Push your psoriasis into the slow lane

How to avoid some known triggers

While there is no cure for psoriasis, some simple lifestyle choices can help minimize the impact of your condition.

Maintain a healthy weight

Obese people are more likely to suffer with flexural psoriasis – psoriasis in the folds of the skin – which can be especially sore and uncomfortable.1 Maintaining a healthy weight is important to help you feel good both physically and emotionally and may help minimize the risk of developing related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.1,2

With the right treatment and an awareness of the triggers that make the condition worse, it is possible to bring symptoms under control and live a normal and comfortable life.


Drink in moderation

Heavy alcohol consumption may trigger or aggravate psoriasis. With this in mind, monitoring your alcohol consumption may have an impact on your psoriasis.3 In addition, it’s important not to drink too much as a way of dealing with uncomfortable feelings you might have about your condition.

Avoid smoking

Smoking can trigger psoriasis. Research suggests that localized pustular psoriasis on the hands and feet may be more common in people who smoke or have been smokers in the past. Although smoking has not yet been proven to be a cause of psoriasis, data suggests that there may be a link between smoking and developing severe psoriasis.2

Psoriasis is a lifelong condition but, with the right treatment, help and awareness of the triggers that make the condition worse, it is possible to bring symptoms under control and live a normal and more comfortable life.

[References]

  1. ’Excessive Body Weight and Smoking Associates with a High Risk of Onset Plaque Psoriasis’ Katrina Wolk et al, Acta Derm Venereol 2009; 89; 492-497, p495. 
  2. http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis-14/symptoms,p.1, Last accessed date: 11 Aug 2015
  3. https://www.psoriasis.org/advance/how-cigarettes-and-alcohol-affect-psoriasis, p. 1. Last accessed date: 11 Aug 2015

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