Guttate Psoriasis

In guttate psoriasis, small spots form on the skin. Called “papules,” these spots most commonly appear on the torso, arms, and legs.

Mount Sinai’s Department of Dermatology provides uniquely specialized services to treat guttate psoriasis. Renowned worldwide for innovative psoriasis research and treatment, Mount Sinai has been on the forefront of developing biologic therapies for psoriasis.

Causes of Guttate Psoriasis

Guttate psoriasis can start at any age but often first appears in childhood to young adulthood. The spots are caused by inflammation and could be triggered by several factors, including the following:

  • Infections, such as strep throat, flu, and sinus infections
  • Some medications, including beta blockers and antimalarials
  • Tonsillitis
  • Stress

Symptoms of Guttate Psoriasis

The spots that appear with guttate psoriasis are round, raised, and could appear scaly. Although they typically form on the torso, arms, and legs, these papules could also develop on the scalp, ears, and face.

Treatments for Guttate Psoriasis

The physician-scientists of the Mount Sinai Department of Dermatology have been at the forefront of developing biologic therapies for all psoriasis conditions, including guttate psoriasis.

Our specialists are highly skilled in drawing on the newest treatment options to personalize the right care plan for you. In addition to offering leading-edge biologic therapies, our guttate psoriasis patients have the benefit of our Phototherapy Suite (which is among the world’s largest such units) where you can receive safe and effective light therapy.