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Guttate Psoriasis


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Comment from: Bella, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I have had plaque psoriasis for 33 years. As a child I was covered. As I got older most of my spots healed and now I only have them on my knees and elbows. I treat the spots by going to the tanning bed at the start of summer. This has worked for years. Recently I tried a different bed. As soon as I got out my whole body itched. When I got home I was covered from neck to toes with red spots. I now have guttate psoriasis. I went back to the old bed and they are healing but I wonder how long an outbreak usually lasts!

Comment from: Amber, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 16

My 22 year old daughter just broke out into a rash that looks exactly like guttate psoriasis. She was prescribed a steroid and was told it was an allergic reaction. The steroids were ineffective and she still has the lesions that are now turning white. This is the first time she has had an outbreak like this.

Comment from: Worried mom, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 10

My adult daughter has a rash that is still spreading after almost 3 weeks and the welts are salmon-colored, but large not small. I wonder if this is guttate psoriasis.

Comment from: Sue, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I have guttate psoriasis. When first I broke out it was seven years ago I thought I was a leper. But I was just diagnosed with this current outbreak and it is not that serious. Yes, it is on my face, arms and back but it goes away with time and without leaving scars.

Comment from: Floridajoy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I broke out with guttate psoriasis after my shingle shot just like another person mentioned here. I was healthy and always had good skin which I took for granted! I am now covered in guttate psoriasis about 90 percent of my body. I have been under a doctor's care for a year with no relief. Actually it has gotten worse, despite Ortez, Humira, Stelara and the creams galore!

Comment from: Rachael, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I have guttate psoriasis on my face and I need a remedy to get rid of it fast.

Comment from: poptart, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

I had my first attack of guttate psoriasis from this December until end of June. I was totally depressed before the outbreak, I think that was my trigger. And after I got diagnosed I read everyone's panic and got even sadder. But guys please try to calm down, it goes away! As soon as I calmed it slowly went away. I used only topical treatment for my severe case. Please be patient and let it do its circle. Food didn't affect me, but I reduced smoking and quit alcohol during the outbreak.

Comment from: calij, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

My 7 year old daughter came home with Tonsillitis and I took her to the pediatrician. I never came down with it myself but I think my body was fighting it off. My lymph nodes were sore for a few days and 3 weeks later my skin broke out in guttate psoriasis. I went to a general doctor and they thought it was staph and they gave me antibiotics which did nothing. Then I went to a dermatologist who thought it was hot tub folliculitis. I went to seek a 3rd opinion and she took a biopsy from one of the spots on my back and it turned out to be guttate psoriasis. It has been almost 1.5 months now. I've tried steroid creams, oregano oil, tea leaves oil, and have been tanning in the sun and in tanning beds. It seems to be helping but the legs are harder to get rid of than my arms, stomach and back. It is 70 percent healed but has left my skin discolored and blotchy like the way scars discolor skin. Someone said Vaseline helps, maybe we always have to keep our skin super hydrated.

Comment from: kate, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

I had guttate psoriasis last year, and I read everyone's panic and I freaked out. Guess what, it goes away! It's all stress people, as soon as I calmed down, it was finally gone, but it took 3 months to be gone and it was awful. No lotion or cream does anything. What a waste of money! Just dunk yourself in Vaseline, have a little wine and calm down. I ate like a pig when it was gone; it was not diet either, it was extreme stress. So eat for goodness sakes and try to relax!

Comment from: mandymarie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

I was diagnosed with guttate psoriasis last summer after having strep throat. This disease covered 90% of my body. The only spots it didn’t spread was my face and my neck. During the six-week wait to see a dermatologist, I did some research to find out that the vitamin B in the sun’s rays have been known to cure the rash. After no amounts of medication (internally and externally) were working, I thought I’d give the sun a try. After hours/days in the sun, the rash was gone! Every little piece of it! It has been almost A year since my breakout!


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Comment from: jess620, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I suddenly broke out in guttate psoriasis about a month ago after a bad case of strep throat. It started as a weird bumpy rash and eventually spread out into flat red circles with dry scales on top. After seeing the dermatologist and a family doctor, I got a round of antibiotics, topical steroids, Prednisone and slathering on Cerave moisturizing cream for weeks. I am finally seeing results. They aren’t kidding about this being a slow healing process. It has taken the whole month for them to fade to pink. I am hoping this is something I will never deal with again it really is awful and ruins your self-confidence.

