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  1. Psoriasis Victoria Lund

  2. Overview • Causes skin cells to mature in less than a week (normally it takes 28-30 days) • The immune system send signals to increase skin cell growth • *Not contagious • The body cannot shed old skin before the new cells rise to the surface, this causes raised patches of dead skin. • Common areas are the arms, back, chest, elbows, legs, nails, buttocks, and scalp.

  3. Inverse Psoriasis Plaque Psoriasis Gutatte Psoriasis Pustular Psoriasis Erythrodermic Psoriasis

  4. Types- Plaque Psoriasis • The most common type of Psoriasis • About 80% of people suffering from Psoriasis have this specific type • It is also known as Psoriasis Vulgaris • Characterized by raised, red patches of skin and silvery-white buildup of dead cells in the form of scales, that shed.

  5. Types- Guttate [GUH-tate] Psoriasis • Appears in small, red, individual spots on the skin, normally the trunk or limbs. • Not as thick as plaque legions • A few examples of triggers for Guttate Psoriasis are upper respiratory infections, strep throat, stress and injury to the skin. • Treatments can include topical creams, which may be tedious to apply to the small drops covering the skin • An alternative treatment is Phototherapy, using UV light B.

  6. Types- Inverse Psoriasis • An uncommon condition • Appears in the skin folds, such as the armpit and groin. • Produces debilitating pain and itching • Lacks the scales of standard psoriasis, and is in the form of a red, tender rash. • Common treatments are topical ointments or steroids. Overuse is a problem that could result in thinning of the skin. • The affected areas should be covered in plastic dressings, as to not be irritated.

  7. Types- Pustular Psoriasis • Commonly seen in adults. • Characterized by white blisters filled with noninfectious pus, which is surrounded by red skin. The blisters consist of white blood cells. • Pustular Psoriasis starts out with the skin reddening and moves on to form pustules and scaling. • There are many causes, such as medication, pregnancy, overexposure to UV light and infections. • There are 3 different types of Pustular Psoriasis: Von Zumbusch, Palmoplantar pustulosis, and Acropustulosis.

  8. Types- Erythrodermic Psoriasis • The most serious form of Psoriasis • Affects most of the body’s surface • Characterized by widespread redness of the skin and shedding of the skin in sheets rather than flakes. • This type of Psoriasis also causes pain and itching, as well as heart rate increase and changes in body temperature. • If you have these symptoms you should see a doctor immediately. If untreated erythrodermic psoriasis could cause fluid and protein loss that could lead to severe illness.

  9. Resources • http://www.answers.com/topic/psoriasis • http://www.psoriasis.org • http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/understanding-psoriasis-basics • http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=20679 • http://www.emedicinehealth.com/guttate_psoriasis/article_em.htm • http://dermatology.about.com/od/psoriasis/a/invrs_psoriasis.htm