Alcohol and Skin Disorders

With a Focus on Psoriasis

Natalia Kazakevich, MD; Megan N. Moody, MD, MPH; Jennifer M. Landau, BS; Leonard H. Goldberg, MD


Skin Therapy Letter. 2011;16(4) 

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An overwhelming amount of evidence suggests a significant link between alcohol and psoriasis - a multifactorial autoimmune disorder. Not only may alcohol contribute, in the presence of appropriate genetic makeup, to the development of psoriasis, it also results in more extensive and treatment resistant disease. Ascertaining carefully the presence of this risk factor in all patients suffering from psoriasis and providing appropriate counseling and education may help the clinician to minimize the risks of disease exacerbation and achieve better therapeutic outcomes.


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