Guttate psoriasis is characterized by many tiny areas of psoriasis. Small, red bumps similar in size and shape to drops of water (“gutta” is Latin for teardrop) appear on most of the body. These lesions usually localize around the upper arms, thighs, and trunk. The face, scalp, and ears may also be affected, but these lesions are usually are harder to see and will diminish more quickly. In rare cases, a patient may have only a few lesions scattered around the body. For adult plaque psoriasis patients, the development of guttate psoriasis may be a sign of another flare-up of the disease.
1. Causes of Guttate Psoriasis
Most often affecting young children and teenagers, it usually appears suddenly a few weeks after an infection (strep throat is a common type of infection). Chances are good that this type of psoriasis will spontaneously clear completely.
2. Treatments for Guttate Psoriasis
If triggered by an infection, antibiotics may be used as treatment. Fortunately, this type of psoriasis usually responds to treatment, and may gradually go away on its own. In addition, the majority of guttate psoriasis patients may not have another outbreak for a number of years after it clears up.
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