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When are you more likely to get plaque psoriasis?

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Whether you get plaque psoriasis depends on your genes and your health history:

Psoriasis isn't contagious. It can't be spread by touch or other close contact.

  • Heredity: Psoriasis seems to run in families. About 10% of people are born with genes that make them likely to get psoriasis. But only about 3% of people get the disease.
  • Triggers: Something has to happen to start your immune system's reaction. Sometimes it's an injury to your skin or a bad sunburn. It could be a certain medicine, like lithium or malaria drugs. An infection, particularly strep, can bring on psoriasis. So can high levels of stress.

From: What Is Plaque Psoriasis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis."

Medscape: "FDA OKs Biologic Guselkumab (Tremfya) for Plaque Psoriasis." "Plaque Psoriasis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Psoriasis."

National Psoriasis Foundation.

UpToDate: "Treatment of psoriasis."

Weigle, N., May 2013. American Family Physician,

 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis."

Medscape: "FDA OKs Biologic Guselkumab (Tremfya) for Plaque Psoriasis." "Plaque Psoriasis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Psoriasis."

National Psoriasis Foundation.

UpToDate: "Treatment of psoriasis."

Weigle, N., May 2013. American Family Physician,

 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 25, 2019

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