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Guttate Psoriasis (cont.)

Guttate Psoriasis Treatment

Usually, this type of psoriasis goes away in a few weeks without treatment. Simple reassurance and moisturizers to soften the skin may be sufficient care. The choice of treatment depends on the severity of the outbreak and the individual's preferences. For example, applying topical steroids, although effective, could be bothersome because the outbreak occurs over a large portion of the body in most cases of guttate psoriasis.

  • Antibiotics: If someone has a history of psoriasis, the doctor will most likely take a throat culture when that individual has a sore throat. If the culture results are positive (meaning that the individual has a streptococcal infection), then starting immediately on antibiotics for the infection is very helpful.
  • Phototherapy: Sunlight can help clear up this type of psoriasis. The ultraviolet (UV) light in sunlight helps to reduce psoriasis symptoms in some people.

The doctor may prescribe a short course of artificial light therapy (phototherapy). Broadband ultraviolet B or narrowband ultraviolet B light may be used.

It is probably advisable to avoid the ultraviolet wavelengths provided in tanning salons.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/16/2015

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