Symptoms of Psoriasis
Last updated: June 2018
There are many ways to know the symptoms of whether you have a cold or the flu. Some are obvious and some of them are not. It’s not the same with psoriasis. I would like to go into the depths of ongoing psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis symptoms. Perhaps you may be wondering, do I have psoriasis? The first symptom is quite obvious and that would be what appears as a rash on your skin. This one symptom is not enough to get a diagnosis for psoriasis. You may have flakes on your scalp and which looks like dandruff. Another symptom would be painful joints. If you are having any of these symptoms it's important you see the doctor as soon as possible.
Symptoms can vary with types of psoriasis
There are different types of psoriasis which could range from being on your scalp, pustular, erythrodermic psoriasis, guttate, plaque, and nails. Your skin might look inflamed and bleed. This is another symptom of plaque psoriasis. These raised plaques could be found on legs, arms, elbows, knees, and your back area. You may find them to be very itchy and very irritating. There may be cracks around the plaques. If you have hair loss this could present itself as scalp psoriasis.
Erythrodermic psoriasis is another rare form of psoriasis. This was one that all most killed me. The symptoms show up as your entire body covered with a red rash. There is an intense, prolonging itch. There is overwhelming inflammation with chronic shedding of skin that brings much pain. A severe breakout can lead to dehydration. In this rare type of psoriasis, the temperature could drop too low leading to other complications. This is why getting a diagnosis from a doctor is important.
Flares and severity
Everyone doesn’t get the same psoriasis symptoms. Many people also like myself go through flares. This is when the visible symptoms will appear and disappear. This is why our lifestyle is crucial in our day to day life.
We see from above-mentioned psoriasis symptoms that it can be very severe if not treated. We have other skin diseases that the symptoms mimic psoriasis. You can be positive with a simple biopsy and blood work. Please don’t assume that your symptoms are psoriasis until you get a positive diagnosis.
I have ongoing symptoms such as itching, flare up’s that show up on skin and scalp. I have ongoing symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. Symptoms to look out for are joint pain, swelling, and stiffness in joints. This is especially true if you have psoriasis. You don’t have to have psoriasis to have psoriatic arthritis. Always visit your doctor for an affirmative and conclusive diagnosis.
Psoriasis can be a very complicated disease and that is why the more you know about it; the more you’ll be better prepared to deal with it. There are many resources available if you do some research to know more about psoriasis. This is one of the main ways that you can know when there is a change. We must know if psoriasis symptom shows up and what to look for.
Therefore, prevention is always better. The fact that psoriasis can be triggered by so many different things requires your attention. I am a firm believer in getting to know your body is a good thing.
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