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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that changes the way skin cells regenerate, causing a buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin that may lead to pain, irritation, and itchiness. There are several different types of psoriasis that may occur, and symptoms of each can vary from person to person. Still, there are some more common signs of psoriasis that may alert you to visit a dermatologist for a look at your treatment options. Read on to get a closer look at these signs and symptoms. Red skin lesions Psoriasis often causes patches of red, irritated skin to appear anywhere on the body. Sometimes the scalp and nailbeds may be affected, causing dandruff and abnormal nail growth. There may be just a few small affected areas, or you might have flare ups that cause widespread patches of irritation. Scaly skin Another distinctive characteristic of psoriasis, particularly plaque psoriasis, is silvery scales that appear over areas of red, raised, irritated skin. Scaly skin may be dry, thickened, and itchy, and it may become cracked and swollen without proper care. Itching and irritation Most people will seek treatment for psoriasis not because of its appearance, but rather due to the irritation that it causes. Itching, pain, and discomfort are common with psoriasis, and these symptoms may interfere with daily tasks of psoriasis is widespread. Stiff joints Some cases of psoriasis will cause joint stiffness and swelling. This is called psoriatic arthritis, and it may affect any of the joints while still causing the skin related symptoms listed above. If you think you may be suffering from arthritis, you can find exceptional clinical dermatological care in Tucson at Specialists in Dermatology. To schedule an appointment at one of our three Tucson-area offices, give us a call at (520) 382-3330.