Guttate Psoriasis Information and Treatment
Guttate Psoriasis is an inherited skin condition
characterized by small round lesions and often occurring after a
streptococcal infection. It is the second most common form of
psoriasis that looks like small, salmon-pink drops on the skin.
Typically it appears as multiple, small, red, scaly bumps which
suddenly appear on the trunk, arms and legs. Guttate Psoriasis are
due to bacterial infection such as strep throat, especially in
younger patients. Some cases go away without treatment in a few
weeks, while many cases are more persistent and require treatment.
Guttate Psoriasis can occur to any person and at any age, but is
more common in people of 20 years of age, and it affects both men
and women equally, but is more common in fair skinned people. In
guttate psoriasis, there may be profoundly dark spots.
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. Guttate lesions usually appear on the trunk and limbs. 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.
The diagnosis of guttate psoriasis is made by the combination of
history, clinical appearance of the rash, and evidence for preceding
infection. The rash comes on very quickly, usually within a couple
of days, and may follow a streptococcal infection of the throat. It
tends to affect children and young adults and has a good chance of
spontaneously clearing completely.