Risk Factors for Psoriasis
- Beta-blocker and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors: Used to treat high blood pressure
- Lithium: Used to treat severe depression or bipolar disorder
- Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine: Used to prevent malaria
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Certain types of NSAIDs, such as indomethacin, may cause or worsen psoriasis; however, other types of NSAIDs may actually improve psoriatic symptoms.
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Kirby B, Richards HL, et al. Alcohol consumption and psychological distress in patients with psoriasis. Br J Dermatol. 2008 Jan;158(1):138-140.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov.
National Psoriasis Foundation website. Available at: http://www.psoriasis.org/home.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -
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