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 17, 2017


National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease.
National Psoriasis Foundation.
The Psoriasis Foundation.
American Academy of Dermatology.

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