Direct trauma, such as a cut or a wound, can trigger psoriasis. This happens due to the Koebner phenomenon—a reaction that causes new psoriasis plaques to form whenever you experience a skin infection or injury.
To help prevent such injuries, maintaining a healthy skin should be a must. If there is a need to perform activities that increases your risk of skin injury, extra precautions should be taken, including:
- Applying sunscreen (SPF 30 or above, with no added scents, chemicals or strong preservatives).
- Wearing a hat when spending extended periods under the sun.
- Applying a bug repellent -containing 20 percent or less of diethyltoluamide (DEET)- before going to areas where insects are present.
- Wearing long sleeves and gloves when gardening.
Remember, by minimizing the risk of skin injuries, you could be one step closer to preventing psoriasis outbreaks.
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