There are five basic forms of the disease:
- Psoriasis vulgaris, also called plaque psoriasis, is most common, diagnosed in about 80 percent of cases. It is characterized by inflamed, raised lesions covered with silvery scales. It typically shows up on the scalp, knees, elbows, and lower back. Stress is a frequent trigger.
- Guttate psoriasis usually starts in childhood. Small, red spots appear suddenly on arms, legs, and trunk. It may be triggered by strep throat, upper respiratory infection, tonsillitis, stress, injury, or some drugs.
- Inverse psoriasis occurs in skin folds – underarms, below breasts, at groin and buttocks. Its red lesions are brightly colored and shiny, easily irritated by sweating.
- Pustular psoriasis involves white blisters and reddened skin. It appears on feet and hands, sometimes all over the body. It is triggered by medications, sunburn, pregnancy, or infection.
- Erythrodermic psoriasis is the most inflammatory form, affecting widespread areas of the body. Skin becomes fiery red with extensive involvement, and then sheds in large sheets. Because it is accompanied by pain, itching, body temperature fluctuations, and increased heart rate, sufferers should seek immediate medical treatment. Without care, this condition can result in loss of fluids and proteins, pneumonia, and congestive heart failure.
Getting psoriasis under control can be a life-changing experience. Call the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology today for an expert diagnosis and customized treatment plan.