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Plaque Psoriasis

What can I do to prevent a flare-up of plaque psoriasis?

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  • AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered

    There are many things you can do to prevent a flare-up of plaque psoriasis:

    • Identify your triggers and avoid them. They are different for every person, but include infections (like sore throats), cuts on the skin, severe sunburns, stress, smoking, and even some medications.

    • Document what happens before a flare-up, and tell your doctor about it.

    • Stop smoking, and limit your intake of alcohol (one drink for the ladies, two for the men).

    • Manage your stress (easier said than done, we know), but exercise (get those 10,000 steps), sufficient sleep (6 to 8 hours a night), a good diet (5 food felon-free), deep breathing, and yoga can help.

    • Keep your skin moisturized, and use a sunscreen regularly.

    • Don’t scratch or pick at your skin.

    • Wear cotton or other soft fabrics, not those itchy wool sweaters your grandma always gets you (Sorry, Grandma!).

    • Bathe in warm water and use soap or shampoo that is fragrance-free.

     


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