Psoriasis Vulgaris (Plaque Psoriasis)

What is Psoriasis Vulgaris (Plaque Psoriasis)?

Psoriasis Vulgaris is an autoimmune disease that causes patches of raised, red, scaly skin. It affects people of all ages, and can be mild to severe. It is estimated that about 7.5 million people in the United States alone are affected by Psoriasis Vulgaris, and it is the most common type of psoriasis.

What Causes Psoriasis Vulgaris?

The cause of Psoriasis Vulgaris is still unknown. It is thought that a combination of genetic, environmental, and immunological factors play a role in triggering the disease. Certain stressors, such as a bacterial or viral infection, can also trigger an outbreak of Psoriasis Vulgaris.

Symptoms of Psoriasis Vulgaris

The most common symptom of Psoriasis Vulgaris is raised, red patches of skin (plaques) that are covered with flaky, white scales. The plaques can be itchy and painful. Other symptoms may include:

  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Burning or soreness of the affected areas
  • White pustules around the plaques
  • Thinning or loss of hair in the affected areas

Treating and Managing Psoriasis Vulgaris

Treatment for Psoriasis Vulgaris can vary depending on the severity of the condition. Mild cases may be treated with topical creams, light therapy, oral medications, or lifestyle changes. Severe cases may need to be treated with immunosuppressive medications or biologic therapies. In addition, stress reduction, quitting smoking, and avoiding environmental factors such as extreme temperatures can help to manage the symptoms of Psoriasis Vulgaris.