My mom has really bad psoriasis and I'm so afraid I'm getting it. My elbows keep cracking open and bleeding even though I use Bag Balm and such on them. I really really don't want to develop it b/c it looks very painful. Is it something that can be passed on from parent to child? I'm 23 and don't have it yet...but my mom developed it in her 20s and it went away for 10 years or so and then came back worse than ever. HELP!
I think that it is hereditary but it doesn't mean that you will get it.
I read this:
Scientists now believe that at least 10 percent of the general population inherits one or more of the genes that create a predisposition to psoriasis. However, only 2 percent to 3 percent of the population develops the disease. They say you need the "right" mix of genetics and triggers that lead to the development of psoriasis.
I have it, my mom had it but my other siblings do not.
Look on line about Psoriasis being passed on by genetics.
Last edited by summerblue; 03-30-2009 at 05:16 PM.
Yes there are statistics. You have a good chance of having it. But it might be just your elbows. There is just no way to know.
The medical industry is not really concerned with curing or controlling the disease. Diseases like this are very profitable, as you needlessly suffer they line their pockets with money. If there was a cure they would keep it locked up.
Most fields of medicine make leaps and bounds. They do heart valve surgery through a hole. But they can't stop the immune system from causing a rash. That means the dermatologists are the dumbest of all occupations or they make allot of money by allowing people to suffer.
To clarify, if they had a cure for psoriasis, they would have a cure for cancer, since the immune system basically works on both the same way, but one is worse than the other. Anyone who has family members who have psoriasis are pre-disposed to this skin disorder, but does not garantee that they will develop it. The skin is a human organ, we have specialists who work to cure different parts of the body. Dermatologists are not the dumbest of all doctors, you just have to know what the immune system does inside the body that causes theses rashes, its not that simple
Last edited by tigerlily32; 04-17-2011 at 12:07 PM.
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I was diagnosed at age 11, I am now 45. My father had psoriasis and he had a sever case. I'm one of 8 children and I'm the only one that got it. My father was a twin, but not identical..his twin never had it, weird huh. My father had 11 brothers and sisters and I don't think any of them have it. So don't worry unless it happens..and if it does...you'll manage. Just keep yourself update with all the new therapies and you'll be fine. I just started a new one..Methotrexate and it's working great. Hopefully it will continue to work for a while.
BTW, Like I stated earlier, my father had a SEVER case. He finally started using the light therapy and it cleared his skin 100%. He looked amazing. It was the first time I had ever seen him with clear skin.
My grandfather has it. My father has it. I have it. None of my uncles or other relatives have it on that side of the family. My brother has a mild case of it.
On other side of the family, a cousin of mine has it but afaik no one else on that side has it. its strange.
Personally i dont generally find it that painful most of the time or even itchy now i've got used to it, but i've only had it a couple years so maybe thats yet to come.
In my short experience i've generally found that being OUTSIDE, regardless of how you feel is the best thing for it. In winter my scalp becomes one giant flake but in summer its barely worse than dandruff.