What are the symptoms of psoriasis? Is psoriasis contagious? Our basic guide answers a wide range of questions about psoriasis. See the guide here.

125,000,000 people live with psoriasis worldwide, but the dialogue about the skin disease is still filled with uncertainty. Whether you have psoriasis in the family or you just want to read up on the subject, here's our basic guide to the causes and symptoms of psoriasis.

1. 165,000 Danes are affected by psoriasis - and every day another 10 Danes are diagnosed with the disease    

There is an even split between men and women who get psoriasis. Unlike eczema, which tends to start in childhood, psoriasis often starts early in adulthood.

2. Symptoms of psoriasis include red, dry patches of skin covered with shiny scales

The most common form of psoriasis is characterized by well-defined red, dry patches of skin covered with shiny scales. The patches most commonly appear on the elbows, knees, scalp, knuckles, front of the legs and lower back, but areas such as the genitals, ears and navel can also be affected. As the spots loosen, small pinpoint haemorrhages will appear on the skin.

The severity of psoriasis varies widely, as does the intensity of the disease, which means that some periods have few or no symptoms, while others are more troublesome. Many people with psoriasis experience only small patches, while for others the disease can be much more widespread.

3. Psoriasis is caused by an increased production of skin cells

In most people, skin cells are generated and regenerated every three to four weeks. Psoriasis accelerates this process, so it happens every few days, resulting in a build-up of skin cells. Some believe this is due to problems with the immune system.

4. Psoriasis symptoms can be exacerbated by a number of triggers

Including stress, illness, weather and medication. As we see with eczema, excessive flare-ups can create more stress and start the vicious cycle.

5. Psoriasis cannot be cured

Psoriasis is a chronic recurring disease, which means it cannot be cured. Although psoriasis cannot be cured, there are a number of treatments that can help alleviate the symptoms. Treatments range from lotions to light therapy and depend on the type of psoriasis you have and how widespread the disease is.

6. Psoriasis can have a big impact on self-esteem

Especially for patients who feel pressured by unrealistic societal expectations. Although living with psoriasis can be discouraging and frustrating at times, there are many support forums and organisations like the Psoriasis Society that can be of great help.

By providing information to the public, spokespeople from psoriasis organisations hope to give the outside world an insight into everyday life with this skin disease.

7. Psoriasis requires the use of mild, fragrance-free products designed for sensitive skin

You can help your body shed dandruff by slathering your body in moisturiser daily. Our Neutral products are a great starting point - with a combination of fragrance and dye-free household and personal care products that look specially formulated for sensitive skin.

For example, we can recommend Neutral Intensive Repair oil cream for gentle care, although you should always start by consulting your GP who can refer you to a dermatologist if you are suspected of psoriasis.

8. Psoriasis is not contagious

Psoriasis is a hereditary disease that cannot be passed from one person to another, so don't be afraid of contracting psoriasis if you know someone who has it.

Even if you have a hereditary predisposition to the disease, this does not mean that you will develop it. However, there are a number of external factors that can influence whether you develop the disease:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Infections (haemolytic streptococcus and HIV)
  • Pregnancy
  • Overweight
  • Stress