For people with psoriasis, the simplest of triggers can bring on an annoying flare. Identifying what causes these breakouts can help you significantly ease the symptoms.
Psoriasis is a common skin disorder that is characterized by thick, red, and scaly patches of skin that are quite itchy. This condition affects around 3 percent of people in the United States, and is a persistent, chronic (long-lasting) disease. The symptoms of psoriasis can vary for different people; while some may find it mild enough to not pay much heed to it, for others the condition can be so severe that the entire body gets covered in scaly, itchy skin that is quite painful at times. The usual signs and symptoms of psoriasis include red or pink thickened skin which is flaky, dry and cracked skin that may even bleed, small scaling spots, thickened or ridged nails, and joints that are swollen and stiff. This condition affects men and women alike, and a person can get psoriasis at any age, although young adults have a higher risk of getting the disease.
There are different types of psoriasis, which can affect different parts of your body. Although psoriasis doesn’t have a cure, there are certain treatments that can help you manage your symptoms and ease the discomfort. However, for people with psoriasis, the condition can feel almost like torture at times. In fact, a study done in 2010 found that people who have psoriasis have an increased risk of depression and anxiety. This may be a result of the fact that they are prone to psoriasis outbreaks at the slightest of triggers, and this can take a toll on their everyday lives. There are a variety of triggers that can cause your psoriasis symptoms to worsen or have a flare-up, so knowing these triggers can go a long way in preventing such situations. Here are some of the psoriasis triggers that you need to be aware of. Although some of them may seem unusual, avoiding them and taking precautions can help you reduce your psoriasis outbreaks.
Many health conditions are often attributed to stress in today’s time, but you may have never considered that stress can have a bearing on your psoriasis as well. Whether you believe it or not, stress is one of the chief triggers of a psoriasis outbreak. According to research that was published in the British Journal of Dermatology in 2014, the level of cortisol, a stress hormone, was visibly higher in people with psoriasis under stressful conditions than it was in those without the condition. Unfortunately, often stress and psoriasis might seem like a vicious cycle as psoriasis side effects such as social stigma, expensive treatments, and the constant skin irritation may lead a person to get stressed. So if you are suffering from psoriasis, try and reduce stress as much as you can in your life. You can opt for practices like yoga and meditation to keep a calm mind and help ease your stress.
It has been found that in many cases, some common infections like strep throat, upper respiratory infections, and thrush can act as triggers for a psoriasis flare-up. You can also experience psoriasis breakouts following tonsillitis or an earache. Basically, anything that has the potential to affect your immune system can also affect psoriasis. If you have psoriasis and suspect that you have contracted an infection of these types, do not delay in consulting a doctor. At the same time, you may have an active psoriasis outbreak without any symptoms of strep throat. You can get a strep throat test done after consulting your doctor to check whether your outbreaks and the infection are related.
There are certain medications that have been linked to psoriasis outbreaks. If you are taking any such medicines and have psoriasis, talk to your doctor about alternate drugs or other treatment options. The medications that have the potential to worsen psoriasis include:
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