Psoriasis and stress

Why staying positive is an important part of psoriasis management

Many people believe that stress is related to their psoriasis. Evidence also shows that stress may be a factor leading to the first flare-up of the condition or making existing psoriasis worse.

However, the specific effects of stress on each person varies – it is very personal and different levels and causes of stress can affect people differently.

Don't be afraid to talk to your doctor about any stress or anxiety you may be experiencing.

In addition to the everyday strain of living with psoriasis, other stresses in your life may play a role in your psoriasis.


What you can do

If you believe that stress is a factor in your psoriasis, you should speak to your doctor, but there is also something you can do to manage worrying situations to help you stay in control. Anything that helps you relax could also help to reduce stress levels. Regular exercise, sleeping well, meditating and activities like yoga and tai chi may all help you to relax.

Don't be afraid to talk to your doctor about any stress or anxiety you may be experiencing. He or she may be able to help you with stress management techniques and can suggest activities that you can try to keep stress levels under control, or refer you to a specialist.

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