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Psoriasis: 11 triggers and how to avoid them

People with psoriasis experience flares where the symptoms worsen.

For most people with psoriasis, symptoms come and go over time. Many factors can trigger psoriasis flares, including weather and stress.

People with psoriasis often have periods of time with few or only mild symptoms. They are also likely to have periods of time with more symptoms, and these are known as flares.

Psoriasis is different for everyone. One person may find that temperature triggers a psoriasis flare. For others, the temperature may not affect their symptoms, but stress may cause a flare.

11 psoriasis triggers

Research into possible triggers for psoriasis flares is ongoing. There is evidence to suggest that certain factors can trigger flares in many people, including:

  • injury to the skin
  • stress
  • medication
  • infection

Some triggers link to a person’s overall health. Those who are overweight, regularly drink alcohol, or smoke may have more frequent or severe psoriasis flares than others.

Other triggers may not have a clear scientific link to flares, but people with psoriasis report that they cause flares, such as changes in temperature, weather, and diet.

Read on for 11 factors that may trigger psoriasis flares:

1. Stress

Stress can cause a person to have an outbreak of psoriasis for the first time. It can also provoke a psoriasis flare.

Finding ways to manage stress can help avoid flares. Some ways to reduce stress might include exercise, meditation, or attending a support group.

2. Medication

Doctors have linked certain medications to psoriasis flares, including:

Read on: Psoriasis: 11 triggers and how to avoid them

The health and medical information on our website is not intended to take the place of advice or treatment from health care professionals. It is also not intended to substitute for the users’ relationships with their own health care/pharmaceutical providers.

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