What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a long-term condition; an overactive immune system causes inflammation and makes skin cells grow faster than usual, causing plaques to form on areas of the skin.

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Psoriasiscan be inherited

meaning it can be passed down through families due to genetics

Finding moregenes should help

to develop better treatments, improving outcomes for people with psoriasis

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We don’t knowall the genes involved

but scientists around the globe are working hard to discover them. We know more now than we ever have

Psoriasis key triggers

Psoriasis flares can be triggered by various factors related to a person’s environment and lifestyle

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Stress can cause flares, and flares can cause stress, in a vicious circle

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Injury to the skin can cause the ‘Koebner response’, leading to a flare

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Certain medications, such as lithium or ibuprofen, can lead to a flare

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Bacterial and viral infections can cause or worsen flares

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Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol or smoking cigarettes can cause flares

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