does alcohol really make p worse?

** Originally posted by john3081 **

i think my new years resolution will to be not to drink anything for a whole month and see. i've had psoriasis long before i ever drank, but its much worse now than those days.
creams dont do much anymore, and i dont want to spend 600 dollars a month on crappy drugs and blood tests that make me feel sick all the time.
so im looking for any kind of thing to help.

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** Originally posted by elliott **

I get crusty when I drink. Alcohol is opposite of oils and creams we all use to try to loosen scale and lubricate the skin. I'm OK if if drink only in moderation but if i drink three nights in a row it shows.

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** Originally posted by lazza **

i think my new years resolution will to be not to drink anything for a whole month and see. i've had psoriasis long before i ever drank, but its much worse now than those days.
creams dont do much anymore, and i dont want to spend 600 dollars a month on crappy drugs and blood tests that make me feel sick all the time.
so im looking for any kind of thing to help.

Since I don't drink I cannot tell you precisely how alcohol affects P, but I cannot imagine it doing anything good for you.

A resolution to quit drinking is great. But if you want to stop spending 600 dollars a month on crappy drugs (,etc) you will need to do more than quit drinking for a month. Check out other posts on various diets and supplements. My psoriasis is fading away by adhering to a restrictive diet (no gluten, dairy, fried foods, sweets,..). I've been on it for close to 3 months.

So unless you really want to overhaul your diet and lifestyle I'm afraid you will probably continue to spend 600 dollars a month on medications. It takes serious commitment and patience.

Good luck to you.


_Lazza

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** Originally posted by nina2002nina **

Alcohol is very inflammatory.

If I didn't clear my P I don't know if I would be able to tell exactly how much alcohol effected my P. Since I dieted and cleared my P I can definitely say it does. I usually get itchy and red quickly after having some drinks. I am sure it is inflammatory and will increase P in every way if consumed on a regular basis. Now that I am clear I allow myself to drink alcohol on special occasions. Last week was the first time in a year and a half that I had some drinks and didn't notice immediate itching.

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** Originally posted by jumpingbean **

Alcohol is a clear-cut trigger for me. If I have so much as one glass of wine, my P is worse by the next day. Fortunately, it's not that hard for me to go without it because the memory of how miserable it makes me is enough of a detterent.

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** Originally posted by kathryn1989 **

i think alcohol is a major trigger for me, at times its brought out new spots :( i havnt drunk for nearly 6 months!although im going to have a lil drink at christmas and see what happens.

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** Originally posted by MadCat **

i think my new years resolution will to be not to drink anything for a whole month and see.

Well alcohol always made my P worse.

The morning after the night before, I would get crusty red sore flare ups that were itchy.

But now I have cleared, I have been able to drink with no flare-ups.

It takes around 9 – 12 months to completely remove alcohol from the cells in your body.

So whilst one month is a great start (especially after the silly season) you may not see any improvement for some time, especially if you standard diet is bad.

MC

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** Originally posted by missiongirl69 **

I alcohol kills me every time & I pay for it for at least 2 weeks. If i drink I drink things like vodka cranberry juice (small amount) & club soda or beer..less sugar as sugar aggravates my p for sure.I hardly drink at all anymore cause I'd prefer to drink coffee which also triggers my p I find but if I have to choose..I choose that.

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** Originally posted by Naturally **

Alcohol is also a major trigger for me - both for P and PA. I was doing so good last year that when it came time for the holidays I thought I could have a few drinks because it had been so long and my P and PA seemed like it was gone. BUT - the day after New Year's (and a few drinks over the week before) my skin and PA flared like it never had before and I blame it all on the alcohol.

It's such a dehydrating substance and it challenges our kidneys and livers. Not so good for people with P and PA.

These days, I can have a glass of wine on a special occasion every other month or so without consequence, but I have to stop there... And, like Mad Cat and others on this site, I've spent a long time on a very clean diet over the past few years, so I think my body can handle it better than it used to.

I highly encourage you to leave off the alcohol. And, Lazza is right, its a good idea to clean up your whole diet...

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** Originally posted by incubi **

Alcohol hasn't effected my psoriasis at all, again results vary because everyones body reacts differently.

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** Originally posted by stewartintheUK **

The answer sadly is usually yes.

hough i do know some people who can tolerate some alchohols and not others. My friend Jenny for example can drink a couple of red wine everyday and get no reaciton but cant touch beer, whiskey etc. Others can handle a few beers without reacting but react badly to wine. The signs are obvious if u r affected so there is room to test a little. One thing is preety much for sure though, a lot of alcohol will always dehdrate your bodyand therefore your skin. Always drink 2 litres of water a day if drinking.

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** Originally posted by MadCat **

The sulphur 220 preservative in alcohol is very bad for a lot of health conditions.

It gives me the worst hangovers imaginable and I know that asthmatics should avoid it.

I now drink preservative-free (organic) wine or low preservative wine. If I can’t source them, then I drink expensive wine.

When I use to drink and have P, I would buy cheap wine etc. I have since discovered that the cheaper wines (say anything under $20), tend to have a lot of preservative in them.

Now because of my healthy diet, if I have a glass of cheap wine, I will have a chronic migraine within 10 minutes.

But I can drink the more expensive wines with absolutely no problem.

Same goes for other drinks. Cheaper beers, gins, whiskeys etc….give me terrible migraines. But I can drink the boutique / handcrafted / more expensive / ones with no problems.

So my question is:

Is it the alcohol that is bad for P, OR is it the actual preservative that is bad for P.

MC

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