Guttate psoriasis

How might guttate psoriasis be treated?

The goal of treatment is to control the symptoms and prevent secondary infections.

Mild cases of guttate psoriasis are usually treated at home. The following may be recommended:

  • Cortisone (anti-itch and anti-inflammatory) cream
  • Dandruff shampoos (over-the-counter or prescription)
  • Lotions that contain coal tar
  • Moisturizers
  • Prescription medicines containing vitamin D or vitamin A (retinoids)

People with very severe guttate psoriasis may take medicines to suppress the body's immune system. These medicines include corticosteroids, cyclosporine, and methotrexate.

Sunlight may help some symptoms go away. Care should be taken to avoid sunburn. Some people may choose to have phototherapy. Phototherapy is a medical procedure in which the skin is carefully exposed to ultraviolet light. Phototherapy may be given alone or after taking a drug that makes the skin more sensitive to light.

More detailed information related to the treatment of psoriasis can be accessed through Medscape Reference. The National Psoriasis Foundation can also provide you with information on treatment.

Last updated on 05-01-20

Name: National Psoriasis Foundation NPF 6600 SW 92nd Ave., Suite 300
Portland, OR, 97223-7195, United States
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