One thing that you must remember about Psoriasis is that it is extremely hard to find out what causes the skin condition in the first place. When you have that first outbreak, it may leave you wondering what you did to get the condition.
However, it is very unlikely that the condition was cause by something you did.You probably could not have prevented it at all. Once you have psoriasis, though, there are triggers that can cause a flare-up.
One thing you should know is that psoriasis goes in cycles. Outbreak and dormant periods can last different amounts of time with each outbreak. Because of this, you cannot really predict when psoriasis may appear.
However, by understanding the triggers, you can avoid them and hopefully have fewer flair-ups of the skin condition.
What Are the Triggers of Psoriasis?
You need to know those triggers so that you can avoid them. Keep in mind that even if you avoid all triggers, you could still have a flair-up from time to time, and there are some triggers that you simply cannot avoid.
- Heavy Drinking of Alcohol
- Colder Temperatures Outside
- Damage to the Skin (Scrapes, Cuts, Bites, Sunburns, or Rashes)
- Certain Infections (Specifically Strep, Thrush, or Chronic Respiratory)
As mentioned, you cannot avoid all of these. You have no control over the weather and you can’t help it if it turns cold. However, there are many triggers that you can avoid. For example, if you give up smoking and drinking, then you could be eliminating chances of making the problem worse.
What are the Risk Factors of Psoriasis?
As mentioned, it is hard to pinpoint why one person contracts psoriasis and another does not. No one can tell you the exact reason for your illness. However, there are certain risk factors for the disease. These factors tend to be jumping off points of sorts that lead to a full-blown psoriasis outbreak and then the ongoing condition. Again, as with the triggers, there are some of the factors that you can control while others you simply have no control over whatsoever. By controlling the factors that you can, you can lessen your chance of contracting Psoriasis. The risk factors include:
- Genetics – If people in your family have psoriasis, you are more likely to contract it as well.
- Stress – If you have chronic high stress in your life, you are causing damage to your immune system and opening yourself up to illnesses like psoriasis.
- Obesity – Being severely overweight raises your risk of developing inverse psoriasis greatly.
- Infections – When you have a bacterial or viral infection, then your immune system will be lower and you will be more likely to contract psoriasis.
- AIDS – This illness attacks your immune system specifically and can leave room for psoriasis and other conditions to attack.
- Smoking – For unknown reasons, people who smoke are much more susceptible to contracting psoriasis.
What can you do to lower your risks of getting psoriasis? As mentioned, you cannot control all of these risk factors. You certainly cannot change your genetics. However, you can control some things, like your stress level, your smoking habit, and your weight. Essentially, by becoming a healthier person overall, you can limit your risk of becoming ill with the skin condition.
You cannot completely control whether or not you will get psoriasis. However, knowing the risk factors can help you avoid the condition. Additionally, if you already have psoriasis, it is extremely important to know the triggers. You can often avoid outbreaks by changing lifestyle habits and avoiding certain triggers.
This article has been written by Aishwarya Vohra. Aishwarya is a believer of Ayurveda and follows a strict and healthy lifestyle to stay fit and young.