What are the triggers of psoriasis and how to manage it


Have you been detected with the symptoms of psoriasis recently? Do you want to regulate the flare-ups of this skin disorder effectively? If you said yes curiously, avoiding the triggers and following certain home remedies and healthcare tips can help alleviate your discomfort. Give this article a read to learn all about it.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that manifests itself as a skin disorder. It comes from your T cells, which is a type of white blood cell. These cells are designed to safeguard your body from infections and diseases. But, when you suffer from psoriasis, these cells turn active and set off various immune responses that make you suffer from the discomforting symptoms of this skin disorder.

As a matter of fact, psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition which is chronic and relapsing in nature. Change in the skin color which is accompanied with plaques i.e. raised skin patches, and little scaly skin is some obvious symptoms of psoriasis. The plaque appears red, at times called as salmon pink, in individuals having fair skin complexion. And, in people with dark skin, the plaque appears as a darker shade compared to their normal skin color. Most often, the white scales on the skin are thick and cover the redness so psoriasis affected exposed skin might appear crusty, thick, and white regardless the underlying color of your skin.

8 Common Triggers Of Psoriasis You Should Be Aware Of

  1. Stress: Studies show that stress can worsen the symptoms of psoriasis, and even psoriasis can stress you out.
  2. Cold & Dry Weather: As cool winds blow and the weather turns cold and dry psoriasis flares.
  3. Infections: Yeast infections, thrush, strep throat, respiratory infections, and staph infections are all commonly known triggers of this skin disorder.
  4. Cuts And Bruises: Some injuries, such as cuts and bruises, too can trigger the symptoms of psoriasis. This is called as Koebner’s phenomenon.
  5. Medications: Certain medications, such as lithium (used in bipolar mood disorder), drugs for malaria, and some beta blockers (used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease), can trigger the relapse of psoriasis.
  6. Alcohol: Scientists believe that heavy drinking can trigger psoriasis flares.
  7. Tattoos: Tattoos may appear cool, but the process can be a nightmare for people suffering from psoriasis.
  8. Hormones: Puberty and menopause may also trigger the skin patches of psoriasis.

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Home Remedies To Prevent The Flares-Up Of Psoriasis: 

By following certain healthcare tips and home remedies, you can prevent or alleviate the flare-ups of this discomforting disorder. Find below some common home remedies and health tips to regulate the symptoms of psoriasis.

  1. Aloe Vera Gel: Topical application of fresh aloe vera gel soothes the burning and irritation of psoriasis affected skin effectively. Also, aloe vera prevents the risk of skin infections.
  2. Coconut Oil: Applying tepidly warm coconut oil on the affected skin areas for half an hour prevents dryness and reduces the chances of aggravation of discomforting symptoms.
  3. Fish Oil: The Omega 3 fatty acids present in fish oil have proved to cure the problem of scaly and patchy skin. You can apply creams prepared using fish oil topically.
  4. Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil helps exfoliate the dry and flaky cells on the affected skin surface. It softens the plaques and also controls the excess production of skin cells. Its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce the swelling and redness.
  5. Olive Oil: Extra virgin olive oil is a great moisturizer for parched skin.
  6. Banana Peel: Rubbing the inside of a fresh banana peel is highly effective in treating the symptoms of psoriasis.
  7. Apple Cider Vinegar: Apply 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar on your psoriasis affected skin by using a cotton ball. Leave it on for a min or two and then rinse it with water. If you would like to treat yourself while bathing then pours 2 cups of vinegar in your bathtub and bathe in diluted apple cider vinegar water.
  8. Cashew nut Oil: Gently apply cashew nut oil on the lesions of psoriasis twice or thrice a day.
  9. Castor Oil: Mix castor oil and olive oil and apply it on your psoriasis lesions to soothe them.
  10. Avoid Foods That Trigger Psoriasis: Avoid eating certain foods, such as dairy products, processed foods, fatty red meat, refined sugars, and nightshade vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes, if they trigger your symptoms of psoriasis.

Our skin covers the largest area of our body so it needs constant care to maintain it in a good health. Try to figure out what exactly triggers or worsens the symptoms of psoriasis, and follow the proper steps to avoid them. Even though cycles of relapses and remission of psoriasis are common in the affected individuals, taking the right treatment and making certain healthy lifestyle changes can help you minimize the frequency of relapses and achieve a long remission period easily and effectively.

So, if you are looking for a highly effective and safe treatment for psoriasis, then get in touch with us to learn how Dr. Rajesh Shah’s research-based homeopathic treatment for psoriasis at Life Force can help you out. You can give us a call at +91-22-66888888 or drop in an email at info@lifeforce.in.

 -Written by Dr. Anuja, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah

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