7 Psoriasis Triggers to Avoid

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 06, 2015

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Although it may not be possible to avoid triggers for psoriasis, knowing about them can help you prevent the condition in the long run. Here are some triggers that can worsen the condition and make life miserable.
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    Prevent the Torture

    Psoriasis, which is an autoimmune disorder, is a skin disorder. While in usual cases the condition is only irritating, in extreme cases, it can be a lot torture. In a 2010 study, it was found that psoriasis patients are at a higher risk of depression, suicidal thoughts and anxiety. Although the cause of the condition may not be known, there are certain triggers which sufferers must avoid.

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    Alcohol

    It was found in the 2010 study that psoriasis sufferers can suffer from mental problems and they tend to drink more alcohol. Sadly, alcohol can be a trigger for many psoriasis patients.

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    Sunburn

    Willingly or unwillingly, everyone has to expose to the sun for a while at least. However, for psoriasis sufferers exposure to sun can cause major damage. While a normal amount of sun exposure can relieve symptoms in some cases, sunburn will mostly flare-up the symptoms.

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    Cold, Dry Weather

    Dry and cold weather can be a worst case scenario for psoriasis sufferers. During cold weather, the skin gets ripped off its moisture and when you use drying heating units the matters only worsen. Minimize the time spent in such elements during cold weather.

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    Stress

    Unfortunately, stress comes following psoriasis. Psoriasis comes in a package deal. The heavy fees for treatment, social stigma and having spending a life which will be filled with pain can cause a tremendous amount of stress to the sufferer.

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    Some Medications

    There are certain medications that can interfere with the body’s immune system response and cause psoriasis attack. These medications with serious medications with side-effects include beta-blockers, steroidal medicines and pills for treating malaria.

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    Infections

    Infections like strep throat, thrush and upper respiratory infections can easily trigger occurrence of psoriasis. If you suspect attack from any of these bacteria, you must get a medical attention immediately.

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    Scratches, Bites and Skin Injury

    Insect bites, cuts or any kind of skin injury can be a cause of psoriasis. These kinds of injuries which can give birth to the skin condition can occur while performing everyday activities like shaving, acupuncture, etc.

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