Does stress cause a psoriasis flare?

Dr. Michael Margulies of Miami, FL is a dermatologist who works regularly with patients dealing with chronic skin conditions. Patients who have been diagnosed with psoriasis often treat their condition every day with proper creams and topical solutions. However, psoriasis has a tendency to cause flare-ups, which can be incredibly uncomfortable and extremely embarrassing for the men and women who struggle with them. Knowing one’s triggers for psoriasis flares can help them control it. One trigger that is often overlooked is stress.

Does stress cause psoriasis flare-ups?

At Margulies Dermatology, we work with patients who have chronic psoriasis that range from mild to severe. Many of these patients will find that increased levels of stress will cause a flare. Alternatively, a psoriasis flare can also increase one’s stress levels. In fact, many patients, specifically women, who have stress-related disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, may experience more flare-ups of their psoriasis than those who have not been diagnosed with these conditions.

Stress can increase inflammation in the body. When patients have conditions such as psoriasis, which is linked to the immune system, they will experience increases in psoriasis flares. By properly managing stress levels, many patients can reduce their flare-ups and manage their condition easier. This can also reduce the need for topical creams or in-office treatments, saving patient money on managing psoriasis. Patients are encouraged to speak to Dr. Michael Margulies about the sources of their stressors for recommendations in managing them.

How can I manage my stress?

There are many ways in which patients with chronic conditions such as psoriasis can control their stress levels—and therefor control their psoriasis flares. Below are just a few examples of ways in which patients can manage their stress to reduce flare-ups:

  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Routine exercise
  • Therapy/counseling to emotionally work through stressors
  • Self-care
  • Career change (for high-stress jobs)

Are you struggling with maintaining your psoriasis flare-ups?

Contact Dr. Michael Margulies of Margulies Dermatology today by calling (305) 595-0393. Our providers will assist you in achieving beautiful, healthy skin, even when conditions such as psoriasis exist. The practice is conveniently located at 8940 North Kendall Drive, Suite #704E.