What should patients with psoriasis avoid?

Updated: Mar 17, 2021
  • Author: Jacquiline Habashy, DO, MSc; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Patients with psoriasis should avoid injury to skin, including sunburn and other physical trauma, as these areas may develop psoriasis. The appearance of psoriatic lesions in previously uninvolved areas after irritation or trauma is known as the Köbner phenomenon. Patients with psoriasis should also, when feasible, avoid drugs known to worsen the problem (eg, chloroquine, beta-blockers, aspirin or other NSAIDs). They should also avoid alcohol to excess. An association has been made between nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and moderate-to-severe psoriasis. What is related to treatment and what is related to psoriasis itself is still being studied. [49]


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