Diagnose and Treat Infections
Psoriasis and Strep
When the immune system is busy fighting an infection, psoriasis may flare up. Streptococcus infection, or strep throat as it is more commonly known, is an infection that is particularly linked to flare ups of psoriasis. Strep is linked to a type of psoriasis called guttate psoriasis (type of skin lesion where fine scales appear on top of reddish drop-like lesions). Strep infection in children may be the trigger for the onset of guttate psoriasis. If you have psoriasis and experience a flare up, it’s a good idea to ask your doctor to evaluate you for strep throat as well.
Psoriasis and Infections
Infections activate the immune system and may trigger a flare up of psoriasis. Infections linked to psoriasis flares include
- respiratory infection,
- earache, and
Psoriasis flare ups tend to calm down when a concomitant infection is treated effectively.