The 7 Different Types of Psoriasis

There are 7 different types of psoriasis, and a board-certified dermatologist can help diagnose your type and help determine what treatment option is best for you.

Plaque Psoriasis:

Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of psoriasis. The plaques are referring to the red patches of raised skin with white buildup of dead skin cells.

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Guttate psoriasis is a form that appears as small, dot-like lesions. Guttate psoriasis often starts in childhood or young adulthood. It can be triggered by a strep throat infection. About 10% of psoriasis patients develop guttate psoriasis.

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Inverse psoriasis appears as very red lesions in body folds. It commonly shows up behind the knee, under the arm, under the breasts, or in the groin. It can appear shiny and smooth. Typically, people with inverse psoriasis also have a different type of psoriasis on other parts of the body at the same time.

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Pustular psoriasis shows up as white blisters surrounded by red skin. It most often appears on hands or feet but can appear anywhere on the body. The pustules have noninfectious pus that consists of white blood cells.

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Erythrodermic psoriasis is a severe form of psoriasis that leads to redness all over the body. It can cause severe itch and is painful. It is rare and only occurs in about 3% of people with psoriasis.

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Nail Psoriasis:

About half of people who have psoriasis experience changes in their nails. Nail psoriasis is also common in people who have psoriatic arthritis, which affects the joints. Symptoms of this kind of psoriasis include: pitting of the nails, tender and painful nails, separation of the nail from the bed, color changes (yellow-brown), and a chalk-like material under your nails.

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Psoriatic Arthritis:

This type of psoriasis is a condition where people have both psoriasis and arthritis. According to WebMD, in about 70% of cases of this condition, people have psoriasis for about 10 years before getting psoriatic arthritis. The symptoms of this condition include: painful, stiff joints, swelling of the fingers and toes, and warm joints that may be discolored.

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Psoriasis is not curable, but there are many ways to treat and manage this condition. Dr. Hawley  has been a board-certified dermatologist since 2016, and since then she has become a rash expert and works closely with the National Psoriasis Foundation. She is nationally recognized for her treatment of this condition and has spoken about psoriasis across the nation. You don’t have to suffer in silence with this condition, make an appointment with Dr. Hawley to discuss psoriasis treatment options.