Psoriasis is usually a long-term problem. Symptoms tend to come and go in a cycle of flares, when symptoms get worse, and remission, when symptoms improve and go away for awhile. In other cases psoriasis may persist for long periods of time without getting better or worse.
Several things can make
symptoms worse, depending on the
type of psoriasis. These factors, or triggers, include:
Psoriasis is a skin disease, often marked by red scaly patches. There are several different types of psoriasis. In most cases, people have one type at a time. Sometimes symptoms go away. Then, another type of psoriasis crops up in response to a trigger. Here is a brief overview of the main types of psoriasis.
Plaques that may cover large areas (20% to 30%)
of the body. When determining the percent of coverage, consider that the palm
of your hand equals about 1% of your body surface, and the total surface of
both arms equals about 20%.
Pustular psoriasis with large, fluid-filled plaque and
Erythrodermic psoriasis with severe inflammation and
shedding (sloughing) of the skin.
which includes ongoing joint swelling, tenderness, limitation of range of
motion, or joint warmth or redness. Severe cases can result in joint