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    Understanding Psoriasis -- Symptoms

    What Are the Symptoms of Psoriasis?

    The symptoms of psoriasis include:

    • Areas of itchy, scaly skin on the scalp, knees, elbows, and upper body; these deep-pink, raised plaques of skin have white scales.
    • Psoriasis on fingernails and toenails can make the nails become thick, pitted, and discolored; nails may separate from underlying nail bed.
    • Red, scaly, cracked skin with tiny pustules on the palms of the hands and/or feet; you may have pustular psoriasis.

    Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include:

    • Stiffness, pain, and tenderness of the joints
    • Reduced range of motion
    • Nail changes, such as pitting, which is found in up to 80% of people with psoriatic arthritis

    Call Your Doctor About Psoriasis If:

    Your skin inflammation does not respond to over-the-counter types of treatment; you need to be checked to see if more aggressive prescription topical and/or systemic therapy is needed.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on April 16, 2015

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