Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis, an autoimmune disease, affecting over 7 million people in the United States alone. Plaque psoriasis exhibits itself as raised, red, scaly, and rough patches or plaques on the skin.
Plaque psoriasis lesions can look like eczema or dermatitis, but they are often more painful and itchy than either. In a nutshell, plaque psoriasis occurs due to irregular and fast cell growth and the replication of the process on the skin, which leads to the buildup of the flaky, silvery dead skin cells. These patches then get irritated, itchy, and painful.
How Severe Is Your Psoriasis?
It is impossible to be certain of how severe your case is without consulting a medical professional. However, to give a frame of reference in numbers, psoriasis that affects less than 3% of the body is considered mild, whereas if the lesions cover almost up to 10% of your body, it is classified as moderate. Finally, if more than 10% of the body is affected, it is a severe case of plaque psoriasis. Furthermore, doctors also factor in what kind of an impact the condition has on your everyday life.
Plaque Psoriasis Lesions & Pictures
– Plaque psoriasis may exhibit itself on any part of the body, but the knees, elbows, and scalp are three commonly affected areas. However, no area of the body is off limits except for the armpits and genitals. Inverse psoriasis is the only form of the disease that causes lesions in the areas where the skin folds.
– The parts of the body where you get lesions may also change with every recurrence or flare-up. Lesions or plaques also differ in size and shape, so they can not only appear on different areas of the body during every flare-up, but the sizes of the patches will also vary.
– According to research, more than 50% of people with plaque psoriasis develop patches on the scalp. Plaque psoriasis on the scalp can also be managed by regularly using medicinal shampoos and ointments that aid in shedding the scales.
– Plaque psoriasis has the potential to get quite severe, and when it does, you may develop more painful and inflamed patches that cover vast areas of the body. Without treatment, especially if there is an infection, a severe case such as this can lead to erythrodermic psoriasis.
If you experience any of the symptoms associated with plaque psoriasis, consult a doctor immediately instead of resorting to self-diagnosis and self-treatment. When you talk to your doctor, be as specific about your symptoms and how they affect your daily life as possible.
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