There are 5 official types of psoriasis with specific symptoms associated with each of them. Know your type to opt for the most comprehensive treatment.
Psoriasis is more than just dry skin. This chronic inflammatory skin disease is a non-contagious condition that is considered incurable. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF), the condition is most commonly seen in people between 15 to 35 years of age, and is the most common autoimmune disorder in the United States, affecting more than 8.5 million people. The disease is characterized by dry, silvery, scaly plaques of thick skin that generally have a reddened appearance.
Skin is the largest organ in the human body. Your skin cells are programed to naturally replace cells that shed or flake off every few weeks. If you are diagnosed with psoriasis, it means that instead of following the naturally designed cycle of reproduction, your skin cells renew themselves every few days. This rapid growth causes accumulation of dead skin cells on the surface of your body. These thick patches of dry and itchy skin are generally seen on the elbows, knees, and scalp, but in some cases, other areas of the skin may be affected too.
Psoriasis symptoms and signs largely depend on the type of psoriasis you have. However, reddened skin, thick scaly areas on the body, and raised patches of skin are common symptoms.
In order to get the right treatment for the condition, it is important for you to know what type of psoriasis symptoms you have. According to the NPF, there are 5 official types of this skin disease, and each of these display specific psoriasis symptoms.
The most common type of psoriasis, plaque psoriasis is known to affect almost 80 percent of the people diagnosed (NPF data). Also known as psoriasis vulgaris, this type presents specific psoriasis symptoms, such as:
This is a rarer form of psoriasis in which pustules or blisters filled with pus appear on different parts of the body. In case of this type, the symptoms and signs depend on the body part affected by the disease.
If pus-filled blisters are accompanied by fever, chills, a rapid pulse rate, muscular weakness and/or fatigue, the patient’s life may be in danger.
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