Types of Psoriasis (cont.)
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Plaque-type psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis. Approximately, nine out of 10 people with psoriasis have plaques of psoriasis. The disease begins with a small scaling red bump that joins with other similar bumps to form an elevated plaque of red skin that is covered with silvery scales. Circular- to oval-shaped red plaques that sometimes itch or burn are typical of plaque psoriasis. The plaques usually are found on the elbows, knees, trunk, or scalp, but they may be found on any part of the skin. Most plaques of psoriasis are persistent (they stay for years and do not tend to come and go).
Picture of plaque psoriasis on a leg. Image courtesy of Hon Pak, MD.
Picture of plaque psoriasis on an abdomen. Image courtesy of Hon Pak, MD.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/20/2015
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