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What increases my risk for scalp psoriasis?

Scalp psoriasis is a relatively common skin disorder that can affect people of all ages and races, but there are certain factors that may increase your risk for the condition. Family history is one of the most influential risk factors of the disease. If you have a family member who has had any type of psoriasis, you may have an increased risk of developing the condition. Other genetic or medical factors may also increase your risk. People with HIV or other immune system problems are more likely to develop the disease, as are people with lighter skin. High levels of stress and smoking may also increase your risk of developing scalp psoriasis. Age is also a factor--although it can begin at any age, most people with scalp psoriasis will first get symptoms between the ages of 15 and 35.

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