Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition where thick red and white patches appear on the skin. Symptoms are more common in adults, but can happen in children. Psoriasis is annoying and several health issues are associated with the condition, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Even depression is related to psoriasis.
Psoriasis can also be embarrassing, especially for children and teens. The condition is not contagious. Studies show hypertension is one of the problems associated with psoriasis. Patients have a hard time keeping blood pressure regulated, which can lead to serious problems such as heart attack and stroke. People who have psoriasis should check their blood pressure on a regular basis.
Symptoms vary, but can include:
- Small areas of rash
- Thick, raised red areas covered by scaling, loose skin
- In severe cases, the skin is tender and itchy
- It can affect the finger and toe nails, causing them to change color, pit and/or separate from the nail bed.
- It can appear and disappear.
- Typically affects the scalp, skin and nails.