Psoriasis is very unpredictable and considered the most confusing and persistent among skin disorders. The skin disorder is characterized by itchy sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. This is because of the abnormality of the production of brand new skin cells 10 times faster than normal. The underlying cells reach the skin’s surface and die causing red plaques to develop. Psoriasis usually affects the knees, elbows, scalp, the torso, palms, and soles of the feet.
Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of psoriasis will depend on what type you have. The following are the list of some psoriasis including their symptoms.
Plaque psoriasis is the most common psoriases among the rest. The symptoms include:
- Lesions that are itchy and painful that can sometimes crack and are made up of plaques of red skin, often covered with loose, silver-colored scales. In some severe cases, the plaques will grow and merge with one another which results to wider affected skins.
- Plaque psoriasis can also affect the fingernails and toenails. Additional symptoms include discoloration and pitting of the nails, and eventually will detach from the nail bed.
- Plaque of crust on the scalp.
Psoriatic arthritis is arthritis that affects some people with psoriasis. It is characterized by red patches of skin topped with silvery scales. Usually, the affected individual will have psoriasis first before developing psoriasis arthritis. However, joints pains may appear first before the actual skin lesions.
Pustular psoriasis is a rare skin disease which is characterized by its blisters that are filled with pus. It can suddenly appear and affects both men and women. It is not contagious and can resemble normal psoriasis’ symptoms at first. The pustules can be painful but some affected individuals may have skin symptoms but without pain.
Guttate psoriasis is a type of psoriasis that is characterized by red, scaly, small spots that usually appears on the torso. The condition affects children or young adults. It is usually triggered by certain infections and medications.
Inverse psoriasis is also called as flexural psoriasis. It is called as such because this type of psoriasis often affects the body’s skin fold such as the armpits, genital and under the breast or buttocks. It is also considered the most painful and difficult type of psoriasis.
Erythrodermic psoriasis is a painful form of psoriasis that usually affects the whole skin surface of the body. It is also considered the most dangerous of all types of psoriasis. The symptoms include severe itching and pain.
People who have psoriasis will sometimes have a hard time dealing with the disease emotionally. It affects not only the physical aspect of a person but also his or her emotional state. Additionally, it is difficult to treat and can be very frustrating.
The cause of psoriasis can range from emotional stress and trauma to streptococcal infection. However new research suggests that it can be attributed to an abnormality in the immune system as well.
If you think you are suffering from Psoriasis you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Psoriasis as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).