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    What are the different types of psoriasis?

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    Prof Rodney Sinclair

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Professor Sinclair is a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Sinclair Dermatology. He is past-president of the Australasian Society for … View Profile

    Psoriasis is a non-contagious skin condition. It causes red, scaly patches to develop on the skin.Psoriasis most commonly affects on the scalp, elbows and knees, but plaques can occur on any areas of the body.  Psoriasis can also involve the nails and is associated with a specific form of arthritis.  Psoriasis can be controlled with treatment.Types of psoriasis

    • Plaque psoriasis - most common form
    • Guttate psoriasis - found mostly in children
    • Flexural psoriasis - affects body folds and genital area
    • Erythrodermic psoriasis - severe form requiring hospitalisation
    • Napkin psoriasis.
    • Pustular psoriasis - a more severe form of psoriasis which can be painful.

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