Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes the appearance of red, scaly patches on the skin. Any part of the body can be affected, and the symptoms can range from mild to severe. Because the appearance of psoriasis can be obvious, it can cause distress for sufferers, while people who do not understand the condition may wonder if they can contract the condition if they come into contact with affected skin.
Although there are many different kinds of psoriasis, no form of the condition is contagious. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition, in which the body’s immune system attacks skin cells and triggers inflammation. The patches associated with psoriasis flare-ups are not contagious, and the condition cannot be transmitted from person to person. People with psoriasis may cover up the affected skin not to avoid passing the condition on to someone else but to reduce the risk of further irritation and inflammation.
If you have psoriasis, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Make an appointment with Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology to speak to a dermatologist in Salt Lake City about the many psoriasis treatment options that can help you. To make an appointment with a dermatologist, please call (801) 266-8841.