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Etymology: L, gutta, drop; Gk, itch
an acute form of psoriasis that consists of teardrop-shaped red scaly papules and patches measuring 3 to 10 mm all over the body. A beta-hemolytic streptococcal pharyngitis or other upper respiratory infection may precipitate this reaction in susceptible individuals. Treatment is essential to prevent a more severe form of psoriasis. Compare pustular psoriasis. See also psoriasis.
guttate psoriasisAn early stage of psoriasis which is characterised by drop-like lesions on the trunk, limbs, and scalp, and may be triggered by viral respiratory infections or certain bacterial (e.g., streptococcal) infections.
Psoriasis characterized by small distinct lesions that generally occur over the body. The lesions appear particularly in the young after acute streptococcal infections. See: illustration
See also: psoriasis