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Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder, a condition that usually lasts a lifetime. This skin problem is characterized by thick, pink, or red patches covered with white or silvery scales. The patches are often referred to as plaques.
Psoriasis usually begins in early adulthood but can appear at any time in life. Regardless of race, gender, or age, you could be prone to getting psoriasis, which may worsen or improve throughout your lifetime.
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DIFFERENT TYPES OF PSORIASIS
There are different types of psoriasis. First, it is essential to diagnose what kind you have so your dermatologist can give you an appropriate and effective psoriasis treatment.
Plaque psoriasis is an autoimmune skin condition that causes scaly, red, and thickened skin patches.
It is estimated that 6.7 million adults in the United States are affected by plaque psoriasis.
If you have plaque psoriasis, you may have an itchy, painful rash. It may make you feel embarrassed because it is often mistaken for other skin conditions, such as dermatitis and eczema.
This type of psoriasis is characterized by patches of silvery-white scales and skin irritation. The irritation comes from the thickening of skin cells and their subsequent shedding.
The buildup of skin causes redness and scaliness, as well as pain and inflammation. Scratching should be avoided as much as possible as it can lead to broken skin, bleeding, and infection.
The effects of psoriasis can be seen as far as your fingernails and toenails, causing pitting, abnormal nail growth, and discoloration.
It may even cause your nails to become more brittle.
Nail psoriasis causes cells on your nail plate to break down, resulting in small depressions on your fingernails or toenails. The number of pits is different for each person.
Besides pitting, your nails can crumble if their surrounding structures do not sufficiently support them. Nails can also become thicker as a result of fungal infections and psoriasis. Underneath the nail, a chalky material may build up and lead to additional discomfort.
The nail can come loose from the nail bed, and this condition is called onycholysis. It leaves an empty space under the nail. Furthermore, with psoriasis affecting your nails, you may first notice a yellow discoloration at the tip of a nail. The color and lifting of the nail may eventually go all the way down to the cuticle.
Although guttate psoriasis is the second most common form of psoriasis, it’s still relatively uncommon: only about 4 percent of people in the United States have the guttate form.
Guttate psoriasis typically affects young people. It primarily occurs in children, adolescents, and young adults under 30, though it can occur at any age. The common triggers of this skin condition include respiratory illnesses and viral infections.
In contrast to plaque psoriasis, which causes raised lesions and produces scales, guttate psoriasis creates spots that are thin in texture. These spots are typically small and may be covered by thin, flaky skin called scales.
Its patches often clear up with minor treatment for psoriasis. However, guttate psoriasis may be a lifelong condition for some people, or it may appear later as plaque psoriasis.
Inverse psoriasis, also known as intertriginous or hidden psoriasis, affects skin folds.
These folds are regions of your body where skin rubs against skin. In many cases, inverse psoriasis is found in the groin or inner thigh area.
On other parts of their bodies, people who suffer from plaque psoriasis often have inverse psoriasis, a more localized form of the disease. The raised lesions of the dry, scaly skin characteristic of plaque psoriasis may cover large sections of your body, while inverse psoriasis tends to appear in smaller patches.
Psoriasis patients can develop pustular psoriasis, a type of psoriasis that commonly appears in conjunction with other forms of the disease, like plaque psoriasis.
It’s most commonly found in certain body areas, like the hands and feet. Unlike plaque psoriasis, pustular psoriasis is rarely seen on the face.
For many people, the first symptoms of pustular psoriasis appear when a patch of skin becomes tender and discolored. In just a few hours, large blisters filled with noninfectious pus appear. The blisters usually peel off within three days, but sometimes they take as long as two weeks to fall off. Your skin may look shiny or scaly after the blisters heal.
The National Psoriasis Foundation estimates that erythrodermic psoriasis affects only about 2 percent of people with psoriasis.
Due to that, it has been considered a very rare type of psoriasis.
Although rare, erythrodermic psoriasis is serious and can be life-threatening. It typically affects people with unstable plaque psoriasis and is considered a medical emergency that must be treated in a hospital.
How Psoriasis Is Affecting You
Psoriasis can be classified based on its severity – mild, moderate, or severe. Your doctor will first determine how much of your body is affected before placing you in a category.
✓ mild psoriasis: affects less than 3 percent of your body
✓ moderate psoriasis: can be found in between 3 and 10 percent of your body
✓ severe psoriasis: surrounds more than 10 percent of your body
The severity of your psoriasis can also be based on how it is impacting your daily living.
This is a popular treatment for psoriasis and eczema as it works by slowing the growth of skin cells to stop scales from forming.
OTEZLA IMMUNE THERAPIES
Otezla is a prescription drug approved for use in certain adults to treat conditions like plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and some mouth ulcers.
Your dermatologist may prescribe this to treat severe disabling psoriasis before switching to a milder one.
Biologics such as guselkumab, ustekinumab, tildrakizumab, and risankizumab are administered every 8 and 12 weeks respectively.