Comment from: Mimsy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I have psoriasis on my scalp pretty badly. I used the Shielo Hydrate Moisturizing Shampoo and in 3 days there were no flakes or itchiness at all!! I have tried so many shampoos for this problem that I have lost count. I think that it smells very herbal like incense or something similar. I have been able to use the Shielo Hydrate Shampoo daily with no drying out of my hair or scalp. I've also been able to skip it for a couple days and use a different shampoo and the flakiness/itch hasn't returned. The Hydrate Conditioner is a must as well!!

Comment from: Devonmaid4, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

I am a woman of 58 and first developed guttate psoriasis 5 years ago ... but I have suffered with heat rash for as long as I can remember .I have been having UVB narrow band light treatment every year since then to keep both the heat rash and guttate at bay and it has been very successful.

Published: May 01

I broke out with guttate psoriasis after receiving a shingles vaccine. I've always had outbreaks of plaque psoriasis, but never experienced anything like this. It showed up on my legs and backs of the hands. Recently, I've exposed it to the sun, and the UV rays have helped to dry it up, but there is significant scarring, which I'm hoping fades with time.

Comment from: Jonelle, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

I suddenly was covered with guttate psoriasis at 21. It really freaked me out. People would ask me if I had chicken pox. 65% of my body was covered. The Clobex thing is true. I didn't have health insurance and my doctor, after trying the cheaper medications that didn't work, looked at me and said spend $200.00 bucks on this (4oz bottle) and if you can get a little bit of sun you should be fine. I was actually headed on vacation to DC. Within two weeks I was clear! Clobex is a life saver. At 22 years old, I was finally cute again. I was CLEAR! Six years later, I still have psoriasis and I am okay with it now. Now it’s only on my elbows and shins.

Comment from: Jenn, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

Psoriasis runs in the family. I spontaneously developed scalp psoriasis and what is obviously guttate psoriasis about a year ago. The only thing that works is Clobex spray but it's pricey and I go through it quickly since my "spots" run from my knees up to my chest.

Comment from: Rockliegh, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 16

I was recently diagnosed with guttate psoriasis I am now 63 years old. As a child I suffered from tonsillitis from 7 to 21. At 21, I had the worst attack and have never suffered from it again until now.

Comment from: Mrs. Calles, 3-6 Male (Patient) Published: December 13

My sons both have had strep in the last two weeks and now it appear that they have guttate psoriasis.

Comment from: Cherry, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

I am 42, and have just been diagnosed with guttate psoriasis. It is on my legs, arms, back, chest and stomach. I have been prescribed shower/ bath lotions and creams. I recently had a sore throat and was prescribed antibiotics which cleared the throat straight away, however it turns out I had Streptococcal, which is the reason for these unsightly lumps. I am going to contact a specialist tomorrow to arrange an appointment to get as much info as possible and hopefully start action to get rid of these horrible things by the summer.

Comment from: Sandi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

After contracting a sore throat even though I have had my tonsils removed two weeks later spots started appearing on my wrists first then my back and legs and then eventually all over my body small scales then appeared on some areas it is very itchy at first visit to the doctor he thought it was a allergic reaction to something but on my return today he said it was gutters psoriasis the moment feeling very low as my plaque psoriasis has flared up really bad also and I’m wondering how long all this will last.


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Comment from: Katgall, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I started with Strep throat, 2 weeks later I had a large abscess which cleared up with antibiotics, the spots or Psoriasis appeared around the same time, I now over a month later am have a mild case, but every day I have more of it. I read that it is normally in people under 30 and with a history of strep, this was my first time with strep and I am 50.

Comment from: sylvia, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

It started with a very severe sore throat. My neck glands were swollen and painful. I didn't go to the doctors but now wished I had as I may have prevented this awful rash which started in a cluster on my neck and look like shingles. Overnight the rash spread over my body and started to itch. I am now on a course of antibiotics and bathing in Aveeno bath powders followed by Aveeno lotion to help relieve the irritation. I have suffered from small breakouts of psoriasis in the past but they usually clear up quickly. I seem to get these breakouts when run down or stressed. I do hope it doesn't spread to my face as I am a full time skin care consultant working in a high-end facility.


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