While plaque psoriasis is the most common type, psoriasis can take several forms. It can also affect many different parts of your body. That is why it's important for you to know which type of psoriasis you have. Below are pictures and descriptions of different types of psoriasis and what symptoms may look like. It is possible to have more than one type of psoriasis. Be sure to share your symptoms with your doctor so he or she can give you the right diagnosis.
Plaque psoriasis, also known as psoriasis vulgaris, is the most common type of psoriasis. It affects about 80% to 90% of adults with psoriasis.
This form of psoriasis appears in the folds of the skin as smooth, red patches without the scales found in plaque psoriasis. It may also cause itching. Inverse psoriasis may appear in the genital area, as well as under the breasts and in the armpits. Because it appears in skin folds where there is constant rubbing, there is a higher chance that lesions will spread to skin that wasn’t already affected.
Even though psoriasis is a condition of the immune system, there are some triggers that can make your symptoms get worse, such as:
Be sure to tell your doctor about any triggers you may notice.