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Psoriasis Increases Risk for Some Medical Conditions
If you have psoriasis, you may have an increased risk for getting some other medical conditions. The following tells you what researchers have discovered about 10 medical conditions and how real the risk is for each. (more...)

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Psoriasis is not Contagious


Psoriasis knees

Child with plaque-type psoriasis on the knees

(Photo used with permission of the American Academy of Dermatology National Library of Dermatologic Teaching Slides)

Psoriasis may look contagious, but it's not. You cannot get psoriasis from someone who has psoriasis by:

  • Breathing the same air

  • Shaking hands

  • Touching the psoriasis

  • Drinking from a shared glass

  • Swimming in the same pool

  • Cutting or styling the person's hair

  • Kissing

  • Having sex

There is only one way to get psoriasis by inheriting the genes that cause it.

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology


For an overview, visit the AAD pamphlet Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis.


Follow-up appointments with a dermatologist are essential for patients with psoriasis. Between 5% and 42% of people who have psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis, which requires treatment to prevent a potentially disabling condition.

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