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Plaque psoriasis

What is plaque psoriasis?

Plaque psoriasis (pronounced plaque-soriasis) is the most common form of psoriasis. About 80 percent of all who suffer from psoriasis have this form.

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What are the characteristics of plaque psoriasis?

Plaque psoriasis

Plaque psoriasis is characterized by delimited red raised areas. Plaque psoriasis is characterized by delimited red raised areas covered by shining dandruff. The lesions usually start as droplet (guttate) areas that eventually flow together, first to coin-shaped (nummulate) areas and the side of the so-called plaques, which are palm-wide areas with the characteristic changes in the skin. The upper dandruff is loose and can easily be removed, but the lower dandruff adheres to the underlying skin, and scratches them off, you will often make the skin soft. The top dandruff automatically drops, and you can therefore constantly come around and brush the dandruff.

Plaque psoriasis is typically found on the elbows, knees, scalp and back, but may occur throughout the body. The lesions are chronically present, but are typically improved during the summer. Psoriasis skin is generally very dry. Other possible symptoms may therefore be itching and pain from skin cracks.

How do you treat plaque psoriasis?

Plaque psoriasis

Plague psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body. Local outbreaks include local treatment in the form of adrenal gland hormone and vitamin D - optionally in combination. In widespread psoriasis, it is preferable to use ultraviolet light especially in the form of broad-spectrum UVB.

If the light treatment does not work properly, systemic treatment with Methotrexate Acitretin (Neotigason) or ciclosporin (Sandimmun) is used. For the most difficult cases, biological treatment can be offered.

One can also use tar bath and climate therapy when other treatments are not suitable.

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Original text by Knud Kragballe, professor, dr. Med. and Flemming Andersen, doctor, PhD

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