Symptoms of Psoriasis
Psoriasis symptoms vary from person to person, according to both the severity of the disease and the type of psoriasis. Common psoriasis symptoms may include one or more of the following:
- Raised, red, inflamed lesions
- Silvery scaly plaques
- Small, red, individual spots (more common in children and young adults)
- Dry skin that may crack and bleed
- Itching, burning, or soreness of the skin
- Pitted nails or separation from the nail bed
Cycles, Flare-ups, & Triggers
Most types of psoriasis go through cycles. A psoriasis patient may experience weeks or even months of no symptoms, appearing to go into complete remission. Because psoriasis is a chronic (or long-lasting) disease, however, symptoms can return, or "flare up."
Symptom flare-ups can be caused by external factors from the environment, known as triggers. Triggers affect everyone differently. What triggers one person’s psoriasis may have no effect on another, but it may be helpful to avoid some commonly known triggers in an effort to reduce your symptom flare-ups. Common symptom triggers include:
- Injury to skin (cuts, scrapes, bug bites, severe sunburns)
- Cold weather
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Certain medications (including lithium, antimalarials, iodides, and certain beta blockers used to treat high blood pressure. Talk to your doctor if you're taking any of these medications.)
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