Smoking not only affects heart and lungs, but skin too
There is growing evidence that people living with psoriasis ought to be extra careful before lighting up a cigarette.
Before we dig into why one should put down the cigarette, let’s be clear: Quitting smoking doesn’t cure psoriasis, but smoking aggravates the symptoms and may make the disease significantly worse.
According to a study, smoking doubles a person’s risk of developing psoriasis which eventually increases with the number of cigarettes smoked per day. This number is higher in women than men.
The risk for psoriasis in women who smoke more than 20 cigarettes per day is about 2.5 times greater than that in non-smokers. For men, the risk is about 1.7 times greater than non-smokers.
Psoriasis and Smoking – Things to know
• Apart from nicotine, nickel (another ingredient in cigarette smoke) can also contribute towards psoriasis worsening as a result of heavy metal toxicity in your body.
• While dealing with psoriasis, a person goes through emotional stress and habits like smoking can stretch the stress periods and hence worsen the situation.
• Smoking can reduce the level of moisture in your skin, making it dry and itchy.
-The bottom line
• If you don’t smoke, don’t start, especially if you are a woman – you have an even higher risk of developing psoriasis than men.
• If you do smoke, consider quitting – you may have a higher likelihood of remission.
• Focus on positive, healthy ways to cope with stress and anxiety – try meditation, counselling, sleep adequately, eat healthy and exercise, instead of smoking.
PostedOn: 14 Mar 2018
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