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How can an infection trigger psoriasis?

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Strep infections, in particular, are linked with guttate psoriasis, which looks like small, red drops. Kids will often have strep throat before their first psoriasis flare-up. Earaches, bronchitis, tonsillitis, or a respiratory infection such as a cold, the flu, or pneumonia can also set off your skin problems.

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Psoriasis Causes and Known Triggers," "Genes and Psoriasis," "Stress," "How Cigarettes and Alcohol Affect Psoriasis," "Pregnancy and Nursing."

NHS Choices: "Psoriasis - Causes."

Medscape: "Dermatological Management of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Palmoplantar Pustulosis."

Ceovic, R. BioMed Research International, 2013.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on August 24, 2020

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Psoriasis Causes and Known Triggers," "Genes and Psoriasis," "Stress," "How Cigarettes and Alcohol Affect Psoriasis," "Pregnancy and Nursing."

NHS Choices: "Psoriasis - Causes."

Medscape: "Dermatological Management of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Palmoplantar Pustulosis."

Ceovic, R. BioMed Research International, 2013.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on August 24, 2020

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