Living with a chronic condition like psoriasis affects your life in so many ways that go beyond your daily skin-care routine. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, meaning your immune system goes a bit haywire and mistakenly makes too many skin cells without shedding them as they pile up. As a result, psoriasis causes inflamed skin patches or plaques, which can be painful, itchy, flaky, and really frustrating to deal with.

As with many other chronic conditions, there’s also the question of whether or not the foods you eat can play a role in triggering or easing psoriasis symptoms. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t so simple, but researchers are actively investigating the link between diet and psoriasis. There’s still a lot to learn, but here’s what experts know so far.

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