Alcohol and Psoriasis


Sarah Handzel, BSN, RN

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For years, research has suggested a complicated relationship between alcohol and psoriasis, a common, usually life long skin condition that causes itchy, red, scaly patches of skin and, for some people, changes to the nails and joints.

Some research shows alcohol may be play a role in psoriasis flare-ups, but it’s unclear whether drinking alcohol can cause you to develop psoriasis. So, if you have psoriasis, do a few beers after work really matter?

Even though the connection between alcohol and psoriasis isn’t clear cut, it’s still a good idea to talk with your doctor about your alcohol consumption and whether you should avoid drinking. Even if your doctor determines alcohol isn’t a trigger, it may be possible for it to interact with the medications your doctor recommends for treating your psoriasis. If you’re concerned about your consumption of alcohol and how it affects your psoriasis, talk with your doctor about whether you should avoid drinking.

There are many treatment options for psoriasis, and they all come with risks and benefits. Ultimately, whether you treat with topical creams, light therapy, or medications, you and your doctor will decide the best treatment path together.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 13, 2016

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