A diagnosis of Psoriasis is usually based on the appearance of the skin; there are no special blood tests or diagnostic procedures. Sometimes, a skin biopsy, or scraping, may be needed to rule out other disorders and to confirm the diagnosis. Skin from a biopsy will show clubbed rete pegs if positive for Psoriasis. Another sign of Psoriasis is that when the plaques are scraped, one can see pinpoint bleeding from the skin below (Auspitz's sign).

Joint Psoriasis ?

    Yes, Psoriasis is associated with joint problems in about 10%-35% of patients. In fact, sometimes joint pains maybe the only sign of the disorder with completely clear skin. The joint disease associated with Psoriasis is referred to as psoriatic arthritis. Patients may have inflammation of any joints (arthritis), although the joints of the hands, knees, and ankles tend to be most commonly affected. Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory, destructive form of arthritis and is treated with medications to stop the disease progression.

    The average age for onset of psoriatic arthritis is 30-40 years of age. In most cases, the skin symptoms occur before the onset of the arthritis.

Joint Psoriasis

Nail Psoriasis ?

    Yes, Psoriasis may involve solely the nails in a limited number of patients. Usually, the nail symptoms accompany the skin and arthritis symptoms. Nails may have small pinpoint pits or large yellowish separations of the nail plate called "oil spots." Nail Psoriasis is typically very difficult to treat. Treatment option are somewhat limited and include potent topical steroids applied at the nail-base cuticle, injection of steroids at the nail-base cuticle, and oral or systemic medications as described below for the treatment of Psoriasis.

Psoriasis facts

  •  Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease.
  •  Psoriasis has no known cause.
  •  The tendency toward developing Psoriasis is inherited in genes.
  •  Psoriasis is not contagious.
  •  Psoriasis gets better and worse spontaneously and can have periodic remissions (clear skin).

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