Trauma Related Psoriasis Flares
Last updated: April 2022
Trauma. These six letters can be so life-changing and heavy for so many people. Like almost everything else in life, trauma and its response come in all shapes and sizes.
What is enormous for one person to process is minuscule for another. The common thread for me is that no one is unaffected. Within this life, all of us will encounter trauma in some way, shape, or form.
Breaking down the impact of trauma
I have yet to meet someone who has been faced with trauma that has not been significantly altered by it. I believe that the physical effect of emotional trauma on our bodies is often underrated and unspoken.
My psoriasis journey - both physical and emotional trauma - has proven how impactful it truly is over time.
My very first psoiasis trigger
Yes - my initial psoriasis trigger was, without a doubt, traumatic. This is how psoriasis entered my world.
I'll keep a very long story short. I was in a very volatile and damaging relationship. Ultimately the stress of this relationship, our lifestyle, and the breakup triggered my first severe flare. Unquestionably, this was a life-changing event for me. Trauma all around.
Before then, psoriasis has played the smallest part in my life. Importantly, I got out of that relationship and spent many years healing. Without a doubt, though, my stubborn psoriasis stayed.
A couple of years later, my father passed away. Life handed me a whole new lesson in emotional trauma, and within hours, my skin reacted. It was one of the most painful flares I have had to date.
My face had an immediate reaction. While I attempted to navigate this great grief, I had to find a way to manage this massive flare in between. Without a doubt, this proved to be one of the more challenging times of my life.
I was wrong when I thought that my resiliency and trauma response had been tested enough. My daughter and I were recently washed off a harbor peer by a rogue wave, which nearly cost us our lives. This has been one of the scariest things that I have been through.
I am processing this type of fear, replaying moments in my head, the added stress - my psoriasis, true to form, has arrived. It has kicked off a flare that will undoubtedly outshine the others.
Tips for managing a trauma-induced flare
Psoriasis and stress are intricately linked. Although psoriasis is a genetic condition, environmental factors, such as traumatic life events, can make symptoms worse.
When your resiliency is being tested and your find you and your skin reacting in a challenging way, I ask you to consider following some of the tips and techniques to see it all through.Get to your doctor. See if you can get something to help cope with the emotional stress. Also, make sure you have enough of your script creams, lotions, and potions.Aim to get some quality sleep. While post-trauma can be very tricky if you struggle to switch off and sleep chat to your healthcare provider and see what they can do to help you.See a counselor. Or talk to someone trusted who will hold space for you. Talking about trauma can help one process it quicker. My most recent trauma is the one that is teaching me this lesson.Take care of yourself. Stick to your routine. Make time for yourself. It is so important to take extra food care of yourself and your psoriasis at this time.Managing psoriasis alone isn't easy. Managing a trauma event simultaneously is complex, challenging, and lonely. If you are struggling, please know that there is a community that understands. Please reach out to a trusted loved one or a doctor if you're having trouble navigating the dark moments. While the only way out is though - you don't have to go through it alone.
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