What are the treatment options for guttate psoriasis?

Updated: Oct 03, 2019
  • Author: Kirstin Altman, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Usually, guttate psoriasis spontaneously resolves within a few weeks to months without treatment. In general, there is no firm consensus on specific treatment algorithms. [47]

As in other conditions, the choice of treatment should be tailored to the individual. Should guttate psoriasis result as a reaction to a new medication, removal of the offending medication may be warranted if other treatments do not ameliorate the symptoms.

Simple reassurance and emollients may be sufficient care. Topical steroids can be effective but their application can be cumbersome, especially when the eruption is extensive, as it is in most cases of guttate psoriasis.

A guideline summary from the American Academy of Dermatology, Guidelines of care for the management of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis: Section 1. Overview of psoriasis and guidelines of care for the treatment of psoriasis with biologics, may be helpful. [48]


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