Can psoriasis make you feel tired?
Everyone feels tired from time to time. If you feel exhausted most of the time, your psoriasis could be the culprit.
Scientists aren’t entirely sure why this happens. What is clear is that many people who have psoriasis say they feel exhausted. Some people say the constant fatigue, which can interfere with everyday life, is one of the most troublesome symptoms of psoriasis.
While there’s no quick fix for ending the fatigue, dermatologists say you may be able to boost your energy by making some changes.
Twelve changes that may give you more energy
Here are the changes that board-certified dermatologists recommend for people who have psoriasis and are struggling with fatigue.
It’s also possible that you have an undiagnosed medical condition that could be contributing to your fatigue.
If medication or another medical condition may be contributing to your fatigue, your dermatologist may be able to:
Methotrexate can cause fatigue
Methotrexate (approved to treat psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis) can make you feel tired. Some pain medications can also cause fatigue.
When you eat processed foods, such as white bread, white rice, pastries, and lunch meats, your energy levels rise and fall quickly. Soon after eating these foods, you may feel tired.
To wake up feeling more refreshed, stop drinking for a while.
If you have a drink before bed to help you sleep, you’ll want to skip this, too. Many people mistakenly believe that having a drink before bed helps them to sleep better. While you may fall asleep faster, your sleep won’t be as restful.
You’ll find more dermatologists’ advice for easing the discomfort of psoriasis within the AAD’s Psoriasis Resource Center.
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