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Spotting Psoriasis is easy, but tagging that ugly red patch on your skin or skin rashes that itch as a psoriatic lesion will certainly not brighten your day. However, the good news is that early identification and treatment of this disease will ensure that you can unhide.
Psoriasis is a disease that affects the skin on the hands and palms, legs and feet, scalp, groin, nails, etc. The affected parts vary from person to person. This page will give you a general idea as to what Psoriasis actually looks like.
The patch of skin affected by Psoriasis can be particularly itchy, sore and painful. There is a noticeable change in the appearance of the skin. Raised red patches which are called as ‘plaques’ with or without slivery white scales is the hallmark feature of plaque Psoriasis. If you have a milder form of Psoriasis, you may have fewer plaques. But as the severity of the disease increases, you may find an increase in the number of plaques covering larger parts of the body. These plaques may sometimes appear as dry, cracked lesions that occasionally bleed.
Psoriasis can be of different types. Although most people have only one type of Psoriasis at a time, knowing your specific type of Psoriasis will help you identify your symptoms and deal with better.
It is important to remember that the severity of the symptoms may improve or worsen. There may be times when you find your symptoms typically severe or suddenly reappear (especially during harsh winters). These are called ‘flare-ups’. At other times, the lesions may barely be visible, these periods are called ‘remissions’.
Keeping track of your symptoms will help you identify your flare-ups and remissions and will enable your Dermatologist to prescribe the right treatment for your specific condition.
4 out of 10 Psoriasis patients may develop Psoriatic Arthritis. Stiffness in your fingers and toes may be an early sign of Psoriatic Arthritis.
Contact your Dermatologist if you experience pain or stiffness in your fingers and toes. Assess your risk for developing Psoriatic Arthritis.
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Mease PJ, et al. J Am Acad Dermatol 2013;69:729-35.
The signs and symptoms mentioned on this page are purely for information/ awareness purposes. These symptoms are not meant for self-diagnosis or self-prognosis. Should you notice any of these symptoms, please consult a registered medical practitioner for proper advice and diagnosis.