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What increases my risk for plaque psoriasis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Anyone may get plaque psoriasis but there are a number of factors that increase risk. One factor is family history. You are much more likely to get this skin disorder if a close family member has it. Having HIV or recurrent infections, like strep throat, is also a risk factor, as is light-colored skin. Stress, because it weakens the immune system, increases the possibility of getting this disorder. Certain medicines, like anti-malarial drugs, beta blockers, cancer chemotherapy and lithium, may trigger psoriasis. Smoking and obesity are also likely to increase risk. Most people who get psoriasis are between the ages of 15 and 35 when it first appears.

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