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
- emotional distress as suffered by the individual
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
- 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.
- A tightness of the skin
- Severe itching all over the body which results
in bleeding. This is mainly associated with severe type of psoriasis.
- Pain all over the body
- 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
- 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
- Large areas of the body surface may be covered
- Obese patients may suffer flare ups in the groin
area and the abdominal and breast folds
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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