Guttate Psoriasis

Written by Kimberly Clark
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Guttate psoriasis is a relatively uncommon type of psoriasis. The lesions present with this form of psoriasis resemble multiple little teardrops. This is why its name is derived from the Latin word gutta, which means teardrops. The small salmon pink papules characteristic of this form of psoriasis commonly appear on the abdomen, arms, legs, and scalps, but can spread to the ears as well.

Guttate psoriasis can be further differentiated from the common plaque form of psoriasis by the appearance of the fine scales on the lesions. This rare form of psoriasis generally affects children and young adults under the age of 30. It typically emerges after a bout with an upper respiratory infection, such as tonsillitis, or following viral infections like roseola, rubella, strep throat, or varicella. Susceptibility to guttate psoriasis outbreaks is widely thought to be an inherited disorder.

How Can You Treat Guttate Psoriasis?

Guttate psoriasis tends to clear up without treatment, but may repeatedly return due to recurring infections or respiratory illnesses. Doctors will routinely prescribe antibiotics to treat the infections, which often prevents occurrences of further psoriasis outbreaks. If the lesions don't go away on their own, they can be treated with topical agents or with exposure to ultraviolet lights.

Topical ointments are considered the safest method and the following items are regularly used: coal tar, corticosteroids, topical vitamin D3 derivatives, or topical retinoids. In severe cases, doctors will prescribe oral medications or a combination of treatments. In many cases, supplementing your diet with the proper ingredients can go a long way towards reducing your chance of developing psoriasis of any kind. Omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids and flax oil are key ingredients for this.

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