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Are You at Risk of Developing Psoriasis?

May 13, 2015

Psoriasis is a chronic condition that causes scaly, dry, red patches on the skin. Anyone can get psoriasis, but there are certain things that can increase your risk. It’s important to see a dermatologist for psoriasis treatment in Arlington Heights if you have this condition to get your symptoms under control. If you’re wondering if you could be at risk of developing psoriasis, consider these common risk factors.

Family History

Psoriasis tends to run in families. If one of your parents has it, you have an increased risk of developing it. That risk goes up even more if both of your parents have psoriasis. Be sure to tell your dermatologist if anyone in your family is receiving psoriasis treatment so that he or she can be on the lookout for symptoms during your exams.


Both viral and bacterial infections can increase your chances of having an outbreak of psoriasis. Children and young adults who get frequent cases of strep throat tend to develop psoriasis more often. Being infected with HIV also increases your psoriasis risk.


Lifestyle choices can increase your risk of developing psoriasis in two ways. First, failing to maintain a healthy weight boosts your chances of having psoriasis; skin folds caused by obesity are the perfect breeding grounds for the plaque associated with psoriasis and are where psoriasis often starts. Second, smoking increases your psoriasis risk; doctors believe that smoking could be an initial trigger for psoriasis. If you already have psoriasis, smoking could make your symptoms worse, so part of your psoriasis treatment plan may involve quitting smoking.

At Arlington Dermatology, we offer several treatments for psoriasis, including steroids, biologics, and light therapy. Our dermatologists can diagnose and treat a comprehensive range of skin conditions, including melanoma and rosacea. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call [company-phone id=1].

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