What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic (long term) skin disease which can be hereditary but is not contagious. It is relatively common, affecting approximately three percent of the population of Qatar.

What causes psoriasis?  
Psoriasis is categorized as an autoimmune disease; meaning that it occurs because the body attacks healthy cells by mistake and in doing so causes the production of skins cells to accelerate, causing irritation and an excess of dead skin cells. Symptoms of psoriasis do vary from person to person and individuals often experience periods of it being better or worse. This can be affected by lifestyle There are a number of external factors that are known to trigger bouts of psoriasis or to increase the severity of the symptoms.

Can psoriasis be cured? 
No. Psoriasis cannot be cured. However, there are number of effective treatments and ways to reduce symptoms that will allow patients living with the disease to do so comfortably. Psoriasis is treatable but not curable.

Is psoriasis contagious?  
No. Psoriasis is not contagious. No form of indirect or direct contact can spread the disease, either to a different location on a person’s body or from one person to another; this includes sharing of towels, swimming pool water or any other physical contact.