Symptoms of Psoriasis

Psoriasis and Symptoms / Signs

Psoriasis can range from very minor to extremely severe. In Minor cases there may only be small patches of skin that are affected. In severe cases the Psoriasis can cover large areas and can be immobilizing and disfiguring.

Know the Symptoms of Psoriasis

The symptoms of Psoriasis are not always the same and may differ from person to person. The signs and symptoms may include one or more of the following:

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•    Silvery scales.

•    Red patches.

•    Dry, cracked skin.

•    Small scaly spots.

•    Itchy, burning skin.

•    Thickened nails.

•    Pitted nails.

•    Swollen, stiff joints.

•    Symptoms on one side of the body are usually similar to the other side.

Most types of Psoriasis have a period of rest and then periods of varying severity. In some cases the Psoriasis symptoms disappear for good, but in most cases it returns.

The Symptoms of the Different Types of Psoriasis

•    Plaque Psoriasis symptoms: Dry raised skin plaques that look like silvery scales. Can occur anywhere on the body. Skin around joints may crack and bleed.

•    Nail Psoriasis symptoms: Affects the nails (toenails and fingernails) The symptoms include pitting, thickened nails, discoloration, crumbling of the nail and Onycholysis (nail becomes loose) More information on nail Psoriasis here.

•    Scalp Psoriasis symptoms: Red, itchy silver patches on the scalp, forehead and neck areas. The symptoms of scalp psoriasis, may appear as bad dandruff, if not too severe. More information on scalp Psoriasis here.

•    Guttate Psoriasis symptoms: Usually affects younger people after a strep throat or thrush infection. Symptoms are small sores on the abdomen, legs and scalp.

•    Inverse Psoriasis symptoms: Affects skin that is under the arms, in the groin area, under the breasts. Symptoms include smooth areas of red skin. This condition is worse with excessive sweating or in people who are overweight.

•    Pustular Psoriasis symptoms: Pus filled blisters are present for about two days after which they dry up. The cycle is then repeated again. May include flu like symptoms.

•    Psoriatic Arthritis symptoms: In addition to the scaly skin, Psoriatic Arthritis sufferers also have sore, swollen joints and sometimes inflammatory eye conditions as well as nail psoriasis.

•    Erythrodermic Psoriasis symptoms: This is the least common type of Psoriasis. It can cover the entire body with a red, burning rash. It is usually triggered by some other type of Psoriasis that is poorly managed.

When Should You See a Doctor?

•    If severe discomfort is experienced.

•    The psoriasis is getting in the way of day to day activities.

•    You are experiencing any joint pain.

Other pages on remedies for skin in connection with this page

*    Psoriasis causes and symptoms.

*    Healing psoriasis with coconut oil.

*    Pictures of Psoriasis.

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