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02 November 2020

Answers from an Expert on Guttate Psoriasis

Consultant Dermatologist Dr Julia Schofield MBE answers your guttate psoriasis questions for Psoriasis Awareness Week.

On the third day of Psoriasis Awareness Week 2020 we are focusing on guttate psoriasis - a type of psoriasis which is particularly common in children, teenagers and younger adults.

To answer some of your questions on guttate psoriasis, we're delighted to bring you a new video from Psoriasis Association Vice-Chair and Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Julia Schofield of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

In the video, Dr Schofield answers the following questions:

  • I’ve been advised to get the flu jab but I have had a flare up of guttate psoriasis in the past after having it and was advised never to have it again. Is the advice still the same? (1:02)
  • What would be the best topical treatment for guttate (given the widespread nature of it, and the restrictions of not getting strong steroids / tar onto healthy skin)? (2:09)
  • Because tonsillitis often precedes guttate psoriasis, how do I take swift action to prevent a flare from getting too bad? Would it help to have my tonsils removed? (3:13)
  • How do I access phototherapy swiftly as the waiting times may be longer than the guttate flare (in some areas)? Should I get a sunbed to treat my guttate psoriasis? (5:40)
  • Who is most likely to get guttate psoriasis, and will it always mean you go on to get plaque psoriasis afterwards? (7:04)
  • Can guttate psoriasis spread to the face and if it can, how should it be treated? (7:44)
  • What are the treatment options for guttate psoriasis? (8:52)
  • What triggers guttate psoriasis? (10:34)
  • How long does a flare of guttate psoriasis normally last? (11:31)

  • Thank you to Dr Schofield for giving up her time to answer these questions.

    You can find out more about what else we have planned for Psoriasis Awareness Week and how you can support here.

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