The Fab Four Of Psoriasis

More than 7.5 million people have psoriasis in the U.S. alone. A full one-third of those are under the age of 20.  There are 20,000 new cases diagnosed annually on children under the age of 10.

There are four types of psoriasis.  Recognizing the signs in your family or yourself is important so rapid treatment can begin.

  • Plaque
    • Most common at nearly 90%
    • Shows up as dry, red, scaly lesions that may shed
    • Presents commonly on elbows, knees and back but can affect any area of the body including the genitals and inside the mouth
    • Guttate
      • Nearly 10% of psoriasis population
      • Smaller version of plaque symptoms
      • Major trigger is strep throat followed by colds and upper respiratory tract infections
      • Inverse or seborrheic
        • Very red, often shiny patches aggravated by friction and sweating
        • Found in skin folds such as armpits, breasts, genitals and behind the ears
        • Generally found in overweight people
        • Pustular
          • White non-contagious pustule filled blisters surrounded by red skin
          • Covers a large swatch of skin sometimes accompanied by flu like symptoms and extreme itching
          • Several triggers including pregnancy, systemic steroids or stopping strong topical steroid creams
          • Erythrodermic
            • Least common
            • Inflammation, itching and a painful red rash that may peel or cover entire body
            • Immediate medical attention is required due to dangerous protein and fluid loss, infection or pneumonia.  Hospitalization is always considered, often required.

The best treatment?  That’s up next.


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