What are the common symptoms of psoriasis?

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What are the common symptoms of psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a common chronic skin related disease that is caused due to the functioning and reactions of the immune system. This skin condition affects 2 to 5 percent of the population worldwide. Though this is a very prevalent skin disease the symptoms of this varies from person to person. There are different types of psoriasis and the symptoms of these vary according to the type of psoriasis.

Below are the most common symptoms of psoriasis.

•    Deep red patches on the skin along with white silvery patches of dead skin.

•    Small spots and scales that appear on the torso, limbs, palms, face scalp etc.

•    The red scaly patches will cause severe pain and itchiness and might sometimes even breakout and bleed.

•    Discolouration of the skin and nails

•    Sometimes Psoriasis can lead to arthritis. This causes swelling and stiffness of the joints.

Symptoms of plaque psoriasis

This is one of the most common types of psoriasis. It causes excessive drying of the skin along with deep red patches of dead skin lesions. These are covered with white scaly patches. They itch severely and can be found anywhere in the body including the insides of the mouth and genitals. Other types of psoriasis can exist along with this plaque psoriasis.

Symptoms of Guttate psoriasis

This is found in children and in young adults. The symptoms of this are small separate spots of red sores that can be seen on the trunk, limbs, scalp and the arms. These sores are covered by thin layers of the scales but are not as thick as the plaque psoriasis. These sometimes come as a single outbreak and might go away on its own or might come as repeated episodes.

Symptoms of inverse psoriasis

This mainly occurs in the skin folds of the body and is more prominent in people with many body folds and in overweight people. This causes a smooth layer of red patches on the underside of the breasts and in the groin region. One of the main triggers of this skin condition is fungal infections.

Symptoms of pustular psoriasis

This type of psoriasis is less common compared to the other types. It can occur in either a small patch or in widespread patches. It mostly affects the feet, hands or the finger tips. These develop pretty quickly but within hours these are covered with blisters that are filled with pus. The skin may become tender when this happens. Sometimes fever, and severe chill and itchiness follow this type of psoriasis.

Erythrodermic psoriasis

This is found in a very lesser margin of people and when affected, it covers the entire body with small red scaly patches of rashes that will peel. It can be very pain and might cause severe itchiness.

Scalp psoriasis

This is a condition where the psoriasis affects the scalp. When affected by this condition, the entire scalp is covered with red itchy silvery scales of dead skin. Scratching of the scalp will lead to red flakes of dead skin.

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