The Early Symptoms Of Psoriasis On The Skin

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Psoriasis is a recurring but non-infectious scaly skin condition with no known cause or prevention. It can strike both sexes, most usually between the ages of five to twenty five.

Early Symptoms of Psoriasis

The early symptoms of psoriasis can easily be missed. A red spot with a scaly surface slowly develops on the skin.

Others appear close by and eventually they cluster together to form deep red patches normally 2-3 inches in diameter covered in fine silvery scales. Some itching or a burning sensation is often present.

The disease can occur anywhere on the body, sometimes in scars or recent skin damage. There are various symptoms associated with specific forms of psoriasis.

Plaque Psoriasis

The most common form of the disease, plaque psoriasis accounts for around 80% of all cases.

All areas of the body can be affected, including the knees, elbows, chest and back, palms, scalp, genitals and the soles of the feet. It can also attack the inside of the mouth, fingernails and toenails.

Plaque psoriasis is recognizable in nails by yellow scaly appearance accompanied by thickening, pitting and ridges. The skin in the vicinity of joints can crack and bleed.

Guttate Psoriasis

About 10% of psoriasis sufferers will have the guttate form of the disease. Initially it is a one-time occurrence of the disease triggered by a skin injury or a bacterial infection such as chicken pox, tonsillitis, sore throat or even a common cold.

It mainly differs from plaque psoriasis in that the sores tend to be smaller and the condition will usually clear up without treatment. It may reappear as a result of further infections.

Affected parts of the body include the trunk, arms and legs and, on occasion, the ears, face or scalp.

It generally only appears in individuals under thirty.
Should psoriasis reappear in later life it is most likely to be the plaque type.

Pustular Psoriasis

Fortunately this form of the disease as only 5% of psoriasis sufferers will develop the distressing condition. Mainly affecting adults, the red sore patches develop very quickly, becoming swollen with pus before drying up after 48 hours.

The pus may reappear at intervals of a few days or weeks. As with guttate psoriasis, the trigger can be an infection, lesion or medication, even pregnancy.

The side effects can be fevers, chills, severe itching, weight loss and anemia and can be life threatening in older adults.

Inverse Psoriasis

A rarer form of the disease that is found in the armpits, the buttocks, groin, genitals and under the breasts, hence it is also known as ‘skin-fold psoriasis’, or ‘genital psoriasis’.

The symptoms differ in that they are smooth red patches of skin that are sore and inflamed. Overweight individuals and those who sweat a lot are more susceptible.

Erythrodermic Psoriasis

Also known as Exfoliate Psoriasis this is a rare but life threatening disease. A peeling red rash that seriously itches and burns may attack the skin surface over the whole body.

The skin can no longer prevent bacteria from entering the body or stop heat and fluid loss.

Amongst the numerous causes are thought to be over exposure the to the sun, certain medications and drugs, infections or one of the other forms of psoriasis that has not had proper medical attention. Immediate hospitalization is necessary if erythrodermic psoriasis is suspected.

Psoriatic Arthritis

It is estimated that between one and three sufferers of psoriasis will develop arthritic symptoms in their joints when they reach the 30-50 age group.

It is also possible that attacks of conjunctivitis, a severe irritation of the eye accompanied by redness (also known as ‘red eye’ may be linked to psoriasis.

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