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Can certain foods trigger a psoriasis flare-up?

It is unlikely that certain foods can trigger a psoriasis flare-up. Although symptoms wax and wane, there are definite things that commonly do contribute to a flare-up, like stress; cold, dry weather; strep throat; or even a skin injury like a cut, scratch or bad sunburn.

There is a spice that can actually help with psoriasis: Turmeric, that neon yellow-orange spice used to make curry, can ease symptoms by lowering the inflammation that fuels psoriasis, especially during a flare.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.
There are no foods that are known to trigger psoriasis flare-ups, and there is no evidence that any specific diet (gluten-free or Mediterranean, for example) helps prevent psoriasis. If a person with psoriasis is overweight, losing weight may help. Triggers include stress and use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications like Motrin (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen), so they should be avoided.

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