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Your Guide to Understanding and Treating Plaque Psoriasis

By Leah Campbell
January 26, 2022

If you’ve been diagnosed with psoriasis, you’re likely all too familiar with the most common presentation of the disease: plaque psoriasis. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, approximately 80 to 90 percent of people with psoriasis have dealt with plaque psoriasis. So what sets plaque psoriasis apart from other types of psoriasis, and how should you treat it? We’ve got the answers to your biggest questions.

What Is Plaque Psoriasis?

As its name suggests, plaque psoriasis is typically identified by the formation of scaly patches, or plaques, usually on the elbows and knees—though it can develop on other areas of the body, as well. “The formed plaques are itchy and may even become painful and bleed due to cracking,” explains Lisa Stirling M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in Norfolk, Virginia, and medical adviser for eMediHealth.

The appearance of these plaques can vary by skin tone, but they’re usually raised and red, or darker in color, sometimes with a white or silvery layer of dead skin cells on top.

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