You should be careful about adding eggs to your regular diet with active signs of psoriasis. Besides, any dairy food is equally risky for psoriasis.
But the question is, how bad are eggs for women with psoriasis?
According to a Healthline article titled “What Foods Can Trigger a psoriasis Flare-Up?” dairy products, especially eggs, trigger psoriasis’s inflammation. The article suggests that eggs contain a polyunsaturated fatty acid called Arachidonic acid, and it is very likely to increase the risk of Psoriatic lesions.
However, it gets challenging for a woman to handle a disease like psoriasis accredited to its personal and professional impact.
That’s why I believe women who deal with psoriasis must be careful about their diet so that they can have a proper check on the Psoriatic inflammation.
Let WomenMinds shed light on numerous sides of the life of Psoriatic women.
Foods You Must Avoid to Ebb Psoriatic Flare-ups
Being psoriatic, reducing triggers is an integral part of managing your condition and avoiding flare-ups.
Triggers, including bad weather, excess stress, and certain foods, can cause psoriasis flare-ups.
Firstly, let’s discuss foods that are most likely to trigger a psoriasis flare-up.
Women with psoriasis should avoid having red meat, especially beef, sausage, bacon, and other processed red meats. They also should avoid eggs directly and the dishes containing eggs.
Research opines that women with psoriasis possess increased markers for gluten sensitivity.
The research adds Celiac disease is a health condition characterized by an autoimmune response to the protein gluten. And if you have psoriasis and gluten sensitivity, it’s essential to cut out gluten-containing foods.
Therefore, a psoriatic woman mustn’t eat wheat and wheat derivatives such as rye, barley, and malt. They should also eat foods like pasta, noodles, and baked goods containing wheat, rye, barley, and malt in less quantity.
Certain processed foods, sauces, condiments, beer, and malt beverages should be strictly taken off the food charts.
We all know how eating too many processed, high-calorie foods can lead to obesity, metabolic syndrome, and various chronic health conditions.
As a result, metabolic syndrome and obesity can cause chronic inflammation in the body, leading to psoriasis flare-ups.
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation website, foods like processed meats, pre-packaged food products, canned fruits, and vegetables can be harmful to patients with psoriasis. You must also avoid processed foods containing high sugar, salt, and fat if you want to check on your psoriasis triggers.
Furthermore, if a woman with psoriasis wants to control the disease’s sudden hostility, it’s advised to avoid nightshades.
‘Nightshades’ is one of the most familiar triggers for psoriasis flare-ups. Nightshade plants contain Solanine, which has been known to affect digestion in humans and may cause severe psoriatic inflammation.
Thus, you should avoid vegetables such as tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and peppers.
Another massive trigger for psoriasis flare-ups is alcohol. It’s believed to be a psoriasis trigger due to its disruptive effects on the immune system’s various pathways.
So, having psoriasis, it may be best to drink alcohol very sparingly.
Foods You Can Eat with Psoriasis
Now let’s discuss some helpful foods and specific diets to consider when creating a treatment plan for women with psoriasis.
Diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods can reduce psoriasis flare-ups.
Almost all anti-inflammatory diets include fruits and vegetables. Compounds that decrease oxidative stress and inflammation are richly available in fruits and vegetables.
Therefore, women who have severe inflammatory psoriatic conditions must follow a diet with ample fruits and vegetables.
A 2013 nutritional video uploaded on National Psoriasis Foundation showed that you should add vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, etc. in your diet. Some more nutritional foods are leafy greens, such as kale, spinach, and arugula if you have psoriasis.
Furthermore, berries, including blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and cherries, grapes, and other dark fruits, were highly recommended for psoriasis.
Also, note that a diet rich in fatty fish can provide the body with anti-inflammatory Omega-3s. And the intake of Omega-3s has a close link to a decrease of inflammatory substances and overall inflammation.
That’s why women with psoriasis should include fish such as salmon, fresh and canned sardines, trout, and cod. Besides, you can consider other fishes too after researching the presence of Omega-3s in them.
Now, you must consider the oil which you use to cook your food. And in the case of psoriasis, a patient must use oils that contain anti-inflammatory fatty acids to keep the psoriasis inflammation under control.
