Understanding Psoriasis Flare-up Triggers and Expert Advice

Understanding Psoriasis Flare-up Triggers and Expert Advice
Published on, 25 May, 2024. Answered by Dr. Mohammed Abdallah Belazzouz and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I'm reaching out to seek some guidance regarding my psoriasis condition. Could you please enlighten me on the factors that might trigger or worsen flare-ups of psoriasis? 



Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


soriasis, as you may already know, is a chronic autoimmune skin condition that can cause red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. These patches, known as plaques, can be itchy, painful, and sometimes even debilitating. While the exact cause of psoriasis remains unknown, there are several factors that are believed to contribute to the development and exacerbation of flare-ups.


One of the primary triggers for psoriasis flare-ups is stress. Stress can have a profound impact on the immune system, potentially triggering inflammatory responses that can exacerbate psoriasis symptoms. Additionally, certain medications have been linked to psoriasis flare-ups. These medications include lithium, which is commonly used to treat bipolar disorder, as well as certain antimalarial drugs and beta-blockers. It is important to discuss any medications you are taking with your healthcare provider to determine if they may be contributing to your psoriasis symptoms.


Infections can also play a role in triggering psoriasis flare-ups. Infections such as strep throat have been associated with the onset or exacerbation of psoriasis symptoms. This is thought to be due to the body's immune response to the infection, which can trigger inflammation and lead to a worsening of psoriasis symptoms.


In addition to these factors, there are several lifestyle factors that may contribute to psoriasis flare-ups. These include smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and obesity. Making healthy lifestyle choices such as quitting smoking, moderating alcohol intake, and maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce the frequency and severity of psoriasis flare-ups.


In conclusion, psoriasis flare-ups can be triggered or exacerbated by a variety of factors, including stress, certain medications, infections, and lifestyle factors. By identifying and addressing these triggers, it is possible to better manage your psoriasis symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.




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