Medications that Worsen Psoriasis

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Psoriasis is a complex autoimmune skin condition that affects up to 11 percent of adults.(1) Symptoms include patches of skin that are dry, sore, itchy, red, and inflamed. Sometimes it also affects the nails and joints.

There are two main components that cause and worsen psoriasis.

The first component is your genes.

Some genes make you more susceptible to certain medical conditions. Psoriasis is one condition that has a genetic component. But, just because you inherited the genes for a particular disease doesn’t necessarily mean you’re guaranteed to get it.

Scientists think that about 10 percent of people have one or more genes that can lead to psoriasis, yet only two or three percent of people ever show symptoms of it.(2)

So this begs the question of what makes some people with the “psoriasis genes” get it and not others?

This is where that second component comes into play.

In one word: TRIGGER

If you have the genes for psoriasis you may not experience symptoms until you’re exposed to a  “trigger” that activates those genes!

Some triggers for psoriasis include(2):

  • Stress
  • Skin injury
  • Infection
  • Some medications

Yes, you read that right.