Can allergies cause psoriasis?
Allergies are caused by hypersensitivity reactions in the body to certain substances (allergens). Allergies differ from person to person, and some people may not have any allergies at all. Some common allergens include: dust, pollen, pet dander, pollution, certain medications, food, and insect bites.
Allergies are known to trigger psoriasis, and my cause the initial development of psoriasis and its future flare ups. The best way to manage allergic reactions and psoriasis flare ups is to avoid exposure to known allergens, or to take medications that help alleviate allergic reactions.
Does allergy medication aggravate psoriasis?
Allergy shots used for immunotherapy are intended for long-term treatment of common allergic conditions such as allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis, allergy to insect bites and stings, and asthma. The allergen immunotherapy works by decreasing the body’s sensitivity to allergens such as pollen, dust, pollution, toxins, etc. that may elicit an excessive immune response. The injection contains small portions of allergens, and when injected into the body, it will produce an immune response and overtime the body will develop tolerance against the allergens. Because the body’s immune response is a key factor in the development and manifestation of the symptoms of psoriasis and for the development and severity of allergies, it can be assumed that treatment for these conditions has a similar mechanism.
For people with both psoriasis and allergies, they will likely find relief of symptoms and a reduction of trigger-induced flare ups. However, rare cases of severe allergic reaction to the allergy shots may occur in hypersensitive people, which can cause redness, swelling, and potential anaphylaxis. An instance of an allergic reaction may in turn trigger a flare up of psoriasis.