The 3 Main Types Of Psoriasis
There are many psoriasis types, over a dozen in fact. If you have ever dealt with psoriasis you know the feeling of struggling with red, itchy, scaly skin, and may well be familiar with the type of psoriasis you have. But do you know what type of psoriasis you really have? Were you even aware there were more than just one type, probably not unless your skin specialist explained the different types to you. There are, in fact, three main types of psoriasis and although the basic symptoms are the same, they are all a little bit different and effect people in different ways. All forms of psoriasis primarily affect the skin. They can cause a few different problems and if you are lucky they will only cause one problem at a time. Psoriasis is infamous for causing the redness, itching, flaking and shedding and even cracking and bleeding of the skin.
There are two layers of skin, the top and bottom. The top layer is the old skin; it lasts for a few weeks and then begins to shed off on its own. The bottom layer is the new skin growth that takes over for the shedding skin. Shedding skin is a perfectly normal procedure, but it happens slowly over time so that we don’t notice. In psoriasis however, the bottom layer tries to move up to the top before the top is ready to shed. This leaves cracks in the skin and gives it that red, cracked and flaky look. On top of that, the skin may start to become dry, irritated and painfully inflamed. If you scratch at the skin while it is flaky, red, and peeling, you could get weeping lesions and scaling on the affected area. Most uncomfortable, especially when you have a bath or shower. The three main types of psoriasis are plaque psoriasis, guttate psoriasis and seborrheic psoriasis.
Plaque Psoriasis is the most common type of the disease, and it is form most people are familiar with. Each person is different, but for the most part it appears as patchy, thick flaky skin that causes itching and inflammation. If the skin is damaged skin gets injured in some other way, it is easily infected. This form of psoriasis is common on the scalp, legs, arms and torso. If you have psoriasis chances are you probably may well have plaque psoriasis, it is the most common form of psoriasis and the form I regularly see in my clinic.
Guttate Psoriasis mainly affects children and young adults. It often follows after a bout of strep throat or other infections and causes red bumps on the skin. This form is often misdiagnosed as an allergic reaction rash or a fever rash. The good news is that in most cases, guttate psoriasis can clear up entirely when treated with herbs or dietary supplements which inhibit or kill bacteria, and it almost never comes back again. Just like plaque psoriasis, I have had major success with guttate psoriasis using the Psoriasis Program methods I developed after treating countless psoriasis over the past 26 years in my clinic.
Seborrheic Psoriasis is often mistaken for a serious cause of dandruff because it affects the scalp, ears, hairline, and forehead. Some medicated shampoos work to eliminate the flaking, but it can still be problematic. While seborrheic dermatitis mostly affects the head and scalp, this form of psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body. The knees, chest, hands, neck, back and elbows are all susceptible to an outbreak although it can typically be found on any other skin surface. This form of psoriasis responds particularly well to the different skin treatments you will find in the Psoriasis Program.