Psoriasis is a disease that causes red, sometimes scaly patches to appear on the skin. It may be very itchy and painful and can be mild, moderate, or severe. It is not contagious and once diagnosed can be treated and managed, but flareups may still occur. The treatment depends on which of the 5 types you are diagnosed with.
Plaque is the most common type. It often appears on the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back. It can appear anywhere on the body and is characterized by raised red patches of skin covered with white scales. It burns and itches.
Guttate can be triggered by strep throat or tonsillitis. It appears as pink dots on the skin and usually first appears in childhood or as a young adult. It is the second most common form. It often appears on the scalp, trunk, upper arms, and thighs.
Inverse often shows up in the armpits, under the breasts, or in the groin. These are all areas where sweat and rubbing occur which may worsen inverse psoriasis. It presents as smooth, red, and shiny patches of skin
Pustular mostly appears in adults. It is uncommon and shows up as white pus filled bumps surrounded by red skin. It is not infectious although it appears to be. It commonly appears on the hands and feet but can be generalized over the whole body.
Erythrodermic is severe and serious. It usually affects large portions of the body at once and makes the skin appear burned. It can cause severe pain and large amounts of skin to peel off. You may also experience an increase in heart rate and changes in body temperature. You should see a doctor immediately for treatment. This can be caused when a person with plaque suddenly stops their systemic treatment.
If you suspect you have any of these types of psoriasis you will need to visit a dermatologist to be diagnosed and rule out other skin conditions such as eczema. Get in touch with us for a consultation, and learn about relieving and managing your symptoms.