Psoriasis Types and Pictures
People often think of psoriasis as a single skin condition. In fact, there are multiple types of psoriasis, though people will typically have only one type at a time.
Each type of psoriasis has very distinct symptoms and characteristics and can appear on the skin in a variety of ways.
It's important to know—and share with others—that no matter where it is on the body or what it looks like, psoriasis is not contagious.
The 5 Major Types of Psoriasis
Characterized by raised, inflamed, red lesions covered by silvery white scales. Typically found on
the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back. The most common type of psoriasis, about 80% of those who
have psoriasis have this type.
Often starts in childhood or young adulthood. Appears as small, pink, individual spots on the skin of the torso, arms, and legs. These spots are not usually as thick as plaque lesions.
Found in the armpits, in the groin, under the breasts, and in other skin folds around the genitals and the buttocks.
This type of psoriasis appears as bright-red lesions that are smooth and shiny.
Primarily seen in adults, pustular psoriasis is characterized by white blisters of noninfectious pus
surrounded by red skin. It may either be localized to certain areas of the body, such as the hands and feet, or covering most of the body.
A particularly inflammatory form of psoriasis affecting most of the body surface, it is
characterized by periodic, widespread, fiery redness of the skin and the shedding of scales in sheets.
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