Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common chronic autoimmune skin disease that speeds up the growth cycle of skin cells, leading to a buildup of dead cells on the surface of the epidermis. The disease most commonly manifests on the skin of the elbows, knees, scalp, lumbosacral areas, intergluteal clefts, and glans penis. In up to 30% of patients, the joints are also affected. Psoriasis can be confused with other skin diseases (like eczema).

Psoriasis is not contagious. This means you cannot get psoriasis from contact (e.G., touching skin patches) with someone who has it.
  • Symptoms
  • Skin rash and redness

    • At knees, At elbows, At upper extremity except hand, At legs not feet

    • At groin, At back, At scalp

    • At hands, At feet, At abdomen, At chest, Under the breasts, At armpits

    • Auspitz sign

    common

    Dandruff at scalp

    or Cracked skin at back

    or Cracked skin at chest

    or Cracked skin at legs

    or Cracked skin at arms

    common

    Dry skin at legs or feet

    or Dry skin at scalp

    or Dry skin at arms or hands

    common

    Itchy skin

    common

    Development of skin lesion in sites of skin trauma

    common

    Painless detachment of the nail from the nail bed

    or Thickening of skin under nails

    or Nail discoloration

    • Yellow

    common

    Limited ankle movement

    or Enlarged knee joint

    or Difficulty moving knee

    or Pain in ankle region without achilles tendon

    or Difficulty moving wrist

    or Difficulty moving fingers

    or Enlarged fingers

    or Pain in toes

    or Difficulty moving toes

    Cracked tongue

    Red eye

    or Flow of tears

  • Risk factors
  • Family history of psoriasis

    Smoking

    or Having high amount of body fat

    or Alcohol consumption

  • Treatment
  • The treatment of psoriasis usually depends on how much skin is affected, how bad the disease is (e.G., having many or painful skin patches), or the location (especially the face). Treatments range from creams and ointments applied to the affected areas to ultraviolet light therapy to drugs (such as methotrexate).
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Psoriasis, then a visit to a dermatologist is recommended.

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