Types of Psoriasis

Though psoriasis symptoms can vary from person to person, some of the most distinct symptoms divide the condition into categories for types of psoriasis.

It’s important to understand that regardless of the type of psoriasis, It is not contagious.

This list covers the most common types of psoriasis.

Plaque Psoriasis

Is the most common type of psoriasis by a large margin, about 8 out of 10 people suffering from psoriasis has this kind.

Plaque Psoriasis is characterized by raised, inflamed skin covered by a white flaky coat of peeling dry skin. These patches show redness in and around the area affected and though they can appear anywhere in the body, they typically show up in the elbows, knees, scalp, and back.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis

This is where the psoriasis condition also causes inflammation of your joints, causing painful stiffness that is worse in the mornings.

Swelling of your fingers and toes is common, as is the development of nail psoriasis.

7 out of 10 people with Psoriatic Arthritis have had plaque psoriasis for 10 years or more prior to developing arthritis.

Guttate Psoriasis

Happens in 2% of cases of psoriasis, typically in younger people. It’s characterized by small reddish spots on the trunk, thighs, upper arms and scalp, often looking much less severe than plaque psoriasis.

This type of Psoriasis often goes away on its own (even without treatment) after a few weeks.

Guttate Psoriasis

Pustular Psoriasis

Though rare, this type of psoriasis can be dangerous if it spreads, so seek immediate medical attention if you suspect it.

Pustular Psoriasis is characterized by pus-filled lesions (pustules) surrounded by inflamed red skin. Depending on the severity, it can be accompanied by fever, chills, and nausea.

This type of psoriasis is most often triggered by the use of topical medicine (especially steroid ointments) you put on your skin, and by systemic drugs that treat your whole body.

Pustular Psoriasis

Nail Psoriasis

Nail Psoriasis

Nearly half of those with Psoriasis will experience some form of nail psoriasis, and that percentage is even higher for those who also have psoriatic arthritis.

It is characterized by sore and tender nails, separation of the nail from skin underneath, and change in color (turning a yellowish brown)

Erythrodermic Psoriasis

Erythrodermic Psoriasis

The worst, but thankfully the least common type of psoriasis.

Characterized by a widespread of skin lesions throughout the whole body, that gives the appearance of burned skin, accompanied by severe itching and peeling of the skin.

It is extremely serious and if you exhibit any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately as it can cause severe illness from infection, fluid loss, congestive heart failure.

The sudden stop of systemic immunosuppressive psoriasis treatments, allergic reactions, and strong cortisone drugs are some of the triggers associated with this type of psoriasis.