Risk factors, complications of psoriasis (part 4)

Published : 24 Jan 2022 08:02 PM

Anyone can develop psoriasis. About a third of instances begin in the pediatric years. These factors can increase your risk:

•    Family history:  The condition runs in families. Having one parent with psoriasis increases your risk of getting the disease, and having two parents with psoriasis increases your risk even more.

•    Stress: Because stress can impact your immune system, high stress levels may increase your risk of psoriasis.

•    Smoking: Smoking tobacco not only increases your risk of psoriasis but also may increase the severity of the disease. Smoking may also play a role in the initial development of the disease.


If you have psoriasis, you're at greater risk of developing other conditions, including:

•    Psoriatic arthritis, which causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints

•    Eye conditions, such as conjunctivitis, blepharitis and uveitis

•    Obesity

•    Type 2 diabetes

•    High blood pressure

•    Cardiovascular disease

•    Other autoimmune diseases, such as celiac disease, sclerosis and the inflammatory bowel disease called Crohn's disease

•    Mental health conditions, such as low self-esteem and depression

Courtesy: Mayo Clinic