Psoriasis is a skin disease causing itchy, red, scaly patches, typically on the knees, trunk, scalp, and elbows. It is a common, chronic (long-term) condition with no cure, which tends to go through the cycles, flaring for several weeks or months and then subsiding for some time or going into remission.
In this article, we will be talking about plaque psoriasis and its accompanying symptoms, so keep on reading to find out more.
Symptoms of Plaque Psoriasis:
Psoriasis symptoms typically differ from person to person depending on the specific type of psoriasis. Areas of psoriasis can cover the majority of one’s body or maybe as small as just a few flakes on the elbow or scalp.
The most common symptoms observed in people with plaque psoriasis include:
- Inflamed, red, raised patches of skin
- Plaques on red patches or whitish-silver scales
- Dry skin which may bleed or crack
- Soreness around the patches
- Burning or itching around patches
- Pitted, thick nails
- Swollen, painful joints
Keep in mind that not every individual will experience all of the above-mentioned symptoms; some people may experience different symptoms if the type of psoriasis they have is relatively less common.
The majority of people with this disease go through the “cycles” of symptoms. It can cause severe symptoms for several days or weeks, after which the symptoms usually clear up and become almost unnoticeable, but in several weeks, it can flare up again. In some cases, however, the symptoms of psoriasis can disappear completely.
When a person does not show any active signs of this condition, they may be in “remission”. It doesn’t mean that psoriasis won’t come back. It simply means that the individual is only symptom-free.