Are you or a loved one possibly suffering from psoriasis symptoms?
Check out some answers to the most commonly asked questions about the condition, as well as information on identifying and treating psoriasis.
Psoriasis usually appears as patches of red skin with white or silvery scales. While adults can suffer from large patches with thick scales, children will usually experience smaller patches with less scaling.
Skin can also be sometimes sore, but in most cases the skin is itchy. When left untreated, the itch can turn into a burning sensation, while skin dries out so badly it cracks and bleeds.
Less common symptoms include:
- Strange changes to the nails or nail beds
- Smooth patches of red skin
- Fungal or bacterial infections
- Peeling rash
- Joint pain or swelling, arthritis pain
As always, visiting a medical professional will give you a better idea of what skin condition you might be suffering from.
Plaque Psoriasis-- the most common type of psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis is easily identifiable by the typical thick, silvery scales that develop. It can develop anywhere on your body, from your scalp to your feet.
Guttate psoriasis-- like plaque psoriasis but it develops in kids and teenagers. The affected areas are smaller, and the scaling is much thinner. It can happen alongside a bacterial infection.
Pustular Psoriasis-- all hallmarks of plaque psoriasis, but with the unfortunate addition of small, painful blisters that pop up on the hands and feet. The development of blisters is often accompanied by stomach flu-like symptoms such as a fever and an upset stomach.
Inverse psoriasis-- appears on the most sensitive areas of the body: armpits, underside of the breasts, and around the groin. No blistering, but a distinct red smooth patch will develop. It can be tied to a fungal infection and is usually difficult to fight because of sweat and chafing.
Nail Psoriasis-- affects fingernails and toenails. It can present as visual changes to the nails or actually loosen nails from the nail bed. If ignored and untreated, it can cause the nail to fall apart entirely.
Erythrodermic Psoriasis-- the most severe, and the most likely to cause serious problems including pneumonia or heart failure. It is characterized by a fiery red, burning and peeling rash that covers most of the body. This is not a simple, run of the mill rash, it typically looks as though the sufferer has been burned over their entire body. It is important that those who may be suffering from erythrodermic psoriasis seek medical attention immediately.
Psoriatic Arthritis-- arthritis that causes psoriasis to flare. It typically targets older people, but can be seen amongst all ages. Sometimes joint stiffness is the only symptom, but nail changes present themselves in 90% of cases.
Psoriasis vs. Eczema: What’s the Difference?
Psoriasis and eczema can be so similar that even doctors struggle to tell the difference, but there are a few key differences that can help distinguish them.
Eczema in children tends to appear on the scalp and face, while guttate psoriasis – the most common type psoriasis to impact younger people – appears more on the chest and collarbones.
In adults, eczema tends to appear in the inner crooks of elbows and the back of the knee. It can also occur on the face, hands, and feet. Eczema is typically confined to specific areas and does not cover large areas.
Psoriasis, on the other hand, is generally more widespread.
Psoriasis usually is composed of thick scales or smooth patches of skin.
Eczema usually appears as red, weeping or thick skin, but has a different appearance than psoriasis.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition where skin cells multiply too quickly and build up on the surface.
Eczema can be genetic or caused by a trigger that is either environmental or diet-based.
Natural Psoriasis Treatments
For symptom relief, try all-natural psoriasis creams and bath products to avoid further irritation or skin damage. Sprays like Organic Aloe Vera Skin Soothing Spray soothe the itch without causing stinging and help prevent secondary infections by stopping itching. To aid with healing and getting rid of the scaly skin, seek out a balm like Emily Skin Soothers for Thick, Dry Skin.
Other natural psoriasis treatments:
Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream--helps relieve itchy skin, while restoring moisture to scaly skin. Contains only six natural ingredients to soothe inflamed, scaly skin.
Emily’s Liquid Soap Soother--provides itch relief through its fatty olive oil base. Perfect for use in the bath or shower, and can also be used as a shampoo.
To treat psoriasis with eczema clothing, check out our blog post: Best Types of Clothing for Psoriasis.
It is important to remember that no matter how mild, untreated psoriasis can lead to long-term consequences. We always suggest seeking the advice of a medical professional if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.