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What are the symptoms of plaque psoriasis?

Dr. Mark W. Moronell, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Plaque psoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris) is also called "scalp psoriasis" because outbreaks are common on the scalp. Researchers estimate that at least half of the people who have plaque psoriasis will have at least one flare-up on the scalp. Symptoms include raised, inflamed, red lesions covered by silvery-white scales.

Plaque psoriasis is typically found on the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back.

Plaque psoriasis is the most prevalent form of psoriasis, making up about 80 percent of psoriasis cases.

The symptoms of plaque psoriasis include thick, raised patches of dry skin lesions (plaques) anywhere on the body. They can be red with silvery scales, itchy and painful. Some only have a few lesions, while others can have multiple lesions that may even crack or bleed. Symptoms tend to have periods of flaring and subsiding. For some, symptoms diminish in summer months when exposed to sun and flare in winter months or during periods of stress.

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