Guttate Psoriasis (cont.)
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What Medications Are Used in the Treatment of Guttate Psoriasis?
Doctors may use antibiotics when the guttate psoriasis is related to a streptococcal infection. They may choose an antibiotic that will act on a wide range of bacteria. People should always tell their doctor what drugs they are currently taking because of the possibility of drug reactions.
Be aware of possible allergic reactions to any antibiotic used, especially penicillin. Stop taking the drug if an allergic reaction is suspected. Occasionally, chronic guttate psoriasis resistant to light therapy and antibiotics may require treatment with systemic medications used to treat classical plaque-type psoriasis.
Is Surgery a Recommended Treatment for Guttate Psoriasis?
Although unproven by large controlled clinical trials, a tonsillectomy (procedure to remove the tonsils) for patients with chronic guttate psoriasis that is the result of streptococcal infections in the tonsils may be helpful.
Is It Possible to Prevent Guttate Psoriasis?
Guttate psoriasis may not be preventable. However, complications or further flare-ups may be reduced by avoiding anything that triggers a psoriasis outbreak. For example, anyone with psoriasis should try to minimize all forms of skin trauma, such as scratching or vigorous rubbing, which may lead to new psoriatic lesions on previously unaffected areas. This is known as the Koebner phenomenon.
The association between streptococcal infections and guttate psoriasis cannot be overemphasized.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/29/2017
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