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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

Guttate psoriasis

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I have had psoriasis on my scalp since I was around 10 years old. I'm now 25. About 5 months ago some little red raised spots started to appear on my body; a month or two later I had lot of them all over my body.

What type of psoriasis would this be? Will it go away and never come back?
 

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What you describe is called guttate psoriasis. Guttate psoriasis often starts in childhood or young adulthood. It often comes on quite suddenly. It may be triggered by a throat infection, such as a strep throat. However, many other conditions, including colds, chickenpox and tonsillitis, have been found to trigger attacks of guttate psoriasis. Guttate psoriasis may resolve on its own, leaving a person free of further outbreaks. Or, it may clear for a time only to reappear later as patches of plaque psoriasis.
 

The links below can tell you more about guttate psoriasis.

 

Related Links
National Psoriasis Foundation - Guttate
Medline Plus - Guttate psoriasis

Created on: 05/01/2004
Reviewed on: 06/15/2009

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