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  1. How to Prevent Psoriasis Flare-Ups

    Anne Jeffres, 41, an acupuncturist in New York, was in the midst of a stressful time at work when she noticed her scalp was flaking. Her fingers became inflamed; her nails were brittle and pitted. The mild psoriasis she once had as a child had returned in full force. "The flare-up was bad enough tha

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  2. What Causes Psoriasis?

    Psoriasis turns your skin cells into Type A overachievers: They mature about five times faster than cells in normal skin. And unlike normal skin cells, which naturally slough off, these cells pile up on the skin's surface almost faster than snow on a snowdrift. Why does this happen? What makes these

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  3. How to Stay Upbeat When You Have Psoriasis

    Scaly psoriasis patches may make you self-conscious about how you look. Your emotional response could cut even deeper. Having psoriasis increases your risk of depression by nearly 40% -- more than 70% if your psoriasis is severe. So it’s important to take care of your emotional health as well as you

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  4. Summer Tips for Psoriasis

    Warm weather often spells relief from psoriasis. Sunlight helps reduce skin patches, and higher humidity improves dry skin. Yet spring and summer can also make you anxious about showing so much bare skin. Use these tips to make the most of balmy days when you have psoriasis.   Sunlight is the top re

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  5. How Well Is Your Psoriasis Treatment Working?

    When your doctor prescribes a treatment for your psoriasis -- whether it's a topical, pill, light therapy, or injection -- your goal is to improve your condition. You want your skin to clear as much and as soon as possible. Each psoriasis treatment works a little bit differently. Some therapies star

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  6. Psoriasis and Exercise: The Game Changer

    Want to pick up the pace of your psoriasis management? You may have heard that exercise can help. But maybe you're concerned you'll trigger a flare-up. Or perhaps you’re uncomfortable exercising in public. Here, two psoriasis experts explain why exercise is your friend in your quest to improve your

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  7. Psoriasis: When Should You Consider a Biologic?

    When you have psoriasis, often you and your doctor will try a few treatments before finding one that really clears your skin. If you've already tried a few medicines and nothing has worked, your doctor may recommend a biologic drug. Other drugs you may have taken are made from plants or chemicals. B

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  8. When Your Psoriasis Treatment Isn't Working

    To describe his battle against psoriasis, Alan Eisenberg likes to quote John Paul Jones, the famed Revolutionary War mariner: “I have not yet begun to fight.” For six years, the Portland, Ore., resident has been trying treatments for his skin condition. Methotrexate helped his nails, but didn’t cure

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  9. Psoriasis: Treatment and Tips During the Holidays

    ’Tis the season for good cheer, good friends, good food … and, if you have psoriasis, a good chance that your skin condition will worsen. Unfortunately, the holidays can be hard on psoriasis sufferers. Stress, cold weather, overindulgence, and winter viruses can make psoriasis symptoms worse. But th

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  10. Dealing With the Stigma of Psoriasis

    When it comes to facing the stigma of psoriasis, there's one incident that sticks out in Robert Schwartz's mind: the time he was kicked out of a restaurant because of his condition. After sitting down with a plate of food from a buffet, he remembers being approached by the restaurant manager and qui

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