For example, vegetable oil, olive oil, coconut oil, flaxseed oil, and safflower oil should be kept in a psoriatic patient’s diet regimen.
Personal Crises with Psoriasis
Have you ever seen a woman with psoriasis? How have you felt seeing her?
I’m sure the feeling wasn’t positive after seeing her with red patches and scaly skins all over her body.
I believe women treating psoriasis have to put up with additional measures.
It’s arduous to deal with having a scaly-skin condition, and not knowing how to conceal it or do something to get rid of it forever.
Moreover, you may be fuzzy thinking about how your condition may impact your intimacy and relation. Furthermore, you may be scared of starting a family.
It’s tricky for women knowing that they have a skin condition which brings itchiness, dryness, and swollen joints on their outer look. I think it destroys their self-esteem and confidence to a large extent.
Since it’s a well-established convention of society that to qualify as a beautiful looking woman, a person needs to have flawless skin, as a consequence, women with psoriasis know their condition and withdraw their feelings of being called “beautiful.”
And that, I think, makes it a lot harder for them to maintain their sanity.
Moreover, relationship and intimacy put absolute pressure on women who have psoriasis.
Engaging yourself in a new relationship with a psoriatic condition or psoriatic arthritis is tricky. And having to explain your disease on a first date is not the ideal icebreaker when getting to know someone new.
However, every relationship matures over time, but the scars or difficulties with a disease like psoriasis don’t wither quickly.
It’s pretty hard for women to balance their fear and comfort while maintaining intimacy with a partner regularly.
A woman lets a man enter her private arena while the man is judging her based on her physical condition. And she can’t do much about it. Accepting and living on with it is quite difficult for a woman.
Furthermore, for many women who live with genital psoriasis, intimacy with their partner can bring on a whole host of complications to consider.
It’s quite a negative experience for women with psoriasis to maintain the mental clarity while trying not to be bothered about depressing thoughts that are byproducts of psoriasis.
Professional Crises with Psoriasis
Women with psoriasis also deal with a tremendous amount of trouble in terms of balancing their professional lives.
It takes a toll on women who go to school and work to make their co-workers understand and empathize with their situation. Conversely, people tend to distance themselves from women with psoriasis, lacking education and awareness regarding the disease.
The generation of the late 20th century has seen an increasing focus on the female body as a vehicle for identity and self-expression. A greater amount of importance and recognition has been given to the female appearance, mostly in the workplace.
There’s no point in guessing how difficult for women with psoriasis this is. They always put some extra stress on how they look from outside in workplaces by hiding their physical condition.
So, this constant pressure on women hardly ebbs away.
But the question is, why? Why do women with psoriasis have to cover their scars up?
I mean, this is something nature has gifted them, and nothing they can do to alter it instantaneously. Then why can’t women with psoriasis get through this barrier?
Because the societal pressure of looking perfect all the time makes psoriatic women victims of mental and physical loads, it’s hard for them to get through.
Sadly, they have to deal with such a pile of expectations and stress, which might lead to psoriasis flare-up.
One of the researches done by the National Psoriasis Foundation says that stress is a common trigger for a psoriasis flare, making the itching worse.
So, it’s clear that apart from dressing appropriately and showing confidence with psoriasis marks, women also need to manage their stress level in the workplace to get their life going usually.
Some might need to take professional health so that their work-life doesn’t get affected by psoriasis’ stigma.
A 2015 research study demonstrated that psoriasis is highly stigmatizing and carries the same level of stigma as Herpes. Many of the study participants believed that psoriasis was infectious and contagious.
However, the truth is that psoriasis is neither infectious nor contagious.
I believe psoriasis isn’t harmful and nothing to be embarrassed about if you consult your doctor regularly. Still, I don’t and can’t understand the situation of the women with psoriasis handle daily.
Avoid eggs, other dairy foods, and the products listed above.
And don’t feel ashamed about your situation.
Since you have little to do about it apart from checking food habit and concealing it with lotion, moisturizer, and other products, you better be optimistic about it.
Flaunt your scar and let people know that it’s not contagious. You are the first person to take care of all the stigmas– so, be your own hero.