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What Are Guttate Psoriasis Symptoms and Signs?
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A close-up view of guttate psoriasis. Notice the salmon-pink (red) drop-like lesions. Fine scales can be seen on the lesions. These scales are much finer than those associated with plaque psoriasis. Image courtesy of Hon Pak, MD.
How Do Health Care Professionals Make a Diagnosis of Guttate Psoriasis?
Guttate psoriasis is a medical condition that is typically diagnosed after a doctor or health care professional performs a physical exam of the skin. The dermatologist (skin doctor) generally can tell if it is psoriasis just by clinical judgment based on the appearance of the skin lesions. Skin biopsies are occasionally necessary to confirm diagnosis of psoriatic lesions. Blood tests to rule out other treatable diseases may be necessary. In young children, certain drug eruptions and occasionally viral rashes (examthems) can be confused with guttate psoriasis. Findings from blood tests may confirm that the patient had a streptococcal infection recently. Increased levels of antibodies to the streptolysin-O are present in more than one-half of patients.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/29/2017
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