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Signs and Symptoms of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common autoimmune skin disorder which occurs when the skin cells replicate too quickly.  The skin produces new cells at many times the normal rate, creating inflamed, scaly and red patches of skin, called plaques, where the old skin has not shed quickly enough.  Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body, but it is most common on the scalp, the knees, the buttocks, and the backs of the wrists. We have put together as list of the common signs and symptoms of psoriasis below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Psoriasis include:

  • Red, inflamed patches of skin, covered by a silvery white scale.  The scalp is one of the most common areas for psoriasis, affecting around 50 percent of patients
  • Thick, dry skin
  • Distorted nails
  • Blisters on the hands or on the soles of the feet
  • Small red dots on the trunk, arms and legs
  • Smooth and inflamed lesions with no scales in the armpit, groin, under the breast and in the folds of the skin

Psoriasis can cause a type of arthritis similar to rheumatoid arthritis in some individuals.  Psoriasis is more common in women, in colder climates, and lighter-skinned people.  There is a genetic component to psoriasis, as psoriasis tends to run in families.  As with most genetic conditions, however, it is likely that people simply inherit a predisposition to psoriasis.

Psoriasis Diagnosis

There is no specific test for psoriasis.  Psoriasis is usually diagnosed by a physician based on observation, although a dermatologist has the most experience diagnosing and treating psoriasis.

Recommended – Test for Heavy Metals and Mineral Imbalances using Hair Tissue Analysis

Hair Tissue Analysis Report

Hair Tissue Analysis Report

We suggest getting a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) to help you determine accurately what your body needs more of in terms of essential trace minerals and needs to eliminate in terms of toxic heavy metals and toxic mineral ratios. Toxic mineral ratios and toxic metal accumulation following long term or acute exposure can contribute greatly to degenerative conditions like psoriasis.

Essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium and sodium all have important metabolic functions. However, too little or too much of any of these essential minerals can have an adverse affect on the human body and it’s ability to recover.

How can a hair analysis help me achieve better health? If we consider that diet is what we consume and nutrition is what we retain, then we can see that discovering what your body needs when it needs it is a valuable tool in creating health.

The dangers of exposure to toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum have been well documented over the years. Levels of heavy metals in the body can only be accurately measured using a hair tissue analysis or a chelation challenge test (which can be expensive and have serious side-effects). Blood or urine tests give information about your metal or mineral levels at the time of the test only.

Testing for minerals in the urine measures the minerals that are being excreted from your body – not necessarily what has been absorbed as fuel for your body. So blood and urine tests are like snapshots whereas a hair analysis is the video of your mineral retention.

A hair analysis provides a biological profile of the past 2 – 3 months of intracellular activity revealing a unique metabolic world, which cannot be seen through most other tests. The hair mineral analysis gives you or your healthcare professional much-needed information about mineral deficiencies and chemical imbalances in your body, especially if you’re suffering from symptoms of any disease or disorder, including psoriasis.

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Books For People With Signs and Symptoms of Psoriasis

Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative
John O. A. Pagano
Psoriasis Healing from the Inside Out
Heather J. Ferris

The Psoriasis Cure: A Drug-Free Guide to Stopping and Reversing the Symptoms of Psoriasis
Lisa LeVan
Psoriasis: Everything You Need to Know (Your Personal Health)
Richard Langley

Psoriasis Resources

General Patient Resources

  • National Psoriasis Foundation

National Psoriasis Foundation works to find a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and to eliminate their devastating effects through research, advocacy and … National Psoriasis Foundation works to find a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and to eliminate their devastating effects through research, advocacy and education.

  • American Academy of Dermatology

Comprehensive information about psoriasis, including the different types, causes, and treament

  • Family Doctor . org

Psoriasis is a condition that causes thick red marks and flaky white patches that look like scales to form on the skin. Learn about the causes, symptoms and treatment of psoriasis.

  • The Psoriasis Help Organization

A place where Psoriasis sufferers can exchange views and advice on how to live with and treat Psoriasis. Use the Online Forum to ask questions about Psoriasis.

  • Talk Psoriasis Online Community

A forum hosted by the National Psoriasis Foundation.

Medical  Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers causes, symptoms and treatments of this chronic skin disorder.

  • Pub Med Health

Discusses causes, incidence, risk factors, symptoms treatment, complications and prognosis.

  • Medline Plus

A service of the US National Library of Medicine.