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Symptoms of Psoriasis

Symptoms of Psoriasis: Introduction

Symptoms of psoriasis can vary greatly in intensity, frequency, and duration among individuals. Symptoms can be minimal and include infrequent outbreaks of small patches of raised areas of thickened skin and lesions that are covered with whitish scales. Other people experience frequent breakouts on more areas of skin.

Itching may also be a symptom. Scratching, however, often does not relieve the itch and can lead to increased inflammation, more intense itching, and harder scratching. Complications of scratching include a secondary bacterial infection or fungal infection of the surrounding skin and tissues. This is called cellulitis and can be potentially serious for some people.

Symptoms of psoriasis most often affects the knees, elbows, lower back and scalp. It can also affect the armpits, under the breasts, hands and feet and around the genitalia. Psoriasis can also affect the nails, which causes thickening of the nails. Nails affect by psoriasis separate from the skin and are also pitted.

Some people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis, which is similar to rheumatoid arthritis and causes painful, stiff joints....more about Psoriasis »

Symptoms of Psoriasis

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Psoriasis includes the 47 symptoms listed below:

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Psoriasis: Symptom Checkers

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Psoriasis: Symptom Assessment Questionnaires

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Psoriasis: Complications

Review medical complications possibly associated with Psoriasis:

  • Psoriatic arthritis - occurs in about 10-15% of psoriasis cases.
  • Exfoliative psoriatic dermatitis
  • Social embarrassment (see Society problems)
  • The generalized pustular psoriasis of von Zumbusch may be lethal if proper supportive measures are not taken during the acute phase
  • It can also complicate heart disease and cause heart failure, because the heart rate may accelerate due to increased blood flow to the inflamed skin
  • Dehydration
  • Heart failure
  • more complications...»

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Psoriasis: Medical Mistakes

Psoriasis: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Home Diagnostic Testing

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Less Common Symptoms of Psoriasis:

Ocassionally other symptoms may also present themselves as symptoms of Psoriasis. 7 of the more common ones are included in the list below:

Wrongly Diagnosed with Psoriasis?

The list of other diseases or medical conditions that may be on the differential diagnosis list of alternative diagnoses for Psoriasis includes:

Psoriasis: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Other Possible Causes of these Symptoms

Click on any of the symptoms below to see a full list of other causes including diseases, medical conditions, toxins, drug interactions, or drug side effect causes of that symptom.

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Questions and Answers About Psoriasis: NIAMS (Excerpt)

People with psoriasis may suffer discomfort, including pain and itching, restricted motion in their joints, and emotional distress.

In its most typical form, psoriasis results in patches of thick, red skin covered with silvery scales. These patches, which are sometimes referred to as plaques, usually itch and may burn. The skin at the joints may crack. Psoriasis most often occurs on the elbows, knees, scalp, lower back, face, palms, and soles of the feet but it can affect any skin site. The disease may also affect the fingernails, the toenails, and the soft tissues inside the mouth and genitalia. About 15 percent of people with psoriasis have joint inflammation that produces arthritis symptoms. This condition is called psoriatic arthritis. (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Psoriasis: NIAMS)

Questions and Answers About Psoriasis: NIAMS (Excerpt)

People with psoriasis may notice that there are times when their skin worsens, then improves. Conditions that may cause flareups include changes in climate, infections, stress, and dry skin. Also, certain medicines, most notably beta-blockers, which are used to treat high blood pressure, and lithium or drugs used to treat depression, may trigger an outbreak or worsen the disease. (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Psoriasis: NIAMS)

Psoriasis: NWHIC (Excerpt)

When psoriasis develops, patches of skin thicken, redden, and become covered with silvery scales. These patches are sometimes referred to as plaques. They may itch or burn. The skin at joints may crack. Psoriasis most often occurs on the elbows, knees, scalp, lower back, face, palms, and soles of the feet. The disease also may affect the fingernails, toenails, and the soft tissues inside the mouth and genitaliAbout 10 percent of people with psoriasis have joint inflammation that produces symptoms of arthritis. This condition is called psoriatic arthritis. (Source: excerpt from Psoriasis: NWHIC)

Psoriasis as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Psoriasis, it is also important to consider Psoriasis as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Psoriasis may cause:

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Psoriasis: Onset and Incubation

Onset of Psoriasis: Any age but peak incidence is during adolescence and early adulthood or towards the end of the 6th decade of life.

Medical articles and books on symptoms:

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Psoriasis. This signs and symptoms information for Psoriasis has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Psoriasis signs or Psoriasis symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Psoriasis may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Psoriasis symptoms.

 

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