Psoriasis can be practically unnoticeable in the early stages of development. As the condition progresses, people often encounter itching and/or burning sensations. Symptoms can also vary in appearance and severity. It can be mild, with small areas of rash, while for others the skin can be inflamed with raised red patches topped with loose, shiny, scaling skin. When severe in nature, Psoriasis can become itchy, uncomfortable, and tender, covering large areas of the human anatomy. Some additional symptoms of Psoriasis may include joint swelling, tenderness, and pain. This is commonly referred to as Psoriatic Arthritis. For almost fifty percent of people who have active psoriasis, a condition called Psoriatic Nail is a glaring symptom. With this particular affliction of the fingernails or toenails, pitting, discoloration, separation of the nail from the nail bed, and skin buildup under the nails most often occurs. Sometimes the complete loss of the nail is the eventual result.
A doctor can usually, with minimal effort, diagnose Psoriasis by the appearance and location of the patches on your skin, scalp, or nails. At times a skin KOH test is given to rule out the possibility of a fungal infection.