Psoriasis Awareness Month: The 5 Types

August 20th, 2014 | Psoriasis

Over the past few weeks, we have discussed psoriasis at great lengths. You may recall from our first post that there are five types of psoriasis. Let’s take a closer look at these five types.

The 5 Types of Psoriasis

Plaque Psoriasis

As mentioned in our first post, this is the most common form of psoriasis.


  • Rash-like, red patches covered in a silvery-white build-up of dead skin cells
  • Most often found on the outsides of knees, elbows, scalp, lower back, face, palms, and soles of feet
  • Itchiness

In severe cases, this type of psoriasis can be painful. The patches may also crack and bleed.


Guttate is the second most common form of psoriasis. In fact, about 10% of people who have psoriasis develop guttate.


  • Often appears during childhood
  • Small, red, separate spots
  • Typically appear on trunk and limbs
  • Can show up in great numbers, well over one hundred

Common triggers of guttate psoriasis are tonsillitis, stress, streptococcal infections, as well as upper respiratory infections.


Inverse psoriasis typically accompanies another type of psoriasis.


  • Red lesions in body folds
  • Smooth and shiny
  • Found in the armpits, under breasts, groin, and other skin folds

This type of psoriasis is easily irritated from rubbing and sweating in these tender areas.


It is important to know that pustular psoriasis is not an infection. It is also not contagious. It is primarily seen in adults.


  • White pustules (pus) surrounded by red skin
  • Typically found on the hands and feet, but may cover other areas of the body
  • May begin red, followed by scaling

There are a few things that could trigger pustular psoriasis, including pregnancy, internal medications, emotional stress, over-exposure to UV lighting, and irritating topical medications.


This type of psoriasis is the most severe, rare, and serious. It affects most of the body surface.


  • Widespread, fiery redness
  • Severe itching and pain
  • Exfoliation occurs in “sheets” rather than scales
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sudden increases and decreases in body temp

Erythrodermic psoriasis can be life threatening. If you believe to have this, it is important to visit a doctor as soon as possible.

Please be sure to visit us again next week as we conclude our month on Psoriasis. We will be discussing life with psoriasis, as well as treatment.

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