Doctor insights on: Can psoriasis spread from one person to another

Share
1

1
Can psoriasis be spread?

Can psoriasis be spread?

Yes: It is not contagious but new spots can develop on presently normal skin. A number of factors can be triggers including stress, strep infection, or wheat allergy. More extensive cases can be treated with ultraviolet light, internal medications or biologics. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Thomas Namey
1,030 Doctors shared insights

Psoriasis (Definition)

An autoimmune disease involving the skin, nails, and occasionally the joints. It is not contagious. There are several types of skin lesions, most common variety being large red scaly itchy plaques on extensor surfaces such as elbows and knees. Psoriasis can be controlled by a wide variety of medications, but a cure has ...Read more


2

2
Does psoriasis get worse and spread?

Does psoriasis get worse and spread?

It can: The course of psoriasis is quite variable. It may worsen and involve greater areas of the skin or stay the same. There are conditions that may make it worse - colder and damp waether or lack of sun exposure, or certain drugs - like withdrawing steroids that worsen the disease. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
3

3
How can one control psoriasis flare ups?

How can one control psoriasis flare ups?

Can be hard: We know that direct sunlight can be beneficial. The problem is we always describe a risk benefit ratio. Too much sun exposure can cause skin cancer and melanoma. Your physician can also prescribe a variety of topical and even oral or injectable medications. ...Read more

5

5
Could psoriasis spread genetically to my children and also my wife?

Could psoriasis spread genetically to my children and also my wife?

Children yes wife no: To your children, yes. There is a strong genetic component to psoriasis, though it is thought to be triggered by various factors, meaning it is not 100% certain that your children will have it.

To your wife, no. It is not a contagious disease.

Hope that helps! ...Read more

6

6
What makes psoriasis spread and why do I have cronic itching with it?

What makes psoriasis spread and why do I have cronic itching with it?

Psoriasis can itch: There are many things that can make psoriasis spread and flare. Stress, smoking, alcohol, some medications, scratching, some infections (strep throat). Psoriasis can also be very itchy. If you are not seeing a dermatologist for your psoriasis, you should be. They can be very helpful in managing this difficult chronic disease. Remember, psoriasis has no cure. Bummer, I know. ...Read more

7

7
What are some things one can use for psoriasis especially for the skin surface?

What are some things one can use for psoriasis especially for the skin surface?

See details: The best option depends on the severity of the skin involvement. Often topical cortisone creams are adequate for mild, localized disease. Phototherapy is also valuable. For more severe disease, biologic agents such as strattera, (atomoxetine) enbrel, Humira and Remicade are extremely effective. ...Read more

9

9
How can one tell if something is eczema or psoriasis?

How can one tell if something is eczema or psoriasis?

Location?: Both rashes can be scaly, psoriasis more scaly, can be silverish scales. Common on elbows, eczema less so. Psoriasis can have fingernail pitting (tiny holes in nails). Eczema not.
Eczema associated with other allergies; stress, seasonal.
Psoriasis-- knees too.
Or see your doctor or dermatologist. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
How can I get rid of psoriasis, especially before it spreads?

How can I get rid of psoriasis, especially before it spreads?

Control, not cure: There is as yet no cure for psoriasis, but we have lots of options for controlling it. "before it spreads" suggests that you only have it on localized areas, which means topical steroid creams and vitamin d derivatives may be all you need. If not, there are ultraviolet light treatments, oral drugs like soriatane, methotrexate, and cyclosporine, and biologic drugs like enbrel, humira, and stelara (ustekinumab). ...Read more

13

13
When I was growing up, we just worried about cuts and scrapes. Now it seems my grandkids have friends with all sorts of conditions. Latest one is psoriasis. I've never heard of that.?

Chronic disease: Psoriasis is a chronic recurring autoimmune skin disease with a strong hereditary component. Can appear as large scaly patches affecting only certain parts of the body (ie: elbows, knees, scalp, hands, feet, nails) or the entire body. It can be mild to severe, be triggered by stress or other factors. Can be treated with topicals, oral meds, biologics (injectables), light therapy. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
14

14
No one find a solutions to psoriasis treatment so many doctors here in dubai try but no use?

TNF agents: I do not know what meds are available in dubai or how severe your psoriasis happens to be. For moderate to severe disease tnf agents such as Enbrel (etanercept) or Humira are usually extremely effective. ...Read more

15

15
Will careful use of a tanning bed help my psoriasis? Assume that I am using one of the older beds that had both uva and uvb.

Will careful use of a tanning bed help my psoriasis? Assume that I am using one of the older beds that had both uva and uvb.

PSORIASIS TANNING: It might be helpful to use a tanning bed occasionally. You must first ask your physician if this is ok with him or her. Some of my patients seem to benefit. However, be careful that you do not burn. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
17

17
I have a guttate psoriasis. How long this takes to clean up? Which one cream is the best for this skin problem? I need to live with this forever?? : (

I have a guttate psoriasis. How long this takes to clean up? Which one cream is the best for this skin problem? I need to live with this forever?? : (

See details: It is treatable but not curable. You need to be under the care of a dermatologist. Topical agents are often not effective enough. ...Read more

19

19
I have taken the acitretin drug before one and half years (august' 2012) for my psoriasis. Can I plan for my pregnancy in august '2014. Please advise.

I have taken the acitretin drug before one and half years (august' 2012) for my psoriasis. Can I plan for my pregnancy in august '2014. Please advise.

Acitretin psoriasis: It is recommended to wait at least 3 years after stopping Acitretin to become pregnant. I will refer you to the drug safety link for clarification. Http://www.soriatane.com/404.html. ...Read more

20

20
Is there any cure for psoriasis? What precautions can one take for the psoriasis effect around the fingers and knuckles?

Is there any cure for psoriasis? What precautions can one take for the psoriasis effect around the fingers and knuckles?

Psoriasis: Different from the traditional systemic drugs that impact the entire immune system, biologics target specific parts of the immune system. The biologics used to treat psoriatic diseases act by blocking the action of a specific type of immune cell called a t cell, or by blocking proteins in the immune system, such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha (tnf-alpha) or interleukins 12 and 23. No cure. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer