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Will eating more and drinking more alcohol in the fall and winter months affect my psoriasis?

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Alcohol and certain foods probably will not trigger a psoriasis flare up. Though medical researchers have yet to prove that certain foods cause psoriasis flares, many patients report that eating certain foods seems to worsen their psoriasis. This, though, may be a coincidence. If you notice a regular connection between eating certain foods and increased skin symptoms, ask your doctor whether you can safely eliminate the suspect foods from your diet to assess any changes in your psoriasis.

Alcohol binges are associated with worsening psoriasis. If you tend to smoke when you drink, you might be dealing yourself a double whammy. Evidence indicates that people who smoke tobacco products may be more likely to develop a form of psoriasis that causes pustules to develop on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. Researchers have also found a correlation between smoking and more serious forms of psoriasis.

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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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