Types of Psoriasis – Their Symptoms and Possible Treatments

Types of  psoriasis  are many, and nearly six million people suffer from this disease in the USA today. It is a chronic disease of the skin and typical characteristics are red, dry, patches of skin and inflammation. It is not contagious and can be inherited

Scalp  Psoriasis 

Scalp  psoriasis  manifests as dry flaky skin, or areas heavily crusted with plaque, that peels off in lumps. Treatment is normally medicated shampoo, salicylic acid and coal tar are normally the active ingredients in the curative shampoo. Topical or systemic medications may also be used as treatment.

Plaque  Psoriasis 

This is the most common form, and it affects ninety per cent of sufferers. The skin is covered in silvery scale over redness. These are found on the elbows, knees, scalp or trunk most commonly, but can be found anywhere on some people. These circular or oval patches or plaques often itch and burn. This does not go away.

Pustular  Psoriasis 

Pustular  psoriasis  is a rarer type of  psoriasis  and it manifests as defined, raised pustules on the skin. The skin beneath and surrounding these pustules is red, and pustular  psoriasis  can cover large areas of the patient’s skin. The skin changes you may notice before, during, or after an episode of pustular  psoriasis  may be similar to those of regular  psoriasis . People with the the usual skin symptoms have patches of raised skin with scales. This form has a number of classifications according to severity:

  • Acute – sudden and severe
  • Chronic – long-term
  • Subacute – somewhere in between the two classifications above
  • Zumbusch type – acute symptoms, accompanied by fever and a toxic reaction within tissue
  • Juvenile/infantile – rarer
  • Palmoplantar – Pustules are located on the palms and soles of the feet

Pustular  psoriasis  is not common, whereas  psoriasis  in general affects men and women and is found in all races. Juvenile or infantile  psoriasis  affects male children more than female. The average age is 50, but this statistic really means nothing. There are many other types of  psoriasis , but we would add that there is no such thing as  psoriasis  of the liver, that is a misnomer for cirrhosis.

 Psoriasis  is strictly a disease of the skin. If you need more information about  psoriasis  treatment options, please follow this link.