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  1. Are Psoriasis and Allergies Linked?

    If you have psoriasis and allergies, maybe you've wondered if your allergy flares make your skin condition worse. There's no need to guess: Doctors and researchers haven't found links between the two problems. Here, four experts break down both conditions and explain what can trigger them. Although

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  2. Managing Your Psoriasis Triggers

    You can reduce flare-ups by learning the triggers that make your psoriasis worse. Follow these tips to help manage them and keep your skin condition under control. This is one of the most common triggers, says Colby Evans, MD, a dermatologist and chair-elect of the board of directors of the National

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  3. Managing Your Weight When You Have Psoriasis

    Keeping a healthy weight can help you manage your psoriasis. It can also lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes, which are more common when you have this skin condition. Here's what you can do to manage your weight. Experts recommend a heart-healthy diet. Follow these guidelines: Eat lots of

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  4. Advances in Psoriasis Treatment

    Psoriasis treatment has come a long way in the past 10 years. That's welcome news for the 7.5 million Americans with this complex skin disease. "Every year, we've had either a new medication or a new use for one of these medications," says Michael P. Heffernan, MD. He's a dermatologist with Central

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  5. Summer Tips for Psoriasis

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

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  6. Is Your Psoriasis Treatment Working?

    No matter what medicine you use, you want your skin to clear as much and as soon as possible. Psoriasis treatments aren't a quick fix. Some treatments start to show results faster than others, but they all take time. Each has its own way of relieving psoriasis. And no medicines will make it vanish f

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  7. 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 flaking. Her fingers became sore. 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 that I lost

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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