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Psoriasis (cont.)

Follow-up

  • Plaque psoriasis is a chronic disease that goes away and returns. Follow-up care depends on the severity of the disease at any given time.
  • If a patient has evidence of psoriatic arthritis, a consultation with a rheumatologist (a physician who specializes in arthritis) is helpful.

Psoriasis Prevention

  • Avoiding environmental factors that trigger psoriasis, such as smoking, and stress, may help prevent or minimize flare-ups of psoriasis. Sun exposure may help in many cases of psoriasis and aggravate it in others.
  • Alcohol is considered a risk factor for psoriasis, even moderate amounts of beer. People should avoid or minimize alcohol use if they have psoriasis. This is especially important if they are taking medications such as methotrexate or acitretin.
  • Specific dietary restrictions or supplements other than a well-balanced and adequate diet are not important in the management of plaque psoriasis.
  • Recently, some data has supported that an "anti-inflammatory" diet that is high in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated and trans fats may help manage psoriasis, although the value in preventing its onset is less certain.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/23/2014
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