As I stipulated in my last post, I would continue on tonight with the rest of the descriptions for the various varieties of psoriasis. I believe I left off of Guttate psoriasis, so I will begin with Inverse psoriasis.
The characterization for inverse psoriasis is that it presents as bright red, shiny lesions that appear in an individual’s various skin folds. No, I am not referring to rolls that appear on overweight individuals, I am speaking about armpits, the groin area and under a person’s breasts.
The last type of psoriasis described on the http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/understanding-psoriasis-basics webpage is Erythrodermic psoriasis. This version appears as periodic, fiery redness of on the skin. The skin may also present as scaly shedding that appears in sheets. The reason that people suffer from this type of psoriasis is because they are withdrawing from a systemic psoriasis treatment, severe sunburn, infection, and certain medications. This version requires that your client seek immediate medical treatment since it can lead to severe illness!
Just like it is referred to on the various television commercials, individuals that suffer from any type of psoriasis are uncomfortable – both physically, mentally and emotionally. This is because this skin disease is disfiguring which can be difficult, but it is also quite frustrating to treat.
While the disease is cyclical and can go into remission and then flare-up, it also can last a lifetime! Be aware and help your clients to understand that there are medications available for their use. Advising them about other various therapies that can help clear up the patches of red, scaly, thickened, embarrassing skin is also a must. Do advise your clients, however, that there is no cure for this particular skin disease.
Be gentle as this may be very disturbing to your elderly clients and breaking it to them poorly would go against your motto of With Age Comes Respect!