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Guttate psoriasis

Guttate psoriasis: Introduction

Guttate psoriasis: Small, drop-like lesions appear on the trunk, limbs, and scalp. Guttate psoriasis is most often triggered by bacterial infections (for example, ... more about Guttate psoriasis.

Guttate psoriasis: Guttate psoriasis refers to a distinctive, acute clinical presentation of an eruption characterized by small, droplike, 1-10 mm in diameter, salmon-pink papules, usually with a fine scale. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Guttate psoriasis is available below.

Symptoms of Guttate psoriasis

  • In most cases, a history of an antecedent streptococcal infection, usually of the upper respiratory tract, such as pharyngitis or tonsillitis, 2-3 weeks prior to the eruption can be elicited.
  • Perianal streptococcal infections or viral infections, such as varicella, rubella, and roseola, have also been postulated as provocative factors, especially in children.
  • A positive family history of psoriasis may be present.
  • The onset of the skin lesions is often acute, with multiple papules erupting on the trunk and the proximal extremities. The lesions are often accompanied by slight pruritus.
  • Drug therapy, including biologic agents, may sometimes precipitate a guttate-type flare.
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Treatments for Guttate psoriasis

  • Antimicrobials
  • Phototherapy: The clearance of guttate lesions can be accelerated by judicious exposure to sunlight or by a short course of either broadband UV-B or narrowband UV-B phototherapy
  • Watchful waiting - this type of psoriasis may disappear spontaneously within a couple of weeks
  • Emolients - for symptomatic treatment
  • Topical agents
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Guttate psoriasis: Complications

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  • Hypersensitivity reactions to the above-mentioned antimicrobials
  • Areas of the skin that have been treated with high-potency topical steroids for long periods may show some atrophy, telangiectases, and hypopigmentation
  • Patients on PUVA may experience a number of adverse effects, such as nausea and vomiting. These effects are sometimes remedied by taking psoralen pills after a meal
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Causes of Guttate psoriasis

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Prognosis for Guttate psoriasis

Prognosis for Guttate psoriasis: Like other forms of psoriasis, guttate psoriasis has the tendency to improve during the summer and worsen during the winter. Once cleared, many patients who experience acute guttate psoriasis usually have limited or no evidence of psoriasis for prolonged periods.

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Small, drop-like lesions appear on the trunk, limbs, and scalp. Guttate psoriasis is most often triggered by bacterial infections (for example, Streptococcus). (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Psoriasis: NIAMS)

 

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