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Erupted After Strep Throat
I'm desperately searching the web having been diagnosed with
guttate P on Saturday. I had a
horrendous case of strep throat approx 1 1/2 months ago and then spent a
couple of weeks wondering why I was the only member of my household being
attacked by bugs.
I'm 29, with 3 daughters, and
have never had any skin issues. Presently
I have spots from my toes to my rear end, from my hands to my shoulders
and sparingly on my face and torso. I'm
scheduled for UVB therapy this Friday.
I've found info saying this
[guttate] will turn into plaque P and sparingly, info that says there's a
chance it could go away permanently. Should
I brace myself for the worst or is there really a chance this could be
cured? I'm planning on having
my tonsils removed and am taking tons of vitamins — C, E, some A and D,
and Omega 3 — thinking that if I throw everything at it right away I can
make it disappear. I'm
starting to panic.
the *#$% is somebody supposed to reduce stress that will only make it
worse when they're getting covered in spots?
What should I do now?
Thank you, -Trevis G.
Trevis, you’re doing about all you can.
By the time you read this you should have been on your UVB therapy
for a few weeks. I hope it’s
done some good.
But if it doesn’t clear up
fast, whether or not your Guttate metamorphoses into the plaque variety,
rest assured that you haven’t thrown
everything at it. There
are a host of meds and treatments available these days for P and chances
are very good that you will discover one or several that work well for
Just where your P will go from
here is a mystery to everyone. Those
possibilities you mentioned — guttate turning to plaque, perhaps
everything going away — are real and with precedent.
For some, the case of strep throat triggers a lifetime of P that
waxes and wanes as it does for most of us.
You will have to wait and see.
The chances are good, though,
that you won’t have to live with the symptoms for very many years.
We have about twice as many meds and treatments for P as we did a
mere decade ago, and we are just on the cusp of what many believe will be
real breakthroughs in a new category of drugs called biologics.
Progress is being made and you
owe it to yourself to keep up with what’s happening.
Join the National Psoriasis Foundation.
(You can do it on line, here.)
In the meantime, I hope you’ll
stay in touch and let us know what you find that works and doesn’t.