Psoriasis is a chronic disease. It’s basically a skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells. Due to this the cells build up rapidly on the skin’s surface. The excess of skin cells form scales and red patches. They are itchy and sometimes painful as well. It does not have a cure. But you can manage the psoriasis symptoms. Taking certain lifestyle measures like quitting smoke, moisturizing and managing stress can help to manage psoriasis symptoms.
Signs of Psoriasis
Signs and symptoms of psoriasis are not the same for everyone. Common psoriasis symptoms include the following:
- Patches of red skin with silvery scales which are thick
- Itching, soreness or burning
- Swollen and stiff joints
- Small spots that are scaly which commonly appears in children
- Ridged, thickened or pitted nails
- Cracked and dry skin that may bleed
The psoriasis patches range from few small spots of scaling to major eruptions which covers large area. Many Types of psoriasis go through cycles. You may have flaring for a few weeks or sometimes months. Then the psoriasis symptoms may subside over time or may even go into complete remission.
Psoriasis Symptoms of Several Types of Psoriasis
Below are several types of Psoriasis:
It causes dry, red and raised skin plaques which are covered with silvery scales. Plaque psoriasis is the most common form. The lesions may be itchy or painful. You may have few or many of these. These plaques can occur anywhere on the body even on the soft tissue inside your mouth and your genitals.
This type mainly affects the fingernails and toenails. Nail psoriasis can cause abnormal nail growth, pitting and discoloration as well. Due to nail psoriasis, the nails may loose up and may even separate from the nail bed. It can cause the nail to crumble in severe cases.
A bacterial infection like strep throat usually triggers guttate psoriasis. It primarily affects children and young adults. The symptoms include small scaling lesions in the shape of water drop on arms, trunk, scalp and legs. A fine scale covers the lesions. They are not as thick as typical plaques usually are. You can either have an outbreak that fades away on its own or have repeated episodes of it.
Skin under the breasts, in the armpits, around the genitals and in the groin are mainly affected by inverse psoriasis. It causes smooth red patches, sweating and inflammation of skin that can become worse with friction. The main trigger for this type of psoriasis is fungal infections.
This form of psoriasis is very uncommon. It normally occurs either in widespread patches or in smaller ares especially on fingertips, hands and feet. This type can develop quickly with pus formation in blisters. All of this can happen in just hours after the skin becomes tender and red. These blisters may come and go more often. General pustular psoriasis can also cause chills, severe itching, fever and even diarrhea as well.
It is the least common type of psoriasis. Erythrodermic psoriasis can cover entire body with peeling, red rash which can itch or burn severely.
Psoriasis arthritis causes swollen and painful joints which is typical of arthritis in addition to scaly and inflamed skin. Some times only the joint symptoms appear or at times only nail changes appear. Symptoms of psoriasis arthritis range from mild to severe. It can affect any joint in the body.