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Gender Differences in Psoriasis

Abstract

The effects of gender on psoriasis are not well established and published data are sparse and inconclusive. Review of the literature reveals interesting gender-specific differences in various aspects of the disease, including epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical characteristics, comorbidities, quality of life and treatment. These differences may be influenced by multiple factors, including skin anatomy, physiology, genetics and hormones, but also social, cultural and environmental factors. Such differences may have implications regarding gender-related management and prognosis, but further research is needed to better define these differences.

Keywords

  • Psoriasis
  • Sex hormones
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Comorbidities
  • Quality of life
  • Biologic agents

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Levi, S.S., Ramot, Y. (2018). Gender Differences in Psoriasis. In: Tur, E., Maibach, H. (eds) Gender and Dermatology. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-72156-9_7

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