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Psoriatic Arthritis (cont.)

Psoriatic Arthritis Prevention

Various medications can cause psoriasis to worsen. Try to avoid these medications to minimize flare-ups. Lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid) and withdrawal from systemic corticosteroids (a steroid treatment that affects the whole body) both are well known to cause flare-ups. Beta-blockers, antimalarial drugs, and NSAIDs may also cause flare-ups.

Additional preventative steps for psoriasis flare-ups include the following:

  • Avoiding environmental factors that trigger psoriasis, such as smoking, sun exposure, 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 in young to middle-aged men. Avoid or minimize alcohol use if you have psoriasis.
  • Specific dietary restrictions or supplements other than a well-balanced and adequate diet are unimportant in the management of plaque psoriasis.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/17/2014

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