severe Psoriasis Vulgaris (Plaque Psoriasis)

What is Psoriasis Vulgaris (Plaque Psoriasis)?

Psoriasis Vulgaris (commonly known as Plaque Psoriasis) is a chronic skin condition characterized by itchy, red, scaly patches of skin. It is caused by an overactive immune system, which causes the skin to grow too rapidly, leading to buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Plaque Psoriasis is one of the most common forms of psoriasis, and can be uncomfortable and lead to social anxiety. Plaques can appear anywhere on the body, but typically appear on the scalp, elbows, knees and lower back.

Symptoms of Severe Plaque Psoriasis

Symptoms of severe plaque psoriasis can be painful and uncomfortable and can significantly affect quality of life. Common symptoms include:

  • Itching
  • Thickened, red, scaly patches of skin
  • Painful cracked skin
  • Burning or stinging sensation in the affected area
  • Soreness and irritation
  • Bleeding or pus from affected areas
  • Thickened, pitted or ridged nails

Diagnosis and Treatment

Plaque psoriasis is typically diagnosed based on medical history and physical examination. Blood tests, skin biopsy or imaging tests may also be used to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment typically involves a combination of topical medications, phototherapy and systemic medications. Treatment goals include reducing inflammation and skin irritation, as well as avoiding triggers that cause or worsen psoriasis symptoms.


Severe plaque psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that can cause discomfort and have a negative impact on quality of life. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for controlling symptoms and preventing flares, so anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical advice.