Guttate Psoriasis

Guttate psoriasis is a form of psoriasis that starts in childhood.

Guttate psoriasis is a type of psoriasis.

Psoriasis is called an autoimmune disease because it occurs when T-cells that usually fight viruses and bacteria in the body attack healthy cells instead. The T-cells also join with neutrophils (white blood cells) to accelerate the build-up of the warm, red skin lesions that make up psoriasis. This disease is caused by both genetics and environmental factors.

Interestingly, guttate psoriasis often starts in children or young adults as plaque psoriasis.

Guttate psoriasis is not characterized by the thick patches like plaque psoriasis. Instead, guttate psoriasis dots the skin with small, red bumps. With guttate psoriasis, there is often a quick onset of bumps.

Triggers for guttate psoriasis include skin injury, stress, strep infections, upper respiratory infections, tonsillitis, and some drugs that have antimalarial components and beta-blockers.

Treatment for guttate psoriasis starts with topical creams. This is usually the best course of treatment for guttate psoriasis. Phototherapy is sometimes used too with ultraviolet light B or PUVA. In severe cases, oral medication is prescribed for guttate psoriasis.

Working with your dermatologist is the best way to get treatment for guttate psoriasis. There is no cure, only management.

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