If you’ve noticed dry, itchy, scaly, painful, red patches of skin on your limbs, trunk, or scalp, you may have psoriasis or, more specifically, guttate psoriasis. This autoimmune disease condition presents with a rash and flaky skin and, like most autoimmune conditions, the symptoms of guttate psoriasis ebb and flow, and flare-ups may be triggered by a variety of factors. Diagnosing and treating guttate psoriasis should be done under the care of a physician, as this version of the condition differs from other types of psoriasis. Although there is no definitive cure, people with psoriasis can manage the frequency and intensity of flare-ups.

1. What is guttate psoriasis?

Guttate psoriasis is the second most common type of psoriasis. It affects about 10 percent of the population and can appear at any age but generally starts to form in childhood or young adulthood. The condition causes small, red, scaly patches on the skin that look like tears. While the lesions in plaque psoriasis are large and covered with thick, silvery scales, patches of guttate psoriasis are much smaller and thinner. Several hundred of these small, drop-shaped patches may appear on the arms, legs, torso, scalp, face, or ears. Although uncommon, guttate and plaque psoriasis may both be present on an individual.

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