How to Reduce Stress and Psoriasis Flare-Ups Through Exercise
We all know that stress can trigger psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis flares. The research has told us this, people living with psoriatic disease have told us this, and the National Psoriasis Foundation has told us this.
“It is well understood at this point that psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, which means a type of condition where the immune system attacks itself,” says Felecia Sumner, a board-certified doctor of osteopathic medicine who lives with psoriasis and authoedr the book Fill Your Cup, a comprehensive guide to managing stress. She points to a 2018 study published in JAMA that linked increased stress to an increased risk of autoimmune disease.
She says there are a lot of possible reasons for this link, but most likely, it’s that stress lowers immune function and causes the release of inflammatory chemicals. No matter the scientific explanation, stress is a common trigger for psoriasis patients, so finding ways to reduce that stress can be key to maintaining a happy, healthy life, with as few psoriasis flares as possible. That’s where exercise comes in.