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Cigarette smoking and psoriasis

  • Luigi Naldi
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    Address correspondence to Dr. Luigi Naldi, Clinica Dermatologica, Ospedali Riuniti, L.go Barozzi 1, 24128 Bergamo, Italy
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    Department of Dermatology University of Milan, Bergamo General Hospital, Bergamo, Italy
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      The prevalence of psoriasis is relatively high in the general population, mainly as a result of its chronicity and the absence of a cure. Psoriasis affects the quality of life to a substantial degree.
      • Finlay A.Y.
      • Coles E.C.
      The effect of severe psoriasis on the quality of life of 369 patients.
      In the First Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (HANES I), conducted in the United States,

      U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Skin conditions and related need for medical care among persons 1–74 years: United States, 1971–1974 (DHEW Publication No. 79-1660). Hyattsville, MD; 1978.

      psoriasis ranked, in all but three age groups, as first to third among the skin conditions for which people expressed most concern.
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