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Psoriasis Triggers

Psoriasis Triggers #1 – Effects of Skin Injuries


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

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.