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Patients with psoriasis should be wary of consuming alcohol, especially since alcohol has the capability of exacerbating psoriasis symptoms, including inflammatory responses, according to a 2019 study, which also concludes that more research needs to be done to fully determine the effects of alcohol on psoriasis.

The same study stated that people with psoriasis generally consume more alcohol than the general population and that alcohol consumption in people with psoriasis can potentially result in the following:

  • An increased susceptibility to infections
  • Stimulation of lymphocyte (white blood cell subtype) and keratinocyte (skin cells) proliferation
  • Production of proinflammatory cytokines (help with cell signaling

The study also stated that alcohol consumption can instigate a more severe case of psoriasis, particularly for people with psoriasis who drink unhealthy amounts of alcohol. These people may be at a higher risk of inflammation.

The Bottom Line

If you have psoriasis or are taking Otezla (apremilast), it is critical to consult with your doctor before consuming alcohol. Not only does alcohol have the potential to make psoriasis worse, but it can interact with other medications you take, as well as any additional health conditions you have. For more information on interactions with Otezla, visit our interactions page.

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