Psoriasis During Pregnancy : Causes, Signs & Cure
Created by Mansi Dubey Updated on Sep 27, 2021
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. Your skin develops red, itchy patches of abnormal disease. Areas such as back of your forearm, navel area, scalp etc. are the commonly affected areas. Psoriasis can occur during pregnancy or it can change a little if you already have Psoriasis. There’s no cure for Psoriasis, however, a good treatment can control the symptoms.
Causes Of Psoriasis
Genetic-If your family has a history with Psoriasis you are likely to get Psoriasis. Around 1/3 of people with Psoriasis has a family history with this immune disease
HIV-The rate of Psoriasis in HIV positive individual is more than in the individual without HIV
Lifestyle-Psoriasis can occur due to chronic infections, climate change, skin dryness, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking
Symptoms Of Psoriasis
- Raised area of inflamed skin covered in white scaly skin
- Nails turn thick, ridged, pitted and turns discoloured
- Red patches on the skin
- Itching or burning sensation in the affected area
Does Pregnancy Affect Psoriasis?Only in 10 to 20 % women, pregnancy can worsen the Psoriasis. However, while you’re pregnant, you have 40 % change of improvement in the condition of your Psoriasis. If you notice your condition getting worse consult your doctor to find the safest and best way to manage your symptoms during pregnancy.
Treatment During Psoriasis
- For moms-to-be whose Psoriasis involves not more than 5 to 10% of their body, topical remedies work the best. Just apply recommended lotions on the affected area to keep the skin moisturised
- If your Psoriasis is intense and topical remedies don’t work for you, you can go for UVB phototherapy
- Most pregnant women can be treated by topical remedies or light treatment but women with severe psoriasis might need to go on a medication for the better treatment. Remember not all medications are safe during pregnancy; your doctor would have to choose the safest and best option to treat your symptoms
- Stress is likely to worsen your Psoriasis level, /it’s always best to keep your stress level in check. A healthy lifestyle and balanced diet will help as well
It’s important to let your doctor know that you have Psoriasis or if you notice any symptoms of it while you’re pregnant. Timely action and proper treatment can help control your symptoms during pregnancy.
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