Guttate psoriasis is among the less occurring form of psoriasis. It only affects about 2% of the total psoriasis sufferers. This type of psoriasis got its name due to the drop like lesions on the skin, usually pinkish in color. It often manifests in the arms, legs and torso.
As with all types of psoriasis, guttate psoriasis in not contagious, (Read more ‘Is Psoriasis Contagious?‘) so you won’t have to worry about passing it on to someone else if you’re currently living with this condition. It does however, seem to be a genetic condition, meaning that there’s a good chance you could pass this on to your children. However, specific to guttate psoriasis, people under the age of 30 appear more susceptible to this type psoriasis. It also doesn’t seem to discriminate, as both men and women are equally affected.
There are some known triggers of this condition, among which are:
- Streptococcal infection: According to statistics, around 80% of people have streptococcal infection prior to their outbreak.
- Viral infections: In children, viral infections like rubella and chickenpox are known trigger.
As for the treatment, it is generally believed that general psoriasis are incurable. The best thing that you can do is to try and alleviate the symptoms. The following are some of the symptomatic treatments that conventional medicine has to offer:
- Erythromycin: This treatment has been known to reduce the lesions and the inflammation. But it also comes with side effects such as fever, nausea, vomiting, cramping.
- Penicillin VK: While it does help combat one of the triggers of guttate psoriasis, people need to determine beforehand whether or not they’re allergic to penicillin. Naturally, people allergic to penicillin should not take this medication. The same goes for people with kidney or liver problems.
While conventional medicine states that this condition is incurable, homeopathic and naturopathic medicine beg to differ. As we’ve discussed, conventional treatment only addresses the symptoms without actually addressing the root cause.
While it’s true that many scoff at the idea of an alternative approach, for people with psoriasis, natural, risk-free remedies may just be what the doctor ordered.