Dr Joey Lai-Cheong
Typically, patients with psoriasis will have scaly red patches (plaques) on the elbows, knees and lower back, although the whole skin including the scalp can be affected. Sometimes, psoriasis can develop after a sore throat and is characterised by drop-like scaly patches all over the body. This is known as guttate psoriasis. Nails can be involved and can often be very distressing for the patient. In some cases, psoriasis can affect the anogenital skin, which can have a significant impact on the person’s quality of life.
Dr Jaideep Bhat
Psoriasis may not have any associated symptoms but can be itchy in delicate areas like the groins or painful on fissured areas of hands and feet. The main complaint of patients is usually the unsightly appearance of their scaly skin rash. Some patients present with scaling on their scalp or nail changes and rarely joint problems too.
Dr Ian Coulson
Usually self-consciousness regarding the appearance. Many people are concerned by scale that comes from the patches. It may be sore, crack and bleed. It can be particularly disabling on the palms and soles, and in the sensitive areas in the groins and armpits. Up to 20% of sufferers with bad psoriasis get an associated arthritis.