People should be aware of Psoriasis symptoms to so that the disease gets detected during its initial stages. It is an immune-mediated disorder that can only be prevented or contained but not cured. Psoriasis occurs in different forms. Typically, one type of Psoriasis occurs at a time. However, one type may become severe or may transform into another type too. Simultaneous occurrence of different kinds of Psoriasis cannot be ruled out either. Listed here are some of the types and symptoms of Psoriasis.
Areas of skin that have creases or folds such as armpits, groin, skin under breasts or between buttocks, etc. are typically affected by it. Formation of smooth red patches on such areas of the skin is the symptom. It is particularly uncomfortable during summer due to friction in those regions.
It occurs generally after streptococcal throat infection and is common among children than in the adults. Drop-shaped sores of less than 1cm size are formed on arms, chest, legs and scalp. They may completely disappear or develop Plaque Psoriasis.
Formation of miniature dents or pits on nails, discoloration, abnormal growth, etc. are Nail Psoriasis symptoms. Nails often become loose and detach from nail-bed or even crumble in severe cases.
80% of the reported Psoriasis cases are Plaque Psoriasis. Dry, red skin lesions covered with silver scales are symptoms of this variety of Psoriasis. The lesions are called Plaque. It normally occurs at the elbows, knees, lower back, scalp, etc. but is not limited to these regions only. It can be sore or itchy and may cause bleeding.
Red patches covered with thick silvery scales develop on parts or whole of the scalp due to Scalp Psoriasis. It may be itchy and cause hair-loss in severe cases. However, Scalp psoriasis generally has temporary effects.
There are different kinds of Pustular Psoriasis that affect different body-parts. They are rare but form pustules on the skin. Psoriasis symptoms of different Pustular psoriasis are mentioned below.
- Von Zumbusch Psoriasis – Occurrence of pus-filled blisters on wide areas of skin is a symptom of Von Zumbusch Psoriasis. The pus contains WBC and is free of infection. Its appearance is cyclic and can cause chills, fatigue, fevers, weight-loss, etc. initially.
- Palmoplantar Pustular Psoriasis – Pustules on palms or soles are palmoplantar Pustular Psoriasis symptoms. Pustules gradually become circular brown spots and peel off. They may reappear after few weeks or days.
- Acropustulosis – Pustules are formed on fingers or toes in this type of Psoriasis. Pustules burst and leave bright red areas, which become scaly or let fluid seep. Painful nail deformities may be caused due it.
Erythrodermic Psoriasis – Entire skin of the body gets affected by this type of Psoriasis, which can cause severe burning or itching. Cardiac arrest, dehydration, hypothermia, infection, malnutrition, etc. can be caused as a result of it.