Smoking Can Trigger Psoriasis In psoriasis, skin cells multiply rapidly, resulting in pain, itchy rashes. Although the exact cause of psoriasis is a mystery, a study by a team of American and Canadian researchers reveals a potential trigger of the disease: smoking.

A review of data collected in the Nurses Health Study, researchers reported the following results:
The risk of a smoker to develop psoriasis is almost 80 percent higher than that of people who have never smoked
Risk of developing psoriasis is more than 35 percent higher among people who are former smokers compared with never smokers (this risk remains elevated for as long as 20 years after quitting smoking)
Among smokers, those who smoke more are at high risk
Exposure to secondhand smoke also increases risk, especially among children
Researchers predict that treatments of psoriasis are probably more effective among non-smokers compared with smokers

Actually no one knows for sure what the ultimate cause of psoriasis, and why the process of renewal of the epidermis is accelerated among people suffering from this disease. What is clear is that this condition is present, it is necessary to have a genetic predisposition to it, and in fact one in three people with psoriasis have relatives with the same condition.
Not all people with this genetic predisposition manifested actively psoriasis. Usually several factors involved “triggers” in the process that triggers the disease.

Infections, certain medications (beta blockers for therapies for heart and hypertension, malaria medicine), wounds, sunburn, alcohol consumption or stress can trigger or aggravate psoriasis outbreaks.

Sunlight, in moderation and taking all necessary precautions (use of blocking, to avoid exposure during peak hours), may help maintain healthy skin in psoriasis patients. However, excessive sun exposure and without caution, may cause disease or aggravate existing injuries. The skin is no stranger to the overall health of a person, so that factors like a healthy diet, adequate rest and healthy habits eventually reflected in it. It is also extremely important that the skin is often moist, it avoids many of the annoyances to which faces a patient with psoriasis. Similarly, sun exposure with moderation and caution is a factor that can help the good condition of the skin.

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