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What are common signs and symptoms of psoriasis?

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The signs and symptoms of psoriasis vary depending on the type you have. Some common signs for plaque psoriasis -- the most common type of psoriasis -- include:

  • Plaques of red, inflamed skin, often covered with loose, silver-colored scales. These plaques may be itchy and painful and sometimes crack and bleed. In severe cases, the plaques will grow and merge into one another, covering large areas.
  • Disorders of the fingernails and toenails, including discoloration and pitting of the nails. The nails may also begin to crumble or detach from the nail bed.
  • Scaly plaques on the scalp.
  • Small areas of bleeding where the involved skin is scratched.

From: 5 Signs & Symptoms of Psoriasis WebMD Medical Reference

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Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, associate director of dermatopharmacology, department of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; co-director of the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center; consultant for Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, and 3M.  Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, director of the Clinical Research Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City; assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; consultant for Amgen and Genentech.  National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. American Academy of Dermatology. WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Psoriasis." American Academy of Dermatology, PsoriasisNet. National Psoriasis Foundation. Abel, E. , April 2005. ACP Medicine

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 17, 2017

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Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, associate director of dermatopharmacology, department of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; co-director of the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center; consultant for Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, and 3M.  Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, director of the Clinical Research Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City; assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; consultant for Amgen and Genentech.  National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. American Academy of Dermatology. WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Psoriasis." American Academy of Dermatology, PsoriasisNet. National Psoriasis Foundation. Abel, E. , April 2005. ACP Medicine

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 17, 2017

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