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Psoriasis Symptoms

Psoriasis is one of the most irritating skin diseases. It chronically manifests on the skin again and again, varying in scope, from a mild eruption where someone may not even realize they have psoriasis, to a severe outbreak which can be socially debilitating and, rarely, life threatening. While it is a dreaded disease, it is not contagious.

Normally, psoriasis can affect people of all age groups, but its early-onset form is rampant among 16 to 20 year olds, while the late-onset form is usually seen in people between 50 and 60 years old.

The term ‘psoriasis’ is derived from the Greek word ‘psora’, meaning itch. Almost 2 percent of the population has psoriasis to a greater or minor scale.

Psoriasis causes

Psoriasis is a disease that runs in genes, but the exact way in which it progresses from one generation to another is not yet clearly understood. While the incidence of the disease occurring is contained in a person’s genes, it doesn’t mean the disease will certainly develop.

However, people with this genetic predisposition may develop an outbreak when exposed to certain stimuli, such as alcohol, medicines, streptococcal throat infections or local irritation.

The two main types of Psoriasis Symptoms are psoriasis vulgaris and psoriasis pustulosa. The variations of the disease can be categorized according to severity, locality, duration, and lesion appearance.

Almost 6 percent of people who suffer from psoriasis also get psoriatic arthritis in their joints. It mainly affects finger and toe joints but can also affect the backbone.

Psoriasis symptoms

The most common type of psoriasis is psoriasis vulgaris. Usually, the initial symptoms of an eruption include:

Red itchy patches which enlarge and become scaly – various psoriasis pictures clearly show what these scales look like.

Flaking of the upper scales, small bleeding where flaking has occurred

Indentures in nails, if the disease reaches the nails: in a severe case, the nail can thicken and crumble away

Guttate psoriasis, which mainly affects children, causes scaly patches all over the child’s body, but the conditions subsides by itself after some time.

In the case of psoriasis pustulosa - which is extremely rare - in addition to the above symptoms, fluid-filled pustules will develop on the skin. Pictures of people suffering from this rare psoriasis variant are quite scary.

Treatment

Different people react differently to psoriasis treatment but the nature and extent of the outbreak, together with the patient’s age and health will determine the treatment that will be used. The most important factor while treating psoriasis is to keep the skin moisturized. In fact, this may be all it takes to clear a mild outbreak.

Localized treatment usually includes coal-tar ointments, tacalcitol, calcitriol, and tazarotene preparations. Sometimes, corticosteroid-based creams may be used for a short time, but a treatment regimen combining two compounds is usually more effective for chronic cases.