News ID: 173729
Published: 1142 GMT December 13, 2016

Understanding guttate psoriasis

Understanding guttate psoriasis

Guttate psoriasis is a common type of the skin condition — but do you know what exactly it is?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by thick, flaking patches of skin, express.co.uk wrote.

These patches normally appear on elbows, knees, scalp and lower back, but can appear anywhere on the body.

Most people are only affected with small patches but the skin can become itchy or sore.

Guttate psoriasis causes small drop shaped sores on the chest, arms, legs and scalp. The sores are less than one centimeter in size.

The National Health Service (NHS) advised on their website that there’s a good chance that guttate psoriasis would disappear completely after a few weeks, but some people go on to develop plaque psoriasis.

They also warned: “This type of psoriasis sometimes occurs after a streptococcal throat infection and is more common among children and teenagers.”

NHS Choices said psoriasis affects around two percent of people in the UK.

The condition occurs due to an over-reaction of the immune system, which causes inflammation and rapid growth of skin cells.

Skin cells are normally made and replaced every three to four weeks, but in psoriasis this process only lasts about three to seven days.

The resulting build-up of skin cells is what creates the patches associated with psoriasis.

These include increasing your intake of Vitamin D, as it can change the way cells grow.

Eating oily fish to increase Omega 3 fatty acids is also advised — but nutritionists warn to reduce the intake of Omega 6 (found in vegetable oils) as this could cause inflammation.

Avoiding junk food, which is often lacked with additives, sugar and excess salt, can also decrease inflammation.

And stress has been argued by experts to be a leading cause of psoriasis, so minimizing stress may also reduce symptoms.

 

   
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