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What are the Symptoms of Psoriasis?

The physical symptoms of psoriasis can include: itching; a painful or burning sensation as flare-ups cause inflammation; flaking; scales; and sometimes cracking and bleeding. Psoriasis is even known to cause joint pain.

Psoriasis symptoms can include redness, skin thickening, scaling, icthing, and pain

On top of the physical symptoms, psoriasis has an emotional impact. This can really throw you off track in your day-to-day life.

The effect of psoriasis on quality of life can be significant. That’s why becoming informed and seeking support are important to managing both the physical psoriasis symptoms and their impact on your overall health and psycho-social well-being.

Symptom Severity

Symptom severity is measured by your healthcare provider using the PASI scale. You might have just a few patches of psoriasis, or it might cover much of your body. Psoriasis symptoms are usually categorized as mild, moderate, or severe:

Mild psoriasis

  • Covers less than 3% of the body
  • Usually occurs on the hands, feet, elbows, knees, or scalp

Moderate psoriasis

  • Covers 3%-10% of the body
  • Usually occurs on the hands, feet, elbows, knees, scalp, arms, or torso

Severe psoriasis

  • Covers more than 10% of the body
  • Usually affects large areas of the body
  • If sensitive areas such as your face, palms of your hands, or soles of your feet are affected, your psoriasis may be considered severe

Symptom severity is measured by your healthcare provider using the PASI scale

The severity of psoriasis depends not only on how much body surface area is affected, but also where, and what the characteristics are (e.g., degree of redness).

See the PASI section to learn more about grading psoriasis severity.

Do you know your PASI score?

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