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:
- Recurring attacks of skin rash symptoms
- Skin rash
- Skin rash may affect various locations:
- Skin symptoms
- Restricted joint motion
- Emotional distress
- Arthritis - about 10% of cases get arthritis caused by psoriatic arthritis
- Thickening nails
- Split nails
- Raised pus-filled skin bumps
- Skin redness around pustules
- Stinging skin
- Itching skin
- Burning skin
- Peeling skin
- The patient experiences constitutional signs and symptoms, such as headache, fever, chills, arthralgia, malaise, anorexia, and nausea. Within hours, clusters of nonfollicular, superficial 2- to 3-mm pustules may appear in a generalized pattern. The most common sites of involvement are the flexural and anogenital areas
- Pustules may occur on the tongue and subungually, resulting in dysphagia and nail shedding, respectively. These pustules coalesce within 1 day to form lakes of pus that dry and desquamate in sheets, leaving behind a smooth erythematous surface on which new crops of pustules may appear. These episodes of pustulation may occur for days to weeks, thereby causing the patient severe discomfort and exhaustion.
- A telogen effluvium type of hair loss may develop in 2-3 months.
- In erythrodermic psoriasis, most of the skin surface is involved with redness and scaling.
- Increased risk of developing psoriasis
- Skin lesions - mainly on elbows, knees and scalp
- Skin patches - raised, red, scaly
- Thick flaky white skin patches
- Itchy skin lesions
- Dry skin patches
- Loose silvery scales
- Bleeding skin patches
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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
- Heart failure
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Less Common Symptoms of Psoriasis:
Ocassionally other symptoms may also present themselves as symptoms of Psoriasis.
of the more common ones are included in the list below:
Wrongly Diagnosed with Psoriasis?
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that may be on the differential diagnosis list of alternative diagnoses
for Psoriasis includes:
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Article Excerpts About Symptoms of Psoriasis:
Questions and Answers About Psoriasis: NIAMS (Excerpt)
People with psoriasis may suffer discomfort,
including pain and itching, restricted motion in their joints, and
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.
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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.