Staycations – the new trend among psoriasis patients looking to de-stress

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Staycations – the new trend among psoriasis patients looking to de-stress

First, it’s a pimple. You don’t give much attention to it. But, after a while, you notice it doesn’t disappear. Instead, it turns into a mushroom-like spot on your knee or elbow. The skin cracks and sometimes it itches like a fresh scab waiting to be picked off. But scratching only makes things worse. And […]

First, it’s a pimple. You don’t give much attention to it. But, after a while, you notice it doesn’t disappear. Instead, it turns into a mushroom-like spot on your knee or elbow. The skin cracks and sometimes it itches like a fresh scab waiting to be picked off. But scratching only makes things worse. And soon, the diagnosis is obvious: you have psoriasis – a life-long companion you must learn to keep under control, just like over 8 million Americans do every single day.

Plaque psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that makes the skin multiply faster than it should. The white patches are, in fact, dead skin cells. With topic treatments, most patients manage to make the bumps fade away. After a while, though, eczema-like lesions start reappearing on other body parts. The knees and elbows are the first affected, but it spreads to the scalp, belly, back, as well as to the calf and arms. Even though psoriasis is not contagious, it has a significant impact on the social life of those affected by it. The first reaction? You want to hide yourself and to cover up — no more sunbathing, no more swimming, and no short pants in your wardrobe. And so, staycations become the ideal vacation.

What triggers psoriasis?

While genetics do take some credit for it, stress is the main culprit. In a study conducted by Érida Silva Leovigildo et al. at a hospital in Brazil, all the patients with psoriasis had high levels of stress. Most patients are unaware that they are caught in a hamster wheel. First, the inaesthetic spots on their skin stress them out. Then, the stress keeps altering the immune system and worsens the psoriasis flare. And so on. So they are trapped in this yo-yo effect until they take action and address the cause.

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