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Five Types of Psoriasis

Psoriasis often appears on the skin as raised red marks on lighter skin, or purple marks on darker skin. You can trace where the psoriasis starts and ends and the severity of it varies from person to person, but often the visibility of psoriasis marks can come and go.

There are different types of psoriasis, some more severe than others. Read below to find out more…

Identifying exactly why your skin may be experiencing changes and diagnosing this, can help you seek the right treatment and support.

Plaque psoriasis

Plaque psoriasis, also known as psoriasis vulgaris, is the most common form of psoriasis.

The psoriasis appears on the skin in raised patches, known as plaques. These can appear anywhere on the body and can feel itchy or sore.

To help with the symptoms of psoriasis, be sure to moisturise regularly to keep the skin hydrated.

Psoriasis on the scalp

Psoriasis can affect parts of, or the whole scalp in red or purple patches. Having psoriasis on the scalp may be very itchy and cause discomfort, but some people do not experience these symptoms.

This psoriasis type can leave individuals feeling embarrassed, as the dry skin flakes may look like dandruff.

If this is happening to you, speak to your local pharmacist about potential treatments for psoriasis on the scalp.

Psoriasis in the nails

Many people who experience symptoms of psoriasis will experience psoriasis in the nails.

Having psoriasis in the nail bed can cause nails to become discoloured or to grow abnormally. This can feel uncomfortable, as sometimes this will cause the nail to come away or fall off completely.

As with psoriasis on the scalp, psoriasis in the nail beds can feel embarrassing, especially as our hands are always on show. If you feel self-conscious, it may help to seek out a psoriasis support group to speak with others who are feeling the same way.

Treatment for psoriasis can vary, but often the main way to treat psoriasis and maintain skin health is by keeping the skin moisturised.

Inverse (flexural psoriasis)

This type of psoriasis appears in the creases of the body, such as behind your knees, under your armpits, and even between your buttocks or under your breasts.

Because the psoriasis patches appear in crevices, they’re prone to rubbing and sweat, which can be very sore and uncomfortable.

Guttate psoriasis

Guttate psoriasis causes very small patches on your chest, limbs and scalp. People with this type of psoriasis can go on to develop plaque psoriasis.

Need help or support?

If your psoriasis is affecting your daily life, be sure to consult your local pharmacist or your GP, as there are oral, topical and phototherapy treatments that may be suitable for you.

There are also many psoriasis support groups should you need someone to speak to. Head to the Psoriasis Association or Skin Support website to find out more.

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