Psoriasis is a very common skin condition that affects approximately two out of every hundred people. There are several different kinds, and understanding the type you have can help you be more active in your psoriasis treatment plan. Your dermatologist can explain your specific kind of psoriasis to you. Here is a look at some of the most common forms of psoriasis.
Plaque psoriasis is by far the most common form, accounting for eight out of ten cases. Your dermatologist may also call it psoriasis vulgaris. If you have this form of psoriasis, you will experience red, raised, inflamed patches of skin that may be covered by silver or white scales. They can form anywhere but are most common on the knees, elbows, lower back, and scalp. The patches may cause painful burning and itching.
Inverse psoriasis causes patches that are similar to plaque psoriasis, but they are usually brighter and don’t have scales. They also tend to appear in different locations, including armpits, under the breasts, in the folds of skin around the genitals and buttocks, and on the groin. Typically, sweating and friction trigger flare-ups of inverse psoriasis, as can yeast growth.
Pustular psoriasis is an uncommon form of the disease, but it also one of the most serious. It rarely affects children and usually appears suddenly in adults. With pustular psoriasis, red patches of skin are covered in pus-filled bumps. Occasionally, pustular psoriasis appears on only one part of the body. When it occurs over the whole body, it is called generalized pustular psoriasis and can also cause fever, chills, nausea, muscle weakness, and rapid heart rate. Pustular psoriasis requires immediate treatment.
At Arlington Dermatology, we provide psoriasis treatment for all forms of the disease, as well as acne treatment, treatment for rosacea, and much more. You can make an appointment with a dermatologist in Arlington Heights by calling 847-392-5440.