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Smoking linked to skin disease

Tobacco smokers are twice as likely to develop a debilitating skin disease, research suggests.

Tobacco smokers are twice as likely to develop a debilitating skin disease, research suggests.


Hidradenitis suppurativa. Picture: Science Photo Library

A retrospective analysis of 11,952,100 people’s medical records in the Unites States has been conducted by researchers at the British Association of Dermatologists.

They measured the development of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) in both smokers and non-smokers, taking into account other factors that influence HS incidence, such as age, gender, race, and obesity.

HS is a chronic and recurring inflammatory disease of the hair follicles, which causes a mixture of boil-like lumps, areas leaking pus, and scarring. It affects an estimated 1% of the population.

Of the 3,924,310 tobacco smokers, there were 7,860 patients diagnosed with HS during the period January 2014 to 2017, compared with 8,430 cases of HS among 8,027,790 non-smokers.

It equates to an overall incidence among smokers of 0.20% compared to 0.11% among non-smokers. 


Garg A et al: Incidence of Hidradenitis Suppurativa among Tobacco Smokers: a population based retrospective analysis in the United States. British Journal of Dermatology. Doi: 10.1111/(ISSN)1365-2133
 

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