Psoriasis symptoms may become more severe over time. You may also develop symptoms of inflammation in other parts of your body, such as your nails, joints, eyes, or gastrointestinal tract.

Psoriasis is a chronic condition that causes inflamed patches of skin, known as plaques or lesions. The plaques may appear pink or red on paler skin tones and purple, brown, or gray on darker skin tones. They may be itchy or painful.

Getting treatment is important for reducing inflammation, limiting symptoms, and lowering your risk of complications. Let your doctor know if you develop new or worsened symptoms in your skin or other parts of your body. They may prescribe medication or other treatments.

Medicated creams, ointments, or other topical treatments may be enough to treat mild psoriasis. Your doctor will likely prescribe oral medication, injected medication, or other treatments if you develop more severe psoriasis or inflammation in other body parts.

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