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Why do my psoriasis signs and symptoms get worse in the fall and winter?

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Dry air and less sunlight on your skin can make psoriasis symptoms worse during fall and winter. The lack of humidity in the air outside and the dry heat in most buildings during the colder months can rob your skin of the moisture it needs. You may be able to ease dryness-related psoriasis symptoms by regularly moisturizing your skin and using a humidifier at home. 

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American Academy of Dermatology: "PsoriasisNet."

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Mark Lebwohl, MD, professor and chairman of dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University.

Melissa Magliocco, MD, assistant professor of medicine and acting chief, division of clinical pharmacology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

WebMD Medical Reference: “7 Psoriasis Triggers.”

WebMD Medical News: “Smoking May Make Psoriasis Worse.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 28, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "PsoriasisNet."

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Mark Lebwohl, MD, professor and chairman of dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University.

Melissa Magliocco, MD, assistant professor of medicine and acting chief, division of clinical pharmacology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

WebMD Medical Reference: “7 Psoriasis Triggers.”

WebMD Medical News: “Smoking May Make Psoriasis Worse.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 28, 2017

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