Cigarette smoking has been found to trigger psoriasis in some patients and worsen the condition in others. It can also worsen the symptoms of eczema (atopic dermatitis). Furthermore, it can have a negative effect on the healing time of wounds and studies indicate a correlation between smoking and infection in wound sites.
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What can worsen skin conditions?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
How can aging skin be healed?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredThin skin is more than just the inability to deal with a public beating from the boss. It's actually caused by not enough protein in your diet, not enough blood flow, not enough healthy fat, or too much of one hormone or another.
Technically, you're not losing skin-you're actually decreasing the thickness of each cell that causes thinness and tearing (most often on the forearms). Our patients tell us that eating an ounce of walnuts a day (that's about 24 half walnuts, which provide good protein and good fat) or taking a DHA omega-3 supplement, and using petroleum jelly on the forearms helps.
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How is moderate or severe plaque psoriasis treated?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
Moderate or severe cases may require more firepower than mild cases. This could include prescription-strength topical steroids, or even injectable or oral immunosuppressive drugs. Examples of these include methotrexate, cyclosporine, alefacept, etanercept, and ustekinumab. These drugs are like linesmen on a football team. They block the action of specific immune cells and enzymes in your body that exacerbate psoriasis symptoms.
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