Reducing psoriasis symptoms

How to avoid some known triggers

While there isn’t yet a permanent cure for psoriasis, in addition to the numerous treatments that are available, some simple lifestyle choices can also help minimise the impact of your condition.

Maintain a healthy weight

Most scientific studies do not show a definitive link between diet and psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. If you have psoriasis, doctors generally recommend eating a balanced diet that minimizes the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other associated health conditions.

Obese people are more likely to suffer with flexural psoriasis – psoriasis in the folds of the skin – which can be especially sore and uncomfortable.

Maintaining a healthy weight will help you feel good both physically and emotionally and may help minimize the risk of developing related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

With the right treatment and an awareness of the triggers that make the condition worse, it is possible to bring symptoms under control and live a normal and comfortable life.


Drink in moderation

Drinking large amounts of alcohol may trigger psoriasis. With this in mind, monitor your alcohol consumption and do not drink too much.

Avoid smoking

Smoking can also be a trigger of psoriasis. Research suggests that localised pustular psoriasis on the palms and soles of the feet may be more common in people who smoke or have been smokers in the past. Although smoking has not yet been proven to be a cause of psoriasis, data suggests that there may be a link between smoking and developing severe psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a lifelong condition but, with the right treatment, help and awareness of the triggers that make the condition worse, it is possible to bring symptoms under control and live a normal and more comfortable life.

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