Some of the most common symptoms of psoriasis include dry skin that cracks and may bleed, stiff joints, itching, swollen joints, red patches on the skin — especially on the legs, elbows and scalp — deformed nails and joint pain in some cases. Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory condition that is not contagious, according to Medicine Net.
A person with this condition is likely to develop reddish patches on the skin that are usually covered in silvery scales. The individual's skin is likely to become dry and may itch at various points. The condition also leads to a stiffening of the joints with some people also experiencing painful sensations in the joints.
Other symptoms that may be experienced include swelling of the joints, development of raindrop-shaped patches on the skin, soreness, discolored nails, crusted plaques on the scalp and tiny areas of bleeding when the scales are scratched or peeled.
Some of the risk factors associated with psoriasis include smoking, family history, infection and skin injury. There is no cure for this condition, which is why treatment involves management of symptoms. Some of the treatment options available include photo-therapy, skin ointments or creams and oral medication. Nails that are severely disfigured due to psoriasis may be treated by surgery, according to WebMD.