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Worsening Psoriasis symptoms could be a result of one or more factors known as triggers. These triggers may be different for each individual. Skin injuries may act as one such trigger for worsening Psoriasis symptoms in some people. In fact, even a pin prick or a mosquito bite can trigger a new Psoriasis patch. This is more common when your flares are active. However, these kind of lesions mostly appear in areas that are not regularly affected by Psoriasis. The pace at which the lesion develops after an injury to the skin is different for different people, but it can range between 10 to 20 days.
Anything that can change your skin from outside or inside may result in a flare. It cannot be said for sure what can make your skin respond to an injury the way it does.
Skin injury caused by everyday activities like shaving, manicuring nails, wearing ill-fitted shoes are also known to act as triggers to Psoriasis flares.
The best way to prevent Psoriasis flares is to be careful of skin injuries, especially if you have a tendency for flares. Here are some precautions you can take:
Work with your Dermatologist to understand your triggers and act on them. The sooner you spot the signs, the earlier it can be treated. Injuries are a part of daily activities, so it is important you remain alert for any sign of injury and the consequences it can have on your Psoriasis. Make sure you inform your Dermatologist in case of an injury or flare up.
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