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Psoriasis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the disease?

Following are the five major types of psoriasis, each with its own characteristic skin lesions:

  • erythrodermic psoriasis, which causes reddening and swelling of large areas of skin
  • guttate psoriasis, which causes small skin lesions that look like drops of fluid
  • inverse psoriasis, which causes smooth red lesions in the folds of the skin
  • plaque psoriasis, the most common type, which causes raised red skin lesions that develop silvery-white scales
  • pustular psoriasis, which forms blisters filled with thick white material
  • Other symptoms of psoriasis are as follows:

  • crumbling or abnormal fingernails and toenails
  • itching
  • thickening, cracking, and blistering of the palms or soles of the feet
  • The severity of symptoms may range from a mild cosmetic problem to a disfiguring, disabling condition.

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    Psoriasis: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Lynn West, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 08/20/01

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