Psoriasis is a skin disorder that creates a scale like patches on the skin that are itchy. The severity can vary from person to person. Psoriasis can be triggered by different factors.
People who have Psoriasis should avoid these triggers:
Alcohol– Alcohol can trigger psoriasis. Hard drinks can alter the body’s function and cause an attack. Keep your drinking to a minimum and avoid drinking strong drinks. Opt for a light beer and a three drink a week maximum.
Sunburn– A little sun is good for the body, but too much sun can cause sunburn. Any injury in the skin can cause a psoriasis attack. Sunburn can cause the skin to flare up and dry out. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and never leave your home without sunblock.
Cold, Dry Weather– Weather than can dry out the skin can trigger psoriasis attacks. When moisture is removed from the air the skin is more prone to irritation and plaque formation.
Stress– Stress is a well-known trigger of psoriasis. If your psoriasis are easily triggered by stress, try getting into relaxing activities and reducing stress in your life.
Certain Medication– Certain medication can alter the autoimmune response of the body and cause psoriasis attacks. Medication for high blood pressure, malaria and steroidal meds can trigger an attack. Tell your doctor about any present condition before getting prescribed medication.
Infections– Infections such as thrush, respiratory infection and strep throat can trigger psoriasis. If you notice a sudden outbreak after getting in contact with these bacteria, talk to your doctors about preventive measures.
Scratches, Bites and Skin Injury– When you experience a new psoriasis lesions in parts where an insect has bitten you or a part where you got a skin injury, you may have found your trigger. Minor injuries and insect bites can happen every day without us noticing. If you get plaques after an injury make sure to treat new ones immediately. Clean with antibacterial soap and cover with a bandage to prevent scratching or scraping it.
Prevention: Always wear sunscreen and a hat when going out in direct sunlight. Learn your triggers and lessen contact with them to avoid psoriasis attacks.
Supplements– Some supplements to try when dealing with psoriasis are vitamin D, milk thistle, evening primrose oil and fish oil.
Moisture in The Air– Locking in moisture in the air with a dehumidifier will prevent drying out of the skin. This will prevent plaques from forming.
Perfumes or No Dyes– When buying soaps or lotions pick ones that are for sensitive skin. Products that contain perfumes or dyes can cause the psoriasis to be inflamed.
Red Meat and Fatty Food– Removing these foods from your diet can lessen psoriasis. Soy, dark chocolate and vegetables are great for managing psoriasis.
Vegetable oil or Olive oil– Applying the oils topically will moisturize the patches. Massage on the affected area for a few minutes.
Bath Soak– Add mineral oil, milk, Epsom salt and/or olive oil to lukewarm bath water to alleviate the itching and moisturize the skin.
Psoriasis should be treated to avoid scarring and further irritation to the sufferers. According to a study done by the University of Pennsylvania people who suffer from psoriasis are more prone to anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.