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Psoriasis Is Triggered By Stress

Posted Sep 28 2010 12:00am

Psoriasis is considered an immune disorder, but studies show it seems to be triggered by stress. Physical and psychological stress can stimulate the release of chemical messengers called neuropeptides, which can cause pain, itching, and inflammation. Based on these observations, stress appears to be one of many psoriasis triggers. Many scientific studies confirm that stress can worsen psoriasis and increase itching. Some people even trace their first outbreak of psoriasis to a particularly stressful event in their life. Experts are recommending stress management to help with the treatment of psoriasis. Applying relaxation techniques like progressive muscular relaxation, meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, tai chi, and regular exercise will be an additional advantage in managing stress in psoriasis.

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