Our immune system is constantly working to keep us healthy and functional by warding off harmful uninvited guests who come in contact with us. But sometimes our body is exposed to germs and viruses that can cause infections. Infections such as a sore throat, earache, thrush, bronchitis, and other upper respiratory infections can trigger flare-ups. Make sure that if an infection does occur, you seek professional medical help and treat it as soon as possible so that it does not cause further psoriasis complications.
Of all the damage drinking and smoking cause to the liver and lungs, if consumed too heavily and too often can also trigger psoriasis flares. I know drinking can be fun when you’re out and about to have a good time, but it’s best to be careful about how much alcohol is being consumed and limit your intake to around 1-2 drinks, when They drink daily. However, the reason little to no alcohol consumption is greatly affected when you have psoriasis is because alcohol affects the effectiveness of most psoriasis treatments and makes the treatments less effective.
Drinking and smoking can be considered bad habits and can affect your overall health. Quitting alcohol and smoking can not only prevent relapses but also strengthen your immune system. If you or someone you know is addicted to alcohol and / or nicotine and also has psoriasis, getting help and giving up these substances might be a wise decision.
4. Weather and temperature changes
When it comes to weather and temperature fluctuations, excessive sun and cold, dry weather can make psoriasis symptoms worse. Moderate sunlight is actually good when it comes to relieving the symptoms of some psoriasis cases. When an environment is too hot and there is too much sunlight, problems arise. If your skin is easily sunburned, it is more likely that a flare will occur. Therefore, it is important to keep yourself cool and maintain a constant body temperature by getting a minimum of sunlight and wearing sunscreen when out in the sun to protect your skin. But even when staying in air-conditioned environments, it is recommended to provide the skin with moisture, especially after bathing, in order to avoid dry skin.
Cooler, drier weather is another trigger as it draws moisture away from the skin and dries it out, which then leads to irritation and terrible breakouts. The weather is usually uncontrollable and sometimes you cannot determine the temperature settings yourself depending on your location. Make sure shower times are limited and temperatures are neutral so there is less chance of a flare-up, just like in air-conditioned rooms. Also, stay away from heating devices that are in direct contact with your skin, wear protective winter clothing when going out, remove wet clothes and shoes immediately when you come out of the cold, and invest in a good humidifier for your home, when the air starts to feel too dry.
Exercise, as we all know, is really good for our overall health and keeps us in shape. While training is in no way negative, it is unfortunate that it can trigger an outbreak. Exercising with psoriasis can be difficult in that any skin injury can trigger psoriasis flare-ups; and if you start to sweat, chafing in the crotch, abdomen, or breasts may cause plaques to appear in these areas. Exercising is still recommended even if you live with psoriasis, but some precautions may need to be taken to maintain confidence, comfort, and control.
Some tips to make training easier are:
- Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water.
- Include swimming and other water exercises as part of your exercise program.
- Wear looser clothing to avoid friction and additional tightness on sensitive skin.
- Take a shower immediately after your workout and use gentle products and / or prescribed psoriasis medication on the skin.
Depending on your health, medications can help treat certain medical conditions and are urgently needed. However, some drugs can definitely trigger a flare-up due to the active ingredients they contain and the body’s own immune response to them. When you start a new medication, pay close attention to how you feel about it and whether it is causing any side effects on your body. If a drug is causing a flare-up, you will usually notice it within 2-3 weeks of taking the drug.
Now you shouldn’t just go ahead and get off your medication. Instead, see your doctor who prescribed it and see if that particular drug is a cause of the relapses. Sometimes they will prescribe another alternative medication if what you are taking is not working in your best interests. You should make a habit of reminding your doctor that you have psoriasis so that they know what drugs to look for and which to avoid when treating.
Take that away
Nobody wants to spend most of their time worrying about when the next flare up is going to happen, it is going to drive everyone crazy! Because of this, it’s important to listen to your body and become aware of the patterns that can cause flare-ups. Some cases of psoriasis are more serious than others and can adversely affect activities of daily living. However, with proper monitoring and lifestyle changes, life with psoriasis is possible and many people live full lives. Just make sure you learn what triggers are causing your psoriasis symptoms so that you can better manage a flare-up and prevent it from happening again in the future.