I Hate Cheese

I hate cheese. That is so un-American, isn’t it? I have had psoriasis for 55 years. I have scratched holes in my skin over the years and have the scars to show for it. The itching was just as much a part of my life as breathing was.

There is no scientific evidence that certain foods can affect our psoriasis, but we do know that losing the extra weight can ease psoriatic arthritis symptoms. Not to mention getting a healthy heart and lowering our risk of diabetes. Both of these diseases are elevated in people with psoriasis.

Cheese makes me itchy

I love food. I travel a lot and I eat a lot. Every now and then I will try something new. Sometimes I forget I have psoriasis. There are not great scientific studies that provide evidence that food trigger's psoriasis, but for me, I know when something triggers my psoriasis.

I remember years ago traveling and came across a store that you could sample cheese in. There were hundreds of different kinds of cheese. I was in Heaven. Later on that evening I began to feel nauseated, light-headed and I started to itch. I took some Benadryl and it calmed down.

The itching got so intense that I had to go home for the evening. I spoke to my doctor the next day and he said I probably had a reaction to the cheeses. He explained to me that dairy products contain the natural inflammatory arachidonic acid. I know that I itch a lot when I eat cheese but I never bothered to look at other foods I eat that could be causing me discomfort. Foods like cow’s milk and egg yolks. I did not know that these foods could cause me to itch. I have been eating them my whole life and itching my whole life.

Keeping a psoriasis food trigger diary

My psoriasis is very sensitive and everything is not for me. I kept a diary for a short while of what I was eating and the triggers that I would have. Besides cheese I have noticed that spices like, vinegar, ketchup, and even mayonnaise make me itch and even some fruits. This is so not good.

I’ve started researching some of the foods that I love; especially if I don't know what ingredients are in them. When I go to events I sometimes ask what is in a dish; most likely I will eat some of it, but I want to know what my trigger would be.

There are so many things that I can’t name them all. All I know is that certain things react like poison to me. Unfortunately, everything that looks good to you is not good for you. I have found this to be true in so many situations. I have attended so many lavish events with mouthwatering foods. I want to try everything, however, when we live with an autoimmune disease such as psoriasis we must look at every ingredient to make sure it agrees with our bodies. If not we may pay the price later.

Saying no to foods

Sometimes we have to stick to what we know. I know it’s difficult to know what’s in all foods, but we can stay away from the ones that will harm us. If not we have to deal with the consequences, which unfortunately could not be pretty.

I know a few people who have to stop drinking alcohol because of their psoriasis, but it’s also good to stop because alcohol opens the blood vessels in the skin. Some doctors think that our condition will worsen if we drink.

I look at my having psoriatic arthritis as well. I can’t eat everything that is put in front of my face. My husband and I go to many events and he always says to me. Are you supposed to eat that? He reminds me many times that different foods can affect me in so many ways.

Again, we don’t know if there is any link between what we eat and psoriasis flare-ups, but for me when I cut out certain foods my symptoms improved drastically. That’s all the proof I need.

Make sure you talk to your doctor about any dietary changes. There are certain nutrients that we need for our bodies.

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