Psoriasis is a chronic condition that affects millions of people in the US or 2-3% of people across the world. There are several different types of psoriasis, plaque psoriasis being the most common.
What causes psoriasis though? There are many things that are thought to cause psoriasis but the trigger for people who suffer from the condition are most definitely stress and remaining under stress. The skin condition can be painful, itchy, and annoying and can really affect your quality of life.
One possible cause of psoriasis is a weakened immune system. White blood cells are meant to attack any foreign objects that may be harmful to our bodies; this includes viruses and infections. When there is a flaw in the immune system, it attacks a part of the body that is actually healthy. In the case of psoriasis, the immune system attacks otherwise healthy skin cells. White blood cells, new skin cells, and dead skin cells form a sore, scaly, itchy patch on the body. This can occur anywhere on the body from the soles of the feet to the scalp. If you have this form it is likely that your children will also have it.
For people with psoriasis, there are many things that can trigger symptoms. You can have a bout of symptoms followed by a long remission, but the symptoms will always return. Triggers depend on the specific person and can range from food to weather. Cold and hot weather conditions can have an effect on your symptoms by drying out your skin. Saunas can cause havoc with your symptoms too.
Stress, however, is one of the worst triggers for psoriasis. Lesions both increase and get bigger the more stressed out you are. Many people find that relaxation methods such as yoga or meditation are great for their symptoms as they teach you to manage your day-to-day stress. Avoiding situation that you know are stressful is also recommended.
Finally, cuts to your body can trigger a flare-up or outbreak as can certain medications, being overweight, having high blood pressure, and consuming certain foods and drinks. Alcohol is terrible for your skin, as are pork and dairy products. Again, it depends on the specific person to know what can trigger your symptoms but you can only learn this through trial and error.
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