Guttate Psoriasis looks like lots of little red spots or ‘drops’, widespread across the torso, back, arms and legs. It is most common in children, teenagers and young adults, and is often triggered by a throat infection involving the Streptoccocus bacteria. This kind of psoriasis comes on very quickly, it usually goes away on its own, but this can take from a few weeks to a couple of months.
Treatments for Guttate Psoriasis
Topical treatments such as coal tars, steroids or vitamin D creams tend to be primarily used for guttate psoriasis, and regular moisturising is also encouraged. If the guttate psoriasis does not respond to these treatments, then ultraviolet light (UVB) therapy may be considered.
Will it come back?
Up to 50% of people who have a flare of guttate psoriasis will never have another attack. However, it is important that someone who has had guttate psoriasis before visits their doctor immediately as soon as they feel a sore throat coming on- quick treatment with antibiotics can lessen the severity of the psoriasis flare or even stop it developing.
Some people who experience guttate psoriasis will go on to develop another form of psoriasis at some point in their life. However, many also do not.