Controlling psoriasis flare-ups

What are they and why do they happen?

While there are some people who seem to be able to identify a pattern in their psoriasis symptoms – for example, that their condition gets worse in winter and better in summer – for most people, there will always be an element of unpredictability to the condition.

Very often, some sort of trigger is needed to activate a flare-up of the disease.

While some people can predict their psoriasis symptoms, most people find the condition unpredictable.

Know what triggers your psoriasis

A flare-up can be understood as any worsening of your psoriasis, for example: the appearance of the condition in a different place, more itching, more pain related to your psoriasis, an increase in the size of plaques and so on.

You may never know what triggered your first flare-up because what causes one person’s psoriasis to appear can be very different from what causes someone else’s. But being aware of the common triggers of flare-ups, and taking control of your daily life to minimise them, may help you feel more in control of your psoriasis.