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Psoriasis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the disease?

Psoriasis cannot be prevented, but it can be controlled. Certain triggers may be controlled or eliminated to help curb the outbreaks. Take these measures to prevent flare-ups of psoriasis.

  • Avoid sunburn by limiting sun exposure, following recommendations from the healthcare provider.
  • Limit the skin's exposure to water by taking short showers and baths and by limiting swimming.
  • Eliminate triggers such as alcohol and smoking.
  • Avoid rubbing or scratching the skin.
  • Avoid clothing or sports equipment that rubs the skin.
  • Use skin care products recommended by the healthcare provider to avoid dry skin.
  • Use stress- management techniques as needed.
  • Discuss medicines with the healthcare provider and avoid those that trigger flare-ups of psoriasis.
  • Seek prompt treatment of infections and other illnesses.
  • What are the long-term effects of the disease?

    Psoriasis can have an emotional, as well as a physical, impact on people. Psoriatic arthritis, a form of joint inflammation that occurs in some people who have arthritis, can be painful and disabling.

    What are the risks to others?

    Psoriasis is not contagious and poses no risk to others.

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    Author: Lynn West, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 08/20/01

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