Adrenal Fatigue and Psoriasis
Adrenal fatigue is a syndrome, or collection of signs and symptoms, that occurs when the adrenal glands are not functioning to their normal levels. Adrenal fatigue commonly occurs with prolonged, intense stress on the body, including chronic infections. The signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue may not be apparent immediately, but generally a person will feel a general sense of lethargy and unwellness, have muted emotions, changes in metabolic rates, and decreased libido. Despite some findings that support the idea of adrenal fatigue syndrome, currently, it is not recognized by the medical community as a distinct syndrome. Most doctors would consider adrenal fatigue as a mild or early form of Addison’s disease, in which adrenal function is dangerously low.
Since psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are considered chronic diseases that causes inflammation, it may contribute to the occurrence of adrenal fatigue in a person. The need for corticosteroids to treat some of the symptoms of psoriasis, such as pain and inflammation of the skin, may also indicate a diminished production of natural cortisol in the body.