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    Stay active!

    At least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week (for example: yoga, cycling or dancing), is key to promote a healthy immune system. This can be very helpful in managing your psoriasis symptoms since it is an auto-immune disease.

  • It is well known that a healthy diet improves general health, in part due to its positive impact on the immune system. Besides it can help you to deal with some of your psoriasis symptoms.

  • Eating food that are known to have anti-inflammatory properties (e.g. salmon) or foods known to have antioxidant effects (e.g.  spinach, carrots, blueberries or walnuts), can help you to reduce flare-ups.

  • It is important to achieve a balanced weight as a high body mass index is associated with an elevated risk for developing psoriasis, as well as an increase in the severity of disease.

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    Stay alert

    Co-morbidities such as arthritis, high blood pressure or diabetes, are common among people with psoriasis and will also need to be treated or, preferably, prevented.

  • Learning about your own psoriasis triggers is one of the best ways to prevent flares or worsening of the disease. Beware of infections, medications, emotional stress or lifestyle factors.

  • It is important to treat any type of infection at the onset as the infection may worsen your skin condition.

  • It is known that some medications may aggravate psoriasis symptoms, therefore it is recommended that you double-check your medications with your doctor.

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    Stay stress free

    Stay positive and learn some relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises or meditation, to release stress and control your psoriasis symptoms.

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    Quit smoking

    Smoking may increase your risk of psoriasis or severely enhance your symptoms, therefore, giving up smoking can have a positive effect on the disease.

  • Heavy alcohol consumption can trigger or exacerbate a flare episode, so it is better if you stay away from alcohol.

  • Go for a clean diet! Reduce or avoid the amount of junk food, since these products are known to lead to rapid weight gain, which is one of the major causes of psoriasis flares.

  • Cold weather months can be especially difficult for psoriasis patients, but with prevention and some extra caution you can make them easier to live.

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    Get enough sleep

    Getting a good night sleep should be an important part of you psoriasis management plan.

  • If you have psoriasis, cuts, scrapes, bug bites, and sunburns may be potential triggers for a psoriasis flare, so protect your skin.

  • Avoid scratching your psoriasis lesions since it might worsen the inflammation and can eventually lead to infection.

  • Stick to the treatment plan that your healthcare provider has prescribed you.

  • Find a doctor or a healthcare team who specialize in psoriasis, as the more the team knows, the more they can help you.

  • Talk openly with your doctor about your psoriasis symptoms, concerns, and doubts regarding your treatment plan.

  • A key to treating psoriasis is keeping your skin moisturized every day to reduce irritation, itchiness and the build-up of scaling.

  • If you have psoriasis, you should be wary of harsh soaps as they can be hard on your sensitive skin.

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    Be positive

    Adopting  a positive attitude could enhance your immune system and improve your quality of life when suffering from psoriasis.

  • Take the lead of your own health and wellbeing, with the support from those involved in your care. This can help you manage your psoriasis treatment in order to fit your lifestyle.

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    Share your experience

    Discussing your psoriasis experience with people who know exactly what you’re going through can possible make you more at ease with your condition.

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    Fight depression

    If you have psoriasis, research shows you have an increased risk of depression, however, if you are aware of the risk of depression and its symptoms, you can seek help at the first sign that something might go wrong.

  • A brief period of sunlight exposure may be beneficial to your psoriasis.

  • What you wear can either help with your psoriasis symptoms or can possibly exacerbate them, so take into account when choosing your outfit.

  • You should see your doctor if you notice any changes in your skin. The sooner you know you have psoriasis, the sooner you can start a treatment to control your condition.

  • Besides the information that your doctor may give you, use reliable online sources to educate yourself on psoriasis to better manage your symptoms and reduce the stigma and health problems of your condition.