The skin disease that is known as psoriasis may affect both women and men of all ages. This is one of the skin diseases that can appear at any point in your life, even as a baby. Psoriasis is also one of the skin diseases that is largely misunderstood as many people are put off by the severe look of it and many are scared that it is contagious. There are various types of this skin disease and none of these variations of the disease have a known cure. Depending on the type of psoriasis that a person has, the symptoms and treatment options may fluctuate.
The most common known type of this skin disease in known as plaque psoriasis. This variation of the disease is also often called psoriasis vulgaris and this variation of the disease can make those who are not familiar with it possibly flinch when they encounter a person who suffers from this skin disease. It appears on the afflicted person as dry, elevated, red patches that are covered with a layer of white-ish scale. People who are unfamiliar with this disease often claim that they worry about contagion and other biological factors when presented with it for the first time. However, those who feel oddly about this disease should further their education as it is not contagious. Eighty percent of those who suffer from forms of psoriasis suffer from psoriasis vulgaris or plaque psoriasis. Guttate psoriasis is a variation of this disease that will appear as small, drop-like shape lesions that appear on the torso, arms, legs and even the scalp. Upper respiratory infections often cause this type of psoriasis and certain bacteria associated with these infections contributes to the causing of this variation of psoriasis.
Pustular psoriasis is another form of the psoriasis disease and can cover large portions of the body in many cases. Of course, this psoriasis can also be localized into the areas of the hands and feet. Pustular psoriasis unfortunately comes in the form of blisters with non-infectious pus on the skin, which can be disabling when effecting the palms of the hands and/or the soles of your feet. This psoriasis has been the form the people most often acquire first before the others and can evolve into plaque psoriasis. Whether it evolves into plaque psoriasis or continues to plague only hands, feet and other parts of the body, both large and small, this form of the disease can be severely painful. There is also erythrodermic psoriasis, which is uncommon, effecting only one to two percent of the total psoriasis sufferers. The whole body is likely to be effected in all cases of this form of the disease and will appear as a full body rash which is inflamed, dry, painful and itch.