Psoriasis Raises Your Risk for Other Health
Problems. Which are these health problems and why does it get affected due
Patients with psoriasis are more likely than other
people to have other health conditions listed here.
Inflammatory arthritis “psoriatic arthritis” and
spondyloarthropathy (in up to 40% of patients with early
onset chronic plaque psoriasis)
Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn
disease and ulcerative colitis)
Uveitis (inflammation of the eye)
Metabolic syndrome: obesity, hypertension,
hyperlipidaemia, gout, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes
pustulosis, generalised pustulosis and acute generalised exanthematous pustulosis
Why it gets affected due to Psoriasis is
a very lengthy medical explanation for each condition
You might have change in emotions and it is totally
okay to share the same with your doctor?
Most patients have been misinformed about the
condition by the internet by non-medical sites and all the ” Googling
” that they do resulting in unnecessary worry and fear and taboo about
A good doctor always spends more time counselling the
patient and their family in order to keep them educated and worry free.
Most people are depressed if they have a very large
extent of the body surface area involved or if it hindering their social
relations as well. So even though Psoriasis does not directly cause a
change in emotions , these are often co – existent indirectly.
It is always recommended that you share the same with
the Dermatologist , as we individualize Psoraisis treatment protocols for each
patient . There are also many recent advances and newer medications for
Psoriasis which are more effective in maintaining remission .
Changes in lifestyle can a direct implication on
psoriasis. What are your thoughts?
Factors that aggravate psoriasis are as
Hence , even though there isnt a single
specific set of instructions for each patient , they should keep in mind the
follwing list :
Streptococcal tonsillitis and other infections
Injuries such as cuts, abrasions, sunburn (koebnerised
Sun exposure in 10% (sun exposure is more often
Medications such as lithium, beta
blockers, antimalarials, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories and
Stopping oral steroids or
strong topical corticosteroids.
Is there is a direct link between alcoholism and
Methotrexate , which is a very common drug given
to psoriatic patients has serious drug interactions when taken with alcohol .
So the patient is strictly asked to restrict his consumption .
Also, flares of psoriasis have been associated with
Alcohol . Hence it is mentioned in the list above .
Can Psoriasis significantly compromise your sex drive
There is no direct medical evidence that suffering
from Psoriasis decreases libido / sex drive . But the impact it has mentally on
patients and their self confidence about their physical appearance is usually
the problem .
It also strains sexual relationships if the partner is
not understanding enough . This is the most common problem encountered by my
Feeling stressful and pessimistic is often directly
linked with being psoriatic.
It is a vicious cycle .
Stress and Pessimism isnt causative of Psoriasis as
such . It has a more complicated multifactorial etiology . But , Psoriasis
causes a lot of stress and in turn pessimistic attitude invariably follows .
Good counselling and occassional Psychiatric interventions maybe necessary for
the benefit of the patients.