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What are the triggers for plaque psoriasis?

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.

Even the stress of reading answers and trying to figure out what webmd.com meant can trigger a flare-up (only kidding). If you have a flare-up, remember to tell your doctor about the circumstances preceding it. This could be helpful in preventing it from happening in the future.

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