There are many types of psoriasis including guttate psoriasis and while there isn’t a “cure” for psoriasis, it is still possible to find a treatment that will lead to extensive periods between psoriasis flare-ups. Treatment for guttate psoriasis just like other types of psoriasis is available and includes conventional as well as natural methods of which the latter are generally considered by some to be the best treatments for psoriasis.
What is guttate psoriasis?
Guttate psoriasis is from the latin word “gutta” which means droplet. While the most common type of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis which is evidenced by one or a few solitary silvery/whitish scaly patches of skin, guttate psoriasis represents the sudden appearance of widespread drop-like lesions. The lesions are usually raised, scaly bumps (papules) which are usually small in diameter.
While this type of psoriasis can affect anyone of any age, it usually starts in childhood or teen years after an infection of the throat such as strep throat (streptococcal pharyngitis) or tonsillitis.
After these infections are healed, about two to three weeks after the infection, there may be a sudden appearance of very many tiny, red, raised bumps that cover large areas of skin. These bumps can increase and spread over areas of the body such as the legs, arms, trunk as well as the face in some cases.
When guttate psoriasis occurs in children, it may clear up on its own never to return. But it is important to remember that the development of chronic (longstanding) psoriasis may follow this initial bout of guttate psoriasis. When guttate psoriasis occurs in adults, it can lead to the development of plaque psoriasis.
While there are many treatment therapies that may be recommended for this type of psoriasis, there is one natural treatment for guttate psoriasis that is particularly effective for guttate psoriasis and that is phototherapy.
Phototherapy for guttate psoriasis
Ultraviolet light seems to work for various types of psoriasis but particularly for guttate psoriasis with ultraviolet A (when combined with a drug) and ultraviolet (UV) B rays being of particular usefulness as a natural treatment for guttate psoriasis. UV-C rays do not reach the earth and are of no use for natural treatment.
The easiest way to obtain these ultraviolet rays for the natural treatment of guttate psoriasis is with natural sunlight but it is important to talk to your doctor first before you go out and lay in the sun. Your doctor will create a sun worshiping schedule for you that you must follow to the letter.
Your skin will also need to be thoroughly examined beforehand to determine factors such as its ability to tan, burn or how sensitive it is to the sun and a treatment schedule developed from that.
Phototherapy risks and precautions
- Before going out into the sun, you will need to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect the areas that are free from psoriasis lesions from UV-A and UV-B rays.
- Try to stay out of the sun when it is at its strongest which is usually between midway and 3:00 pm.
- Have your skin examined periodically because exposure to the sun can increase the risk of developing cancer. You also need to examine your skin and inform your doctor if you notice anything unusual.
- Sunbathing increases the risk of premature aging of the skin, increased freckles, loss of elasticity of the skin so these are factors to keep in mind.
Besides natural sunlight, there are also artificial sources of light that can be used as a treatment for guttate psoriasis or any other type of psoriasis. There are special UV-B light panels and light boxes that can be used at home or in a doctor’s office that are also effective for phototherapy for psoriasis. Precautions will also need to be taken with these that your doctor will discuss with you.
For more on light therapy for psoriasis read, Natural Psoriasis Treatments Using Light Therapy
While phototherapy as a treatment for guttate psoriasis is probably one of the most effective treatments for this type of psoriasis, there are many other natural remedies that can work especially if you are not too fond of the sun due to cancer risk or premature aging risks.
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