7 Symptoms of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common condition that causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The excess skin cells form red, scaly patches that are itchy and painful. Psoriasis is a chronic condition that flares up periodically. There is no cure for the condition. Treatment is based on managing the symptoms. Common signs include joint pain, skin rash, depression, inflamed tendons, joint stiffness, plaque and small dents in the nails.  If you experience any or all of these symptoms you should consult your physician for proper diagnosis and treatment. There are several types of psoriasis that can affect an individual in many ways. Proper diagnosis is imperative in coping with the condition. Once your condition has been diagnosed your physician may recommend treatments such as topical creams, oral medication or methods such as light therapy that expose the affected skin to ultraviolet rays. Lifestyle changes such as alterations in diet can be beneficial. Alternative healing methods may alleviate discomfort. For instance, aloe vera can help improve the appearance of psoriasis. The use of Epsom salts can alleviate itching thereby preventing scratching that could lead to a secondary infection. Ask your doctor about more ways to manage your condition.

1. Joint Pain

There are different types and variations of psoriasis. Psoriatic arthritis is one variation that affects the joints. Pain in the joints is accompanied by stiffness and swelling. Although these symptoms can occur in any joints throughout the body, the fingers and spine are usually the areas most affected by joint psoriasis. Pain, stiffness, and swelling can be mild to severe. The pain associated with psoriatic arthritis tends to worsen over time. However, there may be periods of remission when symptoms lessen. Unfortunately, psoriasis often leads to psoriatic arthritis, and about 20 % of those with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis. The swelling of the joints usually takes time to occur, generally only becoming evident in a person’s late forties or fifties.