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Is psoriasis contagious?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Psoriasis is not contagious. While you are more likely to develop the disease if you have family members who are prone to it, being around someone with psoriasis does not put you at risk of contracting the disease. Talk to your doctor about possible risk factors for the disease.

Psoriasis is not contagious. A person cannot "catch" psoriasis: It is a genetic condition triggered when there is a glitch in the immune system. Having one family member increases the risk, while having two parents with the disease increases it even more. But although it's genetic, a person can have a relative with it and not get it at all.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

Psoriasis is not contagious. A person can’t catch psoriasis from someone else.

Dr. Daniel R. Spogen, MD
Family Practitioner

Psoriasis is not contagious. Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that is caused by an autoimmune reaction. It tends to run in families, so there appears to be a hereditary link.

Plaque psoriasis is not contagious. You will not spread it by touching, licking or getting in contact with the affected skin in some way. The inflammation and scaling that occurs with plaque psoriasis happens because the body’s immune system is attacking the skin, causing it to turn over more rapidly than it should, and you can’t catch an immune system.

Dr. Mark W. Moronell, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Psoriasis is not contagious. It is not something you can “catch” or that others can catch from you. Psoriasis lesions are not infectious and cannot be passed from person to person. It is okay to have contact with people who have psoriasis.

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