Can psoriasis be prevented?

Updated: Nov 20, 2020
  • Author: Jacquiline Habashy, DO, MSc; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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No specific strategies prevent psoriasis, although healthy lifestyles that avoid obesity and reduced alcohol use can make control easier and increase the chances of at least temporary remission. Whenever possible, patients who are currently being treated for psoriasis or have a history of psoriasis should avoid over-the-counter and prescription medications known to exacerbate it. This includes the use of over-the-counter NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and naproxen.


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