Do you know that approximately 2% of the world's population is affected by psoriasis disease? It is a non-contagious skin disorder. There are five different types of psoriasis disease, every of which has its unique signs, symptoms and ways of treatment. It's worth admitting about 10% to 30% of people with psoriasis get a related form of arthritis known as "psoriatic arthritis" causing the joints inflammation.
Among the most widespread psoriasis disease type there are guttate, flexural, nail, scalp and other types of psoriasis. Other types of psoriasis, as a rule, appear resulting from either rapid or slow progression of existing psoriasis disease. Usually people with unstable plaque psoriasis with no clear and defined lesions are likely to have other types of psoriasis (not mentioned above).
Less commonly they may occur "de novo". Other types of psoriasis cause different problems with dehydration, septicaemia, thermoregulation. High output cardiac failure can also be noticed in patients with other types of psoriasis.
The least common and most serious other types of psoriasisare known to be the erythrodermic and pustular ones. In the case of erythrodermic psoriasis disease almost the whole body becomes inflamed and bright red. This symptoms are characterized to be widespread and periodic. A peeling rush is also quite possible to appear. Be aware the mentioned rush usually causes itching and irritating skin burning.
Thus, almost 90% of the body becomes covered with plaques; swelling is also possible. Erythrodermic psoriasis is possible to be treated via systematic and topical medications. To prevent and stop infection some antibiotics may be used. But still some patients require hospitalization, because some cases of erythrodermic psoriasis are fatal (when due to the disease people lose too much fluid, have poor blood circulation or infection).
Among other types of psoriasis pustular one is also well-known. It can be either localized or generalized. Very often it appears on feet, hands, of finger tips. In case the pustular psoriasis is generalized it is known to occur in widespread random patches on the human body. This is one of the most uncommon type of psoriasis.
What distinguishes it from other types of psoriasis? It is characterized with raised and clearly defined bumps on the skin surface which are filled with pus (or pustules). As a rule, the skin around the mentioned bumps looks red and irritated. When pustular psoriasis becomes chronic it makes the skin dry, too sensitive and scaly.
If the pustular psoriasis isn't localized but generalized a patient is advised proper treatment in a medical institution (simply hospitalization).
Thus, according to medical practice several types of this common and chronic skin disease and known nowadays. But it's interesting to admit that medical experts have not yet come into conclusion whether this disease is one of the psoriasis types or it is a separate condition of the person. That's why it causes some differences in treatment.