Psoriasis symptoms vary based upon the type of psoriasis one is suffering from. Let’s take a look at the main types of psoriasis and the psoriasis symptoms associated with each.
Psoriasis Vulgaris: This is the most ubiquitous type of this disease. Up to 90% of sufferers have this form of the condition. Also known as plaque psoriasis, psoriasis symptoms for this condition can range from localized plaques to plaques covering much of the body.
The plaques appear as inflammations on the skin, raised slightly and covered with silver, scaly skin.
Another form of the non-pustular type of this disease is psoriatic erythroderma. Symptoms for this form of the condition include ubiquitous inflammation and sloughing of the skin across much of the body’s surface. Often, intense itching, pain and swelling occur.
Psoriatic erythroderma often occurs as a result of aggravated psoriasis symptoms in a plaque psoriasis sufferer. This is most often the case when strong systemic medication is suddenly stopped. The result can even result in death because the severe inflammatory response and sloughing interfere with the body’s autoregulation of temperature and barrier functions.
Pustular forms of this condition are characterized by elevated bumps on the skin called pustules that are filled with pus. This fluid is not infectious. The presence of the pustule causes the skin underneath to become inflamed.
Pustular psoriasis symptoms can be seen in localized patches or in tracts throughout much of the body.
Symptoms can also occur for a number of other reasons.
Examples include drug induced psoriasis, inverse, (symptoms here are localized to skin folds such as those adjacent to the breast, genitals, etc.), guttate, (symptoms here look differently from typical plaque psoriasis and are characteristically small, pink-colored pustules that can cover much of the body), nail psoriasis (symptoms here manifest in discoloration of the nail, pitting of the nail and deterioration of the nail) and psoriatic arthritis (symptoms of this condition are inflammation of joints and connective tissues. Up to 15% of psoriasis sufferers develop psoriatic arthritis.)
Scalp psoriasis is also common amongst psoriasis sufferers. This condition can be particularly painful to the customer’s self esteem as it looks much like dandruff and makes wearing dark clothing very difficult. Scalp symptoms affect up to ½ of psoriasis patients. However, a number of various shampoos, oils and lotions exist to help treat this condition.
The degree of impact on a person’s quality of life has largely to do with the severity and scope of one’s psoriasis symptoms.