Types of Psoriasis conditions

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Psoriasis causes dead skin cells to pile up and become scaly. The spots affected can be red, itchy and painful

Psoriasis is a skin condition that occurs when the skin cell life cycle is happening too fast. Everyone's skin cells die while our bodies create new ones. Usually, this cycle is not noticeable. However, when the process speeds up (as it does in psoriasis) it is noticeable. There are five different types of psoriasis. If you think you might have a type of psoriasis you should make an appointment with your doctor.

  1. Plaque Psoriasis

    • More severe cases will need prescription steriod creams and oral medications
      More severe cases will need prescription steriod creams and oral medications

      According to the Mayo Clinic, plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis. The condition usually shows up on the elbows and knees, but can form anywhere on the body. The symptoms of plaque psoriasis include red, dry, itchy skin, raised lesions, and scaly patches. Mild cases can be treated with an over the counter cortisone cream.

    Guttate Psoriasis

    • It can improve with the bacterial infection treatment, but might need prescription medication
      It can improve with the bacterial infection treatment, but might need prescription medication

      Guttate psoriasis is most often caused by a bacterial infection. It shows up as small drop-like spots. They usually show up on the neck, chest, arms, scalp, or legs. It can come on very quickly. It could just happen once, or could come and go. It might go away on its own, or need treatment.

    Inverse Psoriasis

    • This type will need medical treatment with a prescription oral medication
      This type will need medical treatment with a prescription oral medication

      Inverse psoriasis appears in smooth, shiny red patches on the groin, armpits, under the knees, or under the breasts. This type of psoriasis is more common in those who are obese. It gets worse when there is friction. It can be sensitive to touch, but doesn't have the scaly lesions like the other types of psoriasis usually do.

    Pustular Psoriasis

    Erythrodermic Psoriasis

    • To treat psoriasis, it is important to get treatment
      To treat psoriasis, it is important to get treatment

      This type of psoriasis can cover your entire body with a red rash that peels, itches and burns. It could be caused by a sunburn, light sensitivity, a non-treated psoriasis, or particular medications. This will need immediate treatment as it can cause further illness such as severe dehydration, fever, infection, pneumonia, and even congestive heart failure.

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