What are the signs and symptoms of guttate psoriasis?

Updated: Oct 03, 2019
  • Author: Kirstin Altman, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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The onset of the guttate psoriasis skin lesions often is acute, with multiple papules erupting on the trunk and the proximal extremities, in a centripetal fashion. The lesions are often accompanied by slight pruritus.

In most cases of guttate psoriasis, a history of an antecedent streptococcal infection, usually of the upper respiratory tract (eg, pharyngitis or tonsillitis), 2-3 weeks prior to the eruption can be elicited. [17, 18] Perianal streptococcal infections, which often present as chronic pruritus of the anus in children, have also been associated with guttate psoriasis. [4, 5]


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