Prevention of Psoriasis Flare-Ups

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Did you know about 7.4million people in the U.S. have psoriasis?

( 100 million individuals affected worldwide. )

Unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriasis yet. The symptoms may come and go. However, there are some things that one can do to prevent flare-ups. You must avoid certain known triggers of psoriasis and make sure you don’t do anything that could aggravate your symptoms.

The triggers of psoriasis may vary from one person to another. Therefore, it is important to find out and identify the specific factors that make your psoriasis worse and then take measures to prevent them.   

Prevention of Psoriasis Flare-Ups

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Here are some tips on the prevention of psoriasis flare-ups.

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1. Reduce Stress

Stress is one of the main factors that trigger psoriasis in most of the affected people. Our body has an inflammatory reaction to stress which flare ups psoriasis. 

Here are some methods you can try to reduce stress in your life.

  • Yoga: Yoga helps relieve stress by relaxing your mind and body.
  • Psychotherapy: If you feel stressed all the time, it is best to talk to a therapist. They will talk to you about your condition and how you can control stress in your life.
  • Meditation: Deep breathing exercises, meditation, and repeating a mantra are all techniques for relaxation you can follow to prevent psoriasis flare-ups.

2. Avoid Medications that Trigger Psoriasis

Some medications interfere with the autoimmune response of the human body. It leads to inflammation, which is a major trigger for psoriasis. Therefore, it is important to know about these medications and avoid them if you have psoriasis. These medications include:

  • Anti-malarial drugs, such as hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, used for the prevention of malaria.
  • Lithium, which is commonly used in the treatment of manic depression and other mental disorders.
  • Indomethacin for the treatment of arthritis.
  • Inderal for the treatment of high blood pressure issues.

You should also talk to your doctor first before taking any over-the-counter medication to make sure that it will not flare up your psoriasis.

3. Prevent Injuries to the Skin

Skin injuries are also found to trigger psoriasis. Scratches and sunburns are common injuries that can flare up your condition. It is important to take care of your skin if you suffer from psoriasis. Here are some precautions you should take to protect your skin from injuries.

  • Wear a hat and use sunscreen when outside
  • Wear gloves and long sleeves shirts while gardening
  • Apply bug-repellent sprays or lotions before heading out
  • Be careful when engaging in any outdoor activities

4. Avoid Infections

Psoriasis is sharply triggered due to infections. Infections put a lot of stress on our immune system which leads to an inflammatory reaction. Your psoriasis may flare up with strep throat, tonsillitis, earache, skin, or a respiratory infection. If you suspect that you have an infection, see a doctor right away and get treatment to prevent psoriasis flare-ups. If you end up having a skin injury like a wound or a cut, make sure that you clean it properly and keep it covered to prevent any infection.

Prevention of Psoriasis Flare-Ups

5. Avoid Foods that Cause Inflammation

Certain foods may cause inflammation in the body which can worsen your psoriasis. Therefore, it is important to avoid foods like

  • Dairy
  • Red meat
  • Refined sugars
  • High-fat foods
  • Citrus fruits
  • Peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes

Include the following in your diet:

  • Seeds, such as pumpkin seeds and flax seeds
  • Fatty fish, such as tuna and salmon
  • Green leafy vegetables, such as kale and spinach
  • Nuts, such as almonds and walnuts

Talk to your nutritionist about taking supplements if your diet lacks in any of the essential nutrients. However, make sure that you take any supplements or vitamins after talking to your doctor to ensure that they don’t have any adverse reaction to your psoriasis.

Follow the above-mentioned simple tips for the prevention of psoriasis flare-ups.


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