Talking about the different types of psoriasis, plaque psoriasis is the most common form of it, which is diagnosed in 80 to 90% of the cases. The following HealthHearty article elaborates more on the types of this inflammatory skin condition.
According to the World Psoriasis Day consortium, 125 million people all over the world―that makes it 2 to 3% of the total population―suffer from psoriasis. Also currently, 7.5 million Americans, i.e., about 2.2% of the US population, are afflicted with this skin disease.
A person affected with psoriasis suffers from rapid growth of skin cells. The process of growth and shedding of skin cells is a gradual one, but in psoriasis, the growth of skin cells outpaces that of cell shedding. As a result, there is proliferation of cells at the outermost layer of the skin, giving rise to red and white scaly patches, a condition referred to as psoriasis. In this write-up, we describe the main types of psoriasis.
% of Occurrence: About 8 in 10 people
% of Occurrence: It occurs at least once in the lifetime of 3% of psoriasis patients.
% of Occurrence: Comprises 3-7% of the cases
% of Occurrence: Below 2%
% of Occurrence: About 1.7%
In case of generalized pustular psoriasis, the widespread occurrence of white pustules is followed by fever, chills, nausea, and rapid heartbeat. On the other hand, localized pustular psoriasis usually affects the hands and the feet without showing any other symptoms. Use of inappropriate skin creams, excessive exposure to sunlight, treatment with corticosteroids, pregnancy, and sudden discontinuation of psoriasis treatment are some of the common risk factors in the onset of pustular psoriasis.
As far as treatment is concerned, home remedies such as taking a bath with oatmeal or Epsom salt can help relieve inflammation and the itchy sensation associated with psoriasis. OTC medications such as calamine lotion or hydrocortisone creams may help relieve the itchiness and discomfort associated with psoriasis. However, it is best to consult a dermatologist to know the oral and topical medicines that work in combination to relieve psoriasis.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purpose only and does not in any way attempt to replace the diagnosis of a doctor. Visiting your physician is the safest way to diagnose and treat any health condition.