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Guttate Psoriasis


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Comment from: JL, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

Time seems to be the only cure for my guttate psoriasis. I have had it at about 67 percent coverage 6 or 7 times, and always after strep throat. I have had light therapy at the hospital on two outbreaks and used sunbeds on other outbreaks and nothing for some outbreaks, but it just always seems to take about 3 months to clear regardless of creams and treatments. The scars take a bit longer but they do go.

Comment from: Carrezee, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

I have guttate psoriasis. Five years ago I got strep. My body revolted. The spots soon covered 90 percent of my body. My general physician at the time misdiagnosed it, even with me telling them what it was. They thought it was a reaction to penicillin. A fresh-out-of-school dermatologist took one look, and put me on cyclosporine. Four months later I was spot free. The cyclosporine was rough, my skin would feel like I was freezing, my heart burned like fire ever time after taking the pills. But it cleared it up completely and I ended treatment. It is now been 5 years clear, my kids got strep, and it's back. I'm trying prednisone in pill form, it's not nearly as effective or as dramatic but it appears to stop the expansion of the spots.

Comment from: Cloudlyn, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

I had my first episode of guttate psoriasis two years ago when I turned 20. Initially when I went to the emergency room (ER) I was told I had chicken pox and a form of strep throat. I was prescribed medications to help and was sent home. After about another two weeks my skin was getting worse and worse, and it was now covering most of my legs, butt, back, and arms. So I went back to the ER and they referred me to a specialist and after 5 minutes of looking at my skin, he said I have guttate psoriasis and gave me prednisone, two topical creams and Claritin D. For about three weeks I had to take the medicines every day and rub the lotion on affected areas. It finally started to go away but it took initially 3 months for my skin to appear normal again. Worst time of my life and my doctor has told me it could happen again since I get strep throat and bronchitis so often. But all in all it made me love my skin even more and realize I have to take care of it. Since then I have been eating healthier since I have found it helps and use Aveeno oatmeal body wash which helps with the itchiness and dryness of my skin.

Comment from: Ginger, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

I was 13 years old when I had my first outbreak of guttate psoriasis. I am now 27 and I have had 4 outbreaks so far. I have spent thousands on specialists, creams, ointments, as well as other medications. When I have an outbreak, it usually lasts about 4 months from start to finish. There is countless home remedies that I have tried. There are a few things that I have tried that have helped in at least one aspect. I found a good old oatmeal bath helps relieve some of the itching. Another thing is called Eucerin cream, or the ointment version is called Aquaphor. The cream is a little pricier but still cheaper than prescription cream, and if you are like me and don't have health insurance, you don't want to have to go to the dermatologist and spend an arm and a leg every time you have a break out! I try my hardest to stay healthy and try not to get sick but unfortunately I work with preschoolers so the sickness is everywhere.

Comment from: Liz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

I had ultra violet light 3 times a week for 3 months. I have been free of guttate psoriasis for 15 months but it has returned. I found cortisone creams to be non-effective.

Comment from: Givit time, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 04

My guttate psoriasis began with strange sores on my wrists after recovering from strep throat. Soon the scaly red patches covered my entire body including my face. This lasted around three months. I tried sun tanning toward the end and it seemed to help. Hang in there people.

Comment from: annie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

I have suffered for years with guttate psoriasis. An old army doctor I met told me to try Vaseline; plain old petroleum jelly twice a day. He told me it takes time and guess what, within 6 months I have clear skin for the first time in 40 years. I also used coconut oil as well. I am thrilled.

Comment from: chh24, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I am a chronic strep sufferer and get the guttate psoriasis frequently. A health care provider advised me to use shampoos (as body wash) and gels with coal tar in them. Neutrogena T-Gel shampoo (the 'T' being tar) and Psoriasin gel both have coal tar in them.

Comment from: Bernadette, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I'm 62 years old. I have guttate psoriasis for almost 3 months. I never had psoriasis and never had strep throat or throat problems prior to getting it. I have it on 90 percent of my body. Three years ago I had shingles on thigh but a mild case. I had hysterectomy surgery then got guttate. I've had 7 prescriptions, one oral and rest applications including one for tar baths. I'm told it could take months to heal. I also have Inverse seborrhea dermatitis which is horrible and a prescription for that. I lost half my hair.


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