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Types of Psoriasis (cont.)

Plaque-Type Psoriasis

Plaque-type psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis. Approximately, nine out of 10 people with psoriasis have plaques of psoriasis. The skin is red and covered with silvery scales. Circular- to oval-shaped red plaques that sometimes itch or burn are typical of plaque psoriasis. The patches usually are found on the elbows, knees, trunk, or scalp but 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).


Plaque psoriasis. Leg. Image courtesy of Hon Pak, MD.


Plaque psoriasis. Abdomen. Image courtesy of Hon Pak, MD.

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