World Psoriasis Day is October 29.
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease in which skin cells build up on the surface of the skin at a rapid rate. It is common with more than 3 million cases in the U.S. alone. There are seven types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular, and erythrodermic, nail, and arthritis.
1) Plaque Psoriasis is sometimes referred to as psoriasis vulgaris. It is the most common of the cases seen. It accounts for approximately 90% of cases. Its rapid build-up can cause scales and red itchy, dry patches of skin that can sometimes be painful.
2) Guttate Psoriasis usually presents itself in children and young adults. It is only present in about 2% of cases seen.
3) Inverse Psoriasis forms red patches in the body’s skin folds (armpits, groin, under the breasts, and skin folds around genitals or buttocks.)
4) Pustular Psoriasis is uncommon. It mostly appears in adults. It is not infectious, though it appears as pus-filled bumps surrounded by red skin. Pustular psoriasis can cause severe symptoms as well such as fever, chills, nausea, fast heart rate, muscle weakness, etc.
5) Erythrodermic Psoriasis is the least common, but it is very serious. It affects most of the body, and causes fiery red skin. This fiery red skin appears as a burn.
6) Nail Psoriasis: Up to half of those with psoriasis have nail changes.
7) Psoriatic Arthritis is a condition in which one has both psoriasis and arthritis in conjunction. Usually one might develop psoriasis first.
There is no cure for psoriasis, but treatment may help. CompassionCare Hospice knows the impact living with psoriasis can have.