Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder. There are different types of psoriasis, the most common of which include;
- Plaque psoriasis
- Scalp psoriasis
- Guttate psoriasis
You can suffer from more than one type throughout your lifetime, or even simultaneously. The treatment I recommend to my clients is much the same, regardless of which particular variation they're suffering from, but there are some specific additions which might help you if you're suffering from guttate psoriasis.
Guttate psoriasis is the second most common form of the disease and often appears as little red dots all over the body. 'Gutta' is Latin for drop. This can begin as a dot or two and very quickly spread in what appears to be a rash. Whenever you see rash type symptoms on your skin, I most definitely recommend the 'glass roll test' if you roll an empty glass firmly over your skin and as you apply pressure the rash does not fade .. it's important to see your Doctor as quickly as possible. A rash that does not fade under pressure is a sign of meningococcal septicaemia which can cause life threatening conditions such as meningitis and septicaemia.
Guttate psoriasis often appears right after a throat infection or when you're feeling particularly stressed and rundown. Strep throat is a streptococcal infection which is closely linked to guttate psoriasis flares. Your Dr may suggest you treat the sore throat with antibiotics. If this is the case I would most definitely recommend a strong Multi Strain Biotic such as this one to run alongside your course of antibiotics. You don't want to strip the gut of good bacteria and stress the immune system any further.
Guttate Psoriasis Treatment
The treatment I share with my patients for guttate psoriasis is based on the principles of healing the gut, strengthening immunity and eliminating infection naturally. It's important, if you suffer from guttate psoriasis on a recurring basis, to keep your health in check and try to prevent strep throat infections occurring in the first place. Here are my top tips for avoiding strep throat;
- Juicing ginger and turmeric root
- Avoid getting run down
- Look after yourself especially in colder weather
- Add garlic to recipes
- Work on stress management through meditation
What to Apply to Guttate Psoriasis
Avoid applying steroid creams to your skin where possible. Whilst they may seem like a tempting short term fix, in the long run steroid use is damaging to skin. Getting into a flare / remission cycle is a horrible experience and topical steroid withdrawal even worse.
Applying a natural, soothing treatment such as my Calm Balm will help to reduce any pain and itching associated with guttate psoriasis. Using Dead Sea Salts in the bath or a natural salt scrub such as this one in the shower, can help slough away any dead skin cells on the surface.
Diet and Guttate Psoriasis
The most important changes to make in treating any form of psoriasis are dietary and lifestyle ones. Making changes to our diet and lifestyle can help to reduce inflammation and begin to heal the gut. Leaky Gut Syndrome has often been cited as an underlying problem in psoriasis. My book 'Radiant - Recipes to Heal Skin from Within' features a detailed 28 day plan and over 100 skin friendly recipes, designed to calm inflammation and heal skin from within.