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Can inverse psoriasis be prevented?

Inverse psoriasis is an immune disorder that causes reddish-colored, itchy patches in the skin folds. No one knows exactly what causes the body to react this way, so it is difficult to prevent. Inverse psoriasis generally runs in families, but it is also more common in people who are overweight and have lighter skin. Smoking also increases your risk, so quitting may help prevent the condition.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Flexural psoriasis (also called inverse psoriasis) is one of the five main types of the autoimmune condition psoriasis. At this point, there is little that experts say can be done to help you avoid developing the condition. It is thought to be caused by a combination of genes and environmental triggers. It is not contagious.

If someone in your family has or had psoriasis, it's worth knowing some of the common triggers. These include:
  • stressful life event
  • injury to your skin
  • strep throat.

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