Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that affects your body’s production of skin cells by speeding up their life cycle. It can be hard to know if you have psoriasis, especially since we’re still learning more about what it is and what causes it. We do know some common signs and symptoms of psoriasis, however, so you should see your dermatologist if you experience these and discuss your treatment options.
What are the signs and symptoms of psoriasis?
There are many different types of psoriasis, so each person might experience it differently. These are some of the most common signs of psoriasis.
Red, scaly patches = Plaque Psoriasis
Psoriasis can often occur in patches that are red and covered in thick, silvery scales. This is usually an indicator of plaque psoriasis, the most common type of psoriasis. These scales can be itchy and painful and can vary in number and size. These plaques are most commonly found on the scalp, knees, elbows, and ears.
Thick, ridged nails
Nail psoriasis affects your finger and toenails and causes pitting. It also causes nail discoloration and can even cause your nails to separate from the nail bed in some severe cases.
Swollen and stiff joints = Psoriatic Arthritis
Psoriatic arthritis affects your joints, over time it causes destruction of joints. This leads to morning joint stiffness and discomfort.
Itching, burning, and soreness
Most types of psoriasis come with some type of itching, burning, or soreness. This can be mild, or it can negatively affect your ability to complete everyday tasks because of the discomfort and pain.
Psoriasis can have flares and remissions but it tends to recur especially after stressful situations or illnesses.
When should I see a dermatologist?
You should see your dermatologist if your psoriasis causes symptoms that interfere with your daily life. Psoriasis affects your self-esteem and quality of life. Your dermatologist can recommend treatment options for you based on your unique symptoms and concerns.
What are my treatment options?
Psoriasis treatments include topical therapy like corticosteroids, retinoids, or medicated moisturizers, these are a good first place to start. These can be combined with light therapy or laser treatments. Newer treatments include oral medications and injectable medication, these have shown miraculous clearing.
Schedule a Consultation
Psoriasis doesn’t need to negatively affect your daily life. To learn more about your treatment options, schedule a consultation at our Wooster, Medina, and Wadsworth locations by calling 330-725-0569 or filling out our online forms at Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery.