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How Much Do You Know About Psoriasis With Dara Torres [Quiz]?

Dara Torres, Olympic Swimmer and Best-Selling Author, is on a mission to empower others with psoriatic disease and add some truth to the misconceptions floating around about what living with psoriasis. How much do you know about psoriasis?

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“I think it is really important to educate people about psoriasis, and I’m honored to be part of the Show More of You campaign”

Dara Torres joins a long list of other celebrities embracing and dispelling myths about living psoriasis, including Cara Delevingne and Kim Kardashian.

Torres teamed up with Celgene Corporation and Otezla, a prescription medicine approved for the treatment of patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, and Dr. Shane Chapman, Section Chief of Dermatology, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, for the Show More of You campaign. The campaign was created to raise awareness about the disease while inspiring patients to share their stories and to show that patients aren’t alone and there is a supportive community out there available to them.

“This Campaign hits close to home, I’ve suffered from psoriasis since the early 90s, and it was something that I was embarrassed about, and didn’t like to talk about it, " Said Torres. "I would see people looking at me wondering if I’m going to catch this if I touch her or if I go in the pool.

The campaign brought her together with famed photographer, Martin Schoeller, for a photo shoot with four others living with psoriatic disease, including plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, a chronic condition that causes joint swelling and pain.

"I think it is really important to educate people about psoriasis, and to show people with psoriasis that they don't have to try and hide their condition”

To learn more about the Show More or You campaign and psoriasis, visit www.showmoreofyou.com

But first, test your knowledge to see how much you may actually already know about psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

  1. Can you catch psoriasis from other people.

    Yes
    Yes
    No
    No
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Psoriasis isn't contagious

    It’s not contagious. Psoriasis is caused when certain genes cause a glitch in your immune system, telling your skin to grow too fast. Since your skin is growing too fast, your body can’t shed these skin cells fast enough, causing them to pile up, which leads to redness and flaking. Your skin can also become sore and itchy.

    Psoriasis isn't contagious
  2. Can you go in the sun with psoriasis?

    Yes
    Yes
    No
    No
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    You can, but in moderation

    According to Shane Chapman, MD, Section Chief of Dermatology, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, people with psoriasis can and should get some sun. "Normally, as a Dermatologist, we tell people to use sunscreen and stay out of the sun, because it can cause skin cancer. But with psoriasis, we give them a bit of leeway to be outside in the sun. Just a little bit, not enough to get a sunburn, because ultraviolet light actually helps with psoriasis a little bit."

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  3. Which type of weather can affect psoriasis?

    Heat
    Heat
    Cold
    Cold
    Humidity
    Humidity
    Rain
    Rain
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's the cold!

    If you've ever been out in the winter when the air is dry and frigid, you know it can be pretty tough on the skin [hello chapped lips!] If you have psoriasis, it can be especially hard, so it’s important to keep your skin from getting dry. Surprisingly, many people say their skin condition say it gets better in the summer when they can get out in the sun.

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  4. Can psoriasis also cause arthritis?

    Yes
    Yes
    No
    No
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis

    According to Dara Torres and Dr. Shane Chapman, the same inflammation that causes skin redness and soreness can cause can cause swelling, stiffness, and pain in and around the joints.

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  5. Is there a cure for psoriasis?

    Yes
    Yes
    No
    No
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Psoriasis is a chronic condition

    There's no currently no cure for psoriasis, but there are many ways to get relief from the symptoms of this disease, such as Otezla, which is a prescription pill approved for patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and adult patients with active psoriatic arthritis.

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How Much Do You Know About Psoriasis With Dara Torres [Quiz]?

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You may need to brush up on what you know about psoriasis. Check out http://www.showmoreofyou.com/ or the National Psoriasis Foundation to learn more!

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You clearly know a lot about psoriasis. Are you a secret dermatologist!?

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