What Are the Symptoms of Psoriasis?
Dry skin itself does not necessarily signal psoriasis; it’s not unusual to get dry skin during wintertime, when you’ve been exposed to too much sun or when you’re body is dehydrated. Psoriasis is very severe and often needs medical intervention in order to preserve your skin’s health, so it’s good to know how it’s different than just everyday itchiness.
When a person has psoriasis, those cells underneath the surface of the skin are attacked by the body’s own immune system so that by the time they appear, they are actually dead cells. They appear as red and thick and scaly. The skin itself will often appear to be thick, and in many cases silver or white scales will appear in the middle of a psoriasis patch.
Those with true psoriasis may also have other symptoms not related to the skin itself. Because the immune system is maladjusted, they may have joint pain and the dry skin may also manifest itself with severe dandruff. Their fingernails are often also affected, and may be overly thick and yellow and in some cases, may even separate from the nail bed. They are typically ridged and may also be sore and itchy.
Most cases of psoriasis also present as dry patches in concentrated areas of the skin; this is one symptom that sets it apart from everyday dry skin. A person may notice a severe patch on their knees or torso rather than feeling as if they have dry skin all over. If you suspect that you have psoriasis or have any of these symptoms, it’s good to get your condition checked by a doctor to get an accurate diagnosis.