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Psoriasis and alcohol

Authors Svanström C, Lonne-Rahm SB, Nordlind K

Received 3 January 2019

Accepted for publication 17 July 2019

Published 21 August 2019 Volume 2019:9 Pages 75—79


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Prof. Dr. Uwe Wollina

Caroline Svanström,1,2 Sol-Britt Lonne-Rahm,1 Klas Nordlind2

1Department of Dermatology, Mälarsjukhuset, Eskilstuna, Sweden; 2Department of Medicine, Solna, Dermatology and Venereology Unit, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Correspondence: Caroline Svanström
Department of Medicine, Solna, Dermatology and Venereology Unit, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm SE 171 76, Sweden
Tel +46 70 230 7268

Abstract: Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that may be triggered or worsened by several factors, including alcohol. A higher than average alcohol consumption is common among individuals with psoriasis. Neurobiological signaling affected by alcohol intake includes a range of neurotransmitters, such as the dopaminergic, serotonergic, and tachykinergic systems, involved in reward and drug-seeking. These neurotransmitters may also have an impact on the inflammatory processes per se in psoriasis. Future therapy may, therefore, be targeted at neurotransmitter networks involved with both alcohol intake and the inflammatory processes.

Keywords: psoriasis, alcohol, pruritus, neurotransmitters

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