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Itchiness is the most bothersome of all Psoriasis symptoms. It is characteristic of almost all types of Psoriasis, but the severity of the itch between flares may vary. The itching sensation is caused due to the inflammation brought about by the abnormal immune responses.
Triggers that worsen the itch
Certain triggers like increased stress levels and weather changes can exacerbate itchiness. When you are stressed, you are more likely to experience a Psoriasis flare-up, which can trigger bouts of itchiness. Similarly, alcohol, very dry weather or warm climates can also lead to itchy skin.
Although it sounds strange, scratching the itchy skin acts as a trigger too. Scratching initiates the ‘itch-scratch’ cycle. This means that scratching irritates the skin, causing bleeding and wounds. The body tries to begin the healing process by triggering more inflammation, which, in turn makes the itch worse.
Here are six tips for fast relief:
Itching can be annoying. It can reduce your ability to concentrate, cause sleep interruptions and impact your relationships. Identify your itch triggers and make lifestyle changes to reduce their impact on your condition. It is important that you contact your Dermatologist if itchiness still bothers you and has impacted your quality of life.
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