Psoriasis is a chronic condition caused by an irregular immune system response. Its most common symptom is a skin rash. Psoriasis flare-ups can result from a variety of triggers, most typically skin injuries.
Allergies are also an irregular immune system response. Symptoms occur when our immune system overreacts to allergens and can result in a runny nose, wheezing or itchy rash.
It’s important to understand the link between psoriasis and your allergies so you can enjoy future outings to Encanto Park without worrying about how your allergies could impact you.
Symptoms of Psoriasis
Psoriasis flare-ups occur most commonly on the knees, elbows, scalp and lower back but can appear anywhere on the body. Symptoms may last for several weeks or more.
Key symptoms include:
- Painful and itchy pink or red patches on the skin, with white or silvery scales
- Pus-filled blisters
- Nail-dents or pits
- Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
Link to Allergies
Both allergies and psoriasis are the result of an immune system irregularity. Just because a person has allergies does not mean that a person has psoriasis and vice versa. However, if a person who experiences seasonal allergies also has psoriasis, when they scratch an allergy rash, they could cause a psoriasis flare-up.
A common treatment for allergy symptoms is the use of antihistamines. According to a study published in the Advances in Dermatology and Allergology Journal, antihistamines can also help to reduce itching caused by psoriasis flare-ups. It is important to remember scratching allergy rashes can trigger a psoriasis episode, and you should avoid scratching for allergy pain relief.
- Using topical anesthetics
- Moisturizing skin
- Applying an ice pack or cool wet cloth to the area
- Applying cooling agents
- Taking an oatmeal bath
If you have questions about how your allergies can impact your psoriasis, contact a doctor at Arizona Desert Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists Call (623) 209-7771 to schedule an appointment today.