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Could strep throat and other winter illnesses affect my psoriasis?

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If you suffer from psoriasis, an infection by bacteria and viruses can make symptoms flare up. A strep infection, specifically, is a known trigger for guttate psoriasis, a form of the disease that causes red, droplet-shaped lesions to develop on the abdomen, back, arms, and legs.

Although researchers don’t know the exact cause of psoriasis, the immune system seems to play a key role in its development. Germs, illness, viruses or bacteria -- anything that temporarily revs up your immune system -- may worsen your symptoms. Even something as simple as a common cold or respiratory virus may trigger a psoriasis flare up. Strive to keep yourself healthy by eating a balanced diet, getting regular physical activity, getting enough rest and keeping stress levels under control.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "PsoriasisNet."

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Mark Lebwohl, MD, professor and chairman of dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University.

Melissa Magliocco, MD, assistant professor of medicine and acting chief, division of clinical pharmacology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

WebMD Medical Reference: “7 Psoriasis Triggers.”

WebMD Medical News: “Smoking May Make Psoriasis Worse.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 28, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "PsoriasisNet."

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Mark Lebwohl, MD, professor and chairman of dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University.

Melissa Magliocco, MD, assistant professor of medicine and acting chief, division of clinical pharmacology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

WebMD Medical Reference: “7 Psoriasis Triggers.”

WebMD Medical News: “Smoking May Make Psoriasis Worse.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 28, 2017

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