Diagnosis and assessment

There are several main types of psoriasis, each presenting with different symptoms and characteristics. Clinical manifestations are well-known and usually recognised easily. A complete skin examination, including the nails and scalp, should be performed (National Psoriasis Foundation, 2019).

This section of the Psoriasis Learning Zone will guide you through the different types of psoriasis, as well as the common signs and symptoms (including nail symptoms) and delve into the different tests available to assess severity and response to treatment, including the impact of psoriasis on the patient’s quality of life.

Signs & symptoms

Signs & symptoms

Read about different signs of psoriasis, including plaque psoriasis which accounts for 90% of psoriasis cases and is characterised by red plaques covered with a silvery scaling.

Diagnosis and severity assessment

Diagnosis and severity assessment

Learn about how psoriasis is diagnosed and how clinicians assess psoriasis severity on physical examination.

Comorbidities

Comorbidities

This section provides an overview of some of the comorbidities associated with psoriasis, their impact on mortality and the implications for patient management.

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