There are as many kinds of psoriasis as there are days in the school week. The most common is plaque psoriasis, which occurs in roughly 80% of psoriasis cases. Plaque psoriasis is characterized by red, itchy, raised skin with white or silver patches of dead skin, referred to as scales (don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you’re turning into a fish). Other forms include:
• guttate psoriasis (small dot-like lesions; usually appears after a sore throat or other sickness)
• pustular psoriasis (lesions that leak pus or other fluid like a drippy faucet, and have a lot of scales; usually appears on soles of feet and palms of hands, but can develop anywhere)
• inverse psoriasis (severely inflamed lesions in skin folds, like armpits, under breasts, and the groin area)
• erythrodermic psoriasis (intense redness that looks like a burn, along with shedding of scales; usually the least common of all types of psoriasis, and may be serious enough to be life-threatening)
Be aware, though: Psoriasis is often confused with atopic dermatitis, a form of eczema. Your doctor can best determine which form you have, or whether it is in fact atopic dermatitis and how your symptoms should be treated.