Psoriasis Symptoms

Psoriasis symptoms mostly occur on the human skin and can develop anywhere on the body. It occurs as a result of an aggressive, dynamic, genetic and an immune-related condition known as psoriasis. There are however more serious but rare manifestations of the disease with different set of symptoms an individual can suffer from such as psoriatic arthritis which attacks the joints.

According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, psoriasis is defined as a, “chronic (lifelong) disease of the immune system that varies from person to person, both in severity and how it responds to treatment.”

What Triggers Flare Up of Symptoms?

As it was only found out in the last 50 years, psoriasis is caused by a faulty immune system that produces skin cells up to six times faster than normal.  The condition is inherited within the genetics code passed from parents to children.

Having said this, there are triggers that offset the psoriasis symptoms to arise. These symptoms are almost always the same. They are:

  • emotional distress as suffered by the individual
  • Infections for example strep throat, bronchitis and ear aches. These are particularly prevalent in children and young adults
  • Damage occurring to the surface of the skin for example as a result of being cut.

12 Psoriasis Symptoms

  1. The most noticeable of all psoriasis symptoms are the formulation of thick red scales enveloped by silver scales on the body’s surface. The locations that the scales develop varies with the type of arthritis the individual is suffering from and includes the hands, face, feet, fingernails and even the genital areas.
  2. A tightness of the skin
  3. Severe itching all over the body which results in bleeding. This is mainly associated with severe type of psoriasis.
  4. Pain all over the body
  5. Another of the most common psoriasis symptoms is emergence of legions on the scalp (scalp psoriasis). It mainly occurs on the scalp posterior or just above the ears and leads to constant scratching by the individual.
  6. An infection of the guttate (guttate psoriasis) which involves the occurrence of small spots forming on the skin. It is prevalent in children and young adults who had previously suffered from strep throat infections.
  7. Large areas of the body surface may be covered by plaque
  8. Obese patients may suffer flare ups in the groin area and the abdominal and breast folds
  9. A less common manifestation is those that arise from psoriatic arthritis. The disease is prevalent to those who suffer either from arthritis or from psoriasis. Its symptoms are different and more severe and include tenderness of the joints, massive skin legions around the body, nail legions, swelling of the joints and especially the Achilles tendon, early morning stiffness and lower back pains.
  10. Intense shedding of the skin after it turns red. This symptom is mostly associated with erythrodermic psoriasis. The flare ups are aggressive, uncontrolled and very severe. Untreated, this particular type of psoriasis can be fatal as it can lead to acute renal failure, heart failure and respiratory distress syndrome among others.
  11. Pus filled blisters are more rare symptoms. It is normally associated with Pustular Psoriasis and can lead to diarrhea, fevers and constant itching by the individual. The hands and the feet are the body areas normally affected.
  12. An occurrence of pustules on the soles of the feet and hand palms which are round in shape and peel off.

Currently, psoriasis has no known cure. There are, however, treatments that focus on relieving effects of psoriasis symptoms which include medications, herbal remedies, good nutrition and supplements. Learn more on natural remedies that you can use.

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