Psoriasis affects more than 7.5 million people in the U.S. alone and approximately 125 million people worldwide. Commonly perceived as a skin disease, not many people know that there are in fact many kinds of psoriasis. People who are affected with the psoriasis type disease can jump from different kinds of psoriasis in a brief period of time. Dermatologists recommend patients with psoriasis to be regularly checked to determine various kinds of psoriasis because its treatment differs significantly. Psoriasis is a chronic disease which needs special care and treatment. By knowing the following types, management of the disease can be made easier.
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Plaque Psoriasis and Treatment
Also known as Psoriasis Vulgaris is the most common among other types. It accounts for 80 percent of patients who suffers from psoriasis. It is characterized by the presence of red patches of skin which has dry silvery white scales on top of it. It can affect the whole body but is more prevalent in areas like on the scalp, elbows, knees, trunk and back.
Guttate Psoriasis and Treatment
Guttate Psoriasis has a definitive characteristic among other types and that is the drop-like shape lesions. They appear in numerous small oval shapes on the trunk, legs, face, scalp and arms. It usually affects children and young adults.
Inverse Psoriasis and Treatment
Inverse psoriasis can be found in the skin folds and creases like the armpit, groin area, buttocks and breasts. Among other types, the inverse psoriasis does not have the scaly appearance and only appears as shiny red patches. This type of psoriasis can be a problem for obese individuals who neglect to keep the skin folds dry thus increasing the risk of infection which can further aggravate psoriasis flare up.
Pustular Psoriasis and Treatment
Generally pustular psoriasis characterized as one or more patches of reddened skin that contains pustules either with pus or without. Of all the psoriasis types, pustular psoriasis is furthermore divided into three kinds of psoriasis.
- Von Zumbusch pustular psoriasis – has an abrupt onset of the appearance of reddened patches of skin that are often painful and warm to touch. After a while appearance of pustules will occur. In a matter of 2 to 3 days it will become dry and will peel off to a smooth and glazed skin. Patients who develop Von Zumbusch also has symptoms of fever, dehydration, skin itching, weakness and malaise.
- Palmo Plantar pustulosis – has a defining characteristic of symmetrical pustules on the palms and soles of the feet. Among the psoriasis types it is the most difficult to treat and often becomes cyclical and persistent.
- Acropustulosis – the rare kind among all psoriasis types and is characterized by lesions on the fingertips and toes. It starts off as red pustules which becomes crusty and crumbly and ends up disfiguring the nails.
Erythrodermic psoriasis types and Treatment
Erythrodermic psoriasis is the inflammatory kind of psoriasis that is evident in body surfaces. Patients with this type of psoriasis usually develop Von Zumbusch pustular psoriasis. It shows reddened skin which sheds into sheets of skin instead of flakes. The shedding of skin is accompanied by severe itching