PSORIASIS SYMPTOMS

One day you wake up and notice itchy, red marks along your hairline. Is it psoriasis, or is it another condition like eczema, lichen planus, or seborrhea?

To determine if you have psoriasis, it is important to talk to a dermatologist. Get to know your symptoms so you can be prepared to discuss them.

What Does Psoriasis Look Like?

Psoriasis looks like raised, red, inflamed lesions Psoriasis looks like raised, red, inflamed lesions Psoriasis looks like raised, red, inflamed lesions

Raised, red, inflamed lesions

Psoriasis looks like silvery, scaly plaques Psoriasis looks like silvery, scaly plaques Psoriasis looks like silvery, scaly plaques

Silvery, scaly plaques

Psoriasis looks like small, red, spots on children and young adults Psoriasis looks like small, red, spots on children and young adults Psoriasis looks like small, red, spots on children and young adults

Small, red, individual spots
(children and young adults)

Psoriasis looks like dry skin that may crack and bleed Psoriasis looks like dry skin that may crack and bleed Psoriasis looks like dry skin that may crack and bleed

Dry skin that may crack
and bleed

Psoriasis looks like itching, burning, or painful skin Psoriasis looks like itching, burning, or painful skin Psoriasis looks like itching, burning, or painful skin

Itching, burning, or painful
skin

Psoriasis looks like pitted nails or separation from nail bed Psoriasis looks like pitted nails or separation from nail bed Psoriasis looks like pitted nails or separation from nail bed

Pitted nails or separation
from nail bed

Illustrations of three psoriasis patients Illustrations of three psoriasis patients Illustrations of three psoriasis patients

FACT: Psoriasis can sometimes cause skin discoloration after it has healed in certain skin types. Ask your dermatologist to learn more.

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.

Person with scalp psoriasis Person with scalp psoriasis Person with scalp psoriasis

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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.

Ladder symbolizing psoriasis triggers beneath the skin

DIG DEEPER: From shampoos to salves, there are many home remedies you can add to your current treatment plan that may help relieve itching. See some options here: Psoriasis Home Remedies ➜

Illustration of a fire symbolizing a psoriasis flare-up Illustration of a fire symbolizing a psoriasis flare-up Illustration of a fire symbolizing a psoriasis flare-up

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.

Ready to talk to your dermatologist? Learn about your options: Psoriasis Treatments  ➜