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Was Your Psoriasis Caused By Trauma?

I have heard people say that they didn't come upon having PsO until something tragic happened in their lives.

It could be mental or something such as strep throat, or even some sort of accident. Most people will argue that it is a genetic disease, but so far no one in my family has come through to say they have it. I am 65 now.

Is there anything in your life that caused your psoriasis? We would love to hear from you.

  1. When my psoriasis started I was going through a very painful, stressful time in my life. I was going through my second divorce and my uncle passed away so I was helping my grandparents to deal with his estate. Next thing I know I got my first patch of plaque psoriasis which spread like wildfire. That was 20 years ago. Vickie W., Team Member

    1. Oh my! I can see how dealing with all of that contributed to so much stress and possibly the start of you having Pso. I hate that you had to go through so much at the same time. It reminds me of myself when I lost my mother and was going through a divorce just 3 months later. It's not easy at all to deal with personal things and later have to balance a health condition on top of it. How did you manage all of this and deal with the start of your Pso journey? -Latoya (Team Member)

  2. Great topic, (as always!). I have had so many triggers which I think could all mostly be classed as some kind of trauma. Several throat infections in a very short space of time triggered my guttate psoriasis. Falling over as a child triggered the psoriasis that appeared on my elbows, knees and back. Stress triggered many, many flares. Friction can trigger my inverse psoriasis. The only thing I'm unsure of is what my initial trigger was. I have psoriasis since forever, so I have no memory of life without it. I was apparently born with "cradle cap" - whether that was actually psoriasis and had been misdiagnosed, or whether the trauma of the cradle cap on my scalp triggered my scalp psoriasis, I guess I will never know for sure.

    Regarding the genetics, my understanding is that we have a genetic predisposition to psoriasis. This then needs to be triggered by something. So someone else in your family could have the predisposition but there's has not been triggered. Of course, you could also be the first one in your family with the genetic predisposition.

    Very interested to hear yours and others' experiences with this, Diane! Warmly, -Catherine, Community Moderator

    1. Hello , You just caused me a trigger when you brought up cradle cap. My oldest son was born with that too. I immediately thought he had psoriasis and went into panic mode. But after taking him to several doctors they assured me that it wasn't PsO. He just turned 47 on 10/24 and he never got it. Thanks for sharing.

      1. Oh gosh, , that must have been so stressful for you! I'm not surprised you went into panic mode. I'm relieved to read that your son didn't develop psoriasis. A belated happy birthday to him! 🎂 -Catherine, Community Moderator

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