Guttate psoriasis photos
Guttate psoriasis photos give you a better idea of the symptoms of this skin condition. Guttate psoriasis is a form of psoriasis depicted by tiny, pink-looking elements on the skin. [note]Its primary symptom is delicate scales smaller than the more common plaque psoriasis scales. [/note]These scales can be anywhere on the red, drop-like inflammatory elements that exist over the body, but are most commonly located on the trunk.
- A bacterial infection called streptococcal infection or strep throat in the throat is the main cause for this skin disease. It usually starts during the first few weeks of the infection and is a recurring disease. Its frequency depends on how the condition is treated and if you have frequent strep throat attacks.
- 30-60% of the people who suffer from recurring or untreated guttate psoriasis may develop plaque psoriasis. The condition gets chronic, and can get triggered by any form of influenza, chicken pox, roseola and other viruses or respiratory conditions.
- Guttate psoriasis is more common in children and young adults under 30 years of age and is not gender specific as it affects both men and women equally. However it has a genetic component where people with a family history of the condition or any psoriasis condition is at a higher risk of contracting this skin disease if exposed to the right triggers.
Diagnosis and treatment
Diagnosis is best done by your doctor as the condition can last for weeks or months based on how well it is treated. While some cases may disappear in a few weeks on its own, some may develop into chronic plaque psoriasis.
Guttate psoriasis can be treated from home with the medicine your doctor prescribes. You can also use some natural remedies involving natural oils to treat the condition. [note]Even mild topical creams help as they keep the skin moist, and prevent skin irritation. [/note]Your doctor will decide on the best treatment that relives or soothes the itching associated with the disease and may consist of steroid creams, emollients, moisturizers, anti-itch medications and antibiotics.
In extreme and rare cases, surgery may be performed to remove the tonsils. Though it is not possible to detect this skin condition early, it can be appropriately managed by not scrubbing or rubbing the skin too much as it leads to further complications and flare-ups.