Everything You Need to Know About Psoriasis


Infection

Something as simple as strep throat is thought to be linked to psoriasis flare-ups in some people. Guttate psoriasis is a type of psoriasis that quite commonly appears after someone has suffered from strep throat.

It’s even been heard of (although there’s not a lot of research done around this area yet), that some people living with psoriasis have had their tonsils removed in the hopes that they won’t suffer from psoriasis flare-ups caused by strep throat anymore.

According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, your immune system reacts to the invading foreign objects when you have strep throat by increasing the number of immune cells in your tonsils. In doing this, some of these cells can head to your skin, which, as we mentioned before, can rapidly produce skin cells causing psoriasis flare-ups. 

Medications

Different types of medications are thought to trigger psoriasis outbreaks.

  • Beta blockers, for example, are a type of drug that helps people with such conditions as heart conditions and anxiety disorders. However, these type of drugs are also linked to causing psoriasis flare-ups, or at the very least, not helping them to calm down.
  • Medications with lithium in them are also connected with psoriasis flare-ups. These types of drugs are often prescribed to people with bipolar disorder.
  • Antibiotics are another type of drug that has connections to psoriasis. Although not all antibiotics are thought to bring about psoriasis, it’s a good idea always to remind your doctor that you do deal with psoriasis so they can try to avoid giving you anything that may trigger a flare-up.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are another type of drug that are connected with psoriasis. Which is a bit unfortunate considering they’re often used by people who have psoriasis. NSAIDs are things like aspirin, ibuprofen, and diclofenac — things that are often used when it comes to painful inflammatory conditions.

Mental Health and Psoriasis

As you can see from the list of medications and stress-related triggers, mental health seems to play a very key part in many people who suffer from psoriasis. This can either be referred to as part of the aftermath of psoriasis or before it’s occurred.

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Psoriasis can play a huge toll on people’s self-esteem, which has also been connected with anxiety disorders. Often, the connection between depression and psoriasis is referred to, and this could be something that results from dealing with psoriasis, but as we’ve mentioned before, it could be to do with the medication you may be taking. 

Inheritance 

As we mentioned earlier on, it’s thought that psoriasis is a condition that people inherit from their family bloodline. I know that there’s at least one instance of someone in my family having psoriasis, so this connection rings true in my experience.

According to Healthline, the following statistics are associated with inheritance and inheritance if:

  • A parent has psoriasis, and the child has approximately 10 percent chance of suffering from psoriasis.
  • Both parents have psoriasis, and the child has a chance of approximately 50 percent.
  • Your sibling has psoriasis; you’re four to six times more likely to suffer from psoriasis compared to the general population.

The good thing about it potentially being an inherited condition is that psoriasis is not contagious. The fact that it looks like a rash tends to raise the question of whether you can give it to anyone else, but rest assured you can’t.

Before psoriasis was commonly referred to, it often was confused with leprosy, which is a mildly contagious disease.

Next page: What treatment options are available for psoriasis, and answering the question of, “What is psoriasis?” 

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