psoriasis have nothing to do with poor hygiene. They cannot be made better or worse by a shower.
6. It’s Really Just Eczema
While many people deal with eczema, psoriasis is a completely different disorder. The symptoms are different and they have different causes. According to health experts, it’s possible to be misdiagnosed with eczema when the symptoms of psoriasis first appear but specific skin tests will show the difference.
7. Psoriasis Doesn’t Affect Black People
Although the symptoms of psoriasis can appear differently in African Americans, they’re affected just as much as other ethnicities. What has happened is that it’s taken some time for dermatologists to understand how to treat Black people with the disease. The misunderstanding has resulted in many people remaining undiagnosed.
8. It Only Affects Your Arms And Legs
Just as there are different types of psoriasis, the areas that are affected can also differ. The rashes are most likely to appear on the arms, legs, and scalp but they can pop up all over the body. Reports have shown that you can have rashes under the nails, on the soles of your feet, and even in the groin area. Of course, it’s important to note that if you’re not sure about a sudden rash in an unusual place, you should have it checked out.
9. The Disease Only Affects Young People
While the majority of people who are diagnosed with psoriasis are typically in their 20’s, the disease can affect anyone. Studies show that young children and older adults can develop psoriasis as well. In fact, there is a high incidence of the illness in the 50-60 age group.
10. Psoriasis Only Affects Women
As with the belief that only certain ethnicities have to deal with psoriasis, there is no basis for this gender-based myth. It has been shown that men and women are diagnosed with the illness on a fairly equal level.
There’s still a lot of work to be done when it comes to African Americans and psoriasis. In the meantime, it’s best to know what’s a myth and what you should apply to your life. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, it’s best to consult with your doctor.