Diagnosing Guttate Psoriasis

guttate psoriasis causes strepA diagnosis of guttate psoriasis is usually confirmed after a skin examination by a dermatologist or by a doctor who, if in doubt, may wish to perform a skin biopsy for testing (this is usually unnecessary for diagnosis). Blood tests or previous medical history can confirm an earlier infection with streptococcus or other organism and around half of all patients have increased levels of certain antibodies present in their blood.

Healing Process

Many cases of guttate psoriasis are relatively short-lived, lasting a few weeks to a few months, and are uncomfortable but do not significantly impact the sufferer’s quality of life. For others, guttate psoriasis may progress into chronic plaque psoriasis and/or the itchiness of the skin can lead to scratching, infection and scarring. Most guttate psoriasis treatments address the pruritis alone as the skin condition is expected to run its course and relieve within a few months at most. Some cases recur in strep carriers, with periods of remission where the skin reverts to normal.

Physicians will often take a throat culture or blood test when assessing a patient with a history or psoriasis so as to determine if there is an infection such as strep throat that is likely the cause of the the symptoms. Immediate antibiotic treatment is then very helpful in clearing the infection quickly and to relieve guttate psoriasis, with natural remedies for guttate psoriasis also available to support the healing process.

Choosing Treatments for Guttate Psoriasis

The appropriate treatment for guttate psoriasis depends largely on the patient themselves as different degrees of comfort and the severity of the condition will influence choices. Simple use of home remedies such as moisturisers may be all that is required, along with time as the body’s immune system returns to normal.

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