Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes widespread inflammation. Although it is typically associated with skin, it can affect other parts of the body, including the lungs. Researchers found that people with psoriasis have a greater risk of developing COPD compared to the general population, with the risk higher in people with severe psoriasis.
Not everyone with psoriasis will develop COPD, but there are other factors that increase the risk, such as smoking, exposure to irritants, age, genetics and certain medications.
What other lung conditions are linked to psoriasis? What symptoms should you look out for? Learn more here.