Psoriasis: Get the most out of your treatment

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, 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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Ease stress to reduce your psoriasis flares

Try stress-relief techniques to lessen your psoriasis symptoms.

Psoriasis and your self-esteem

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Psoriasis and intimacy

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Pregnancy and breast-feeding when you have psoriasis

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Managing other health risks when you have psoriasis

Discover what other conditions you're at risk of when you have psoriasis.

Psoriasis treatment options

Understand available treatments and what may be right for you.

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