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Psoriasis Triggers

Psoriasis Triggers #1 – Effects of Skin Injuries

Psoriasis Home Remedy #1: Fish Oil
Eating a couple of servings weekly of salmon, albacore tuna, and other fatty fishes that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce inflammation, the hallmark of psoriasis. In addition, studies have suggested that patients with psoriasis have an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. Consuming fatty fishes or taking fish oil supplements can both decrease heart disease risk and improve psoriasis symptoms. Fish oil supplements are available over the counter in capsule form at many food markets and drugstores. Some studies have also found that fish oil can boost the immune system. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, so this natural psoriasis treatment could help improve symptoms.
Psoriasis Home Remedy #2: Diet Modification
Multiple studies have suggested that people who have celiac disease may be at higher risk for psoriasis, in part because gluten can cause inflammation, and psoriasis is an inflammatory disease. That connection may explain why some psoriasis patients report that eating a gluten-free diet — which eliminates wheat, barley, and rye — helps them feel better. “Anecdotally, it works,” Weiss says, “but it has never been proven scientifically.” If a gluten-free diet makes your psoriasis feel better, however, that’s great. “There is certainly no danger in trying it,” Weiss adds.

Many who suffer from psoriasis often notice new lesions one to two weeks after the skin is cut, scratched, rubbed, or severely sunburned.

In the 1800’s a Dr. Koebner noticed new lesions and occurred on one of his patients after he suffered from an animal bite. Since then the relationship between psoriatic lesions and injury to the skin has been called the Koebner phenomenon. Some of the skin conditions that are known to trigger Koebner’s phenomenon are: trauma to the skin, bruises, bites, burns, boils, sunburn, tattoos, shaving, chafing, and vaccinations just to name a few.

Tests have indicated that nearly fifty percent of psoriasis sufferers have experienced the Koebner phenomenon when they develop a psoriasis lesion near the site of skin damage or in the same area as another skin disease. Approximately ten percent patients develop a new lesion every time the skin is injured or damaged. The probability of the Koebner phenomenon emerging may increase when psoriasis lesions previously existed.

Psoriasis Triggers #2 – New Triggers Being Studied

New psoriasis triggers are being discovered on a frequent basis. Hormonal imbalance, smoking, and alcohol abuse are now touted to trigger psoriasis.

Researchers have come to the conclusions that hormonal changes have an effect on psoriasis; they just have not yet discovered the connection. They have found that when hormonal levels drop, psoriasis is more likely to occur. This is often the case during puberty. When hormonal levels rise the psoriasis symptoms often improve. Pregnancy can often cause an improvement in a woman’s case, and the lesions will often worsen after the delivery. Future research is being done to better determine these symptoms.

Pustular psoriasis, which is the common type of psoriasis, is now thought to occur more frequently in tobacco smokers. Further studies imply a connection between smoking and contracting plaque psoriasis. Researchers are now confident that severe cases of psoriasis are aggravated by smoking.

It has been noted in some studies that psoriasis sufferers see some improvement when that quit smoking. This is not always the case and this will also require more testing in the future.

It is now believed that heavy drinking may trigger psoriasis in some people. Heavy drinking also may make treatment less effective. Again, more research is needed.

Psoriasis Triggers #3 – Climate Related Triggers

Psoriasis Home Remedy #3: Turmeric
Some people with psoriasis have found relief with turmeric as a natural psoriasis treatment. Turmeric is part of the ginger family; you’ll find it in foods such as curry powders, mustards, and cheeses. Other supplements that have been tried for psoriasis home remedies include evening primrose oil, milk thistle, and oregano oil, which are available in various forms, including capsules and teas. Though a few people report some success with turmeric and other supplements because of their anti-inflammatory properties, keep in mind that there are no scientific studies to back up these claims, Weiss cautions.
Psoriasis Home Remedy #4: Water
Here’s an easy natural psoriasis treatment you may not have thought of: Drink water. Drinking plain water helps keep you hydrated, and when you have psoriasis, being well hydrated will keep your skin from getting too dry. Your body is up to 60 percent water, and you need to constantly replenish it. Using a humidifier is another easy psoriasis home remedy that will help keep your skin moist, especially in winter.

Winter is the season of psoriasis. Cold temperatures requiring the heating of your home often trigger psoriasis. The air in home is drier in the winter and I recommend the use of a humidifier to add moisture to your home in the winter months. Winter also brings on colds and flu that weaken ones immune system. Combined with the usual holiday stress winter just wreaks havoc on psoriasis sufferers. On the flip side of this psoriasis is often alleviated by hot, sunny climates (although desert climates like Arizona cannot be included due to the arid conditions).

Psoriasis Triggers #4 – Stress

Having been someone who had suffered for years with psoriasis I wondered if daily stress was aggravating my condition or was the fact I had psoriasis stressing me out and making it worse. It is an embarrassing skin disorder that limits your activities and your social life.

But anyone who has these symptoms will tell you stress is the number one cause of their flare-ups. What makes it worse is you become self-conscience, which may lead to the conditions getting worse. Many times it can be just a single event that triggers the flare-ups.

Through the years I had tried different t medical treatments. Talk about stress. Broadband and narrow band therapy requires multiple visits per week to the clinic. Then you have the multiple topical steroid shampoos that make you feel like a test subject, not to mention hour-long showers. And the worst part of all of this is maybe; just maybe you get some minor relief. Or all too frequently the side effects you are suffering from makes the treatments unbearable. Ant to top things off your doctor tells you that your psoriasis will never be cured. And when you finally run the course of treatment you are no less cured and poorer for it.

Psoriasis is difficult to live with no matter where it may flare-up on the body. Scalp psoriasis produces the itching and flaking and makes it impossible to where dark clothes. Psoriasis located in the genital regions is often embarrassing due to the intense itching which cannot be ignored. A bad case of legions on the hands or feet can keep you from performing simple tasks required by your job and family life.

There are many avenues you can pursue to alleviate stress. Some of the more common ones are exercise, yoga, and meditation. A world-renowned homeopath that happens to be a good friend of mine once told one hour of meditation is better for you than one week of exercising. Best advice I ever got.

Diet can play an important role in keeping your psoriasis in check. The auto immune system must be strengthened if you truly want to bring about cure. It does not matter if you are on prescription medicine or using natural remedies, to be most effective a proper diet is necessary and will keep the psoriasis triggers from flaring up.

Cure or No Cure

I am absolutely sure you have been told and have read everywhere that psoriasis can’t be cured. The choice you have is simple. You can choose to believe that, or you can actually go about the business of curing yourself. You can go to a practitioner that treats you endlessly until you go broke or you can choose a path that brings lasting cure. What is your choice? A cure or no cure.

Psoriasis Home Remedy #5: Aloe Vera
Pure aloe gel is rich in anti-inflammatory and healing compounds, and provides a nice cooling sensation for itchy skin. If you have eczema or psoriasis, consider growing your own aloe plant so you can take the gel straight from its natural source. Pure aloe vera gel can also be found at most drug stores and health food stores.
Psoriasis Home Remedy #6: Flaxseeds
Flaxseeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, and they help block a chemical in your body called arachidonic acid which causes inflammation. Grind up a few tablespoons of flaxseed and add to smoothies, oatmeal, granola, or salads. You can also use flaxseed oil as a dressing for salads and veggies.
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