Psoriasis is a chronic, genetically-linked skin condition that often results in itchy, reddish skin that produces scaly patches called psoriatic plaques.
The term psoriasis can refer to any of the sub-varieties of this chronic skin condition. One particular subtype of psoriasis is more common in children and young adults, particularly men and women who are no more than thirty years old.
This subtype of the disease is called guttate psoriasis. Guttate psoriasis is actually very distinct from the common psoriasis that the majority of patients suffer from, because the scaly formations that occur when a person has guttate psoriasis are oval in shape, and are often found around the upper body.
It has been noted that this subtype of psoriasis often manifests when a person suffers from a full-blown streptococcus infection. Do not be fooled though; this is not the only way that a person who is genetically at risk for psoriasis flare-ups can trigger guttate psoriasis.
A person who is at risk may develop symptoms of guttate psoriasis after being under the sun too long, or if he is poor in managing life’s constant stresses.
If you have been diagnosed with guttate psoriasis, you are probably wondering how you can actually manage the symptoms of this condition. Here are some top strategies that will allow you to progressively improve your guttate psoriasis:
1. Stress-busting matters! Stress is probably the most insidious trigger of psoriasis. Stress can linger in your body and mind well after the cause of the stress has passed.
It is your job to manage your daily stress levels, so that your guttate psoriasis will not get the upper hand. Effective stress management can be accomplished through various techniques, including self-hypnosis and even simple meditation. There are so many effective stress-busting methods out there, just pick one!
2. Inflammation is a common consequence of having guttate psoriasis. Fortunately, there are many topical agents that you can use to control skin inflammation.
Popular anti-inflammatory agents used by psoriasis patients often utilize corticosteroids as their active ingredient. Do not self-medicate your guttate psoriasis! Always consult with a dermatologist before using any new creams.
3. Create a food journal to monitor how your body reacts to certain foods. Believe it or not, some foods and beverages can increase the risk of psoriasis flare-ups.
We highly recommend that you create your very own psoriasis journal. You can jot down how your skin reacts when you eat something new or exotic, and you can also write down your other vital observations regarding your condition (e.g. flare-ups when the weather changes).
You can relay these observations to your dermatologist during your consultations, too. These details can help your dermatologist map out the best treatments for your guttate psoriasis.
4. Picking or scratching at affected skin can make things worse; don’t do it! We know that this can be hard, because dry, scaly skin is often accompanied by chronic itchiness.
One of the best ways to combat the chronic itchiness is by using moisturizers. Apply these generously throughout the day. If you can, shower at least twice a day to keep your skin naturally hydrated.