Medical Q&As

Psoriasis - can it be connected with strep throat?

What is the connection between a streptococcal throat and onset of psoriasis?

There is a particular form of psoriasis known as guttate psoriasis, which is triggered by a streptococcal throat infection. It is an acute form of psoriasis that appears suddenly 10 to 14 days after the throat infection. It can be the first presentation of psoriasis in an individual and is hallmarked by the presence of widely distributed small red scaly lesions that can erupt overnight. It can also occur in patients with long established psoriasis who happen to develop a streptococcal throat infection. In most cases the rash disappears spontaneously after 2 to 3 months. You might like to check out our psoriasis clinic for more information on the topic of psoriasis. You can access this through our home page.