Study Shows Smoking Could Lead To Psoriasis
21. March 2012
Here is more bad news to all smokers around the world.
According to a recent medical research, smokers are at a higher risk of getting inflicted with psoriasis if they will not kick their habit. Internet data define psoriasis, as a skin disease that affects many people around the world.
The sickness commonly affects 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.
Based on the study conducted by the medical experts, smokers are prone to psoriasis since smoking pushes the body’s immune system into overdrive. With the result of their study, study co-author Dr. Abrar Qureshi, an assistant professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School called on smokers to quit the habit now.
The data was taken on the study they made on 2,410 people who are suffering from psoriasis. Moreover, Dr. Joel Gelfand, medical director of the University of Pennsylvania’s department of dermatology clinical studies unit, 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.”