What Makes Psoriasis Worse?

Psoriasis is a condition where skin cells build up causing scales and dry itchy patches. They are unsightly and the worst part is never knowing when they will appear. Those who have psoriasis have triggers that make the condition worse. Let’s discover what you can do about it and what makes psoriasis worse.

What Are Common Triggers of Psoriasis?

There are many triggers which can lead to inflammation and psoriasis flares.


Of course stress is involved. Good ol ‘ stress increases systemic inflammation. Managing your stress is one of the most important ways you can lessen its effect on your condition. For many people it works bothMan with psoriasis. ways. Your stress increases when you have a flare, so it can become an endless circle of stress. 

Strep Throat

Most infections trigger psoriasis and that is especially true of strep throat. The good news is that once any infection is treated, the patches recede. 

Changes in the Weather

You can hardly manage the weather, but you can be prepared for it. Cold temperatures and dry skin can lead to a flare. Remaining inside during the winter only adds to the dry conditions. Use plenty of moisturizers during this time. We need Vitamin D and some UV light exposure to improve the condition. Invest in a humidifier to add moisture to the air.

Skin Injuries

Even minor cuts or bruises can lead to a flare up. Skip getting that new tattoo. Even bug bites and scratches can affect your skin and cause a new trigger.


Prescription and over-the-counter meds can be triggers for psoriasis, including: 

  • High blood pressure meds for heart disease and mental health conditions 
  • Malaria meds like hydroxychloroquine 
  • NSAIDS including aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen
  • Corticosteroids like prednisone
  • ACE inhibitors
  • Beta blockers
  • Lithium
  • Tetracycline antibiotics

Talk with Weirton Medical about your meds and what you might be able to replace with something else.


Smoking seems to be directly linked to how bad psoriasis can become. Outbreaks appear mostly on the hands and feet. There’s lots of reasons to quit smoking. Here’s one more!

Alcohol Use

Researchers aren’t sure what the links are, but excessive alcohol consumption can causes a flare up.

Getting Help for Psoriasis in West Virginia

Reach out to Weirton Medical for recommendations and direction about reducing psoriasis triggers. Once you know what they are, it will be easier for your dermatologist to provide treatments.

Steroid creams and ointments applied directly to the skin are helpful to decrease symptoms. They help reduce inflammation, slow the production of skin cells, and reduce itching.  

Newer biologics like Humira, Enbrel, Tremfya, Remicade, and SKYRIZZI are all helpful but can be expensive.

Ways To Soothe Psoriasis At Home

Some ways you try to manage your symptoms at home include:

  • Rub a small amount of olive oil into any patches.
  • Flaxseed oil as a supplement has soothing properties and helps speed wound healing to clear lesions quickly.
  • Apply aloe vera gel.
  • Add a teaspoon of turmeric to rice, pasta or veggies every day. It has anti-inflammatory properties.

Contact Weirton Medical for treatment if your psoriasis flare ups seem to be getting worse.

Category: Dermatology