There is no way to prevent
psoriasis. But the following tips may improve symptoms
or help reduce the number of psoriasis flare-ups.
- Keep your skin moist.
cold, dry climates. Cold weather may make symptoms worse. Hot, humid weather
and sunlight may improve symptoms. (But hot, humid weather may make certain
types of psoriasis worse.)
- Avoid scratching and picking skin, and
avoid skin injuries (cuts or scrapes). An injury to the skin can cause
psoriasis patches to form anywhere on the body, including the site of the
injury. This includes injuries to your nails or nearby skin while trimming your
- Avoid stress and anxiety. Stress may cause psoriasis to
appear suddenly (flare) or can make symptoms worse, although this has not been
proved in studies.
- Avoid infection. Infections such as
strep throat can cause one type of psoriasis (called
guttate psoriasis) to appear suddenly, especially in
- Try to avoid
certain medicines. Some, including
beta-blockers and lithium, have been found to make
psoriasis symptoms worse. When your doctor prescribes any medicines for you,
tell him or her that you have psoriasis.
- Limit alcohol to no more
than 2 drinks a day for men or 1 drink a day for women. Alcohol use can cause symptoms to flare up.
- Don't smoke. Smoking may make you
more likely to get psoriasis and may make it more severe.3 Smoking may also make
your symptoms last longer.4
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