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Woman scratching at psoriasis not realizing it can lead to hearing loss.

When you think about psoriasis, you probably recall all those commercials depicted people with skin problems. Psoriasis impacts your general health and not only your skin. Psoriasis is frequently misunderstood and minimized, due to a lack of knowledge of how psoriasis impacts sufferers as well as the serious conditions that can be related to this disorder. Although plaques on the skin are its most visible indicator, they’re indicative of what psoriasis can cause throughout the body: The risk of metabolic conditions that are increased by chronic irritation and cardiovascular disease.

New research reinforces the body of research connecting another significant issue to psoriasis: Hearing loss. Published in The Journal of Rheumatology, this study evaluated connections between psoriatic arthritis, mental health, and hearing impairment. Psoriatic arthritis is a type of psoriasis where inflammation is concentrated near the joints, causing inflammation, difficulty with movement, and pain. The common plaques may not be experienced by people who suffer from psoriatic arthritis.

In the same way as with rheumatoid arthritis (and similar to psoriasis), psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease, the sufferer’s body is essentially attacking its own healthy tissue. But unlike rheumatoid arthritis, you could have psoriatic arthritis on only one knee due to the fact that it’s asymmetrical, and it doesn’t only target joints but leads to painfully swollen toes and fingers while it targets sufferer’s nails and eyes.

Based on the findings of this recent study, inflammation caused by psoriatic arthritis may also impact hearing. A large control group of people with neither psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis were compared to people who had one or the other condition. They discovered that the group with psoriatic arthritis was more likely to report hearing impairment, and those reports were supported by audiometric screening. Even when other risk considerations are considered, people diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis were significantly more prone to have hearing loss than either {the control group or psoriasis sufferers}.

But there is an evident link between psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and loss of hearing. A 2015 study found that there is a considerably higher danger, for people with psoriasis, of developing sudden sensorineural loss of hearing, also called sudden deafness. The ability to hear diminishes notably over three days or less with sudden sensoroneural hearing loss. It has various possible causes, but scientists think that sudden psoriasis flare-ups might be responsible. If this happens in or near the cochlea, it may impede hearing. In some instances, treatments that relieve psoriasis symptoms might be used to address this form of hearing loss, but hearing aids are often recommended when other interventions don’t appear to be helping.

If you suffer from psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, it’s essential to monitor your hearing. Make regular hearing exams along with your yearly health-care appointments. Disease related to inflammation can lead to inner ear damage, which can cause loss of balance and psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are both also linked with depression and anxiety, which can both exacerbate hearing loss. Loss of hearing is a condition you want to detect early because untreated hearing loss can result in other health troubles like dementia.

With early treatment, you can stay ahead of the symptoms by getting your hearing checked frequently and working with your doctor, comprehension is key. Neither hearing loss nor psoriasis should influence you to sacrifice your standard of living, and having the correct team by your side can make a huge difference.

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