Why Sore throat, Tonsillitis, and Strep throat infections trigger Psoriasis Flare-ups?
You might have noticed that your psoriasis gets worst with flu, allergies, or infections that affect your throat or tonsils and upper respiratory system. A study suggests that the immune response in the tonsils of psoriasis patients is abnormal. The findings of the study were consistent with the idea that the infiltrating T cells which drive psoriatic skin disease might originate in tonsils where streptococcal infection induces a skin-homing phenotype. Respiratory virus infections trigger acute psoriasis flares  Let’s look at the most common viral and bacterial respiratory infections that affect Psoriasis.
1) Sore Throat
In addition to acting as the passageway for air, food, and liquid, the throat is also designed to filter bacteria, viruses, and other irritants from getting into your body. And very often, high exposure to these irritants can result in sore throat.
Sore throats are common, especially in kids, mainly because their immunity is not yet built up against many bacteria and viruses that cause sore throats.
Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils and a type of pharyngitis caused by viral or bacterial infections. Signs and symptoms include Sore throat and trouble swallowing, enlargement of the tonsils, fever, and large lymph nodes around the neck. When caused by group A streptococcus, it is referred to as strep throat.
3) Strep Throat or Streptococcal pharyngitis
Strep Throat or Streptococcal pharyngitis is a bacterial infection of the back of the throat, including the tonsils, caused by bacteria called group A Streptococcus . Strep Infections can affect the tonsils and cause sore throat.
What time of year do people get Strep?
It can occur at any time of the year; however, it is more common in and around winter, late fall, and early spring.
Who is at risk for Strep?
Anyone can get strep throat, but It is more common in children 5 through 15 years old and adults with poor health and weakened immune system.
What are the symptoms of Strep infection?
Strep throat usually comes without the cough. The common symptoms of strep throat include sore throat with red and white patches, red and swollen tonsils that cause pain when swallowing, painful or swollen neck glands fever. A person with strep infection may also experience headaches, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, and rash. In general, strep throat is a mild infection, but it can be very painful.
How often can Strep Infection occur?
It can occur more than once a year for some people, while others may not have it. The reason could be the exposure or strength of the immune system.
Is it contagious and how do you get infected?
Strep is contagious and can spread through airborne respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is usually spread fast among children and teens in schools, and parents often get infected from the kids.
How long does Strep Infection last?
Symptoms begin within 2 to 5 days after a person gets infected. It might go away in 3 to 7 days, depending on immune strength and treatments.
Since Streptococcal bacteria spreads through airborne respiratory droplets, keeping a safe distance from someone infected or wearing a mask, washing hands regularly, and avoiding sharing utensils and personal items can help. A reminder, a strong immune system is the key. Healthy food choices and regular exercises will help strengthen your immune system over time, and this is the goal in healing psoriasis as well.
How is it treated?
Doctors usually treat strep throat with antibiotics. However, being cautious when taking antibiotics can help prevent antibiotic resistance and side effects. Since the Strep is considered a mild condition, it is a good idea to ask your doctor for alternative treatment options.
Food is the best remedy! Most effective medicines and supplements are usually praised because they contain natural ingredients, so why not use those natural ingredients directly. The idea is to consume more natural Antibacterial and Antibiotic ingredients such as;
- Manuka Honey
- Licorice Root
All of the above have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties that can help treat bacteria and infections. Word of Warning, Just like conventional medicines, not all the natural remedies are complication-free, do personal research before considering any home remedy and Always consult your doctor for a professional opinion.
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