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March 1964

Acute Guttate Psoriasis and Streptococcal Infection

Author Affiliations


Department of Dermatology, Hitchcock Clinic, and Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Dartmouth Medical School (Dr. Whyte); Resident in Dermatology, Hitchcock Clinic (Dr. Baughman).

Arch Dermatol. 1964;89(3):350-356. doi:10.1001/archderm.1964.01590270036008

Acute guttate psoriasis, particularly in children and young adults, is frequently preceded by an acute streptococcal infection occurring about one to two weeks before the onset of the cutaneous eruption. This particular association has been well documented in the Scandinavian literature but not in the American. The consideration of some instances of acute guttate psoriasis as manifestations of the poststreptococcal stage provides a logical approach to the prevention of recurrence.