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Guttate Psoriasis (cont.)

Guttate Psoriasis Symptoms and Signs

  • Small, salmon-pink (or red) drops usually appear suddenly on the skin two to three weeks after a streptococcal infection, such as strep throat or tonsillitis.


  • A close-up view of guttate psoriasis. Notice the salmon-pink (red) droplike 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.

  • The droplike lesions usually itch.
  • The outbreak usually starts on the trunk, arms, or legs and sometimes spreads to the face, ears, or scalp. The palms and the bottoms of the feet are usually not affected.
  • Nail changes, such as pits and ridges, which are characteristic of chronic psoriasis, may be absent.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/13/2014

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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

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