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Guttate Psoriasis (cont.)

Are There Guttate Psoriasis Home Remedies?

This type of psoriasis may be treated at home in most mild to moderate cases. Keeping the skin moist will prevent extra irritation. Thick moisturizers applied after a bath to keep in moisture and soften the skin are helpful.

If it is summertime or the patient is in a part of the country where there is plenty of sunlight, careful graded increases in sun exposure may be quite helpful in diminishing the eruption. One must take special care to avoid a sunburn because this can occasionally result in an exacerbation of the eruption.

Over-the-counter topical steroids like 1% hydrocortisone cream may help to reduce inflammation and itching.

What Type of Doctor Treats Guttate Psoriasis?

People should see a doctor or health-care professional if they develop a sudden eruption of small red drop-like lesions of guttate psoriasis. Dermatologists, doctors who specialize in the treatment of skin disease, are best equipped to diagnose and treat guttate psoriasis. This form of psoriasis is usually a mild inconvenience to most people. Most of the time, the lesions last several weeks to a few months. Other times, the guttate eruption can develop into chronic plaque psoriasis. Scarring is not a problem.

The doctor can prescribe treatments that help relieve the itching. This type of psoriasis usually "runs its course" and goes away without treatment in a few weeks.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/2/2016

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