6 Signs You May Have Psoriasis

6 Signs You May Have Psoriasis

By Psoriasis Alliance Staff Published at May 2 Views 592

Around 7.5 million people in the United States have a form of the skin condition called psoriasis. There are seven kinds of the condition which affect people of different ages and various parts of the body. Read on to learn more about six possible psoriasis symptoms so you know what you and your doctor should look for.

1. Plaques
Mayo Clinic says that plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the condition. People who have it develop itchy, painful skin patches called plaques that are dry and red. The plaques may be raised and appear scaly. They can appear in small or large numbers anywhere on the body.

2. Scalp scales
Psoriasis may occur on your scalp. It can cause itchy, silver-colored scales to form and could lead to hair loss if left untreated.

3. Fingernail abnormalities
A person may also develop psoriasis on their fingernails. This can cause little pits or dents to form near where the nail meets the cuticle. The nails may turn colors and begin yellowing or loosen from the nail bed and fall off. Severe instances of this kind of psoriasis may result in fingernails that crumble because they are so dry and brittle.

4. Drop-shaped sores
Another type of psoriasis called guttate psoriasis does not create scaly plaques. Instead, people develop sores that look like teardrops that can be up to one-third of an inch wide. This type of psoriasis is typically found on the chest, legs, arms, and scalp.

Some people who have guttate psoriasis see their symptoms reduce after a couple of weeks. Others experience a worsening where the sores turn into plaques and the type of psoriasis changes. The United Kingdom’s National Health Service notes that if you have recently had strep throat or you're a child or teenager you may have a higher risk of developing guttate psoriasis.

People who have guttate psoriasis sometimes see their symptoms diminish over several weeks.

5. Red patches
Inverse or flexural psoriasis occurs in areas where your skin folds, including the armpits, under breasts, around the genitals, and in the groin. People who are overweight may also find inverse psoriasis in places where their skin bunches up or folds over itself. Symptoms include red patches that are smooth and inflamed in places where there is friction and sweat. People who have had fungal infections are more likely to have inverse psoriasis. Sweating from hot temperatures or vigorous physical activity can worsen the condition.

6. Full-body rash
Most types of psoriasis involve patches of red, irritated skin, but erythrodermic psoriasis can cover your entire body. This condition produces a rash that tends to peel and might be very itchy or burn. Mayo Clinic notes that erythrodermic psoriasis is the least common form of the disease.

Don’t try to diagnose a skin condition. If you think you may have psoriasis, visit your doctor. A physician can assess your skin and provide a treatment plan to reduce symptoms and help restore your appearance.

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