Smokers At Higher Risk For Psoriasis

Here is another reasons why people need to quit smoking. A recent medical study has shown that those people who smoke are at a higher risk of suffering from psoriasis.

Psoriasis, is a skin disease that affects many people around the world. This skin disease mostly affect adults and is characterized by itchy and painful patches of thick, scaly and reddened or whitened skin.

The patches often appear on the knees and elbows. Researchers explained smokers are at higher risk to get inflicted with psoriasis since smoking pushes the body’s immune system into overdrive.

Smokers At Higher Risk For PsoriasisStudy co-author Dr. Abrar Qureshi, an assistant professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School said the latest medical finding should compel smokers to quit the habit now. The researchers based their findings on 2,410  people who’d been diagnosed with psoriasis. Dr. Jo el Gelfand, medical director of the University of Pennsylvania’s department of dermatology clinical studies unit, further explained that “since psoriasis is an  inflammatory disease, it is plausible that smoking lights the fire that leads to chronic inflammation of psoriasis in people who are susceptible.” It was learned that aside from psoriasis, smoking has also been linked to aging and wrinkling of the skin.