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J Dermatol. 1998 Feb;25(2):97-102.

Factors influencing psoriasis: an analysis based upon the extent of involvement and clinical type.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea.


A variety of external stimuli are accepted as important in modifying the severity of psoriasis. We sought to determine whether there is any difference in the influence of external factors on psoriasis in relation to extent of involvement or clinical type. A total of 870 psoriasis patients seen between 1982 and 1995 were categorized as mild, moderate, or severe on the basis of extent of the disease, and as guttate, nummular/plaque, or exfoliative/generalized pustular according to clinical type. We then performed a questionnaire survey concerning the influence of external factors such as seasonal changes, sunlight, stress, and pregnancy. These data sets were combined and analysed. The majority of patients stated favorable effects of summer, sunlight, and pregnancy and adverse effects of winter and stress. A statistically significant correlation was noted between the extent of psoriasis and the proportion of patients stating that their disease worsened at times of psychological stress (p < 0.01). We confirmed that psoriasis patients with more extensive involvement experience greater fluctuations in their condition, notice these changes, and therefore relate them to psychological stress.

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