Types of Psoriasis

What You Should Know About Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin disease that is more likely to develop in someone who has one or both parents with the condition. Different treatment protocols will be required depending on the type of psoriasis you have and where it manifests on your body.

The different types of psoriasis are:

Skin Health Hub Skin Conditions Types of PsoriasisPlaque Psoriasis

Is considered to be the most common type of psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis causes skin to scale and flake in patches (called plaques) and for skin to be red and inflamed and itch or burn.

Typically plaque psoriasis shows up on the scalp, back, elbows, and knees in a pattern.

Guttate Psoriasis

Often starts suddenly in childhood or young adulthood. It manifests as small pink-red bumps on the skin on the chest and back and tends to appear after a respiratory infection such as strep throat or tonsillitis has occurred.

Pustular Psoriasis

Scaling and the formation of the pus-filled bumps can show up in one area of the body such as the hands and feet. In the case of generalized pustular psoriasis where it covers most of the body immediate medical attention is needed.

Symptoms of pustular psoriasis can include fever, chills, severe itching, pain, rapid pulse, exhaustion, muscle weakness, and changes in body temperature. Although this form of psoriasis is less-common it can be severe and even be life-threatening.

Inverse Psoriasis

This type of psoriasis does not have scales. Skin appears bright-red, smooth and shiny and tends to affect areas of the body that are hidden from clothing; armpits, the groin, underside of breasts, and between buttocks.

Erythrodermic Psoriasis

This uncommon type of psoriasis can be triggered by sunburn, an infection, or a reaction to a drug or medication. People who have erythrodermic psoriasis will have red, painful and itchy skin over most of the body with skin tending to peel off in large sheets.

Nail Psoriasis

May also affect up to half those who suffer with psoriasis. The common symptoms of nail psoriasis include:

  • Pitting — small pits on the surface of the nails
  • Tender painful nails
  • Separation of the nail from the bed
  • Change of color (yellow-brown)
  • Chalk-like debris buildups under the nail

Sufferers of nail psoriasis are more likely to also have a fungal infection.

Psoriatic Arthritis

This is a condition is a combination of both psoriasis and arthritis (joint inflammation). In 70% of cases, people have psoriasis for about 10 years before developing psoriatic arthritis. The most common joint symptoms of psoriatic arthritis are:

  • Painful and stiff joints
  • Sausage like swelling of the fingers and toes
  • Warm joints that may be discolored

Don’t wait until your dry, itchy, inflamed, flaky skin gets to the stage where it is starting to affect other aspects of your life and your health and well-being. Visit your doctor today for a thorough diagnosis and treatment plan.

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