FACT: Psoriasis can sometimes cause skin discoloration after it has healed in certain skin types. Ask your dermatologist to learn more.
What Does Psoriasis Look Like?
Raised, red, inflamed lesions
Silvery, scaly plaques
Small, red, individual spots
(children and young adults)
Dry skin that may crack
Itching, burning, or painful
Pitted nails or separation
from nail bed
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and…Nails?
Common areas affected by psoriasis include the scalp, elbows, knees, and torso. But it can also appear on your face, hands, feet, skin folds, genitals, and even nails.
Psoriasis symptoms can appear almost anywhere, so talk to a dermatologist about where and how it’s affecting you.
Psoriasis and Itching
Let’s set the record straight—itching caused by psoriasis can be challenging. For some, the constant intense itching associated with psoriasis, known as psoriasis itch, can be hard to manage.
Don’t be embarrassed to tell your dermatologist about your psoriasis itch. They may be able to prescribe a treatment option that can put relief in sight, including oral antihistamines, phototherapy, steroids, or topical anesthetics.
What Are Psoriasis Flare-Ups?
One feature of psoriasis is that it’s recurring, often seasonally. Other times, the appearance or reappearance of your psoriasis symptoms can be unpredictable, with patterns or triggers changing over time. When your symptoms suddenly reappear or worsen, these are called flare-ups.
But you may not have to suffer every time one occurs. Working with your doctor can help you make lifestyle choices to better manage flare-ups.