Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D., Dermatologist, Mayo Clinic: My name is Lawrence Gibson, M.D., and I'm a staff dermatologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In order to have a successful psoriasis treatment plan, it's very important to understand that psoriasis is not only a skin disease, but it affects the entire body. We think, now, that it's extremely important for patients to look at triggering factors, such as stress, for example, and to work on areas in their life that can be improved. Not only stress, but general items such as diet, rest, exercise, are all important to ensuring a patient has the most success possible with any treatment plan for psoriasis that is prescribed.
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