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 this year's Psoriasis Awareness Week here.