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Protect your skin when you have psoriasis

The following steps can help you prevent psoriasis or improve your skin condition if you have psoriasis:

  • Treat all infections promptly. Infections can cause flares of psoriasis, especially strep throat infections.
  • Minimize stress, which may make psoriasis worse.
  • Try to avoid skin injuries and irritation, which can cause new sores or make sores worse. Tight shoes, clothing, watchbands, and hats can irritate the skin.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals and makeup that can irritate the skin.
  • Use a home humidifier to increase moisture in the air and help keep your skin moist.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology
Last Revised January 6, 2010

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: January 06, 2010
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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