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.