In general, these are the five types of psoriasis and their individual symptoms:

  • Plaque psoriasis: The most common form, with red patches and silvery scales.
  • Guttate psoriasis: Teardrop-shaped small spots on limbs, trunk and scalp.
  • Pustular psoriasis: Small, pus-filled lesions adjoining active plaques.
  • Inverse psoriasis: Patches in skin folds of armpits, genitals and breasts.
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis: Widespread reddening and scaling of the skin.

Tracking the location and severity of your psoriasis symptoms can help your doctor evaluate whether your treatment is working. If you notice any significant changes in your condition between appointments, be sure to call your doctor right away. Meanwhile, you should:

  1. Keep a journal. After you start a new treatment, once a week write down any changes you notice in your symptoms. Is a patch smaller? Less itchy? Less red?
  2. Maintain a photo record. Choose a psoriasis patch and take a picture of it with your cellphone or digital camera. Then snap a weekly photo to keep a record of any progress.
  3. Fill out our Psoriasis Symptoms Diary worksheet.
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Published August 2011

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