What is Guttate Psoriasis?

Guttate psoriasis is also commonly known as drop psoriasis and is a form of psoriasis that is characterized by small, pink drop-like lesions on the skin and it is commonly found in young adults. The word guttate comes from the Latin word “gutta” which means “drop”. This makes this condition also called “drop psoriasis” This type of psoriasis is typically the result of a bacterial infection. This condition seems like chicken pox. The pink lesions of this form of psoriasis are quiet itchy and disturbing. The affected areas can be any part of the body including the legs, arms, torso, eyelids, back, bottom, bikini-line and neck. Generally the parts of the body most affected are the arms, legs, back and torso.

Unlike other forms of psoriasis, guttate psoriasis is can either be acute or chronic. An acute case can result in an outbreak and fade away without reoccurring while chronic is never-ending. An outbreak of this type of psoriasis can be done through a streptococcal infection. The streptococcus bacteria becomes a burden to the respiratory system and typically it is in the form of “strep throat”. The outbreak typically appears several weeks after the person suffers from strep throat.

There are some instances that the outbreak of this condition will reappear. An outbreak can be triggered due to some cases like having colds, chicken pox and other conditions that lower the immune system. Unlike other common plaque psoriasis, guttate psoriasis is quite unusual. This is because almost 2 percent of psoriasis patients have this type of psoriasis and out of 10 people suffering from this type of psoriasis; only 8 carry the streptococcus bacteria. Other forms of viruses can also trigger the outbreak of this condition. However, the connection between viruses and this type of psoriasis is still unclear.

The unpleasant appearance and the disturbing itchiness of this type of psoriasis are the main concerns of the patients diagnosed with this condition. However, scarring is unusual in this condition. For acute guttate psoriasis, the basic procedure is to permit the affliction of the psoriasis to run its course. This protocol typically lasts a few weeks without treatment. However, because of continuing itchiness and irritation, a physician may recommend you use a topical cream or lotion to give relief from the discomfort. Doctors may prescribe strong medication to chronic sufferers. The doctors may prescribe topical steroids for severe cases and outbreaks to alleviate the inflammation and itching. They may also recommend a throat culture to know the presence of the strep bacteria and may prescribe antibiotics to treat it.  Furthermore, some doctors may also recommend a tonsillectomy as an option for chronic cases.

The cure for guttate psoriasis is still unknown and the best prevention advice we can give is to have a healthy lifestyle, proper diet and exercise to boost your immune system. If it happens that you get this condition, maintaining the moisture of your skin is important to keep the affected areas of the skin healthy and eating right also plays a huge role as well.