Psoriasis occurs when one’s skin cell grow a lot quicker than normal. Symptoms can range from being mild to severe depending on various factors such as weather, stress, infection, and whether or not one is taking certain medicines.
There are, commonly, 5 main types of psoriasis; specific symptoms (such as where the psoriasis is on the skin) and severity of the condition can be dependent on which type of psoriasis you have.
This is the most common type of psoriasis: it shows up in the form of red and raised skin that is covered in silvery-white and scale-like dead skin. This usually shows up in large patches on the scalp, knees, elbows, and lower back.
This type of psoriasis can be identified by small, red and scaly spots that look like teardrops that cover large areas of the body; typically on the arms, legs, and around the torso.
This form of psoriasis is characterized by red, irritated patches that only show up on the inner folds of your body. The affected areas are very specific: armpits, around the genitals, between the buttocks, under the breasts in women, etc. Scaly skin is typically not associated with inverse psoriasis, as it appears on smoother areas of the skin.
If you are overweight and have this type of psoriasis, chances are symptoms can be more frequent and severe. This is because inverse psoriasis occurs in folds of the skin that are easily irritated from friction and sweating.
Though uncommon, pustular psoriasis can be incredibly painful — so much so that at times, hospitalization may be required. It appears as raised and defined bumps on the body that are filled with thick, white fluid called pus. The skin under and surrounding the bumps will often be red.
This is the most uncommon form of psoriasis. It is incredibly widespread and can affect almost the entire surface of the body. The skin affected becomes red and scaly, with the scaling prone to shedding. This can result in severe itching, pain, and at times, swelling.
If you have plaque psoriasis is unstable, it can be very likely that you develop this psoriasis.
Though not one of the main types of psoriasis, nail psoriasis often occur in those who have other forms of psoriasis. This psoriasis occurs as pitting, thickening, and irregular contour of fingernails and toenails.
You are more prone to develop nail psoriasis if you also suffer from psoriatic arthritis, a complication that can derive from psoriasis.
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