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How do other illnesses affect psoriasis?

If you have HIV, the negative effect of the virus on your immune system may trigger psoriasis. The same is true for children who have recurring infections like strep throat. These and conditions like alcoholism and obesity may make psoriasis more difficult to treat. Other than that, most illnesses probably should not have an effect on your psoriasis, unless they require a medication that may affect it. Lithium and beta-blockers, for example, have been known to trigger psoriasis or make existing symptoms worse, as can chemotherapy medications and anti-malaria drugs.

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