The Five Different Types of Psoriasis

A photo shared by one of our members, Lissa, who has plaque psoriasis and guttate psoriasis.  Click to read her story!

On Monday, we recognized World Psoriasis Day on our blog, and today we’d like to dig a little deeper into this lifelong autoimmune condition, which can cause skin lesions on almost any area of the body as well as psoriatic arthritis.

Did you know that there are several types of psoriasis, and that they can have very different presentations?  Here’s a quick primer on the five main forms, none of which are contagious.

Plaque Psoriasis
The most common form involves reddish lesions topped with silvery white scales.

Guttate Psoriasis
A fairly common form marked by dot-like lesions that are small, red and scaly.

Pustular Psoriasis
Involves blister-like lesions and intense scaling, often on the palms and soles.

Inverse Psoriasis
Characterized by very red lesions where the skin folds (e.g. armpits, groin).

Erythrodermic Psoriasis
A rare, painful form marked by red, swollen skin and lots of dead skin shedding.

See photos of each type of psoriasis here.

Advanced Search Options for Finding Psoriasis Patients with the Same Subtype, Condition Status, Number of Years Since Diagnosis and More.

If you’re living with a form of psoriasis, find others like you in our growing community of more than 4,800 psoriasis patients. On our Patients page, you can search by type of psoriasis, years since diagnosis, Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) score and more.We also encourage you to add your subtype(s) on your condition history page so that others like you can reach out and connect.

What treatments work best for your particular type – from light therapy to topical corticosteroids like clobetasol?  Trade notes and exchange support with those who can truly relate today.

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  1. If you call plaque psoriasis , you aint seen nothing yet !!!!!
    take a look at this !!!!!!
    the medical world calls it Plaque Psoriasis, but i call it for what it really is , ” HELLonEARTH ” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i have had this ” HELLonEarth ” disease sense 1990 , i have been through all orals and all topicals and UV Rays and PUVA treatments ,
    i have been through Embrell , Humeria , Remicade ,i have been to Mayo Clinic 3 times and UniversityOfArizona okne , and they told me
    that there no more , that i have done everything that the medical world has to offer you , there is no more help , we are sorry .
    i have this HELLonEARTH disease ( Plaque Psoriasis ) from head to toe .
    How Long Must 1 Suffer Before 1 Says Enough Is Enoutgh ?
    please take a look at my pics , and you tell me if this is not the worse case of Plaque Psoriasis you have ever seen.
    Cottonwoon Arizona

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