With the warmer weather, people are more willing to show off their skin—even on their feet. Sandal season is officially here. For most people, you may not need to think twice about slipping on your Chacos or other open-toed footwear. If you have psoriasis, though, showing off your lower limbs may be embarrassing. Worse, myths about psoriasis that too many people believe can make others around you uncomfortable when they see your feet.

The good news for you is that these beliefs are myths. They’re false. Hopefully that can both encourage you as you manage your condition and help you educate others who are misinformed. Here are the most common myths, busted:

It’s caused by poor hygiene: Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin disease. It’s something that you have a genetic tendency for, though outside factors like stress and injuries can make it worse.

It’s contagious: The condition is not caused by an infection, so you can’t “catch” it from another person.

It isn’t treatable: There are plenty of treatments that can reduce symptoms and outbreaks. While the issue can never be completely cured, it can be managed with intentional care.

It only affects the skin: This is a systematic disease. While it normally manifests in the skin, it can lead to arthritis as well.

Psoriasis can be very uncomfortable and look unsightly, but it doesn’t have to control your life. With a little care and investment in your health, you can manage the condition and deal with outbreaks quickly and effectively. If you have raised, red and scaly patches of skin on your lower limbs, contact us at Absolute Foot Care Specialists for an appointment or more information about treating the problem and relieving the pain. You can reach our Las Vegas offices by calling (702) 839-2010 or using our website contact form.

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