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Psoriasis Talk: Common Symptoms

A quick explanation of psoriasis can simply come down to a discussion about skin cells. For those without psoriasis, skin cells are normally made and replaced every 3 to 4 weeks. But those with psoriasis? Skin cells are made and replaced in about 3 to 7 days. This autoimmune response and the build-up of skin cells are what create the patches associated with psoriasis.

Of course, the signs and symptoms of psoriasis can vary depending on the type of psoriasis you have. When talking about psoriasis, the word "trigger" isn't too far behind. It is important to also note that many people's psoriasis symptoms start or become worse because of a certain event, known as a trigger.

The impact of psoriasis symptoms

Our goal at is to validate and provide resources to those living with this condition. In addition to sharing stories and insight from psoriasis advocates, we also conduct our annual In America survey. This survey helps us to better understand how psoriasis impacts real patients.

The 5th Psoriasis In America survey was conducted online from October 2019 through March 2020. A total of 868 people completed the survey. In it, we asked which psoriasis symptoms have the most impact on the body. Time to take a look at what those with psoriasis have to say:

What areas of the body are impacted the most?

Psoriasis can develop on skin anywhere on the body, from the limbs to the eyelids. The most common areas of the body reported started with the scalp, then elbows, then legs.

While each type of psoriasis is more likely to show up in certain areas of the body than in others, there are no hard and fast rules, and many people experience flares on more than one body part.

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Time to talk symptoms

Psoriasis signs and symptoms can vary from person to person. Common signs and symptoms can include dry, cracked skin that may bleed or itch, as well as thickened, pitted, or ridged nails. Some people also experience swollen and stiff joints. The top reported symptoms including itchy and irritated skin and the dreaded fatigue.

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What else does the community have to say?

There is validation and acceptance when we find a connection with someone else. This is especially true of those who live with psoriasis. Other members of online communities can not only confirm strange symptoms but provide support to those who are struggling.

On our Facebook page, we asked, "Where do you experience psoriasis outbreaks the most?"

Here are a few of the responses:

"Scalp, eyebrows, inside ears, in-between on my chest."
"Elbow, face, arms, legs, and stomach."
"Hands, feet and, nape of neck."
"Scalp and the unmentionables region."

Learn more about common symptoms

Hear straight from our advocates about their own psoriasis symptoms. Along with research, they share their own approaches to what symptoms have the most impact on their daily life.

Are you looking for relief?

Treatment options for psoriasis include topicals, phototherapy, oral treatments, and biologics. You and your healthcare provider will discuss the best treatment plan for you based on the severity of your symptoms and your medical history.

If you are struggling with painful and challenging symptoms, speak with your doctor. You are your own best advocate. If you have a hard time talking with your doctor and find yourself leaving appointments frustrated, it may be time to find a new doctor.

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