of a disease that flares up differently for each patient.

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