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Many people think that psoriasis is a single skin condition. There are 5 major types of psoriasis, and knowing more about your type will have you make more informed decision about you treatment methods.

Each type of psoriasis has very distinct characteristics and symptoms that can appear on the skin in a variety of ways.

Plaque Psoriasis

The most common form of psoriasis, with approximately 80% of patients suffering from plaque psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis presents as raised red lesions covered by silvery white dead skin cells. It typically shows up on the scalp, knees, lower back and elbows. It can often be painful and itchy and has a tendency to crack and bleed.

Guttate Psoriasis

Guttate psoriasis often starts in childhood or young adulthood and presents as small pink dots on the torso, arms, and legs.

Inverse Psoriasis

This type of psoriasis appears as bright red lesions that are shiny and smooth in body folds, such as behind the knee, in armpits, under the breast, in the groin and other skin fold places. Most people with inverse psoriasis will have another type of psoriasis at the same time on another part of the body.

Pustular Psoriasis

Mostly found in adults, pustular psoriasis appears as white blisters of noninfectious pus surround by red skin. Pustular psoriasis is non-contagious and can appear on any part of the body, but occurs most often on hands and feet.

Erythrodermic Psoriasis

A severe form of psoriasis that affects most of the body with widespread redness of the skin and shedding of scales of the sheets. Commonly occurs on people who have unstable plaque psoriasis.  It is a rare form of psoriasis affecting approximately 3% of people suffering psoriasis during their lifetime.

If you have any of the above appearing on your skin, consult your medical team straight away to get the right treatment for your condition.

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