Psoriasis

Skin disorders

What are skin disorders in bipolar disorder?

People with bipolar disorder often show increased rates of co-occurring conditions, including skin disorders. Skin disorders include psoriasis, which is a long-term autoimmune condition that accelerates the life cycle of skin cells. This allows cells to build up on the surface of the skin, which form scales and red patches that are often itchy and painful. Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder of the hair follicles, characterized by recurrent lesions affecting the apocrine glands including nodules, abscesses, fistulas and draining sinus tracts.

What is the evidence for comorbid skin disorders?

Moderate to high quality evidence finds people with hidradenitis suppurativa had higher rates of bipolar disorder than people without hidradenitis suppurativa. They also had higher rates of bipolar disorder than people with psoriasis.

October 2021

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Last updated at: 2:54 am, 26th October 2021
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