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Plaque Psoriasis (cont.)

What Is the Prognosis of Plaque Psoriasis?

If treated, it is reasonable to expect that individual plaques of psoriasis will diminish or disappear. It is also expected that new lesions will develop if treatment is abandoned.

Is It Possible to Prevent Plaque Psoriasis?

The best way for a patient with known psoriasis to prevent its reappearance or exacerbation is to treat the skin with care and avoid traumatic stimuli like sunburns or elective surgical procedures. It is important to avoid picking or rubbing off the scale.

Where Can People Find More Information on Plaque Psoriasis?

National Psoriasis Foundation

Plaque Psoriasis Pictures

Picture of plaque psoriasis on the elbow. Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis.
Picture of plaque psoriasis on the elbow. Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis. Image courtesy of Hon Pak, MD.

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

Plaque psoriasis. Photo courtesy of University of British Columbia, Department of Dermatology and Skin Science.
Plaque psoriasis. Photo courtesy of University of British Columbia, Department of Dermatology and Skin Science.

Picture of plaque psoriasis.
Picture of plaque psoriasis. Photo courtesy of University of British Columbia, Division of Dermatology.

Psoriasis on the palms.
Psoriasis on the palms. Image courtesy of Hon Pak, MD.

Plaque psoriasis with fissures, which are splits in the skin. Fissures usually occur where the skin bends (joints). The skin may bleed and is more susceptible to infection. Image courtesy of Hon Pak, MD.
Plaque psoriasis with fissures, which are splits in the skin. Fissures usually occur where the skin bends (joints). The skin may bleed and is more susceptible to infection. Image courtesy of Hon Pak, MD.

Plaque psoriasis on the back. Image courtesy of Hon Pak, MD.
Plaque psoriasis on the back. Image courtesy of Hon Pak, MD.

Severe plaque psoriasis. Note the classic red color and scales or plaque. Image courtesy of Hon Pak, MD.
Severe plaque psoriasis. Note the classic red color and scales or plaque. Image courtesy of Hon Pak, MD.

Nail psoriasis. Note the classic pits and yellowish color in the nails.
Nail psoriasis. Note the classic pits and yellowish color in the nails. Image courtesy of Hon Pak, MD.

Psoriasis of the scalp.
Psoriasis of the scalp. Image courtesy of Hon Pak, MD.

REFERENCES:

Boehncke, Wolf-Henning, and Michael P. Schön. "Psoriasis." The Lancet May 27, 2015. 1-12.

Greb, Jacqueline E., et al. "Psoriasis." Nature Reviews Disease Primers 2 (2016): 1-17.

Menter, Alan, et al. "Guidelines of Care for the Management of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis." J Am Acad Dermatol 58.5 May 2008: 826-850.

Weigle, Nancy, and Sarah McBane. "Psoriasis." American Family Physician 87.9 May 1, 2013: 626-633.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017

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