Types of Psoriasis
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There are five kinds of Psoriasis affecting individuals. Each of these has their own characteristics and unique formations, which help in ease of identification.
Plaque- Represented as one of the commonest forms of Psoriasis, this disease affects 80% of major Psoriasis patients. Typical characteristics of such a condition are inflamed and reddish skin, which is topped by silvery and whitish scaly formations. Primary areas of their incidence are elbows, knees, lower back and the scalp. In some persons, plaque can happen on other body areas as well.
Guttate- Guttate Psoriasis predominantly occurs in adolescents and children. Typical characteristics of such a condition include reddish, small-sized spots over the skin. This kind of skin condition happens suddenly and there are many trigger factors for this. These include infections inside the upper respiratory tract, streptococcal infections, stress and anxiety, skin injuries as well as induced by certain drugs.
Inverse- Typical characteristics of Inverse Psoriasis include extremely red lesions over the skin. These lesions are devoid of scaly formations and hence look smooth and shiny. Excessive rubbing or accumulation of sweat can result in these lesions. Typical locations in the body where Inverse Psoriasis is commonly found include below breasts, armpits, genital skin folds, groin as well as the buttock area. If a person is obese or has skin folds, which are deeper than normal then they are prone to Inverse Psoriasis. If the condition is found on sensitive regions then treatment becomes more difficult.
Pustular- Pustular Psoriasis primarily infects adults. Characteristics of this condition include white pustule formations, which are surrounded with reddish inflamed skin. Primary areas of concentration on the body include feet and hands. In some persons, Pustular Psoriasis occurs on the whole body.
Within the Pustular Psoriasis category, there are four sub-divisions or types. These are:
Localized- Singular or multiple Psoriasis patches develop pustule formations. If these areas are irritated or high doses of medicines are administered then this localized Pustular Psoriasis can develop.
Palmo-Planter- In this condition, the soles and palms of the body are affected, thereby accounting for its name. The size of the pustules is like that of an eraser and typical concentrations occur on heel sides and thumb base areas. The pustules look like studs and start initially as red formations, which turn brown later on. Subsequently these formations start peeling off and the area assumes a crusty appearance. This activity continues in a cyclic style.
Acropustulosis- This is localized Pustular Psoriasis, primarily affecting the toes, fingers and thumbs. The pustule formations occur and subsequently they burst. These leave behind bright red formations, which can ooze pus, or be crusty and scaly in appearance. The nails assume crumbly, abnormal appearances and can often get uplifted. This happens because of pus layers underneath. However, the incidence of such a type of Pustular Psoriasis is rare.
Generalized- In such a kind of Pustular Psoriasis, there will be reddish skin initially. This is accompanied by tenderness and pain in the areas. During the next 1-2 days, there is peeling and drying up of the pustules. The skin assumes a glazy and smooth appearance and this continues in a cyclic activity for several weeks. Accompanying side effects include itching, chills and fever, enhanced pulse rates, dehydration, anemia, weakness of muscle and loss of weight. If this condition is manifested in adults, the trigger factor could be stopping steroids all of a sudden. This is a fatal condition, which necessitates immediate hospitalization.
Erythrodermic- This kind of Psoriasis affects the entire body of the individual. Redness in skin, itchiness, pain and skin shedding are common symptoms. Due to excess loss of fluids and protein the patient can contract long term illness. Thus, the person can experience fatal conditions, heart failure or even pneumonia. Cortisone usage sunburns or drug allergies can trigger such a condition.
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