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Ease Your Stress to Fight Flares

Stress triggers and inflames psoriasis. Reducing stress won't replace your medicines, but it may make them more effective. Here are some helpful ways to fight anxiety:

Meditation. It focuses your attention to quiet your mind. A few studies suggest it can improve psoriasis when practiced along with traditional treatments.

Yoga. People have used it as a stress-buster for thousands of years. If it helps you relax, it's worth trying.

Massage. It can ease stress, too. Let your masseuse know ahead of time about your psoriasis, or find one who has experience working with the condition.

It makes sense to be both optimistic and skeptical when it comes to alternative therapies for psoriasis.

Keep your doctor in the loop about any treatments you try. He or she can let you know if they're safe and can explain how they might affect the other drugs you're taking.

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