6 Unusual Psoriasis Triggers

A. L. Tudor | Mar 1st 2012 Feb 16th 2017

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Six psoriasis patients discuss the triggers they found most surprising.

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I have a psoriasis outbreak every time I get sick–particularly if it’s a bad infection, like strep throat. Illness is inevitable, but now I spend more time taking care of my immune system before I get sick than I did before I realized the connection. -Irma

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Winter is tough because I don’t get much sunlight, and the air is also really dry. Cold, dry skin means that I have psoriasis and eczema outbreaks off and on for months. My best tip? Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Humidifiers help in the house, and lotions help keep my skin resilient. - Jo Ann

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It took me a long time to figure out that my blood pressure medicine was causing my psoriasis to get worse. I had to change medications until I found one that I could live with! - Megan

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I’m allergic to pet dander, but I always assumed my symptoms weren’t bad. After a while I noticed that animals don’t make me sneeze, but they can cause my psoriasis to flare. Now when I travel to visit friends or family I stay in a hotel so I have a pet-free place to sleep. - James

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I dread public speaking, but a few years ago I had a job that required a lot of presentations. I noticed that my psoriasis got much worse when I was in the anxious period before a big talk. By the day of the presentation, I had to wear a turtleneck to hide the worst of it, no matter how warm it was outside. I found that if I did smaller presentations with fewer people I didn’t stress as much, and that has helped a bit. -Gabe

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I avoid alcohol because it can be a trigger, but there are times when I’m having a hard time controlling symptoms when avoiding alcohol means even avoiding cold medicines or skin-care products that contain alcohol. - Airlia