Psoriasis Symptoms

Written by Kimberly Clark
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Since psoriasis is much more than a skin disorder, its symptoms can frequently be observed in several other parts of the body besides the skin. Some of the more common psoriasis symptoms that affect the skin include soreness, redness, inflammation, and the appearance or dry scaly patches of skin. On the scalp, psoriasis can resemble dandruff.

The symptoms of psoriasis vary depending on the type. More often than not, the psoriasis case is so mild that it is barely noticeable; however, occasionally the bouts are so bad that hospitalizations is required. Generally psoriasis flares up on the arms, elbows, knees, legs, torso, and back. In more extreme cases, psoriasis symptoms can also be seen on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. The lesions tend to be oval-shaped, salmon-colored, and occur in a symmetric pattern on both sides of the body.

Conditions that Stem from Psoriasis

Psoriasis can even develop in the folds of the skin; for instance, in the armpits, under the breast, and even between the buttocks. In this case, the patches of skin tend to be smooth and shiny. Discolored fingernails and toenails, with small indentations, may also be an indicator of psoriasis. Psoriasis can also cause swelling and stiffness of the joints. When this occurs there is a danger of developing the potentially deadly condition known as psoriatic arthritis.

Approximately 23 percent of psoriasis sufferers develop this form of arthritis. Symptoms include pain in the joints and surrounding tissues, stiffness, and a reduced ability for full motion. This condition is usually diagnosed by a process of elimination, as you and your doctor discuss your medical history.

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