(HealthDay News) — Psoriasis is a disease that causes red, scaly and sometimes painful skin, says the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

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Patients can take an active role in treating the long-lasting disease, the agency says.

To help manage symptoms, the agency encourages people with psoriasis to:

  • Keep skin well moisturized.
  • Stay healthy overall.
  • Join a support group or get counseling.

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