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What increases my risk for nail psoriasis?

Since nail psoriasis is inherited, your risk is increased if you have a family history of the disorder. Half of people with psoriasis will experience nail changes; it also affects eight of ten with psoriatic arthritis. Males and females are equally likely to experience psoriasis, but it most often occurs between the ages of 15 and 35. Other risk factors include stress, which has an impact on your immune system; autoimmune diseases, such as AIDS; obesity; smoking, which also may increase the severity of the condition; excessive alcohol consumption; dry skin or air; and too much or too little sunlight.

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