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7 Common Psoriasis Symptoms and How to Relieve Them

By Claire Gillespie
Reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.
May 06, 2022

Psoriasis symptoms can vary from person to person, and also depend on the type of psoriasis a person has. But knowing what to expect from this condition can help you find the best ways to care for your symptoms, as well as what to discuss with your doctor.

Plaques

Most people with psoriasis have plaque psoriasis—the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) estimates that this type affects about 80 percent of people with the condition. It’s characterized by inflamed skin lesions called plaques. On lighter skin, the plaques are red; on darker skin tones, they may be dark-brown, red, or purple. Usually, there are also white or silver scales on top of these plaques.

Plaques can appear almost anywhere on the body, but the scalp, elbows, and knees are the most common places, says Mary Stevenson, M.D., an assistant professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Health in New York City.