An Overview of Guttate Psoriasis
Guttate psoriasis is one of five forms of a relatively common skin condition called psoriasis. Each type of psoriasis has its own unique rash that appears on the skin surface, and guttate psoriasis is characterized by small, red spots over the chest, back, and arms. The medical term for one of these spots is “papule,” meaning a solid, raised bump on the skin that is often red in color and isn’t fluid-filled.
In most cases, guttate psoriasis papules solely appear on the chest, back, and arms and, though usually painless, can cause an itching sensation. Guttate psoriasis can be recurring, as patients often describe flares separated by extended periods during which no symptoms are present. While no cure exists currently, there are several effective treatments available.