Indications of a psoriasis flare

Individuals with psoriasis are aware of the signs of a flare-up. If an individual was diagnosed recently, he/she might not be familiar with the warning indications and early symptoms.

It is important to note that there are 5 types of psoriasis and it is possible for the type to change. In some individuals, one type settles and another arises.

What are the types of psoriasis?

Plaque

Plaque psoriasis is the most common form. During the initial phases, there are not external indications but the individual might be aware of an itching or burning sensation.

As an outbreak occurs, there are small, reddened bumps that later grow into inflamed lesions. These lesions are covered with a dense buildup of skin cells that form silvery-white scales. Generally, these lesions or plaques erupt on the knees, elbows, scalp and lower back.

Psoriasis

Plaque psoriasis is the most common form. During the initial phases, there are not external indications but the individual might be aware of an itching or burning sensation.

Inverse

This type of psoriasis typically develops in the skin folds such as in the armpits, groin area, beneath the breasts and other folds around the buttocks and genitals.

Inverse psoriasis is characterized by brightly red, shiny, smooth lesions. The patches are further irritated by perspiration and friction. In addition, they can become tender but do not form scales.

Guttate

Guttate or “drop” psoriasis often affects children and young adults. The lesions are characterized as individual reddened eruptions that can be widespread over the limbs and torso.

The lesions abruptly arise and can be brought about by various health conditions including tonsillitis, upper respiratory infections, stress, strep throat or skin injury.

Pustular

The initial indications of this type of psoriasis are areas of reddened skin. It is followed by small-sized, white blisters that are filled with pus but not infectious. Scaling is also present and a feeling of having the flu with fatigue as well as aches and pains.

This type can affect the whole body or limited to the feet and hands or only the soles and palms.

Erythrodermic

This type initially appears as fiery-red skin that can spread from head to toe. This is followed by peeling of the skin in sheets where the skin loses its protective barrier. Understandably, this makes the body more prone to infection and severe fluid loss.

It can be accompanied by fever and a rapid heart rate. A doctor should be consulted right away since this type of psoriasis can be dangerous. Luckily, this is considered rare.

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