Guttate psoriasis
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widespread guttate psoriasis
What is guttate psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a very common and chronic skin disease. Typically, red patches with silvery scales are formed. These lesions may be itchy or painful.
Guttate psoriasis is a less common type of psoriasis that is marked by numerous small coin-shaped or drop-shaped lesions. The sores may arise all over the skin and are covered with a scales that are much smaller and thinner than in other types of psoriasis.

Young patients

Guttate psoriasis affects mainly men and women younger than 35. In most cases the eruption is triggered bij a bacterial infection of the throat (Streptococcus sp.).


There are several treatment options for psoriasis in general. Guttate psoriasis usually presents with hundreds of small lesions that are difficult to treat individually with creams or ointment. Therefore, phototherapy is often recommended as the treatment of choice. Guttate psoriasis tends to react very well and relatively quick to phototherapy (such as narrowband UVB therapy).
Guttate psoriasis can occur as a single event, but repeated outbreaks are not rare, especially in individuals with recurrent infections of the upper airways.
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