What are the possible complications of abrupt discontinuation of steroid therapy for psoriasis?

Updated: Mar 17, 2021
  • Author: Jacquiline Habashy, DO, MSc; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Abruptly stopping steroid therapy in psoriasis or adding known irritant drugs can result in the sudden worsening of psoriasis or appearance of a new form. Commonly, this new form is guttate psoriasis, which is much more severe and cosmetically problematic than the preexisting plaque type. It may also present with a more threatening pustular or erythrodermic psoriatic flare.


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