Common blood pressure drugs may cause chronic skin disease

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In a study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, researchers found a link between the use of antihypertensive mediations and the development of psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease.

The study is from Ewha Woman’s University and was conducted by Hye Sun Gwak, et al.

In the study, the team reviewed data from 13 studies and found that angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, beta-blockers, calcium-channel blockers, and thiazide diuretics may increase the risk of psoriasis.

The authors of the analysis propose several mechanisms by which blood pressure medications may affect an individual’s risk of developing skin conditions.

The findings indicate that patients who take antihypertensive drugs should be carefully monitored for psoriasis.

According to Mayo Clinic, psoriasis is a skin disease that causes red, itchy scaly patches, most commonly on the knees, elbows, trunk and scalp.

Psoriasis is a common, long-term (chronic) disease with no cure. It tends to go through cycles, flaring for a few weeks or months, then subsiding for a while or going into remission.

If you care about high blood pressure, please read studies about what is a healthy blood pressure, and findings of beetroot that could protect against high blood pressure.

For more information about blood pressure health, please see recent studies about resistant hypertension – high blood pressure that’s hard to treat, and results showing that lowering blood pressure to this number can strongly reduce heart disease risk.

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