As medical science continues to make breakthroughs with regard to the causes and treatments for psoriasis, the question often comes up: ” do airborne allergens play a role in the cause of psoriasis”? While we may never find out the true relationship, one thing is for sure… many people do have allergy problems.
You probably already know how much of a problem allergies can be for some sufferers. Most patients exhibit respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion and other human maladies. But did you also know that some patients will in fact come down with skin rashes and all sorts of skin problems related to allergies. Tree pollen, plant pollen and other airborne chemicals coming from all sorts of places have all been implicated in causing untold misery on the human race.
While many internal organs can be affected by these allergens, the skin, being the largest organ, is the one first encountered by these passing notorious substances since it is the envelope protecting all the other organs from the environment. You have to stop for a moment and think about what a wonderful job the skin does in protecting us because for the most part, the majority of us do not have a skin disorder even after daily, weekly and monthly attack by the environment.
It should come as no surprise that a person with psoriasis needs to find out what are the triggers that will cause them to have a flare-up. As no two people are the same, careful consideration of the environment and airborne allergens would be in order to see if you are one of those patients that will suffer a flare-up upon exposure to any airborne allergens. With this information in hand, it would behoove you to take all the necessary precautions in avoiding such aggravating factors. This will keep you in the best optimal state of health and subsequent flare-up free.
So what exactly can you do to help with regard to this issue. First, you need to increase the quality of the air around you. While indoors, you should choose to filter your air. Use an air conditioner and or a de-humidifier in the summer time and a humidifier in winter. Regular bathing and shampooing is essential for removing any particles clinging to the skin and your hair. Next, if you are working in the yard, consider using a dust/pollen mask for breathing and keeping the skin covered with clothing. Finally, make sure you are drinking plenty of water as this has multiple health benefits such as hydration for your skin and helping the perspiration process both of which are essential for proper skin care.
If you have psoriasis and discover that airborne allergens are the trigger, you will have to do a little bit of work to increase the quality of your life. Not hard work, but more a case of being mindful of the quality of the air around you and what you breathe.