5 Important Facts About Psoriasis Doctors Don’t Always Cover
While we’d like to think psoriasis is all about treating and preventing flare-ups, there’s a lot more to it than that.
It’s easy to get bogged down with managing your physical symptoms—plaques, flakes, and redness—because they are the most visibly obvious. Unfortunately, many other factors may be playing a role in your condition, or vice versa, your psoriasis could be impacting them. Psoriasis is a super complex condition and all the intricate parts deserve a bit of your attention. Here are a few things your doctor might not have mentioned at your last appointment.
#1: Stress is One of the Biggest Triggers
Nava Greenfield, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in Brooklyn, NY, agrees. She has seen numerous studies that show that uncontrolled psoriasis contributes to stress in life, and that stress can be improved when the psoriasis is under control. One study from the National Psoriasis Foundation found that psoriasis interferes with enjoyment of life in 82% of the cases. The moral of the story: Do whatever you can to control your stress. Whether that is meditation, listening to calming music, reading, or another hobby, anything that can calm and relax your mind may help prevent flares.
Source: HealthCentral – 5 Important Facts About Psoriasis Doctors Don’t Always Cover By, Dori Price