Here are some ways to explain psoriasis:
- When you have psoriasis, it means that your skin is producing skin cells faster than normal.
- Scientists haven’t totally figured out what causes psoriasis, but it isn’t because of bad food, bad hygiene, or personality. You did not bring psoriasis on yourself.
- It is not a contagious disease. People can't "catch" psoriasis from you.
- Psoriasis is something you were born with, just like your eye color or hair color.
- Psoriasis is a chronic disease, which means that it is ongoing. Sometimes it seems better, sometimes it may get worse.
- Researchers don’t know why some people get the disease and some people don’t, but they are trying to figure out why.
Psoriasis is a part of you, but it is not all of who you are!
Here's how other kids explain their psoriasis:
- It's not contagious. It's autoimmune. And it's called psoriasis.
- I have a skin condition that makes my skin grow faster than normal.
- The red dots are psoriasis and I don't like it and I have had it for a while.
- It is a disease that is not contagious so it won't spread on your skin.
- It is a disease called psoriasis. It's not contagious and I was born with it but it didn't show up until I was 6.
- It is a skin disease that's not contagious. I have it. Please don't make fun of me.
- It's not poison ivy or a rash, it's psoriasis. It's not contagious.