Types of Psoriasis
- Psoriasis Vulgaris is the most common form of Psoriasis, present is almost 80-90% of Psoriasis patients. It is also called Plaque psoriasis, as it shows as areas of raised white scaly, inflamed skin called Plaques.
- Erythrodermic Psoriasis: In this type, inflammation and exfoliation is widespread, covering the entire body. It often happens due to the worsening of Plaque Psoriasis particularly when treatment for plaque psoriasis is suddenly stopped. Severe inflammation and exfoliation can be fatal as it can impede the body’s ability to regulate temperature and perform barrier functions.
• Pustular psoriasis is typically indentified by small raised bumps filled with non-infectious pus, surrounded red and inflamed skin. These may be found all over the body or in localized areas, commonly the hands and feet.
• Other types of Psoriasis include:
- Drug Induced Psoriasis
- Inverse Psoriasis: Occurs in folds of skin particularly around the genitals, armpits, in the folds of the gut and under breast. It shows as smooth inflamed patches that are aggravated by friction and sweat.
- Guttate Psoriasis is characterized by numerous, small, scaly, red teardrop shaped lesions found on the trunk of the body and in the limbs and scalp. It is often preceded by a streptococcal infection.
- Nail Psoriasis can appear as discoloration of the nail bed, lines across the nails, pitting, thickening of skin under the nails, loosening and crumbling of the nails.
- Psoriatic Arthiritis can affect any joint causing inflammation of the connecting tissue. It is most common in joints of fingers and toes, but can also affect hips, knees and the spine. Approximately 10- 15% of people having psoriasis also have Psoriatic Arthiritis.