As August is National Psoriasis Awareness Month, the senior care experts at Home Care Assistance Lancaster want to discuss some of the most common symptoms of psoriasis. Because seniors are at a higher risk of developing this age-related skin condition, it’s important for family caregivers to be familiar with its symptoms. Read on to learn six of the most common signs and symptoms of psoriasis among seniors.
1. Red Patches of Scaly Skin
One common symptom of psoriasis is red and very itchy patches of skin. These patches can appear all over the body in varying sizes and may sometimes be covered by silvery-looking scales.
2. Extremely Dry Skin
Psoriasis can sometimes present as extremely dry skin that can also crack painfully. Like eczema, this symptom of psoriasis tends to come in cycles. As a result, just because your loved one’s skin clears up does not mean that those symptoms will not return after a period of time.
3. Stiff and Swollen Joints
For many seniors, psoriasis is primarily a skin problem. However, for others with arthritic psoriasis, joints may become stiff or swollen, particularly in the fingers and toes. If your senior loved one experiences joint discomfort, he or she should visit a physician regardless of whether or not he or she has the other symptoms of psoriasis.
4. Nail Issues
Psoriasis can also affect seniors’ nail beds, making nails appear thicker than they did previously or leading to a pitted or ridged appearance. These changes may stay even when other symptoms of psoriasis have faded away.
5. Feeling Itchy or Sore
Psoriasis can cause your loved one to feel as if his or her skin is burning or itchy, even where there are no red patches. A general feeling of skin soreness may also be present in some seniors.
6. Temporary Hair Loss
Psoriasis itself doesn’t cause baldness, but if plaques appear on the scalp, it’s not uncommon to develop hair loss from scratching or picking at the area. This is usually temporary and hair will regrow when the psoriasis symptoms disappear.
If you’re looking for ways to help your loved one stay healthy, becoming familiar with the symptoms of common age-related health conditions is a good step. For other ways to promote your loved one’s health, turn to Home Care Assistance. A leading provider of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s care in Lancaster, our professional caregivers are dedicated to helping seniors adopt healthy habits, including nutritious diets and regular exercise routines. To learn more about our senior care services, give a knowledgeable Care Manager a call at (717) 540-4663 and schedule a complimentary no-obligation consultation.