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Should I Try to Boost My Immune System Because I Have Psoriasis?

By Kerry Weiss
Reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.
July 29, 2022

Your immune system is your body’s natural defense against illness, infection, and disease. When it comes to staying healthy, it’s natural to want to do what you can to boost your immunity, and it’s something we hear people with psoriasis ask about, since they know their immune systems are affected by their condition.

However, when you’re living with psoriasis, there are a few important things to know before hopping on the immune-boosting wagon.

The Relationship Between Psoriasis and Your Immune System

Psoriasis is thought to be an inflammatory skin disease, because, with it, your immune system goes into overdrive, mistaking bodily processes for foreign invaders. Then, the body has an inflammatory response, overproducing skin cells that contribute to psoriasis plaques, pustules, and other symptoms, depending on the type of psoriasis.