If you have psoriasis, then there is a chance that you may also be suffering from several other health conditions. In fact, if you are suffering from psoriasis then you are at a greater risk of suffering from one of the following conditions:
- Heart disease
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
- Metabolic disease
If you have mild psoriasis, then suffering from another one of these conditions is unlikely to pose that much of an issue. This is because for mild psoriasis, the medication, if you are using any, is likely to be applied directly to your skin. However, if you have a serious case of psoriasis, then you may run into a few issues.
No matter what type of psoriasis you are suffering from, it is important that you talk to your doctor. The role of your doctor will be to ensure that you are managing both of the conditions that you are suffering from ‘well’. This will help to reduce the chances of there being any serious side effects from your condition.
Weak Immune System
If you have a condition which weakens your immune system, or maybe you are taking medication which has an impact on your immune system, then you are more likely to cause your symptoms of psoriasis to flare-up. This is going to be especially apparent if you are going through chemotherapy. The following drugs may also have an impact on your psoriasis:
- Systemic drugs
If you are suffering from psoriasis, then your risk of suffering from certain heart diseases will go through the roof. There are some medications that you should not be taking if you are already suffering from heart disease. You should also not take certain psoriasis medications if you are looking to lower your blood pressure or keep your cholesterol levels in check.
It could be life threatening if you take the wrong medications when you are suffering from both psoriasis and heart disease. Therefore, it is going to be incredibly important that you talk to your doctor. You should almost certainly avoid ‘over the counter’ medications unless they can be applied directly to the skin.
Diabetes Type 2
You are more likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes if you have psoriasis. If you are suffering from the condition, then there is a chance that your doctor may prescribe you with biologic drugs, unless you are suffering from one of the conditions mentioned previously. In some cases, the drugs which have been especially designed to help deal with type 2 diabetes may have a positive impact on your psoriasis. These drugs include:
- GLP-1 receptor agonists
If you are suffering from psoriasis, then it is unlikely that your doctor will ever prescribe you with steroids to help treat it when you are suffering from type 2 diabetes at the same time. This is because steroids can increase your blood sugar. In some cases, even if you do not have type 2 diabetes, your doctor may still wish to seriously consider whether prescribing you with steroids is the best course of action. This is because if you take steroids over a long period of time, it can actually lead to diabetes.
One point to note here is that there are certain topical steroid medicines which can have an impact on your blood sugar levels. This is why you should not be taking any topical medications unless you have spoken to your doctor first. They will be able to tell you whether the medication will have an impact on your diabetes or not. Again, this is something which is going to be life threatening so you really are going to want to listen to them here.
If you have liver disease, then there are some psoriasis drugs that you will wish to avoid as they can make your symptoms worse. This includes methotrexate. If you have serious liver disease, then your doctor may wish to have you avoid steroid-based products too.
The same drugs you wish to avoid for liver disease may also need to be avoided if you are suffering from kidney disease. In some cases, your doctor may even prescribe you with smaller doses of the medication.
You should not be taking systemic psoriasis drugs if you are suffering from cancer. This is because cancer treatments can weaken your immune system. If you are suffering from psoriasis, then you are more likely to suffer from certain types of cancer. For example; there may be a link between skin cancer, psoriasis, and lymphoma.
Biologic drugs used to treat psoriasis may actually make your IBS worse.
If you have a serious infection, then there may be certain drugs you can’t take. You do not want to be taking anything that could potentially weaken your immune system as this could be deadly for you. Even if it is not deadly, then your body may find it tougher to stave off the infection. This could cause some serious issues in your life. You do not want to be taking any antibiotics with systemic treatments for psoriasis or the antibiotics will not work.
What to talk to your doctor about
As mentioned previously; you should always talk to your doctor if you are suffering from psoriasis, particularly if you are suffering from one of the other conditions on this list. This is to ensure that you are taking the correct medication. You should also ‘check in’ with your doctor if you notice any serious side-effects from the medication that you are taking e.g. you notice that your psoriasis is getting worse as a result of the medication. They should be able to point you in the right direction. If they are unable to change up the medication that you are taking, then they should at least be able to provide you with advice on how to lessen your symptoms.
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