7 Things That Can Trigger An Outbreak of Psoriasis

Psoriasis, Valerius Medical Group & Research Center

Does it often feel like your psoriasis flares up for no reason? One or more triggers could be to blame. In fact, everyday things like a cold, a bug bite, or even stress can trigger psoriasis.

Triggers can vary from person to person, but discovering what they are and learning how to deal with them can help you gain control of your psoriasis and endure fewer flare-ups.

At Valerius Medical Group & Research Center, we want you to live happy and healthy, so we’ve put together seven common triggers to look out for.

1. Stress

Stress doesn’t just bring tension headaches. It’s actually one of the biggest triggers for a psoriasis outbreak.

When you’re stressed, levels of the hormone cortisol can increase. Studies have found that stress and the increase in cortisol can make psoriasis worse.

2. Alcohol

Have you noticed a flare-up after a night out? Alcohol is known to trigger psoriasis. One study reported an increase in psoriasis flare-ups among men and women who drank beer. The increase was associated with men and women who had 2-3 drinks per week. And adding to the list of reasons to consider reducing alcohol consumption is the fact that alcohol can conflict with some psoriasis medications.

3. Temperature fluctuations

The weather can prevent psoriasis symptoms from manifesting, but it can also trigger them. For some, the cold winter months can cause flare-ups, whereas warmer and even humid weather can help keep symptoms under control.

For psoriasis sufferers, extreme temperature fluctuations can be downright irritating. Even taking a shower that’s just a little too hot can trigger symptoms. The trick is to try and avoid extreme temperature variances as much as you can.

4. Infections

Common infections, such as thrush, upper respiratory infections, and strep throat can trigger an outbreak. If you get an infection, make sure you get prompt treatment to keep your psoriasis under control.

5. Diet

Food triggers for psoriasis can be different for everyone. For some, the trigger might be sugar. If sugar is one of your triggers, cutting out as much sugar as possible can help make your psoriasis more manageable and your treatments more effective.

However, regardless of whether you’re sensitive to sugar or not, you should eat a healthy diet. Eating healthy fats and whole foods instead of processed foods can make it much easier to get the nutrition you need to reduce symptoms.

6. Skin wounds

If your skin receives trauma or injury from a bug bite, a burn, a cut, or even from getting a tattoo, these wounds can trigger an outbreak of psoriasis.

7. Smoking

If you’ve been looking for just one more excuse to ditch your smoking habit, here it is. Using tobacco can increase your risk of suffering a psoriasis flare-up and make symptoms worse.

 

We know how itchy and uncomfortable psoriasis can be, but we can help find your triggers and get your condition under control. Book a consultation at Valerius Medical Group & Research Center today to find out how we can help you.

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