Symptoms

In general, these are the five types of psoriasis and their individual symptoms:

  • Plaque psoriasis: The most common form, with red patches and silvery scales.
  • Guttate psoriasis: Teardrop-shaped small spots on limbs, trunk and scalp.
  • Pustular psoriasis: Small, pus-filled lesions adjoining active plaques.
  • Inverse psoriasis: Patches in skin folds of armpits, genitals and breasts.
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis: Widespread reddening and scaling of the skin.

Tracking the location and severity of your psoriasis symptoms can help your doctor evaluate whether your treatment is working. If you notice any significant changes in your condition between appointments, be sure to call your doctor right away. Meanwhile, you should:

  1. Keep a journal. After you start a new treatment, once a week write down any changes you notice in your symptoms. Is a patch smaller? Less itchy? Less red?
  2. Maintain a photo record. Choose a psoriasis patch and take a picture of it with your cellphone or digital camera. Then snap a weekly photo to keep a record of any progress.
  3. Fill out our Psoriasis Symptoms Diary worksheet.
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Published August 2011

Basics
Overview
Causes & Risk Factors
Symptoms
Diagnosis
Your Healthcare Team
Questions to Ask
    Your Doctor

Quiz: How Severe
    is Your Psoriasis?


Treatments
Never Tried a Biologic?
What Your Dermatologist
    Needs to Know

Topical Treatments
Phototherapy Treatments

Body-Wide Medications
When Your Treatment is Denied
    by Your Insurance Company


Features
Look Your Best With Psoriasis!
Feel Your Best With Psoriasis
Your Answer to Smoother, Clearer Skin—Found!
Take Charge of Your Psoriasis and Protect
    Your Whole Body!

Try These Simple Skin-Care Tips
Quiz: Test Your Psoriasis Smarts
Simple Ways to Better Your Life
Ask the Experts: Dating Tips and More
Let Summer Soothe Your Psoriasis
Lifestyle Adjustments to Help Ease Psoriasis

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