How to Identify Plaque Psoriasis
Psoriasis vulgaris, also known as plaque psoriasis, is the most common form of psoriasis. Almost nine out of every ten people suffering from psoriasis have this type of chronic skin condition. Plaque psoriasis usually affects the skin on your elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back.
Characteristically, plaque psoriasis appears in the form of large areas of raised, red skin that are covered with white, silvery patches of dead skin cells. These patches are called “plaques” and are often scaly and flaky as well. Although lesions are most common on your elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back for plaque psoriasis, they can appear on any area of skin.
There are other common symptoms that usually accompany plaque psoriasis, such as itching, burning, swelling, and pain.