Posted Thu 24 Oct 2019 21.24 by JD

sorry if this has been covered i am new to this and have suffered psoriasis since 19 . My psoriasis is only now on my elbows and a little in the scalp >, Soon as i gave up drinking alcohol it started to go away. if i try to have a beer or a glass of wine it immediately comes back its a major trigger for me . Has anyone else experienced this ?

Posted Fri 25 Oct 2019 08.16 by mike andrews

If I go alcohol free for one month. My Psoriasis disappears only to return with the consumption of wine.

Posted Fri 25 Oct 2019 09.41 by JD

Yes I wonder if it might be worth setting up some control groups to try the various remedies and gain some accurate figures and results and formulate a best practise list of things to do to reduc the symptoms without medication

Posted Sun 27 Oct 2019 01.23 by wendyloish

I thought the Psoriasis Association was looking into the diet connection in their research programme. About the alcohol, JD, it might be the other things in beer, particularly, that are the trigger. An easy way to test this might be to try a non-grain based alcohol like vodka and see if the effects are the same as with the beer. About the wine, Mike, red wine has abundant histamines, so it might be possible to avoid the problem by taking an antihistamine after drinking. Failing that, you could try drinking white wine as it has not the same histamine content. I found that switch was good for me. wendyloish

1 Posted Wed 30 Oct 2019 16.43 by JN

Is lager likely to be better than bitter/real ale?

Posted Wed 30 Oct 2019 22.10 by wendyloish

Sorry, I am not a beer drinker so someone else will have to answer that one. wendyloish

Posted Fri 1 Nov 2019 11.38 by Mac

High JN. Keep in mind everyone is different, and what works for some doesn't work for other's. Sadly trail and error applies. In my case lager is the worst, ale's aren't too bad. Thankfully Guinness (stout) is the best out of the lot for me :). In saying that too much of even Guinness, and things will go south :(.

Posted Thu 7 Nov 2019 10.48 by desennuis

I am 70 yo. Diagnosed at age 65 with psoriasis, mainly on legs. Spread to forearms and lower back ever since then. Used UVB light twice with some +ve results but returns easily. Used several emollients and continue with moisturisers every morning which helps. I have been in the wine trade for almost 50 years. As an experiment I have decided to have an alcohol free month this November. After the first week (tomorrow) it looks like the redness has dissipated slightly but my plan is to see if at the end of a month there is significant improvement. Should that be the case then I plan to consume only one of four forms of alcoholic drinks. (Wine, Spirit. Fortified wine. Beer.) The test will be to establish if a certain type of alc drink promotes the psoriasis condition. If the condition does not improve at the month end then I will continue enjoying the wines and Cognacs etc that I have enjoyed for 50 years.!

Posted Thu 7 Nov 2019 22.38 by wendyloish

Hi Dessenuis, I think that is a great plan and would encourage you to post the results of your experiment. wendyloish

Posted Thu 7 Nov 2019 23.51 by JD

Yes I think that alcohol has more than one effect 1.the alcohol is the irritant the body treats it as a poison 2. It causes poor quality sleep 3 which leads to stress 4 it reduces motivation which means things don’t get done i used to drink a fair bit but now realise iit definitely causes a problem with my condition 1 month is probably not long enough My self treatment plan includes 1. No alchohol 2 no processed food only home cooked 3 use simple olive coconut oils as moisturiser 4 avoid stressful situations 5. Now eating blueberries 6 taking regular breaks in the sun 7 mindful ness yoga jogging and regular excessive Although my psoriasis isn’t that noticeable to others . I thank god I have it as it’s an external warning that my body is not in balance and that my engine is under stress and it has forced me to change my lifestyle . I am always looking to add to my list and really enjoy reading everybody’s comments jd

Posted Sat 9 Nov 2019 05.10 by wendyloish

Hi JD, Looks to me like a great plan. One thing though that I would do - EAT the olive and coconut oils, don't just put them on your skin. I wish I had known what you do and done what you are doing forty years ago! wendyloish

Posted Wed 4 Dec 2019 19.27 by The Ginger Bread Man

I first got guttate psoriasis 9 years ago aged 37 and an obese Chef. 4 years ago I quit alcohol and put myself on a diet to help our chances with IVF. I went from 18 stone to 14 stone in under 6 months, and my psoriasis almost cleared up. Our daughter was born and I returned to alcohol, and sadly my weight returned. After years of putting it off I've now decided to go back on my life-changing diet... I've quit alcohol and gluten including most other carbohydrates, refined sugars and processed foods, also nightshades and condiments. Reduced red meats, and like others I'm eating more fruits like blueberries, but also more oily fish and multivitamins to help boost my immune system. Like I said life-changing... (I'll keep you updated as and when I notice the changes.) Mindful not Mind Full ♥️

Posted Wed 4 Dec 2019 20.18 by JD

just thought i would test out my alcohol theory once more , with a couple of nice glasses of cool of savignon blanc. really nice , but almost immediately itchy skin , and has now taken 1 week to calm down .. Why couldn't i be allergic to cabbage or something , why does alcohol have to be the trigger.....

Posted Sat 7 Dec 2019 14.41 by Mk

Hi, I am new to this group and desperately need advice. I am a 47 year old woman and was diagnosed with psoriasis 5 days ago as my Dr was treating me with anti fungal cream for 2 weeks but no change. It is extremely bad because I have it on my face and scalp and cannot take it anymore. I drink a bottle of white wine almost every evening after stressful day at work but my GP didn’t mention anything about alcohol being the cause? As I said any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you

Posted Sat 7 Dec 2019 19.05 by The Ginger Bread Man

Hi MK, You need to find your triggers, and yours alone. And it can take weeks to do so. Mine are alcohol, gluten and work related stress. Firstly I'd advise you to quit alcohol, even for just a month. Then work out it's effect of leaving it out of your diet. If it cures you then put a complete stop on it, or you could introduce a glass or two just on a Saturday night? With me I have an outbreak, I then eat and drink the wrong things to comfort myself, stress, then get an even worse outbreak. The real answer is to break the cycle. And STOP all triggers... p.s I'm a classically trained chef, and have 5 years training in nutrition in palliative care. I should know better. Hopefully I'll stick to my 'life long' plan this time 👍💪♥️

Posted Sun 8 Dec 2019 22.52 by Mk

Firstly Thank you so much The Ginger Bread Man for your advice and I wish you well with as you said it ‘life long plan’. The thought of having to cut wine completely out of my life really scared me because that is one extremely difficult task and as for JD.................why couldn’t my trigger be cabbage not alcohol 😱😩 Also any advice on removing the Enstilar from hair greatly appreciated, it looks so greasy and dirty it’s awful and I’ve washed it 5 times today 😩 Thanks guys

Posted Wed 11 Dec 2019 17.57 by tonto

M&S do an alcohol free wine!

Posted Wed 11 Dec 2019 21.05 by Mk

Day 4 no wine and I wait in hope each day for symptoms to ease but it will be a long month I think but I am willing to try anything at this stage.

Posted Thu 20 Feb 2020 13.59 by Seano

Did you manage to stop for while Mk ? I'd be interested to know if it helped. I sometimes stop for a week or so, and don't notice any improvement and when Ive asked doctors, even the specialist, they didnt think alcohol was proven to have any effect, but a few people on here have found it does, So would be good to find out if it helped you before I go on the wagon!

Posted Thu 20 Feb 2020 19.51 by OhNo_NotAgain?

Seano: it is different for different people. Cut it out for at least a month and see what changes for you.

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