Psoriasis symptoms may become more severe over time. A person with psoriasis may also develop symptoms of inflammation in other areas, such as the nails, joints, eyes, or gastrointestinal tract.

Psoriasis is a chronic condition that causes inflamed patches of skin that may appear pink or red on light skin tones and purple, brown, or gray on dark skin tones. The inflamed skin may be itchy or painful.

Getting treatment is important for reducing inflammation, limiting symptoms, and lowering the risk of complications. A person should inform a doctor if they develop new or worsening symptoms affecting their skin or other parts of their body. The doctor may prescribe medication or other treatments.

Medicated creams, ointments, or other topical treatments may be enough to treat mild psoriasis. A doctor will likely prescribe oral or injectable medication or other treatments for moderate to severe psoriasis.

Click through the progression guide below to learn how psoriasis may change over time.