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How is heredity related to plaque psoriasis?

Experts are looking into how genes are related to plaque psoriasis. Researchers believe that there might be errors in the DNA that end up misdirecting the immune system, causing it to act inappropriately. However, don’t go blaming Mom and Dad yet. Genes aren’t the only masterminds. Scientists estimate that about 10 percent of the general population has a genetic predisposition for plaque psoriasis; however, only about 1 percent to 3 percent actually develop it. This indicates that there has to be a trigger that causes plaque psoriasis to develop. Researchers aren’t 100 percent sure what the triggers are yet, but they believe stress, an infection, certain medications and environmental factors are at the top of the list.

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