The more I research, the more I understand that psoriasis symptoms can vary. They may vary due to the type of plaque psoriasis that your client has and may also be associated with psoriatic arthritis.
If your client has psoriatic arthritis, they may present with pain and swelling in their joints. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, it is estimated that anywhere from 10 to 30 percent of individuals that have been diagnosed with Psoriasis may also be diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis.
There are several other types of Psoriasis mentioned on the website, too. I will begin by mentioning the various types and then go onto explain them (perhaps in future posts).
The various types include:
- Pustular psoriasis
- Guttate psoriasis
- Inverse psoriasis
- Erythrodermic psoriasis
Here are the details:
Pustular psoriasis is the first type mentioned. This variety is described as red and scaly skin that appears on the hands and/or feet. This psoriasis also has tiny pustules (small blisters or pimples containing pus) associated with it.
Guttate psoriasis actually will have affected your client since they were a child – or at least from young adulthood. This type of psoriasis is triggered by respiratory infections, strep throat, tonsillitis, stress, injury to the skin, and use of anti-malarial and beta-blocker medications. You will be able to tell this version by the small red spots that will appear on your client’s torso and/or their limbs.
Tomorrow I will continue onward with the various descriptions, until then, treat your clients as though you want them to know that With Age Comes Respect.