Tackle Flare-ups by Skipping Holiday Stress

By Emily Delzell

People with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis often get hit with a triple whammy in the winter months—cold, dry weather that irritates skin, exposure to viruses that challenge the immune system, and the intensified stress that comes along with holiday preparations and family gatherings. All that can lead to flare-ups.

While it’s hard to change the weather or quarantine yourself (though an inactivated flu shot—recommended versus a “live” vaccine if you’re taking drugs that suppress the immune system—is highly advisable), you can address issues that ratchet up stress, said Elaine Rodino, a psychologist in private practice in State College, Penn..

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