Fingernails - crumbling              Fingernails - pitted Fingernails - thickened
Head - scalp with dandruff Hair - loss Joints - pain
Joints - stiffness Joints - swelling Skin - rash
Skin - itching Skin - dry scaly Toenails - crumbling
Toenails - pitted Toenails - thickened  

Psoriasis is an immune - inflammatory skin disease. The cause of psoriasis is not fully understood but it occurs when the immune system trigger the overproduction of new skin cells.  It is typically a lifelong condition, sometimes inherited and there is no cure.

Psoriasis is a chronic recurring condition and is not contagious.

The classification includes:

Non-pustular types:

-         plaque, and

-         erythrodermic (redness is very intense and covers a large area).

Pustular types:

-         guttate (small, drop like spots),

-         inverse (or flexural psoriasis, located in areas which have smooth skin), and

-         pustular (pus-filled, yellowish, small blisters).

The most common form is plaque psoriasis that appears as elevated, red patches covered with silvery white layers of dead skin cells. If fingernails and toenails are affected, then it is called psoriatic nail dystrophy. Psoriasis can cause inflammation of the joints, which is known as psoriatic arthritis.

Some statistical studies reveal that psoriasis can also be associated with diabetes, heart disease and depression.

Because of the dry air, symptoms of the disease get worse during winter times.


There are no special tests or diagnostic procedures to confirm the disease. A diagnosis of psoriasis is usually based on the appearance of the skin. Sometimes, a skin biopsy is done to rule out other possible conditions. X-rays can be indicated to treat joint pain symptoms.

  More Information:
Psoriasis Treatment
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