It is a truth universally acknowledged that alcohol consumption is injurious to health. Hence, it goes without saying that when you have a disease, any disease for that matter, you must not indulge in having alcohol.
Cause of psoriasis:
Up until sometime ago, people had absolutely no idea that alcohol could be so detrimental in skin infection. We all know that psoriasis happens when t-cells in the body reproduce excessive amounts of cells due to malfunction in the immune system. This causes these cells to go up to the surface in the form of harsh eruptions. Alcohol simply magnifies the chance of contracting psoriasis and aggravating it in case one is already infected.
Relation between beer and psoriasis
Flavors in beer come from barley and hops. The darker the beer, the more dangerous it becomes. This happens because both the flavor giving ingredients of beer contain large amount of gluten, being starches. Gluten is the main reason behind an assault by psoriasis. In such cases, gluten is seen as a threat, a toxin, by the body. The only way the body sees appropriate to get rid of it is through the surface of the skin, and hence, psoriasis happens.
Drinking is injurious to health:
Drinking may increase in many psoriasis patients as a coping mechanism to this traumatizing disease, but it sure as hell does nothing for the benefit of the skin. Not only beer, the following drinks too have an adverse effect:
• Ginger beer
• Pina colada
Also, drinking puts huge pressure on the liver who is already struggling with the eruptions. Especially if medication like Methotrexate is being taken, it puts liver in all the more danger with the task of dealing with the drug too.
Another hazardous effect of alcohol is that it helps in the growth of yeast called Candida. Candida has always had a reputation for tampering with the immune system, leading to loop holes which contribute in psoriasis growth.
Alcohol also has ingredients that may chemically react with other psoriasis medication present I the body and give ugly results. It can cause dire consequences like liver failure too.
Neither is psoriasis a new phenomenon and neither is alcohol. In fact, cases of Psoriasis are said to have been documented since the days of Greek mythology, i.e., about 2600 years back. It was only in 1808 that it was officially recognized as a specific and separate clinical entity. But unlike that, alcohol has always had a reputation of being a trouble maker. Not only psoriasis, it is dangerous from all angles. An occasional glass does no harm but it is not to be made a regular habit, no matter how tempting the rich creamy taste of champagne offers. Psoriasis may not be contagious but there are reasons as to why it is known as a curse of the skin. It can cause serious complications in the body and hence it is always advisable to not take it lightly.