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  Types of Psoriasis  
There are four main types of psoriasis, each of which has a distinctive appearance. some people may be affected by more than one type of the disorder.

Plaque psoriasis:

The most common form of psoriasis, plaque psoriasis, is a lifelong disorder that may develop in people of any age. the condition may produce the following symptoms:

• patches called plaques, consisting of thickened, red skin and scaly surfaces. they usually occur on the knees, elbows, lower back, and scalp; behind the ears; and at the hairline. in some cases, they develop on old scar tissue.
• intermittent itching of affected areas.
• discolored nails that are covered with small pits. in severe cases, the nails lift away from the nail beds.

the symptoms of plaque psoriasis tend to continue for weeks or months and may recur intermittently.


Guttate psoriasis:

This form most commonly affects children and adolescents and often occurs after a bacterial throat infection. typical symptoms are:

• numerous coin-shaped, pink patches of scaly skin, each about 3/8 in (1 cm) across, mainly on the back and chest.
• intermittent itching of the affected areas of skin.

these symptoms usually disappear in 4-6 months and do not recur, but more than half of those affected later develop another form of psoriasis.

Pustular psoriasis:

This is a rare but potentially life-threatening type of psoriasis that mainly affects adults. the condition may appear abruptly, with the following symptoms.

• small blisters filled with pus that develop on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.
• widespread areas of red, inflamed, and acutely tender skin.
• some thickening and scaling of the inflamed areas.

in its most severe form, pustular psoriasis affects the entire body


Inverse psoriasis:
Elderly people are commonly affected by this type of psoriasis, in which large, moist, red areas develop in skin folds rather than over widespread body areas. the rash often affects the groin, the skin under the breasts, and sometimes the armpits. inverse psoriasis usually clears up with treatment but may recur.
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