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Common Risk Factors For Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a condition where scaly patches develop on the skin. It can happen to anyone, but some people are at a greater risk for it than others. Below is a list of some of the psoriasis risk factors:
 
Family History

Psoriasis has a tendency to run in families. If a parent has this condition, then he or she has a 10 percent chance of passing it down to his or her child. A person has a 50 percent chance of developing this condition if both parents have it.
 
Stress

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder. Because stress can have a negative effect on the immune system, people who are chronically stressed are at a greater risk for developing psoriasis. Furthermore, people who already have psoriasis may notice that their condition worsens when they are under a lot of pressure.
 
Smoking

People who smoke are more likely to develop psoriasis. Women who smoke are at an even greater risk for developing psoriasis. Smoking not only increases the risk of psoriasis, but it worsens the condition in people who already have it.
 
Skin Injuries

A skin injury can cause psoriasis to flare-up. In fact, many people notice psoriasis symptoms at the injury site. Insect bites, sunburns and infections are examples of skin injuries that can trigger psoriasis symptoms.
 
Obesity

Excess body weight can increase the risk of psoriasis. Many people notice that psoriasis has a tendency to develop in the folds and increases in the skin. Psoriasis is also worsened by friction and sweating.
 
Bacterial And Viral Infections

People who already have a compromised immune system are more likely to develop psoriasis. This includes people who have cancer, are undergoing treatments for cancer or suffer from Lupus or another autoimmune disorder. Children who frequently suffer from infections, such as Strep throat, are also more likely to suffer from psoriasis.
 
Certain Medications

The use of certain medications can increase the risk of psoriasis. Medications used to treat malaria are examples of medications that increase the risk of psoriasis. Steroid-based medications can also increase the risk of psoriasis.
 
Alcohol Use

The effects of alcohol on psoriasis are still not fully understood because many people who smoke also drink alcohol. However, researchers have found that alcohol can trigger or worsen psoriasis symptoms. It can also trigger the growth of candida, which is a type of fungus that worsens psoriasis.